You Have a Spirit of Power, Love and Self-Discipline

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
  • Mark 11:23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
  • Ephesians 5:2 …and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
  • 2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
  • Colossians 3:12-13 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

We are told that we do not have a spirit of timidity or of fear. Therefore fear is not meant to define the believer. We have a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. Do we really know this? Do we really live like people who have power, love and self-discipline? When we encounter challenges, do we move the mountains or do the molehills crush us?

Our vision of who we are in Christ and the type of spirit that we have inside us must change if we are to walk in continual victory over our flesh and the enemy. We have a spirit of power to command the mountains in our lives to move. We have a spirit of love to show God’s love in every situation. We have a spirit of self-discipline that can stop every idle word from coming out of our mouths and stop every action that does not line up with the Word of God. Self-discipline will also choose God over everyone and everything else.

How to use your spirit as a weapon:
  1. You can develop your spirit of love by using it in your everyday life. Proverb 19:11 says: “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” There is so much power in love. You can choose to love instead of being offended. You can choose to love and not say a word rather than gossip or criticize. You can choose to love and build up instead of tearing someone down. You can choose to love your enemy and pray for that individual instead of acting like the world. You can choose to love the unlovable just like Jesus.
  2. You can use your spirit of power to move mountains out of your way. You can command sickness and disease to leave in the Name of Jesus. You can command the storms of your life to be quiet and still in the Name of Jesus. You can ask for wisdom in the Name of Jesus as needed. Your spirit will develop in power as you use it.
  3. Your spirit will war against your flesh when it comes to self-discipline so you must persevere and ensure your spirit leads your flesh and not the other way around. Determine the areas you need self-discipline (or ask the Holy Spirit if you don’t know) and start exercising control. When temptation comes, your spirit of self-discipline will be a weapon against the enemy’s schemes in your life.

Call to action
: Be intentional about developing your spirit today. Identify a particular element in each of these areas (love, power, self-discipline) that you want to improve and do it.