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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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July 17, 2013 - Fan Into Flame the Gift of God in You!

By Patty Kennedy

According to the notes in my study Bible, 2 Timothy is a "bold, clear call for perseverance in the gospel in spite of suffering." Throughout the epistle, Paul exhorts Timothy to continue steadfastly in the faith, even as Paul approaches the end of his own life.

Paul begins this letter by thanking God for Timothy, and makes mention of Timothy's "sincere faith." Then comes this central text:

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:6,7, ESV).

Note that this passage begins with "For this reason. ... " For what reason does Paul encourage Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God? We need look no further than verse 5. Because of Timothy's sincere faith, Paul encourages him to not be lax in using the gifts God has given him.

The Lord has whispered this verse to me on a number of occasions. Perhaps He has whispered it to you, as well. We all need to be reminded our spiritual gifts will atrophy if they are not exercised.

Maybe you're reading this and wondering if you even have spiritual gifts. I have been there. When we fail, Satan begins his litany of reasons why God could never use us. That's why I'm so grateful we have the Bible. It is filled with examples of God's people who blew it big-time, yet God used them in remarkable ways to further His kingdom.

David's life is a portrait of successes and failures. In the Psalms, David opens up about many of his shortcomings, and prays for God to forgive and restore Him (see Psalm 51 for David's prayer after he committed adultery with Bathsheba). How interesting, then, that God calls David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). God saw beyond David's pride and his fleshly appetites. He saw a man with absolute faith in God, and a man who loved God's law. More importantly, David was truly repentant when he sinned. That's big in God's economy.

Now to the point at hand. Regardless of what you have done, God wants to use you. We are not informed in today's text precisely what gift Timothy was to fan into flame, but that doesn't matter. First Corinthians 12 tells us all followers of Christ are given spiritual gifts, and "to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good" (verse 7). As members of the body of Christ, each of us has a part in making sure that Body is healthy.

Maybe you have never identified your spiritual gifts. Or perhaps you recognize you have a certain gift or two, but have been reticent to use them. Whatever your situation, I encourage you to seek God about how He wants to use you. Educate yourself about spiritual gifts if you are unfamiliar with them. Most importantly, be available to God. He has created the body of Christ to work best when we all do our part.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where her husband, John, serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.




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