Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stir Up the Gift of God

Stir Up the Gift of God which is in thee 2 Timothy 1:5

Timothy, a young preacher, must have been timid. Paul kept prodding him to not be hesitant because of his youth. He was a good young man and said good things… but he needed to be set on fire.

The gift of God that had been given to him for ministry had been reduced down to coals and it was up to Timothy himself to rekindle it into a blaze. And we see what follows… For God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Tim.1:7).

Throughout the entire Bible God calls us to a holy boldness and promises to make us as bold. “The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).

The size of the prize often determines the severity of the fight. The enemy knows your weaknesses and will push you to the limit. When that happens, remember, “Blessed is the man who endures… for he shall receive the crown of life” (James 1:12).

Sometimes the safest place to be in “in the battle” for it is there that God’s protects you. King David did not get into trouble with Bathsheba until he left the battle field. So hang in there, fight the good fight of faith, and endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Remember as a child how secure you felt in a fight knowing your big brother or sister (or friend) was behind you. Well, God is backing you up.

So stir up the gift of God that is within you.

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