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S.O.A.P.

FEED YOURSELF!

We have found journaling to be an excellent way to help members feed themselves spiritually. Writing out our devotion in a journal helps to both record and process what God has spoken to us. Through sharing our journal, we look deeper into what God is speaking, gain new insight and even encourage others. One simple way to journal is using the “S.O.A.P.” method, made popular by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro through his book “The Divine Mentor”:

S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the allocated chapter in the Bible reading plan. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

To get you familiar with doing S.O.A.P., we have added members' journals which were presented at the recent church services for your reading pleasure.

Encouraging One Another

Scripture
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,  because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people..” - Philemon 1:7 (NIV)

Observation
• The love that Paul spoke about, focused on others, not self

• Philemon supported Paul and other believers

• Practical love, such as spiritual encouragement, physical help and financial generosity

• Paul received encouragement, joy and comfort, despite being in prison  

Application
• During this period of uncertainty, there are always people out there who needs help and encouragement. (eg; churchmates, colleagues…) 

• We need to be like Philemon, strong and ever ready to provide encouragement, a listening ear. 

• We need to be approachable, and filled with this same love, as we then share it with others. 

• When others received this same love and feel encouraged, they too will do the same and pass it on.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for being here for us, and guiding us through uncertain times. Help us not to worry, but cast all our anxiety onto you. Help us not to live in fear, but look to you for encouragement and security. Help us to be like Paul, to have the peace in our hearts for You have already sent your Son to overcome the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

How can God’s yoke be light?

Scripture
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…
- Matthew 11:28-29

Observation
Key words:
Weary / burdened – why do we feel weary / restlessness?
• Doing things on our own effort
• Things that we pursue may not be God given purpose
• We are out of alignment with God’s given purpose..
• Once we get disconnected with God, His rest cannot be release to us

Why His yoke is lighter? • Yoke that God mentioned is what He has planned for us …
• He will not give us more than what we can bear
• His yoke is lighter because He has already given us the wisdom & resources to carry it…
• More importantly, He is going to carry it with us!

Application
How to carry the yoke, we must go back to 3 Re: • Re-empowered • Re-engaged • Re-energized

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you give us a fresh anointing today that we will realign and refocus on the yoke that you’ve prepared for us. Renew us when we are weary and discouraged. Help us to get up and continue to finish this race well !! Amen.



By His Grace

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.- Romans 11:6

Observation

• It is because of God’s grace that I am where I am today

• My salvation is based on God’s grace, not through my efforts

Application
• Doing more work ≠ more faithful
• Need to be constantly reminded of God’s grace
• Serving from a heart of obedience

Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank You for giving me the opportunity to serve more this coming year. I pray that you give me the correct heart posture as I serve. Please give me the grace and strength to serve You faithfully. In Jesus’ name I ask and pray, Amen!

Help Others

Scripture
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” - Proverbs 3:27-28 (NLT)

Observation
Withholding good is inconsiderate and unfair when we have the ability to do so, and should not wait. Maybe the person might be in a desperate situation, and it can be a missed opportunity to show God’s love to others

As in 2 Corinthians 9: 11, 13 (NIV), God teaches us:
1. Verse 11 - You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2. Verse 13 - Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Application
In this trying time we are facing today, there are more people around us who need help. Am I withholding myself from doing good when I have the ability to do so? What is withholding me back?

Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for blessing and providing to my needs. Help me to be sensitive to people around me who are in need. Show me how to help them so they can see the love and glory of God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Steps To Advancing Together

Scripture
Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you. Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” - 2 Samuel 10:11-12 (NIV)

Observation
1. No in-fighting
2. Helping each other succeed
3. Be Strong
4. Do your best for God & His People

Application
1. Explicit confidence in the church’s leadership
2. Giving your best effort and knowing God will do what is best for His Church and His people
3. “All hands on deck”


Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to advance together by rendering help where it is needed and to do our best for Your people and Your Church and knowing full well that You will do what is good for Your Church. Amen!

Holding Me Still, Holding Me Near

Scripture
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:14-16

Observation
We can hold fast and draw near to God, because...

• God gave us the perfect and supremely superior high priest in Christ, who can totally save and intercede for us forever (v14, Heb 7)

• Perseverance means we do not see or get what we want instantly, we have to wait for the transformation toJesus sympathises with our weaknesses. He is not oblivious to, disinterested in, nor dismissive of our tender parts (v15)

• God’s word assures us that we will find mercy and grace at His throne (v16)  

Application
What/Who do I instinctively hold fast and draw near to in trials and/or the mundane?

