Straight through the Lions

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

–2 Timothy 1:7, NLT

Fear & Timidity will ruin your day.  In fact, if you let them, they will ruin your life.

As in Pilgrim’s Progress, they will point out the lions in your path.  And they will tell you that, if you don’t turn back, the lions will eat you for a small, in-between-meals snack.  They will be sure to reiterate over and over that you . . are . . just . . a . . snack.

Power (God’s Power), Love (God’s Love), & Self-Discipline (Submission to God’s Way) are the lion walkers.  They will walk right out in the middle of lions and not be consumed.  They will look straight at those long, curved claws and slicer fangs.  And though they may shrink down in terror, they will not budge from the path.  Power, Love, & Self-Discipline follow God wherever He goes.  Even through the path of lions.

We are all on a journey.  We’re all walking either towards eternity with Jesus  or destruction away from Him.  And it seems both paths have plenty of lions.

If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ and you follow Him, you will still meet lions.  Maybe even more lions than you ever did on your past journey towards destruction.

Along this new path of salvation, you will meet lions on your path.  They’re already waiting for you.  And not just in one spot, but throughout your travels.

But only Fear & Timidity need to despair about that.  For you, Christ-follower, you have the opportunity to experience God’s surprising Power (working through weakness), God’s extravagant Love (you won’t believe how tightly He can hold you), and God’s other-wordly Self-Discipline (you’ll do things for Him that you wouldn’t or couldn’t do for anyone else).

Hold onto His gifts and walk straight through the lions.

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

–2 Timothy 1:7, NLT

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