From Pastor’s Desk: 8-7-16
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Power, love, and self-discipline, each in the strictest sense, are absolutely essential to an overcoming life in Christ. An added dimension is that God has given them to us. By His Spirit we have tremendous power available to enable us to overcome, as the original word shows. It is δύναμις dunamis (doo’-nam-is) or force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
All that we do is supposed to be done in and with love. This is not φιλέω phileō (fil-eh’-o) love. It is not the “to be a friend to” or “(fond of” or to “have affection for” or what we might call “brotherly love.” Rather, it is that ἀγαπάω agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o), to love (in a social or moral sense). It is the love that comes from the heart of God, given by God, received by us, given to others through us.
It is my conviction that self-discipline is the most difficult of all disciplines. But exercise it we must if we are going have any hope of living a victorious, overcoming, and honorable life in Christ. There’s just too much in this world clamoring for our attention to be otherwise.
We have an adversary, the devil, prowling about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (gulp down entirely). See 1 Peter 5:8. It is not a time, nor do we have time, to be timid (fearful)!