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Power, Love, and Good Judgement

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A believer, in recovery, looking to the Bible to know who I am in Christ.

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

How Has He Gifted Me?

This verse is one of the most special in the New Testament to me.

I am a believer, bought by His blood. He has made me a NEW creature. And this verse summarizes who I am in Christ.

I don't hold on to a spirit of fear. Sure, fear is a god-given emotion that can save my life. And has. Yet I have an overdeveloped sense of this fear. That's anxiety. It's this fear that put me on high alert when I was a little guy. But I don't need it sitting there and informing my thoughts anymore. Well, not unless a tiger walks up.

He didn't give that ever-present fear to me. He gifted me with power, love, and sound judgment.

To live a Christ honoring life he gave me power. How often do I see myself as powerful? To be honest, not often. Except for that arrogant kind of powerful. I feel that. That power is anger which is driven by fear and shame. That's not the power he gives. He gives us power that's a humble power from top to bottom.

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With humble power, I know the Lord's love. I know He is in it with me. I know I am not God, but I joyfully serve Him.

This kind of power is driven by His perfect love which casts out fear.

What He Generously Gives

And love. Jesus said it like this, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." Love is sacrificial. Ready to help, to protect, to rescue. At my cost. With no thought of good-boy points. Just give. That's His grace in me.

And a "sound mind." The CSV says "sound judgment." This is having discernment. Knowing the right thing from the wrong thing in a given moment. If we live in that fear, our judgment is warped.

When I feel that overwhelming fear, I must ask Him for his abundant help. His love. His power. His wisdom. He generously gives it. These three: power, love, and wisdom (sound mind) are divine gifts.

Lord, today, take my fear. You have done the work. I trust you with my fear. I trust that instead of fear, you will give me power, love, and wisdom. I am not You. I serve You and depend on You. I surrender to You. Now. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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