God has not given. April 17
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
You will hear this verse quoted often. It was originally written by Paul the apostle, to a young minister named Timothy. Apparently Timothy was a little timid or even fearful at times. So Paul writes, encouraging him. He says: Hey Timothy, remember what God has given you. We would do well to do the same this very day. We should have this verse near to our hearts and upon our mind. It could be easy in this time, to get afraid or troubled. You know to just say over and over; I will not be afraid is probably not going to work. Positive thinking is good but it can only do so much. Our faith today is not in positive thinking but in what God has given to us . Paul told Timothy God has not given you a spirit of fear but a spirit of power. This means might and ability to overcome any obstacles that come against us. God has given us so many weapons to fight with : The blood of Jesus, faith, hope, the word of God, the Holy Spirit, past experience, prayers both ours and others on our behalf. Someone is praying for you. Just look at the examples of how God came thru in scripture. We are loaded with power to overcome. Avail yourself to these. He has also given us love. Wouldn’t it be terrible if everyone just went about using unrestricted power. So God in his wisdom tempers that power with a spirit of love. Which is patient, kind, gentle, not self seeking but keeps others in mind also. Lastly he gives us a sound mind: a solid ability to make wise decisions. To think properly and calmly. The devil just loves for us to be anxious and troubled but Jesus said my peace I leave with you. Do you believe this? Then lets avail ourselves to all that God has given us. We have so much more than mental gymnastics, that we here so much about these days. We have all the promises of God. Just listen to Hebrews 13:5-6 as we finish. Let your conversation be without covetousness ; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.