"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."— 2 Timothy 1:7 A young woman struggling with anxiety and fear found hope in scriptures like the one above. As a daily reminder, she painted the verse on the ceiling over her bed. The first thing in the morning and last thing at night that she read was “God has not given us the spirit of fear…”
The keys to combatting worry, fear, and anxiety are what God promises us in this verse:
Power. Love. A sound mind.
The power of the Holy Spirit dwells in us, as believers. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Worry shrinks into insignificance when we recognize that the power of the Holy Spirit lives in us. After all, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Love conquers fear: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
The context of the verse is that we need not fear judgment because we are God’s children.
We need not fear life because His love covers us. When we live, breathe, and walk, covered and protected by His perfect love, fear is indeed cast out, thrown away. Picture that in your mind.
Fear flung aside by the love of God!
Anxiety plagues humankind. We all fight it at some point.
God wants to replace worry, fear, and anxiety with a ”sound mind.” A mind free of worry, capable of being “anxious for nothing.” The Amplified Bible describes “sound mind” as a “calm, well-balanced mind and self-control.” Healthy thinking and living.
I know these emotional and mental battles are hard. But I also know God has given us what we need to be victors. Take these gifts and know that the Lord is on our side, fighting the battles for us.
As we meditate on these words and bring them deep into our hearts and minds, we can see our enemies vanquished.