What does the prophet tell us in regard to our covenant-keeping God? Neither ought we to fear the sins of others. Bunyan says of Mr. We come to you, harp in hand, and pray you DISTINCTLY TO HEAR ITS NOTES. If truth and righteousness he eternal, how bold and hopeful ought the missionary to be! How it is so well with those that are the Lord's. Historical Books
When a man makes a promise to me that he will do so and so, I value the promise according to his ability and disposition to make it good. Do you say, "If this be so, then ignorance is bliss"? They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. )Helpful presenceJ. GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE IN THE DAY OF THEIR TROUBLE.IV. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! It may be seen in maintaining unpopular opinions amid difficult or dangerous circumstances, or in meeting death with unblanched cheek. General Epistles
Birch. I answer, No. There is not an angel in heaven but feels as he thinks of God that he is all safe. The sweetness of all the notes melt into each other, but now we shall touch each string severally and by itself, and if you have an educated ear you will hear that which will solace your souls. Solemnities shall follow which may well strike a man with awe as he thinks upon them. 3. It is wonderful how God has His relays of providential agents; how when He has done with one, there is always another just ready to take his place.4. Knowledge that the cause is God's.(R. Because it is sinful. GOD'S PEOPLE PASS THROUGH ADVERSITY.II. Birch.I. Fearfulness of spirit casts many slanders upon God. We must not steal from God's Scripture any more than from man's treasury. It is a well-guaranteed promise. He always could help them if He saw it best. "Be not dismayed, for I am thy God." Let us lay aside the thought that we have any power, and remember that from first to last it is all of grace. A VERY COMMON DISEASE OF GOOD MEN — FEAR.1. Joseph in Egypt, or Daniel in Babylon, would have been destroyed by their enemies, and would never have become prime ministers but for the Divine interposition. THE REASONS WHY SOME OF GOD'S PEOPLE HAVE OCCASION AT TIMES TO FEAR AND EVEN TO BE DISMAYED.1. GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE IN THE DAY OF THEIR TROUBLE.IV. Fear coming in by sin, and being sustained by sin, readily finds food upon which it may live. The guide has said, "You are trembling, sir, but the way is safe; I have passed it many a time with many a traveller as weak as you are. I may be in danger and not know it; but my ignorance does not diminish my danger; it rather increases it. Brewin. It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins.2. You are not alone, because God is with you.2. 3. It injures yourself.4. It is no other than "JEHOVAH," "JAH," "I AM." What a person hath in this. THE ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE TEXT.1. They that have God for their God must not be afraid of men. As John Bunyan would say, they need not be afraid of the Slough of Despond, for they carry a slough within their own hearts, and are never out of it, or it is never out of them. Garrett. John, thanks for leading us in prayer and giving. There are some people who are willing and able to help others, and who do help them too, but it is done in a very rough manner.(R. Nor is hero-worship a thing unknown among older people.I. Then there is the great enemy. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." 1. )Fear and dismay -- an antidoteA. Trapp. You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. Birch. Did you ever stand, as a servant of God, alone in the midst of opposition? To her eye common desert bushes burn with His Shechinah. R. Macduff, D. D."Strengthen," "help," "uphold," a trinity of Divine forces, a triple wall of Divine protection. If a gardener is afraid to sow his seed he will have no flowers, or if the farmer is afraid to plough he will have no crop. Brewin.Many good people are full of fears. Ay, and when you can quote a Divine promise, God is engaged in your affairs, because if He do not keep that promise, He is not true. THE PROMISES WHICH GOD GIVES TO PREVENT PEAR AND DISMAY.1. That is not all. Fear coming in by sin, and being sustained by sin, readily finds food upon which it may live.4. 41:8-10 PRECIOUS PROMISES FOR YOUR JOURNEY. Many bodily pains can be borne without affecting the mind, but there are others whose sharp fangs insinuate themselves into the marrow of our nature, boring their way most horribly through the brain and the spirit: for these much grace is wanted2. Crisp, D. D.)Fear conquered.R. But sometimes He sees good reasons for not helping those who are in need.II. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." There is a gladness and a gratitude in connection with such an experience as this which only those who have been afflicted can know. THE WORDS THEMSELVES. