II Timothy 1:7- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I hate fear. It really annoys me. It is paralyzing, intimidating, harassing, and frustrating to name just a few descriptive words and more significantly it is a spirit. (II Timothy 1:7) Even with these graphic words a clear picture of what fear does to a person is not really revealed. It takes your breath away at one moment and turns you into a creeping, skulking, wretch the next. I hate fear. I hate what it does to me and I hate what it does to other people.
The interesting thing about fear is that it changes as we get older. The theme of our fear may change but the torment remains the same. When I was a little girl I was afraid the sun would fall (it hasn’t…yet) and I was really afraid that my older brothers would lock me in the bathroom or barn or some other scary place. While the first fear never materialized the second fear came true way too often and to my brothers delight I screamed and cried like a baby. While those fears left no lingering results…or did they? Other more ‘grown-up’ fears seem to take a toll on our very being.
Since fear is a ‘spirit’ the only way to fight spiritual battles is spiritually. Now I know that is not great revelation but sometimes we do forget some of our basic teachings and foundations from years gone by. If God has not given us a spirit of fear what has He given us?
He has given us power – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you. (Acts 1:8)
He has given us love – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. (I John 4:18)
He has given us a sound mind – …we have the mind of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:16)
We must fight spiritual battles with the spiritual weapons (truths)that He has provided.
I remember, as a young Christian one of the very first scriptures I memorized. Let me encourage you with it now.
Isaiah 41:9-10 – …Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
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