by Pastor Mark Jordan
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
What scares you? The Scarecrow was scared of fire. For Indiana Jones, it was snakes. We all have things that scare us. The DSM lists categories of phobias, which are: fears related to animals (spiders, dogs, insects); fears related to the natural environment (heights, thunder, darkness); fears related to blood, injury, or medical issues (injections, broken bones, falls); fears related to specific situations (flying, riding an elevator, driving); and others (choking, loud noises, drowning).
The Bible tells us that God did not give you a spirit of fear and timidity, but one where you can boldly take on the world. After all, God is bigger and stronger than anything with which you will come in contact. This is critically important, because fear can paralyze you from acting before anything even happens. Knowing that you have God’s strength going ahead of you should provide a lot of confidence and courage.
Louis Boone once wrote, “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” God is a trailblazer, and wants you on the adventure with Him…not timidly, but in powerful love. And the key we get to this comes from self discipline, which if centered in the Lord, can and will change your life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the loving power you give me. I choose to center my life in self discipline so I may be a trailblazer with you, boldly taking on the world. I praise you in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.