For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
There are many kinds of fears. Some are mild. Some are severe. It can grip you and greatly affect your life to radically rearranged it to accommodate this irrational reaction to a situation.
Psychologists call irrational fear phobia. They have rightly named them after the Greek God of fear. Without knowing it they have associated this human behavior to a spirit. Our text confirms that fear is a spirit.
There are some fears that we overcome by doing the opposite of what we fear. But there are some that require a deeper solution. God has given us the remedy in the Holy Spirit. He is the antidote to fear. ‘God has not given us the spirit of fear’.
Fear is a spirit. It lives on the inside of us. Control of our life is gradually assumed by lying to us. When we attempt to move forward we are told not to proceed. Our thoughts become invaded with seemingly logical thoughts. They sound like your thoughts.
Why would the company hire me? I cannot do this job, I am not smart,?
Why would God use me to speak to these people? I am not very eloquent. In fact I stammer a lot, my speech is blurred, I get tongue tied.
Oh my the CEO wants my opinion but I am not in that circle.
I just cannot do it. I did not finish school. I am a drop-out.
I do not know the answer to this problem. Everyone in class says I am dumb.
I just cannot heal the sick. I am not anointed enough.
On any given day, fear speaks to us. Telling us what we cannot do. Fear is a thief. It is a destiny robber. It robs us of God’s promises by teaching us to compromise and settle for very little.
It places us in a zone that offers very little comfort. We are miserable there but we settle with what we have; thinking there cannot be any better. If we are really honest with ourself we are uncomfortable in our ‘comfort zone’. We are slowly dying. We can see the grave, the death certificate and tombstone. Written on the tombstone are the words, Here lies Tom Brown. Here lies Mary Jane. Crippled then killed by fear. A glorious destiny unfulfilled.’
Fear robs us of our peace.. It is a destiny robber.
Thankfully we need not make an unholy covenant with fear. God has given us the antidote. It lies in the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of Power, love and a sound mind.
He is the greater one that lives on the inside of us (1 John 4:4). He comes in to empower us. There is nothing that we cannot do when we partner with him. Have you ever wanted to lift weight like the bodybuilders but fear that you can never attain this lofty goal because your muscles are weak? I am sure you are aware that you can attain this goal and perhaps beat it is you commit to the same rigorous schedule of weightlifting that they undertake daily. Overcoming our fears is the same thing when we have the Holy Spirit. We must seek to understand the gift. We must develop companionship with Him. Then we can tap into the power that lies within us.
The Holy Spirit fills us with perfect, pure love that removes fear from us (1 John 4:18). We cannot be filled with the fire of God’s love and be afraid. Everything in us will resonates with this love. It will continue to grow until we are so full that we will not consider our fear.
If we are afraid to speak we must ask to be empowered to speak. God will grant us this perfect peace. Pastor Benny Hinn, in his autobiography Hello Holy spirit, speaks candidly that he had a severe speech impediment when he was a child. It caused him to be isolated from other children. He spent most of his time seeking God. When he encountered God and begun having experiences with the Holy Spirit it manifested in people feeling the Presence of God around him. He told a friend who asked that he share it with his church. He agreed although he was timid to speak before the congregation. When he stood before them to speak He his tongue loosened. He begun speaking fluently. God miraculously healed him in that instance. And removed fear of speaking before an audience from him.
The disciples also received help to minister in the midst of certain death threats. When Jesus rose he charged them to go everywhere and preach the gospel (Matthew 18:28). After they receive the baptism of the fire of the Holy Spirit they were empowered to boldly preach the gospel. It infuriated the religious leaders. They sought to stop the advancement of their teaching by arresting Peter and John, the group’s leaders. They were beaten and told not to teach in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they were let go. Instead of acting in fear they asked for more power. God responded by pouring out power that pushed them beyond their fear of physical pain and death. They were raised to another dimension of the Holy Spirit’s power. The power shook the earth beneath their feet. They then went out to boldly fulfill their original assignment to teach and preach the message of Jesus Christ. God confirmed their words with healing and miracles (Acts 4:1-31)
Fear will not have a root in you when you tap into the power that is within you. You must focus on the goodness and greatness of God. Always bring to your mind His wonderful works in your life..
The next time fear attempts to stop you, remind yourself of what you have. You have the spirit of love and power. Ask God to show you what must be done. Then act!
Additional Scriptures for consideration:
Lord I desire to do your will. I desire to speak your word without fear. I desire to be used by your to deliver your message to people in need of your healing, your deliverance and your miracles. I am afraid. I know you have anointed me with your Holy Spirit and fire. This is enough to do your will. Please remove fear from me. Let me boldly speak in your name. Let everything that I do be done to your glory and honor. Thank you. Amen.
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