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HOW TO GET RID OF FEAR.

HOW TO GET RID OF FEAR.

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By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

Luke xii. 1-40.
By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D

Luke xii. 1-40.

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HOW TO GET RID OF FEAR.By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D
Luke xii. 1-40.I DO not mean the kind of fear suggested by thePsalmist where he saj^s, " The fear of the Lord isthe beginning of wisdom ;" that sort of filial fear israther a mingling of reverence and love than fearin the modern sense of the word. I mean ratherthe fear which John has in his mind when he says,"Fear hath torment." All sorts of fear which hasthe power to torment us are unnecessary to us ina normal healthy and right condition. There issomething wrong with us physically, mentally, ormorally when we are tormented with fear.I think we may find the secret of how to get ridof our fear of this kind in John's other declaration,"Perfect love casteth out fear." As I understandit, tormenting fear is always born of a sense of insecurity of some kind. If we do not trust ourfriends, we fear they will betray us. If we trustthem perfectly, we have no fear. If we are notsure of the roof over our head, we fear it will leak.250Dow to (3et 1R1D of 3fear. 251If we liave doubts about our acceptance with Godand tiie forgiveness of our sins, we have fears of condemnation. And so you may run up and downthe whole scale of the human piano concerning allthe dangers possible to a human life, and there ispeace or there is torment just in proportion to thefeeling of insecurity or security which we have inour own consciousness.It is interesting to note the places in the NewTestament where we are exhorted not to fear. Forinstance, we are urged by Christ to have no fear of our enemies who hate us because of our love forhim. We are rather, he says, to take it as an in-dication that we belong to him and are sharing thefate of our Lord, which is proper. As Christ cameoff triumphant in spite of all his enemies, so if weshare with him he will bring us off more thanconquerors.We are not to fear in sickness. When Christwent to heal the daughter of the ruler, he said tothe father, "Fear not: believe only, and she shallbe made whole." I do not mean by this that
 
Christ will always heal our sick ones in the sameway, but I mean that there is no cause for fear if they are in his hands, for either here or in heaventhey shall be recovered from all their suffering andtheir sorrow, and his will is the best thing thatcan come to them or to us. We are not to fear be-253 21 l^ear's iPra^cr^/IReeting XTalfts*cause we are frail, or weak, or poor, and feel thatwe have no power to protect ourselves. Nothingcould be more comforting than Christ's words onthis point. "Are not five sijarrows," says he,"sold for two farthings, and not one of them isforgotten before God? But even the very hairsof your head are all numbered. Fear not there-fore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."Or again, " Consider the ravens : for they neithersow nor reap ; which neither have storehouse norbarn ; and God f eedeth them : how much more areye better than the fowls? " Or still again, "Con-sider the lilies how they grow : they toil not, theyspin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon inall his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in thefield, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; howmuch more will he clothe j^ou?" Surely we oughtto be comforted with these words.It seems very clear that the only reason we havetormenting fear is either because we are not doingright, or because we do not trust God. In eithercase the way to get rid of our fear is to remove theconditions which cause it. We may depend uponit that so long as our consciences condemn us fordoing wrong, we shall be harassed by fear ; and weought to be. It is not an indication of God's en-mity, but sure proof of his love, that he has madel)ow to 0et IRID of ipear. 253the path of wrongdoing a haunted and fearful path.Only in consciousness of right is it possible tohave fear cast out.But if we have been going in the wrong way,Christ is willing to take us by the hand and leadus into the path of peace. Paul was on the way toDamascus warring against God when the great vi-sion came to him that changed his whole life ; andas soon as he bowed his heart to Jesus, Jesuswas ready with words of good cheer to say, " Fearnot, Paul." And he will be ready with the samecheerfulness to give us the same good cheer the
 
moment we put ourselves in the right attitudetoward him.But if we are trying to do right and are still trou-bled with doubts of God's ability and willingnessto care for us, how shall we get rid of tormentingfear from that source ? The reading of God' s prom-ises, talking with Christian people who have losttheir own fear, and conversing with the Lord dailyin prayer, are great sources of cheer and comfort.I am sure if we avail ourselves of such help we shallsoon think of the trials that come to us in a differ-ent way. A little girl had been told of hobgoblinsthat lurk in shadows and catch naughty children,and such foolish things, until she was afraid to beleft in the dark at night. She was nearly crazedwith tormenting fear. She came to live with a wise254 % 3^ear'5 ipra^er^/Kbeetlng ITalfta.aunt who undertook to comfort the child by givingher a sweet faith in the care of God. She told herthat darkness was only a blanket with which Godcovered up the world; how the flowers blanketedthemselves in perfume; how little birds tuckedtheir heads under their wings, and sat up in trees,each birdie by himself in his own little privateroom of twigs and green leaves, which the goodGod made so that the birds might have nice littledark homes to sleep in. She w^ould fold the littlegirl into her crib and say : " The darkness is justlike a great soft blanket that God sends to wrapthe earth up in so it can go to sleep." Once, asthe light went down rather suddenly, Maisie askedtremblingly : " Is a big black bear in the corner? "" Why, no, dear ! " The light flashed up instantlyso Maisie could see; then went down softly, andauntie said : " Dear, God is in the room — our goodGod." After a while Maisie learned to love thedarkness. She called it "God's blanket." So wemay be sure that if we are doing right, seeking toplease God by our words and thoughts and conductday by day, the trials of life, which seem sometimesso hard for us because we do not understand or donot trust him, are God's soft, warm blankets bywhich he is protecting us. If we love him per-fectly, keep our confidence in him, all tormentingfear shall be cast out.
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