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mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Introduction: n this letter we !an see the !ontrast between "aul and his !onstant !ompanion Timothy# The aging "aul was in prison and soon to be e$e!uted while Timothy was young and somehow was set free# %onsidering the said situation of the two men, you would naturally thin& that Timothy should be the one en!ouraging and !onsoling "aul# 'ut what had happened is the other way around and this letter of the dying man is a!tually to en!ourage Timothy who is down(hearted, wea& and timid# The apostle reminded his young helper to remember what God has given him and to be!ome the &ind of man God wants him to be# )ur te$t for today will somehow help us remember or reali*e that God has given us great blessing that no one !an e$plain but !an be e$perien!e by a !hild of God# n other words, God !reates in us the +ualities enumerated by ,is indwelling presen!e# A. Fearless (For God has not given us a spirit of fear###) ● Fear is a matter of feeling that torments us and ma&es our lives miserable# ● Fear is two(fold# )ne is !alled gra!ious or godly fear, and the other one is the tormenting or !arnal fear# ● )f gra!ious fear, we read: - will put my fear in their hearts that they shall not depart from me.- (/er# 02:12) and it is also -the beginning of wisdom#- ("rov# 3:12) n fa!t, it !ontains all other gra!es# ● 'ut there is a fear that does not !ome from God and yet is in the heart of those who fear ,im# 4nd the real !ause of this &ind of fear is guilt# a# Unbelief# 5ou have no interest in this pre!ious blood of /esus# Though you may see the righteousness of /esus revealed in the word of truth, yet you !annot get under it. though you may see the atoning blood of /esus, yet you !annot get it into your !ons!ien!e. though you behold mer!y and gra!e in the person of %hrist, yet you !annot bring its power into your own soul. and while you !annot obtain pardon and pea!e, still your mind is full of unbelief# b# Backsliding. 6eparting from the right ways of the 7ord# 8e may not noti!e it but more or less everyone of us is doing this# 8e ba!&slide with our hearts, with our minds, with our lips, and with the way we live# n fa!t, one step we do not ta&e forward, is one step we ta&e ba!&ward# )ne moment that is not in the presen!e of God, is a moment we are living to sin and self# !# Worldliness of mind# 'eing too mu!h o!!upied in material things, 1
unto whom all things hold# B. in the midst of all dangers and enemies# ● )ur :aviour has given us the good news of .is name be!omes our dearest hope and ta&es away all our doubts# ● .aster spea&s to us from the heavens saying.e is no longer li&e a tall grass sha&en by the wind. to en!ourage and to stimulate us.imself. and the rough pla!es plain# ● 4ny man who reali*es the truths whi!h the gospel reveals.imself will never leave us# ● )ur the . Strong (For God has not given us a spirit of fear. by whom all events are dire!ted.is name# ● The very purpose of the gospel is to mend this feeling. there9s no reason for us to fear for we are now related to /esus %hrist from whom all !hanges originate. some are even easy to yield. -Fear not<. or an iron wall. !areer. to ma&e the !roo&ed things straight. but of power###) n many respe!t we are different from ea!h other# :ome of us are naturally easy to get along. some are sensitive.e . will be transformed into a fearless man. wherein . sports. and other a!tivities# These things !ause us to forget God. not to see& the 7ord9s fa!e and not !alling upon . a!!eptan!e and righteousness and the things whi!h ma&e us !owards are re!tified and some of them are totally gone# ● . ● . business.am the first and the last=# ● Therefore. so that this defe!t may be!ome whole# 4nd it is meant to deal with the most deeply rooted defe!ts in our !hara!ter.e has given us truths whi!h we need to embra!e with our hearts and minds to ma&e us brave# ● . and some of us have strong will while others don9t# ● These differen!es will remain but as we move forward in faith.ow !an we have power that will enable us to stand to every wind that blows@ 2 . but li&e a pillar.e has given us the assuran!e of forgiveness.ow then !an we get strength@ . the wea& shall be made strong and the strong shall be made stronger# ● ● )ur present !ondition is the result of the !ultivation or e$er!ise of strength of will and of moral nature# ● 5ou may believe it or not but to be wea& is to be wi!&ed# 4nd most of the times that we go wrong is be!ause of la!& of strength and in!apable of resistan!e# ● 4nyone who !annot say >?o<= is doomed to say >5es<= to all bad things that may en!ounter him# ● .profession.e has assured us that all things wor& together for good and that . and use the gifts it offers.
