God’s Spirit of Power and Love and a Sound Mind, Part 1
God has not given us a spirit of fear, of craven and cringing and fawning fear, but He has given us a Spirit of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV and Amplified Bible).
No, God has not given us as His children a spirit of fear. That spirit of fear is from satan. It is his method of operation. Fear is more than being afraid. It is having faith in satan’s ability to harm you and take away from you. We are instructed here with a very specific instruction. God has not given us a spirit of fear.
Here is what God has given us. He has given us His Holy Spirit of Power. He has given us His Holy Spirit of Love. He has given us His Holy Spirit of a Sound Mind.
Let’s look at these three forces we have been given: power, love, a sound mind.
God has given us His Spirit of Power. The Greek word for power here is dunamis. It is the same word as Paul used in Ephesians 1:19 to describe the working of God when He raised Jesus from the dead. It is resurrection power. It is the pure power of God. There is no power greater than His power. It is the mighty power of God that is inherent in Christ, the power that is fixed in the Anointed One and exists in His anointing. It is the same power that has been given to us, that resides in us.
In Romans 8:11 we are told that the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in us. He is in us. He lives in us as Christians. Christ is in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). God’s power is in us. So what is the problem? Why aren’t we seeing more of the demonstration of God’s power in us on this earth like His power was demonstrated in Jesus? As with everything with God, it takes faith; we must believe His power is available and operating in us; we must have confidence His power is working in us. Nothing will happen until we choose to believe that God’s power is personally working in us.