Prayer
Dear God, I come before you, confessing that I have a tendency to hold fast and draw near to things that are not you, both when I am under pressure and when I am underpressured. Holy Spirit, will you not cause my heart to hold fast to my confession of faith, to come before you with confidence, to seek you not for the crowns you promise, but for who you are - Father God, my abba father, Jesus, my great high priest, and Holy Spirit, my counsellor and intercessor.

Remind me, God, that you are neither distant nor disinterested in my life, that you don’t see me as some redundant add-on to your cart to hit minimum spending. You paid your own blood to call me yours - your child, your little flock, your workmanship. May this truth hit me sweetly, day by day, moment by moment. Thank you that you are holding me still and holding me near in your arms of love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Count

Scripture
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[a]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. - Mark 6:35-44

Observation
Jesus is precise and organised. When his disciples went into practical / earthly mindset, he asks them to count:
1. “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” 

2. he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass… by hundreds and by fifties

3. they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

Application
1. Count what I have
accept my lot and understand myself and my resources

2. Count what I have to do
have a clear action plan and execute in faith, not fear/worry.

3. Count God’s blessings
God does provide and bless us beyond our imagination. Remember His benefits.

Prayer
Dear Father God, You set in place every star in space and with these same hands, you heal the brokenhearted and bandage our wounds. Please forgive me when I slip into an earthly perspective and worry about the practical things of this temporary life. Please help me to number my days here on earth and appreciate what I have every day. Please give us bold visions of Your work for us and may we work hard in faith and enjoy the fruit You bless us with here and in heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

God at Work

Scripture
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.- Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

Observation
God is at work ever since the day of creation although we might not see it, he is still at work changing our life and making it better.

Application
God is still at work in my life, he is changing my character and he want to make me to become a better person.

Prayer
Father God, mould me to become a better person you want me to be, help me to surrender to you daily. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jesus Knows Our Heart

Scripture
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 
So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
-Luke 19 : 1 - 10


Observation
• V5: “Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.”Jesus was passing through, on the way to Jerusalem, he stopped to meet Zacchaeus. Jesus called Zacchaeus by name, he knew Zacchaeus.
• V7: the people …mutter “ He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” Man judge from the appearance, God sees the heart of a person. Other people saw Zacchaeus as the sinner, Jesus saw Zacchaeus’ heart was ready to repent and turn to God.
• V10: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus made time to meet Zacchaeus, He came to seek and save the lost.

Application
• Do not judge a person by his appearance for we do not know his heart.
(compare to the Pharisees who were careful to obey the laws and often did so to impress others how religious they were, yet Jesus always said they were hypocrites)
• Jesus knows each one of us deeply. He knows our thoughts and the condition of our heart.
(Ps 139 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.)
• Jesus seeks us out.
(Rom 8:29-30 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. )
• We can approach the Lord just as we are.
(Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.)

Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you that You seek us out to save us, and we do not need to hide from You, nor do we need to do anything to impress you because you know us inside out. You saved us not because we are worthy. You save us despite knowing all our sinful thoughts and failures. Thank you that we can approach You just as we are and we can find acceptance, security, unconditional love in You.

3 or 10

Scripture
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.

- Ezra 1:1-5

Observation
• God is faithful and He fulfilled His promise to rebuild His temple. He used all people (Jews or Pagans) for His works.

• Why only 3 tribes (Judah, Benjamin and Levite) responded.. Where were the remaining 10 ? (Rebun, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Ephraim and Manasseh)


Application
• It is a privilege to work for God. Don’t wait when He calls me.

• Remind myself not to let the present comfort, processions, security and worldly desires hinder me to carry out His plans on me.

• It takes commitment and perseverance to serve in His works.


Prayer
Lord, mold my heart and fill Your Spirit in me daily, deepen my love and passion to serve You and obey Your callings always. Amen.

A Mustard Seed

Scripture
He told them another parable “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” - Matthew 13:31-32

Observation
Slow, but surely growing:
• Not to underestimate the little interactions with the children during their impressionable years.

• Need constant reminders to take time to savour the moment and invest in relationship, especially at home.

Application
• Being aware of children’s life stages and being consistent in messages and habits
• Being patient with explanation and illustration
• Reduce electronic time and increase interactive time
• Reduce work engagement at home and after office hours

Prayer
Dear LORD. Thank you for the family time and the safety that you provided us during this strange time. May our lives and words live out the teachings of Christ, so that they may be impressed on the hearts of our children. For we know that steadily but surely all these will shape the habits and lives of our children towards Christ-likeness”. Amen

REJOICE

Scripture
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - Hebrews 4:14-16

Observation
The apostle Paul’s unshakeable confidence in his future salvation completely reframes his perspective on his present struggles and produces deep, abiding joy.  

Application
We rejoice because Jesus has decisively delivered us from sin’s penalty and one day will completely deliver us from its reality.

