II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
In today’s world, many people are afraid. The world situation really is not getting much better either, and prospects are not looking that great. Politicians are making promises, but they can do little without God’s help.
We certainly are living in a day when there are wars and rumors of wars, as the Bible tells us will be in the last days. On the other hand, the good thing is that it means that Christ could be coming very soon – possibly even today.
In spite of what is happening around us, it is the child of God who should be enjoying the greatest peace. This Bible verse tells us that if we fear, we are not as close to God as we should be.
Fear is a tool of the Satan, and he uses it to intimidate believers into silence. Instead of succumbing to fear, we need to go to God, submit to Him, and ask for boldness, as the apostles did in Acts 4. There are many people around us who do not yet know the message of the Gospel – that Jesus still saves the lost!
The apostles were threatened in Acts 4, but they were determined to obey God rather than men. The Holy Spirit empowered them with boldness, which does not mean being cocky, or rude. As a result of a fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost, the apostles spoke out in love, and under the guidance of the Spirit.
I also want to point out that the verse talks about a “sound mind.” We cannot think or act as God wants if we are afraid. He will give us peace, and in that peace, we will be able to hear Him guiding us into His perfect will.