What’s In a Verse? Power’s Perspective

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.”

This verse has particular significance this year, in that Facebook picked it. I cheekily say that to infer my love hate relationship with social media. It has been both my connection point and my isolation source in the past and I still struggle with my relationship status with it. When my ministry partners received their verses (both the same) they encouraged me to do mine and an internal tug of war ensued. What if I get the odd man out verse, like…you brood of vipers…or just something completely unrelated, but the peer pressure side of the rope won out at the end and I obediently submitted my information to the site for my verse. Lo and behold, the same verse. Was God speaking to us through social media or did everyone get the same verse? A quick scan of my “friends” profiles suggested that it was not the same for everyone and I quickly began to sense significance in the words before me.

Many translations state, God has not given us a spirit of fear, and either way you slice it; a spirit of fear or timidity is a daily wrestling match in my world. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of (you fill in the blank) it all comes down to a SPIRIT and whether or not I was to engage with something God did not give me (see verse above). So what was given to me? A SPIRIT of power, of love and of self-discipline. So why then the struggle? Why do I choose to embrace something that isn’t mine and reject the gift He has given me? I needed a perspective change…stat. I needed to intentionally embrace the spirit of power, love and self-discipline; daily, hourly, even minute by minute and walk in that with the authority of a child who has been so graciously given a gift they could never afford on their own. Understanding that I didn’t do anything for God’s good gift, yet my disregard of it was more of a cold slap in the face to a generous father who wants nothing more than the best for me.

I challenge you today to grab this verse and walk in it daily. Take it. Its your too. (and not just because Facebook picked it) God has graciously gifted it to you. And my prayer is we begin the journey together of unwrapping it and living in this present.

You are loved sweet sister.



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