Wednesday – October 16, 2019 – Overcoming Fear
2 Timothy 1:3-7 (NIV) I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
The next challenge for generations to consider is fear. As a spiritual father, Paul took his relationship and responsibility to Timothy seriously. He constantly prayed for him. That can’t help but endear you to your intercessor. Someone who constantly prays for you will develop a special bond with you. Whenever Paul and Timothy would part company, Timothy would cry. You don’t do that if are disconnected and unconcerned about the other person; if you don’t love him.
Consider what must have been included in Paul’s prayers. Look at the things he wrote to him. “I constantly remember you; recalling your tears; I long to see you; I am reminded of your sincere faith; I remind you to fan into flame.” Sounds like memory and reflection draws people together. If you don’t remember someone very often, what does that say about your relationship?
As Paul got to know Timothy, he not only noticed his sensitive nature, he also recognized his potential for leadership. However, for that to be developed, he would first have to learn to overcome fear.
Just because God is for you does not mean that everyone will be. Some people will be flat out against you. They will look for something to disqualify you; find some way to diminish you. Timothy’s biggest disqualifier as far as some were concerned was his age. However, Paul reminded Timothy that the fear he battled against did not originate from God. It either came from demonic or human sources. God gave him the opposite values. He gave him a spirit of power, love and soundness of mind. When the Holy Spirit gives you those qualities, fear doesn’t have a chance. Spiritual fathers should instill them into the hearts of their spiritual children.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that we can be encouragers and instill courage into the hearts of those following in our footsteps.