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2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

It is said, “I will certainly be with you.”


 

Of course,if the Lord sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone. I t could not be imagines a wise God would match poor Moses with Pharaoh, the mightiest king in the world, and the enormous forces of Egypt. Hence He says, “I will certainly be with you,” as if it were out of the question He would send him alone.

In my case,also,the same rule will hold good. If I go upon the Lord’s errand ,with a simple reliance upon His power and a single eye to His glory,it is certain He will be with me. His sending me binds Him to backing me up. What more can I want? If He is with me. I must succeed. Let me not go timidly,halfheartedly,carelessly ,presumptuously. In such company as God I must,like Moses go into Pharaoh without fear.

This morning as I prayed I was reminded that at each petition to the Lord that it was up to God to give me the resources and power to act upon the things I would need to do. Then there was so many request and petions for others across this world as the Holy Spirit brought them to mind. Again I was reminded that He alone would be the one that brought to someone’s mind to act upon someones behalf,or stayed a hand that would do harm to another and keep them safe. It was The Holy Spirit that would reveal food for those that are hungry and cold,or just uncomfortable. It was He that would put the right person in the right place and supply the resources to call the lost home and let His word be heard. All this would happen and be heard because of the discerning power in my prayers on behalf of others brought to me by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Me prompted to intercede for others by God’s hand.

In understanding verse 7 it is common to do “mirror reading,” that is, to assume that the mention “of power, of love and of self-discipline” implies that Timothy lacks these and that, because “timidity” is mentioned, this is his problem. It seems reasonable to assume that the inner abilities that God gave Timothy for ministry—power, love, and self-discipline—were being weakened as a natural timidity began to take over. On this reading, in order to overcome a natural reticence to speak and act with confidence, Timothy needs to allow the spiritual gift to resume its dominance and restore a higher level of effectiveness in his ministry. This reconstruction takes into account all of the elements of verses 6–7.

It remains to observe the wording with respect to the bestowal of that “gift [charisma] of God,” which was “through [dia] the laying on of [Paul’s] hands.” This may imply that Paul was one of the elders who laid hands on him (1 Tim. 4:14). There is a difference between this wording and that of 1 Timothy 4:14, where the bestowal of the gift was “through [dia]” prophecy, “with [meta]” the laying on of hands by the group of elders. It may be that Paul now wants to emphasize that his (and the elders’) role was not only to accompany the bestowal of the gift but to be involved in it as well.

The use of the word anazopyreo, “fan into flame,” raises a theological issue: Can an inward spiritual gift of God die down like a fire and be rekindled by an act of the will? Does one have control over that which is the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit of God? A true understanding of this verse must be consistent with the proper answer to those questions. The fact that in 1 Corinthians 14:22–40 Paul teaches the regulation of spiritual gifts shows that Christians have responsibility for their use. The very word translated “self-discipline” means taking responsibility to be moderate or to act reasonably. It implies that the individual exercises control. For the Christian, the motivation and power to do this comes from the Holy Spirit, but we must respond by making the right decisions and taking the right actions.

The “spirit” mentioned in verse 7 is probably the Holy Spirit himself, not the human spirit. It is something God gave and was probably part of the gift mentioned in verse 6. The gift seems to have been a measure or kind of power, love, and ability to control oneself that is beyond our normal capacities, which comes only from the Holy Spirit. He is not the kind of Spirit who brings fear.

You see as we walk with the Spirit of God He will prompt us who to pray for and when. Who to intercede for and when. All this is done out of the love of God for all mankind. Our part in it is to be of sound mind and allow the Holy Spirit of God to work through us in our daily life.

It is truly gratifying to know that where I am weak he is strong in me. That if I become as one with him then His power is able to manifest itself through me to act in love on others behalf. Let us fan into flames the fire that burns within us today and go in behalf of a lost world and those that need to us. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ and those that would read this that don’t know Christ as of yet. Know that God has given us a spirit of love and sound mind if we will but use it.

 

All my Love Tom

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