e assures us that we are loved by .e spea&s in our hearts for they ma&e us strong in . and without respe!t to people who are wea&# ● 4nd that9s the reason why "aul wonderfully and beautifully put love side by side with power# . Self governing (For God has not given us a spirit of fear. he only is truly strong# C. listen to every word . and 7over of all our souls. !omes to us and shows us and says.● The only answer is by faith in /esus %hrist# Therefore. and in the midst of all suffering# ● . and that is that they should be loved# The &ind of love that is the !hild of faith and the parent of all virtue# ● 'e reminded that God wins men not by power alone but also with love# ● 7et all your deeds be done in !harity and do not promote strength that doesn9t show !ompassion and tenderness# ● 4nd /esus %hrist. he is someone who demonstrated firm and determined self( government# ● :atisfying our legitimate desire is perfe!tly alright. but . !ruel. but someone having a sound mind is e+uivalent in many respe!t to someone who has self(!ontrol# n other words.= God so loved the world= # ● That is why %hrist ma&es us love . the in!arnate 7ove.is mighty :pirit into every spirit that will a!!ept it# ● 'e always in the presen!e of the 7ord.) ● don9t &now if you will agree with me.is servi!e.im be!ause .e ma&es loving men too# ● There is only one thing that ma&es men loving. against all temptation. but of power and of love###) f power gets into our mind it tends to ma&e us arrogant and sometimes oppressive# 'eing very !ons!ious of our strength !orrupts us into be!oming offensive.im# D.e who is strong in the 7ord. %hrist ma&es strong men. Loving (For God has not given us a spirit of fear.e sends . but of power and of love and of a sound !ind. open your hearts and let the strong :on of God enter your soul# . but satisfying it without limit and without restraint is perfe!tly dangerous# :atisfying a thing without limit is li&e pursuing a passion with your eyes !losed# 3 .e is li&e a s&illful painter who &nows by instin!t what tint will best bring up the one that is laid beside it# ● ● Tea!hings of great tea!hers of this generation and of the past are morally !orrupt be!ause they lost sight of the fa!t that the strongest thing in the universe is love# ● "aul says.
but God is willing to give them to us# n %hrist the most timid will grow bold in fight. and a men with a sound mind in us# 8e may not start our %hristian life with these +ualities. and in patient e$er!ise of the gifts that . it is guaranteed that it will not fail# Trust /esus %hrist. be master inside your own soul# 4nd that you may be the servant of .im with ourselves. then . is meant to guide the blind# ● 8e need to set a strong will above us that !annot be bribed. and live in true !ommunion with . but reason. as& .e will !reate a fearless.● 'lind passions are not !apable of seeing reason. a reason that will not be de!eived. and trust . loving.im to govern you.e will say to us: -Fear not< .e bestows. . the most self(!entred heart will be opened for love and the wildest rebellion within us will be subdued# f we will only go to .im who alone will ma&e you master of yourself# Conclusion: For those who are willing to submit to the will of God. and !on+uering yourself is the greatest !on+uest that any man !an ma&e# ● 8herever you are master.im.im. and a !ons!ien!e that will be true to God# Govern yourselves. li&e the eye. or you will !ome all to pie!es# ● 'rethren. strong. there is only one thing that will give !omplete self(!ommand# f you9re in a trial.e will help you !ontrol yourselves# ● They said: -Avery man is a &ing-.y strength is made perfe!t in wea&ness#- 4 . the wea&est will be made strong. and .
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