but of power and of love and of a sound mind NKJV
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,
but gives us power, love and self-discipline. NIV
Second, POWER. In Christ with Holy Spirit we have POWER. To rebuke the enemy,in prayer and to cast away, in Jesus name, principalities, powers, rulers of darkness in spiritual warfare (Eph 6).
Thirdly, LOVE. Love is a very unique too. There are different types of love. Love is an important tool for motivation esp. found in 1 John and 1 Corn 13. We have to go out with love or what we do is really nothing.
Fourthly, Self Discipline. Discipline is NIV but NKJ says sound mind. I really don't know the definition but I am using NIV. Self Discipline can be defined to stick to what you believe, no matter what. The definition online on Oxford languages states the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.
So having these characteristics and motivations, it really shows what the Spirit of God is all about.
We need to apply them in our hearts and lives.
So Stay BOLD, use His Power, Love Always, and Stay Self Disciplined.
Thank You Annalee for that. Don't you just love how God gives us practical steps in how to live our lives?
If you really want to see the Power of God one needs to take God's Word seriously and apply what it says. So let's see how that works for this verse.
This verse has helped me a number of times, because I get fearful often. Being an introvert, I can get intimidated even to talk to a stranger whether on the phone or grocery store. I mean my heart races and I get all nervous, so I use this verse to help conquer my fear of talking to strangers.
So here's what I do.
I say when I get fearful, "God you said you have not given me a Spirit of Fear. So I know this is not from you. Lord rebuke this fear in my life, and fill me with Your POWER, YOUR LOVE, and A MIND STAYED ON YOU. In Jesus name."
Another thing, is the sound mind, really means here a mind that is thinking on Jesus. When we focus on All Mighty God when we are in a situation, our fear goes away. Why? Because He is the maker of the Universe, He has conquered over death and the enemy, and NOTHING and I Mean NOTHING is too hard for HIM.
There's a verse that says it well, You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you Isaiah 26:3
So when you feel afraid, THINK ON GOD. KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WITH YOU and YOU ARE AN OVERCOMER.