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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

God's Holy Spirit



1 Thessalonians 5:16-19


“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.”


The Apostle Paul wanted the Thessalonians to know that the Holy Spirit was vastly important for their spiritual lives.  It is impossible to live as an example of Christ to the world without the power and assistance of the Holy Spirit.  


The Holy Spirit enables us to rejoice in God no matter where we are or what the circumstances.  The Holy Spirit enables us to live a life filled with prayer for others.  The Holy Spirit enables our hearts to be grateful instead of angry or distressed.


Finally, we are never to quench the Holy Spirit.  We quench the Holy Spirit by not listening to the Spirit’s voice when we pray, worship, or read scripture, or when we are in fellowship with others.  


Our lives as Christians are to be guided and developed by the Holy Spirit.  With the Holy Spirit’s assistance, we can become examples of Christ to the world.


May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier

Interim Pastor, Memorial United Methodist Church


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