April 2011 - Inner strength

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim.1:7

DISCOURAGEMENT
Discouragement is not from God. Discouragement presses people down, gag and weakens. Discouragement has much in common with fear, which also is a destructive power.

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 1 Sam.17:11


SPIRIT OF POWER
David saw the giant Goliath, but was convised that his God was much stronger and more powerful than the giant Goliath. David managed to keep calm in the middle of a stressful situation.

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 1 Sam.17:32

The churches in Macedonia experienced the joy and good things in the middle of a great trial. Each individual who believes in Jesus can release the spirit of power that lives inside, and have peace and tranquility in the middle of difficult situations.

1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 2 Cor.8:1f

SPRIT OF LOVE
God's perfect love is poured into the hearts of everyone who believes in Him. That man has a spirit that will affect the forgiveness and grace, rather than hatred and bitterness.

Room 12.21 "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good!"

It will often be a struggle between the human response pattern and the Spirit of God in their own way to react. You can choose to let God's love to dominate!

Spirit of Mindedness

A sound mind is, among other fruit of the Spirit a disciplined thinking patterns and the ability to understand and make correct decisions. A sound mind possess self-control, self-restraint and self-discipline.

In troubled situations and difficulties we may easily falter and lose control. But God's Spirit at work in the believer will be able to work out mindedness to keep calm and make good decisions.

To talk about in the Life group:
- What is it that often drives people to be discouraged?
- How can you prevent discouragement to dwell in your life?
- How can a christian who has the spirit of power, love and a sound mind be of help to others?

 

 

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