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The Fanner

2 Timothy 1:6New International Version (NIV)

Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel

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.

Timothy had a charge on his life to fan the flame. He was being commissioned to be the fire of the Gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to be the fan.

I have a friend who I met while my wife and I were vacationing in Colorado this summer. We had one of the Jesus moments with a man named, Felix Little Axe Bustamante. He is a Native American from the Jicavilla Apache Tribe. He is a wonderful man of God.

We met each other for a brief moment in Winter Park, Colorado on an early Tuesday morning. He was playing music on a wooden flute that sounded incredible. I went up to him and started talking with him and immediately we became brothers in Christ.

He was sharing with me how he made tomahawks and walking sticks. He shared how he uses downed trees, limbs, and rocks from what he called mother earth.

As he was sharing, we soon ran out of time, so I asked if I could pray for him. After I finished, he wanted to pray for my wife and I and our marriage. But before he did, he got his feather fanner from his car. This fan was made of beautiful feathers and held together with colorful string. As he was praying for us, he used his feather made fanner to symbolize how the Holy Spirit is like the wind, and the fan pressed the wind to us. What a moment!

I had chills going up and down on my back sensing the Holy Spirit through the fanning of the wind to draw fire on my wife and I. The draft of the wind represented the Holy Spirit, and my wife and I welcomed the Holy Spirit in this moment.

The ‘Fanner’ is in fact the Holy Spirit. He fans the coal inside us to spark a flame. It is calling on the name of Jesus that is the true fire of our souls. Allow the Holy Spirit to be the ‘Fanner’ of the flames in your life.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The first week of the teaching was about the good in our lives. Last Sunday we looked into what is the bad that I we walk in each day. Now finally this Sunday, we will look at the ugly things in our lives that we need to confess before the Lord. Do not miss out on this final teaching from the last three weeks. Tune into KBOE 104.9 FM each Sunday morning from 8:30-9:00.

 

The Ugly

Ephesians 4:29New International Version (NIV)

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

I have found in my own life that when I curse, swear, or use any unwholesome talk; I am struggling with a heart condition. It is the ugliness that I have allowed inside me to come out.

It is usually created by frustration, anger, or from my own selfish pride. The sad point about it and when I vent it, I lose my credibility as a Christian.

True, we all do not walk around with our halos straight, but it does create wrong impressions to those around us when we are trying to be men of God. Nowhere do you find Jesus using curse words. He did call religious men like Pharisees and Sadducees vipers and snakes.

Jesus says in Luke 6:45, ‘A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.’ What you say flows from what is in your heart. 

The ugly in our heart, men, spills not only out of us, but also on the people we are around. Do not let tough moments give way to wrong actions. When we fail in those moments, get back up. Thankfully we serve a God who is faithful and just, who is a forgiver of our sins, and purifies us from all unrighteousness at is says in 1 John 1:9, ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

New Teaching Series on KBOE 104.9 FM, 8:30-9:00 am on Sundays

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The first week of the teaching was about the good in our lives. This Sunday we will look into what is the bad that I we walk in each day. And finally next Sunday, we will look at the ugly things in our lives that we need to confess before the Lord. Do not miss out on this teaching for the next two weeks. Tune into KBOE 104.9 FM each Sunday morning from 8:30-9:00.

 

The Bad

1 Corinthians 5:13New International Version (NIV)

13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

What is the bad in my life that I need to adjust or get rid of? This is a great question, but what is the bad in a man’s life? It can often be the people we hang out with. They can affect our attitudes, opinions, and cause bad influences in our life. It directly affects our behavior.

As my dad always reminded me as I was growing up, if you lie with dogs you get fleas. He is right. My dad knows this because of the people he used to hang around with when he was a young man.

My dad worked construction all of his life. When he was younger, the men he hung out with influenced him to go to the bars after work to drink. Eventually, this bad behavior caught up with him, and he eventually became an alcoholic. He almost lost his family over it. This was all because of bad company.

Later in years, dad had to deal with his bad, the alcohol. He allowed a Pastor of a local church who was a good man who cared for him to influence him to make a change in his life.

Dad still reminds me today to keep good company and to be a person of affluence rather than a person who gets influenced. I want you to think of bad company this way. If you run with turkeys, you become one, but if you fly like an eagle, you will lead like one. 

Which choice of influence will you make?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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