Have you ever let timidity and fear keep you from doing something?
I can say from experience that my fears and lack of confidence caused me to run straight into a cave, figuratively speaking of course!
And I’m so glad that I listened to the voice of God telling me “Get out of that cave!”
I took that step in my life, but still, I had my many fears that I needed to get passed.
I have often heard that when God calls us, He knows we aren’t completely perfect, however, He calls us to action and in the action, we develop our strength and confidence.
I have to say that last week my perspective began shifting in a tremendous way and I can say that I haven’t been the same person since!
After reading a devotional on this subject I came across this Bible verse,
“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
And I realized that I hadn’t been giving it my all out of timidity and fear, and not to mention all those “what if’s.”
But still, God kept reminding me throughout the week that I needed to completely let go of that fear and timidity and grab hold of that Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline that He had instilled in me.
I love when God shows up and surprises you with a message that completely breaks away that last bit of fear that holds you back, and He kept doing just that!
I was listening to a message and sure enough, the preacher began speaking about the Parable of the Talents from Mathew 25:14-30.
To Summarize, in this parable, Jesus taught that He has given us talents and abilities that He wants us to use, however, we get to choose what we do with those talents and abilities.
We can choose to either develop and strengthen those abilities or we can choose to hide them and never let them grow.
To those who used their talents, God blessed them and multiplied their talents so that they could do even more!
But to the one who chose to keep his talent locked up and decided that it would be better to play it safe than be sorry, actually was sorry in the end because even that one talent he had been given was taken away from him because he didn’t choose to honor God by utilizing his talent and ability.
Here I saw that action really can equal strength and the gifts we receive are Power, Love, and Self-Discipline.
In that message, the preacher also spoke about honoring God with what we think and what we say.
If we think we are not good enough and won’t measure up, is that honoring God?
I thought about this and came to the conclusion that my fears were definitely not honoring to God who has always told me “Be strong and brave for I am always with you!”
And so that character trait began developing in me. Strength in God. The strength to not be timid and afraid but to always bring out that Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline in everything that I am to do.
And because God knows me so well, He knew that I would still need an extra word to keep that momentum in my Spirit going, and that word came just this Sunday.
My Pastor began his sermon on the subject: Are you doing your part?
He explained that God gives us the right tools but we often times waste our time, even limit our selves from doing what God has called us to do.
I’m so glad I heard that sermon because it really reaffirmed me that I was on the right track by having the courage to take action!
So if we belong to God, we all get the Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline. How will you use those gifts to take action?