From Fear to Faith - Part 5
Jesus, it is only through Your Holy Spirit that I can walk in Your ways and demonstrate Your love to the world. Show me how to grow in power, love and self-discipline as You do your finishing work in me so that I may become more like you.
Read: II Timothy 1:6-7, NIV
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
Today, we can attend church or stay home and no one will condemn us or arrest us or charge us with a crime for doing so. We have no threat to loss of life, family or possessions just because we serve God. We enjoy the freedom our founding fathers provided for us when they started this great nation. The revolutionary war solidified these freedoms. Our sons and daughter have fought in numerous wars and conflicts since then to keep this freedom alive today. But what if that freedom was taken away? What if the law of the land suddenly changed to say, “you no longer have freedom to worship in a church or any other public structure? Would you stay home and acquiesce? Would you protest and stand against the ruling authority? Or would you continue to meet, standing for your beliefs, until the state came and literally took you to jail?
The summer of 1991 was known as the “Summer of Mercy;” believers across the City of Wichita stood together in front of the George Tiller abortion clinic in East Wichita to protest the murder of innocent babies. This group of believers included men and women from Pathway Church. Their convictions led them to stand “in front of people who wanted to come to the clinic to end the life of unborn babies. Instead of obeying the law of the land and doing nothing, they blocked the entrance of the clinic. Many individuals, including pastors at Pathway, were arrested. There was a “cost.”
As believers, each of us has spiritual gifts which God has given us through His Holy Spirit to edify the body of Christ. Paul prayed for and laid hands on Timothy to anoint him to teach and preach the gospel of Christ. Paul mentored Timothy and challenged him to serve God to the fullest by obeying the call of God on his life, no matter what trials and tribulations came his way. Paul knew that serving Jesus would put you at odds with the world. At that time in the Roman empire, the materialistic and hedonistic culture that prevailed made sharing the gospel of Christ even more dangerous. Opposition to Timothy was everywhere…but the reward was worth the price! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). God has given us the keys through a spirit of power, of love and of discipline to live boldly for Him.
Consider the gift(s) God has placed in your life. What more could you be doing for Him? How are you stepping out in faith on the Unfinished journey? Is there a call on your life you are ignoring…hoping that the nagging of the Holy Spirit will pass? If we truly trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge Him, he will make our paths straight!
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Lord, when the moment arises and evil comes against us, may we not falter or neglect to use the gifts of ministry You have given us. Remind us that You overcame the world — greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.