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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The Battle of the Mind

The Battle of the Mind

 

Philippians 2:5 (ESV) ~ Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

 

Very simply, the passage says that Jesus Christ is God, yet He humbled Himself and became Man. Jesus Christ is the Person who dwelt in all the glory of perfection, but He humbled Himself and came to this corruptible world that knows little else other than selfishness, greed and death. Just imagine the enormous step down that Jesus Christ had to take to become a Man. It is utterly impossible to grasp the humility it took. Yet, this is exactly what He did and it is what we are to do. The very same mind that existed in Jesus Christ—that led Christ to give up everything He was and had—that very mind is to be in us. The only way the problems of the world can be solved is for every person to let the mind of Christ flood his mind. Consider the problems of . . . war, hate, anger, arguing, abuse, prejudice, indulgence, extravagance, hoarding, greed, stealing, envy, selfishness, pride, cockiness, haughtiness, arrogance, cursing, hunger, homeless, poverty, disease, jealousy, immorality. The list could go on and on.

 

Unless we step down and humble ourselves these problems will never be solved. The point of our passage is simply this: Jesus Christ set and focused His mind upon humbling Himself, He took all He was and had and came down where we are and met our need.

 

To move a man to action you have to influence his thinking. Sometimes you must change it. A little leaven changes the whole character of the bread. So, a little thought or an attitude can start changes in motion that will affect one’s entire destiny. In order to change or influence our mind, our way of thinking, let’s look at the mind of man.

 

  • The Agitated Mind
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:12 (ESV) ~ in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    • Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) ~ You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
    • Don’t dwell on the world’s conflicts
    • Don’t get wrapped up in personal problems
    • Keep your mind on Christ

 

  • The Gullible Mind
    • Philippians 4:8 (ESV) ~ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
    • Careful of the music we listen to
    • Careful of what we read
    • Careful of the TV programs we watch

 

  • The Lazy Mind
    • Acts 17:11 (ESV) ~ Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
    • Read the Bible
    • Study the Bible (Private and group setting)
    • Listen to the Word

 

  • The Tolerant Mind
    • Romans 1:28 (ESV) ~ And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
    • 1 Timothy 4:2 (ESV) ~ through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
    • Isaiah 5:20 (ESV) ~ Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    • One who gives excuses for evil
    • One who takes no stand against evil

 

  • The Warped Mind
    • Child Abuse ~ Ephesians 6:4 (ESV) ~ Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
    • Spouse Abuse ~ Ephesians 5:33 (ESV) ~ However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
    • Parent Abuse ~ Ephesians 6:2 (ESV) ~ “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

 

  • The Secret of Victory
    • Keep your mind on Christ ~ Matthew 22:35-37 (ESV) ~ And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
    • Christ in You ~ Philippians 2:5 (ESV) ~ Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
    • Be Diligent ~ Hebrews 12:3 (ESV) ~ Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
    • Ask the Lord for help ~ Psalm 139:23-24 (ESV) ~ Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

 

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) ~ for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


How to Change Your Looks

How to Change Your Looks

 

  1. By looking in the mirror of God’s word – 2 Corinthians 3:18
    1. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
    2. The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than that which Moses experienced. By beholding the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like him. In the Gospel, we see the truth about Christ and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through Christ’s life, we understand how wonderful God is and what he is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christ like is a progressive experience. The more closely we follow him, the more we will be like him.
      1. As the mirror reflects the object in front of it
      2. So the mirror of God’s Word reveals our sinfulness
  • The mirror reminds us where the remedy is needed

 

  1. By living a Godly Christian Life – Titus 2:10 – 13
    1. “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. [11] For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
    2. The power to live the Christina life comes from Jesus Christ. Because Christ died and rescued us from sin, we are free from sin’s control. He gives us the power and understanding to live according to God’s will and to do good. Then we will look forward to his wonderful return with eager expectation and hope.
      1. We are changed by His strength, His power changes for the good
      2. We are changed by His Spirit, His indwelling presence changes us
  • We are changed by singing His praise; it makes you feel better

 

  1. By Legal Laws of Adoption – Romans 8:15 – 16
    1. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
    2. Paul uses adoption to illustrate the believer’s new relationship with God. In Roman culture, the adopted person lost all rights in his old family and gained all the rights of a legitimate child in his new family. He became a full heir to his new father’s estate. We may not always feel like we belong to God, but the Holy Spirit is our witness. His inward presence reminds us of who we are and encourages us with his love.
    3. We are no longer cringing and fearful slaves; instead we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are God’s children, we share in great treasures as join-heirs. God has already given us his best gifts: his Son, forgiveness, and eternal life; and he encourages us to ask him for whatever we need.
      1. Lifts you up in taking the Name of His family
      2. None can read the evidence of a man’s adoption but himself.
  • Legal heir to all the family’s benefits

 

  1. By Labor of Love and Service – Ephesians 6:10 – 11
    1. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
      1. Working for the Lord keeps our heart in tune with glory
      2. Walking with the Lord keeps us in step with His grace
  • Winning others to Christ keeps us full of joy and gladness

 

  1. By Laughter and Rejoicing – Psalm 126:4 – 6
    1. “Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. [5] They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. [6] He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
    2. God’s capacity for restoring life is beyond our understanding. Forests burn down and are able to grow back. Broken bones heal. Even grief is not a permanent condition. Our tears can be seeds that will grown into a harvest of joy because God is able to bring good out of tragedy. When burdened by sorrow, know that your times of grief will end and that you will again find joy. We must be patient as we wait. God’s great harvest of joy is coming.
      1. The goodness of God in our heart changes us outwardly
      2. The greatness of God keeps us rejoicing in Him
  • The glory of God shines in our lives inwardly and outwardly

 

  1. By loving the Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 6:24
    1. “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”
      1. When we love Jesus supremely it shows in our appearance
      2. When we love Jesus supremely it shows in our actions
  • When we love Jesus supremely it shows in our affections

 

  1. By Listening to the preaching of the gospel – 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 21
    1. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. [19] For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. [20] Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? [21] For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
      1. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God
      2. Forgiveness lifts the burden of sin and makes you look better
  • Fellowship with the saints brightens up your life
 
Pastor Andy Lambert