As you may know, I am reading through 17 New Testament books in 17 weeks with Lisa from Conforming to the Truth. We are in 2 Timothy this week.
Chapter 1 and a verse jumps right out. If you have been following me long you know my biggest flaw is fear and what I allow it to do in my life. This is such a problem, that in 2016 God asked me to live fearlessly. Easier said than done.
If you have allowed fear to take hold of you like I have, there is hope.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
In the King James Version timid is called fear. God didn’t give us fear. Quite the contrary, He gave us love and perfect love casts out fear.
God didn’t give us fear! No, he offers love!
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 NIV
So what am I going to with this fear? I’m going to evaluate it. What is true and what is God saying. I hope you will join me and work through this with me.
Okay, where is my fear coming from?
My fear comes from 2 places.
#1. My fear of being wrong and not being able to live with the consequences, or that they would be more than I can bear. Yet I’m miserable standing at this fork in the road so focused on me and the consequences. I can’t even imagine the good or anyone else who may be in the path and what they are going through because I stand refusing to move.
Imagine you are at the red light behind another car. Traffic is starting to backup and you're counting down to the light turning green. The cross traffic is stopping so their light just turned red, should be our turn. Yes, green! Why is this car not moving, they don’t appear to be on their phones, they don’t seem distracted, but what could be going on? You honk with all the cars that are backing up even more behind you, and the light turns yellow, then red. Now you're getting even more frustrated.
Yep, who is behind me, I know there are others who are affected by my fear. Me standing here isn’t helping anyone. It is only pushing my responsibilities onto others.
I feel the need to explain something about this fork in the road that I deal with. Either path I take follows something mentioned in Scripture. So in reality, there is no right or wrong, except that I feel God calling me one way, and by not following God then I am missing the blessing and doing wrong.
Fear #2. My next fear is of being alone, standing there worse off than where I am now. I have a family that loves me, a church family that cares for me. Yet I don’t know if I can handle the possible consequences that would leave me alone, needing these people more than I already do. (I prefer to rely on myself and God, that is one reason this fear hurts so bad, and why I feel God calling me to this decision, this fearlessly giving myself with the possibility of needing people more than ever, don’t be me,)
So now that I have evaluated my fears it is time to find some truth.
If God calls you to it, He will pull you through it! #fearless #faith #notalone
#1. If God calls you to it, He will pull you through it. The consequences may be hard to deal with, but God will stand with me, even if no one else does, and he will give me strength. We see this even further into 2 Timothy.
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. – 2 Timothy 4:16-17 NIV
That is reassuring because it covers both of my fears. But surely there is more truth that can be used to combat the lies my fears feed on right?
Like Moses, I can see my flaws and why I should not be the one God sends, but God answers me as he did Moses.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.” – Exodus 3:11-12 NIV
And even worse, he continued to question his calling. Why do we do this? Am I alone?
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” – Exodus 4:10-13 NIV
How is this supposed to help me?
If we can build up our knowledge of truth and truth that God will stand with us, he will speak through us, he will equip us as we put one foot in front of the other, then we can stop falling for the lies and start doing.
I know when I remember truth then I am able to push forward, more filled with faith about what God is calling me to. So join me and meditate on the truths. If these truths didn’t help you, then I challenge you to dig into God’s word, which is oh so full of truth.
Don’t forget to share your truths, because God uses people, so if my truths didn’t help you, your truths can help others. So tell me what truths do you use to combat the lies? What truths do you use to fight fear?