How did the matter end? Socrates was condemned to drink the hemlock cup because he taught the youth of Athens noble truths about God, which were esteemed by the authorities as heresy. He explained to them that he knew it was a dangerous thing to tell a lie; but that it might even be a blessing to die. If He says, "Fear not," He means it. This is also the virtue which children most admire. I answer, No. It is a strange land, and hostile too, for there is much in it that opposes them. Life is full of frightening situations. The gift of Him is as cheap as it is rich. Who is sufficient for all these things? It is more than the Father looks for under the present mode of our existence. It may be seen on the battlefield, and in the quiet endurance of difficulties in the home. The Christian, however, is awake.1. Trapp. )Fear and its antidote — To whom are these words spoken? "(Life of R. W. "I will help thee." There may be affliction and pain coming to you.V. IT PREVENTS US FROM DOING OUR DUTY. It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins.2. Isaiah 41:10-14: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. There are several exceeding great and precious promises. Note the tense of it — not "I was," not "I shall be," but "I am." There are several exceeding great and precious promises. He never looks the creature should bring anything that he might procure it.5. In your trade you may have to pass through much tribulation.3. )The best HelperR. "I am afraid," was the reply; "and if you were half as afraid as I am you would run." Now this implies one step further. M. Brown, LL. "I will strengthen thee." 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? "I go as alone," wrote General Gordon, as he started from Cairo to Khartoum, "with an infinite almighty God to direct and guide me, and I am so called to trust in Him, as to fear nothing, and, indeed, to feel sure of success. Is it not a solemn life when we think of all its responsibilities, if we are not found looking to the true source and finding the true power?II. Pity for the oppressed.2. Isaiah 41:10-14 . Luther rejoiced greatly whenever he felt that he had brought God into his quarrel. They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. He knows that many a fellow-soldier has fallen.II. 3. A. Davies, B. D.It was said of Simpson, the discoverer of chloroform, that his presence in a sick-room half cured his patients. Courage makes heroes, and amongst the ancients, at least, heroes were second in rank to the gods. Newton, D. D.Two persons are spoken of here: "I" and "thee." Dale. D.)God's all-sufficiency a reason for fearlessnessJ. Never mind, I must go over hedge and ditch to call the sinner to Jesus.(W. One of the finest things that one finds after affliction is when the strength is returning and weakness is departing. Cast away? 1. 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. C. Ford, M. We are tired; we are overloaded, and there is one Traveller by our side who can help us.5. Still less is it likely that sinful creatures should be fearless. How it is so well with those that are the Lord's. 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. The possession of such courage is to be coveted. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." 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. THE CHRISTIAN'S ENCOURAGEMENT.1. He shivers as he passes under overhanging cliffs, or glides down shelving precipices, or climbs the slippery steeps of glaciers, but if his guide has linked himself with him he is reassured. What will be the end? God is in the quarrel of the man who attacks error; God is in the quarrel of the man who is trying to do good, to reclaim his fellow-creatures from sin, and to establish the kingdom of Christ. "I am" — what? If fear finds food within, it also readily finds food without. How is it to be gained? (Homiletic Review. This is a very natural, and in some respects a very proper fear. Temporal calamity often visits the people of God.5. In each case, their resources were inadequate. When all the currents of providence run counter to us.4. He always could help them if He saw it best. Courage is a true estimate of dangers. Knowledge that the cause is God's.(R. How did the matter end? It may be seen on the battlefield, and in the quiet endurance of difficulties in the home. Fear is ruinous to our work. Nor is hero-worship a thing unknown among older people.I. There is a gladness and a gratitude in connection with such an experience as this which only those who have been afflicted can know. W. "I am with thee." Truth is omnipotent, and shall rule the eternal years.III. "I am thy God, I will strengthen thee." "I will strengthen thee."4. GOD'S COMMAND AGAINST FEAR. "I will strengthen thee." 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. God will renew not merely such strength as is natural to us, but a surplusage of strength for special service. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Do not imagine for a moment that it is your wants that bring to you this succour. And we get gold wherever we like, and we get iron wherever we like, and we get coal wherever we can. and where wilt thou leave thy glory?" If one have fear, he loses both courage and hope; and in this state no valuable work can be done. (3) It is the word of One whose compassion is well proved. Is it not a solemn life when we think of all its responsibilities, if we are not found looking to the true source and finding the true power?II. And if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, it will break out of your midnight, and up from your deepest valley too, that voice of the Father, the All-in-all.I. It is not my word, but God’s Word to you and to me. