“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Have you ever been intimidated and it caused you to not complete something? Paul speaks to Timothy and encourages him to know that his ability is not based on fear, but on what God has already said to him.
We have heard this verse many times; however, when I read it from the NLT version it provides greater insight. Our tendency to operate in and out of fear is due to a lack of discipline. In verse six of the same chapter Timothy is reminded by Paul to “stir up the gift of God, which is in thee” and to not forget the call that was on his life.
What has the Lord spoken to you about you, your family, ministry, health, finances, etc.? Whatever it is, you must discipline yourself and be transformed by God’s word. On one other occasion Paul spoke to Timothy and charged him that he must war against fear by holding on to the Lord’s promises for his life.
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”
1 Timothy 1:18-19
The enemy wants you to have a shipwreck. He wants your homes, lives, and ministries in a place of disarray or shipwreck status. We must remember the words of Paul when he was on his way to Rome and he had a shipwreck. He spoke to those on the ship with him to “stay on the ship” despite being in a shipwreck. Paul also stated; “except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 27:31
Perhaps your “ship” is a wreck and you’re wondering how will I secure victory for my life? You must refocus on God’s word and promises to you and fight through the discipline of your thoughts. Many times our greatest test is not what is going on around us, but what is going on inside of us. Today shut down the source of your fear by remembering and thinking on what He has said about you.
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: ...”
CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.