The Power of the Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7)

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The Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit – who lives inside each believer, gives each of us certain gifts. The Holy Spirit also dispels certain things. In this verse, Paul reminds Timothy that when the Spirit of God is in you, the spirit of timidity cannot be. To be timid means “the trait of lacking the quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear.” When the Spirit is inside of you, as he is for all believers, he gives you the way to face danger and pain without showing fear! When you feel afraid, simply call on the Spirit to fill you with his confidence and power.

In fact, Paul continues to say that the Spirit gives the believer power, love, and self-control! Power means to be capable of manifesting influence over reality. Love is the agape love that describes the love that God has for us, his children. And self-control is the ability to make sound judgements and wise decisions. All three of those traits are in YOU when you are a believer.

Don’t allow Satan to trick you into believing you have no power, love, or self-control. Don’t allow Satan to deceive you by telling you you have to be afraid! The Spirit of Creator God lives inside you and through him you can vanquish the fear and grasp onto the power, love, and self-control he provides!

Don’t be discouraged if you struggle with this, however. Even Timothy had to be reminded in the verse before this to “fan into flame the gift of God” – that is, if you feel timid and powerless, go back to the truth of Scripture and allow God to rekindle the flame inside you!

God is Greater (Psalm 118:6)

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Psalm 118 starts with this verse, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). Verses 2-4 repeat the phrase, “His faithful love endures forever.” And in verse 29, the Psalm ends with, “His faithful love endures forever.”

In the midst of reminding us about God’s love, the psalmist says in our verse that he will not be afraid because the Lord is with him. He then posits the question, “What can mere mortals do to me?” (NIV).

It is important during this time to remember that God’s love is never ending, knows no limits, and is all encompassing. God loves you and God loves me, and nothing will ever change that. He loves us so much that he sent Jesus to die for us. When we face uncertainties – and even if we face certain death – we can rest in the fact that God’s love is with us. He offers to comfort us in our time of need and we can count on him to be faithful.

If we are truly surrounded by God’s love, protection, and grace, then what can anyone do to us? No one can take God away from us. You can make laws that say we can’t gather together, but you can’t take Jesus from our hearts. You can say that churches are closed, but the true Church is the unity of believers from all time and place and it can never be closed!

Be encouraged, dear friends, that as believers YOU are the Church and that God’s Spirit dwells within you. With God literally dwelling inside of us, what do we have to fear? What can a mere mortal do to us? Nothing compared to what God can and will do for those who seek him!