You open a packet of Hot Chocolate mix, pour it in your cup, add boiling water, and stir. Not as good as homemade-from-scratch, but not bad either. Suddenly, you’re called away for something. When you return, not only is the drink cold, the flavor is now weakened.

The contents of a variety of drinks and foods, when left unattended, can separate. To enjoy the best flavors, it’s important to stir it up. Keep it viable. Make it workable.

God has given you a gift that is comprised of various layers: Faith, Prayer, Hope, and Joy, to name a few.  With the passing of time, sometimes those components separate from one another. The gift is still there; it just doesn’t work as well. 

You must PAUSE and “reassemble” your gift. It needs to be stirred up. Everything you need to make it viable is contained in it. It’s up to you to bring all those separate good things together to make it the BEST gift.

If you distance yourself from Prayer, Joy settles to the bottom. If Faith is allowed to grow cold, Hope cannot be tasted. Doubt is what remains, and doubt is not a workable component of God’s gift to you — the Him-Possible. 

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands (2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV).

In this passage, Paul is reminding Timothy that he has genuine faith in him that was passed down from his mother & grandmother (verse 5). But, he also encourages Timothy to STIR IT UP — to not let it settle.

I also encourage YOU today. Don’t let your gift of faith settle. That beautiful gift needs a stirring of Prayer and Joy as you worship God. Then Hope will be mixed in, and finally, Faith WILL BE what it was intended to be.

It will be a potent and viable mixture that allows the Him-Possible to be done in your life!!

Be blessed…and STIR IT UP!

SUSAN HOHMAN

The devotions in The Pause for Him-Possible series are in the process of being published and will be available to purchase soon!

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