“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
No fear is more than a slogan – it is a glorious truth. I laughed but smiled when our two-year old son, Evan, said, “Hallelulu.” Our child-like faith turns hurts into hallelujahs as we live, not by explanations of trials, but promises from God. When I preached my second sermon from 2 Timothy 1:7 at age sixteen, 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?
He also gives 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 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!”
While pastoring in Oklahoma, my wife, Janet and I ministered to a teenager, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. As Janet spent the night with her before surgery, they sang songs of praise in the room. It was particularly moving when she sang, with a beautiful voice, “Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow.”
QUESTION: What are you fearing? Can you face tomorrow?