Today’s Bible Journaling Scripture is very familiar to Believers, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (CSB) The King James Version says, “a sound mind.” I decided to investigate some commentaries to get some thoughts from Bible scholars of note.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary says, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love to him, which will carry us through opposition. And the spirit of a sound mind, quietness of mind. The Holy Spirit is not the author of a timid or cowardly disposition, or of slavish fears. We are likely to bear afflictions well, when we have strength and power from God to enable us to bear them.” Elliott’s Commentary for English Readers says that fear can better be interpreted as “the spirit of cowardice—that cowardice which manifests itself by a timidity and shrinking in the daily difficulties which the Christian meets with in the warfare for the kingdom of God.” Whenever we feel afraid, we must understand that fear does not come from God, it can come from our adversary, the Devil.
Satan would like nothing better than to see God’s people cowering in fear over the smallest thing. For some, it could be the fear of failure. They are so afraid of messing something up that they don’t have the courage to take that first step toward what they want to do, or maybe what God is calling them to do. For some, it could be the fear of getting sick or fear of making a life-changing decision. Fear can stop us in our tracks and keep us from growing Spiritually.
When I first started writing my blog, my mind kept telling me that I was no writer. It took confirmation from someone else to help me see that God had indeed called me to journal, and my job was to be obedient to that calling. I had to “suck it up” and step out in faith and start! When I started incorporating my Bible Journaling artwork in with my writing, again, I was hesitant. In my school years, I practically flunked art class, so I was sure my drawings would end up looking horrible. It took a friend from one of the Bible Journaling pages I was part of to help me to understand that the time I took in expressing in artwork what the Scripture was saying to me was time well spent with the Lord and that no matter how it looked, to Him, it was a masterpiece.
All those thoughts of discouragement and hesitation came from the enemy. I have seen what God has done through my blog and the Bible Journaling artwork, and it has been an awesome time of sharing God with others, and that’s exactly what the Devil didn’t want to happen. He didn’t want to see people be encouraged. If I would have listened to him, I wouldn’t have found so many friends with which to share. They have encouraged me, and they have let me know that I have encouraged them. I have been able to see the calling God gave me come to pass, and it has been an awesome journey.
Our Scripture says that fear is a spirit, and it’s a spirit we don’t need. The verse also says that God gives us the spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. When we have those, our minds are at peace, we find the courage to fight against the enemy, we are filled with God’s love, and we can win any battle we face. They are the spirits we need to embrace. We need to tap into the love of God so that we can share that love with others. We need His power to help us be victorious over anything the enemy would throw at us, and we need a sound mind (or self-discipline) to help us keep our minds stayed on Jesus, and to give us right thinking.
Once we understand that fear comes from the enemy of our souls, we can be victorious, we can walk with boldness, and we can live in peace.