Fan the Flame for God!
2 Timothy 6-9
What are you Fanning?
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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
- 2 Timothy 6-9
What does it mean to FAN THE FLAME of our faith and spirit?
Fanning a flame of fire makes it intensify and spread. Just as a fire needs oxygen to burn, we too need to open ourselves and breathe the oxygen of the Spirit.
The Lord wants us to be hot, burning in our love for Him and our service to Him. This is why we need to fan our spirit into flame. And it takes work!
Let’s think about what it takes to start a flame. To really get burning!
1. Fuel: The fuel of our faith is simply God’s Word.
2. Heat: A flame needs heat. God’s Love, mercy and grace provide us with the confidence and strength we need to keep on fanning!
3. Oxygen: What keeps our faith alive? How do we feel God? What is our life source? It’s the Holy Spirit who lives within us. It’s His power in us that helps us to grow in Christ and live His Word through His Love.
How often do we “fan” things that aren’t from God? How often do we strive for what we want and work our little tails off to try to get the shiny thing that we think will satisfy us?
If you’re like me the answer is OFTEN.
The thing is we can’t grow our faith when we’re not fanning by investing time into our relationship with our savior. This isn’t a list of rules or requirements, but more so a response that grows and nurtures what we already have. We don’t have to do anything to earn God’s mercy and grace, but to be in relationship with Him, just like anyone else, requires commitment, time, energy and grit.
It’s not always easy to keep a flame alive. The circumstances around us, just like lack of kindling, wet conditions or wind, can become difficult or distracting. Sometimes we sit idle for too long as the flames turn into smoke. The thing about God’s flame (our faith) is that it’s above circumstances and it’s never too late.
May we burn for Him today and might He burn through us too! I pray that He will set us on fire as we fan the flame that He’s given us. Let’s remember He’s worth it and that He loves us more than we can ever imagine, no matter what and He loves when we desire community and growth in Him. Let’s keep fanning while we remember that we can “fan” from a place of rest because He’s already done it all!
Emily Saunders - CTC Keeper
Emily loves helping women rest in God’s grace while not forgetting His holiness. Faith and fitness are not mutually exclusive, and the mission of Cross Training Couture is to help more Christ followers spread truth where they sweat, live and play. Emily is also the co-founder of Raise Them Well and Momsanity, wife to Wiggy and Mom to 4 little boys ages 6 down to 1.