Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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” And you,  son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house ” – Ezekiel 2: 6.

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Those who will do anything to purpose in the service of God, must not fear men. Matthew 10: 28 ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ” Wicked men are as briers and thorns; but they are nigh unto cursing, and their end is to be burned. Psalms 7: 9 ” Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. ” The prophet must be faithful to the souls of those to whom he was sent. All who speak from God to others must obey his voice. 2 Chronicles 24: 19 ” Yet He sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Lord. Though they testified against them, they would not listen. ” The discoveries of sin, and the warnings of wrath, should be matter of lamentation. And those acquainted with the word of God, will clearly perceive it is filled with adversity to unrepentant sinners; and that all the precious promises of the Gospel are for the repenting, believing servants of the Lord.

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Awesome, Gracious, Almighty Father – Jesus, try us again by the courage & zeal we have today, if you are judging us by the fear of yesterday. Help us through your Divine mercy, to see that wavering is misleading and temperament is deceptive. May we learn to exercise, rather enjoy the gift of  the fruit of your Spirit. Amen!

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