Keep Moving Forward
God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 TIMOTHY 1:7)
In spiritual things, either we are moving forward or we are starting to slip backward. We are either growing or dying. There is no such thing as dormant or neutral Christianity. We cannot put our Christian walk on hold or in storage until later. It is vital to keep pressing on. That’s why Paul instructed Timothy to stir up the gift of God within him and to rekindle the fire for God in his heart (see 2 Timothy 1:6).
Evidently, Timothy needed this encouragement. Judging from the verse for today, he must have been struggling with fear. Anytime we allow fear to get a grip on us, we become immobile instead of active. Fear freezes us in place; it prevents progress.
Perhaps Timothy was afraid because Christians in his day were suffering extreme persecution. After all, his mentor Paul had been thrown into prison and he may have wondered if the same thing would happen to him.
Yet Paul urged him to stir himself up, get back on track, be faithful to the call on his life, and to remember that God had not given him “the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV).
This is exactly what we get when we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit—power, love, and a sound mind. When you are tempted to fear, remember this truth. Get alone with God and let the Holy Spirit fill you with courage and confidence so you can move forward.
God’s word for you today: Be sure you fellowship with Jesus today and not with your problems; think about Him and not about them.