Bible Ballistics: BBs #458 His Love Instead Of Fear???
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power,
and of love,
and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God doesn’t give us “the spirit of fear”; but rather He gives us His Holy Spirit when we are born again, who imparts God’s peace, power and presence to us. Even as Paul told the Colossians:
“To whom God would make known
what is the riches
of the glory
of this mystery
among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:27
Christ comes to dwell in those who come to Him in repentance and faith in the person of the Holy Spirit—God’s promise of the New Covenant which Christ’s blood provides–not just salvation from our sin, but new birth and the indwelling Holy Spirit. He, who gives us new birth, will also lead, teach and help us follow the ways of God and the Word of God (See John 1:12-14). The Holy Spirit imparts the “power… love, and ….sound mind” to us, and “sound mind” means ‘right thinking’; God gives us the ability to “let this mind be in you” by His Holy Spirit (See Philippians 2:5-11)– HIS presence in us—enabling us to live in His “power…love and…sound mind”. All because we “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”!
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith
into this grace
wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God…….
5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength,
in due time
for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man
will one die:
yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.” Portions of Romans 5:1-8
What amazing love and grace—a Lord who loves us and died for our salvation “while we were yet sinners”, and gives His Spirit to those who will believe in Him.
“For what man knoweth the things of a man,
save the spirit of man
which is in him?
even so the things of God
knoweth no man,
but the Spirit
12 Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things
that are freely given to us
13 Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man’s wisdom
but which the Holy Ghost
comparing spiritual things
14 But the natural man
receiveth not the things
of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:11-14
Are you living in fear of the things that surround you? Or are you willing to believe the things that God says are true of His children? Don’t let fear steal your joy in the things of God, or distract you from His purposes. Even when we misstep, God is there to lift us up, and show us the way to overcome our circumstances—not in pride but in humble gratitude!
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth
lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
May we each determine to live in light of the truth of God’s love for us and give it all to Jesus, walking in His “power… love, and ….sound mind”, remembering:
“And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts
through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
And if you don’t know Him, listen for His call to YOU!
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
His perfect love can overcome your fears!
“There is no fear in love;
but perfect love
casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth
is not made perfect
19 We love him,
because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18
Don’t be afraid, He loves you today!