Todays Verse/Thought: Fear vs. Power
II Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of FEAR; but of POWER, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This is a loaded verse! Who wouldn’t want to be pumped with power, have abounding love, and be a brain to boot?
The Greek word used here for POWER is the root word for our word DYNAMITE. That’s the kind of power that’s dynamic and enabling. It enables us to be far more effective than we could in our own human abilities. It isn’t that God calls us to be powerful, but that HE WANTS TO SHOW HIS POWER THROUGH OUR LIVES.
John 20:22 tells us that Jesus breathed on His disciples and they received the Holy Spirit. It is only by His power that we can be free from our own inadequacies.
Smith Wigglesworth was a powerful man of God who lived during the 1800s. He was known as A Man Who Walked with God. In his travels in England, he was responsible for many who came to Christ and were healed. He was described as a man full of humility, but full of Holy boldness. He made popular an expression: God says it; I believe it; that settles it. Smith Wigglesworth’s power in the Holy Spirit is legendary. He tells of being asleep in his spartan bed in a small one-room house. The night was dark and the wind blowing. There came a loud rap at the door. Wigglesworth tells of rising from his bed and upon opening the door, he saw Satan himself, standing there. Wigglesworth looked at the devil and with Holy boldness, he said: Oh, it’s just you. And he shut the door and went back to sleep.
That’s the kind of Holy boldness and power I want in my life, how about you? How do we get such power? By being conformed to Christ; by being transformed by Him. Smith Wigglesworth exhorted Christians: Faith is an act, and Only believe!
DECIDE TO LEAVE EVERYTHING BEHIND and press into Jesus Christ. ACKNOWLEDGE the fact that God wants us to understand our privileges in Him. Recognize that your humanity, or flesh, is against divine things. HUMBLE YOURSELF before the Lord and ask for His Holy Spirit to fill you.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Fear vs. Love