2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and a sound mind.
The apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to be bold when sharing the Gospel to others. Timothy was facing opposition to the message he brought and his association with Paul from both believers and non-believers. We also have not been given a spirit of fear. The Holy Spirit who indwells a believer gives us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. Any confusion in our mind is also not from God. He has given us a sound mind to discern things with and a spirit of power to do His work and love which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit to do things which will glorify God and are done for the good of others and not themselves.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
If God won’t let us be tempted, why do we give in to temptation and where does it come from? James 1:13 says, “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, God is tempting me. God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else.” Well, then where is this temptation coming from? James 1:14 says, “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. ” Then why doesn’t God stop us? God allows us to experience them and they are allowed for our benefit. God’s purpose for them is to prove our faith, and they produce character. When God created us – He created us with free wills. God gives us the opportunity to make choices that genuinely affect our destiny. The world’s sin status is directly associated with choices made by Adam and Eve. All accounts of the fall of mankind indicate it was as the result of a wrong choice. So yes, we do have the choice whether to give in to that temptation or to follow what God would have us to do, which would be the right choice!
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
If we seek God and His kingdom first, all other things will fall into place. What is of importance to us? Our stuff? Our money, our goals or some other person in our life? All these can consume us when we don’t place God first in our lives. To serve Him and to seek to be like Him more and more every day should be first and foremost in our lives. Bow down before Him and surrender all to Him! He is our Creator and who could possibly know us better than the One who created us!! Don’t wait – we never know what tomorrow may bring. Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” Bow down before Him now as Lord and Savior or at the Great White Throne as judge! Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.