More Than Words Week 3
Series: More Than Words
July 19, 2020
Fan Into Flame - More Than Words Series Week 3
2 Tim 1:12 the apostle Paul says “I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed…”
A.W. Tozer wrote, “You and I are in little what God is in large. being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. In our sins we lack only the power. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of God.
How many of us have moved our faith beyond a prayer?
Faith must lead our pursuit of God, not our feelings.
Desire begins with discipline.
We cannot lean into what we do not know.
Ephesians 2:10 says “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
2 TIM 1:6-7 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 God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambros Redmoon, No Peaceful Warrior
Fan into flame
1.) The Why: Timothy is in need of radical encouragement.
2.) The Words : It’s a process prompted by the holy spirit that lives in us.
We literally allow the wait time to dictate our faithfulness to God.
You have been given a spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Control.
3.) Why these Words:
Flame: Paul is talking about igniting the fire of God’s spirit that lives within us.
Definition of Fan
1.) increase the strength of (a fire) by blowing on it or stirring up the air near it.
2.) to drive away the chaff (worthless things; trash) by means of a current of air.
We pursue God, he purifies us. To try and purify yourself is a labor in vain.
God put the flame in our hearts and it is up to us to make it grow into a wild fire!
Like a fire needs oxygen to grow, our spirits need the breath of God to grow
What is this breath of God?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Says “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
David Wrote in Psalms 119:112 “I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.” We have to actively incline our hearts.
Sin is burned away as side effect of God’s words like fire in your heart.
2 Tim 2:21 tells us that if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house ready for every good work.
there are 31, 173 verses in the bible. (depending on your translation)
311 verses = 1% of the bible.
104 verses = 1/3 of 1% of the bible.
Knowing the full bible would be like having 1 Million dollars.
knowing 10% (3,117 verses) = $100,000 in your pocket.
Knowing 1% ( 312 verses) = $3,336.32 in your pocket.
Knowing 10 verses = $320.82 in your pocket.
Every verse = $32.80 in your pocket.
Romans 10:17 says “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the words of Christ.”
Romans 12:1-3 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Are you going to live for the Lord or live for likes.
Boredom. Loneliness. Anxiety. Stress. Tiredness.
Psalm 19:2 “Desire without knowledge is useless”.
The Bible is More Than Words.
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