BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
“Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…”
2 Timothy 1:6 –NKJV
Do you feel that your life is stagnated, stale and you need some freshness in your life? If you feel that way, then it’s probably time for you to stir up the natural born gifts that God has placed in you. It’s time to stir up those gifts, dreams and talents that make us want to live life to the fullest. The Bible tells us that God has come to not just give us life, but also to give it to us more abundantly. Envision your future. Envision your destiny. Dare to envision where you want to be in five, 10, even 20 years from now.
The Bible says that without a vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream, then you’re merely existing. Dreamers are living exactly how God intended them to live. Most dreamers are risk takers, faith walkers and, in a lot of cases, seemingly allergic to failure. Dreamers may not achieve their goal on the first, second or even third, fourth or fifth try, but dreamers see a vision and won’t stop trying until that vision has been accomplished.
What is the purpose of being a designer’s original if you’re not going to impress those around you? Jesus amazed everyone around him—His followers and His haters. Jesus kept His gift stirred up, revealing his powerful and righteous ways. Stirring up your gifts doesn’t make things easier in life, but it is required in order to walk in your purpose. When you are obedient to God, you will find out you may have more haters than friends. Stirring up your gifts shakes up every stagnated and unproductive aspect of your life.
If you take a glass of water and add sugar to it, the sugar will settle at the bottom and the water will have no flavor.
Although the water in the glass has the ability to change its taste due to its sugary contents, it will remain bland and un-flavorful until the sugar in the water is stirred up. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.” What was revealed from this scripture is that, oftentimes, children have dreams for the future—dreams of being ball players, actresses, superheroes and firemen. But most of the time, those dreams end up just being wishful thinking. As we get older, we grow out of them. It’s good to play and have dreams as children, but when we grow up, we have to know the difference between a God-given dream and a wish.
Beyond our wishes, however, we all have dreams placed inside of us by God. You may have had it for years. In fact, you may have tried to let it go, but it won’t let go of you.
Today, search your heart, stir up your gift and allow those God-given dreams to surface—and then manifest them into a reality. Remember, He placed those gifts inside of you for a purpose. Ask Him to order your steps as you embrace the destiny He has in store for you!
God Bless You!
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