Bible Ballistics: BBs #638 Power And Love Over 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
I love this verse, yet we so often just quote it and miss the message that Paul was giving to a timid young preacher boy; he was calling Timothy to remember that he was walking, working, preaching and ministering in the power, love and “right thinkingness” of God. And to think right is to have our mind set on Jesus in all things. (See Phil. 1:6)
“Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Jesus paid the price for us—He saves us, He keeps us, He gives us His Holy Spirit to lead, guide, protect and direct our steps—that we might live for Him in righteousness and truth, with the spirit of HIS love. Which by the way, He has imparted to us as well!
“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
Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:5-6
Because we have received His love, we can walk in that love, and respond to our circumstances in confidence of His provision. So, I encourage each of us to remember that we can walk in victory because our Lord is LORD and KING! He is coming back, and I want to be found faithful—how about you? But we can only do that in HIS power.
“Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10
God has always shown Himself faithful, and I’ll simply leave you with a couple of reminders of HIS faithful provision—for the ‘battle is the LORD’S”, and we who are “born of the Spirit” never walk alone! Amen and Amen.
“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah,
and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and thou king Jehoshaphat,
Thus saith the LORD unto you,
Be not afraid nor dismayed
by reason of this great multitude;
for the battle is not yours,
but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
“And all this assembly shall know
that the LORD saveth
not with sword and spear:
for the battle is the LORD’S,
and he will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47