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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Re-Charged!


I have a car for sale. I spent a weekend detailing it so I have it stored away and only take it out every once in a while to keep the battery charged or to show it to prospective buyers. Evidently I don’t take it out enough because I got in it today and click, click, click… Not enough juice to fire it up.

See when a vehicle is operating properly it recharges the battery while it is running. Over time if the car just sits the battery slowly loses it charge until there isn’t enough left to crank the engine. The truth is that there are many areas of our lives that are very similar to a car’s battery - our health, our relationships, our faith, etc. Any of these neglected over time drains the life out of them.

I’d like to focus on a specific area today in my post – the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“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.” – 2 Timothy 1:6 NIV

Paul understood this concept and so he encouraged his spiritual son Timothy to be diligent in the care of his spiritual gift(s). I guess another way to say it is, ‘practice makes perfect.’ The more we operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit the more natural the supernatural becomes. So I want to encourage you today to use your gifts. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are then you are in for an adventure! You can find a list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 & Romans 12:3-8. Find some other believers who are operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and ask them to pray for you to receive your gift(s). Not unlike the guy I had to have help my jump start my car!

Let’s recharge and get fired up Church!

1 comment:

  1. As a spiritual son of Mike's, this blog touches me more deeply than others. I look at the relationship between Paul and Timothy as a model of how my relationship should be between myself and Pastor Mike.

    Hebrews 2:3-4 tells us that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are a testament of our salvation and they are distributed "according to his will."

    I desire many more of the gifts than those which I have received. Lord, may I seek out YOUR will for my life, and not merely that which I desire.

    Thanks Dad, for these words of encouragement. And I'm glad to hear the purple beast is still alive...

    Tom Bunnow

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