THE CHURCH – POWER, LOVE, A SOUND-MIND OR NOT?
Friday – October 20, 2017
Is the Church today acting like the world, or perhaps like a little frightened child or are we being the sons and daughters our Heavenly Father fashioned us to be in the Kingdom of God? I have featured a picture of the physical human brain which is different, separate from the mind a spiritual organ part of our spirit man. The picture is to remind us that all battles and the resultant victory or lose starts and ends in the spirit realm of the mind. Things of the spirit realm play out through the physical brain and body in the form of words and actions. Before I go on let us look at our central Scripture and the context into which it is placed.
2 Timothy 1:6-10 (KJV)
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
The Apostle Paul is talking to his spiritual son Timothy and perhaps Timothy has fallen into a general malaise or lukewarmness and the Apostle is attempting to stir him to action, into the call of God upon him. Paul is telling Timothy, remember when I laid my hands upon you and you were filled with the Holy Ghost. Stir that up son, come on, get about the Kingdom business. It seems to me that from time to time we all need a kick in the pants, a word of encouragement, a spurring on to do good. Is there someone in your life that does that for you when they see you in the doldrums? Perhaps I am the one that kicks you and me in the pants from time to time to get us refocused. This is a very fast paced world and that has increased with the election of President Trump for the devils road to America’s destruction is far less certain, even blocked. Our being distracted and even drawn into fear is quite easy. Fear not little ones, as Jesus said “let not your hearts (thoughts) be troubled”.
From our text in verse six notice who is stirring up whom? It is our responsibility to stir up our gifts (God given) which is in effect stirring up the Holy Spirit. Everyone is hanging out, singing, even hollering, perhaps running around the Church, and waiting upon God. I hate to be the one to tell you precious brother and sister but you are in for an eternal wait. Next I want us to notice that in verse seven all of the issues mentioned are a spirit, they are spiritual. Fear, in this case really a timidity, is a spirit and we can become fearful or timid by listening to that evil spirit and adopting his ideas. There is absolutely no acceptable reason or excuse for fear in a Spirit led son or daughter of God. When we are clean (no unconfessed sin) and quickly attentive (obedient) to the voice of God we have the same vulnerability as He does which is zero.
As we move into verse eight we see Paul telling Timothy that when you do what you are empowered, equiped, to do in the Kingdom, things will not always be smooth but the power (wonder working) of God (Grace) is at your disposal. That same Power of God which saved us (Grace of God), has made our calling clear, a calling established before Genesis 1:3. We were not saved according to our works, purposes or grace but according to the finished work of Christ and His purposes and Grace. This passage or section wraps up with the knowledge that at the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ death was abolished (spiritual and physical) bringing eternal spiritual life and physical immortality (uncorrupted body). We learned and took possession of all this by faith when we heard the gospel.
As I finish this teaching for today let us circle back to verse seven and extract more Truth to increase our maturity and effectiveness in the Kingdom of God. As I mentioned already, fear, power, love, and a sound mind are individual spirits (holy angels). Power, love, and a sound mind are of course perfect in the Holy Spirit. The opposite of love is fear and there are demonic spirits who are prevayors of fear as God is of love. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, dynamis miracle working power of God, the same power which flows through us according to the will of God. The word love is agape or the God kind of love. The word translated as the phrase sound mind means a disciplined self-controlled mind. Fallen angels will bring ideas of weakness to us, fear, and confusion. Our mind is being stimulated constantly by the gospel we hear, the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, the voice of holy angels, the Word of God we diligently study. These voices are encouraging us to walk in the Power of God, in Gods’ love, and a mind that is disciplined and one with God. Our spiritual enemies are countering this with the idea that we are powerless, perhaps thoughts like this, “you know sometimes God does and sometimes He doesn’t, you just never know”, and “who do you think you are (snear), it certainly is not going to happen to or through you”. God is encouraging us to let His mighty power to flow through us to show His goodness to a tormented world. God is encouraging us to walk in love (agape) and the enemy is encouraging us to fear and enter into torment. God is encouraging us to discipline our minds being single with Him and the enemy is trying to introduce all sorts of conflict and chaos. What will we choose to do?
Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
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