2 Timothy 1:6
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”
When a person gets saved, God’s Holy Ghost moves inside the believer to seal their salvation, to comfort them, and to empower them. Paul reminded Timothy that he had the Holy Ghost within him, and he commanded him to “stir up the gift of God.” The word “stir” means to move or arouse. In other words, the believer is to do the things that moves or arouses the Holy Ghost to do His work in them. You must always remember that God is a reactor. James 4:8 reminds the believer, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” We often think that this verse is talking about God the Father or God the Son, but God the Holy Spirit is as much God as the other parts of the Godhead. If drawing nigh to the Father causes Him to move towards you, so drawing nigh to the Holy Ghost will cause Him to move towards you. In other words, as you do the things that stir the Holy Ghost, He draws nigh to you and does His work through you. Let me point out several observations about the verse above.
First, you have all the power of God you need inside of you. You can’t get any more power than what you already have dwelling within you. When you got saved, you received all of the Holy Ghost; therefore, you have access to all of His power dwelling within you.
Second, you are responsible for stirring the Holy Ghost. My friend, the Holy Ghost is not to stir you, but you are to stir the Holy Ghost. In other words, you are to do the things that excites Him or moves Him if you want to see His power working within you. The dormant believer never sees God’s miracles because inaction never stirs the Holy Ghost. You will only tap into the power of the Holy Ghost by stirring Him or arousing Him to action.
Third, acting in faith and confidence stirs the Holy Ghost. Verse 7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” When you step out by faith, you start moving the Holy Ghost within you. You don’t need God’s power if you live by sight because you can do the works of sight. It takes the Holy Ghost power to do the works of faith because He can see what it will take for it to be done. You will never stir the Holy Ghost as long as you allow fear to keep you from living by faith.
Fourth, telling others about Christ stirs the Holy Ghost. Soul winning always stirs the Holy Ghost. Verse 8 says, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” The soul-winning believer will see God’s power more than the sitting believer trying to decide themselves if someone is “ready” to be saved. The more people you tell about being saved, the more people you will see saved because of the Holy Ghost moving through you to bring the lost to Christ.
Fifth, helping others through hard times stirs the Holy Ghost. Verse 8 continues to say, “…be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;” The more you serve God, the more you need God’s power to help others. You stir the Holy Ghost when you try to help others through service.
One thing that is evident about stirring the Holy Ghost is that God gives it to you to help others. You won’t know the power of God by living a self-centered life, but you’ll experience it firsthand by serving God and others.