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God Has Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear

Derek McCammonThe study series was started on January 17, 2010 by Derek McCammon on 2 Timothy 1:1-7 KJV "1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Lessons

The lesson on January 17, 2010 was given by Derek McCammon on 2 Timothy 1:3-7 KJV "7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  There is evil in the world.  We have challenges as Christians dealing with fear and it was the same thing that Timothy had a problem with.  Timothy had challenges in Ephesus.  Perhaps fear came to him because he was young.  There were others that were smarter than him that were causing challenges in his ministry.  In 1 Timothy 4:14 Paul was speaking of his gift, reminding him that God has given him the tools to be of sound mind.  In chapter 6:17, we see that there are some rich people that Paul is reminding Timothy to address so they use their wealth wisely.  When we were saved, God called us into the ministry and He has not left us alone.  God tells us that there will be godly suffering in our walk.  In 2 Timothy 1:8 Paul says not be ashamed of Christ and his ministry.  Paul says God hasn't given US the spirit of fear. 

The lesson on January 24, 2010 was given by Derek McCammon which continued the study on 2 Timothy 1:1-7 KJV.  The scripture reading was in Mark 4:35-41 KJV "35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"  We learned in the first lesson that God was a giver but not the spirit of fear.  The Devil gives fear.  There are to kinds of fear, good and bad.  In Matthew 10:28 KJV we see "28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."  We are to have a good reverential fear of God.   Fear seperates us from God because of sin (like we learned with Adam in Genesis 3).  God has told us that there will be times when we are persecuted with afflictions that cause us fear but He has given us the key to overcome those fears in Christ. 

The lesson on February 14, 2010 was a continuation of the Spirit of Fear study with part 3.  The scripture reading for this lesson was in Matthew 13:1-9 KJV "1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

The lesson on February 21, 2010 was the 4th lesson on the subject of fear.  The source of fear is the devil and it's important to be familiar with his devices.  We are told in Ephesians to beware of the wiles of the devil which is why God gave us the Armor of God.  We have already received victory over the devil through calvary but he is actively trying to give us fear today to make us a casualty in our walk.  In John 5:24 Jesus said in John 5:24 KJV "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." {C}

The lesson on February 28, 2010 continued this series with part five and opens with the scripture reading in Matthew 4:1-11 KJV "1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." 

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