All Clogged Up

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17 (NKJV)

I remember talking with a friend once about a problem his son was experiencing with an obstruction in the plumbing lines of his dishwasher.  It seems that food from the dishes had collected much like plaque does in the arteries delivering blood to the body. The dishwasher was no longer functioning as it was designed, and unless the obstruction was removed, it wouldn’t be able to work properly.

As I thought about the obstruction within the dishwasher water hose and its ill affects, I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to the sin in our life, and its ill affects.  Our unconfessed and unrepented sinful behavior is a lot like the food particles plugging up the hose in the dishwasher, or the plaque clogging the arteries—ultimately restricting The Holy Spirit's power flowing through us.  And if not addressed, if can lead to a full spiritual cardiac arrest. 

Some would say, “I don’t need the Holy Spirit flowing through me!  I don’t need to be super “Holy” or anything like that.  I just want to live my own life and be a good person.”  But this is not true, because we are told to, “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).  We are to do this so we may be empowered to do all that God wants done in our life.  There is to be a burning presence of the Holy Spirit within every true believer.  When we sin, we quench the Holy Spirit, and we are told not to do this.

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

As God’s chosen children (John 15:16) we must rely on the Spirit of God flowing through us to do every good thing.  Without God’s Holy Spirit flowing through us, we can do nothing (John 15:5).   The bottom line is, we must have a good healthy abiding relationship with Jesus for this flowing of His Spirit to happen within our life.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NKJV)

Q:         So how can we free up our spiritual pipes and allow the Holy Spirit to flow freely?

We need to search out every area within our life and choose to lay down those things that are causing us to stumble.  We must be willing to ask God to search our hearts and to reveal these areas as well (cf. Ps. 139:23).  Once He reveals these areas we can repent of them, confess them, and then choose to walk in freedom—taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and casting down anything coming against His will (2 Cor. 10:3-5). 

God has created each of us for a specific purpose—to glorify Him.  And if we continue to allow sin to reign in our mortal body then we will not be able to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:1-4).  I want to encourage you to make it your new resolution to allow the Holy Spirit to come through and cleanse any clogged lines you may have.

STUDY QUESTION: What are we commanded not to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:19?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you think of any areas in your life where you are not in God’s will and therefore causing the Holy Spirit to be quenched?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to seek the Lord today and ask Him to reveal any area within our life where we are quenching the Holy Spirit’s ability to flow.

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for revealing all those areas within our lives where we are obstructing the flow of Your Holy Spirit.  We pray You will continue to show these areas, and that You would give us Your strength to lay them down.   In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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