2 Timothy 1:7… “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (NLT). I want to talk to you about the lack of courage… It’s called “passivity.” Passivity can refer to a lack of courage, lack of confidence, and lack of persistence to accomplish what God has called us to do. Passivity is also inactivity, being subdued in attitude, not responding to a word or action that was received. Passivity also refers to the inability to resist evil. It refers to being dull and without energy, emotionless, and inexpressive. The apostle Paul told Timothy that God did not give him the spirit of fear (passivity), but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
Does passivity have a hold on your life? Here is how you can tell…
a) Do you procrastinate over plans? You talk and think over plans and then take no action.
b) Do you expect others to take care of your needs? You are loyal, yet you secretly expect others to take care of you.
c) Do you blame others for your losses and circumstances? Do you look at people as being in your way more than you look to the power of God?
d) Do you lack the ability to communicate, confront, and talk things over? When you try to do so, are you afraid of the possibility of an emotional outburst?
e) Are you intimidated when you ask for counsel and help? Are you so proud of your own capabilities that to ask for help would make you embarrassed?
f) Do you focus on the failures and weaknesses of others in your life to take attention away from your own weaknesses, so that you don’t have to face them?
g) Do you allow others to use you and manipulate you? Have you a victim mentality, i.e., do you feel that you have been victimized?
h) Do you give up easily when you are under pressure? Or, like Isaiah 40:31, do you renew your strength? “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (KJV).
The major cause of passivity is fear, the fear of failure (Romans 8:14-15). It is not God’s will that you stay in bondage to fear. God gave you the spirit that cries, “Abba Father.” Come to Him.
Another cause for passivity is the fear of rejection (1 John 4:16-18). See God as full of love, mercy, and grace. Quit looking on Him as someone who is demanding and one who waits for you to mess up so that He can punish you. God is full of loving-kindness. Psalm 75:1 says, “For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare” (KJV). The word “near” refers to being near in location, near in place, near in time, near for whatever purpose you have need of.
The third cause of passivity is the fear of death. Fear and rejection often give you a spirit of “I will not make it; I will not succeed; my plans will die.” God says here, “I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again” (Isaiah 51:22-23, KJV). Take this as a promise.
The three keys to overcoming passivity…
a) Power… the ability to make right decisions for any course of action you make take. Power is effective and creative.
b) Love… is patient (1 Corinthians 13). Love lets you keep your balance and your focus.
c) A sound or disciplined mind… Set good goals for yourself, but be ready to readjust them if your expectations are off-center. Pray, “Father, open my heart to receive Your transforming power. Plant in me seeds of faith and courage. Revive my spirit, set me afire… Change me.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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