There are many wonderful scripture verses that Christians have memorized over the years. These verses can be very helpful in times of discouragement. One of those verses is II Timothy 1:7. Here I am quoting both 6 & 7.
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I. The Gift of God: Romans 12:6-8
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Each of us has received a gift from God that He expects us to use for the building of His kingdom. These gifts are not the same. Each of us needs to do our part. At all stages of our life God has a purpose for us. We are supposed to be involved in the work of the kingdom.
II. No Fear
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If God is with us, what would make us afraid? The problem is that we cannot see God with our physical eyes. We need to believe that He is with us. We need to have faith. We should do what God calls us to do and not be afraid.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We can be at peace knowing that even in the midst of tribulation, or trial, that God will see us through the days of darkness. Jesus has overcome the world and He is with us.
III. Power: I John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
We do not operate in our own power, but by the power of the Spirit that dwells within us. We have more power than we realize. It is not our power, but the power of God to do what He has called us to do.
IV. Love: I John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
God loves us. We love God. God loves all people. We should love all people. Our actions should be motivated by our love for God and for people. God has not given us the power of hate, but the power of love.
V. Sound Mind/Disclipline
We are able to think clearly. God is able to give us insight into problems. Some translations use the word discipline instead of sound mind. That is also good. God is able to give us the discipline that we need to carry through on what should be done.
This one verse is a wonderfully reassuring verse that we should all use to encourage ourselves, or others as needed.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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