Stir Up the Gift That is in You

STIR UP THE GIFT THAT IS IN YOU

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION – THE BIBLE HAS MUCH TO SAY ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS.  THESE WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO OR MORE GROUPS.  THE 1ST GROUP IS THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCUSSED IN 1 CORTHIANS 12, WHICH INCLUDE WORD OR MESSAGE OF WISDOM, WORD OR MESSAGE OF KNOWLEDGE, FAITH, GIFTS OF HEALING, POWER TO PERFORM MIRACLES, PROPHECY, DECERNING OF SPIRITS, SPEAKING IN UNKNOWN (UNLEARNED) TONGUES, AND INTERPRETATION OF UKNOWN (UNLEARNED) TONGUES.  1CORINTHIANS 12:4 SAYS THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF THESE GIFTS BUT THAT THEY ARE GIVEN BY THE “SAME SPIRIT”, THE SPIRIT OF GOD, AND THAT “TO EACH ONE THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT WAS GIVEN FOR THE COMMON GOOD.” (1CORINTHIANS 12:7)

EPHESIANS 4:11,12 DISCUSSES WHAT WE REFER TO AS THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS.  IT SAYS “IT WAS HE WHO GAVE SOME TO BE APOSTLES, SOME TO BE PROPHETS, SOME TO BE EVANGELISTS, SOME TO BE PASTORS AND TEACHERS, TO PREPARE GOD’S PEOPLE FOR WORKS OF SERVICE, SO THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE BUILT UP …”

ROMANS 12:4-8 DISCUSSES, WHAT WE REFER TO AS THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS.  THESE INCLUDE PROPHECY, SERVING, TEACHING, EXHORTATION, GIVING ADMINISTRATION OR ORGANIZATION AND MERCY. THIS MORNING WE WILL NOT BE LOOKING AT ANY SPECIFIC GIFT OR IT’S PURPOSE BUT WE WILL BE LISTENING TO WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID TO YOUNG TIMOTHY ABOUT STIRRING UP THE GIFT THAT IS IN HIM.  AS THE APOSTLE PAUL APPROACHED THE END OF HIS LIFE HERE UPON EARTH HE REALIZED THAT JESUS CHRIST PROBABLY WOULD NOT RETURN IN HIS LIFE TIME AND BEGAN TO FOCUS PASSING TORCH TO THE NEXT GENERATION.  HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF SPIRITUAL LEADERS.  HE HAD BEEN GROOMING TIMOTHY AMONG OTHERS.  THE 2ND BOOK OF TIMOTHY IS A VERY PERSONAL LETTER TO YOUNG TIMOTHY WRITTEN ABOUT 67 AD.  HE CALLS TIMOTHY HIS “BELOVED SON”.  IN 1CORINTHIANS 4:17 PAUL SAYS “FOR THIS REASON I HAVE SENT TIMOTHY TO YOU, WHO IS MY BELOVED AND FAITHFUL SON IN THE LORD”, WHICH SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE CLOSENESS OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP. THIS WAS THE APOSTLE PAULS LAST LETTER BEFORE HE WAS EXECUTED BY NERO, EMPEROR OF ROME.  NERO WAS INTENT UPON STOPPING THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY, WHICH WAS BEGINNING TO SPREADING LIKE WILD FIRE THROUGHOUT THE EMPIRE. 

 (TEXT: 2TIMOTHY 1:1-14

II)    INTRODUCTION FROM PAUL, TIMOTHY’S SPIRITUAL FATHER & MENTOR  (1- 5)

