For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
I love this verse because it declares words of victory over anything! Yes, anything that causes us to fear. And these days the list seems to get longer, even for those who normally don’t function in fear. Because it’s not enough to be directed not to fear, God goes on to tell us how to do that. He wants us to personally know His Holy Spirit and that through Him we aren’t given just power, but mighty power that is reinforced and carried out in love and with self-control or as some translations read, a sound mind. How many of us need a sound mind these days. However, my favorite translation is from the Aramaic. Aramaic has it’s roots in Hebrew and most scholars believe it was the language Jesus taught in. This was because Greek focused more on man’s knowledge to define and explain, where as the Aramaic focused more God and the spiritual. Here the Aramaic translation actually means “instruction and guidance”, how much more directive is this meaning. Holy Spirit gives us instruction and guidance when the enemy is trying to make us fearful on an ongoing basis. Now I don’t know about you but that is such an encouragement to me.
So you may be thinking what does that have to do with watching a movie? The movie is King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword. The other day I got to watch it and I couldn’t believe how much it spoke and related to what is going on in our world today. The premise of the story is that Arthur watched his mother be killed and then his father, the King, sacrifice his life to protect the power of Excalibur his powerful sword by throwing it up in the air, kneeling and bowing his head and allowing the sword to fall deep into his back, kill him and he himself turned into stone to protect its power. Only his rightful heir (Arthur) could remove the sword so it would be used to defeat evil. Arthur then an orphan, was raised in a brothel, eventually was taken captive by the Evil Kings (his uncle Vortigern) guard. But as with all captives, on the way every prisoner was to stop by the stone to see if they could remove the sword. Of course not only could Arthur remove the sword but experience its power and show him things he had forgotten.
When he was brought before Vortigern before he was going to kill Arthur, told him that no one knows true power unless people fear them. Because when people fear you, it means you now control them, Wow, how true and how important for us to know that fear does exactly that, it controls and manipulates us and who wants to be controlled! With the help of others, Arthur escapes and he begins to learn how to use the sword to destroy evil. It leads and guides him by having him recall the things his father taught him to be a great leader and where true power comes from. In the end as Arthur faces off with Vortigern he tells him, that even though his uncle thought he would destroy him, instead Arthur was going to destroy him. He reminded Vortigern that he created Arthur by trying to destroy him all his life. It was those difficult times that Arthur gained a resolve that would not only defeat the evil of his uncle, but set the entire Kingdom free from the evil control and oppression he had placed on them.
The final scene was that the citizens of Camelot regained their freedom and would be led by good and just King Arthur who would be a kind and just ruler who would bring his kingdom peace. This may be fantasy, but the premise is so true, when we don’t let fear rule us, we will find the peace that is only found in a relationship with Jesus, who through His Holy Spirit leads, guides and directs us in His overcoming power to show His love to others.
If you have never asked Jesus to become the Lord and Savior of your life, today is the day to do so. Just tell Him you’re tired of trying to live your life on its own and to forgive you of your sins and to become your Savior and Lord. If you prayed this then please let us know through a phone call or e-mail, so we can encourage you and send you a gift to help you journey through your new life with Jesus.