We wrap up our series on Discovering Hope Through Faith in 2 Timothy 1:7-9.
The first thing we read hear is that fear is not from God, and that fear is actually in opposition to us having power, love, and a sound mind. In the Amplified version we read that God didn’t give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
What a mouthful in that verse alone. Fear is opposed to everything that God has for us, and if we are living in fear then we don’t have power, love or a sound mind. Fear is not only the absence of faith, but it’s the exact opposite.
I’ve said a couple of times in this series that fear and faith work the same way. Fear will cause things to manifest in your life the same way that faith will. It’s activated when we speak. If we speak out of fear and doubt…then we can actually cause those things that we speak to manifest themselves in our lives. Remember I said that we can cause our greatest fears to become reality if we speak them out?
So…be careful what you are speaking out. If your speaking fear…then those things will come to light. If your speaking in faith…then those things will come to light.
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
“Who has saved us and called us.” You do realize that “has” is past tense right? We have been saved and called…is that right? But it’s not according to our works is it? No…it’s according to His purpose and grace.
That ought to give you hope right there. How many times has Paul said in his letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and so on that it’s not according to our works, that we can’t earn it, and that everything we have in Christ Jesus has nothing to do with us earning it, but receiving it.
How in the world then do we receive everything we have already been given to us through Christ? It comes by grace through faith.
So, if your striving and working to earn love, power, and soundness of mind. If your striving and working to be holy, or to receive anything from the Lord…you can’t have it because it’s not attainable by any other means than by faith.
It’s been fun doing this series. Starting Monday February 20 we’ll get into a 14 day series that goes along with our 14 day Abide In Him Challenge. I hope that you’ll join in the challenge with us.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer