Stir Up the Gift

March 27, 2023

 2 Timothy 1:3-7

3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Stir up the Gift

               Many of you who take the time to read these little trickles do so because there is something inside you that burns and hungers for more of God.  Many of you have heard God speak to you, or had a word spoken over you or you just have a knowing that God wants to work in your life and use you in some way.  Maybe what you have heard or felt in your heart has lain dormant for the most part and you haven’t really stepped out and stepped up to what God has for you.  Certainly, there is a timing in God when He brings you into the fullness of your calling, but there is always a preparation rather you are aware of it or not. 

               A lot of us rather timidly hold back, because we lack the confidence to think that God really could or would really use us.  Often, we tend to focus on our weaknesses and listen to the voices of doubt and condemnation that tells us God really can’t use us, because we have too many sins or failures or we have a past.  The blood of Jesus washes our past away, along with all our sins and failures.  This is the day that God is speaking to many of you to begin to really step up and step out into the calling that He has prepared for you.  That doesn’t mean you radically change your life, but this word is to stir up your gift and say to you as Paul did to Timothy, begin to exercise what God has put within you.  Begin to step out, even in small ways, to exercise the gift and the calling that is upon your life.  God will meet you there as you step out in faith.  Don’t be discouraged if initially you flounder and stumble.  Even though you were destined to walk upright on two legs it was a process of learning how.  Begin to step out and if you fall, get back up and try again and again, but keep your eyes on the Lord and keep walking toward Him and what He is calling you into.  Put away your doubts and your fears because those don’t come from the Spirit of the Lord.  He is giving you the spirit of power, of love, of soundness of mind and discipline.  As you stir up and exercise that gift you will see it grow stronger and stronger.  You will begin to experience the Lord’s anointing in it as you trust Him and exercise it in faith.  Now is the time to stir up your gift and walk in your calling.  You have had your time that you called your own, now it is time to go where He will lead you and give yourself fully to His service.  If you deny your gift, you are no different than the steward who took the talent His master gave him and hid it in the dirt or in your humanity.  Begin to invest the talent that God has given you and give the increase and the glory back to Him.  Listen to what God is speaking to your heart today.




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