An Antidote to Fear

2 Timothy 1:6-7 – 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

The call to fan into flame the gift of God is for all Christians, you and me too, because the same Spirit of God who gave Timothy his gift for ministry is the Spirit of God who lives within all of us. Every last one of us has the Spirit in us that Timothy has in him if we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 8:9 – You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

 

Ephesians 1:13-14 – 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

1 John 3:24 – Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

 

Stop and truly let this truth sink in. If you are a Christian, God has made his Holy Spirit to come and live in you. You have access to the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-sufficient, all-perfect Holy Spirit of God. God lives in you if you are his.

 

If you are a Christian, you have a Spirit given to you by God that is not a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

 

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

When you feel the grip of fear coming on, trying to prevent you from doing what God wants you to do, as a Christian, the first thing that you should remember is that your fear is not from God. God has given you a Spirit that is not one of fear. In fact, the perfect love of God drives out fear. So when you feel fear, stop, pray, and say both to God and to yourself, “Lord, I know that the fear that I am feeling is not coming from you. When I fear man instead of obeying you, I dishonor you and I dishonor the Spirit you have sent to dwell in me. Please forgive me for this fear, and drive out that fear with your perfect love.”

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