Not in Fear, But in Faith
Today, we continue our study on how to deal with fear according to God’s Word. God deals with the subject of fear often in His Word. That indicates to me that He knows we are going to deal with it often in our lives. He has prepared us, as Christians, through His Word and there is no more solid preparation. May we live not in fear but in faith in our great God!
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
Timothy was a young pastor in the city of Ephesus. This letter is to him from Paul and was giving him instruction and encouragement in his ministry. Paul was in prison at this time.
The 1st Century Church as a whole was dealing with a huge amount of persecution and as new young bodies of believers developed in their faith, there were growing pains, sinful lifestyles, egos, and false teachers to deal with. Timothy had his hands full. There was also a lot happening to intimidate, even terrify, this young pastor if he allowed it.
Let’s go to our verse:
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity…”
The Amplified says:
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity – of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear -…”
The main thing to get here is that God did not give us this timidity/fear. It is not from Him! So, where did it come from? Yep – from the enemy of our souls and of our God. Satan wants us to be shaking and trembling with every breath. He wants to can keep us distracted and what is more distracting than fear.
Anything that is not from God, but from Satan, we need to immediately reject! That is where we can begin to fight back.
Back to the Verse:
“…but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
The Amplified Says:
“…but [He has given us a spirit] of power and love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
Since we know that fear is not from God, and we know what is from God, we can begin to act on it. Let’s think about what that might look like.
A Fictitious Example:
My son is 2 hours late getting home from his date and he is not answering his phone. Fear began working on me an hour and a half ago and I am nearly hysterical at this point. But then I remember that God did not give me a spirit of fear. “This fear is not from God,” I say to myself.
So I begin working through this verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, in my mind and thinking about what I do have from God. He gave me the Holy Spirit when I became a Christian so I know I have Him living inside me and I know He can help me with all of this.
I have a spirit of power and love – so I begin thanking God for my son and praying for his safety.
God has also given me a spirit of calm and well-balanced mind, of discipline and self-control – so with the Holy Spirit’s help, I refuse to let hysteria take me any farther down that road. I stop thinking about my son being on the side of the highway somewhere or lying in a hospital. I am instead working through Psalm 91:1-2 – slowing saying it and thinking about what it means. I feel myself calming down by the power of the Holy Spirit. I continue focusing on God and what He has given me to focus on until my son finally gets home.
I firmly believe that there are times when we have to hold on tight, with the strength given by God, to that calm well-balanced mind. I have, through personal experience, been made much more aware of this lately. Sometimes, it seems like panic, fear, hysteria and even madness are just outside the door. However, they cannot break the door down, so do not let them in!! You are the only one who can open that door.
I want to share one more verse today before we go into our day.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He was with the Israelites as they crossed over into the Promised Land and the battles that it entailed. And, He is with you and me as we go into this day that He has given us!! He will not leave us nor forsake us. We are His.
My prayer for us today is that we be bold and courageous as we follow after Him with holy passion. May we live our lives knowing that we are His and that He is with us every step of the journey!
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