Do not quench the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5: 19

Have you ever known someone who was always giving gifts? This is that person who never
forgets to bring something to the hostess at a party, who keeps track of
birthdays, and who just hands you a simple but heart-warming package on that
day when you are feeling down and unappreciated. That person is modeling one of
the least thought about attributes of God, for Christ is the perpetual,
everlasting, and unstoppable giver of gifts.

He has given me the life that I live, the very breath in my lungs is a gift from God. The
fact that my soul is alive and that it has permanence is Christ’s immeasurable
gift to me. In His Spirit, the Lord has taken up residence in me, and He
provides all of the wisdom, counsel, and encouragement that I need in
order to live out His victorious life plan each day. Yet, when it
comes to this last aspect of my relationship with God, I am often the one
who acts as if I am ungrateful. I set the glorious gift on a shelf in order to
deal with something that has attracted my attention; thus, I function like an
overzealous fireman by pouring chilling water on the invigorating fire that God
is building in my heart.

The Spirit of Christ is the constant reminder of God’s love for us and for all people. The
Spirit removes the portions of our hearts that have been damaged by sin, and He
fills the voids that are left behind with newly formed living tissue. Our lives
are given focus, direction, meaning, and empowerment through the interaction of
the Spirit. Heart fire is cooled by doubt, fear, self-centeredness, personal
control, and lack of trust. The Spirit’s fire is stoked by prayer, God’s Word,
acting in faith, loving as Christ does, sharing God’s truth with others, and by
seeking His will in all aspects of life. What do you do that cools the flame of
the Spirit in your heart? Turn this over to God and start to live in the
invigorating heat of a Spirit impassioned heart.