I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO STIR UP MY GIFT (part 3)
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 GOD IS ABLE
- WE ARE REMINDED
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also
“When I call to remembrance”. Here in verse five, Timothy is reminded of the faith that was already in Him. He was reminded that his faith was sincere. He was reminded that he had been blessed with faithful people in his life. Timothy is reminded that his mentor had confidence in him. Timothy was reminded how his family had taught and poured into his life.
- WE ARE REKINDLED
The term here is “stir up”. Do you realize that when Paul challenges Timothy to kindle his fire, kindle is not a word that means to start or create? It just means to keep. We do not build the fire, nor do we have the ability to do so. God just asked us to keep it burning. God has not asked us to create our gift. God has just asked us to stir it up. When we fail in our ability we get discouraged, but when we are victorious through God’s ability, it stirs us.
- WE ARE REPLACED
Notice the words, “the gift of God”. “Of God” makes all the difference. We are replaced by Him. Our ability is replaced by His ability. Our defeats are replaced by His victories. You see, once we are convinced that God is able, we are automatically convinced that we are not. The more we see of Him, the less we want to see of ourselves. And that is exactly where God wants us to be. Not confident in ourselves, but confident in Him.