Lent FLOW Feb. 19

 

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I am not sure how one would go about picking a favorite verse; that would be like trying to pick a favorite praise hymn, which we all know is impossible. To narrow it down, I picked the verse that is really my favorite way that the Lord has been working on me lately:

“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

Since I was a child I have been a Presbyterian, a believer; and as a child it was very clear to me that I was weak -- “I am weak, You are strong” “I do nothing without You” -- The message that we are sinners and the message that we are weak is throughout the Bible. By the time I was 8 I already knew I was weak, but that didn’t come from my experience with scripture; in fact, the first time I decided I was weak and afraid, I had never even been to church. At 5 there was fighting in my home and I wouldn’t say or do anything because I was scared. In hiding and not saying anything, I decided that I was powerless and was never going to be able to stand up for what I believed. Even today I catch myself hiding, I won’t say what I am thinking, or be assertive in a group about what I think is right.

This year the Lord has shown me that the feelings I have of being weak or powerless may never go away. That is why there is so much assurance about not being afraid in scripture. And I don’t think He necessarily wants those feelings to go away, why would we seek the Lord if we had power? Jesus makes us a very powerful promise in Acts 1:8a “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you...” If you are a believer you received power from the Holy Spirit when you received the Holy Spirit; so now we have power. Now you have power.

I don’t know about you, but for me to say, “I have power” felt like blasphemy, how dare I claim that I have power. The verse says, “God has given you a spirit of power.” And we are commanded to claim that spirit of power. Isaiah 41:10, “Do not be afraid,” is not a suggestion. We give ourselves permission to not disciple others, or to not obey commandments when we don’t own that the Holy Spirit has given us power; we live as being too weak, or too small, or unable to do what God has called us to do.

Carolynn Yancey

1.What has God called you to that you avoid because of fear?
2.How does having a spirit of power effect the circumstances you are dealing with?
3.What new promises will you make to God in light of His promise to you?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us Your spirit of power and love; continue to fill us with that power. Thank you that we don’t have to be weak or afraid. I pray that you remind me that I have a spirit of power, that I can do what you have commanded, and show me ways to make a difference with the people around me.

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