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07/16/2008

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Fearless


"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but a power, and a love, and of a sound mind" (2Tim. 1:7).

I recently gave a series of lessons here in Northfield on living the abundant life. (John 10:10) One of the lessons involved the concept of obedience. I proposed that the secret of obedience is love. There are times when fear is a motivator in obeying. Even though it may have a place, fear can rob us of the real joy that God wants us to experience. Motivation based solely of fear builds walls instead of bridges.

Literally everywhere we turn today in our society, pressures of life are producing a spirit of fear in the lives of people. There are doubtlessly situations that arise in our lives that produce fear. They may revolve around, illness. death, loneliness, job loss, or financial misfortunes. These fears can be the result of trying to handle the problem ourselves instead of turning them over to God.

I believe that Satan loves to see us afraid. He loves to cause us to push hard on the panic button. Its because fear is not from God but from Satan. God wants us to be fearless. We see His admonition throughout His Word with the term, "Fear Not."

God is there to give us His spirit of power to overcome our fears. That power is available to us today to lift us up from any circumstance. God's presence is the key. "I will fear no evil for You are with me" (Ps. 23:4). Next, our verse today says that He has given us the spirit of love. When His love fills us there is simply no room for fear. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18).

Finally, we need not fear because God has given us a sound mind. Paul reminds us in 1 Cor.2:16, "But we have the mind of Christ." A sound mind is a well balanced one. It is a disciplined one that trusts in the Lord and finds rest in Him. It is a mind controlled by God's spirit.

We can be fearless because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, and love, and a sound mind. Have a wonderful day.

If you have the opportunity to attend a mid-week Bible study, I hope that you are uplifted...Let you light shine....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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