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

What attitude are we letting control our life? With the rise in crime, a faltering economy and a tight job market it is easy to let fear, doubt, and insecurity fill our hearts. When we do, we find our self paralyzed, not able to live by faith, stepping out to trust God. It was the same way in Paul’s time.

There was poverty, persecution, sickness and government unrest. It would have been easy for the churches to be gripped by fear, but Paul insisted that they had another choice. Why? Because of God! God makes the difference. It is God that gives us power, love, and self-discipline. What a combination. Is there any combination that is stronger? God gives us His power. This is an unlimited source of strength for whatever we set out to do. Then He adds to it love. This is the greatest force in the universe.

People armed with love can overcome any odds. Finally, God has given us the ability to be disciplined in doing His will. With our consistent disciplined use of His power and love, what should we be afraid of? Today, put off any fear and timidity and let God’s power and love guide your journey.

Father, how I thank You that You have not given me a spirit of fear or timidity. Instead, Lord, You have given me power, love, and self-discipline. Help me use it today. Amen.
May 14 2019