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

Though Timothy has benefitted from a number of familial and relational advantages—a heritage of faith modeled by his mother and grandmother, along with Paul as a mentor (v.2-6)—not all have been as fortunate. Even so, while such cherished earthly relationships can be significant, in some aspect they are always lacking and cannot provide what only God’s Spirit can for the life of faith and service. What God would have us be, and do, only his Spirit can accomplish. In Him, and through Him, we are never lacking.

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