May each life I touch grow to love Jesus more.
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“…I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you…” (v 6 AMP)
“…I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…” (v 6 NIV)
Father, You have gifted me by Your Spirit for a variety of things. You’ve worked through many influences to develop skills in me. You’ve been at work to fashion me into a tool You can use for building up Your kingdom. Early on, the desire to serve others through these gifts was strong, alive, and active. The embers are still there, though sometimes in need of stoking, so that there’s a blaze instead of merely a warm glow. Stir me up, Lord.
“God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” (v 7 MSG)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (v 7 NIV)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (v 7 AMP)
Gather up all these descriptions of what You’ve given to me and shape my understanding and application of Your Word. Yes, You’ve gifted me. And yes, in the past We’ve done some exciting things together through those gifts put to use in Your kingdom. Now, Lord, strip away the “cringing” and “timidity” that can hinder me these days from diving in and letting You fully use me wherever You desire. Only in You can I be free from fear; so I look to You to cut those chains and free me to more fully serve You.
“We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work … I couldn’t be more sure of my ground — the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what He’s trusted me to do right to the end.” (v 12 MSG)
“…Still I am not ashamed, for I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day.” (v 12 AMP)
Thank You, Father, for the confidence that knowing You can bring. Continue to deepen my relationship with You as I fall more in love with Jesus each day. Work in me the way You long to work. Shape me into the likeness of Your Son. Amen.