"Do not quench the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:19
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30
One of my favorite worship leaders is Meredith Andrews, who is a part of the worship team, Vertical Church Band. And one of my favorite worship songs they sing is called, "Spirit of the Living God." Some of the lyrics are as follows: "Spirit of the Living God, we only want to hear Your voice; we're hanging on every word. Spirit of the Living God, we're leaning in to all You are; everything else can wait." The chorus continues as follows: "Cause when You speak, when You move, when You do what only You can do, it changes us; it changes what we see and what we seek. When You come into the room, when You do what only You can do, it changes is us; it changes what we see and what we seek. You're changing everything."
As Christ followers, the Holy Spirit of God baptizes us when we admit our sin before God and confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord for the first time. As we continue to move and grow in our relationship with God, the Holy Spirit fills us daily with the power of God. He gives us what we need when we need it to be who God created us to be and to do what God created us to do. The Holy Spirit helps us become more like Christ. He helps us see others the way Christ sees them. He helps us seek the things that Christ sought. Paul understood this, and he wanted the Christ followers to know about the Spirit of God within them. As Christ followers, we have the freedom to embrace the Holy Spirit...to live life according to the purposes of God and to live life fully and to live life with the power of God in us and through us. However, we also have the freedom to quench the Holy Spirit, to grieve Him...to live life according to our own purposes in our own strength. I am convinced that many of us as Christ followers today have forsaken our first love. We have forsaken the Holy Spirit, quenching Him and grieving Him. As Christ followers today, we seem to live according to our own purposes and our own plans and then want to call God in to be a part of it. As Christ followers today, we seem to see people the way we want to see them rather than see people the way God sees them. As Christ followers today, we seem to seek the things of this world here below rather than seek the things above, heavenly things. In short, as Christ followers today, we look a lot more like the world than we look like Jesus. I am praying that the words of this song, "Spirit of the Living God," will be on our hearts today: "Spirit of the Living God, we only want to hear Your voice; we're hanging on every word." "Cause when You speak, when You move, when You do what only You can do, it changes us; it changes what we see and what we seek." Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit in me, change what I see and change what I seek. May I live for You and for Your glory. Everything else can wait. Amen.