The Flames of Spiritual Gift

small man on a Bible‘I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid hands on you. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1: 5-7. 

I read this passage this morning and was overcome with an understanding that could only have come from the Spirit of God. It was a fresh insight that  had never hit me before despite my familiarity with this passage – even to the point of singing the lyrics of “God has not given us a spirit of fear…” since I was 5 years old. 

“Sit Down!”

Yesterday evening, I had a really long conversation with a friend and we were talking about how faith + ANXIETY = Sin. Pain

Faith plus anxiety is when you  PRAY unto God, CAST your cares upon him, and then PICK up your cares again. Sound familiar? 
What we do to God, through his son Jesus when we pray with anxiety is simply telling him He is not able; that He, the I AM THAT I AM, is big, but is not big enough for that situation. Father forgive us in Jesus name.