Friday, February 25, 2011 longer

“7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”  
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

We all have an issue or area of life that we are not as confident in as others.  If we are honest there are topics and situations that cause us to worry from time to time too.  Often these issues and concerns are valid, but other times they are not. 

What has caused you fear, gut-gripping worry, or anxiety-producing uneasiness now or in the past? 

With my children being sick with the flu recently, I found myself becoming irrationally worried and fearful about the ‘what-ifs’ with their health.  What if their fever spiked in the middle of the night  or they hyperventilated from coughing too hard and I didn’t realize it?  What if they didn’t have the flu after all, but something much worse?  I knew deep down that my fears were irrational and everything was going to be okay. 

Then there are the rational fears.  A ministry organization I have long cared about is going through a very challenging time and it is affecting people I care about very deeply.  My fear?  That these dear friends will experience more pain and difficulty before the challenges disappear. 

But what about when the very foundation of life gets ripped out from underneath you?  You or your spouse lose your job?  A loved one becomes seriously ill, or dies unexpectedly?  A legal issue that you never could have imagined hits you squarely in the face?  What then?

As a human, you will likely be devastated, grieving and possibly gripped with fear.  As a believer you may experience those same things, but here is the great part, it doesn’t end with that fear.  That fear, that timidity, can be traded in for something amazing! 

Through Him we can have the self-discipline to propel ourselves out of the trappings of fear and timidity.  Trade in your fear for God’s POWER!  Trade in your timidity for a hefty dose of God’s LOVE! 

What areas of fear or timidity do YOU need to trade in today?

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