Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 8, 2021

“kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Timothy 1:1-7.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy+1&version=NASB1995

I quote only the following verses.

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.  For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”   2 Timothy 1:5-7.

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Today’s devotion focuses on the importance of encouragement of fellow believers to exercise their spiritual gifts.  

First, we notice that Paul encouraged Timothy, whom Paul was mindful of his “sincere faith”, to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you”.  Verses 5-6. 

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.  …  

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;  to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.”  1 Corinthians 12:1 and 4-10. 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another;  and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:24-25.

Second, we notice that Paul pointed out the power that God gave Timothy to exercise his spiritual gift.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  Verse 7.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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