God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound
The only fear that God encourages in a Christian's life is the fear of God
10:31). Fear of people does not come from God. The problem is that many
Christians fear people more than they fear God. Their fear hinders them from
pleasing God because they waste their efforts appeasing other people.
Timothy was a young man, timid by nature, and probably not strong physically
(1 Tim. 5:23).
He knew of Paul's frequent trials and persecutions. He knew that he, too, might
suffer those same persecutions. Paul reminded his young colleague that fear of
others does not come from God.
Fear causes us to stop and question what God has clearly told us to do.
Perhaps we were confident in our obedience until persecution came; now we doubt
whether we heard God correctly. Most fear is fear of the unknown. We do not know
what lies ahead of us, so we become apprehensive. Our imaginations can magnify
problems until they seem insurmountable. We need a sound mind to see things in
proper perspective. That is why God gave us His Holy Spirit, to enable us to see
things as God sees them.
Fear is no excuse to disobey God. There is no reason to live in fear when you
have the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit within you. Fear will enslave you,
but Christ has come to set you free. Ask God to free you from any fear you are
experiencing and to open your eyes. As He reveals the reality of your situation,
He will enable you to continue in obedience.—Experiencing God Day by Day