Seeds of Promise Devotionals by Shenica Graham
Stir Up The Gift
Read The Bible In One Year
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|10th||II Timothy||Chapter 1||Chapter 4||Stir Up The Gift|
Devotional Scripture: II TImothy 1:1-7
Memory Verse : II Timothy 1:6 AMP – “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thouu stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” KJV
Devotional Scripture: II Timothy 1:1-7
Timothy Charged to Guard His Trust
1 Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 to Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I worship and serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 and as I recall your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I remember your sincere and unqualified faith [the surrendering of your entire self to God in Christ with confident trust in His power, wisdom and goodness, a faith] which first lived in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am confident that it is in you as well. 6 That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control.
Your gifts and talents are given to you for purpose. You must learn to weild them like a warrior; discover them, then function in those roles. How do you identify your gifts and talents? Think toward the things that you do that you would be willing to do for free in ministry. This is your calling. THat does not mean that you have to be a talented pauper.
The Bible says that the laborer is worthy of his reward. The goal is to get paid to do what you love. Your gifts and talents make you valuable to the ministry for edification. Your testimony makes you a unique witness for discipleship. Stir up the gifts and talents in you to bring your flavor of the Gosspel to the lost and to teach and worship with the body of believers.
The stirring of your giftsenvolves the Holy Spirit to guide you in bveing a more effective witness. Stirring up the Holy Spirit will activate wisdom and knowlege of truth since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
Paul recalled that Timothy had two generations that came before him, which evidently poured into him and trained him up in the way yhay he should go: this power, wisdom and goodness that dwells in Timothy was present in his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Generational blessing is had when you hide the Word in your heart and teach it to your children and your children’s children.
Three generations of faith is to be honored and not left to fade due to inaction. Faith without works is dead being alone. This is why Paul exhorts Timothy to stir up the fire of the Hoy Spirit within him.
6 That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. You have chosen and ordained me for your purpose. I seek your perfect and divine will. You, Lord are my source and strength, a very present help.