• Reasons to Rejoice  - In need* / in plenty - In pain* / good health (*in our meekness, God is glorified)

• Reasons to pray - Communicate - To pour out to God

• Reasons to give thanks - God is good - He is Lord

Prayer
Dear Lord, in good times and in abundance, we praise you. In trying time and tough circumstances, may we remember your goodness and continue to praise you. Help us to see who you are and hide your word in our hearts so that we will not be distant away from you. Rejoice, rejoice and we say rejoice in the Lord! In Jesus’ most precious name, we pray, Amen.

Pure Joy in Trials

Scripture
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4

Observation
• In this world, trials and joy are direct opposites, how can anyone be joyful when going through trials? Most people will complain and sulk. 

• Through trials, our faith are being tested, we will question whether God still loves us, whether He is able to heal us or help us overcome this difficulty?

• Such testing of our faith produces one of the Fruit of the Spirit Perseverance = Forbearance / Patience / Long Suffering. 

• Perseverance means we do not see or get what we want instantly, we have to wait for the transformation to happen, just like a Caterpillar transform to a Butterfly. 

• When we wait and persevere in this transformation process, we become a mature and complete person of who God wants us to be, walking in His will and purpose. This is where the pure joy comes from! 

Application
• Before I did my breast surgery in September to remove the tumour which recurred the 4th time, I thought to myself that will be my last surgery. 

• When I heard the news that I have pre-cancer cells, my heart dropped, I cried involuntarily and my spirit trembled in fear. 

• For few days I complained and sulk asking God why is this happening to me, do you not love me anymore? 

• I cried out to God in the spirit in wordless groans and the Holy Spirit comforted me and assured me that I'm still God's beloved daughter, there is a purpose for me to go through this trial. 

• I start to see this trial from God's perspective, transform my sulking into trusting, asking God to speak to me in His still small voice as I journey in making the decision for my treatment. 

• Indeed God led me to good doctors and even Godly counsels to help me arrive at the treatment decision which I have the perfect peace on. 

Prayer
Dear Abba Father,  Thank You so much for your everlasting love and faithfulness, You always fulfill your promises to your children. This relationship with You is a long journey and I want to continue to persevere in my faith, letting You transform me to be who You desire me to be. So that when I'm made mature and complete, I will experience such pure joy, looking forward to it! In the precious name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Come, Holy Spirit

Scripture
Matthew 7:7 NIV
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Jesus have told us that in Matt 7:7. When we ask it will be given, when we seek and we will find. And when we knock the door will be open. But God know that we are have little our faith and doubt in our prayer. So in verse 8.

Matthew 7:8 NIV
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
This time Jesus said, everyone who ask, seek and knock. They will receive, find and door open for them.


Observation

The verses clearly told us that, if we seek God’s Kingdom and praying according to His will. All prayer will be answered.


Application
During the second day’s morning session message by Timothy Yueng. (the camp speaker for 2016). The theme of the camp is Come Holy Spirit. He was challenging and urging us to invite the Holy Spirit to fill us. The first 2 session’s alter call. I when out to be pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

In my heart, I pray, confess and cried out to God. To forgive me, cleanse me and fill me with the Holy Spirit. But during both sessions, there is no anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Later that day, I go out to help Ps Timothy, to buy the Data SIM card. While searching for durian store on the way back. I got lost in some ulu estate. With a lot of new terrace house and a few to be seen. After about one hours plus roaming around. Then Matthew 7:7-8 come to my mind.I stop my motorcycle, and pray in my heart, for God to send help.

When I finish the prayer, and open my eye. Behold, a young man riding a motorcycle just appear a few hundred metre in front me. Riding into a construction site. I then approach him for help, and he brought me out to the main road. I can go back to the church camp hotel.

That night during the altar call, I again respond, and in heart yearning for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.I claim the promise of Matthew 7:8 and surrender my heart. By the Grace’s of God. I was filled by the Holy Spirit and given the gift of speaking in tongue. From 2016, I was transform. Learn to surrender and let God control. Going for mission trips, and more willing to obey and do God ‘s work.

“Enter into the promises of God. It is your Inheritance You will do more in one year If you are really filled by the Holy Ghost than you could do in fifty years’s apart from Him.” Quote by Smith Wiggersworth.

It reflected my journey with 50 years God. I accept Lord Jesus Christ as my personal saviour from 1971.In year 2016 at my lowest point of my spiritual life. (after 45 years) By God Grace, he empowered, anointed and filled me with his Holy Spirit.


Prayer
Dear Abba father, I pray and ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the sisters and brothers of Shekinah. That all will claim the promise of Matthew 7:7-8 and will surrendered and opened their hearts to your anointing of the Holy Spirit. In your Almighty name, Lord Jesus. We pray and ask. Amen

What tree am I?

