Commentary By: Gordon King
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
A spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
We have the power of Christ living within us to do great and wonderful things. It is not by our own power but God’s power that we do these things.
We have a spirit of love, the love of God within us to love others. It is not given to us to hate but to love, to help, and to encourage others. Let us encourage others from the spirit that God has given us.
We have also been given a sound mind, a mind to think and reason from a godly perspective. Not a mind that is wishy-washy, not a mind which cannot reason, but a mind that has the ability to see clearly and make wise decisions, a mind to discern what is right from what is wrong.
The good Lord wants us to know that we are loved, that He loves us, and that He wants the best for us. Our salvation is eternal life, eternal life with God forever! We have been given an inheritance, an inheritance which is eternal and can never be taken away, an inheritance which can never be destroyed, it can never wither nor can it die, it lasts forever, and that’s a very long time!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The fear of the Lord, knowing that God is all-powerful and all-mighty, knowing that only He has the power to send our souls to hell forever. Knowing these things is the beginning of knowledge but not the end. For the unbeliever the fear of the Lord is a dreadful thing, however for the Christian it is an awesome thing!
The unbeliever will fear what is coming, eternal destruction. But the believer has an “unconditional” covenant with God, a seal which can never be broken, a promise of eternal life with God! Fear of the Lord for the believer is reverence and awe of the Lord.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Fear for the believer is having respect for and obedience to the Lord, knowing that He is almighty, knowing that He is in control of all things, and knowing that He gives all things. It is knowing that if we are not obedient then we will be chastised for our disobedience, but also that God is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.
The question at hand is: “Do we know God?” Have we ever known God? We either have or we have not. You cannot unknow someone once you have known them, just as you cannot unknow God once you have known Him.
We can pretend that we know God, we can deceive ourselves and others into believing that we know God, but the fact of the matter is we either know God or we don’t, whether or not we deceive ourselves or others.
There will come a day when Jesus says to some: “I never knew you, depart from me!”
Scripture is very clear that those who belong to Christ are His forever! That nothing will be able to snatch us out of His mighty hands. That once we are saved (given eternal life with God), then we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until our day of redemption. That’s encouraging to know as it is meant to be. God wants us to know that when we are saved, once Jesus Christ paid our debt, that He purchased us as His own possession, we belong to Him and we always will! God protects what is His and He will not allow anyone or anything to steal it away from Him. We are not to fear what will happen to us after death once we are saved, that’s the whole point of salvation!
And so it goes, God gives us His love and encouragement, and we are to be like God, giving of ourselves, loving one another, encouraging one another. Ours is a spirit of love, and from that spirit we are to love just as Christ first loved us!
Faith is what we as believers in Jesus Christ have, it is faith in God and His promises, faith that what we cannot see but have been told by God is real and true, faith that what God says He will do He will do, it is believing that ours is not to fear but to have the hope of our resurrection into eternal life forever! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus tells us to have faith, Christianity is based upon faith, without faith we cannot please God, it is impossible!
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.“
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!
Have faith in God and His promises to us, stand firm on those and proclaim the truth!
I have been making a real effort to do this daily and I have improved dramatically in my physical health and I can now stand up for long enough to do many of the choirs that had become so difficult for me to do without sitting down every few seconds, even cooking, washing up and hanging washing out etc. My Spiritual improvement has been manifest in my physical condition! I have been standing on the righteousness of Christ that is attributed to me, proclaiming it whenever attacked and accused and reminded of my past failings, no more repenting of past sins that are already covered and washed away in the blood of Jesus! I have His righteousness and it is perfect! God is so good to those of an upright heart! He also led me to take particular vitamins and minerals and clean my diet up and the general improvement has been steady over the past 6 months and even more than the physical improvement I rejoice in the spiritual improvement that has come from this practice of wearing the full armour every day! I go through the motions in the morning of actually putting each piece on to remind myself what each piece stands for and I stand on that truth and proclaim it throughout the day and it soon sends the enemy fleeing! The Lord said He would give me feet like hinds feet and that I would stand on the high places!
I pray He will bring balance to Body of Christ that every part will be fitted together and working as it should for the benefit of the whole.
Thanks for your comment Christine!
God is so good! Glad to hear that you have been feeling better and doing the things that most of us take for granted each day. God has given us what we need to keep ourselves strong and healthy, as for myself I have also changed my diet pretty dramatically about 6 months ago. I try to eat as much organic as I can, including meats and vegetables, I cut way back on carbohydrates (sugars, breads, pastas, etc), trying to eliminate most of them from my diet but not completely.
The government has told us for generations that it’s not carbohydrates that are bad for us but fats (certain fats are bad), which has been a big lie! It’s the sugars that are killing us! Cancer thrives on sugar and carbohydrates, they cannot live on anything else, it’s also these sugars that make us fat and give us diabetes and cause many other illnesses.
I love pizza, but the dough is so bad and very high in carbohydrates. I have found a new recipe which is almost carbohydrate free, it’s called “Fathead Pizza”, and it’s very good! It’s made with mozarella cheese, cream cheese, one egg, and almond flour, you can almost not even tell it apart from real pizza crust, and it’s healthy! I also make a zucchini lasagna, no noodles, only zucchini, sauce, and cheese, my son loves it and it’s very healthy.
Sorry to go on about this, but I have lost weight and I feel much better. Our bodies are the temple of God, and as such we should take care of it the best that we can, and God will take care of us. We reap what we sow, and this includes how we treat our bodies. When we are healthy physically then we are better able to help God and perform His will in our lives.
God bless sister! Maranatha!
That’s great news Gordon! Your pizza dough and Lasagna sounds very creative!
Thank you Nikhil Raj Gupta!
God bless! Maranatha!