Tozer Devotional

Mon, May 18, 2020

Fanning the Flame

. . . The old soldier, Paul, was about to retire; that is, the Lord was about to take him home. Before he went he wrote a letter to his young coworker, much younger than he, but a noble young man. Timothy was full of faith, having been reared in a family where the faith of God was strong. He had proven himself a hundred ways in working with the great man Paul. But even Timothy, though very busy and even because he was so busy, was in danger of settling into a rut. Otherwise Paul would not have said, "Fan the flame." In the King James this is translated "stir up the gift of God." In Scripture God never uses superfluous words. He never says to a person who is wide awake, "Wake up!" He never says to a person who is lying down, "Lie down!" He never says to someone standing, "Get up!" And He never says to a person who is already stirred up, "Stir up!" God never wastes His words, and He never makes any little speeches like a person called upon at the laying of a cornerstone. Nor was Paul wasting words or giving a little talk that would be good just about anywhere. "Stir up the gift of God that is in thee" (KJV). Timothy needed this, or it would not have been written. The evidence is that Timothy, even though a hard-working and faithful man, was in danger of getting into rut. Paul said, in effect, "Don't be ashamed of the cross."

Verse

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. . . . So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life. 2 Timothy 1:6,8-9a

Thought

God gives spiritual gifts to all believers. We need to be aware of the gifts He has given. Your gift and mine sometimes must be rekindled or fanned into flame, otherwise it may just burn out through unuse or misuse.

Prayer

Father, show me how to fan into flame that gift You have given me that by its use You may be glorified.

“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Rut, Rot or Revival Chapter Six - Dealing with Spiritual Problems

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