Trapp. The Manx people have for their motto three legs, so that whichever way you throw them they are sure to stand; but as for the saints, it is impossible for them to be thrown down by misfortune, or even by the infernal powers. Martin Luther used to say, that to comfort a desponding spirit is as difficult as to raise the dead; but, then, we have a God who both raises the dead from their graves and His people from their despair. )I will help theeGod's "I willsJ. It is no other than "JEHOVAH," "JAH," "I AM." That is to say, if the believer should fail, God himself would be dishonoured. This great verse in Isaiah reminds us to "Fear Not!" "(Sunday School Chronicle. I was too weak, however, to be much moved by it — too weak to find much direct consolation in the eternal springs of strength and joy. Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorites and over the years our precious heavenly Father has often guided my heart to it. The Gospels
We are quite safe in God's hands, and fear is really unbelief. "(Life of R. W. Teal. We have been laying a foundation about unhealthy fear. 3. (Homiletic Review. Who is sufficient for all these things? )Missionary encouragementHomiletic Review.The missionary could not take with him a higher word of manifold comfort than is here contained.I. If the work on which we have set our hearts is God's work, He will send to our aid all the succour we need.5. Cookie Notice:
It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins.2. To God's chosen ones (ver. He "always causeth us to triumph.". "(Life of R. W. "I am thy God, I will strengthen thee." We are tired; we are overloaded, and there is one Traveller by our side who can help us.5. A. Davies, B. D.)A trinity of Divine forcesJ. W. Teal.I. It is not every man that understands the delights of harmony, even in ordinary music. Dale. TRIBULATION STRENGTHENS GOD'S PEOPLE. The Lord is with us in community of interests. You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. ( C. H. 2. "I am" — what? He could not manage to carry his big book any farther; he was disappointed and unhappy. Faith is conscious that God is there, and that His presence is the complement of every need. WHAT THE FRUIT OF FEAR IS; or what prejudice or disadvantage fear and dismayedness bring along with them. A. The young man being reckless of danger himself, asked with considerable surprise, "You are not afraid, are you?" THE PERSONS TO WHOM SPOKEN. The downcast ones who are in the depths and ready to perish, ready to faint by the way, in that condition hear a voice; and what does it say to them? The young man being reckless of danger himself, asked with considerable surprise, "You are not afraid, are you?" Fear throws a paralysis over the senses and faculties of man, so that flight and safety are more thought of than holding one's ground, or making headway against the enemy.2. He never looks the creature should bring anything that he might procure it.5. If their mothers did not bear them with sorrow, like Jabez, they commenced very early on their own account to accumulate a heritage of woe. Let us enter our home — enter and be comforted, as all helpless things are, to find their source of supply so near. To these every honey-dropping word of this text belongs.I. So there are tens of thousands of men who know nothing at all of what it is to have God with them. )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. The Gospels
They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. If, now, you read from verse 10, you will see who it is that promises help. The Lord is with us in community of interests. "I will strengthen thee."4. 4. What is courage?1. Fear sometimes arises from a sense of personal weakness. HOW MUCH WE ALL NEED HELP. Who then can lay us low? "I will help thee." ( C. H. IT IS WRONG TO FEAR. "I am with thee in deepest sympathy." 2. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. Luther rejoiced greatly whenever he felt that he had brought God into his quarrel. 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. Sometimes the spirit of dismay comes over us. He knows that he is on trial for eternity.2. He may not always be willing to help us just at the time, or in the way we desire, — that may not be best; but in His own time and way He is always willing to help.IV. He preferred death, when the executioner brought in the poison cup, the friends who were gathered round him wept, and Socrates alone was calm. Saul was subject to fits of deep despondency, but when David, the skilful harper, laid his hand among the obedient strings, the evil spirit departed, overcome by the subduing power of melody. THE CHRISTIAN'S FEARS. You get in an accident and you're to blame. Our own nature is our enemy. Birch.I. Teal. Poverty, sickness, etc. I know of no encouragement like this text if we properly appreciate it.