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Though I have spoken of my text as a harp yielding rarest music, yet IT NEEDS THAT THE EAR BE TUNED BEFORE ITS MUSIC CAN BE APPRECIATED. Spurgeon. Still less is it likely that sinful creatures should be fearless. "Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass?"6. The Gospel is stronger than the strongest battalions. You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. His knowledge would produce fear, but might lead to safety. There is something sadly weak about this state of experience, though there is also much to admire: these are they whom the Master carries in His bosom, and doth gently lead. God was a kind of background to everything — hardly discerned, but there; this was all. If a boy is afraid it is of no use to try for the prize, he will not get it. )The Christian's fears and the Christian's encouragementC. Pulsford.God can be God and fearless, but we can scarcely be creatures and fearless. "I will strengthen thee." 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. The path which their are treading was never trod by them before. The soldiers of the first French Revolution Were destitute of fear, and by nothing dismayed; hence, all the armies of Europe prevailed not against them, until, in the terms of Carlyle, they had provoked all men, and the Gaelic fire had kindled another kind of fire — the Teutonic kind.II. 2. Some of us know what it is to hear this voice of God in the midst of unusual responsibilities, heavy labours, and great enterprises.5. "Now," says he, "both of us or neither. The quintessence of all virtues is in Him. We are quite safe in God's hands, and fear is really unbelief. His knowledge would produce fear, but might lead to safety. "Now," said the father, "I knew he could not do it, but as he wanted to be doing something, to please him and to do him good by encouraging his industry, I told him he might take a book and carry it up." in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. W. Teal.I. To God's chosen ones (ver. "I will strengthen thee." What will be the end? Some fear that friendly succour will fail. )God a backgroundLife of R. W. Dale.Dr. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. (3)In regard of the sovereignty, universality, and variety of help in it.3. That he is surrounded by enemies.3. Still less is it likely that sinful creatures should be fearless. "Fear not" is a frequent utterance of the Divine mouth. I know of no encouragement like this text if we properly appreciate it.(A. In certain instances the habit of fearing has reached a monstrous growth.6. One of the finest things that one finds after affliction is when the strength is returning and weakness is departing. what motive can be found sufficient to inspire one to such acts of bravery?1. I do not say that our knowledge causes our danger, I only say it produces our fear. AN INVITATION TO SINNERS. To these every honey-dropping word of this text belongs.I. Fear: Going The Wrong Way? We come to you, harp in hand, and pray you DISTINCTLY TO HEAR ITS NOTES. ( C. H. Do not imagine for a moment that it is your wants that bring to you this succour. "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." See what liberties we take with God's earth — We get stones wherever we like. There may be affliction and pain coming to you. Thus have I mentioned a few of the occasions in which this harp sounds most sweetly. 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. "I am with thee" is the fervent, soul-cheering argument to support it. The Context. "I am with thee."1. THE PROMISES WHICH GOD GIVES TO PREVENT PEAR AND DISMAY.1. 10, 13). And then all that is with it and all that it introduces is righteousness. )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. 1. "I will strengthen thee."4. Trapp.I will, I will, I will. 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. "I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. The possession of such courage is to be coveted. Pulsford. TRIBULATION STRENGTHENS GOD'S PEOPLE.III. WE SHALL NOTE THE TIMES WHEN ITS SWEET STRAINS ARE MOST NEEDED. Trapp. THE COMMAND.1. They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. To these every honey-dropping word of this text belongs.I. Log In/Sign Up. There are three particulars whereby specially you may observe what great treasure people have in having God. who has become the Friend of His people. John, thanks for leading us in prayer and giving. Israel in captivity, hoping for return from exile, but fearing lest its enemies should prevail and the desire of its heart be defeated, might well delight in such reassuring words as these. "If God be for us, who can be against us?"(J. There are several exceeding great and precious promises. "(Life of R. W. Dale. It is a well-guaranteed promise. Because it is sinful. If, now, you read from verse 10, you will see who it is that promises help. The soldiers of the first French Revolution Were destitute of fear, and by nothing dismayed; hence, all the armies of Europe prevailed not against them, until, in the terms of Carlyle, they had provoked all men, and the Gaelic fire had kindled another kind of fire — the Teutonic kind.II. Some of us know what it is to hear this voice of God in the midst of unusual responsibilities, heavy labours, and great enterprises.5. In the old days of the post horses, there were always relays of swift horses ready to carry onward the king's mails. Store; Bibles; Deals; More ; Take a Tour. We come to you, harp in hand, and pray you DISTINCTLY TO HEAR ITS NOTES. 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. They were on a sinking ship in a storm. MOTIVES FOR COURAGE. 3. "(Sunday School Chronicle. You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. 