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07/07/13 Fan Into Flame!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Under: Sermon
Text: 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)

"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."

“And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33

Intro: I bet you all didn’t know the mascot for Liberty University is the Flame? I must admit when I first heard that, it took me awhile to put the idea of a flame as a mascot. How are you supposed to wear a flame, how are you supposed to carry the flame or run with it? But that is exactly what God gives you – a flame! The Holy Spirit inside you will guide you in carrying this flame, a fire that will not go out, a joy to wear this. It is my prayer that your flame has not been extinguished, I hope you are not a wet long. If so God can fan the flame, He can take the wetness and create a fire.

Application: Grace Gives you Power!

God has not given us the spirit of fear. Too often believers—laymen and ministers alike—fear using their gifts. They fear speaking up for Christ and the gospel—they fear...Being very honest, we have all experienced these fears at one time or another. We failed to witness—to use our gift in speaking up for Christ and in proclaiming the gospel lest we suffer persecution. We are not to fear.

We are not to fear the face of man.
We are not to fear the trials that may come our way because we are living for Christ.
We are not to fear the ridicule and persecution that may be launched against us because we are witnessing and ministering for Christ.

Is it possible to keep from fearing if we live for Christ in this world, a world that is so evil and abusive? How can we keep from being apprehensive if we witness for Christ day by day? How can we keep from being cowardly when the world thinks that religion is to be kept in the church and not out in the world? How can we stand up for Christ when people mock and poke fun at anyone who lives for Christ?

We can fan into flame with the equipment God gives us: God's equipment does not include fear. God does not give us the spirit of fear; God gives us the spirit of love and power, and of a sound mind. The word spirit means the believer's spirit: the Holy Spirit of God actually injects power, love, and a sound mind into the spirit of the believer.

1st piece of equipment God gives us to use to fan into flame.

1. The Holy Spirit actually infuses power into the believer's spirit: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

We do not receive power until we begin to minister. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" Acts 1:8

Power is not needed if we just sit around and remain silent about Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us power only when we begin to minister and actually need it. It is when we begin to live for Christ—to use our gifts to bear witness for Him—that the Spirit of God injects power into our spirit.

“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.” 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:18-20 (ESV)

When we begin to live and proclaim Christ, the Holy Spirit endows us with power, enormous power...

• power to face the strain of difficulties and trials.
• power to stand tall in living and witnessing for Christ.
• power to take on the job and to do it well—to the very best of our ability.

Of power – du na meos (me’s) (Greek)

"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."

2nd piece of equipment God gives us to use to fan into flame.

2. The Holy Spirit infuses love into the believer's spirit: “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 (ESV)

This is agapē love, the kind of love that loves people even if they are sinners and enemies. It is a love that arises within the mind and will, not in the emotions. It is the kind of love that says, I will love this person no matter what he does to me. I will care for, nourish, and nurture him. I will share Christ with him. I will treat him just as I would want him to treat me if he knew Christ. I will love him and be responsible to him, no matter how he treats me. This kind of love—the kind of love that can love sinners and enemies—is a gift of God's Spirit. No man can stir or work up agapē love. Agapē love is God's love. God alone possesses it; therefore, God alone can give it to men. He gives it to all who live for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and who proclaim Him.

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:8-10

3rd piece of equipment God gives us to use to fan into flame.

3. The Holy Spirit infuses a sound mind into the believer's spirit: “But of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

"Sound mind" means self-control; the ability to control one's emotions, feelings, and thoughts in the midst of trials and circumstances, no matter how severe and stressful. It is just as it says, a sound mind—the mastery over one's mind, over one's heart and life despite the trial or opposition. When the believer begins to live and bear testimony for Christ, the Holy Spirit gives him a sound mind—a most glorious gift.

Picture this: Think for a moment, a genuine believer. Who is living for Christ: walking in Christ and sharing Christ all day every day. Who honestly loves people and treats people just like they should—no matter how they treat him. Who is controlled—who controls their passions, feelings, behavior, and thoughts.

Picture such a person: Could God let that person live in fear? Could God fail to keep from giving that person strength, that is, spiritual power and love and a sound mind? The answer is obvious. The person who truly lives for Christ and bears testimony for Christ is delivered from fear:

he is given power, enormous power.
he is given love, great love for people, no matter who they are.
he is given a sound mind, peace, stability, and security in a dying and insecure world.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” Romans 8:5-7

“Fan into Flame!” This:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

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