In Hard Times, God Gives Us the Gift of His Spirit

Everyone is struggling. This has been an extraordinarily difficult time in our world for many in ways financially, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

As believers, we can be encouraged that God wants to give us a specific kind of help during seasons like these. We don’t just go with the flow of culture, but we flow with the wind of the Holy Spirit. 

What is the spirit, posture or attitude God gives us in difficult times like these that we’ve been in? Scripture is crystal clear. 

“For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline [sound mind].”

— 1 Timothy 1:6-7


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This Scripture has three traits plus instruction that are a guide from heaven about where we can turn when we don’t know what else to do:

1. In difficult seasons, God gives us a spirit of power.

Henrietta Mears once said, “Christianity is not adding a burden to your life, it is adding power. The Scripture tells us that “the same power which raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us.” The word used from God’s power at work in the life of a believer is “dynamis” the root word we get the word dynamite from. That is some extreme power.

As my friend Andrew has said, “It is inconceivable to think the same power which raised Jesus from the dead would come into our life and do nothing.”

So when times are dark and difficult, guess what you can count on? God’s power working in you, helping you stand firm in His truth when you don’t know if you have enough power on your own.

When does God give us this power? Ahead of time? Right when we need it. He gives us enough grace for each new day’s challenges and concerns at the time that we need it, as we rely on and stay close to Him.

How do we appropriate God’s power when we need it? Read the Scriptures, pray and ask God for His help and trust that He will carry you when you cannot carry yourself.

2. In difficult seasons, God gives us a spirit of love.

When the world around us is going crazy, what does God call us to do, and who does He call us to be? Scripture is clear. It is not to suddenly become a person who is angry all the time, for “that does not bring about the righteousness God desires.”

In difficult seasons, God calls us to the same thing He always has – to stand firm in His truth and love.

The world needs to see the truth and love of God now more than ever. In times like these, when everyone is raging and frustrated and tired – people need us to shine the love of Christ that doesn’t make sense based on the circumstances. 

When you want to respond in anger, when you want to post in anger, when you want to shut down… love. God will help you to love. God will use you to love. And the world will be changed – as you love one person at a time, even as you walk in God’s truth.

3. In difficult seasons, God gives us a sound mind.

There is a powerful new worship song by Melissa Hesler called “Sound Mind.” I encourage you to put it on repeat.

If there’s ever been a time we need God to give us a “sound mind” it’s now when so many narratives and lies are being slung about every area of our lives and culture. When it feels like justice is not coming. When it feels like we can’t do anything about the problems in our world… God can and will give us a sound mind.

How do we reach for a sound mind, when we feel our mind racing? We open up the Word of God, we listen to the preaching of God’s Word at our local church, we subscribe to content like we are sharing at Think Eternity to help you get back to your fulfillment, hope, joy and peace in God instead of getting bogged down by the cares of the world. We pray and ask God to still our mind, and to give us His peace even when our circumstances don’t seem to allow for it. He promises to give us this, but we need to stay connected and close to Him to receive it.

4. INSTRUCTION: In difficult seasons, fan these traits into a flame inside of you.

1 Timothy 1:6-7 lists three traits, but it opens with instruction on how to appropriate the gifts God wants to give us. What are the gifts God wants to give us in difficult times? Power, love, and a sound mind.

How do we get them? In the same way as we build a great campfire to cook from, stay warm beside and to light our way in the darkness… we fan the flame

How can you practically “fan the flame” of power, love and a sound mind inside of you during difficult times? You need to stay connected to Jesus through remembering the gospel, through meditation on the Word of God, through prayer and experiencing God’s presence with you right where you are. Pray and ask for His comfort, grace, blessing, strength for each new day and He will never fail to provide for your needs. 

Fan power, love, and a sound mind by getting around friends who love Jesus and who fan that passion you have for the Lord. Fan the flame by getting content that inspires and ignites your hope, peace, faith and love. 

God will do these in you when you need it. He promises to. But He also calls us to fan the flame, so make sure you do, and you will experience the grace of God in your time of need.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown is the founder of Think Eternity (, an organization that reaches thousands of people with the gospel each year through live events and online resources. He is the author or co-author of several books, including most recently Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence.