Fear. The variety that is not the reverential fear of God could be destructive. It is a spirit not just an emotion. It is limiting. It adversely impacts on our ability to put our spiritual gifts to excellent use. Apostle Paul in 2 Tim 1:7, seeing the timidity in Timothy encouraged him to be bold and to banish the spirit of fear by walking in the gift of power, love and sound mind. Paul wanted him to know that fear wasn’t from the God he served; it is not in the character of Almighty God to disburse this debilitating and destabilizing spirit.
Sometimes, we face situations where we feel timid and afraid. For some, speaking in front of others terrifies them; others are afraid of confrontation, others of being made to look foolish; some are afraid of rejection. For others, what people think or say about them is enough to drive fear through their heart.
This week, I want you to fully grasp the fact that such fears are not from our father in heaven, it is not a gift from God. And it can only be overcome by the fear of God, through the exercise of the spirit of power, love and sound mind.
This fear may be the work of the flesh, it may be an attack of the enemy, or from our own insecurity. Whatever it is, wherever it comes from, however it manifests, it isn’t from God. Fear is the gift from the devil and his cohorts. It is a terrible gift. Don’t receive it. Don’t even go near it. Rather, walk with humility and self-assuredness in the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind.
When we walk according to God’s ways, we have access to his power. Sound mind is translated from the ancient Greek word that depicts a calm, self-controlled mind, in contrast to the panic and confusion that comes in a fearful condition.
Boldness is an important ingredient in living a life worthy of Christ. Even in everyday matters, it is important. We often hear in sports of a team doing very well because they are playing with confidence. Paul knew the importance of boldness, that’s one of the reasons he addressed this matter with Timothy his protégé. Without it, we will struggle to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, which goes far beyond making money, being entertained, and being comfortable. It is about putting into use those gifts God has given us to touch people and make a difference.
God is interested in each of us embracing his power, his love, and his calm thinking and overcoming fear, to be used by him. With fear, we will never operate at anywhere near the capacity God has installed in us.
Will you ask God this week to help you fan into flame his gift in you and to help you embrace his gift of power, love and sound mind?
Have a great week.