"Be not Afraid."

Jesus has one message for us that should always ring in our ears, and that message is, "Be not afraid." When we, like the disciples, seem to find ourselves in the troubled waters of mortal mind, and foolish fears take possession of us, Christ walks over the wave and in a voice full of love exclaims, "Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid." This has ever been the voice of God to His children. The Psalmist said, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Here should we take our stand. Is not God infinite Love and is He not all-powerful? We have only to be still, only to "wait on the Lord," and His power will strengthen and restore.

Fear belongs not to the children of God; it is the offspring of mortal mind; it is of dreamland, and without substance or reality. It was Adam who, in the presence of God, exclaimed, "I heard thy voice . . . and I was afraid." A true child of God, in the presence of his heavenly Father, hears the blessed message, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

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