2 Timothy 1:6 - Stir Up the Gift of the Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:6 (NKJV) Therefore I remind you 
to stir up the gift of God which is in you 
through the laying on of my hands.  


Fan into flames: The Spirits work is not 
automatic"it must be cultivated. [NLT SB 2008]  

Fan into flame the gift of God. Gifts are 
not given in full bloom; they need to be 
developed through use. [NIV SB 2008] 

Fan into flame the gift of God. Gifts tend 
to fade in strength when they are not used and 
encouraged. [ESV SB 2008]  

The Greek word rendered stir up 
literally means to kindle up, to fan into flame. 
Chrysostom brings home the great lesson taught by this 
word, which belongs to all Christs people 
alike, when he quotes 1Thessalonians 5:19, 
Quench not the Spirit; for it is in our power 
both to quench this Spirit and also to fan it 
into flame. The gift of God here alluded to 
is that special gift of the Spirit conferred on 
Timothy at his ordination, and which included, in 
his case, powers necessary for the performance 
of the many and important duties to which he 
was in the providence of God called, especially 
those gifts of ruling and teaching which are 
necessary for the chief pastors office. 
[Ellicotts Commentary] 

   At the time of his ordination, Timothy 
had received special gifts of the Spirit to 
enable him to serve the church (see 1 Timothy 
4:14). In telling Timothy to "fan into flames the 
spiritual gift God gave you," Paul was encouraging him 
to persevere. Timothy did not need new 
revelations or new gifts; he needed the courage and 
self-discipline to hang on to the truth and to use the gifts 
he had already received (see 1:13, 14). If 
Timothy would step out boldly in faith and proclaim 
the Good News once again, the Holy Spirit would 
go with him and give him power. When you use 
the gifts God has given you, you will find that 
God will give you the power you need to 
accomplish whatever task he gives you. 
   Paul mentions three characteristics of 
the effective Christian leader: power, love, and 
self-discipline (v. 7). These are available to us because 
the Holy Spirit lives in us. Follow his leading 
each day so that your life will more fully 
exhibit these characteristics. See Galatians 5:22, 
23 for a list of the byproducts of the Holy 
Spirit living in us. [Life Application SB] 


   One of my favorite summertime activities 
is to tent camp. Theres nothing like a 
campfire in the morning when you get up. And the 
smell of those sizzling eggs and baconyum.  
   Shortly after breakfast my husband, Ken, 
will let the fire die down. Then at suppertime 
Ken has to start the fire again. But this is an 
economical man. Instead of starting from scratch, Ken 
will poke the coals, searching for the tiniest 
spark of life. Sure enough, way down in the ashes 
there will usually be a glowing coal left over 
from the morning campfire. He nurtures it with 
dry grass and leaves until its roaring once 
again. It seems that no matter how small the spark 
or how dim the flicker, Ken can bring a fire 
back to life.  
   Its the same with the Spirit of Christ 
in our lives. Sometimes the spark may be small, 
but if there is the tiniest ember, the slightest 
hint of obedience in our Christian life, its 
not too late to be revived.  
   God has given us light, knowledge, and a 
new heart. He has given you and me grace and a 
new nature - and he has deprived us of every 
excuse if we do not live for his praise. So if we 
are not holy, whose fault is it but our own? If 
we do not appear sanctified, who can we blame 
but ourselves?  
   How about you? Do you feel the ashes 
smoldering, even if faintly? Do you sense life within, 
even if feeble? Nurture it. Gently fan the spark 
- follow through on the nudge to obey, spend a 
little time in prayer, revive yourself in Gods 
Word. Dont neglect the grace, the heart, and 
the new nature God has given you. Poke around 
and get the fire of the Spirit going in your 
   Forgiving Father, I pray with the 
psalmist, Renew a steadfast spirit within 
meRestore to me the joy of your salvation. Joni and 
Friends Daily Devotional June 3, 2020 


   Nothing compares to the coziness of a 
snapping, popping campfire in the morning by a misty 
lake or a rushing stream. And when you've got 
coffee percolating and bacon sizzling over the 
flames, well, it's a little slice of heaven on 
earth. In the evening, when you come back to the 
ashes, there are usually a few glowing coals that 
can be coaxed back to life with fresh fuel and a 
little blowing on them. Before long, you've got a 
roaring campfire again. It's the same with the 
Spirit of Christ in our lives. 
   Today's Scripture reads, "Fan into flame 
the gift of God, which is in you." This isn't a 
suggestion; it's a command. We must constantly do this, 
or the flame within us may flicker, fade, and 
die. Look for those sparks, those glowing embers 
in your soul. If there is the slightest glow, 
the faintest hint of faith, take heart! It's not 
too late to catch fire. 
   Lord, please find the coals in my heart 
and blow on them. Restore the bright flame of 
Your presence and Your joy. Forgive me for 
letting the fire burn low. Help me to use the gifts 
You have given me for the good of Your people - 
just because I know it pleases You. [A Spectacle 
of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby 
re 2Ti. 1:6, 7] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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