9).3. "I am with thee."1. MOTIVES FOR COURAGE. Faith recognises the reality of an eternal choice, that God has entered into a covenant which cannot be dissolved, and that His love and fidelity are bound to finish the work He has commenced. 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. Wisdom Literature The lie was the greater danger.III. The lie was the greater danger. What is courage?1. Why, the father had to go to the rescue, and carry both the great book and the little man. Your goods may go, but your God will not.3. "I am thy God: I will strengthen thee," etc. In certain instances the habit of fearing has reached a monstrous growth.6. "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. 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." THE NATURE OF COURAGE. Now this implies one step further. And let us not leave our nest and then fret that our rest is gone, but abide encircled by the everlasting strength.(J. His knowledge of you is even more exact than is the watchmaker's knowledge of the delicate machinery which he takes apart and puts together again.II. Have you heard the clamour of many, some saying this thing, and some the other — some saying, "He is a good man," but others saying, "Nay, but he decieveth the people"? It dishonours God.II. )Fear and its antidote — To whom are these words spoken? Spurgeon. "I am afraid," was the reply; "and if you were half as afraid as I am you would run." He well knows how, if He do not interpose openly, to deliver us in trouble, to infuse strength into our sinking hearts. God is always near when people are in trouble. He who made you knows all about you. It may be seen on the battlefield, and in the quiet endurance of difficulties in the home. Fear puts a man beside his wits, that while he is in such a .passion, he is to seek for common ways of safety; so that, whereas men think that fear will help them to avoid danger, commonly, in amazement, you shall have people stand still, not able to stir to save themselves. 8).4. 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. In its depravity, in its ungodliness, the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other.2. So with the sinner; he enters upon this year amidst smiles and songs, and little dreams that ere the next year comes he will be in eternity. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. That is to say, if the believer should fail, God himself would be dishonoured. A VERY COMMON DISEASE OF GOOD MEN — FEAR. Did you ever stand, as a servant of God, alone in the midst of opposition? "I am with thee." 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. "(Life of R. W. That precept is absolute and unqualified; we are not to fear at all Why?1. The young officer who was fighting by the side of an old veteran was surprised to find his face blanched with fear. He explained to them that he knew it was a dangerous thing to tell a lie; but that it might even be a blessing to die. God will renew not merely such strength as is natural to us, but a surplusage of strength for special service. Truth is omnipotent, and shall rule the eternal years. God is our God. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. 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." Truth is omnipotent, and shall rule the eternal years.III. "Be not dismayed." Trapp. Your fellow-men may ridicule you because you have become religious.2. CONSIDER THE USE THE CHILDREN SHOULD MAKE OF THIS SUFFICIENCY OF THEIR FATHER. What is courage?1. Brewin.Many good people are full of fears. There is the assurance of God's presence.2. )Security in God's companyJ. THE CHRISTIAN'S ENCOURAGEMENT.1. The possession of such courage is to be coveted. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS KIND IN HELPING. To those whom God has called (ver. The comfort of my text excels all other comfort under heaven.2. Fearing, they could lie down and kiss the flowers, because the place is so suitable to their meek and lowly spirit. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point God can, if He wills it, put Samson's strength into an infant's arm.4. Oh, the certainty of the promise!(J. (Homiletic Review. That he is surrounded by enemies.3. It is no other than "JEHOVAH," "JAH," "I AM." 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." See Captain Williams in the Atlantic. A promise is nothing to me unless I have good security that it will be kept. This disease came into man's heart with sin (Genesis 3:8).2. Socrates was condemned to drink the hemlock cup because he taught the youth of Athens noble truths about God, which were esteemed by the authorities as heresy. Spurgeon. "(Sunday School Chronicle. (1)In regard of the quality of the treasure. What is courage?1. )General Gordon's faithSunday School Chronicle. I know of no encouragement like this text if we properly appreciate it.(A. Scripture Formatting × Scripture Formatting. 1. It is with us as it is with the timid traveller in the Alps, who is attended by a faithful guide. They are not our stones. Crisp, D. D.)Fear conquered.R. 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? "I am thy God," is as much as to say, Thou hast a propriety in Me. God promised Moses that His presence should go with him; and without that, said Moses, send me not up.2. The presence of a friend or of a parent in the time of trouble is, in itself and independently of any expectation of help, a reassuring thought. I know of no encouragement like this text if we properly appreciate it. 1. Have you heard the clamour of many, some saying this thing, and some the other — some saying, "He is a good man," but others saying, "Nay, but he decieveth the people"? But there is yet a deeper depth. What does it mean?1. We shall both get safely home or neither."3. )God a backgroundLife of R. W. Dale.Dr. Although initially directed to faithful Jews in Babylonian exile, Jehovah God had the words of Isaiah 41:10 preserved for the comfort of all his worshippers. There may be affliction and pain coming to you.V. If God be for us in mission work, who can be against us?2. It is with us as it is with the timid traveller in the Alps, who is attended by a faithful guide. 