Summary: It doesn't matter how gifted you are it profits you nothing if the gift is not activated
Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was to stir up (agitate, disturb, wake up) The gift that was in him
This Gift is the HolyGhost
It is evident that Paul understood that it wasn’t enough to receive this gift but the gift must stay active, the gift must be stirred, the gift must be activated.
It is also evident that Timothy was responsible for keeping the gift stirred and active.
We could say it another way: It was Timothy’s responsibility to keep the fire burning/
(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 and to have your name written down in the lambs book of life and to know that Christ lives in your heart, and you are now a new creature in Christ Jesus.
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) I don’t care how well you know the bible, or what church you belong to you (you must be born again)
I don’t care how good or descent of a person you are (you must be born again)
Jesus said: Except ye be born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God
Then Jesus said: Except ye be born of the water and the Spirit ye cannot enter the Kingdom of God
(You must be born again)
But once you’ve been born again, once you’ve become that new creation in Christ Jesus (The next most important thing that can happen in your life is to Baptized with the HolyGhost and Fire.)
John said: I baptize you with water unto repentance, but there’s one coming after me He will baptize you with the HolyGhost and Fire.
Jesus believed the Baptism of the HolyGhost to be so important that he commanded his disciples to no leave Jerusalem until they had received this HolyGhost and Fire Baptism.
Jesus said: Ye shall receive Power after that the HolyGhost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
Then we find in Acts 2: When the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all in one place with one accord when suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a mighty rushing wind and cloven tongues like as of fire sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the HolyGhost and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.
Why is this HolyGhost and Fire so important?
Because the HolyGhost is the supernatural power of God filling the human vessel in order to establish and advance the Kingdom of God in the earth.
The HolyGhost is the supernatural equipment to fulfill the great commission, to carry on the ministry of Jesus.
What was the ministry of Jesus?
1. He came to seek and to save that which was lost
2. He came to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth
3. He came to destroy the works of the devil
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the HolyGhost and with Power who went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him.
1 Jn 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus ministry has never changed: Now we are continuators, we are commissioned and anointed to continue his ministry in the earth.
1Jn 4:17 because as he is, so are we in this world.
The book of Acts is the diary and the record of the new testament church in her infancy, (It is the record of the operation of the HolyGhost through yielded vessels.)
The book of Acts is the pattern for the New testament church.
Signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the HolyGhost are the defining characteristics of the new testament church.
In other words: To say it another way (The new testament church acted just like Jesus) They healed the sick, they cast out devils, they performed signs and wonders and miracles and raised the dead and manifested the gifts of the Spirit. (All by the Power of the Holy Spirit )
If there is one thing we need in our churches today and in our lives individually today (it is a fresh anointing of the HolyGhost)
We Need a HolyGhost invasion
We need God to crash our services