“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).

The word for “timidity” can also be translated as “cowardice.” The implication being, this has become the demeanor of Timothy. As a result, both his life and ministry have become immobilized by fear and worry. Such debilitating preoccupation is the natural result of a hope centered on anything other than the provision and purposes of God. Worry is the outcome of every calculation about tomorrow that excludes God. He has made us victors in Christ Jesus, not victims of our fears.

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