4/17: Stir Up the Gift

 

Stirring things up causes agitation. Even when you think good things are being done or mentioned, those good words or actions can cause agitation if they touch in another person a sore spot that was lying just beneath the surface. Paul realized this when he told Timothy, the young preacher, to “…stir up the gift of God which is in you…” 2 Timothy 1:6 (NKJ). Immediately following that verse comes one we don’t often associate with the verse just mentioned. In regard to stirring up his gift, Paul goes on to tell Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJ).

Paul knew that when Timothy stepped into ministry and started stirring up the gift God had given him, all hell was going to break loose. The forces of Satan would not be happy and they’d launch an all-out attack. Because of this, Paul warns Timothy against being fearful. Paul encourages Timothy with the knowledge that God had given him a spirit of power, a spirit of love, and a spirit of a sound mind. The power (dunamis) is the same abundance and miracle-working strength that Jesus demonstrated in Mark chapter 5 when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Him robe. The love (agape) is the same all-encompassing, you-can’t-make-me-stop, in-spite-of love that God exhibits toward us. The sound mind (sophronismos) is the same discipline and self-control Jesus exhibited as He walked the earth and dealt wisely with every person and situation that came His way.

When you start stirring up the gift God has given you, all hell will literally break loose. The forces of Satan will not be happy when you decide to step out in ministry and a full-fledged firefight will be waged against you. The enemy will try anything and everything to throw you off course. Your spouse will be contentious, your children will have issues, your job will throw you a curve ball, your health will be attacked, your friends will misunderstand – he’ll try everything. But remember: God has given you the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

How has God gifted you? Do not be afraid. You have the power to stand against the wiles of the devil, the love to extend even when others are acting ugly, and the sound mind to balance yourself and respond in a self-controlled manner. Stir up the gift.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 17, 2013.

One Response to “4/17: Stir Up the Gift”

  1. You must have felt me by osmosis…preach sista. I love the fact you willingly provide these WORDs of wisdom, daily. (oops, i’m the one on the late freight).

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