We conclude our look into 2 Timothy 1:7 today. We began to exam this verse as the result of interaction between Job and his three friends. Scripture records that no one spoke a word to another for an entire week (Job 2:13). These blogs are intended to seek the wisdom of God to learn practical ways to demonstrate our faith in Jesus Christ before others we encounter.
i want to point out the contrast found in 2 Timothy 1:7. The words fear and sound mind serve to contrast each other and help us to understand where every believer can find assurance. The curse of sin carries the element of fear. We hear of so many phobias prevalent in today’s society. Some common fears are known as the fear of heights or the fear of entrapment ; and beyond these are the fear of death. In a previous post I spoke of how many fail to offer encouragement because they fear rejection or inadequacy. The fear of death has been abolished according to scripture through the redemptive work on the cross at Calvary. So why do we still allow fear to remain present in our lives as believers? It stems from our dependence of the flesh rather than the Spirit of God.
I have a copy of the Precious Bible Promises book in my office. I also carry some truths about God according to scripture in my wallet. Circumstances attempt to distract our thinking. The Bible says the “cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). Every believer must remember that our Lord is greater than our circumstances. In my bathroom at home is a simple reminder each day of this truth. Fear not tomorrow because God is already there. What a promise! If we are to combat fear; it begins on the recollection of so many promises that God has stated.
2 Timothy 1:7 says that God give us a sound mind. How would one describe a sound mind and what are the steps to possess it? The ministry of the Holy Spirit equips every believer with the characteristic of a sound mind. Let’s look at a few works of the Spirit which substantiates this reasoning. The Spirit enlightens us (Ephesians 1:17-18), regenerates us (John 3:5-8), leads us into holiness (Romans 8:14), transforms us (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23), gives assurance (Romans 8:16), and gifts for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Each of the a fore mentioned truths lead the believer to possess a sound mind. Wisdom is gifted to the believer by simply asking God (James 1:5).
Suppress the fears of life by trusting what God has proclaimed. Every believer must crucify the flesh and its desires daily. When given the opportunity to share an encouragement with others; take the truth of God and His redeeming message of love into the circumstances which cripple hope in others. There you will be amazed by the fact that God will combat the fears we might sense and perform the healing that others are in need of through us. As always, grace and peace.