“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)
Who doesn’t want power?
Who doesn’t want to be loved?
Who doesn’t want self-discipline?
God’s spirit within us provides the wherewithal to live confidently; to walk boldly; and to control the only thing in this world that we truly have a say about: Our own actions.
We release the power of the Holy Spirit, Who lives within us, through obedience to the Spirit’s leading. Failure to obey the Spirit leads to the same unfruitful ends as failing to obey a road map, or a recipe. – Luther