The Spirit of Power

2 Timothy 1:7 ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’

Timothy had been endowed by the Holy Spirit with the abilities he needed for the work God had called him to do. Furthermore, he had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, as do all who are in Christ. But as with Timothy, so we also find in ourselves an attitude of fear pervading our outlook. There are attitudes that the Christian needs to learn to put off, and this is one of them. The reason it needs to be put off is because it is not of God. It is not of faith, either, but rather a sinful attitude.

‘But what if such-and-such happens?’ we ask ourselves. We cast about in our minds to figure out the solution to such-and-such, and just about the time we think we have figured it out, such-and-such divides, and becomes two such-and-suches, both bigger and more monstrous than the original. However, these are still in our minds only, not actual realities. These are at best uncertainties, and God would have us to meditate upon certainties. Neither would he have us to simply meditate on any kinds of certainties, but particularly on the eternal things of God. When we meditate upon the eternal works and promises of God, there is no room for slavish fears.

Notice how these fears work. They hinder us from stirring up the God-given abilities we have, and from being useful for Him. Even when Christ went to the cross, He did not allow fear to cripple Him from loving others and thinking about their deepest needs. He had complete and implicit trust in the Father, saying (Mark 14:36) ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.’ That same child-like trust continued from Gethsemane, all along the road to Golgotha, and until His final breath was, (Luke 23:46) ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’

Slavish fear is a weight that must be cast aside. It must be dealt with efficiently and vigorously. We must throw it out of the recesses of mental space, and not even allow it to lurk in the corner of our minds, for it will ultimately bring a snare, even if only allowed to moulder in the corner.

If we acknowledge that fear is not of God, we must also acknowledge what God has truly equipped us with—the ability of power and a sound mind. If we recognise what we don’t have, and yet fail to see God’s provision, we are only half-way to claiming spiritual victory. You might say to yourself, ‘I don’t sense any spirit of power. My problems are so crushing that I simply don’t have the mental energy or reserve to even consider the needs of others. And as for a sound mind, my mind is anything but calm and settled at the moment.’ The problem is that you are looking at yourself. The power is not in you, that is, in your flesh, but in Christ, the hope of glory, who dwells within you. 2 Cor 1:20 ‘For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.’

Where are you looking? (1 John 4:4) ‘Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.’ Look again to Christ, and don’t shift your gaze.

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