The word timidity stood out to me as I meditated on this verse. I often quote that “God has not given a spirit of fear…” but for some reason timidity never stuck in my mind. Timidity is defined as
God has not given me “a spirit of lacking self-assurance, courage or bravery.” It takes discipline to step out and not second guess what you’re doing, to be courageous and brave. This is the most common theme I hear among women ‘I’m not sure of myself.” Thinking about this comment now, I realize how prideful that comment is. I am not courageous and brave because of me, I am courageous, brave, and self-assured because God is my blessed assurance.
I am not stepping out in my ability, I am stepping out in His ability.
I am not stepping out in my lack, I am stepping out in His anointing.
It has everything to do with my obedience, and yet nothing to do with my ability.
It has everything to do with His power, the same power that raised Christ from the dead, and yet nothing to do what I can do. The scriptures say I can do all things though Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
It has everything to do with His love, the love that never fails (I Corinthians 13:8)
God has given us self-discipline. This passage goes on to say “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.” (II Timothy 1:8). It is pretty clear from this scripture that God gives us His power, love and self-discipline to share with others about Him. He will strengthen us, if we will allow Him to remove our fear and timidity and replace it with His power, love and self-discipline.