2 Timothy 1:7: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Amen! (ESV)
Years ago, I was really stressed about finances.
I had a nightmare that I lost my job, and had to run and hide because not having a job was against the law. I had gone to a friend’s home, secretly, and sat down to rest. Two bad guys from ‘the government’ burst in and the taller grabbed my leg and stuck a huge needle in it, supposedly as punishment for not having a job.
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But instead of screaming or writhing in pain, I just looked at the guy and calmly said, “Fear, YOU DON’T EXIST!”
The guy jamming the needle in my leg looked totally shocked, and almost choked. “What?!” he said–then disappeared!
The smaller guy looked shocked as well. “If he doesn’t exist, then I don’t either!” he said, and disappeared as well.
The LORD has not given us fear. Jesus has given us the spirit of POWER, and LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND (DISCIPLINE)! And The Govenment is upon HIS Shoulder (the Church! Isaiah 9:6)