From Timid to Bold

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

 (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)

It seems that lack of confidence was a serious problem for young Timothy (see 1 Corinthians 16:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:12),[i] so Paul wrote to remind him that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and of self-discipline.” Being timid is something that many of us struggle with from time to time (some of us more than others!). However, like Timothy, we can be encouraged knowing that God’s Spirit is a Spirit of power. Meditating on this truth can help make us bold, as I’m sure it did for young Timothy.

God’s Spirit enables us to be bold.


[i] Barker, Kenneth L., and Donald W. Burdick. Zondervan NIV study Bible: New International Version. Fully rev. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2002. Print. 1883.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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