Stir up the Gift of God That is in You
When somebody has a gift and it is not used, it becomes lost. Instead of excellence, mediocrity sets in. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said the person with one gift that did not use it; the gift will be taken away and given to the person that used his gift to profit the Kingdom of God. God has endowed every person with one ability or the other. In the body of Christ, there are many gifts we can key ourselves into. When you have a coal fire except you fan it continuously, it quenches. God says do not quench the embers of fire of the Spirit. In 2 Tim. 1:5-7, the apsotel Paul addressing Timothy(Paul’s son in the faith) said :
5When 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. 6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Also in Rom. 12:3-8, Paul addressing the Romans said,
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
You either stir up the gift you have or it becomes extinguished. Many things can cause you to experience decline in your spiritual life. They include the love of the world, lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh. The Holy Spirit is grieved when we interrupt His move in our lives by our careless living. Paul speaking to the Thessalonians, said, 19Quench not the Spirit [1 Thess. 5:19].
Rather than quenching the spirit we should quench the work of Satan. How does somebody quench the Spirit or how do people reduce the embers of fire we have for God’s work? By ignoring Him, that is, ignoring His promptings; not paying attention to your spiritual life; not being led by the spirit; leading a carnal life; following after the works of the flesh; not living in love; and being slack spiritually. There are so many ways. What we should be quenching are the works of the enemy, that is, arrows of the enemy fired at us or targeted at other believers to instigate their downfall.
Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Prayer for Spiritual Empowerment
1. Every arrow of the wicked fired at my spirit, be extinguished.