For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
When we give in to fear, we give in to being powerless.
When we give in to fear, we sacrifice our ability to think straight
When we give in to fear, we distance ourselves from God.
It is impossible to trust God with all your heart and also to be afraid. We cannot trust and fear concurrently; we must choose.
Unfortunately, choosing fear has become almost instinctive, hasn’t it?
In many ways, fear exists in us as a healthy instinct, warning us of potential harm, prompting us to flee when faced with danger.
But that instinct has become too pervasive. It has become an unhealthy habit holding us back from who we are designed and called to be in Jesus.
For too many of us fear has become the ruling emotion for our daily lives and the choices we make: staying in a job we’re not designed to do, missing out on relationships that can edify us, hiding our true selves from the world for fear of its judgment.
But the Good News is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear.
In fact, we are created in the image of God.
Consider that for a moment: we are created in the image of God.
What exactly does that mean? It means that we are intimately linked to the Creator and that we are etched deep in our being with the characteristics of God. No, we are not God; but we are His image bearers.
He designed us in His likeness and with His attributes. With creativity. With compassion. With mercy. With the desire for relationship. With intelligence. With the ability to communicate. With kindness. With goodness. With love. But we cannot live out these things without Him.
We belong to God and when we choose to live in that truth, to live in relationship with Him and acknowledge our need of Him, we receive His Spirit of strength, power, love, self-discipline, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, peace, faith, joy.
The Spirit trumps fear every time. Every time.
But we must decide. We must choose.
Which will you choose: fear and timidity or power, love and self-control?
Which will you choose: ordinary or extraordinary?
Which will you choose: the lie of fear or the truth of God?
It seems like an easy choice, but it’s not, is it? Not really.
If it were, surely there would be more people living out their passions and their dreams, experiencing joy, modeling gratitude and immersed in the peace that passes all understanding.
It’s time for that, don’t you think?
It’s time to choose power, love and self-control.
It’s time to refuse the lie and embrace the Truth.
It’s time to quit the fear habit and embrace who we are in Jesus.
So, what will that look like for you today?