In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 the Bible tells us, "Quench not the Spirit". This is one of two different ways in which a believer can sin against the Holy Spirit. The other is found in Ephesians 4:30 where we read that we can grieve the Holy Spirit.
I believe that quenching the Holy Spirit is when we don't do what Scripture commands, while grieving the Spirit is doing what the Scripture forbids.
One way in which we can quench the Spirit is by failing to live by faith.
Three times in the New Testament we read the phrase "the just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38).
It is evident that we must live by faith.
Now the question is, are we?
Are we living by faith?
This question has awakened me out of a sound sleep in the middle of the night.
When God was first moving me to leave my corporate job (about 10 years ago), I felt very proud that I was stepping out "by faith". God had to deal with both my pride, and the false assumption that I was living by faith.
Through a series of financial setbacks, and a failed business, God showed me that I was only trusting in my bank account, or my retirement account, or my 401k...
God had to strip away all of these for me to see that my faith needed to be in Him, not in my paycheck, or my credit card, etc...
To my dis-credit, God has had to teach me the same lesson again and again.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Faith has substance and evidence, but it always involves not being able to see clearly. We may not see clearly how something may work.
Whether or not the decision involves finances, or a change of another sort, are we living by faith?
We must remember what Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "But without faith it is impossible to please him".
As we read Hebrews 11, there are many different verses which begin "By faith...."
Do we have anything in our life that we can say, "By faith Matthew....."
The thought of living by faith challenges me as a child of God, as a husband, father, pastor.
The just shall live by faith.
What has God called you to do? Let us have the faith to follow the Lord to the ends of the earth!
One thing I can report through all that we have experienced, God has never, ever let me down! I have failed Him many different times, but He has never failed. We can trust Him with our all.