Are you on fire?

"...I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God."
When I read this verse, how my heart screams..Yes! I want to be "on fire" for the Lord! Passionate! Burning....
Paul is writing to Timothy. These are some of Paul's last words written shortly before he dies. The note in my bible tells what is going on at the time.
"Times are difficult, both morally and spiritually, and Paul wants to encourage Timothy to persevere in his Christian faith and life. As you read this book, be sure to find your daily strength in Jesus Christ and in God's inspired Word."
 
And, then, to encourage Timothy even more, Paul tells him some of my favorite words in Scripture:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (or fawning fear), but
a spirit of POWER, of love and of self-discipline (and sound mind). AMP
Paul continues,
"So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord..but join me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of His purpose and grace."
How I want to encourage you, as well!
Fan into flame this gift of grace God has given you. Seek Him passionately. Don't worry about the world you see around you. Yes, it is getting "worse"- morally and spiritually.
God will give you strength.
God will empower you.
God will pour out His wisdom, discernment, comfort, and peace upon you.
Stay in the faith.
Stay strong (in Him!).
Seek Him.
Fan into flame the Holy Spirit...the GIFT of God!.




11 thoughts shared....:

Beth in NC said...

That is beautiful Tracy! I often think of the "fan into flame" scripture as I pray over someone.

God bless you today!
Beth

Laurie Ann said...

Tracy, what a great reminder. I want my heart to be on fire for Him, too. Have you heard "Set the World of Fire" by Brit Nicole? This post reminded me of that song. Happy WFW, Tracy!

LauraLee Shaw said...

This verse always inspires me, and your graphic to go with it puts it in me visually as well. Wowzer. thx!

Kristi said...

What a wonderful WFW post. Thanks for sharing this today. Blessings to you!

lori said...

Fan the flame..I LOVE the image and you know it IS getting worse, OUT THERE and it's easy to be discouraged...but we continue to "fan the flame..." Tracy, I'm taking this one with me...it just speaks to my heart right now!

peace,
lori

Patty Wysong said...

What wonderful admoninsion for us! Thanks!

Mary Moss said...

Powerful testimony here. Thank you for sharing your passion for Christ.

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

hennhouse said...

Great image and great verse!

Happy WFW!

Amydeanne said...

Tracy!
I love this, it really screams at me as well!

Anita C. Harris said...

Tracy, loved the post. Thanks for encouraging me to continue fanning the flame. I never want it to go out. But I know it is up to be to do the fanning.
Blessings!