Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Psalm 8

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7


When I ponder the things that I fear, all of them weave a common thread: they have not actually happened.  Isn't it interesting that my flesh can genuinely begin to fear certain circumstances or situations that have yet to occur?  Breaking free from the power that fear holds over my life means that I will be ushered into all God truly has for me on the other side, His side.  Perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18).    


How do you, as a daughter of the Most High King, allow the promise of God's spirit of power, love, and self-discipline to rule your life?  

2 comments:

  1. Oh, bother. I had a situation yesterday. To skirt around the details, to get to the core: I have been dealing with some fear and timidity in an area of my life that involves my God-given artistic gifts. I have struggled for a few months between wondering if God has me starting on a different path than I thought I would take; or if he intends to use these weaknesses to glorify His own strength. After all, His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12). During this very deep thought process, I realized I was responding with a spirit of fear and timidity, not believing God or His promises to always take care of me and lead me. How often I do that! No, I will act in a way that is worthy of the calling which I have received--in power, love, and self-discipline.

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  2. Kristen, I completely relate with you here. So often I believe the Devil tells us lies about our God-given strengths and abilities. Remember: I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. A to the MEN.

    Additionally, this past Wednesday at Bible study the topic of fear came up. In our small group we are encouraging each other to share our personal testimonies with others and to begin conversations about faith with people at work, school, the grocery line, etc. I have to say, I have been fearful about doing so. I have taken some small steps, but haven't been able to open up my mouth and share my story fully - and GOD's story - with anyone yet. But WHAT AM I AFRIAD OF? Personal rejection? The person to ignore me? Really, Julie? I have realized that furthering God's kingdom is infinitely more important than being uncomfortable for a few moments. And in many cases, I suspect the Lord will take over and begin to chance hearts through our conversations. Get away,Devil! You aint gonna take away my gumption to share the Gospel just yet!

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