The Power of God Overcomes Fear

When we realize what God is, and the power He expresses, we are unafraid. And as we overcome fear, we see the nature of God and His power more clearly. But God does not wait for us to stop being afraid. His power is ever operating to show us all we need to know to be unafraid. The name of this power is the Christ.

The writer of the ninety-first Psalm, through his communing with God, evidently became conscious of the truth that with God there is nothing to fear. The psalm itself is a Christly statement. It conveys to mankind, in a way that is higher than words, the true idea of God. This psalm tells us of four things that cover the entire range of evil. See Ps. 91:5, 6; And it says we are not to fear them. It assures us that if we love God, He cares for us and we shall not fear anything that might occur outside of our knowledge of its occurrence. Even while we are asleep or while we are thinking of other things, nothing can happen that can possibly harm us because, the psalm implies, God is All and governs all. It says poetically: "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night."

As we turn to God and trust Him, we need not be afraid of any direct attack upon our well-being, our health, or any activity we are engaged in that has as its purpose the expression of the qualities of God. The symptoms of disease, the enticements of sin, the threat of death, cannot overwhelm us or impress us. "Thou shalt not be afraid for ... the arrow that flieth by day."

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Christian Science Is Not Do-It-Yourself-ism
October 19, 1974

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