As I sit here praying and thinking about all that's going on in the World today one scripture comes to mind:
2 Timothy 1:6,7
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”
As I begin to prep for an online service this weekend I am facing one of my biggest fears, being in front of a camera to be video taped for all to see. Every word I speak can cause someone to fall in love with Jesus or run away from Him and reject Him. I know all the scriptures that are running through many of your minds - understand I have been quoting them to help me to overcome this fear. I want all of you to know fear is a real thing! According to this Scripture it is a spirit that can come on us and hinder us from operating and living a life of power, love and a sound mind. It's what can cause two moms to go into a store looking for Pampers for their child and when they get to the aisle, there are only five packages left and one grabs them all and then the other mom pleads with her begging her to give up just one package, pleading, “I have none” and the first mom replies "no" and walks away. True story!!
That's what fear looks like!
But we have a promise from this scripture that if we are willing to overcome our fears we will live with perfect Love (because perfect love cast out all fear and Jesus is that perfect love who took all our fears to the cross), Power (because in Christ all things are possible for those who love Him and purpose after Him) and a Sound Mind (because the Holy Spirit dwells in us).
So to those who don’t know Jesus, understand He is calling you right now as you read this. For the rest who know Christ the verse before this commands us to stir up the gift that is in you.
In Matthew 25 it's recorded as saying, “when I was thirsty you gave me a drink, when I was hungry you gave me something to eat, when I was a stranger you took me in."
Be willing to face your fears start by giving someone a drink, a plate of food or just a kind word encouraging, telling them it's going to be okay! THERE IS A NEW HORIZON and it"s coming soon!
Rev. Mark S. Benson pastors Joy Fellowship Church in Bradford, RI. He has a heart to see people come into a right and wonderful relationship with God and see their lives renewed and transformed through the power of Jesus Christ.