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS NEAR TO HELP. It may be asked why does the Christian fear? )The sweet harp of consolationWe sometimes speak very lightly of doubts and fears; but such is not God's estimate of them- Our Heavenly Father evidently considers them to be great evils, extremely mischievous to us, and exceedingly dishonourable to Himself, for He very frequently forbids our fears, and as often affords us the most potent remedies for them. "Fear not" is a frequent utterance of the Divine mouth. Bunyan says of Mr. 9). I have read of those who bathe in those baths of Germany which are much impregnated with iron, that they have felt after bathing as if they were made of iron, and were able in the heat of the sun to cast off the heat as though they were dressed in steel. "I am with thee" is the fervent, soul-cheering argument to support it. "Fear thou not; be not dismayed." Newton, D. D.Two persons are spoken of here: "I" and "thee." The sweetness of all the notes melt into each other, but now we shall touch each string severally and by itself, and if you have an educated ear you will hear that which will solace your souls. "If God be for us, who can be against us?"(J. "I am with thee." "I am with thee in deepest sympathy." Know you what this meaneth? Ever since Adam hid himself in the garden, fear has been characteristic of our attitude towards God. 8).2. All through life I may picture the saints as marching to its music, even as the children of Israel set forward to the notes of the silver trumpets.II. It is a well-guaranteed promise. 20). "I," the person speaking, is our God and Saviour; and "thee," the person spoken to, means everybody who needs His help and seeks it. He knows that many a fellow-soldier has fallen.II. 1. a. Now this implies one step further. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. We begin to need it in many ways as soon as we are born, and we never cease to need it as long as we live.(J. "I," the person speaking, is our God and Saviour; and "thee," the person spoken to, means everybody who needs His help and seeks it. The Gospels
See what liberties we take with God's earth — We get stones wherever we like. There are several exceeding great and precious promises. Fearing, they could lie down and kiss the flowers, because the place is so suitable to their meek and lowly spirit. Men fear they may lose all they have in the world, and they know very well that if they lose their property they usually lose their friends. "Well," said he, "if it were I, Martin Luther, and the Pope of Rome who had to fight it out, I might well despair; but if it be the Pope against Martin Luther and Martin Luther's God, then woe be unto Antichrist." The possession of such courage is to be coveted. 8).4. I know of no encouragement like this text if we properly appreciate it.(A. IT DISCOURAGES OTHERS (Numbers 13:31-33; Numbers 14:1). II. There are the evil tendencies of our own nature not yet extirpated; there are the vicious, the ungodly, the half-hearted men, who act injuriously upon us; and there are the "principalities and powers" of the evil spiritual world. Summary. W. At least he would not do what he knew to be evil, in preference to suffering what might possibly be evil, or what might even prove a blessing. Is it not a solemn thing to stand in the midst of these enemies with that other world coming., and Christ to be the Judge? Wisdom Literature
"I am thy God, I will strengthen thee." The tendency with us all is always to make it our doing. "Fear thou not; be not dismayed." Courage is not blindness to danger. In certain instances the habit of fearing has reached a monstrous growth.6. He knows that many a fellow-soldier has fallen.II. M. Brown, LL. Birch.I. The young officer who was fighting by the side of an old veteran was surprised to find his face blanched with fear. I do not say that our knowledge causes our danger, I only say it produces our fear. Fearing, they could lie down and kiss the flowers, because the place is so suitable to their meek and lowly spirit. Yea, this would be their dread; they would be glad to escape from God if they could. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point
"I am with thee."1. Courage makes heroes, and amongst the ancients, at least, heroes were second in rank to the gods. "I am thy God, I will strengthen thee." C. Ford, M. There is no left-hand work with God; no sinister work; it is all right-hand work with Him. )The sweet harp of consolationWe sometimes speak very lightly of doubts and fears; but such is not God's estimate of them- Our Heavenly Father evidently considers them to be great evils, extremely mischievous to us, and exceedingly dishonourable to Himself, for He very frequently forbids our fears, and as often affords us the most potent remedies for them. He who made you knows all about you. HOW MUCH WE ALL NEED HELP. All scripture quotes, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version.) Friday trembled all over on first meeting Robinson Crusoe; but soon his terror vanished. the drowning of the Egyptian host, and the slaughter of the army of Sennacherib; or, and more often, (2) by imparting courage and strength to overcome them. 2. TRIBULATION STRENGTHENS GOD'S PEOPLE.III. God is selfexistent, eternal, independent, sitting on no precarious throne, nor borrowing leave to be. "Knowledge is the antidote to fear." GOD'S COMMAND AGAINST FEAR. 1. He knows himself: every day he lives he makes discoveries of his character that fill him with shame and sorrow. If you have ever passed through that ordeal, then have you needed the words, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God." R. Macduff, D. D.)A grand staircaseC. Pain lost half its terror, and seemed to expect its dismission, once he stood by the sick.(J. MEDITATE MUCH UPON THE SWEETNESS OF THOSE NOTES.1. Here is the most endearing relationship in the universe! "For I am thy God." Luke-Acts
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