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Bishop Dobbs August 2018

An Amazing Spiritual Triumvirate

Bishop Julian Dobbs

It is wonderful and encouraging to discover through the Bible that God gives good gifts to his children. These Holy Spirit empowered gifts enable us to serve God faithfully and be reassured that He is working in us and through us. Even if we feel inadequate to undertake the ministry that God has called us to fulfill, the resources are all there for what Anglican author Dr. Jim Packer calls, “supernatural living through supernatural empowering which is at the heart of New Testament Christianity.”

Paul writes in his second letter to Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:6-7

Notice three insights in these verses:

For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power…

God’s dynamite power! This is a power that gives fortitude, it helps us cope, it enables us to keep the faith… . to carry back breaking responsibilities. The power God has given us enables us to get through traumatic suffering. It enables us to pass the breaking point and not break. God has given us a spirit of power.

For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love…

Agape love which reaches out in self-giving, which puts up with the intolerable people, which fuels a heart for the Christian family, which frees our service from self-centered ambition on the one hand and mere slog on the other. Love given to us by Almighty God that makes the difference in our relationship with each other and in the world.

For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of self discipline…

In Greek – sóphronismos, a great untranslatable word meaning divinely given self-control, a kind balanced judgment, a balanced prioritized mind, neither puffed up by success or embittered by failure, a mind that is focused on Christ and his priorities and wishes and honor and glory.

What an amazing spiritual triumvirate: power, love and self discipline.

None of us are born with these qualities, we cannot collect them on a course, we cannot inherit them from our parents, but for each Christian there is God’s promise of power to be effective, love to have the right attitude and self discipline to live life in focus.

...power, love and self discipline.

Living God of the Bible,

We thank you for the assurance you give us in your word.

Thank you that you are at work in us and through us to fulfill your good will and purpose. Grant us your heavenly power, love and self discipline to faithfully serve you all our days, that we may always bring glory to you.

In Jesus name. Amen

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