Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction, and [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another. We [earnestly] urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line [the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly], encourage the timid [who lack spiritual courage], help the [spiritually] weak, be very patient with everyone [always controlling your temper]. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit. Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test [a]all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it]. – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Free-range is defined as, “kept in natural conditions, with freedom of movement; not being confined.” How does this apply to the role that I have allowed the Holy Spirit to assume within me and my life?
It is also very easy to see that the qualities and effects of the Spirit’s influences are here compared to those of fire.
Discouragement, disobedience, deliberate rebellion, depression and even disease of the soul smothers the fire of the Holy Spirit in many lives. How does a believer keep experiencing the freshness of the Holy Spirit in their own life ? We have had those moments when the fire of God’s Spirit has burned brighter within us. How can I make sure I do not fall into some trap that honestly smothers the flame of God within me?
As I experience the Holy Spirit’s activity in my life, I want more. In that quest for more, I’ve come to realize that the way to experience lies in how I conduct myself as a follower of Christ. In other words, the Holy Spirit stands ready to help, advocate, comfort and encourage, and I need to avoid hindering or quenching His work. Simply put, I must choose to be led by Him.
We’re designed to make a unique contribution to the salvation-puzzle God is piecing together with all of creation. The one-of-a-kind gift tucked inside each of us does not fulfill its divine purpose until it’s shared with the world.
When we ask the Holy Spirit to reveal something to us, He will, and we have to listen.