An Eye For The Spirit-Part 20
Posted Byon Monday, February 06, 2017
I want to tell you something, “You’ve been blowing the whistle, and you lost all the power with the whistle.” (Whee ee ee ee ee! Louder than that.) At first she was a little… didn’t respond quite right, but came around. I said, “Look here, if you would leave your whistle alone and not make all that noise, and lose all the power of the Spirit, the Lord would use you. The next time the Spirit of God comes on you, try not to let it go with Whee ee ee ee. Nobody gets anything out of that. You’re wasting our time, and it’s hard on our nerves. Just hold it in, and ask the Lord to help you know what to do with it.”
She said, “Well Brother Beuttler, thank you, I’ll try, but I don’t know how I can keep still.” I said, “You try.” We had a few classes, and I noticed something to my side and looked her way. There she was hanging onto the whistle (stuffing a handkerchief in her mouth). All of a sudden, she burst out and gave her first message in tongues. There was no whistle after that. She was cured. A little later, the Lord also used her in interpretation.
Now she was quenching the Spirit. First, she was disbursing the Spirit; later she was quenching it, but trying to learn. The Lord used her in interpretations. She graduated, and I received a letter from California, which said,
“Brother Beuttler, I want to thank you for the story of the whistle. The Lord isn’t only using me in messages in tongues, interpretations, but also in prophecy, and it has enriched my ministry.”
Now she had to learn. Many people quench the Spirit out of ignorance. Nevertheless, “Quench not the Spirit” is still one of the rules of the Word of God. By suppressing the Spirit willfully, we are vexing the Spirit of God; we are hurting the Spirit; we trouble Him.
As we read here, we are not to stifle the Spirit.
“Do not stifle the utterance of the Spirit.” (Knox).
“Do not dampen the Spirit of God” (Muhlheimer).