A)   BACKGROUND – TIMOTHY FROM ASIA MINOR

1)    PAUL MET HIM AS HE TRAVELED THROUGH LYSTRA & DERBE

2)    TIMOTHY’S BORN OF A GREEK FATHER AND JEWISH MOTHER

3)    TIMOTHY ALREADY A DISCIPLE WHEN PAUL MET HIM

4)    TRAVELED WITH PAUL TO ATHENS & CAME TO PAUL IN MACEDONIA

5)    TIMOTHY OFTEN MINISTERED TO AND BROUGHT COMFORT TO PAUL

B)   PAUL RECOUNTS HIS SPIRITUAL TRAVAIL & NURTURING OF TIMOTHY

1)    ALMOST AS THE TRAVAIL OF CHILD BIRTH

2)    CONSTANTLY REMEMBERED HIM IN PRAYER

3)    FONDLY REMEMBERED HIS (TIMOTHY’S TEARS: JOY)

4)    LONGED TO SEE HIM

(a)  (PAUL A VERY OUT GOING PERSON,

(b)  LONGED FOR TIMOTHY’S COMPANIONSHIP

C)   REMINDS TIMOTHY OF HIS SPIRITUAL HERITAGE – HIS “SINCERE” FAITH (5)

1)    IT ALL STARTS WITH FAITH – WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD – SINCERE, UNRESTRAINED FAITH, NOT EASILY DISCOURAGED

2)    WE MUST KNOW THAT HE IS (HE EXISTS) AND HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM

3)    IT MUST ALSO BE A “LIVING” FAITH

4)    TIMOTHY’S FAITH, FIRST “LIVED” IN GRANDMOTHER LOIS THEN IN HIS MOTHER EUNICE

5)    PAUL WAS PERSUADED THAT IT “LIVED” IN TIMOTHY ALSO

III)   PAUL’S EXHORTATION TO CARRY ON: THE WHAT, THE WHY, THE HOW

A)   “THE WHAT” –  TIMOTHY TO CARRY ON THE WORK (6 – 9)

1)    WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN TIMOTHY’S LIFE THAT PAUL FELT THE NEED TO WRITE THIS STRONG LETTER TO HIM

2)    CONDITIONS HAD CHANGED, WITH NERO AS EMPEROR, PAUL WAS NO LONGER FREE TO COME AND GO AND RECEIVE GUESTS

3)    NOW PAUL WAS A PRISONER, A CRIMINAL, AND CHRISTIANS WERE BEING PERSECUTED

4)    TIMOTHY HAD A GENTLE, PERHAPS TIMID PERSONALITY, PERHAPS HE BEGAN TO WILT IN THE FACE OF THIS RABID PERSECUTION

5)    PAUL WAS CONCERNED FOR TIMOTHY: “FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF GOD THAT IS IN YOU THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF MY HANDS…”

(a)  GIFTS COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD CHARISMA

(b)  LAYING ON OF HANDS SPEAKS OF SPIRITUAL IMPORTATION

6)    “GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF TIMIDITY, BUT A SPIRIT OF POWER, OF LOVE AND SELF DISCIPLINE”

(a)  POWER – THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVEN TO BELIEVERS TO GIVE THEM POWER TO BE HIS WITNESSES : ACTS 1:8 BUT YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU;

(b)  LOVE – SPIRITUAL GIFTS OPERATE IN LOVE TO BE EFFECTIVE – “THOUGH I SPEAK WITH THE TONGUES OF MEN AND OF ANGEL AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, I AM NOTHING …” (1 COR. 13)

(i)   SELF DISCIPLINE – 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 BUT I DISCIPLINE MY BODY AND BRING IT INTO SUBJECTION, LEST, WHEN I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS, I MYSELF SHOULD BECOME DISQUALIFIED.

7)    DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO TESTIFY ABOUT OUR LORD, OR ASHAMED OF ME HIS PRISONER – JOIN ME (PAUL) IN SUFFERING FOR THE GOSPEL (8)

(a)  LUKE 9:26 “FOR WHOEVER IS ASHAMED OF ME AND MY WORDS, OF HIM THE SON OF MAN WILL BE ASHAMED WHEN HE COMES IN HIS OWN GLORY, AND IN HIS FATHER’S, AND OF THE HOLY ANGELS.

(b) ROMANS 1:16 FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES, FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK.

