2 Timothy 1:6 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.
KJV: STIR UP the gift of God...
1 Timothy 4:14 Do NOT NEGLECT your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
•• I believe that every sincere Christian will want to increase in his or her God-given spiritual gifts. That is normal, and it is biblical (“seek that ye may excel”).
• “Spiritual Gifts” such as — (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, KJV) “...the word of wisdom ... the word of knowledge ... faith ... gifts of healing ... the working of miracles ... prophecy ... discerning of spirits ... divers kinds of tongues ... the interpretation of tongues ...”
• “Spiritual Gifts” such as — (Romans 12:6-8) “...prophesying ... serving ... teaching ... encouraging ... contributing to the needs of others ... leadership ... showing mercy ...”
(1) Avoid a neutral mindset — “Do not neglect your gift.”
(2) Become assertive, in a positive sense be aggressive — “Stir up ... fan into flame the gift of God which is in you...”
• Years ago I had an elderly friend who was very well used by God in spiritual gifts. He gave me wise counsel along these lines — “Jim, before every church service, go to the prayer room. And pray to the Lord to USE you in spiritual gifts that will edify the church.” The key, he said, was an active desire to be used by God for the blessing of others.
1 Peter 4:10Each one should use whatever gift HE has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
(3)“Each” includes each of us. Understand that God intends to use you.
(4) “Use whatever gift he has received” — Seek to increase in those areas where God has obviously called and gifted YOU. Don’t copy someone else.
1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1 ...EAGERLY DESIRE the greater gifts.... [14:1] Follow the way of love and EAGERLY DESIRE spiritual gifts...
12:31, KJV ...COVET earnestly the best gifts...
(5) A growing ZEAL to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit isn’t presumptuous. No, but rather it pleases God.
• “COVET... EAGERLY DESIRE spiritual gifts.”
• Bring this desire often before the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:12b Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, TRY TO EXCEL in gifts that build up the church.
(6) Seek to “EXCEL” in gifts of the Spirit. The purpose is very worthy — to “build up the church.”
Amplified: “EVER BE filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.”
(7) Seek, pursue, cultivate a Spirit-filled walk. This is a command, so we have a part in this. “BE filled”!
John 16:14-15 Jesus said, He [the HOLY SPIRIT] will bring glory to me by taking from what is MINE and making it known to YOU.  All that belongs to the FATHER is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
(8) Understand “the flow” of spiritual gifts — it’s the Holy Trinity in action.
Galatians 5:16 So I say, LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
KJV: WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
(9) Make up your mind to “LIVE by the Spirit ... [to] WALK IN the Spirit.” That will enable you to put down “the flesh” and to see things more spiritually.
• John was “in the Spirit” to receive the Revelation.
• We, too, need to be often“in the Spirit” — in prayer, in praise, in the Word, in quiet reflection — in order to prepare ourselves to hear the Lord’s voice, to receive spiritual gifts from His Spirit, and to see the great things He wishes to show to us.
Romans 12:6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in PROPORTION to his FAITH.
(10) The gifts of the Holy Spirit are linked to our faith levels. So we ought to be doing all we can to increase our faith.
1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of LOVE and eagerly desire spiritual GIFTS...
(11) Spiritual gifts operate best out of a heart of LOVE —
John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, STREAMS OF LIVING WATER will flow from within him." By this he meant THE SPIRIT...