His Encouragement #31- The Spirit of Fear

For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s “His Encouragement” posts. Each week, I will look at another “fear not” Scripture of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

This maybe one of the most well-known verses concerning fear. I don’t remember whether I blogged this one or not, but even if I did, I think in these times we can all use a refresher.

I think the most important thing to note in this verse is the reminder that when we have the spirit of fear, it isn’t from the Lord. He gives us the spirit of power, the spirit of love, and the spirit of a sound mind, not fear.

The word fear is this verse is talking about a timidity or cowardice, of being a fearful person. Which makes sense when verse 8 and 9 of this chapter then speaks of not being ashamed of the Lord and doing the work that God has called us to do.

This isn’t fear in the sense of phobias, this is talking about living a timid christian life, instead of allowing the power of God to move you to do His Will. Interestingly enough, this is the only time this word for fear is used in the Bible.

I am a fearful person and I will admit that 2020 has taken those anxieties to a whole new level. Believe me, I had no idea what this year would bring when God gave me the word “TRUST” as my “word of the year” and when he lead me to write these post about the “Fear Not”s in Scripture.

This journey has been both convicting and a blessing to my life as I hope it has been to you.

What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!

Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Becca @ The Becca Files

Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

Andi @ Radiant Light

Leslie @ Words of Hope

Claudia @ Claudia Moser

Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

2 thoughts on “His Encouragement #31- The Spirit of Fear

  1. bellesmoma16 says:

    I’m not timid about my faith, but I do struggle with fears. I fear the unknown, I fear chaos, and I fear those who do not/will not control their emotions. God has definitely used 2020 to show me my weaknesses and the areas I need to really lean in to Him. It’s been a crazy year, but when I sit back and pause I can really see God working in my life and my family’s lives. It does take away a lot of fear when I reflect on Him. 🙂


  2. luceleaf1960yahoocom says:

    Aha! I just had to respond when you mentioned selecting Isaiah 41:10 as your verse this year. When I was a young mother living overseas in Germany, on the eleventh floor of a 20-story highrise, spending weeks upon weeks alone with toddlers because my husband was in the field, back when the Soviet bloc was the biggest threat and terrorists were a daily reality, a cousin wrote me a note. On the front of the note, in calligraphy, was Isaiah 41:10. I loved putting Scripture up in the house to encourage myself, and I put the front of that little note on the inside of the door of the “Throne Room,” where I was forced to look at it every time I sat on the throne. And, over several months, IT SUNK IN. It is still my go-to verse when I am feeling fearful about something. I have memorized a lot of Scripture over the years, working with my children and teaching various children’s groups. Hiding God’s word in my heart has helped me to keep from making bad decisions many times! I just thought you would enjoy a story about your verse-of-the-year 🙂 In Christ,Mary Luce


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