Fear is a Four Letter Word
2 Timothy 1:7,"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (NIV)

We've all experienced fear at some point in our lives.
I did a little homework on this word and discovered something interesting about the fear mentioned in this verse.

This type of fear gets in the way of what God has already given His children.
This fear floods us with doubt and insecurity, it confuses our thoughts, feelings and actions.

This fear is one of the greatest weapons used by our enemy, Satan.
He whispers lies of fear like this:
"Be afraid, You are no good."
"Be afraid, You are not loved."
"Be afraid, You are worthless."

How can we fight these lies?
We need to focus on the Truth found in the second part of that verse.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit (not our own), God has given us His power, His love, and His sound mind.

If you're fearful today, check the source. Could it be Satan whispering his lies to your heart?

What will you do with what you've already been given?




3 Comments:

Blogger Joyful said...

Zoe, this reminds me of something that Beth Moore wrote. "The enemy is standing on your God-given ground daring you to take possession of it."

As you said, fear gets in the way of what God has already given His children.

I know fear remains one of the biggest obstacles in my life. Always needing to put on my belt of truth.

Love ya my friend,
Joy

Blogger JottinMama said...

I've always been a gal who deals with fear. And lately....I have really been working on it with the Lord :)

Thanks for the encouragement! I need all I can get on this subject!

Have a wonderful weekend :)

-Kate

Blogger Julie Coleman said...

I have a friend who thinks that the opposite of fear is love. Because perfect love casts out fear. When we are loved by a God who is good, we do not need to fear, since all he will allow in our lives is good. Of course, our definition of good needs to be correct-- God is all about the relationship. So He uses whatever it takes to keep us dependent on Him. Therefore, even tough circumstances can be used for good.

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