Never forget these words. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Text for Today – 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Fear has torment; it paralyzes. The word, torment, arises from the people whose job it was in ancient prisons to torture, and simply make miserable, the prisoners under their charge. They were tormentors. I have seen an acrostic on the word FEAR that I believe to be quite accurate: False Evidence Appearing Real.
In its beginning stages, fear distrusts God’s ability. It then sinks to disobeying God’s commands (His Word), and finally to its lowest level of disowning God Himself when it appears one is asked to do the impossible. One will distrust when forced to wait, disobey when work is difficult, and disown when what is desired seems impossible or out of reach.
However, God has not given us the “spirit of fear.” Instead, we have “power;” the ability of God in us to conduct and complete the work of His kingdom as it is our task to perform. We also have” love;” the very nature and person of God Himself that enables us to keep His commandments and conduct His Word at all times and in every circumstance, and that without failing. And let us not forget the marvelous gift of a “sound mind;: the manifest mind of Christ that enables us to think anointed thoughts, and in so doing, act just like Jesus Himself would as He faced any given situation. These elements free us to walk in and live by faith.
Faith brings peace. It activates and energizes our being. Faith brings trust in God’s ability to do what He said. It grows in obedience to the Word, thus fulfilling the love walk. And it produces its highest fruit in challenging and overcoming impossibilities, holding wonderfully bold faith in the Name of Jesus, His Word, and Covenant of God.
Faith and fear just don’t mix. Faith works by love, and love casts out all fear, along with its resident torment. Just as faith come by hearing the Word of God, so fear comes by hearing the report of the enemy. Whose report will you believe? As for me and my house, we will believe the report of the Lord. There’s faith in that!
Manna for Today – Psalm 23; 1 John 5:3; Romans 1:16