What does it mean to quench the Holy Spirit? Is He something that can be put out? I mean Gatorade quenches thirst and then thirst is gone. Can you get rid of the third person of the Trinity? Loaded question, and if I was smart I would have started this entry off a little different so I did not have to answer it. Oh well here we go.
First is no you cannot “get rid” of the Holy Spirit. He is always there giving gifts, showing correction, leading to the Savior, and restraining evil. You cannot make Him go away by ignoring Him, and choosing not to listen. It just won’t happen. He will be there gently, and lovingly nudging you. So there is that you cannot make Him leave or disappear. There is a day when He will be removed but that has to the end times and not you not wanting to listen.
So what is it you can do? What is the quenching then? Think of like a relationship. You have at least one relationship in your life I assume. With that relationship if you do not nurture it, foster it, take care of it, or work on it then it starts to fade. After a while you don’t talk much anymore, and if you do it feels a little awkward because you are really not sure what to say. You end up talking about things of no real importance or significance because the closeness is gone. You no longer have that deep connection. The connection where you are starting to think the same thing as the other person. It’s just not there.
That is what it means to quench or do with stifle the Holy Spirit. You don’t listen anymore, you don’t talk, and on those rare occasions when you do it is awkward and you only talk about the weather. Time with the Holy Spirit can be so much more. The Holy Spirit is the one teaching and guiding you to Jesus who then leads you to the Father. It all starts with Him. Spend time with Him, let Him reveal things to you. Let Him instruct and teach you about the Savior. Then when He gives you are hard direction you can take it because you trust him and have developed that relationship.
Just a thought,