B)   “THE WHY” – GOD’S GRACE: THE ENABLING & REASON BEHIND IT ALL (9B – 12)

1)    GRACE GIVEN TO US BY JESUS CHRIST BEFORE TIME BEGAN – ELECTION

2)    GRACE NOW REVEALED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. OUR SAVIOR, WHO DESTROYED DEATH

3)    PAUL APPOINTED A HERALD (ONE WHO PROCLAIMS) AND AN APOSTLE – THIS WAS THE REASON FOR PAUL’S SUFFERING

4)    PAUL NOT ASHAMED:

(a)  HE KNEW IN WHOM HE BELIEVED – HIS FAITH HAD NOT WAVERED IN THAT COLD, DARK PRISON CELL, UNDER THE FLOOR

(b)  HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT HE (JESUS) IS ABLE TO GUARD WHAT PAUL ENTRUSTED TO HIM ONTO THAT DAY (THE DAY OF HIS APPEARING

C)   “THE HOW”   – APPLY THE PATTERN & GUARD YOUR HEART (13 – 14)

1)     USE THE PATTERN OF SOUND TEACHING THAT I GAVE YOU WITH FAITH AND LOVE  – DON’T DEVIATE FROM THE PATTERN; THIS IS NOT A TIME TO GET CREATIVE, USE THE PATTERN ESTABLISHED IN THE WORDS THAT I HAVE GIVEN YOU, BUT MIX IT WITH A GENEROUS PORTION OF FAITH AND LOVE.  WITHOUT THE FAITH AND LOVE THE WORD CAN KILL AND DESTROY

2)    GUARD THE “GOOD” DEPOSIT THAT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED – GUARD IT WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – GUARD THAT PRECIOUS SEED THAT HAS BEEN IMPLANTED IN YOU AND THAT IS BEGINNING TO GROW AND MATURE THAT IT MIGHT BEAR FRUIT

IV)  CONCLUSION – IF YOU HAVE DONE ANY PAINTING YOU KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF STIRRING THE PAINT UP EITHER THROUGH ONE OF THOSE MACHINES OR THE OLD FASHIONED WAY, BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO USE IT.   AFTER A CAN OF PAINT SITS FOR A WHILE THE PIGMENTS THAT PROVIDE THE COLOR SETTLE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CAN.  IF YOU JUST OPENED THE CAN AND BEGAN TO USE IT OFF THE TOP OF THE CAN YOU WOULD NOT GET A GOOD PAINT JOB.  EVEN SO IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE TO BE “SALT” AND “LIGHT”.  WE ARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD, TO ADD “COLOR” AND “SIGNIFICANCE” TO A DRAB AND DREARY LIVES THAT WE TOUCH.  IF WE ARE JUST HOLDING DOWN THE PEW, GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, ETC THEN WE ARE NOT READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AS IN DOING OUR PART TO GROW THE CHURCH.  IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD IN US THAT ENABLES US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.   FROM TIME TO TIME,  WE NEED TO STIR UP THAT GIFT.  THAT IS WHAT PAUL WAS SAYING TO YOUNG TIMOTHY)

PERHAPS YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING BUT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO COME.  IN FACT, EVEN WHEN YOU ARE HERE YOU REALLY ARE NOT HERE.  FOR A LONG TIME NOW, THE FRESHNESS IS GONE, THE SPONTANEITY IS GONE, YOUR LOVE FOR THE LORD AND HIS WORK HAS WANED, THEN THIS MESSAGE IS FOR YOU.  WE ALL NEED SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AND REVIVAL FROM TIME TO TIME EVEN AS THE EARTH NEEDS THE RAIN.  WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD THROUGH THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SOURCE OF RENEWAL AND REVIVAL, BUT WE MUST PARTICIPATE, AS AN ACT OF OUR WILL AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF OUR RENEWED MIND.  WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE OUR NEED AND ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BLOW ON THE EMBERS, AND STIR UP THE GIFT THAT WE MAY ONCE AGAIN FUNCTION TO OUR CAPACITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST AND BEAR THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

2 Tim 1:1-15 KJV

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

5 When 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.

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.

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

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