“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline….” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Many of us have made resolutions this year to do something out of our comfort-zone or something that seems much bigger than our own abilities. We’ve made these resolutions because the nudges of the Spirit just won’t quit; we must obey despite the odds. The other morning while reading 2 Timothy (my book of the Bible for this year) I began to do some digging into the words of verse 7. This is what I found in the Lexical aids of my Key-Word Study Bible.
Timidity=Deilia (Greek word)- Cowardice, fearful, timid. (No big revelation hear except I do not want to be a coward!)
Power= Dynamis- To be able. Power, ability, achieving power. All the words derived from the stem dyna- have the meaning of being CAPABLE, sometimes volitional ability.
I was excited about the definition of the Greek word. When I think of power, I think of dynamite or something with unatural strength, but this word does not necessarily deal with strength. It means ability. Capability. Wow!
We are not given a spirit of cowardice, but a spirit of ability! Does this jazz anybody else besides me? Will you join me in claiming this scripture when you are tempted to be afraid to follow the urge of Holy Spirit to step out in faith to do what the Lord has called you to do? If God has called you to it, He has given you the ability to DO it!
I’m tired of being defeated and afraid. It’s a new year. The past battles have left me a little weary, but His word gives me strength and hope. I pray for all of us to have greater revelation of the truth of 2 Timothy 1:7 this year. Revelation of the Spirit of Dynamis! The Spirit of Love! The Spirit of self-discipline! It is not our human spirit, but the Spirit of Christ in us! Hallelujah! Let’s do it! You my sisters are capable!