For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
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2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB) 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
The Holy Spirit has given us the power to practice self-control in our lives. The Apostle Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of not being overwhelmed by his own fears, insecurities, and doubts. Timothy was young, and as a young man he had much to learn. It is for this reason that his spiritual father Paul reminded him of the importance of having a self-discipline, and not letting himself be dominated by anything, external or internal! He had to come to possess a divine self control, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He had to become master of his own body and will.
The Apostle Paul was a man who had to learn this great truth. His life was completely yielded to the will of the Holy Spirit. He understood that there were many things he had the opportunity to do, but not all were favorable or of spiritual edification! In 1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” and in 6:12,” All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. ” This was his rule of life, for the Apostle Paul, complete surrender to the person of the Holy Spirit!
The challenge of living this quality of spiritual life was of importance for young Timothy, it was not going to be easy in his own strength! His command was to be an example in all Christian conduct as 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” It is only by the internal dominion derived by the Holy Spirit is that he would be able to fulfill the commission given by his spiritual father, the Apostle Paul. Today is the time to take up the challenge of walking under the authority and dominion of the Holy Spirit in our lives, only in this way will we come to give the fruit of temperance in our walk with the Lord.
Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV) 2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Romans 8:15 (NKJV) 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
1 john 4:18 (NKJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 Corinthians 2:4 (NKJV) 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
Romans 15:19 (NKJV) 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV) 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Phillipians 4:13 (NKJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV) 12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 3:8 (NKJV) 8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,
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