For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of
power, love, and self-discipline. (1
Timothy 1:7 NLT)
OneWord 2012. When I thought
about what “one word” I could choose for 2012, the word “fearless” flashed in
my thoughts like a lightning bolt.
I know that I need to face some fears to go forward with some
projects, plans, and dreams this year. And I think the title of Joyce Meyer’s book captures
this principle well: Do it Afraid! Obeying God in the Face of Fear.
Fearless. So, what does “fearlessness” look like in the real world? Or rather, what does “fearlessness” NOT look like?
Flag. First Timothy 1:7 says, “… God has not given us a spirit of fear and
timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” So, if I find myself
being controlled by fear and timidity, that’s a big red flag–I’m not listening and obeying
First Step. But how do we begin to walk in “power, love, and self-discipline”?
I believe the first step is to confess my fears. James 5:16 says, “Confess to
one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses,
your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored
[to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]” (AMP).
Face Reality. Until we face reality, we cannot find the truth. And God’s Word
promises us that we can “know the truth, and the
truth will set (us) free” (John 8:32).
Focus. So, as I begin this New Year, I’m choosing once again to focus on God’s
promises, not my fears or my circumstances. “Be on guard. Stand firm in the
faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love” (1 Cor. 6:13 NLT).
What is your “One Word 2012”?