8 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Deuteronomy 8:1

  1. Amen. The road is getting narrower the higher I climb. Do I choose self over intimacy with Him? Sometimes. Ick.
    Thank you – Beth

  2. What a good post, one I need to reflect on. Truly I have never looked at it this way, what is God giving me “today?” Yes, it is true we are to obey all His commands daily, but I do believe in thinking about this, there is something He gives to each and every one of us daily to do, be it from the smallest to the biggest.

    I told God this morning, “I could spend all day with you God.” Maybe I was stating out loud what He is wanting me to do, today.

    I think I will spend this day thinking about and holding dear to my heart, all the things God has done for me. How He has enriched and blessed my life.

    Thank you again, God Bless, Sandy

  3. Sandy,

    Thanks for your encouraging word. Remembering what God has done is the best way to increase our faith in what He is going to do.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  4. Archie,

    I do not mean to be the ignorant here and I probably am, but I have never heard that term in my life. What is “quench the Spirit?” Could you please give me some Scripture on it? I would like to read it as I was completely dumbfounded when I read that phrase. Not saying it is not true, I just have no idea what it means.

    Thanks so much, Sandy

  5. Arch,

    I think it happens all the time, even in Pentecostal settings.

    Sandy,

    Archie is referring to 1 Thessalonians 5:19, where the KJV says, “Quench not the Spirit.” The NIV says, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire,” and the NLT says “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” Many believe that Paul is warning against a mechanical attitude toward worship that discourages the expression of the gifts of the Spirit in the local assembly, which is hinted at in verse 20. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:7, “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” I believe that all the spiritual gifts the early Church had, including the ascension or ministry gifts of Eph. 4, are still at work in the Church today. Not allowing those gifts to work, or prohibiting people from using those gifts for God’s glory, is a way of “quenching the Spirit” who desires to move among us in a variety of ways for the glory of God.

    I hope this helps.

    Jim

  6. Thanks Jim that helped a whole lot. When you stated “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” I knew then what you meant. That one I have heard.

    I do agree that I think we do it all the time. I know I have done it in my own life. Most of it was due to me not letting Him work through maybe at that particular moment if that makes any sense?

    Maybe it was because I became shy at doing something or I had to think, “Is this really the Holy Spirit or my own thinking.” A lot of times in that question if I am not sure I think to myself, “Better to wait and let the Lord confirm it is Him, then act and it not be?” In my waiting sometimes I miss a chance to do what I was called to do at the moment. By the way what do you think about that? When we become unsure of, “Is it God or is it me?” Then it turns out to be God and I do nothing. I am bad about that, for I fear if I do something and it is not of God, then I have hurt God, and being Catholic that brings up all kinds of things I have to do:>) if you know what I mean. It is truly not just about that, I do not ever want to get ahead of God.

    Just a question. Thanks for your help, Sandy

  7. Sandy,

    “I fear if I do something and it is not of God, then I have hurt God.” Yeah, I understand. However, I learned many years ago that my sins were not omnipotent. Thomas Merton wrote about God being more pleased with our desire to obey Him than in our actual ability to do so. There are times to wait on God and discern His directions, especially when the stakes are high if you missed Him, such as moving to a different city, taking a new job or a new spouse! At other times, God has given us general directions that He wants us to obey, even if we don’t know where it will lead. Ultimately, God wants you to walk closely to Him. It’s all about relationship. Fortunately, God knows our decisions before we’ve even made them, so He’s never disappointed when we make a mistake, nor does He love us more when we accurately follow His steps.

    Blessings,

    Jim

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