We recently put in an outdoor fireplace. My son, his wife, and some friends came over and we used it for the first time. My son built the fire and it wasn’t going well. He would get down close to the flames and blow air into the fire. He was feeding the fire with oxygen and that brings us to our Verse of the Day:
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, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV)
Paul is writing to Timothy explaining the gift of the Holy Spirit is like a fire that must be fanned into a flame. Fire needs oxygen to keep burning. Just like we feed the a fire by blowing on it and giving it more oxygen, we also need to feed the Holy Spirit within us.
As soon as we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the person of God living within us to teach us, direct us, and give us power to do His will. But this power must be fed in order to increase the things of the Spirit. In other words, just because someone is a Christian, it doesn’t mean they will suddenly have tons of self-control or never struggle with stress or anxiety in their life. But as they feed the Spirit, giving it oxygen, the Spirit will burn more intensely within us increasing love, power, and self-control.
So how do we feed the Spirit?
We feed the Spirit through our lifestyle. Our daily living will feed or starve the Spirit within us. We can fan into flame the Spirit or we can quench the Spirit through our lifestyle. Our words, our actions, our tone of voice, attitude, habits determine the strength of the Spirit’s flame within us. And if we want to love better…if we want to have more power to change circumstances and lives…if we want more self-control, then we need to feed the Spirit. We operate in the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The fire heats us when we take on the attitude, perspective, and demeanor of the Spirit.
Every time we choose to act in love when it is hard, we are fanning the flame. When we choose to find the positive and be joyful in difficult moments, we are fanning the flame. When we remember that God is working everything for our good, we can choose peace in chaos and we fan the flame.
We also feed the Spirit by operating in the gifts of the Spirit for the purpose of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has endowed each of us with gifts. These are the elements within us that allow us to have influence with people. Some are teachers who can make difficult concepts simple. Some are preachers meaning that can motivate and inspire. Some are encouragers. Some have great hospitality to make people feel comfortable. What is yours? When you use these gifts to build others up in God, the fire become white-hot.
What are you doing to feed the fire of the Holy Spirit? Is there anything in your life now that is quenching the Holy Spirit?
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