Summary: How can you progress in your walk with Jesus? Find out.
Am I ashamed of Jesus Christ
Two weeks ago, we addressed the question, Am I ashamed of Jesus Christ? Meanning, as a Christian, am I ashamed
to connect my name and my life to the Person of Jesus Christ?
Last week, we discussed the first step in the process of being bold for Jesus. We referenced 2 Timothy 1:6, where
Paul exhorts Timothy to remember and stir up the Gift of God within him.
Every true believer has been given a spiritual gift at the moment of their salvation. It was freely given by the Holy
Spirit, It is a gift of God's Grace to you and it will not be revealed to you until you begin to minister within the church
body. So discoverning your God Given Gift is the beginning of your Christian walk for Jesus.
Today, as we continue with this series, I want us to look at 2 Timothy 1:7. (read)
So, we find here in this text the second step in the process of NOT being Ashamed of Jesus Christ, which is Consider Your Resources.
Many Christians today lack courage and boldness to minister for Christ because they don't understand their divine
resources. See, notice what Paul says in that verse, God hath not given us the spirit of fear. That word fear in the
Greek is deilia, Which means timid, cowardice, fearfulness, embarassment, shame, weakness or frailty.
God's Word here is saying, Christian, God gave you a wonderful gift, a tool to advance His kingdom here on earth,
And if you are timid, fearful, embarassed, shameful, weak or a coward, that will negate that gift.
Instead, God gave us Power, Love and a sound mind there means Discipline. When we are weak or fearful, in
our Christian lives, we are not making full use of our spiritual resources.
WE said last week, many things happened at the moment of your salvation. And here we see something else
occured, God deposited power, love and discipline into your spiritual bank account.
As a new believer, you received the Holy Spirit, who is the source of supernatural power. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said
You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. So the Holy Spirit is our power.
The Holy Spirit is also the source of our supernatural love. Romans 5:5 says The Love of God has been poured
out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
And thirdly, you received the gift of discipline. In Galatians 5:22-23, we will read, that one of the fruits of the Spirit
is self control or discipline.
Every believer possesses, POWER, LOVE and DISCIPLINE. So if we as believers are timid, ineffective or weak
in our ministries, or if we lack courage or boldness to speak for Christ, it is not because we lack divine resources.
It's probably due to our own sin, maybe unconfessed sin in your life, maybe an on going sin in your life, maybe it's
the sin of worrying, and the list could go on and on, but often times, it is the sin in our lives that causes us to be
ineffective for The Lord. God is never to blame, God doesn't play favorites, God has equipped every
believer with the same resources. Not the Same Gifts, But the same resources.