Devotion – II Timothy 1

S – Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power,, love, and sound judgment

2 Timothy  1:6–7 CSB

O – Two strong concepts:

1.  God gives us gifts and we must continue to feed them like a fire. 

2.  The result of that statement is that we are not to give into fear (man, situations or events).

      Instead, God has given us power, love and sound judgment.

A – Every fire starts with a spark of combustion.  Then, it needs to be fed continuously with fuel. Starting small and growing big is a process.  Then comes the challenge…you have to continue to feed the fire for it to remain hot and effective.  We go through seasons where that is easy and others where it is challenging.  Either way, the principle of feeding our gifts is the same.  A relationship fed on a continuous basis will remain vibrant and strong.  I am not saying it is easy or the results are fantastic.  

Since that is true, we cannot yield to fear.  Fear is healthy until it is unhealthy.  It gives us a reason to not be arrogant and to see a situation with a realistic view.  If we do that and we reevaluate a situation and take another path, that is a good choice.  If we do that shrinking back because of the “what ifs,” that is not good.  We must walk in a faith that demonstrates power, love and sound judgment.  

R – Lord, help me to do this today.