“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”
2 Timothy 1:7
Most of us hesitate to step into what God has called us to do because we fear what other people will say or do. We are afraid to speak out against issues that we know are contrary to the Word of God for fear of being persecuted. We refrain from confronting those who sin against us to resolve the matter even when the bible tells us to do so (Matt. 18:15-17). We don’t correct believers who are overtaken with sin to help them back onto the right path (Gal. 6:1). We are afraid that when we do these things, we will look foolish, be rejected, or offend others. And so we just keep our mouth shut and do nothing.
Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us the spirit of fear. The Greek word for fear, “deilia,” as used in this verse, means timidity, cowardice, or the lack of mental or moral strength. Since fear is not from God, we should reject it and instead embrace that which is from God – power, love, and sound mind. We need to get over our feelings of not being comfortable to do what God has called us to do. Why? Because He has already given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm (Eph. 1:3). God has given us the power to do His work. We have been equipped with the gifts, talents, and abilities needed for every good work. God has given us a spirit of love; and that love is more than enough assurance that no matter what is the outcome of us stepping out to do His work, His love will not change. God’s love will shield us from people’s hostility, persecution, and rejection. God has given us a sound mind, and therefore God will provide us with the wisdom and the clarity on how to do His work.
Do not follow the path of least resistance. Do not let fear get in the way of doing what God has asked you to do. Be brave. Remember, you are already equipped, are loved, have wisdom, and, most of all, have God and the entire host of angels backing you up.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for not doing what you have called me to do because of fear. I want to do your will. So give me the courage and the boldness I need as I take that step now to obey you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What has God asked you to do? List down what steps you need to take to fulfil what God has asked you to do. Pick the easiest step and do it then do the next. Build up your courage by going through the steps one by one. All it takes is that initial step.