As a kid the books of Timothy were a great inspiration. They allowed me to grow and to see my place in the Body of Christ. As a child you are often considered less important just because you have less experience. Now, many of us are still children when it comes to the things of the Lord. We are all on a path. We are all learning and we all need encouragement. As an adult now I still find the books of Timothy to be stimulating and invigorating. I love how Paul counsels Timothy and gives him pointers as to what he should be doing on his walk with the Lord. One of the most popular verses from the books of Timothy is the one that says that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and a sound mind. I have studied that definition of our spirit. This definition shows us how God sees our spirits. That is His reality. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our spirits are renewed. They are not fearful and they are not shy. Now, our minds are not renewed so they can make us believe that we don’t have a strong spirit. We hold on to our old ways and patterns and sometimes we never learn what our spirits are like. There is a need for revelation and faith. Today I want to remind you that you were not given a spirit of fear. God gave you a powerful spirit. Focus on the giver and not as much on what is given and you will discover that the Lord did something amazing by giving you a strong spirit. He is the source of that power in your spirit. You can’t dissociate Him from this new birth and this new you. The new you in Christ is the person God wants you to be and He has not clothed you in fear. God’s power is in your spirit.
It is important to remember that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit. His Spirit is mighty and kind. The Holy Spirit in you is the most powerful spirit that exists. He dwells in you and He joins forces with your spirit. It is up to you to yield to the Holy Spirit or to have your own way. The Spirit of the Lord will never barge in and try to take control. You have to submit to Him and give your spirit a push so he is open to the Holy Spirit. There is a union with the Holy Spirit that needs to take place. How do you allow that union to shape up in your life? Like I said submission is key. Your spirit longs for spiritual stimuli and will try to find a spiritual path. People have given their spirits permission to explore the spiritual world but the venues and the contexts are not always pure and good. Your spirit wants to grow and to get stronger. When you receive the Spirit of God, you have access to a spiritual path that can take you very far. Love is the language of the Holy Spirit and you can learn it, adopt it and share it. Speak the language of the Holy Spirit and you will get more and more filled with Him. Let His beautiful traits grow in your spirit. Recognize that the Lord almighty is good and generous and He wants you to receive spiritual blessings from Him. Get on the road to your spiritual awakening by spending time in the Spirit. Bible reading, prayer, gratitude and openness will take you there. The more time you spend with the Lord, the more boldness you will get. God’s Spirit is humble and meek but He is not shy and He doesn’t get intimidated.
I used to love meekness and humility. I still do but I know that I need to step away from them when I fight the fight of faith. It doesn’t mean that they go away. It just means that God’s boldness needs to be my focus when I am in the trenches of faith. There is a battle going on every day. A battle to stay in faith and to keep walking with God. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. He has the power we need for us to walk in victory and to keep fighting the battle. I am a believer in positive affirmations and declarations. I have said to myself that my spirit finds its strength in the Lord. I thank Jesus all the time for the Holy Spirit. I declare that God is my source of peace, love, power and sound mind. I also declare that I was not given a spirit of fear. My faith is in the Lord and His Spirit upholds me. Friend, you were not given a spirit of fear. Fear is from the enemy. Rebuke when it comes. Reject fear. Let the Spirit of God rise up and give your spirit a chance to embrace the Spirit of our loving God. I have sung my way back to hope and faith before. A few songs of praise go a long way. Hang on to the truth. The truth is that God gives power. From Him come rivers of hope and faith. His peace is unparalleled and it can remove all fear. Don’t let the spirit of fear overwhelm you. It has no right to be in you or to influence you. Greater is the Lord who is in you than the enemy that is in this world and fear is part of the enemy’s clan so it is not welcome. Thank the Lord that you have a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind in the name of Jesus!
Suggested reading: 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15; 1 John 4:18