No slave to fear…

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].


I was listening to Chuck Swindol this morning and he said something that resonated with me in connection with this verse. “It’s natural to have some fear but that fear should not be because of our call when God’s power is at work within and through us” (my own paraphrase from Chuck Swindol’s message)

I’m just in the last week of my TESOL course and it’s probably been the singling most challenging course I’ve embarked since college.

The course has also thrown up all kinds of self-doubt in my abilities where I’ve questioned “can I really complete this? ” something many people go through facing school, college and uni at exam time. 

This morning I take heart from Paul’s words to Timothy and I love the way the amplified bible expands on “self-discipline” with, “abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control” know this and take heart (speaking this to myself also) you can do it! He has put it in you! Do your bit, commit to doing the work and trust in the abilities that God has made in you! Finally let him add his gifts and with that fan into flames!

Yes you CAN do this!


Going through the motions

(Reading: Acts 5)

Do you believe God is who he says he is?
Perhaps you have Christian friends always talking about Jesus and you think it’s just a passing fad or there is no truth to it?
Or even worse perhaps you attend church but are just going through the motions?

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Blush not!

2 Timothy 1:7-9

I regularly come back to this scripture. Growing up I was pretty timid and on many occaision it was my younger brother who stood up for me at school.

What is it that makes us timid, cowardly or fearful?
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