For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
This is what we've been given. When we believe in him, we've been just GIVEN this; it's part of the package deal.
Nothing we did for it. Nothing we do for it. Except believe it and live like it.
So, when I act all nervous and subservient and slobby and rude--it's me not acting in accordance with the spirit that I've been given. It's weird and unfitting; it doesn't make sense for any of God's people to be slippery or passive or apathetic or self-protective. It's awkward to live like weak, pale tea because it's not in line with the spirit that we have been given. It's in line with the old self, my flesh. But my old me is not it. That doesn't fit with this spirit I've been given.
Deep inside--in the deepest parts of us--God has come and made his home. Of course we would have