For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7
The King James translates this verse “God did not give us a spirit of fear.” Timidity is simply the paralysis that results from unhealthy fear. Timidity is that thing that keeps us from acting, speaking, and walking in God’s best for us.
I love the apostle’s description of the Holy Spirit in us: Spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. He’s saying the Spirit is mighty enough to protect and empower us wherever He leads, loving enough to always act in our best interest, and always present to help me to discipline my fearful self into obedient action! Everything I need, to be free from fear, is right there within me!
Think of it this way…He can and He will; so I can, and I will!
For Reflection: In honest reflection, do you detect any areas of timidity resulting in fearful paralysis? If so, ask someone you trust to join you in praying that you would begin responding to God’s Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline rather than the spirit of fear.
Lord, the greatest gift You’ve ever given me is Your Holy Spirit abiding in me. Forgive me for ignoring You so much of the time. You are always with me, so I don’t need to hold back. I don’t need to be afraid! Thank you for Your power and Your amazing love. And thank You for the Spirit of self-disciple that enables me to follow You with no fear.