I recently listened as Dan, a radio host, talked about fear in the life of a Christian. Though I missed the reading, he read a news article that contained a reason why we might fear some of the things we encounter in our daily life. I thought of animals, people with weapons, severe storms, illness, an economic crisis, or many other tragedies we might need to face. Then the young man read Second Timothy 1:7 & 8. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 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. He closed his thought by saying, "Don't live in fear. Live in power." Was this a challenge to change? For me it is.

Though I have read these verses or heard them read many times I believe I gained a new understanding that day of just what they say. I have always known what is said about the spirit of fear, but it seems I overlooked what is said about power. God gives me the power to stand against the fearful things in my life. I can face the giant, the fire, or any mountain knowing God is with me and will provide the strength and courage I need. That's not to say I won't feel the heat from the flames, the giant's attack, or the loss of strength, momentum, and energy as I climb the mountain. Hebrews 13:5 tells me that God will never leave me nor forsake me. The hand holding mine will never pull away. His love will surround me, bringing all that I need for the hour, or the day.

What a blessing to know that in my walk with God there's no need to fear, but I can live in the power of His love. --Published in the Countryside Baptist Church bulletin August 28,2016.