Summary: We need to keep the gifts inside of us stired ​up

2 Timothy 1:6

3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did,

as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,

5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded in you also.

6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.


Paul’s wrights to Timothy and his message is simple

He tell’s Timothy to Stir Up The Gift That Is In Him

In other words he is telling him: You need to wake up….

You need to start fanning the flams

Paul told him that because:

He knows that every Christian who has been filled with the Holy Spirit

They have the power to either quench the Spirit

Or to fan into a flame that burns red hot

It is evident that Paul understood that it wasn’t enough to receive this gift

But the gift must stay active.

That doesn’t mean you was baptized in the spirit when you was 14 and haven’t felt Him since…

That doesn’t mean you use to pray in the Spirit

And now you just don’t feel like it

That doesn’t mean the spirit use to guide you but He don’t anymore

You are either fanning the flam

Or you are pouring water on it..

You are either letting the Spirit guide you or You are guiding your own life..

You are either on fire for the Lord

Or you’re not

Like the old song says:

When you’re hot you’re hot

When you’re Not you’re not

As your Pastor, I feel a lot like Paul this morning

If I could write each of you a letter I would beg you

To Stir up the Spirit….

This gift must be stirred.

This gift must be activated.

Stop waiting on a great service to start praising Him

Stop waiting on a feeling to get you moving

Paul said Timothy it’s your responsibility to keep it burning

It’s not up to the pastor

It’s not up to the worship leader

It’s not up to the size of the crowd

It’s not up to how you feel

It’s not based on what song they are singing

The Holy Spirit is not activated by your emotions

He response to your surrender…

That's why you haven’t felt Him in a long time

That's why you have lost your boldness to witness to the lost

It’s because you have forgotten how to surrender to Him..

Let me tell you something

This HolySpirit was not giving to you so you could just make it to church on Sundays

It wasn’t giving to you so you could just back your way into heaven..

He gave you this Gift so you could have the boldness to GOOOOO……Win the Lost

Preaching and teaching baptizing

He gave you this gift so you could tell people you work with about what all He has done for you…

So many get the Gift of the Spirit confused with emotion

That's why you see them run around the church rolling on the floor

Speaking in tongues flopping like a fish

When their favorite song comes on

But they never take the gift outside of the church

They never tell anyone about what God is doing in life

They never witness to anyone

They never opened their Bibles

But when the feeling hits them they act on their emotion

Thats the only time they have this Gift…

Thats why Paul was telling Timothy

You have to stir up the Gift…

Stop waiting on the move of the Spirit

He is always moving

In our text

It is also evident that Timothy was responsible for keeping the gift stirred and active.

It was Timothy’s responsibility to keep the fire burning

Not Pauls

Not Petters

Not his momma

But Him

(He was the Keeper of the Flame)

I want to say to every person hearing my voice,

The most important thing that can happen in your life is to meet the Lord Jesus Christ,

To be forgiven of your sins,

To become a child of God,

And to be redeemed by the blood of the lamb

That is the single most important thing that can happen to a human being.

I don’t care how religious you are

You must be born again

You must come through the blood

I don’t care how well you know the bible,

Or what church you belong to you

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