|artwork by Tamara Peterson|
I was so inspired by Tamara Peterson’s beautiful artwork, as well as her caption: God did not create us to be timid. He gave us a gift to light the world around us. How do you light your world? How do you spark creativity in those around us? Tamara’s wonderful gift of artistry inspired me while I was worshipping with our worship leader, Conrad Johnson, to the anointed combination of the two hymns, Holy Spirit + Set A Fire…Let us become more aware of Your Presence…Set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control, I want more of You God…I felt led to do a word study of 2 Timothy 1:6b-7:
NASB: kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you…for God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Living Bible: stir into flame the strength and boldness that is in you…for the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.
Phillips: stir up that inner fire which God gave you…for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
Gift (charisma from charis = grace, English = "charismatic") means a gift of grace (the result of grace), an undeserved benefit. The suffix –ma, indicates the result of grace and refers to that which is freely and graciously given.