“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”II Timothy 1:7
I started my painting career when I was 19 years old. I thought the work would be limited to painting the interior of homes and not much to do with painting the outside and climbing on tall ladders. I knew they were ladders involved to some extent but never dreamed I would have to actually climb onto one. We showed up for an estimate at a quadplex and it was a good three to four stories high. I thought we were looking at the inside but they wanted to hire us to do the trim at the top. I tried to talk my boss out of accepting the job but the money was too good. He looked at me and said, “ Just get up on the biggest ladder and climb up there.” He said it like I was one comfortable with heights and as if it was no big deal. My heart sank and I thought about quitting my new line of work before it even had a chance to get started.
I came home and told my mom my predicament. She knew of my fear with heights but her advice did not offer me a way out of my predicament. She simply told me, “Fear is of the Devil and is not of God.” I did not see this as a viable solution to my problem, but I could not escape the truth she told me. I got up the next morning and my heart was racing with anxiety and fear. We got to the job site and my boss set the biggest ladder up that I have ever seen. The ladder seemed to be up in the clouds, and he then commanded me to get up there and get to work. I wanted to punch him in the face for making such a suggestion but I needed the job, so I grudgingly made my way to the ladder. I slowly climbed the ladder and the higher I climbed the more fearful I became. I got to the top and looked down at the ground and my knees began to knock.
I came to the point where I was so scared that I had to get ahold of myself or I was going to fall off of the ladder. I heard my mom’s voice and began to pray. I repeated fear is of the Devil and is not of God. I am not sure how many times I repeated that but the fear started to dissipate. I repeated this truth over and over throughout the day, and I was able to finish my work. In times of fear, I have always thought of this verse and it has helped me tremendously.
We often get discouraged to do things for God due to the fears we have. Satan tempts us with fearful thoughts and whisperings. He loves to plant the seed of fear in our minds and he is able to keep us from doing God’s will if we heed to his voice. We are told in this verse that God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but He has given us the spirit of power, love, and of a sound mind. The fears we face and the noise of fear are often instituted by the Devil. He loves to bring about fear and discouragement, and we must be diligent to know his tactics.
What spirit do you have? Are you controlled by the spirit of fear, anxiety and an unstable mind? What heights are you afraid of? Is Satan attacking you with thoughts of fear and unrest? Do you posses the power God has given you through Him? Do you love as He would have you to love? Do you have a sound mind that only He can give? I think of the storm on the Sea of Galilee and the words Jesus spoke with power, “Peace be still.” May you find the spirit that only He can give, and may you live a life of His power, His love, and His sound mind. There is no storm He cannot calm and there is no spirit of fear that comes from Him.