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God Routs Fear

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel. (Numbers 23:23) How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the Lord. Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse....

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Mouth Confession; Heart Belief

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9) There must be confession with the mouth. Have I made it? ...

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Blessing after Tears

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6 To a great extent we find that we must sow in tears before we can reap in joy....

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A Wonderful Guarantee

I will strengthen thee. (Isaiah 41:10) When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought and less than we need. ...

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He Will Carry Us Home

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4) The year is very old, and here is a promise for our aged friends; yes, and for us all, as age creeps over us. ...

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Immediately Present

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. ...

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World Concord

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4) Oh, that these happy times were come! ...

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Following Leads to Honor

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. (John 12:26) The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ's servant I must be His follower. ...

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Divine Expulsion

Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. (Joshua 17:18) It is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go....

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Pardon and Forgiveness

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. (Psalm 103:9) He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are....

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