No Fear

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the  gospel according to the power of God (II Timothy 1:7-8). For I am not ashamed of the gospel of  Christ: for It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16). There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18).

In this passage of Scripture, written by Paul to Timothy, Paul is near the end of his ministry. (II Timothy 1:7) Timothy was converted, under Paul’s ministry. As if passing the baton to his apprentice, or to his student, here Apostle Paul attempts to recall to Timothy’s remembrance, the unfeigned faith, the sincere, the genuine, and the heartfelt faith, that was within him. Paul exhorts Timothy to stir up the gifts of God which were within him, by the laying on of Paul’s hands. Stir it up, as “Fire under the embers.” Timothy was qualified to do the work of an evangelist. He was being encouraged to exercise the gift, so that it would increase. He was encouraged to take all opportunities to use his gift! Paul was encouraging Timothy to go forth boldly to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ with no fear, because the spirit of fear causes one to be doubtful, timid, and weak. Fear is a distressing emotion, aroused by evil, or the unknown. It is apprehension, consternation, trepidation, or alarm.

My mind went to Peter, when the disciples saw Jesus walking towards them on the sea. They became fearful. “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Peter answered and said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Jesus do so. When Peter stepped out onto the water, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. However, when he saw the boisterous winds, he became afraid and he began to sink. He cried out saying, “Lord, save me.”  Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Sometimes, when the waters of life become boisterous, fear will set in, which will lead to doubt, and we will begin to sink! I thank God, because each time we fall, our Savior reaches out His mighty hand, to patiently and lovingly catch us when we fall, and when we begin to sink! 
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“But of power and of love”, means rendering a fearless and powerful testimony of your faith, by the power that has been vested in you, after having received the Holy Ghost! Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” When going forth in power, Timothy had to go forth in love! “And of a sound mind”, means Timothy had to be sober minded.

What a perfect example for the body of Christ! We must go forth, and exhibit no fear unto the world. Our testimonies must be given with boldness, and with power of the Holy Ghost, as well as with love and kindness, and of a sound mind! “We must give up worldly entanglements, exhibit prudent conduct, sobriety, moderation, and temperance.” There must be a difference between the body of Christ and the world. We are living epistles, read among men! We must strive to live holy! We must be full of unfeigned faith, in order to be effective witnesses for the Lord. We must stir up the gifts that the Lord has placed within us, and we must use those gifts to witness to the world, and to edify the body of Christ! The enemy of our souls would have us to be fearful. He wants us to be shackled and paralyzed by fear, to prevent us from going forth in our gifts and callings, as the Lord has purposed to use us. We must remember that God hath not given us the spirit of fear! Romans 8:15-16 says, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” We must not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must not be deterred from the work of the Lord. We must oppose erroneous teachings, and we must stand up against sin. Have no fear. Go forth boldly in the callings the Lord has placed on your life. Remember, if He called you, He also equipped you for the job. No fear! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!


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11 comments on “No Fear

  1. Wow, what a timely message!! Fear is a tool we all must stuggle with. It comes in all shapes and sizes. We must always remember God’s love for us and realize we must share that with others. Sometimes we are reluctant to share our testimony. But you never know who needs to hear it, that they may obtain more faith and strength, in their walk with God. We are living epistles being read of men. WE must be about our father’s business. God bless you and keep you.

    • Hi Valencia,

      Fear is definitely a tool of the enemy! He wants us to think, that we are not good enough, or we are not holy enough, to do a work for the Lord. The truth of the matter is, we are not good enough on our own. We realize that when we go forth for the Lord, it isn’t us, but it is the Christ that is within us, who is working the work through us! We take no credit or glory, because all of the glory, the credit and the honor belong to the Lord. We are more than conquerors, through Christ, and we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us! To God be the glory, for the things He has done!

      I’m so glad you stopped by! May God continue to richly bless you, and to keep you in His care!

      Paulette

  2. Hi Paulette,

    In a world that seems to be fast becoming more and more liberal, many are afraid to speak up about their faith…. They even cave in to liberal life styles because they want to fit in with the rest of the crowd…. That shows that we really need to let God’s word strengthen us…. Only He can help us with our fears.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Amen, Margaret. Sometimes, simply living holy, is a powerful witness for the Lord. The way we carry ourselves, and the way we communicate with others, is also an excellent way to let our lights so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify the Father which is in heaven.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! God bless!

      Paulette

  3. >> “Have no fear. Go forth boldly, in the callings that the Lord has placed on your life! Remember, if God called you, He equipped you for the job! No fear!” <<

    I think I might have quoted this little ditty before, but it fits . . . FEAR is FAITH in SATAN!!!

    Fear is faith in satan
    Faith is fearing God.
    Ever see it that way?
    Does look rather odd.

    Fear says "God will fail me"
    Faith knows He keeps His Word.
    "Hitherto the Lord has helped me"
    Doubting now would be absurd.

    Dismiss your doubts and feelings,
    Stand still and see it through.
    The God who fed Elijah
    Will do the same for you.

    • Angela,

      I loved it! It fit perfectly, with this post! Thank you so much for sharing it. I believe those who read it, will definitely be blessed! Take care, and may the blessings of the Lord continue to shower down upon you!

      Paulette

  4. Thank you, Paulette.

    “Go forth boldly, in the callings that the Lord has placed on your life! Remember, if God called you, He equipped you for the job! No fear! ”

    Grateful that His perfect loves casts out ALL fear. His love makes all the difference 🙂

    God bless you ,
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      “Grateful that his perfect love casts out all fear.” So true! Thank you so much for stopping by, and adding your thoughts! God bless!

      Paulette

  5. We must always remember that Jesus lovingly pulled Peter up from the water when he took his eyes off Jesus. Jesus didn’t turn his back on Peter or send him away. Jesus simply told him that he had a small portion of faith and that he allowed his doubt to overrule it. This means so much to me. I love Jesus for this – so humbling.

    • Hi Todd,

      Just as Jesus lovingly reached out and caught Peter’s hand, as he began to sink, He also lovingly reaches down and catches us, when we begin to sink. You are right, it is humbling. Thank you for adding your thoughts! God bless you!

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