For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Have I given you spiritual gifts with which you can use to serve me? Will the spiritual gifts that I have given to you allow you to bear fruit for my kingdom? Will you bring glory to my name as you use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? What has hindered you from using the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? What will be required if you will boldly use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? You have asked me a lot of questions. I hardly know where to start. Start anywhere. I will start by saying that you have given me many spiritual gifts with which I can serve you. It has taken me quite a while to discover my spiritual gifts. Through trial and error in serving you, in one area after another, I have developed an understanding of what spiritual gifts you have given to me. I have also discovered what are not my spiritual gifts. That seems like a valuable discovery as well. It is. If I have any undiscovered spiritual gifts, it is my prayer that you will reveal them to me. I will.
I have struggled to use my spiritual gifts. I’ve noticed. Tell me more about that. I have been filled with fear. I have been timid. It feels like I have taken two steps forward and one step back in using my spiritual gifts. Fear has even caused me to avoid opportunities to use my spiritual gifts. That fear does not come from me. I know. You know that I have given you spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that. You know that I have given you the power to use your spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that as well. You know that I will help you to know when, where and how to use your spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that too. Then what do you have to fear? I am with you to help you. My presence will go with you. My hand is on you. I have nothing to fear. Forgive me for shrinking back from using my spiritual gifts. Help me to rely on you fully. I will place all my trust in you. Set me on fire. Fan the flame of my desire to serve you. Fill me with your power, love and self-control. Make me bold in your service. I will do that for you. I will go where you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.
Lord, I know that you do not want me to live a timid life as I follow and serve you. You have given me a spirit of power, love and self-control. Help me to boldly use the gifts you have given me so I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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