Coronavirus Lockdown

During this period of self-isolation, you may wonder how you will cope? No fellowship, no meetings, reduced spiritual food whether for comfort, education or exhortation. What can you do? It can be lonely on your own and you may long for the company and encouragement of others.

We have collected a few links which you can access:

Uplook Ministries: http://uplook.tv/
Denver Gospel Hall: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn42Oz2OY9rXJCgYoadEDjA
Seek the Truth: www.seekthetruth.org.uk
Craig Munro: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJE6BSE_X013k_yYOCacdA

You can also access these videos plus a whole lot of other helps such as Bible Reading Plans and recorded ministry by downloading the Precious Seed App which is available in both the Android and Apple Stores - follow the links below.

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If you are a believer, our prayer is that you will stay safe and be built up in your most holy faith at this difficult time. If you are not a believer, please take the situation seriously and realize that God may be speaking to you through these circumstances.

NB. Please note that we (Precious Seed) do not necessarily agree with everything that is said or believed by the speakers but we are happy to bring these links to you as we are sure that you will find some benefit and blessing from them.

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Precious Seed Volume 76 August 2021 Issue 3

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Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 26th October

QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT

1 Thessalonians 5. 19

This is one of three commands concerning the Holy Spirit given to believers in the New Testament. In Ephesians chapter 5 verse 18 we are instructed to ‘be filled with the Spirit’, while earlier in chapter 4 verse 30 we are told ‘grieve not the holy Spirit of God’. These commands address the negative side of things. We are not to fill our lives with other things but to fill them with His things. Similarly we are not to engage in activities which would grieve the Spirit and hence disrupt our fellowship with Him and His effectiveness through us. We are never instructed to ‘receive’ or ‘be baptized’ with the Spirit but the scriptural pattern is shown in Ephesians chapter 1 verses 13-14, where we are told that having believed ‘ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance’.

In our verse today we have the third command, ‘Quench not the Spirit’. This is now not so much doing what we ought not to, which is to ‘grieve’ Him, but failing to do what we ought to and therefore quenching Him. The word ‘quench’ is a strong word, used elsewhere in connection with subduing fire. How appropriate this is as the giving of the Spirit in Acts is described as tongues of fire. This indicates His power and the light and warmth He provides. How sad if we should be responsible for quenching these effects.

An indication of how we can do this is found in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: ‘stir up the gift... which is in thee’. This uses the figure of fire and involves fanning the flame to increase its effect. Timothy may have been reluctant, due to his age or nature, but he must realise God has gifted him for a purpose. The scripture teaches that all believers are ‘gifted’; each has been equipped by the Spirit of God for particular service. Therefore, we are to be prayerfully and diligently aware of our capabilities and exercise them for the benefit of all God’s people, especially those in our own assembly fellowship. However, this can not only be quenched by the individual concerned, but by others failing to give opportunity or encouragement to exercise spiritual capabilities. Either way, God’s intention of all believers benefiting from each other can be ‘quenched’.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 26th October

QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT

1 Thessalonians 5. 19

This is one of three commands concerning the Holy Spirit given to believers in the New Testament. In Ephesians chapter 5 verse 18 we are instructed to ‘be filled with the Spirit’, while earlier in chapter 4 verse 30 we are told ‘grieve not the holy Spirit of God’. These commands address the negative side of things. We are not to fill our lives with other things but to fill them with His things. Similarly we are not to engage in activities which would grieve the Spirit and hence disrupt our fellowship with Him and His effectiveness through us. We are never instructed to ‘receive’ or ‘be baptized’ with the Spirit but the scriptural pattern is shown in Ephesians chapter 1 verses 13-14, where we are told that having believed ‘ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance’.

In our verse today we have the third command, ‘Quench not the Spirit’. This is now not so much doing what we ought not to, which is to ‘grieve’ Him, but failing to do what we ought to and therefore quenching Him. The word ‘quench’ is a strong word, used elsewhere in connection with subduing fire. How appropriate this is as the giving of the Spirit in Acts is described as tongues of fire. This indicates His power and the light and warmth He provides. How sad if we should be responsible for quenching these effects.

An indication of how we can do this is found in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: ‘stir up the gift... which is in thee’. This uses the figure of fire and involves fanning the flame to increase its effect. Timothy may have been reluctant, due to his age or nature, but he must realise God has gifted him for a purpose. The scripture teaches that all believers are ‘gifted’; each has been equipped by the Spirit of God for particular service. Therefore, we are to be prayerfully and diligently aware of our capabilities and exercise them for the benefit of all God’s people, especially those in our own assembly fellowship. However, this can not only be quenched by the individual concerned, but by others failing to give opportunity or encouragement to exercise spiritual capabilities. Either way, God’s intention of all believers benefiting from each other can be ‘quenched’.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 26th October

QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT

1 Thessalonians 5. 19

This is one of three commands concerning the Holy Spirit given to believers in the New Testament. In Ephesians chapter 5 verse 18 we are instructed to ‘be filled with the Spirit’, while earlier in chapter 4 verse 30 we are told ‘grieve not the holy Spirit of God’. These commands address the negative side of things. We are not to fill our lives with other things but to fill them with His things. Similarly we are not to engage in activities which would grieve the Spirit and hence disrupt our fellowship with Him and His effectiveness through us. We are never instructed to ‘receive’ or ‘be baptized’ with the Spirit but the scriptural pattern is shown in Ephesians chapter 1 verses 13-14, where we are told that having believed ‘ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance’.

In our verse today we have the third command, ‘Quench not the Spirit’. This is now not so much doing what we ought not to, which is to ‘grieve’ Him, but failing to do what we ought to and therefore quenching Him. The word ‘quench’ is a strong word, used elsewhere in connection with subduing fire. How appropriate this is as the giving of the Spirit in Acts is described as tongues of fire. This indicates His power and the light and warmth He provides. How sad if we should be responsible for quenching these effects.

An indication of how we can do this is found in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: ‘stir up the gift... which is in thee’. This uses the figure of fire and involves fanning the flame to increase its effect. Timothy may have been reluctant, due to his age or nature, but he must realise God has gifted him for a purpose. The scripture teaches that all believers are ‘gifted’; each has been equipped by the Spirit of God for particular service. Therefore, we are to be prayerfully and diligently aware of our capabilities and exercise them for the benefit of all God’s people, especially those in our own assembly fellowship. However, this can not only be quenched by the individual concerned, but by others failing to give opportunity or encouragement to exercise spiritual capabilities. Either way, God’s intention of all believers benefiting from each other can be ‘quenched’.

 

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