“Will we run out of air today?”
I have never lost sleep worrying that one morning I’d wake up and all the air in Florida would be gone because I forgot to make more. Our lives depend on many things around us that are completely outside of our control. The Earth will spin. The sun will rise. The winds will blow. The stars will shine. It would be silly to become fearful that any of those things would stop working because one of us forgets to put another quarter in the meter. “Be Not Afraid” is a song about that. Please give it a listen, and come back for more thoughts. 🙂
Our song “Be Not Afraid” draws from this verse:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)
When God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, it made a difference. Let’s look at some key words from this verse to get a taste of what I mean by that.
- SPIRIT OF FEAR
The “spirit of fear” is real — but God does NOT give it. God gives GOOD and PERFECT gifts, not evil spirits. What God HAS given mankind through Jesus Christ is the new birth, new life, holy spirit life. That is REAL POWER! God’s gift enables believers to CAST OUT the spirit of fear when and where it appears. (The evil power that sends the spirit of fear has to retreat at the name of Jesus Christ.)
“Power” in this verse comes from the same Greek word from which we get the word “dynamite“. Dynamite does absolutely nothing — as long as it just sits there and no one lights it. But light it up, and RUN! When we get born again, we receive POWER FROM ON HIGH. Like dynamite, it does nothing until we light it up. It sits there like furniture. God has given us power. Now it is OUR job to light it up. Want examples? Read Acts 2 and I Corinthians 12. BOOM!
“Love” is the Greek word agape, sometimes defined as “the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation.” It is perfect love, the kind that casts out fear. Agape love is a “fruit of the spirit”. It blossoms when a person puts his new life in Christ to work. Powerful stuff!
- SOUND MIND
“Sound mind” means “whole thoughts”. Romans says “the carnal mind is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. Try as hard as we might, nothing in this natural “carnal” world can keep us alive forever. But there is another place to look, and that is to God and His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God is spirit and His gift to us through Jesus Christ is a new life spirit — life that never ends. In addition to everlasting life, the spirit God gives helps us think “whole thoughts”. I Corinthians 2 adds this light, that we need the spirit God gives us with the new birth to understand the things of God. Here is a useful key Paul gave Timothy: “Consider what I say, and the Lord give you understanding in all things.” When we need understanding, God says, “Ask.”
Replace one negative with three positives
Negative thoughts suck the life out of us.
Here is a tip: when a negative thought hits you, aggressively replace it with with THREE POSITIVE THOUGHTS.
Replace “I might fail” with
“I can do this”
“I have what I need” and
“This is no big deal for me”.
I love how II Timothy 1:7 replaces
“spirit of fear” with
Give this a try! Don’t let negatives just sit there and gum up your gears. Send three positives after a negative and CHASE IT AWAY.
God bless you lots!
LYRICS: Be Not Afraid
Song by Dale Reichel
God has not called us to fear, but to power, power, power
And to love, love, love, and to thoughts that are whole
He said, “Be not afraid”, so let’s be of good courage,
Let us love, love, love and trust, trust, trust Him with all our heart and soul.
1) Should we lie awake at night, filled with dread and despair
With the thought that tomorrow the oceans might go dry,
Or that the trees might go on strike and stop cleaning up the air,
Or that all the twinkling stars above might fall out of the sky?
2) Should we listen to the TV, or heed the radio
When their experts all assure us the sun might not arise?
It may be they don’t know what they really do not know,
But we know God loves and guides us well and faithfully supplies.
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