For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love , and of self-discipline.
II Timothy 1:7
Three things the spirit provides power, love and self-discipline
Three good things to do with a basketball shoot, pass, and dribble
Without Power, the other parts don’t matter. All you are is a nice guy who finishes last, or at least not first. When Jesus went into Jerusalem in his final week, he told his followers what would happen. He dumped the tables of the money changers in the Temple, taught among the people, then was gone from sight each night. He embarrassed the religious leaders, and he forced their hand. He called Judas on his betrayal plan and made it have to happen on the exact day that Jesus chose. Jesus quoted the opening line from Psalm 22 as he hung on the cross My God, my God, why have you forsaken me. The last thing Jesus said — It is finished. Compare that to the end of Psalm 22 — for he has done it. He won. He had the power to lay down his life, and to take it up again.
Late in the game a shot in the paint comes hard. You have to be prepared for the hit, to take it and then finish and make the shot — a three point play the hard way. Maybe the ref doesn’t make the call, then at least you got two points. It’s not fair, the ref should have called it, why are they picking on me. Pack up all the lame excuses and finish the play strong. You made a good choice to get in position with the ball, your teammates are all counting on you, so now it comes down to power — do you use the power, pay the price and make the basket, or are you satisfied to get fouled and hope the ref calls it.
When the time comes and everything is riding on the outcome are you timid, or do you use the Power to push through the opposition and honestly create your best shot?