Thankful for Fear!

2 Timothy 1:1-14,  English Standard Version

The text opens with Paul’s sense of urgency for Timothy to further the faith.  Paul is not afraid of his impending death and insists that Timothy continue to establish his faith in Christ.  Paul begins with some encouraging words to his protégé, Timothy.  He reminds Timothy that his faith is predicated on his understanding of and living into the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul is encouraging Timothy to be clear about what fills his capacity, the capacity of his heart.  Timothy’s capacity is deeply rooted in his family values, especially those instilled in him from two faithful women, Lois and Eunice.

In other words, Timothy’s faith is a call to demonstrate the beliefs contained in the capacity of his heart.  Paul writes in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith, not fear, must be integrated in our identity!
“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”   2 Timothy 1:3-5

Faith, not fear, operates out of power and love!
“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, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”   2 Timothy 1:6-7

Faith, not fear, gives us confidence beyond shame and suffering!
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do.”   2 Timothy 1:8-12

Faith, not fear, reveals our connection to Christ!
“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”   2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Hold on to your faith regardless of the fear!”

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