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? "I am" — what? The soldiers of the first French Revolution Were destitute of fear, and by nothing dismayed; hence, all the armies of Europe prevailed not against them, until, in the terms of Carlyle, they had provoked all men, and the Gaelic fire had kindled another kind of fire — the Teutonic kind.II. Fear coming in by sin, and being sustained by sin, readily finds food upon which it may live.4. Courage is a true estimate of dangers. Garrett. Conclusion — "To whom wilt thou flee for help? Then His support is effectual. We must not steal from God's Scripture any more than from man's treasury. I do not say that our knowledge causes our danger, I only say it produces our fear. THE CHRISTIAN'S FEARS. Store; Bibles; Deals; More; Take a Tour. ITS ENCOURAGEMENT.1. You may have felt much fear about making a profession of your faith.4. "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God." It weakens the believer's influence and so causes mischief to others.III. THE PROMISES WHICH GOD GIVES TO PREVENT PEAR AND DISMAY.1. It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins.2. Courage makes heroes, and amongst the ancients, at least, heroes were second in rank to the gods. C. Ford, M. )Helpful presenceJ. ITS GROUND.1. He will hold us up by His right hand. 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. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS NEAR TO HELP. Fearing, they could lie down and kiss the flowers, because the place is so suitable to their meek and lowly spirit. Let us lay aside the thought that we have any power, and remember that from first to last it is all of grace. 2. Some fear that friendly succour will fail. 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. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." We shall want this word of comfort most of all when we go down the shelving banks of the black river.7. God is with us in secret sustaining power. Now divide the words, and view them separately. 2. Why, the father had to go to the rescue, and carry both the great book and the little man. If He favour and command it, how can it ever cease? "Courage is equality to the problem before us." 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. It may be seen in maintaining unpopular opinions amid difficult or dangerous circumstances, or in meeting death with unblanched cheek. Wisdom Literature So, when the Lord gives us a work to do, we are glad to do it, but our strength is not equal to the work, and then we sit down and cry, and it comes to this, that our blessed Father carries the work and carries the little man too, and then it is all done and done gloriously. b. I often try even though He said I couldn't. Garrett.I. See what liberties we take with God's earth — We get stones wherever we like. He is asleep in his cabin; maybe dreaming of wife, and home, and joys to come. II. You get in an accident and you're to blame. )God's helpA minister was one day bringing his books upstairs into another room, for he was going to have his study on the first floor, instead of downstairs, and his little boy wanted to help father carry some of the books. You are not alone, because God is with you.2. They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. A VERY COMMON DISEASE OF GOOD MEN — FEAR.1. If truth and righteousness he eternal, how bold and hopeful ought the missionary to be! "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. And let us not leave our nest and then fret that our rest is gone, but abide encircled by the everlasting strength.(J. Trapp. It is Jehovah that speaks, who created the universe and governs it still. My text is such a harp.I. 4. But when the fearful thing is coming down, or when the children see it looming in the distance and are frightened, and they catch the Father's countenance, and see that He is not frightened, it wonderfully reassures the poor children to see a fearlessness on the Father's face. Do not imagine for a moment that it is your wants that bring to you this succour. He is asleep in his cabin; maybe dreaming of wife, and home, and joys to come. The possession of such courage is to be coveted. 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. "I will help thee." 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. When the trouble comes in another shape, namely, in our relative sorrows, borne personally by those dear to us.3. He who made you knows all about you. If God be for us in mission work, who can be against us?2. "I am" — what? Poverty, sickness, etc.5. Did you never feel the delight of saying, "The best of all is, God is with us; and, in the name of God, instead of folding up the standard, we will set up our banners." If, now, you read from verse 10, you will see who it is that promises help. Away then with fear for ever.(R. 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. Poetical Books "I," the person speaking, is our God and Saviour; and "thee," the person spoken to, means everybody who needs His help and seeks it. 1. 2. Many a child of God is afflicted with a fear that he shall one day, in some unguarded moment, bring dishonour upon the Cross of Christ. Talk about destitution, there are none so destitute as those who have no God.(C. What a precious verse for us to consider. It is no other than "JEHOVAH," "JAH," "I AM." "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God." Many a man fears because he is afraid of loneliness. To God's chosen ones (ver. 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.