Some times, ok, many times, I need to be reminded to fan the flame. So the reminder comes. It is now. The Spirit of God gives us power. This is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Why be timid? No reason at all.
I just need to fan the flame. The Spirit is in me. It is in us. No need to be timid at all.
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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:6 TNIV Bible
There is my way and God’s way. What happens when we live God’s way? Imagine an orchard and the fruit that it produces. That is what God does for us. It is a gift because He loves us so much and is so very good. His gifts are like fruit just showing up one day. Bam!!!
So what are some of the gifts he gives us so freely? A real affection for others. Nothing fake at all. How about that amazing exuberance for living every day for Him? Remember the serenity that comes from knowing that He is so great? How about that compassion we sensed one day when normally we wouldn’t even care? And that conviction that we have never experienced before. A sense of being set apart for God and His purpose.
Now here is a gift worth receiving. Finding ourselves involved in loyal commitments we have never imagined before.
May we marshal our energy wisely taking full advantage of His gifts.
- What fruit am I bearing? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
I live in a culture where there is always something else to get. Today is a day to think about my give to get ratio.
Jesus is about giving. He came and continues to serve.
Jesus challenges us to give. He is all about love. My evaluation of the day should be based on how much did I give.
We worry about tomorrow. We regret yesterday.
Want a present? Focus on today as a gift of God.
Some days it is hard to describe. And, if the Apostle Paul couldn’t do it some days, I guess it is OK if I can’t either.
But … I can be thankful. And so, I am!!!
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
I am a case study in what God can do. I had turned my back on Him. I had rebellious thoughts. I gave Him trouble at every turn, blaming Him for my problems. But, oh what a gift He made to me. It gave God great pleasure to let everything He had dwell in Jesus. It just filled Him up and it flowed out to all of us. Through Jesus’ great sacrifice I now have peace with my Father.
I can’t walk away from a gift like that!!! No way.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19
- The Colossian “Hymn” (gentlereformation.org)
- Relationship with God (Study 3 – Colossians 1:21-2:3) (ising4god.com)
- The Body Of Christ’s Fear Of Perfection (jamesbli.wordpress.com)