Power, Love & Self Control

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2 Timothy 1:6-7 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.

I don’t know about you but I have a million excuses as to why I can’t or won’t do something. Usually those excuses revolve around what I don’t have!!!

And in most cases I am right – I don’t have what I think I need – more money, a different job, a better house a different marriage, I could go on and on with what I don’t have. What I am trying to return to is to remember what I do have and what I do have is His Spirit within me and that Spirit is one of Power, Love and Self Control. When I spend even just a few minutes thinking about these three I wonder if this not a reminder of the Spirit of the Trinity living in me.

Power – This word comes from the Greek word dunamis  and means force (literally or figuratively); specially, 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. The very Spirit of God Himself?

Love – This word comes from the Greek word agape ; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast:–(feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love. The very Spirit of Jesus?

Self Control – This word comes from the Greek word sophroneo to be of sound mind, i.e. sane, (figuratively) moderate:–be in right mind, be sober (minded), soberly. The Holy Spirit?

This scripture has been running on replay in my head since Thursday morning. The more I read it and study it, the more I am convicted that our Loving Father has given everything I need to live each in victory and confidence.

Mathew Henry has this to say – Now God hath therefore armed us against the spirit of fear, by often bidding us fear not. “Fear not the face of man; fear not the dangers you may meet with in the way of your duty.’’ God hath delivered us from the spirit of fear, and hath given us the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The spirit of power, or of courage and resolution to encounter difficulties and dangers;—the spirit of love to God, which will carry us through the opposition we may meet with, as Jacob made nothing of the hard service he was to endure for Rachel: the spirit of love to God will set us above the fear of man, and all the hurt that a man can do us;—and the spirit of a sound mind, or quietness of mind, a peaceable enjoyment of ourselves, for we are oftentimes discouraged in our way and work by the creatures o our own fancy and imagination, which a sober, solid, thinking mind would obviate, and would easily answer. 2. The spirit God gives to his ministers is not a fearful, but a courageous spirit; it is a spirit of power, for they speak in his name who has all power, both in heaven and earth; and it is a spirit of love, for love to God and the souls of men must inflame ministers in all their service; and it is a spirit of a sound mind, for they speak the words of truth and soberness.

Abba, please help me move this truth from my head to my heart and walk this day secure in the truth that I have everything I need today to be victorious!! Amen

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