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] 


   I woke up early and went into the den to 
put some logs on the fire. Some mornings, there 
are embers left from the night before, but this 
morning the fire seemed cold. It looked like I would 
have to start over. I began to clear out some 
ashes and quickly uncovered a little pocket of 
red-hot coals. The fire wasn't out after all; it was 
just a little cold. I fanned the coals, added 
some kindling, and before I knew it, I was adding 
logs to the growing flames.  
   Sometimes this happens to Christians. It 
seems that their fires have gone out, but it's 
more likely they've just grown a little cold. If 
we look, we will probably find a little pocket 
of hot coals that we can fan into a lively 
fire. We might do that by taking them to lunch, 
writing them a letter, or scheduling some time to 
hang out and have some fun. We can also offer to 
talk about a passage of Scripture or pray about 
something together.  
   At one time or another, we all need 
someone to help us get those flames going again. 
Whether we are fanning someone else's coals or 
someone else is fanning ours, it's a service of 
great importance to God.  
   Father, make me sensitive to those around 
me who need to be encouraged. And thank you for 
those you send when I need someone to fan my 
coals. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery 
Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 

   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] 


   Sometimes when we hear that a person is 
"spiritual," we think of him or her as being out of 
touch, not living in the real world, or (how shall 
I say it?) weird. But nothing could be further 
from the truth because the truly spiritual man or 
woman will be a very practical person as well. 
   A Spirit-filled believer will live a life 
that honors and glorifies God. Ephesians 5 tells 
us, "Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one 
another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the 
Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the 
Lord" (verses 18-19, NIV). 
   When we think about being filled with the 
Spirit, we might imagine some wild emotional 
experience. And though being filled with the Spirit can 
and sometimes will include emotions, it won't 
necessarily be that way always. 
   What exactly did the apostle Paul mean 
when he used the term filled? One translation of 
the word pictures a steady wind filling the 
sails of a ship. So the idea is that the wind of 
God wants to fill the sails of your ship as you 
are moving along the sea of life. In another 
place in Scripture, the same word is translated 
permeated, picturing the truth that God wants to soak 
and saturate everything that we say or think or 
   To be filled with the Spirit means that 
the Holy Spirit is a part of all that you're 
involved in. He's a part of your prayer life. He's a 
part of your worship life. He's a part of your 
business life. He's a part of your vacation. He's a 
part of everything that touches your life in 
anyway. That is what it is to be a Spirit-filled and 
Spirit-led believer. 
   Is this some big, one-time experience, 
never to be repeated? No, because the original 
language implies this is something you should be 
receiving over and over and over again. Be continually 
filled with the Spirit. [Every Day with Jesus by 
Greg Laurie re vss.6, 7] 


2 Timothy 1:7 - Holy Spirit Power, Love and 



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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