13 to 34 – New Mercies

My current bible app reading plan, Simplify, came up with this verse from 2 Timothy this morning:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. ~ 2 Tim 1:7 (NLT)

Ps Jeff Osborne unpacked this scripture nicely for me at last year's Heroes Men's Conference. To quote my own conference notes:

I've seen this piece of scripture before, but I feel like I often read the bible too quickly and never get to really take it in and understand it, thank God for church. Anyway, the first part of the text states that God has not given us a spirit of fear - this means we as humans don't inherently have/possess a spirit of fear in us. God didn't create us fearful.
Ps Jeff points out that fear is recorded for the first time in Genesis 3:8 when God is looking for Adam in the garden. He asks Adam where are you, not rhetorically, but because the fear on Adam has changed him and God doesn't recognise him. Adam goes on to say he's hidden because he's afraid. So because we don't have fear within us, the devil is unable to put it in us, so the only place he can put it is on us. This then brings about the Psalms 55:22 scripture that states 'Cast your burden on the Lord...'. Because fear is on us, it is a burden, one we shouldn't be carrying on our own, so the Lord says to us he'll help us carry our load. Long and short, don't be fearful, if you are give your fear to God.

I should remember this more often. Fear is such a crippling emotion, but we have an out: cast it to God. I actually remember Jeff demonstrating the act of casting an object, and he wasn't gently placing the object aside, he threw it.

I did my running thing again this morning, the whole 13km's. It felt much better than the last time event though it actually wasn't (I was 2 seconds slower on average). There's always a next time. And that's what I've been grateful for this whole day, new mercies.

I want you to tell me what you are up to this weekend in the comments, but Imma keep it real with you playa, if ya ain't running, I ain't tryna hear it.