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Fear of the Future

Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:7

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (ESV)

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It is possible to be so gripped by fears of the future that we become ineffective in the present. In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:7, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses fear of the future as a contributor to depression. Satan’s primary goal is to discredit Christ, therefore he attacks Christians. To do so, he tempts us to dwell on the future. If a Christian dwells on the future, fear of the unknown becomes paralyzing. The result is depression in our present time. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones. explains that our natural temperament, characteristics, and make up contribute to depression. Our inclinations do not disappear once we become a Christian. We must, therefore, recognize our fears and our tendencies, and strive to deal with them. Fear of the future, for some, is a specific fear. For others, the fear is general. For all who are gripped by this fear of the future, they must fight as a new creature, filled with new life. For God has not given a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. The future may indeed be filled with sorrow, challenges, and suffering. Yet we trust the Lord and boldly step into the unknown with our confidence placed in Christ.

Additional Scripture Translations

2 Timothy 1:7, New American Standard Bible

7For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7, King James Version

7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.