1 Thessalonians 5:19 AMP Do not quench subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the only access we have to God. Once we accept Christ as Lord, we’re sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13). That Spirit leads us, guides us, and teaches us if we’re responsive to His promptings.

The problem comes when we’re unresponsive to whatever He’s telling us to do. He may tell us not to go to their house after a certain time, study for that test an extra hour and no more, or introduce yourself to that man or woman. When we’re unresponsive to His promptings, we’re missing out on the good God has planned for us (Jer. 29:11), we could fall for the devil’s traps (2 Cor. 2:11), or not be as successful as we desired to be (2 Cor. 2:14).

Whatever God’s Spirit tells us to do will typically go against our flesh and how we feel. That doesn’t mean we should be unresponsive and disobey God. We should trust that whatever God’s Spirit tells us to do is for our good. Our flesh may hate it now, but our lives will be so blessed because of our responsiveness to the Holy Spirit.