Reflection on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

A dove in the sky

Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+1.16-24

Scripture

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Observation

Paul tells us to rejoice always, pray constantly and be thankful in all circumstances. This is God’s will for us.

We must honour the Holy Spirit and His gifts rather than scoffing at them. We should test every prophecy and hold on to the good stuff.

Application

Many churches and individuals stifle the work of the Holy Spirit in many ways. They claim to be faithful and true to the word of God, but they fail at this point.

Some push the line that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today. If we believe that then every prophecy will be denied and every gift rejected.

We can squash the Holy Spirit in less obvious ways also. We can ignore the promptings of the Spirit to pray or speak to someone. We can dismiss a personal prophecy as irrelevant without asking God.

Often christians can ascribe more power to satan than to the Holy Spirit. “Stay away from that stuff,” they sat, “You might be deceived.” It is true that some people are led into error by a wrong use of spiritual gifts but do we really believe that the lies of satan are stronger than the truth of God?

We can also squash the Holy Spirit by assuming that we have all the answers. It is surprising how often christians fail to even pray about decisions they make, much less look for a divine answer.

Let us make every effort to hear God and stir into flame the measure of the Holy spirit that God has placed in us.

Prayer

Holy Spirit come and fill me. Help me to hear you whether it is in the still small voice or through the spoken word of prophecy. May I never quench your work in my life. Amen

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