Symptoms of Spiritual Impotence: 2 Timothy 1:6-8
“6) For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7) For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 8) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-8‬
We now back up in the context and ask; “What are the signs that my spiritual fire is going out or that fear has overtaken me?” In verse 8, Paul gives a three fold answer that is very convicting. Let’s see what was happening to Timothy.
First, he was becoming ashamed of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t sharing his testimony or wanting to be publicly identified as a Christian. He was living a secret spiritual life. He seldom talked about Jesus in public. Because of fear, Timothy was becoming ashamed of Jesus.
Second, he was starting to avoid being associated with Paul. Let’s face it, Paul was controversial and he was a lightening bolt. Those closely associated with him were both exposed and identified as Christians. Because of fear, Timothy was becoming ashamed of Paul.
Finally, Timothy stopped sharing the gospel for fear of ridicule, rejection or persecution. Fear caused him to avoid any chance of suffering for the sake of the gospel. Timothy went silent and became an invisible Christian.
Let’s review, Satan will use fear to separate you from Jesus, distance you from other Christians and silence you from sharing the gospel. Do you see the problem? The core ingredients of Lordship, fellowship and being a Spirit empowered witness were just removed from your life.
The cunning wolf has just accomplished his goal for you. He has distanced you from the Shepherd, separated you from the flock and has you in a panicked frenzy. You are not in a safe place. You have become easy prey!
Fear by nature is irrational. It causes you to do foolish things. It sets you up for a spiritual decline and disaster.
If this post describes your current Christian life, you are in desperate decline. Stop fooling yourself; you need urgent help! I earnestly beg you to run back to Jesus and seek out some courageous Christian friends for fellowship, encouragement and prayer. Dust off your Bible and get back in the Word. Get off the bench, step to the front lines and start pointing others to Jesus.
Deal with your disappointments, crucify your petty hurts and repent from your sinful ways. Humble yourself and seek God in sincere and honest prayer. Make Jesus Christ your best friend.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global