“Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:6-7

God has given us so many wonderful things. Among them are salvation, gifts of the Spirit, the life and nature of God, the Holy Spirit and the mind of Christ, to name a few. But sometimes He likes to encourage us to sit in the driver’s seat and stir up those things He has given us in order to effectively combat the fears we’re facing and the battles of life that war against our souls. Paul was telling Timothy in the above verse, to stir up the gift of God in him. He was reminding him that he possesses something greater than mere men have – Power, Love and a SOUND MIND! And God says He has already given them to us!

With all the opportunities we have to get offended or intimidated to react out of our flesh; how many of us make the right choice; to stir up that power, that love and that sound mind? The Apostle John told us that, “they who are of the world speak of the world! But we are of God and speak the Words of God.” (I John 4:5-6). The greater One is in us, and He is our Father, who has given us power, love and a sound mind! That sound mind is filled with wisdom and understanding, which needs to be employed regarding the things God has entrusted to us. Those are living gifts, and they are to be our priority.

When we are tempted to get caught up in the worlds’ hatred, our response should be, “God has given me love!” When we get confused our response should be, “I have a sound mind!” When we feel weak, our words should be “God has given me power!” That’s how we stir up the gifts He has given us! Those are the words that reveal what He has given us. When we return those words back to God it completes the cycle of faith and accomplish what they were sent to do in us, and they fulfill His purposes in our lives!

So, if God has given you the invitation to stir up the gifts He’s given you, don’t hesitate to get in the driver’s seat and start talking like your heavenly Father talks about you. Tell yourself who you are in Christ and repeat it often! After all, God says you have a sound mind!

With love,
Pastor Tom