Fear and Disinfectant
By Brother Gregory Fleck, Minister - First Baptist Church Fresno
St. Paul wrote this letter to Timothy that had a spirit of fear, for good reason. You see, at the time, he was the pastor of the Church of Ephesus, and Christians were being killed for being Christians. The Greek word being used here for fear here is “deaios,” which describes the feeling that causes you to run away. It makes you afraid of trying; it affects your judgment. You imagine things, your mind wanders on things that are not so and you begin not thinking soundly. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. It is also a good natural protector in times of physical danger, helping us get away from a bad situation. We just have to not let fear control our ability. Here, St. Paul was telling Timothy, God does not give you a spirit of fear, but one of power.