Friday, February 25 – 2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
We talk often about how the Holy Spirit changes us and how we are to live out our faith. Still, this is often a hard concept to understand, especially when we feel scared or timid in our faith. What is this God-given power for? What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit at work in my life when I don’t know what to say? Second Timothy 1:8 says, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.” The confidence we have through the Holy Spirit is not to justify our personal opinions or preach condemnation over others. This confidence is meant for sharing the gospel and making Christ known.
We may believe that if we are called to do something it will be easy. When we face obstacles to our calling, we may wonder if we really understood God’s call at all. This passage reminds us that these fears and inhibitions are not from Him. He is the One who gives boldness, strength, and courage. Paul knew it was natural for Timothy to feel fear. That is why he reminded him of the Spirit at work inside of him. When we start to feel nervous or afraid, we can reflect on this truth, trusting that through Christ, we have been equipped to share the message of the gospel with others.
- When have you been timid in your faith? How does this verse encourage you?
- Who is one person in your life that you haven’t had a gospel conversation with but know you need to? How can you start praying for that person today?
- Pray and thank God for giving power through His Spirit when we are weak.