Stir the Fire by Nancy Vandemark

A nice fire in the fireplace can light the room and keep it warm and cozy. Eventually, if not tended, ash will cover the logs limiting the light and heat it gives off. If there are sufficient logs, the fire will burn slowing during the night. Then the next morning, you can stir up the fire. The flames will break out anew with the added oxygen lighting the room and giving off more heat. Then more logs may be added to the fire to keep it burning.

I get a vivid picture story when Paul reminds Timothy to “stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, (2 Timothy 1:6 Amplified version.)”

It is inferred Timothy had a natural tendency toward being timid. Perhaps because of that, Timothy had let the fire of the Spirit be ‘covered by ashes.’ We can let the Spirit be ‘covered by ashes’ in many ways. We may get busy with the cares of everyday life. Perhaps an illness we, or someone we love, have is dragging us down. Maybe we have been hurt by someone so we became withdrawn or bitter.

Whatever the cause, when we are in that state, God’s Spirit will not ‘heat or light up the room’ in the same way a flame burning brightly will. We are more useful to serve others when God’s Spirit in us is stirred up just as a fire is more useful when it is stirred to rekindle the embers and the flames come up again.

How can we rekindle the fire or stir up the gift of God’s spirit he has given us? First of all, ask God. He is our Father and is willing to help us when we are need of something.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)”

Go to God in prayer asking him for help. He will certainly help you. Seek for his help and encouragement through the study and meditation of his word. He will open the door to blowing off the ashes and rekindling the fire within you.

Keep up your fellowship with fellow Christians.

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:7 King James Version)”

The Amplified version adds in brackets information to help clarify.

“Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose]. (Proverbs 27:7 Amplified)”

Our friends can remind us of our worthy purpose. We should encourage others and draw encouragement from others to remind us we are used by God to help others. What we learn from our own personal trials may be used to help others going through the same thing. We should not use the lack of trials be a time in which we let the ash slowly diminish our light and warmth.

Keep in mind that we are not only to be around others to stir us up, but we are to be active in stirring up others.

“And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,

Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 Amplified)”

Go stir the fire and help others do the same.


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