In this month’s publication, I want to share on how we can lay aside all fear and step into the promises of God.
Each year, many people make new commitments to achieve great things in the Kingdom of God only to find they have fallen short by the end of the year. Maybe you are one that started out this year with great hopes and expectations, looking to fulfill God’s designed plan for your life. Now, part way through the year, it seems as if nothing is going right and you are not seeing any part of your vision coming to past. During this time of pressure is when the enemy comes and tries to takes advantage of God’s people, making them feel that they haven’t accomplished anything and are wasting the year away. We can’t afford to allow this to happen to us. We have got to take time to stir up the gift of God that is within us and keep the excitement of God’s plan within our spirits.
Let’s take a look at 2 Timothy 1:5-7. The Word tells us, “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul takes an opportunity to remind him about the sincere faith that dwells within him. Maybe like you and me, Timothy was facing pressures from the outside that seemed to be overwhelming. Whatever the case, Timothy needed to be reminded that the Greater One lived on the inside of him. Paul wanted Timothy to reach down on the inside and stir up that faith, or gift, that was within. Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him that the same kind of genuine faith that was in his grandmother and mother was also in him.
Since this faith and gift of God dwells within us, we must not allow anything to suppress it, but keep it activated and in working order. Without realizing it, we can get so busy that we forget what is really on the inside of us. We fail to see the gift of God. If you have allowed this to happen, stop and shake yourself. Begin worshipping the Lord, speaking to that gift of God that is inside and command it to be STIRRED UP.
The Word says in Jude 20-21, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
To build up also means to edify, to charge, as one would a battery. When we find ourselves getting weak in any area, we must pull ourselves aside and take some time to build ourselves up. We must get recharged, and we do this by spending time in the Word and by praying in the Spirit. This will build confidence and boldness in the things of God.
Spending time with God through the Word and prayer are the primary ways to build us up, but spending time with others in the Body of Christ will also help add strength to our lives spiritually. In Proverbs 27:17 the Word says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” I like to say it this way, “As iron sharpeneth iron, so does one brother/sister sharpeneth each other.”
We need to live a life so committed to God that we have the ability to help sharpen the countenance of other’s in Christ. We should have a desire for the Spirit of God to be in us to the point that anyone around us discouraged or down hearted will be stirred up in their spirit before they leave our midst. Not because we are something great, but because of the Holy One who resides within.
Paul went on to tell Timothy in verse 7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Thank God we don’t have to live in any form of fear but can operate in power and boldness. We can keep ourselves stirred up by continually reminding ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind. The more believers get a revelation concerning the love of the Father, they will stand against and resist every form of fear from the enemy.
As I have said many times before, “Fear will stop the flow of faith in your life.” So, when you recognize that you are running low and the enemy is trying to steal your joy, don’t go around talking about how bad it is, instead, start telling people how good God is, get others stirred up on their faith, and in return you find yourself all stirred up on the inside.
Be encouraged! The goals and the dreams that you have will manifest if you keep the faith and don’t get discouraged. I believe within a short period of time, you will be shouting for victory and the key to the victory will be . . . Stay Stirred Up!