January 1, 2015
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God gave us not the spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline."
Happy New Year! Every year we plan new years resolutions as a way to let go of our disappointments of the previous year, and hold on to hope for a new beginning. What a way to wash away the regrets of the old year...
In addition to the hope that most people have going into the new year, for as long as I can remember, I've always had fear. I'm thankful because I made it through this year, but what does the new year hold? I have a dozen questions motivated by fear. "God spared my family this year, but what about next year? Would Him doing it again be too good to be true?" "Will I make it?" "Will something terrible happen to me, or to someone I love?" The thing is, there are no guarantees for those answers. Holding on to the fear and worry over these questions cannot change the outcome. But there is one thing I can hold onto NO MATTER WHAT: GOD!
He is the unshakable hope. And He is so much bigger than all the fears and worry going into the new year. Because He did not give me the spirit of fear, but that of power, love and discipline. The King James version reads this way, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." In order to keep a sound mind, we must have discipline. Discipline helps us keep our eyes on God. Discipline helps us keep our thoughts on God. It also helps us remember God's promises, even when things don't seem to be going according to God's promises.
Power is something that God has given us through the blood of Jesus. So we must walk in that power. The very same power that raised Christ from the dead lives within us, so we must remember that when fear starts creeping in. We have the power to discipline our minds and decide what thought we'll allow in them and what thoughts we'll throw out.
And of course, God's love is what we must walk in. Knowing God's love, will remind us that His word and promises are true. That He has a great plan for us and although it doesn't always feel like it, He is always with us.