So I have a 2011 calendar hanging above my desk that has a verse for every Sunday. This Sunday’s verse says “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19. There are many ways that we can go about putting out the Spirit’s fire and we often focus on these, but perhaps we don’t focus often enough on the things that fan that fire within our hearts and cause it to burn brighter. Here are some things withing this passage which Paul mentions that will cause us to walk more closely with the Spirit, hearing God’s voice and obediently following. Self-control, alertness, clothing ourselves in faith, hope, and love, encouraging one another, living in peace with each other, rejoicing, continual prayer, giving thanks to God in everything. These are not things that we are required to do, but rather things of God towards which we are being pulled by the Holy Spirit through the work of Christ Jesus. So do not put out the Spirit's fire!
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and HE WILL DO IT.