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A Spirit of Power | February 6, 2015

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

Here’s the truth:  I was crying last week over this blog.  Don’t misunderstand my use of the word “crying” here- I’m talking eyes were swollen and red, face was streaked with mascara I didn’t even know I was wearing.  I had to take in big gulps of air between the muffled words I was speaking to my {very patient} husband…

I was in hysterics, people.  Total hysteria.

What on earth happened to me?  Just a week prior, I was totally on fire about this.  I had all these wonderful plans that I just couldn’t wait to execute… but this??  This uncontrollable (and quite honestly, embarrassing) sobbing?

This was triggered by fear.  Fear that no one will care about what I have to share with them.  Fear of being “out of my league.”  Fear that my blog posts and ideas will be seen as silly & that I’ll just be wasting my time.  Fear that even friends and family won’t “get” this side of me and wonder why I’m suddenly so eager to talk about Jesus at every pause in conversation.  Fear that I will fail.

Truth is, blogging isn’t as easy as it seems.  Blogging to share the Message of hope in Christ Jesus is even harder.  The last thing I EVER want to do is misrepresent God with my words, so each blog post I write is very carefully prayed over before I ever hit “publish.”

You know what’s even more difficult that that?  Blogging for Christ when you’re being pounded in the face by a spirit of fear!!

I want us to reread 2 Timothy 1:7 again.  Read it out loud if you want.  But we need to get this in our minds and in our hearts.  Paraphrase it if you have to:

“God DID NOT give us a spirit of fear…”

When we feel afraid, we need to consider what could possibly be driving that fear.  Cause it’s not God.

Here’s the deal:  We’ve all got the same enemy.  And make no mistake about it- he is sly.  He is cunning.  He is deceptive & even sometimes a charmer.  His most effective work is subtle, and he can easily be disguised in our own thoughts.  He’s there, and he knows how to get to us.

1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

That spirit of fear is being driven by the opposition.  Satan absolutely,positively does not want us to succeed.  If he can keep me afraid that “no one will care” about what I’m saying, then he wins.  If he can keep YOU from standing out as the Christian amongst your co-workers that don’t particularly want someone “religious” in their group, then he wins.  If he can keep us living the easy life instead of taking the more difficult route, then he wins again.  Fear drives us to a sedentary silence.

And not the “sweet silence” God uses to speak to me.

Now go back and read the second part of the verse.

You can see that God DOES give us a spirit of:

-POWER.

-A spirit of LOVE.

-And a SOUND MIND.  (And lemme tell ya… I most certainly did NOT have a “sound mind” during my hysterical “I don’t waannaaa” crying fit!  haha!)

So, what would happen if we as the body of Christ lived that out?  What would happen if we truly believed that we’ve been given a spirit of power from God Himself?

I know what is going to happen with me.  First off, I’m going to write this verse on a notecard and tuck it in my pocket today so I can read it out loud over and over until it’s memorized and taken to heart.  Next, I’m going to ask God to help me believe it.  Help me believe that this is true.  That He has given me power in Christ.  Love in Christ.  And a mind so sound that I will not let the enemy break me down into fear-driven tears.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.  😉

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P.S. This book called Make It Happen by Lara Casey is bound to be phenomenal.  I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, so when I’m finished reading, I’ll do a review!  🙂

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