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
Some of the most awesome thoughts come to me during the early part of the morning when the Holy Spirit is moving. I have to let the sleep go and write down theses thoughts. Pastor Dan shared this nugget of scripture this week in our Second Mile Leadership class. He focused on verse 7, but I want to talk about both verses. In the last two blogs I emphasized how people that God chooses for us can be very effective in eliminating strongholds in our lives. This week I am going to focus on how God uses people not only to get us past strongholds in our lives, but make us bold.
Verse 6 speaks of how the on laying of hands can strengthen us. God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit when Jesus left us; when we encourage each other we make that gift even stronger. The very act of laying your hands on someone who needs prayer can make that person bold for the cause of Christ. Last night as a case and point I had hands laid on me and a strong powerful prayer was delivered to me by a friend. I needed that prayer to give me boldness to go the next step God wants me to take. There is strength in numbers, God wants us to have that boldness; not the spirit of a chicken as Pastor Dan so eloquently put. God has really laid on my heart to say we need our godly friends. There are so many examples in scriptures of different men of God that had friends beside them. Moses had his brother Aaron, David had Jonathan and Jesus had Peter, James and John. We can’t just pick anyone to be there for us, we have to use Holy Spirit discernment. God will show us the right people if we focus on Him. If you feel alone, sometimes it’s you that has to take the first step of friendship. The spirit of a chicken is a choice, and some people choose not to come out and connect with others because of some fear of being hurt. That trend can end if you work toward taking a step of faith.
Verse 7 is so awesome. The gift of the Holy Spirit is not there to keep under wraps. He can’t be silent if we have strong godly friends fanning Him into flame. When that happens as it says in verse 7, we have power. Not like power over the world or forceful strength, but humble strength; the strength to love unconditionally. Taking the negative of the world and turning it to a positive. When we enter a room God wants us to be the light that shines in that dark room where everyone else is down in the dumps. To change the atmosphere of a room takes a bold step. You can’t shrink back and be timid. The final cool thing that the power of the Holy Spirit gives us is self-control. Let me put it this way, if you can give unconditional love, you are bold and you have major self-control. Self-control in essence is confidence. The fruit of the Spirit is confidence in yourself and what you are doing. You know who you are in Christ. When that happens there is no chicken spirit within you.
We need the laying on of hand of godly people in our lives. They will make us bold and love the right way. We will have self-control that will produce confidence to make us the bold leaders God wants us to be. A spirit of a chicken or the powerful, loved filled boldness of the Holy Spirit of God; your choice.