Power to Love and Have Self-Discipline

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 Timothy had a special place in Paul’s heart. As a young man Timothy had traveled with Paul and ministered side by side with him. In this, his second letter to Timothy, Paul expresses how he misses him and reminds him of the confidence he has in Timothy as a man anointed by God.

Paul knew that Timothy carried the call of God on his life because it was Paul himself who had placed prophetic hands on him and imparted gifts of ministry to him.

Even though it was Paul who had laid hands on Timothy it was God who had given him the gift. Paul is reminding Timothy, and all who are called of God to serve, that God has not given us a spirit of timidity, or fearfulness. The Greek word translated timidity here is deilia. It is never used in a positive sense and always carries with it the connotation of cowardice.

We must always be aware that when Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us he comes with power. We are to realize that power and allow it to influence our life. The Devil works mightily in the world today, but in the life of the believer he only has the effect we allow him to have.

In recent years it seems that there has been a plethora of movies and TV programs which promote dark and evil forces as being powerful. And evil is powerful in the life of the unbeliever, but we cannot allow ourselves to get caught up in the fearfulness of the world. We are not given a spirit of fear but of power.

Power, love and self-discipline is a triune formula for success in not only dealing with the issues of our own life but in taking the life of Christ to the world.

It is not time to cower in the corner while the enemies of Christ wreck havoc around us. We must not be timid but we must boldly declare the glory of God. 

 Prayer:  Give me an awareness of the power I have in Christ.

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