December 26, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO STIR UP MY GIFT (part 2)

II Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day

WHEN WE ARE PERSUADED THAT “WE” ARE ABLE:

  1. WE FAIL
  2. WE GET DISCOURAGED
  3. WE GET TIRED
    That is logically the next step. When we fail, we get discouraged, and when we get discouraged, we get tired. A basketball player gets renewed energy when they make a shot. We get energy when there is a spiritual victory. There may be many of us today that are just tired. We may claim that we are tired because we have been so busy serving God using the gifts that God has given. But really, we are tired because we have been using those gifts without God’s power
  4. WE GET COLD
    When we finally get to the point that we are spiritually tired, we only have two options. We can either CHANGE or be CONTENT. Being content is a lot easier than changing. I mean we are already tired, who feels like taking on the challenge of changing. And why should we put forth the effort to change, we seem to fail in every spiritual battle we face, we will probably just fail at this to. We are given here the illustration of fire. Paul says that Timothy needs to stir up his gift. The word “STIR” means “TO KINDLE”. Paul is saying if you don’t kindle this fire, it will eventually burn out. When it burns out, you will get cold.

In the next devotion, we will discuss how things are when we are convinced that “God is able”. Think of these four things that occur when we rely on our own ability. It should provide motivation for you and I to give up believing that we are able to do anything on our own. We are not able, but God is.