When a ceiling fan is cut off from its power source, it continues to spin. Gradually the momentum reduces and in a matter of seconds it finally stops spinning.
The mistake we as Christians make is to believe that the gifts given to us by God will continue to remain in us overtime without any efforts on our part.
This is true only if we realize that just like the ceiling fan, if we cut off from out power source which is God, we will gradually lose our momentum and eventually stop moving.
One thing that I have come to realize is that we as true believers can be spiritually asleep at different degrees.
Using the illustration above, if as the ceiling fan gradually slows down and the power source which was initially turned off is turned back on, what will happen?
The fan will pick up momentum again and start spinning at the speed level it was turned on with.
Whatever gifts of the Holy Spirit we possess as Christians, if we do not try regularly to get spiritual nourishment from God, we will gradually lose them.
Eventually, just like the fan we will cease to spin at all.