Scripture
“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” - Luke 6: 43-45

Observation
• Good tree produces good fruits and bad tree produces bad fruits
• Good person do good things and bad person do bad things
• You can tell a tree by its fruits and you can tell a person by his words and deeds

Application
• What I produce depends on who I am on the inside
• When I see bad fruits coming out of me, especially my words to my family, my wife, my children, I need to check myself, who is in control within me?
• Holy Spirit? Or my flesh?

Prayer
“Jesus, I give you full control of my life. Holy Spirit, fill me and help me work in step with you. So that I can produce good fruits, refreshing words and loving deeds, that comes from the treasury of my good heart, because you are in control, and not my flesh. Remind me to check inwardly, when I notice bad fruits coming out of me. Thank you because only you can help me product good fruits. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”

Peace

Scripture
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7 (NASB)

Observation
• God’s peace is supernatural and unexplainable.

• God’s peace “will guard your hearts.” in Proverbs 4:23 it is said “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

• God’s peace will guard “your minds in Christ Jesus.” we are called to love the Lord with all our heart and all our mind.



Application
When I am nervous or worried, I can rely on the peace of the Lord to guard my mind and my heart as well as to put me at peace

Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking to me through the Bible. Thank You for assuring me that you will guard my mind and heart., I pray that you will continue to cover me under your wings and grant me your peace. Amen

Act Justly, Love Mercy & Walk Humbly

Scripture
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

Observation
The scripture asks the question “And what does the Lord require of you?” Some of us might answer:

• He wants me to serve him as a …….
• He wants me to be available for my friends.
• He wants me to do my work excellently.
• He wants me to use my talents to help others.
• He wants me to be a good father / good mother.

Micah gives us a pretty good summary of God’s heartbeat that is a recurring theme throughout the old testament:

• To act JUSTLY. God HATES injustice.
• To LOVE MERCY. God is really saying this, “I have shown you mercy, my dear. Now I want you to love mercy.”
• To “WALK” – walk with the Spirit, walk with God - “HUMBLY”.

Application
To act justly, To love mercy and To walk humbly with God.

Prayer
1. Pray for God to place righteous leaders who will ensure justice in our courts and organisations, and injustice will not be practised is our society, as this breaks God’s heart.

2. Pray for believers to learn to be truly kind and their mercy lens will not be filtered by guardedness and suspicion of those in need.

3. Pray for believers to resolve to be humble and give room for the Holy Spirit to teach and mold us.

Reminded of God’s Power

Scripture
• “Look, God is all-powerful.
• “Look, God is greater than we can understand.
- Job 36:22-30

• God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
• Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!
- Job 37:1-18

Observation
• God is all-powerful (Omnipotent);
• God is greater than we can understand;
• We can’t even imagine the greatness of His power;
• Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!

1. Even Job, known as a blameless man of complete integrity, one who feared God & stayed away from evil, needed to be reminded of God’s power.

2. Human brain capacity can only process however many dimensions we humanly are possible to do so, but God works in way more dimensions than we can process;

3. If it doesn’t make sense to us, it does not mean it is not true; we just don’t have God’s ability to see everything end-to-end;

Application
Pause, stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God! Be in awe of His power! Don’t give up when times seem bleak; we got to trust that He is working! It is an opportunity for our faith to be tested and moulded to be more pleasing to God. Sometimes, we really don’t know the condition of our faith until it’s tested under different scenarios.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, You are indeed all-powerful! Help us always be reminded of Your power and rule over all things and situations. We thank you that even through tough times or when we don’t understand, we can be rest assured that You cause everything to work together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose for them. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, Amen!

Do not fear!

Scripture
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Observation
• Apostle Paul wrote this letter from his prison in Rome to encourage His timid labourer in Christ.

Timothy was reminded that God has gifted us and empowered us with all that we need for life and godliness, no matter how difficult or dangerous life in this world may become.

We need to remember who we are in Christ and that we have not been given a spirit of fearfulness and timidity but one of power, love, sound judgment and a disciplined mind.

Application
God assures us that fear is not from Him. He hasn’t give us a spirit of fear, but He has given us a spirit of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND. When the enemy tries to lie to us or plant fearful thoughts in our minds, we can be sure that we have these three things.

• The power to overcome every lie and every scheme he throws at us.
• The perfect love of Jesus that casts out ALL fear (because we trust and rely on Him).
• The mind of Christ - guarded and filled with the Word of God to measure the lies up against.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the timely reminder that You have not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power and love and a sound mind. May we not fear rejection or ridicule in this increasingly hostile world nor the likelihood of persecution, pain or even death. May we fan into flame our faith in Christ so as to stand firm with Him. In Jesus name we pray, amen.