4 Marks of a Spirit-filled Believer, by Ty Tamasaka
“5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:5-7 NIV
A believer filled with the Sprit of God, according to Paul, is marked by certain characteristics:
A Spirit-filled believer is NOT driven by his or her fears. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity…” 2 Timothy 1:7
In other words, a Spirit-filled believer is not one whose actions are governed by his or her fears and anxieties. While fear is a natural emotion, a Spirit-filled believer chooses to put off the old man and to follow the Spirit of God. A Spirit-filled believer recognizes his or her fears, but also recognizes that their God is far greater than any fears they have. What problems today must I submit to God and trust that He is greater than?
A Spirit-filled believer operates in God’s power. “… a spirit of power…” 2 Timothy 1:7
In order for God’s power to be made evident, there must be challenges for His power to overcome. Knowing and trusting the power of God’s Spirit casts out fear from the Spirit-filled believer’s life. Are there challenges to overcome? Absolutely. Do challenges cause fear to arise at times? Of course. But in the end, the Spirit-filled believer knows and trusts in God’s bigness over the bigness of his or her challenges and problems. What area in my life must I trust God’s power to get me through?
A Spirit-filled believer operates in God’s love “… of love…” 2 Timothy 1:7
Love is the underlying motivation for what the Spirit-filled believer does and says. Some share their faith and argue with others to prove they are right and that someone else is wrong (giving a sense of superiority). Others serve the church due to obligation or duty. Paul reminds Timothy that a Spirit-filled believer serves God and shares the message of Jesus out of a passionate love for God and a sincere love for others. What are my motivations for what I do for the Lord in the ministry?
A Spirit-filled believer operates with self-discipline (or a sound mind). “… and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
It is interesting that Paul does not say that a Spirit-filled believer is marked by doing only what God says for them to do. Instead, Paul says that a Spirit-filled believer will be “self-disciplined”. In other words, the Spirit-filled believer does not have to be, “told by God”, to do or not do certain things. God’s spoken revealed Word is enough. If God seems silent, the Spirit-filled believer will exercise self-discipline in what they are doing. They use the revealed Word of God to be able to discern between good and evil. What area in my life do I need to be more self-disciplined in?
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.