Scriptural Truth –FEAR and Fearless
Paul told Timothy “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” in 2 Timothy 1:7. Paul was speaking of his imprisonment and urging Timothy not to let such a situation make him afraid to do the Lord’s work. If you were to face a form of adversity such as prison how would you respond? Some may offer the fear of “who will take care of my children or spouse?” The worst case offering of fear would be “what if I die?” But God says, “I didn’t give you that fear!” Then who did? Satan did!
Fear is a part of the enemy! Too often we find ourselves like Peter when he was afraid and sank in the water (Matthew 14:30) or when he separated himself from the Gentiles whom he ought to have embraced (Galatians 2:12). Fear will cause us to sink in sin and embrace the wrong things. It will also cause us to stay in sin believing we can cowardly hide instead of courageously turning back to God. Adam sinned and hid himself because he was afraid (Gen 3:10). The one talent man never used his talent because of fear (Matthew 25:25). Saul couldn’t face the giant because he was afraid (1 Samuel 17:11). Fear paralyzes us from serving and sacrificing our life to God! Paul was pleading with Timothy to recognize only God gives us power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). However, there is a fear we need to develop, not of man but of God. This awesome respect and reverence for God is spoken of many times, but especially in Psalms. See Psalms 25: 12; 115:11, 13; 146:11. David knew the importance of esteeming God in the highest. David was courageous for God against Goliath when all the other soldiers, including Saul, were afraid, yet fearful of the Lord ( Chron. 13:12). His fear stemmed from knowing he had disappointed God. The point is, we ought to be very afraid when we realize we are not standing with God! We are to be fearless with God on our side and fearful if He isn’t! Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.