2013-04-27 - Fanning the Flame
"Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you " 2 Timothy 1:6 (NIV)
Paul's second letter to Timothy was sent from a Roman prison, to a young pastor struggling with false teachers in a small church in Ephesus. Paul was concerned that Timothy might become discouraged, and that his faith may suffer as a result. Paul wrote these words to encourage Timothy to keep the fire of his faith burning. In fact, Timothy was to fan the flames and keep his faith "ablaze."
Today we, too, sometimes feel our faith flickering. We face opposition and discouragement. Our beliefs are questioned and mocked. Our lives are full of trials and temptations. When we encounter these situations, we can remember Paul's advice to Timothy. We need to keep our faith ablaze, by studying God's word, attending church, praying, and worshipping God. Keep your blaze burning.
Richard Moser, Jr.