(A. Conclusion — "To whom wilt thou flee for help? Pity for the oppressed.2. Temporal calamity often visits the people of God.5. )Security in God's companyJ. C. Ford, M. A.There is no virtue more highly and widely esteemed than courage, and no vice more generally detested than cowardice. Then there are these things that surround us, and those people who constitute the world around. Fear throws a paralysis over the senses and faculties of man, so that flight and safety are more thought of than holding one's ground, or making headway against the enemy.2. If he were awake, there would be agony in his face instead of a smile; but there would be a chance of escape. Brewin. Literally to His ancient people. We are afraid because the dangers seem so great, or the work so hard, and ourselves so weal But we forget who is for us — more than all that can be against us.1. I answer, No. The next string of the harp gives this sound, "I am with thee in providential aid." If God be for us in mission work, who can be against us? Why, the father had to go to the rescue, and carry both the great book and the little man. They are those whom He has not rejected from His service, in spite of the imperfections of which they are penitently conscious (ver. M. Brown, LL. Know you what this meaneth? Truth is omnipotent, and shall rule the eternal years. We are afraid because the dangers seem so great, or the work so hard, and ourselves so weal But we forget who is for us — more than all that can be against us.1. The strength of the forces which are against us. So there are tens of thousands of men who know nothing at all of what it is to have God with them. I hope the day will come when, even without thought or intention, we shall, from the new nature of our being, take up God as easily as the blade of grass takes up atmosphere and light. A. The weight of the burden of responsibility laid upon us. The possession of such courage is to be coveted. "Be not dismayed." You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. When all the currents of providence run counter to us.4. "If God be for us, who can be against us?"(J. The Manx people have for their motto three legs, so that whichever way you throw them they are sure to stand; but as for the saints, it is impossible for them to be thrown down by misfortune, or even by the infernal powers. Cast away? 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. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." And let us not leave our nest and then fret that our rest is gone, but abide encircled by the everlasting strength.(J. 2. Occasions when comfort is needed are many; for some there be, who, like the willow, will only flourish in a soil which is always wet with consolation. Garrett.I. The next string of the harp gives this sound, "I am with thee in providential aid." We are afraid because the dangers seem so great, or the work so hard, and ourselves so weal But we forget who is for us — more than all that can be against us.1. What will be the end? He could not manage to carry his big book any farther; he was disappointed and unhappy. Do you say, "If this be so, then ignorance is bliss"? One of the finest things that one finds after affliction is when the strength is returning and weakness is departing. Away then with fear for ever.(R. Fear coming in by sin, and being sustained by sin, readily finds food upon which it may live.4. We shall stand, for God upholds us. "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 young man being reckless of danger himself, asked with considerable surprise, "You are not afraid, are you?" Then His support is effectual. It was as though an unseen bodyguard encompassed him, and his enemies despaired of attaining their end. "I am with thee." We must not steal from God's Scripture any more than from man's treasury. "Be not dismayed, for I am thy God." Dale of Birmingham, towards the close of his life, made the following entry in his diary: "Of course, when Sir Andrew Clark was sent for, and — and — came, I understood that my position was regarded as critical. What does the prophet tell us in regard to our covenant-keeping God? Courage is not blindness to danger. That he is surrounded by enemies.3. They are God's servants, doing His will (ver. God makes Himself known passively to be the God of His people, by the word of His grace, and faith laying hold upon it revealed, and more subordinately in prayer, fasting, receiving of the Lord's supper, and such ordinances, so far as they are mixed with faith.(T. 4. That is to say, if the believer should fail, God himself would be dishonoured. Happy indeed are they who bathe in the bath of such a promise as this, "I am with thee!"5. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. The greatest courage often goes along with the keenest sense of danger. "I am" — what? His knowledge would produce fear, but might lead to safety. Trapp.I will, I will, I will. "Ay," said Her Majesty, "gin the buckle baud" They landed safely, and to make security double sure in the future, two additional buckles were sewed on to the belt. All scripture quotes, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version.) 