I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m afraid. Sometimes my fears are irrational or based out of pride. I am afraid of what others think of me, afraid of missing out on my fair share, or afraid of speaking the truth. Sometimes my fears appear rational. I can be afraid for my safety, for my children, for my husband, or for my financial future. My fears become even more destructive, when I equate my concerns with spirituality.
It sounds spiritual to talk about being afraid of government persecution, secular media, crime, or the influence of “bad” people. Thinking too much about the awful state of the world can lead me to a very worldly state of mind. The Bible says that the spirit of fear did NOT come from God.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)
So what’s the opposite of fear? How do we combat these fearful thoughts?
Instead of giving us a spirit of fear, God gave us His spirit. Paul tells us about three things that come from God and replace fear. I don’t need to be afraid. I need to have power, love, and a sound mind. When I am afraid, I feel completely powerless, self-focused, and confused. Instead of being frozen with fear, I need to USE these three tools that God has given me.
Are you afraid of something? Are you exercising your God-given power, love, and sound mind?