Does Your Faith Need Stirring? by Nelson Price

DOES YOUR FAITH NEED STIRRING?
NELSON PRICE
II TIMOTHY 1: 6, 7
9/6/98

Jesus Christ complimented His followers of every era by describing
us as "salt" and "light."

For many life has grown tasteless. For many life is being lived in
spiritual darkness.

This has been described as the era of the "Age of the Sellout" in
which everything is for sale. Honesty and integrity are traded off
like chattel for money and power.

Whether it is the "Age of the Sellout," or the "Age of the Fallout," or
the "Age of the Blowout" it is our age and a grand time to be salt
and light.

Whatever it is it is a grand time to be what the world needs:
spiritual salt and light. I pray for persons who are members of this
church knowing your task to be to saturate, penetrate, and infiltrate
society with the tasty additive of spiritual salt and illumine a
spiritually dark society with the light of the gospel. If you are a
member my prayers follow you every day as an encouragement to
be all God has designed you to be.

Ours is a spiritually challenging society. However in a day even
more difficult Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote a
young minister named Timothy words relevant to us:

"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).

Pitch your mental tent over that text and camp out under it for life.

At the time of this writing Paul was in a Roman prison awaiting
decapitation. The mad emperor Nero had set fire to a large section
of Rome and blamed the Christians for it. Believers were being
rounded up and executed. Word spread throughout the Roman
Empire as to what was happening in Rome. The word reached
Troaz where awaited the young apprentice minister Timothy. A
shiver must have gone through him when he heard of what awaited
his mentor, Paul, and other believers.

He needed the encouragement contained in our text. Today I need
it. Self-confession would prompt each of us to acknowledge our
need for the wonderful gifts listed. First a ----

I. CHARGE "Stir up the gifts..." (Vs. 6)

We don't know what gifts Timothy had but we do well to consider
the "gifts," that is the ability our Lord has given us. Every believer
has spiritual gifts.

Most of us have memories of a fire on the hearth in our home or of
sitting around a campfire. Nights around a fire are a storehouse of
memories. Are you one of those who can't resist poking a fire. At a
campfire are you one of those who inevitably ends up with a stick in
your hand poking the fire. Are you an artist with a poker with the
ability to create various patters as the dancing patterns of the
flames and embers vary.

The expression "stir up the gifts" translates the Greek word
ANAZOPUREO. ZOPUREO refers to embers in which the fire has
abated. T ...


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