What If…

The Bible states:

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

TPT “For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.”

NLT “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

If this is true – and it is – why then do so many of us find ourselves consumed at times with fear? I mean, it’s clear that what God has given us is power, love, and a sound mind. So, something needs to change. It seems we need to do more than acknowledge the verse – we need to apply and live the truth of the verse

Fear shows up under many different names

      • Anxiety
      • Worry
      • Dread
      • Foreboding
      • Apprehension
      • Fright
      • Consternation
      • Panic
      • Trepidation

Fear does not have to be rational or reasonable.  In fact, most often fear in our life is very irrational, even silly 

If you are always worried — always anxious —  always overwhelmed — living paralyzed — then you need to realize this important truth

Fear comes from our enemy

He lobs smoke bombs at us constantly — each time hoping that we’ll mistake it for a live grenade

If your life is polluted by fear, it is time to clear the smoke and take a breath of fresh air

People often say that fear is the opposite of faith

I respectfully disagree

Fear actually relies on faith — it’s simply faith in the wrong things. Fear is placing your faith in “What-ifs” rather than in “God is.” Fear is allowing your imagination to wander down the long dark alley of possibilities and get mugged every couple of steps. Fear is being taken hostage by all of your “what-ifs” instead of allowing “God is” to set you free.

Jesus spoke about worry, angst, and anxiety all of which are simply others words for “fear.” 

Listen to what Jesus said:

In Matthew 6:27 Jesus makes it clear how much good worry and angst does us…

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (NLT)

“So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” (TPT)

Obviously, the answer is “no!” And yet we continue to live with worry, anxiety, and the resulting fear.

Thus we need to face the fact that often we know a Bible verse such as the one we are looking at but we don’t really “KNOW” the truth of the verse. We have not applied the verse to our daily lives. We have not thought through the implications of the verse and how the truths of the verse should bring change – needed change – to our personal, every day lives. 

Jesus said that “the truth will set us free” but only if we apply the truth to our lives. There is knowing and then KNOWING. It is time to take seriously the truth of this verse as we are now living in the midst of a continuing pandemic which does not appear to be going anywhere fast. 

And, in the midst of this pandemic many people are living in and with fear.

Fear of the loss of a loved one or a close relationship

Fear of financial loss – job loss

Fear of getting sick

Fear of running out of money

Fear of the unknown

Fear of change 

So, we can help them to deal with this uncertainty and fear but only if we have first applied the truths of this verse to our own lives and are successfully overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety in our own lives.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”