fan into flame but don't flame out

2 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.


The Apostle Paul in his first letter to his son in the faith Timothy encouraged him to stir up the gift of God which was given him by God and affirmed by the laying on of hands (and the body of elders or presbytery 1 Timothy 4:14). This is speaking of the gift for ministry and his calling for ordination which is often accompanied by the laying on of hands that sets one apart for service. The words for “stir up” literally mean to rekindle, kindle afresh, to stir into flame, and to keep blazing. The figurative speech seems to describe the act of reviving a fire that is going out and needs fanned into flame again implying that if it is not frequently stirred up, and fresh fuel added to it, will go out.


One way for sure to fan it into flame is to fill up with the Word of God. Jeremiah said, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces Jeremiah 23:29?” It is time to get ignited and stay fired up. We need to stay full of the Word of God like never before in this New Year not our memory of the Word. It is to be daily manna eaten every day, not memory. My memory of pizza won’t feed me like actually eating pizza would. What’s your Word level? The only level recommended by God is spelled out in Colossians 316, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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