“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
No Fear is more than a slogan- it is a glorious truth (it also is a little old school yet I still hear it being used). To be honest with you, this week I am struggling with this truth. Some emotional fears are creeping into my life this week. Then just yesterday, I laughed but smiled when a two-year old child, said, “Hallelujah”. Our child-like faith turns into hallelujahs as we live, not by explanations of trials, but promises of God.
When I spoke at a women’s retreat for the second time, I spoke from 2 Timothy 1:7, a woman who apparently had the gift of discouragement said, “When you are older, you will understand more about worry and fear.” I have certainly learned more but not found a better God!
God has given us power. Christ, who lives in you, is adequate for every issue you encounter. Another translation of Philippians 4:13 reads, “I can do all things through Him who continually pours His strength into me.”
God has given love. Perfect love casts out fear, (1 John 4:18) or as one version renders it: We have no fear of Someone who loves us perfectly. Are you “hanging it up” because you are hung up on whether God accepts you? Or are scared at receiving good gifts from Him? Are you trying to figure it all out?
He also gives us a sound mind or discipline. You need not be enslaved to emotions. “Just say no” to your fears. Truly, “fear has torment.” (1 John 4:18) Just as God honors faith, so does Satan respond to fear. He is at the home in it! Many forget that we are to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1) You must say to that intruder, “I refuse that in Jesus name!”
I am listening to Spotify on my laptop as I write this blog. I just starred a friend’s playlist and a song just popped on that has a chorus that says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
So what are you fearing? Can you face tomorrow?