For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV In light of this verse, how does one attain a state of not giving in to fear and being timid? The verse seems to be saying this is a gift as fruit of the Spirit (if we have the Spirit, we have not fear). But, I know I have battled over and over, fear and being timid. If I have the Spirit, why such a fight if that is a blessing of the Spirit? If the work depends on me, then why such focus on the Spirit wroughting it? I know this fearlessness is lacking in my life, and I can't help but think this is something I can do in my own strength, though I battle it in every way I know how.