By Victor Ochieng
If you welcome the Holy Spirit of God to work in your life, you must expect some things that aren’t worldly. Secondly, you must give the Holy Spirit full authority to work in your life and take full control of the events around you.
Take the Day of the Pentecost, for example. This phenomenon was witnessed at a time true Christians were expecting the helper that Jesus Christ promised. They had tried with their human means to prepare for the Holy Spirit. When the day finally came, the Holy Spirit took full control. None of the apostles had planned to speak in tongues on that day. There were no boardroom plans of flames of fire. Neither were there preparations for the sound of the wind. It was all abrupt and up to 3,000 people were converted to Christianity in Jerusalem on that day.
Such a scene is quite different from what we see in today’s church, where everything has to go as planned. There is no room for the Holy Spirit to take control. The sermons are pre-planned and exact time allotted. If it’s an hour sermon, going beyond that by a minute already sees some people stepping out.
In 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul warned against quenching the Holy Spirit 5:19. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what today’s church do.
Below are some of the most common ways through which we quench the fire of the Holy Spirit:
Ignoring the voice of the Holy Spirit – Many of today’s churches don’t even mention or worship the Holy Spirit. All they talk about is Jesus Christ as our savior, but they’ve totally ignored the Holy Spirit of God, whom Jesus incessantly talked about. Without acknowledging and giving room for the Holy Spirit, there is no way He can take control in your life.
Limiting the gifts of the Holy Ghost – So many church leaders remain intent on limiting the gifts of the Holy Spirit as if they’re no longer important or are no longer existing. For example, our so “organized” churches no longer speak in tongues or prophecy, forgetting 1 Corinthians 14:39 and 1 Thessalonians 5:20.
Misusing or Abusing the Gifts – Pentecostals and charismatics are known for staging drama at the pulpit in the name of demonstrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We’ve seen pastors stage managing healings, whacking people to the floor or manipulating congregants with raw words and emotional music to show that they’re anointed. But all these acts only work to quench God’s true Spirit.
Misrepresenting the Holy Spirit – “God has spoken with me,” “LORD revealed to me,” “Jesus whispered to me,” and such like phrases are common in our churches. These are okay to hear in a place of worship where the leader is an anointed man of God. The problem only comes in when such phrases are used when God hasn’t actually spoken. That’s a serious misrepresentation of the Holy Spirit and it only works to quench the Spirit.
Creating Divisions – Several gifts of the Holy Spirit complement one another, meaning that those with such gifts should work together in the same spirit for the glory of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, we have so many divisions in the church that we divide the spirit. 1 Corinthians 1:3 shows us clearly that we should avoid divisions as much as possible.