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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Escape and Freedom

In review of 2 Timothy 1:7 it says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Bottom Line:
God does not give a spirit of fear, rather one of power, love and self-discipline.

What this means to me:
The Spirit God gave me should not make me fearful or timid, in fact it is a Spirit that fills me with power, love and of self-control.

Today’s verse comes from the first chapters in 2 Timothy. It comes as Paul is giving Timothy encouragement to be faithful. He tells Timothy of his remembrance of his genuine faith, one shared by both his mother and grandmother. Given this he then reminds Timothy to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave him. For God has not given any of us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. With this we can escape fear and have freedom.

We can escape sickness and disease because the Bible tells us that by His sufferings we are healed. We can escape death because those who believe in Jesus should never die. Children of God can escape loneliness, for the Bible says that God will never leave you nor forsake you. I can also escape depression because the joy of the Lord is our strength.

What I’m learning is that as a follower of the Most High God, I can escape fear because He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind. I can escape poverty because it is the Lord that gives us the power to get wealth. He supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory, so I don’t have to want for anything.

I can escape addition, as the Word says whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. I can escape the pit of hell; by confessing my sins. For He is faithful and just to forgive my sins. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!