I am going to date myself with this a little, but that is ok. Do you remember the “No Fear” shirts of the 90’s? They were sports related shirts. They had sayings like, “Bottom of the 9th, down by three runs, bases loaded, three balls, two strikes, no fear.” I always laughed at those shirts, because those who wore them seldom found themselves in those types of situations. It was all about projecting a belief that you weren’t afraid. We all like to think that we aren’t afraid of anything, but truthfully sometimes we are afraid. Look around at our world right now, people are walking around terrified in many ways. But should we be living in fear? As a Christian, the answer is no we shouldn’t. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Paul was writing to Timothy to encourage him to be bold in his faith, and to live it out. Paul was confident that Timothy was saved, because he had seen the faith in Timothy’s family as well as in Timothy himself. However, Paul knew that leadership can be scary, and so he wanted to encourage Timothy to rely not on his own power, but rather the power that was in him from the Holy Spirit. This is why Paul says that God has given us a spirit. It is not that the spirit is naturally in us. Rather, it is a gift from God to His children to live in dark, uncertain times. The spirit that Paul is talking about is the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. As a result, we don’t have to fear what is going to happen, because we are God’s child now. Where we could not naturally love, the Spirit empowers and enables us to love as Christ loves. And we have a mind that is firmly planted on the truths of Scripture. The ability to love and have a mind focused on Scripture helps us to no live in fear, but rather to walk by faith, knowing that God is always in control.
Yes, we live in uncertain times. Yes, the world can be a scary place. However, for the child of God, we don’t have to live in fear, because God is living inside of us, He is for us, and He will bring us through this world and into His presence in His time. Therefore, when you start to feel fear or worry creeping in, get alone and spend some additional time in the Bible. Remind yourself of God’s promises to you as His child. When you see a world full of hate, respond with love. God can use us to reach people if we rely on Him and choose faith over fear.
By His grace and for His glory,