A Life of Power
Of all the emotions that a human can feel, fear is possibly the most impactful. Fear can seamlessly compel a person to act in ways that are not beneficial to their well-being. Fear is of the enemy.
As I leave for my first overseas mission trip to India this upcoming weekend, I cannot help but feel a sense of anxiety; I cannot help but itch that suppressed tingling emotion of fear. The unknown is ahead of me, and I don’t know the endgame. I don’t know if I will make it back safely or not. And that’s okay.
Dwelling on the unknown causes a cowardly response to God’s bold demand. This week before I leave I have been reciting the truth of 2 Timothy 1:7 that says, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Reading that passage for the first time makes it easy to believe that we are not to be fearful. And then, if you are like me, when fear comes in, you can feel weak. Something that has changed my perspective though has been shifting my focus to the latter part of the passage.
What would happen if we become consumed in by the fact that we have the POWER, LOVE, and SELF-CONTROL of God within us? I’ll tell you what happens because it’s exactly what happened inside of me: The strength of fear dwindles in the shadow of the Creator’s presence within me.
Whatever may be causing you to fear or doubt the goodness of God’s divine plan, I ask you to dwell on the positivity of His word. Dwell in Him, and all things that are good become possible.