R. Macduff, D. D.)A grand staircaseC. R. Macduff, D. D.)A grand staircaseC. When all the currents of providence run counter to us. What a possession God is! Solemnities shall follow which may well strike a man with awe as he thinks upon them. 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. Your fellow-men may ridicule you because you have become religious.2. M. Brown, LL. "I," the person speaking, is our God and Saviour; and "thee," the person spoken to, means everybody who needs His help and seeks it. Isaiah 41:10-13 Bible / Bible Versions / NIV / Isaiah / Isaiah 41 / Isaiah 41:10-13; Previous Book Previous Chapter ... Scripture Formatting. "Be not dismayed, for I am thy God." They are plants which flourish best in shady places, among the damps of sorrow. But to reassure you and make you feel how safe you are, see here!" They cannot do God's people any hurt. 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. It is Jehovah that speaks, who created the universe and governs it still. ITS GROUND.1. Denomination: Church Of God. It almost always results from unbelief, the sin of sins.2. If he were to awake there would be deep anxiety, but that anxiety might end in life and heaven. II. Spurgeon. III. Did you ever stand, as a servant of God, alone in the midst of opposition? Some of us know what it is to hear this voice of God in the midst of unusual responsibilities, heavy labours, and great enterprises. Garrett.When the late Dr. William Anderson lay dying, his friend, Mr. Logan, read this passage to him, and the noble old man at once seized it, and looking at his friend, said with great emphasis, "What a grand staircase that is up which to go to God!"(C. To these every honey-dropping word of this text belongs.I. "I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. "I am with thee." If He says, "Fear not," He means it. The comfort of my text excels all other comfort under heaven.2. Luke-Acts Pain lost half its terror, and seemed to expect its dismission, once he stood by the sick.(J. The next string of the harp gives this sound, "I am with thee in providential aid." So there are tens of thousands of men who know nothing at all of what it is to have God with them. It is more than the Father looks for under the present mode of our existence. It was as though an unseen bodyguard encompassed him, and his enemies despaired of attaining their end. The New Testament -------------------- "I am with thee" is the fervent, soul-cheering argument to support it. THE REASONS WHY SOME OF GOD'S PEOPLE HAVE OCCASION AT TIMES TO FEAR AND EVEN TO BE DISMAYED.1. and where wilt thou leave thy glory?" In your trade you may have to pass through much tribulation.3. 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. 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." 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." "Fear thou not; for I am with thee." We shall want this word of comfort most of all when we go down the shelving banks of the black river.7. 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. )Helpful presenceJ. The next string of the harp gives this sound, "I am with thee in providential aid." 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. Trapp.If Caesar could say to the fearful ferryman, in a terrible storm, "Be of good cheer; thou carriest Caesar, and therefore canst not miscarry," how much more may he presume to be safe that hath God in his company! 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." God is with us in secret sustaining power. Here is the most endearing relationship in the universe! This is also the virtue which children most admire. To these every honey-dropping word of this text belongs.I. It is not every man that understands the delights of harmony, even in ordinary music. IT DISCOURAGES OTHERS (Numbers 13:31-33; Numbers 14:1). 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. It weakens the believer's influence and so causes mischief to others.III. Pain lost half its terror, and seemed to expect its dismission, once he stood by the sick.(J. Poverty, sickness, etc.5. 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. "(Life of R. W. Deus vult, said Peter the Hermit, and for two centuries the Crusades flamed on high. 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. God is our God. Heaven is full of "Fear nots." The meaning of the word is that GOD IS OUR ALL-SUFFICIENCY, and not dis-related, but related to us.II. They delight most to dwell in the Valley of Humiliation; and when they are journeying through that peaceful vale, like Mr. If a boy is afraid it is of no use to try for the prize, he will not get it. 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. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Isaiah 41:10 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. 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. Temporal calamity often visits the people of God.5. 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. ( C. H. 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. The words of our text come to those who are faithful.I. "Fear not" is a frequent utterance of the Divine mouth. Poetical Books 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. 2. ( C. H. 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. 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. You say this invitation is not in the text. Even the strongest of God's servants are sometimes the subjects of fear (1 Kings 19:4).II. Fear kept the Israelites out of the promised land.IV. The right hand is an emblem of power — here, of omnipotent power — so that the work of righteousness which you do shall never cease. 1. 8).4. We shall both get safely home or neither."3. Fear can be very destructive and cause much damage to individuals. "Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." You say this invitation is not in the text. M. Brown, LL. "For I am thy God." "Now," says he, "both of us or neither. Trapp. 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. a. 1. WE SHALL NOTE THE TIMES WHEN ITS SWEET STRAINS ARE MOST NEEDED. A. Davies, B. D.)A trinity of Divine forcesJ. You say this invitation is not in the text. "Yea, I will help thee." Poverty, sickness, etc. I will strengthen you. We are tired; we are overloaded, and there is one Traveller by our side who can help us.5. God, in giving Himself unto persons, gives Himself to be communicated unto them at sundry seasons, and in divers kinds and measures, and yet so that He will be the judge of the fitness of the time. We have yesterday, to-day, and for ever, the same great "I am." TRIBULATION STRENGTHENS GOD'S PEOPLE.III. Birch. Spurgeon. Oh, the certainty of the promise!(J. There is a gladness and a gratitude in connection with such an experience as this which only those who have been afflicted can know. BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP.III. 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. It dishonours God.II. 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. FOR I AM WITH THEE This is the reason why we should not be afraid. 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