A friend of Vance Havner coined a word by combining the words squelch and quench. He used to say, "Don't 'squench' the Spirit." Havner thought it was so descriptive that he often used it in his preaching. Havner said, "We 'squench' the Spirit in more ways than we suspect. We do so when we stifle the desire to speak or act for the Lord. When we criticize or discourage others by an unspiritual attitude, we 'throw cold water' on their inner fire. We have the Holy Spirit as an honored Guest in every Christian gathering, and He can be grieved very easily. A frivolous attitude, a rebellious frame of mind, or a fed-up complacency will do it."

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