“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Fear and timidity. We all have experienced it. Some live in a constant state of it. Realize that this condition is not of God. But before we move forward with expanding and expounding upon the verse, let’s first break it down into its barebones components.
“Spirit”. Spirit from the Greek word, “pneuma”. Strong’s Lexicon defines pneuma as, the “vital principal by which the body is animated”. The “simple essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter”. The “disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul”
“Fear”. Fear, from the Greek word “deilia” meaning timid, fearful.
“But of power”. Power, from the word the Greek word, “dynamis” meaning moral power, strength and excellence of soul.
“And of love”. Love, from the Greek word, “agape”. This is love rooted in God and made manifest towards our fellow man.
“Of a sound mind”. A phrase derived from the Greek word, “sophronismos” meaning self-control, composure, sobriety.
So let’s look at 2 Timothy 1:7 again now that we know what the words used in the King James Version really mean.
God has not endowed or furnished us with the governing essence of fear and timidity. God gave us moral strength and character. He also gave us the greatest power and ability of all, love. We have the capacity to love God with all of our heart, mind, body and soul and to love our fellow man as our self. God also gave us the ability of composure. The ability to self-govern and self-regulate. We can control ourselves so as to maintain our spirit of power, rectitude and love.
So how do we become timid, fearful, lose control over our self and our situation. How do we become stressed out and feel like the world is spinning out of control? How do we lose our love for God and our neighbor?
It is important to keep in mind that we are talking about the spirit. Notice in Paul’s letter to Timothy that he says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear”. We are Holy Ghost (Spirit) filled! The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23) not fear and timidity!
But if we do not walk in the Spirit then we will fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16). The flesh is the residence, the power, control and influence of the most vile of spirits, the devil.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17).
If you find yourself fearful, timid with the feeling of being powerless then you might want to check what spirit you are filled with. The devil is a liar and father of all lies. He will fool you into believing the worst.
In Genesis chapter 3 verse 1 we learn that the devil is “more subtil (shrewd, crafty, sly) than any beast of the field”. In John 10:10 we learn that the devil’s job is to, “steal and to kill and to destroy”
But always remember the following two things.
“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” (Romans 8:15)
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
Realize that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Open your eyes to God. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
It really is a simple matter of realization. Don’t panic and get caught up in the moment. That’s what the devil wants you to do. That’s short term thinking. And remember, when it comes to you, the devil is doing everything in his power to make your existence miserable and short term
Think like God thinks, from everlasting to everlasting. Look through the problem of the day unto the love, comfort and joy of perpetuity. Set that course and sail through the storm, don’t do as the devil wishes and anchor up in it.