For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
I remember when I was a child playing at a particular playground in Kansas City Missouri. There was a jungle gym with monkey bars. I was afraid however to be so high in the air. The fear paralyzed me to the reality that I wasn’t that high in the air. It kept me from attempting what I wanted to do.
Many of us are like that. We allow fear to keep us from our dreams. We allow fear to stop us from opening that business that God has placed in our heart. We allow fear to stop us from pursuing that relationship that God has placed in our path. We allow fear to stop us from risking our heart by becoming a friend.
Yes, the spirit of fear is strong in this world that we live in. This scripture places the spirit of fear in contrast to the spirit of power, love, and of a sound mind. God only gave one side of the equation and not the other.
In our lives, fear stops us, it keeps us from our exerting the power we have in Jesus. It keeps us from the love of relationships. It can even mess with our sanity.
The victory is not in us, praise God. The victory is not in fear. No, the victory overcomes the fear by power, love, and a sound mind.
Eventually I got to the point where I could get on those monkey bars. I even fell down a few times, but what I learned is that falling wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Fear no longer could paralyze me. I learned to step on out.
Today, I dare you to stand in the power of that God has given you, and never allow fear to hold you back from being the one that God has called you to be. Fear can’t win when you live in the power of what God has already given to you.
Lord, we thank you for giving us the spirit of power to live your life in this world. We thank you for the spirit of Love that helps us to relate as we should in this world. And finally, we thank you for the mind spirit of a sound mind you have given us that we can keep our sanity in the midst of whatever happens in this world.