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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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Read: 2 Timothy 1:6-8
Listen: 2 Timothy 1

Timothy is tempted to look at his abilities (or lack thereof) and doubt God’s work can be accomplished. Paul, however, reminds Timothy to make a Godward turn. Rather than focusing on his limitations, he is to fan into flame the gift God gave him. He must remember God is at work to give him courage and power for the work ahead.

Likewise, we must turn toward God in our spiritual duties and service. God is at work. He is the one who gives us spiritual strength, courage, and power. He provides spiritual gifts and transforms lives. Rather than focusing on our weaknesses and limitations, we can focus on him. He calls and gifts each of us to serve. We can use our gifts knowing God is with us and enabling us to accomplish the work he desires for us to do.

Spiritual intimacy and impact are connected at the hip. In other words, our walk with God (intimacy) is related to our spiritual impact on others. When we are spiritually healthy, engaging in spiritual practices and using our gifts to serve others, God does his great work in and through us.

TODAY: Evaluate your spiritual health. Is there a practice you need to begin, renew or refresh to deepen your intimacy with God as you serve others? See a list of spiritual practices HERE. Then, join the Ada Bible Worship Team as they sing “Firm Foundation.” Thank God he is the one we rely on as we do his work.


Read Exodus 23-24. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.