“Live in the present to the maximum and do not let your future mortgage your present any more than you should let the past mortgage your present.” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The trap for me is not so much dwelling on sins of the past. The trap for me is dwelling on fears concerning the future.
This revelation has helped me arrive at my word of focus for this year: SPIRIT
In Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure a collection of sermons by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a chapter is given to Fear of the Future. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds on the text 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
SPIRIT OF POWER
“And as I understand it, the big thing that Paul is saying in effect to Timothy is: ‘Timothy, you seem to be thinking about yourself and about life and all you have to do as if you were still an ordinary person. But, Timothy, you are not an ordinary person! You are a Christian, you are born again, the Spirit of God is in you… God has not given us the spirit of fear. He hath given us the Spirit of power.’ So do not think of your own weakness; think of the power of the Spirit of God.” Lloyd-Jones
SPIRIT OF LOVE
Next, Lloyd-Jones asks, Why love? “For what after all, is the main cause of this spirit of fear? The answer is ‘self’ –self-love, self-concern, self-protection… There is only one way to get rid of self, and that is that you should become so absorbed in someone or something else that you have no time to think about yourself. Thank God, the Spirit of God makes that possible. He is not only ‘the spirit of power’, but He is also ‘the spirit of love’. What does it mean? It means love to God, love to the great God who made us.” Then, love of others.
SPIRIT OF SOUND MIND
Lastly, he’s given us the spirit of wisdom and a sound mind. “He will tell you what to do, He will tell you what to say, He will if necessary, restrain you. We are not living on ourselves. We must not think of ourselves as ordinary people. We are not natural men; we are born again. God has given His Holy Spirit, and He is the spirit ‘of power and of love and of a sound mind’.” Lloyd-Jones
The Spirit of God is in me. A Spirit of love and of power and of sound mind. I do not have to fear the future. I just have to remember. That will be my focus as I join the community of OneWord365 this year.
Do you have a focus God is impressing on your heart this year?