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The Dishwasher

The Dishwasher
Removing The Obstructions

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 was talking with my friend Jerry recently about a problem his son Jeremy was experiencing with plumbing.  It was his dishwasher to be specific, and it was not working properly due to a plugged water line.   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.

As I thought about the obstruction within the dishwasher and its ill affects, I couldn't help but draw a parallel to the sin in our life and its ill affects.  Our sin is a lot like the food particles plugging up the hose in the dishwasher, or the plaque clogging the arteries - each sin takes its toll until the obstruction is so significant that nothing good can flow through the life of the one plugged up in sin.  Each sin in the life of the believer quenches the Holy Spirit.  This in turn restricts the Holy Spirit's power to flow through us.  And if not addressed, it can lead to a full spiritual cardiac arrest.  

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

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 within Scripture to be filled with the Spirit.  We are to do this so we may be empowered to do all that God wants done in our life.  1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us not to quench the Spirit - this testifies to the burning presence of the Holy Spirit within every true believer.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 (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.   Bottom line - 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)

God can do amazing things in us, on us, and through us, if we allow Him, and this means we must not impede the flowing of the Holy Spirit within our lives.  Without God's power we can do nothing, and this includes being Christ-like.   

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

We need to search out any area within our life and choose to lay down those things that are causing us to sin.  We should be willing to ask God to search our hearts and to reveal these areas as well (Ps. 139:23).  Once He reveals these areas we can repent of them, confess them and then walk in freedom.  

Hey Christian, God has created you for a specific purpose much like a dishwasher is created for a specific purpose.  We need to know that if we are not doing what we were created for, then we are not in the will of God, and this is sin.  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?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and ask Him to reveal any area within your life where you are quenching the Holy Spirit's ability to flow.

Father, thank You for revealing all those areas within my life where I am obstructing the flow of Your Holy Spirit.  I pray that You would continue to show me each of these areas and that You would give me Your strength to lay them down.   In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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