8 A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are. 10 Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.” 11 So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13 They worked the Israelites ruthlessly 14 and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them. Exodus 1:8-14 (HCSB)
Fear is a powerful motivator. I know someone that went to the doctor to get some blood work done for a check-up because he wasn’t feeling 100%. This doctor was able to run some preliminary tests at the office and found sugar in his blood, a possible sign of diabetes.
The doctor sent his blood to a lab for more thorough testing. In the meantime, this person prayed and asked God for divine intervention. This person also stopped eating all the junk that he was accustomed to eating, fast food, soda, all the bad stuff…
The test results came back negative praise God! But soon after, this person was back to eating all the junk and drinking all the soda like before. Fear is a powerful motivator…for a while.
You might live in fear, fear of an economic collapse, fear of a major disaster, fear of a pandemic, etc. In fact, many people start prepping because of fear.
But when fear grips your life, bad decisions can be made!
The Israelites weren’t doing anything wrong. They weren’t plotting to take over Egypt or anything. Out of fear, the Egyptians decided to oppress the Israelites because they “could” overpower them some day. As a result, the Egyptians became task masters, ruthlessly working the Israelites for generations.
God doesn’t want you to live in fear. Fear causes you to make bad decisions. In fact, Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB)
Paul tells Timothy, God hasn’t given you a spirit of fearfulness, but He HAS given you a spirit of power, love and sound judgement. Do you feel like you have that “spirit” in you right now? Why not?
You have power, love and sound judgement right at your fingertips. If you are a child of God, this is available for you. The Holy Spirit is in you! 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,”
What would life be like if you approached everyday from a point of power, love and sound judgement?