Why Do We Fear?

Paul wrote the second letter to Timothy while in prison….it is thought to be an attempt to ease his own loneliness while encouraging Timothy to stand firm in his faith. Paul sensed what lied ahead of Timothy and realizing his time was short…he wanted to help strengthen his young assistant. He needed him to keep his faith sound and strong and remind him that despite what has happened or what was going to happen……his faith in Christ remained strong.

 II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the Spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” A Christian does not have to have fear or worry or anxiety of any kind. Instead of a Spirit of fear, we have been given a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. There is always a strong correlation between anything in the Christian life and what goes on in our mind. When we have fear, we have a certain kind of thought process that results in that fear. We will only have fear when we have certain negative thoughts about ourselves and about our circumstances.

If we think about things the way that we ought to think about them, then we will not have fear. For example:

If I think about my own weaknesses and limitations, then I will fear that I cannot do something. But if I think about Jesus and His power in us, then I will be confident in Him. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 If I think of the power of the evil one to enter into evil people and cause them to use hatred and violence in their opposition to what is good, then I might just fear what will happen to me. But if I think of the power of God and of how He is master and Lord of all things, then I will not fear.

Instead of fearing, I will have security in the promises of God. If anything that appears to be bad happens, I will remember Romans 8:28 that says, “All things work together for good to them that love God and to them that are the called according to His purpose.”

 So ask yourself……Why Do You Fear?

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