Privileges received at Salvation Part 2
2Timothy1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Yesterday we discussed that God didn’t give us the spirit of fear, today lets at look at exactly what the above scripture says He gave us.
I’m not going to focus too much on the word power or the power of God himself today as that is just too huge and a wonderful & massive thing that is and also happened to us at salvation it deserves a study all to itself to.
However one of the privileges of salvation is power. One of the dictionary definitions of power is the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.
Ability and capacity. Wow! my salvation gives me the ability to achieve all my hopes and dreams and God’s will for my life and the capacity to carry them out. Captivity means the maximum amount something can contain. I can contain as much of the Spirit of God I require to live victoriously and achieve all my goals & dreams. God has given me those abilities and that capacity. Now all I need to do is make room for it by clearing out the other junk. Once somebody offered me a beautiful piece of furniture a beautiful old antique wardrobe. I reluctantly refused to take it My house is a modern house too small and hadn’t the capacity to hold it and besides it wouldn’t go with all the other furniture I have there. However my dream is to live in a Georgian Mansion with high ceilings and huge rooms I regretted not taking the wardrobe moving out my other less valuable furniture and making room for this priceless piece despite the fact it might look strange or out of place in that room. That’s how it it is with us. God has giving us the capacity to hold his power but sometimes we don’t want to throw out the other junk to accommodate it.
Love & a sound mind
When we don’t walk in love our minds are never settled. There will always be people who challenge or are simply undeserving of our love, however God didn’t request we love only the deserving in fact he said it Is very easy to love those who love us, the challenge lies with the latter, but through the privilege of salvation and by His Spirit, God can give you the ability and capacity to love the unlovable. Yes, just like that beautiful antique wardrobe if I had the good sense to keep it, it would look and feel out of place standing with my generic modern furniture but in time & patience on my part it eventually would stand in a place where it’s glory would be clear for all to see, certainly not mismatched or out of place. Just like you might have to walk in love with others, you may feel that by doing so, it makes you uncomfortable but stand in love with them and your mind become charged with compassion and grace for those that are hard to love. After a while you will find that the action of the unlovely people never trouble you anymore. You have the spirit of God giving you the capacity to do it.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I can walk in love with all people through Christ who strengthens me for the Holy Spirit has giving me the ability & capacity to do so in Jesus name
Questions for you to reflect on:
Do you know anyone that is hard to love?
How do you intend to love them as Christ loves you?