Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

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Hey, my brothers and sisters.

I want to share one of my favourite scriptures, one which I always draw onto when I feel fearful. After one frightening experience, I had to study this scripture and the results blew my mind. Talk about a fresh revelation!

We have to speak about how to combat fear.

2 Timothy 1: 7 (KJV)  –  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

SPIRIT

We draw power from the Holy Spirit because it is the only GOOD spirit out there which empowers us to display God’s glory. (It’s called Holy for a reason people!)

Let me be blunt here; the Holy Spirit is not the only spirit that we encounter. There are other spirits around. We have to be able to recognise them, and where they come from.

In the original Greek, Spirit is both a noun “Pneuma” and a verb “Pneo”. Let us look at a few definitions which stuck out to me as well as the implications of the verb:

Pneuma

Rational spirit – the power by which the human being feels, thinks and decides.

Simple essence, possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding and acting.

Disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one.

Efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire.

Pneo

To blow, to breath.

In other words, a spirit is an external force, which carries power, to fill the soul and enable one to think and feel a particular way.

FEAR

As the scripture outlines, fear does not come from God. So where does it come from?

The Greek word for fear has its noun “Deilia” and an adjective “Deilos” which adds a lot more insight into the spirit of fear.

Deilia

Timidity, cowardice.

Delios

timid, fearful.

The fact that an adjective is placed there means that fear can be described. When was the last time you became so fearful that you couldn’t do anything?

You find that every time you are gripped with a paralysing fear, you are unable to do anything. As you can see, there is no verb (a doing word) attached to the Greek rendition of the word fear.

Looking at the noun and considering the verb, fear can safely be concluded as a description of timidness. You cannot “do” fear, but you can BE fearful.

POWER

Now this is where things get interesting.

The Greek noun for power is “Dynamis”, and its verb, “Dynama”.

Dynamis

Strength, inherent power.

Power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.

Dynama

To be able, have power, whether by ones own ability and resources, or a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances or by permission by law or custom.

To be able to do something.

LOVE

Love is a very important concept in our walk with Christ. I can write so much about it, but for simplicity, I’ll direct you to scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV) –  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

The Greek noun for love is “Agape”, and its verb, “Agapo”.

Agape

Affection, good will, benevolence, brotherly love.

Agapo

Of persons

To welcome persons, entertain, be fond of, to love dearly.

Of things

To be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing.

SOUND MIND

Lastly, the Greek noun is “Sophronismos” and its verb, “Sophronizo”.

Sophronimos

An admonishing or calling to soundness of mind, to moderation and self control.

Sophronizo

To restore to one’s senses.

To moderate or control, curb, discipline.

To hold one to his duty.

to admonish, to exhort earnestly.

HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET?

Fear paralyses us into a state which others can describe in various words: passive, timid, lack of confidence and the like. Power, love and a sound mind all carry verbs which show that in order to combat the feeling and description of fear, we will need to be doing something against it, with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Zechariah 4: 6: So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

RECAP

A spirit is an external force, which carries power, to fill the soul and enable one to think and feel a particular way.

The spirit of fear, which does not come from God, when pushed onto us will fill our soul and cause us to be timid, fearful.

God being so gracious has given us the Holy Spirit to combat this by empowering us to be able to do something about it.

With that power, we will be able to work to achieve a desirable result which we can be happy and contented with.

Once we have achieved this goal, we will need to remember, be disciplined and remain steadfast and hold firm to what could have been if you had succumbed to fear; you wouldn’t be where you are now.

We will not be able to do this 100% of the time, for fear is a natural emotion and will come in our walk. The decision to decide whether to do something about it rests solely on us.

Thank you for reading, my friend and may God bless you.

Tunde T. Amao

 

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4 thoughts on “Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

  1. Vanessa July 26, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Beautifully written Tunde!

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