Oct. 2009 – FEAR

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 and is filed under Uncategorized

We have come to the end of October and while I can’t really say if we are “on schedule” or not I can say that God has blessed us. He has blessed us through people’s encouragement and financial contributions, through His word and through that inexplicable comfort that He gives just when we need it most.

I am not sure if any of you are like me in this way or not, but I have FEAR. I don’t like to admit it because I FEAR admitting that I have FEAR. I FEAR admitting that I have FEAR because I am supposed to be this strong Christian and if people know that I FEAR, maybe they will think less of me. I FEAR admitting that I have FEAR because…well…I am a man, and if people know that I FEAR maybe they will think me less of a man. I FEAR admitting that I have FEAR because I simply don’t want to have FEAR, and if I don’t admit it I don’t have it…right? When I was little, if I put my head under the covers, then the boogey man couldn’t see me, so maybe it will work with my FEARS…okay maybe not. Why am I sharing this with you? Because maybe if I have FEAR, some of you have FEAR also and God shared something with me recently that has helped with my FEAR, and maybe it will help with yours.

First, He gave my Pastor a sermon that I needed to hear a couple of weeks ago on…you guessed it FEAR. By the way, I had just prayed that morning about my FEAR. Isn’t God a great God! The scripture that he preached was on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of FEAR, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” This was a word that Paul gave to Timothy as he encouraged him to utilize the gifting that God had given him to the best of his ability and to testify boldly about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Paul knew that it would not be on his own ability that Timothy would be able to be so bold, but on the strength of the Holy Spirit that lives inside of him as a Christian. It was a wonderful reminder that we all have that same spirit living in each of us as Christians.

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