For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
“I always wanted to teach a girls’ class, but I’m too shy. What if they don’t like me?”
“I was asked to lead the greeters, but I’m afraid of failing. What if I don’t do a good job?”
“I felt God wanted me to go on a summer mission trip to Haiti, but I’m scared to fly and there is disease over there.”
How many opportunities have you said “no” to because of fear? “I wanted to do this, but…” This verse might be paraphrased to say, “God wants to kick you in the But!” We convince ourselves that BUT is a free pass for our disobedience. “I would obey you, God, but…” He tells us plainly that our spirit of fear is not from Him. So if fear is not from Him, who is behind it? Who would be most threatened by your wholehearted service to the Lord? Whose kingdom might be shaken by your befriending that Muslim classmate, by your offering to mentor children, or by your sacrificial giving to missions? Satan defeats many of God’s plans for us by suggesting that the obstacles are too great. But when we listen to FEAR instead of obeying God, we have enshrined it as our new god. We use it as a shield between us and obedience; God is warning us that this shield is not our friend. Instead, He offers His shield of Faith (Eph. 6:16). With it in place, we can then serve wherever God calls us to serve—without fear.
Whose shield are you holding? Satan’s shield of Fear, or God’s shield of Faith?