In our lives, a choice to be truly spiritual involves the removal of two main hindrances to the Holy Spirit’s work. God’s Word refers to these hindrances as quenching the Spirit and grieving the Spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and Ephesians 4:30). For a Christian to be filled with the Holy Spirit, he or she must remove these two hindrances. Today we will look at what it means to quench the Spirit.

We all come to a crossroads where we have the opportunity to yield to the Holy Spirit or to quench the Spirit’s work in us. We may sense that we are to serve in some way, to give money to meet a need, or to change a destructive habit. To quench the Spirit is to say no to the Lord in these moments, to refuse to heed His voice, and to choose instead to do what we want to do to achieve our personal goals or comfort. Quenching the Holy Spirit means ignoring or deliberately disobeying the leading of God and doing something that is self-serving and not God-serving.

We can choose to disregard the “still small voice” that encourages, challenges, and compels us to act outside ourselves for service to God and others or that speaks to us about a particular habit or error in our lives that God wants to change.

Along with listening for His voice, a primary condition for being filled with the Holy Spirit is to be willing to do what He commands. The ultimate example of a person not quenching the Holy Spirit is Jesus as He cried out in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). That is the ultimate expression of obeying what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.

Prayer: Father, help me to never quench Your Spirit. Help me to follow Jesus’ example of responding in obedience to You as You lead me with the Holy Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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