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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Of all the many mental and emotional states that threaten to disrupt our peace of mind, fear is undoubtedly at the top of many people’s list. Fear does not require facts to do its unsettling work. Any hypothetical scenario will do. The basis of fear is the perception that someone or something has the power to rob us of a thing we value. The above passage suggests otherwise.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us of the correct starting point for purging the debilitating toxin of fear. We begin with the realization that fear is not part of our spiritual makeup. Because we all experience fear, we may have treated it as a universal condition over which we have little or no control. If, on the other hand, we accept as true that our spiritual core is one of power, love, and a sound mind, then we begin to look upon fear as an unnatural response to a given situation.
We want to understand that a normal response is different from a natural response. While most of us might accept fear as our normal reaction, Paul is pointing out that fear is not the natural reaction of one who is centered in their spiritual power, grounded in love, anchored in the clarity of a sound mind.
If you are involved in a situation that sparks fear in you, realize that you are under no obligation to be swept away in this emotional turbulence. Pull your attention away from the appearance and re-establish yourself in this truth:
I was not given a spirit of fear. My spirit is powerful and I am guided by love. My mind is sound and secure in the truth that greater good is now unfolding in my life. Thank you God, that this is true!
Fear is a habit, not an obligation. Begin now to embrace the truth of who and what you are as an expression of God.