The Spirit of Strength

Son,

I know you’ve had a rough day, I know you’re worried about your grades

I know you’re worried that you’re going to get in trouble, but all of this worry is self-inflicted!

Mom and I definitely want you to do your best, and you have been working VERY hard to keep good grades, and we are very proud of the efforts you’ve made! All this worrying is doing nothing but causing you to stress out.

Satan is an expert at getting us off track, he knows what makes us tick and you can guarantee he knows how much fear and anxiety you have around your grades. Now, he’s not going to make you have bad grades, but he will take advantage of your fear and anxiety and put thoughts into your head that cause you to lose focus of God because you’re so focused on your grades.

To prove my point, this morning as you were freaking out about your grades, how many times did you stop to pray for God to give you peace, or comfort, or to ask God for wisdom?

I bet I know the answer.

I’ve been there as well, I get worked up about something but then I realize that I haven’t stopped to talk with God about it, and he always has the answer.  I love this verse…

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

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

You know this verse well. But I wanted to look at the exact words used here.

Fear and timidity: deilia (which makes me think about “Whats your Dealio?!”) and it means timidity, fearfulness, cowardice

Power: dynamis which means, strength, power, and ability. It’s also translated as might and mighty works

Love: agape which is that unhindered, unconditional, sacrificial love that God displays for us

Self-Discipline: sophronismos which means self-control, moderation, or soundness of mind

Just think about these words for a minute…

Son, God has not given us a spirit of timidity, cowardice, and fearfulness. Our spirit is strong, sacrificial, and of sound mind. Of course we don’t always feel this way, and I’m not going to tell you to say it to yourself 100 times to make yourself feel better. Rather I want to encourage you to spend more time in prayer when you’re worried. Go to God when you’re overwhelmed or when you feel like you can’t do something. When you feel hopeless and like all the work you’ve done is for nothing, spend some time with the Lord.

Pray to Him in class, between class, during lunch. Have conversations with Him before your tests, after and during your tests (God may be the only one you can actually talk to during your tests after all).

Just don’t give up. We can do all things through Christ! Keep working hard and stop fretting about the grades. Yes we want you to get good grades, but more than that we want you to put 110% effort into it. If you only put 50% effort in and get a C then we have a problem, but if you put 110% effort into it and get a C, then we’ll celebrate that C.

Either way, getting stressed out and all worked up over these things doesn’t get you anywhere, so focus on the Lord and let him guide you.

We love you, and we’re exceptionally proud of you. Keep up the hard work!!

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