Not a Spirit of Fear

Not a Spirit of Fear

 

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV) ~ For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

First there must be a stirring of the gift of God in our lives. The spiritual gifts which equip the believer to minister. The word stir up means to keep blazing and to keep the flame of the fire of God burning. It also means to rekindle and to re-stir the flame; indicating that the flame was about to go out.

 

The problem most believers have is that they do not know what their spiritual gifts are. They try to move outside their gifts into areas they are not gifted. God has given each of us gifts and we need to use them to the glory of God. There is a great need within the church to study the gifts and the great price God has paid to secure the gifts for His people.

 

Verse 7 tells us we do not need to fear. God has not given use the spirit of fear. Too often believers fear about using their gifts. They fear speaking up for Christ and the gospel. They fear ridicule, embarrassment, mockery, criticism, opposition, and abuse.

 

This verse tells us how to live for Christ: we let God equip us. God’s equipment does not include fear. The fact is clearly stated: God does not give us the spirit of fear; God gives us the spirit of love and power, and of a sound mind. The word spirit means the believer’s spirit: the Holy Spirit of God actually injects power, love, and a sound mind into the spirit of the believer.

  • The Holy Spirit actually infuses power into the believer’s spirit. But note: we do not receive power until we begin to minister. Power is not needed if we just sit around and remain silent about Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us power only when we begin to minister and actually need it. It is when we begin to live for Christ—to use our gifts to bear witness for Him—that the Spirit of God injects power into our spirit. When we begin to live and proclaim Christ, the Holy Spirit endows us with power, enormous power…
    • Power to face the strain of difficulties and trials
    • Power to stand tall in living and witnessing for Christ
    • Power to take on the job and to do it well – the best of our ability

 

Acts 1:8 (ESV) ~ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Ephesians 3:20 (ESV) ~ Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

 

  • The Holy Spirit infuses love into the believer’s spirit. This is agapē love, the kind of love that loves people even if they are sinners and enemies. It is a love that arises within the mind and will, not in the emotions. It is the kind of love that says, “I will love this person no matter what he does to me. I will care for, nourish, and nurture him. I will share Christ with him. I will treat him just as I would want him to treat me if he knew Christ. I will love him and be responsible to him, no matter how he treats me.”
  • The Holy Spirit infuses a sound mind into the believer’s spirit. “Sound mind” (sōphronismou PWS: 3667) means self-control; the ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, and thoughts in the midst of trials and circumstances, no matter how severe and stressful. It is just as it says, a sound mind—the mastery over one’s mind, over one’s heart and life despite the trial or opposition. When the believer begins to live and bear testimony for Christ, the Holy Spirit gives him a sound mind—a most glorious gift.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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