In Second Timothy Paul encouraged Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God, which was in him [2 Tim. 1:6]. Paul was referring to the Holy Spirit, Who indwells all believers. But we know by Paul’s language of 1 Thessalonians, when he told the church not to “quench” the Spirit [1 Thes. 5:19], that the Spirit is often referred to as fire.
The fact that we can quench the Spirit or fan Him into flame, says that He does not manifest His presence or His power uniformly in all of us. We receive all of Him, but many do not allow Him to live within them in all of His fullness. To do that, we must be willing to live so as not to quench Him through disobedience, nor to grieve Him through unconfessed sin [Eph. 4:30]. We must be willing to be filled with the Spirit [Eph. 5:18], which means being emptied of self.
Paul goes on to say, God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of self-control [2 Tim. 1:7]. If we live with less than the Spirit’s fullness, we cannot experience the total measure of His power, His love, His self-control.
That’s why we, like Timothy, must fan Him into flame. We do that by surrendering ourselves to the Lord, by praying to our Father to help us live the life that allows His Spirit to set us ablaze for His purpose and glory.
Pray with us now — Father, don’t let us smother the flame of the Spirit’s power in us. Help us to give Him room. In Jesus’ name, amen.