Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Timid? Or Bold? (2 Timothy 1:7)

Today’s scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

I know I have strength and power through God. I know the Holy Spirit helps me to be disciplined. And Jesus is love.

So if I have power and love and discipline, why am I still timid? Timidity does not come from the Spirit. Where does it come from?

The enemy of our souls. Be assured: Satan is not divine. He isn’t all-powerful, nor can he be everywhere at once. He is not—by any stretch—God. But he has been given a measure of power. And he does have a contingent of demons ready to do his bidding. And somehow, he does have the ability to whisper lies in our ears.

And one of his biggest lies? We don’t have what it takes to share God’s word. We aren’t smart enough or educated enough or godly enough. We’re too sinful ourselves to have the right to share the gospel.

I know I buy into that lie so very often. I tell myself I don’t have the gift of evangelism. Someone else will spread the gospel. I’ll just do my small part by encouraging and equipping those who already know Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong: We all have gifts, and some of us are gifted to preach or teach or evangelize. Those are their primary gifts. And some of us are gifted encouragers or administrators.

However, just because my primary gift isn’t evangelism doesn’t mean I’m not to seize every opportunity to share God’s amazing truth. And being fearful isn’t an excuse … because timidity isn’t from God.

If you too suffer from timidity, join me in prayer as I ask for boldness in sharing the good news of God’s plan of salvation.

And together, let’s cast out timidity and seek boldness.

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