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Fan Into Flames

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Lori Dixon encourages us to not forget the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This Forgotten God is a powerful gift, our Helper, and the Spirit of truth that dwells within each disciple of Christ.

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)

As a young child, I was often filled with fear. Whenever I felt frightened or alone, my mother encouraged me to quote out loud, ‘God gave me not a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control’. Those words gave me much comfort and did empower me to walk the dark roads of life.

Recently, I have been mulling the verses that proceeded my favorite childhood verse and especially, ‘fan into flame the gift of God’. What exactly is this gift? None other than the Spirit of power, love and self-control – The Holy Spirit!

Francis Chan wrote a book, ‘Forgotten God’ which delves into the sad truth that we have abandoned the Holy Spirit, leaving Him in the revival tents from our parents’ day. Don’t get me wrong, we still pray and believe in the Trinity, but we are not fanning into flame His presence in our lives as we should. In fact . . . I would say most of us barely have any embers that are still flickering to actually engage. The Holy Spirit is cold and forgotten in our lives.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17 ESV)

This Forgotten God is a powerful gift, our Helper, and the Spirit of truth that dwells within each disciple of Christ. But clearly the verse in Timothy has shown us that God gives us the choice to fan The Holy Spirit in our lives into a flicker or roaring flame. We need to get down low on our knees and examine the ‘fire’ in our hearts. Does it give off the warmth and protection of a strong flame? Or are the embers black with only occasional weak flickers of red? Or are they cold and empty of anything.

Father, forgive us for neglecting Your Holy Spirit in our lives. No wonder we struggle with sin and feel so powerless most days. Help us to embrace You in all your fullness. Ignite the fires in our hearts that we would walk in fellowship with You. Amen!

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