I Am Victorious Over Fear and Timidity

Daily God Walk for Thursday, October 27, 2011

 God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

 This passage can be applied in many situations for us, but it was originally written to Timothy, Paul’s son in the gospel, concerning the gift of ministry he had been given when he was ordained. That is made plain in the verses which precede verse seven. Paul is telling Timothy that he has a great spiritual heritage and that he should not be intimidated by those who don’t accept the message of the Messiah.

I’ve been in ministry a very long time and I have been rejected by some who didn’t understand me, and by some who did understand me and that was what they were rejecting me. When I was younger this really bothered me, at times I felt intimidated by those with a stronger voice or more experience. Now that I am older and have the experience I have come to realize that I am not responsible for whether someone accepts or rejects me, but I am responsible to God for properly presenting the message of Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit.

I have a friend who once told me that he had gotten tired of those in his congregation of about 250 people who weren’t supporting the church. They didn’t give and they didn’t accept responsibility for ministries in the church; they just sat in the pew, attended business meetings and disagreed with everything progressive anyone wanted to do.

He decided to preach a message on commitment. He talked about all the things mentioned above then in conclusion he told them, “Now, I don’t want you to feel bad I just wanted you to know how I feel.” I told him you just blew your message. You should have told them you wanted them to feel godly sorrow for their actions and your hope was that godly sorrow would lead them to repentance.”

God has not given us a spirit of intimidation, fear and powerlessness. He has given us a spirit power, love and self discipline.

 Prayer: Help me Lord to be strong trusting your Spirit. Amen.

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