God's Holy Fire: 'Power, Love and Self-Discipline'

Sunday, January 6, 2019

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
— 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

Key Thought

As Paul faced the challenges of imprisonment and impending death, he reminded Timothy in the next verse (2 Timothy 1:8) not to be ashamed of the message of Jesus or of him as Jesus' messenger. This ability for Timothy (and for us) not to be ashamed comes from the Holy Spirit. The indwelling presence of the Spirit brings us power, love, and self-discipline. We shouldn't be timid. The powerful presence of our almighty God lives within us!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for the times I have been timid about my faith. I recognize that my timidity showed itself in those times when I didn't depend on your Spirit to strengthen me and give me boldness to say the things I need to say in the ways I need to say them. Please fill me with your Spirit so that I can be a person of character and compassion, demonstrating power, love, and self-discipline in my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV — For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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