Today, many believers are quenching the Holy Spirit of God in their lives. They are connected to the Holy Spirit because He indwelt them at the time of salvation, but then they choose to live by worldly principles. They are connected to the power source, and yet they choose to live in the dark.

That fire cannot quench itself—we are the ones who dampen it. How? By allowing ungodly thoughts to dwell in our minds and build strongholds in our lives; by allowing our emotions to get entangled with ungodly affections; by allowing our decisions to be infected by the wrong motives. Soon, rebellion, unrighteous anger, or selfish ambition begin to take root in us.

And so we quench, we stifle, and we suppress. Our opinions and our ideas begin to replace the Word of God. Reading the Bible begins to feel like lifting a ton of bricks—we can’t even pick it up. When we quench the Holy Spirit, minimizing the Word of God and its power will follow.

Through the storms of life and the challenges of the faith, the only way we can remain faithful to Christ and His work is to live by His Spirit. We are saved for a purpose, and without God’s power working in us, we cannot accomplish that purpose. However, when we place our confidence in God’s faithfulness rather than our own abilities, we will see God do more than we ever could have done in our own strength.

In a world dominated by fear and pride, God has called us to be filled with hope and confidence in Him. He wants us to submerge every inch of our lives in His overcoming power. As challenges arise, we can be those faithful believers who call upon the Lord with prayers of help, thanksgiving, and surrender. In the face of temptation and hardship, we can remember the end of the story—the glorious return of King Jesus—and be spurred on to victory by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: God, I come before You today and repent of the ways I have quenched Your Spirit in my life. I submit my heart and my mind to You today and ask You to work through me. Thank You for guiding me by Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17).

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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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