Today I want to speak some words of Hope… a reminder.
And my question to you is- Where is your Spirit?
The Apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth:
1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
I want to remind you of what God has freely given us. The gifts that the Spirit reminds us of and encourages us to partake in.
Before I do let’s take a brief look at the ‚spirit of the world‘ that we are experiencing right now… At this moment we live in a world full of fear– fear of sickness, for loved ones, lack of control, job security, the future, and where our next roll of toilet paper is coming from… the list goes on. There is no lack of things to fear.
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It’s interesting that the Scriptures use the word ‘spirit’ which also ment ‘wind.’ It’s a perfect picture of what the spirit of the world or the Spirit of God does. They blow upon us and carry us along in a direction. The question is- what Spirit is blowng upon you? Where is it taking you?
Today’s Spirit has a name: Fear.
And the spirit of fear is leading many peole today into a sense of hoplessness.
Q: Do you feel that way right now? What is your Spirit?
Paul reminded his son in the faith Timothy of a truth:
2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Timothy was in a situation that was scary. It was hard to be a Christian, especially an outspoken Christian leader. He was afraid.
Paul reminds Timothy – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…”
That fear that Timothy felt, that you feel… it’s not from God. We want what is from God. And we want to let go of anything that isn’t from Him.
Q: But what kind of Spirit has He given you?
1. Power –the ability to influence, change and create
People feel powerless in our city today. But you have a Spirit that can bring positive change to their lives!
2. Love –the love of God expressed in affection, good-will
The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE… what are the multi-expressions:
Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We have a lot of bans and new laws imposed on us at the moment… but the Spirit of love ‚against such things there is no law.‘!
3. Sound Mind= self-disciple, control.
We can be rational, under control, not tossed around on the waves of fear. Not sure what the rational response is? Ask God for wisdom, He gives it generously (James 1:5)
Q: Which spirit is yours?
Timothy had to choose what Spirit he would live in. He had to choose to receive Fear, or what God was giving Him – a Spirit of power, love, and a sound-mind.
US? What Spirit will we choose to have?
Timothy’s choice was directly connected to him being a force for the Gospel in his community. And I believe it’s the same for us. We can hold on to the spirit of fear, or we can go out in His Spirit and proclaim the Gospel, the good News of Jesus!
As people in our city are feeling they are powerless, self-protecting, irrational and sometimes a bit crazy… they need people like YOU. People with the Spirit of God living in them. Let’s be a community of Christ and bear witnesses to His Spirit- not of fear, but love, power and a sound mind!