2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Power, love, and a sound mind. Those are the elements I am in search of understanding at this moment because these are in opposition of and have victory over the spirit of fear.
I was asking Father, why in that order? Why would He say, power before love? This is the answer He gave me, directly from His word.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
It’s the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the power of God unto salvation. We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony in Whom we believe! The gospel is grace and grace only! And anything outside of that gospel will bring fear. And until we hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can’t truly know or understand God’s love for us.
Revelations 12:10 says, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
I love what I read here! The accuser of the brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. An accusation is nothing more than something false or a lie. Isn’t that what fear itself is? “False Evidence Appearing Real” is how some define it and it’s most definitely a lie. I find that with fear, whether there is a conscious understanding of it or not, that spirit is accusing us of something. It comes to try to deceive us into believing a lie about ourselves, saying irrelevant things and bringing thoughts unrelated to who we are in Christ! It accuses us outside the perimeters of grace.
Something else I find interesting here is that when you study out the word “accuse”, it means to arouse from sleep or awake. How many times have I awakened in the middle of the night with an unease or in fear? And even if you haven’t experienced that, you can relate to the fact that fear’s objective is to unsettle us and to take our “rest” from us.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16) Salvation in this context refers to deliverance, preservation, and safety as well as salvation from our sins. It specifically says, “deliverance from the molestation of enemies”. Now that’s interesting. To molest is defined as “to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect”. Isn’t that what fear does? Well, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power unto deliverance, preservation, and safety from any such molestation! Hands off!
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div