6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
- While I was VERY familiar with verse 7 of 2 Timothy 1, the power of the prior verse (6, in the King James versions) was just revealed to me in a such a beautiful way – in a Gospel video, Joe Pace and the Colorado Mass Choir (above). Who says all your bible insights need to come from a minister or Bible Study teacher?
- Like my discovery of Zechariah 4:6 this past week, as covered in my post earlier today, HOW you get God’s message and word can vary greatly. A sermon, song, or (even) a speech – see below.
- Being led to a Bible scripture OUTSIDE of a Sunday morning sermon or Bible Study setting can make it LINGER in our minds longer.
- I guess that’s another case of ‘Hearing Him Availing Much’ (see hearing God’s voice post).
- I can still vividly recall hearing a politician quoting Scripture at a convention 16 months ago! Former Governor Ted Strickland (an ordained Methodist minister), in speech stated: “In Matthew, chapter 6, verse 21, the scriptures teach us that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
- Christian Assurance: Pillar 8 (Christian Courage).
- Reading different versions can, as well, help one see the meaning and power of a verse. ‘Stir up the gift’, in KJV and NKJV Bibles, has a different feel than ‘fanning into flames’ one’s gift – though I love alliterations (smile).
- Another version of these two verses (NLT) reads: 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1: 6-7 NLT
To God be the Glory!