Fear ~ Not of God

Sunday Evening, September 18, 2016
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
First we need to look at what this fear is talking about. This word fear is used only 1 time in the bible to mean this – timidity. We have to understand that fear is a physical trait that humans are born with. The type of fear that is being talked about here is on the SPIRITUAL side. NOTE Paul says “spirit of fear”.
We need to understand, and this is what most of the church world has forgotten, we need to have a fear or reverence for God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
The word fear in this passage of scripture means reverence. Having reverence for God doesn’t mean thinking that God is looking down with a bag of lightning bolts, but it does mean knowing that He is watching us and He has a greater book that “Santa Claus”.
To fully understand where 2 Timothy 1:7 is going, we need to look at 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 – “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful says, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
We now are able to understand the fear that Paul is talking about in 2 Timothy 1:7. I believe there are two types of fear we see here.
  • Timidity – Timid over believing that God could save me from sin. We see the type of person that Saul/Paul was in 1 Timothy 1. We can be no worse than he. The Bible also says that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), so if He can save Saul and change him to Paul, imagine what God can do with us!
  • Timidity – Timid over allowing God to use us! Too often believers fear using their gifts. They fear speaking up for Christ and the gospel – they fear being:
    • Ridicule
    • Embarrassment
    • Mockery
    • Criticism
    • Opposition
    • Abuse
This type is not uncommon. This can be seen all throughout the Word of God and is very much seen today. But the question is; how can we stand up for Christ when people mock and poke fun at anyone who lives for Christ? Verse 7 tells us: God will equip us!
POWER – Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesss unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”
LOVE – John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another”
SOUND MIND – Romans 8:5-7 – “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”
Pastor Andy Lambert

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