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. Luther rejoiced greatly whenever he felt that he had brought God into his quarrel. The words of our text come to those who are faithful.I. My text is such a harp.I. See Captain Williams in the Atlantic. "Fear not" is a frequent utterance of the Divine mouth. Your fellow-men may ridicule you because you have become religious.2. Many a man fears because he is afraid of loneliness. Yea, this would be their dread; they would be glad to escape from God if they could. 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. While you have all things else but this, you have the rays of the sun; while you have this, you have the sun itself in its brightness and lustre. God helps his people. "I am with thee," poor, feeble thing as thou art.IV. The downcast ones who are in the depths and ready to perish, ready to faint by the way, in that condition hear a voice; and what does it say to them? He will hold us up by His right hand. New International Version (NIV) Bible Book List. In your trade you may have to pass through much tribulation. It is Jehovah that speaks, who created the universe and governs it still.3. He knows that many a fellow-soldier has fallen.II. "Courage is equality to the problem before us." Fearing, they could lie down and kiss the flowers, because the place is so suitable to their meek and lowly spirit. "I will strengthen thee."4. It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins. --------------------
(Homiletic Review. 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. His constant acknowledgment is, "By the grace of God I am what I am."4. Garrett.I. "Fear not, thou." There may be affliction and pain coming to you.V. W. Now this implies one step further. 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. THE NATURE OF COURAGE. Two of our Lord's disciples once displayed the courage of ignorance. Why, faith can look forward to it without a single tremor; she fears not, for she hears the voice of the everlasting God saying to her, "I am with thee." What about that future? It implies that you and I have a burden, and as we are going through the world we are carrying it; but the burden is too heavy for us. "For I am thy God." "Knowledge is the antidote to fear." GOD'S MOTIVES, by which He attempts to prevail over the spirits of His people, not to be afraid or dismayed, come what can or may. Spurgeon. and where wilt thou leave thy glory?" There is a way by which the Lord can be with His people, which is best of all, namely, by sensible manifestations of His presence, imparting joy and peace which surpass all understanding.III. There is a gladness and a gratitude in connection with such an experience as this which only those who have been afflicted can know. He knows nothing of the rocks ahead on which, in a few moments, the vessel may dash, and where many a precious life will soon be gone for ever. W. Clarkson . Conclusion — "To whom wilt thou flee for help? )Never despairW. This disease came into man's heart with sin (Genesis 3:8).2. We must not steal from God's Scripture any more than from man's treasury. They -were unconscious of the greatness of the task to which they were willing to pledge themselves. )Missionary encouragementHomiletic Review.The missionary could not take with him a higher word of manifold comfort than is here contained.I. Crisp, D. D.)Fear conquered.R. We are afraid because the dangers seem so great, or the work so hard, and ourselves so weal But we forget who is for us — more than all that can be against us.1. Martin Luther used to say, that to comfort a desponding spirit is as difficult as to raise the dead; but, then, we have a God who both raises the dead from their graves and His people from their despair. "I am with thee," poor, feeble thing as thou art.IV. CONSIDER THE USE THE CHILDREN SHOULD MAKE OF THIS SUFFICIENCY OF THEIR FATHER. Fear is ruinous to our work.III. Consciousness of companionship.3. The Manx people have for their motto three legs, so that whichever way you throw them they are sure to stand; but as for the saints, it is impossible for them to be thrown down by misfortune, or even by the infernal powers. Let us lay aside the thought that we have any power, and remember that from first to last it is all of grace. There is no left-hand work with God; no sinister work; it is all right-hand work with Him. He might have won his life by a recantation, or an apology to his judges. "God is with me," he said; "and with Him on my side I fear my enemies as little as the crag fears the ocean's foam. Heaven is full of "Fear nots." See what liberties we take with God's earth — We get stones wherever we like. When Christ asked them if they were able to drink of the cup which He should drink, and be baptized with His baptism, they readily replied that they were able. A. 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