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Pastoral Letter 23 Jul 2017

We have learnt that quenching the Spirit is sinning against and grieving the Holy Spirit. There is yet the final reason that we must not quench the Spirit: we must yield to the Spirit. Romans 6:13 teaches us, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” How do we look upon the Spirit of God? He is not someone whom we can trample upon and take lightly. He is God. He is One with God the Father and God the Son. He has played an important part in creation, and in our salvation. He is God. Remember Ananias and Sapphira of Acts chapter 5 who were judged and struck dead for lying to the Holy Spirit? It is that serious. How often do we disregard the Holy Spirit in us? Each time we have an evil thought or utter an unkind word, we have failed to consider the Holy Spirit in us. He is always prompting us to forgive, be gracious, kind, let go, and testify for Christ through kindness and love. We are so prone to ignore all these promptings of the Spirit. We fail to yield to the Spirit. It is not that we have forgotten all those beautiful and important verses in the Bible which we have learnt or memorised. It is just that God’s Word is in our head only, and not in our heart. For if God’s Word is in our heart, we would have yielded to the Holy Spirit.

The work of the Holy Spirit is not just to indwell us for salvation. He is there to fill us in order to strengthen us and help us to make wise, God-pleasing decisions in our life journey. He knows we need His help. That is why He helps us understand God’s Word better. That is why He provides the wisdom we need to obey God rather than men. He provides strength when we are weak. He provides comfort when we are burdened with sorrow and grief. That is why He is called the Comforter. He walks with us side by side daily! To quench the Spirit is to disregard whatever the Spirit of God is prompting us. Whether it is before a sin, or in places where we will be tempted easily, the Spirit of God will sound the alarm that only we can hear. What will you do when you hear the alarm? You can either ignore the alarm, or take heed and run. To ignore means you choose not to yield to the Spirit’s leading. It means you are quenching the Holy Spirit in you. You ignore the Spirit’s working in you. You think your way is better, safer, richer, happier, shorter, easier than God’s way. You will reap what you sow in the end. God is never wrong. Do we need any more evidence to prove this? We are always wrong when we choose our own way instead of God's way. Yielding to the Holy Spirit is what you and I must do because God is good. He never leaves us nor forsakes us to make decisions without showing us the right way that will definitely please and glorify God.

God’s way is always the best way. And we must not choose any other option when we are convicted by the Spirit. Otherwise we bring hurt unto ourselves and those around us. Our loving God will have to eventually lead us back to His way and make us learn our lesson. But will it be a hard one? We do not need a hard lesson from God when we quench not the Spirit. Remember: quenching the Spirit is sinning against the Spirit. It is grieving the Spirit and finally it is refusing to yield to the Spirit’s leading and prompting. Let us not be found quenching the Spirit. Let the Spirit’s fire be burning within us so that we can fulfill God’s will faithfully until the Lord Jesus returns. May God help us. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dennis Kwok