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Why this is important: We do not have to be timid or shy. Fear cannot grip our hearts. He has given us His HOLY Spirit. The Spirit gives us power that we have never known. We can be bold.

I have His love drenching my heart and soul. With His sensible care I persevere. The Messiah and my Master Jesus’ love is a gift to me. I didn’t do anything to earn. I can’t do anything to earn. I can freely receive it from Jesus.

Here is the result of the Spirit of God living in us. We don’t have fear but have:

  • Power
  • Love
  • Discipline

The discipline He brings into my life makes a difference. I can focus on His daily direction. I can move according to His long range goals for me. That direction and focus drives out all fear.

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 gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Timothy 1:6–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Paul reminded Timothy of the time God called him into service and the local church ordained him. Paul had laid his hands on Timothy.

  • Through Paul, God had imparted to Timothy the spiritual gift he needed for his ministry.
  • The laying on of hands was a common practice in apostolic days.
  • The power of God and His gifts are ours.

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to serve God, and through Him we can overcome fear and weakness. The word fear in 2 Timothy 1:7 means “timidity, cowardice.” The Holy Spirit gives us power for witness and for service. It is futile for us to try to serve God without the power of the Holy Spirit. Talent, training, and experience cannot take the place of the power of the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit also gives us love. If we have love for lost souls and for the people of God, we will be able to endure suffering and accomplish the work of God.

  • Selfishness leads to fear because, if we are selfish, we are interested only in what we will get out of serving God, and we will be afraid of losing prestige, power, or money.
  • True Christian love, energized by the Spirit, enables us to sacrifice for others and not be afraid.
  • The Spirit gives love.

He is also the One who gives self-control (“a sound mind”). This word is related to the words sober and sobriety that we often meet in the pastoral letters. “Self-discipline” is a better translation of “sound mind”. It describes a person who is sensibly minded and balanced, who has his life under control. The Amplified Version reads, “calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

Timothy did not need any new spiritual ingredients in his life; all he had to do was “stir up” what he already had. Paul had written in his first letter, “Neglect not the gift that is in you” (1 Tim. 4:14). Now he added, “Stir up—stir into flame—the gift of God.” The Holy Spirit does not leave us when we fail; but He cannot fill us, empower us, and use us if we neglect our spiritual lives. It is possible to grieve the Spirit  and quench the Spirit.

Timothy had every reason to be encouraged and to have spiritual enthusiasm in his ministry. Paul loved him and prayed for him. His experiences in life had been preparation for his ministry, and Paul was confident of the genuineness of Timothy’s faith. The Spirit within him would give all the power needed for ministry. What more could he want?

The good news: What more could we want? We have the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have power, love and self-control.