SELF-CONTROL NOT FEAR

Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-7

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible

Have you experienced a sudden attack of fear and when you are starting to get it under control you ask yourself the question, “Where did that come from?” The Bible says that it is in the mind, and that the battleground of spiritual warfare is in our mind [2 Corinthians 10:3-5]. When we were born again our spirit was made alive to God and we received the mind of Christ. Paul states very clearly, “But we have the mind of Christ” [1 Corinthians 2:16].

One of Satan’s greatest weapons is fear. It is so powerful that God says “Do not be afraid,” “Fear not,” and similar words of exhortation over 350 times in His Word. Fear is so destructive. It is a fiery dart from Satan attacking our mind and causing us to believe a lie. Although we have a protection the helmet of salvation, we also have a choice to listen to the devil’s lies and believe them or to believe the truth of God’s word, and repel these vicious enemy attacks.

Love and a sound mind under the control of the Holy Spirit are powerful weapons against fear. The Greek word ‘sophronismos’ translated as a sound mind or self-control is found only in 2 Timothy 1:7. It is a word made from two Greek words, ‘sophron’ linked to ‘sozo’ meaning ‘to save’, and ‘phren’ meaning ‘mind’. This word literally describes a saved mind or sound mind. Not only is such a mind secure and sound, it is self-controlled and disciplined. Power, love and a sound mind are God’s antidote for fear! The Holy Spirit is within you giving you the ability not to panic, lose control and react in a way that is detrimental.

The Bible says that we are to draw near to God and to resist the devil. When we resist him in Jesus’ name the devil will flee from us [James 4:7-8a]. When fear attacks your mind speak out God’s word, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” God’s Word says, “He who is in you [the Holy Spirit] is greater than he [the world, the flesh and the devil] who is in the world” [1 John 4:4]. Each time that you overcome the enemy’s attack it will help you to win the next victory.

Questions:

How do you recognise an enemy attack on your mind? Having read the message today what will you do when that happens?

Why is it important to keep resisting the enemy every time that he attacks you?

If you have sinned by allowing the enemy to control you through fear, and have acted or spoken in a way that has not glorified God what should you do to get your heart right with God again?