Unleashing the Dormant Gift
Many years ago, when I was ordained in my local church, the Lord had spoken two things to me prophetically that would be strong gifts in my life. I had noticed lately, that one of those two things was not flowing the way it did in the past. I began to seek the Lord about it, and He was faithful to speak to me. What do you do when a gift seems to have become dormant?
SPEAK to that thing! When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they cried out for water. God told Moses to strike the rock and out it came! That rock is JESUS! Our precious gifts come from HIM. When Jesus was “struck” on the cross, He provided a way for us to walk in spiritual gifts. We can receive the Holy Spirit in power and then, “out of our belly will flow living water.” (John 7:38) There may have been a time when you realized what was in you and began to walk in gifts. You may have received impartation of spiritual gifts. That river flowed! It could be that the gift became dormant because you did not use it or have an opportunity to use it. There may even have been a God-ordained time of rest, but NOW it is time to flow again.
When the Israelites needed water again, Moses struck the rock a second time, but that was not what God wanted. Instead, he was to “speak” to that rock. (Numbers 20:6,7) When he spoke to the rock, the water flowed again. When you see that a gift has become dormant, speak to Jesus about it, but then speak to that gift itself that is inside you and tell it to “Spring forth!!!!” Be persistent!
Stir it up!
S2Ti 1:6 Therefore I remind you to inflame (stir up) anew the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands.
2Ti 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Timothy needed the gifts inside of him to be stirred up anew. Because of fear, he had allowed the gifts inside of him to become dormant. The enemy will put many thoughts into your mind of fear to keep you from doing all that God has called you to do. Don’t allow him! God did NOT give you that fear. Instead God has given you:
- Love – “Perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18) Allow His love to fill you to overflowing and fear of rejection and failure will not be able to dominate you. He loves you! Nothing else matters. Allow His love to fill you with love for those that need the gifts that are inside of you. Step out of self-concern to His selfless love.
- Power – “The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.” (Romans 8:11) Don’t try to do anything by yourself. Rest in His power inside of you.
- A sound mind – “…but we have the mind of Christ.” (I Corinthians 2:16) How would He think? Renew your thoughts to His.
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Stirring up implies action! Have you ever known someone who was always “stirring up trouble?” They didn’t just think about it. Nor did they only speak about it into the air in their rooms. They DID something. They went out and spread rumors. They may even have planted false ideas or evidence. If we want to stir up dormant gifts, we must begin to exercise them again! We need to DO something. Do not quit! Be diligent and use every opportunity! LOOK for opportunities!
It is TIME! Increase is upon us! Increase is upon YOU! Speak to those things inside of you and then act! The Lord is raising up an army during this time! BE A PART OF IT!
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