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<< Friday, October 19, 2001 >> North American Martyrs
 
Romans 4:1-8
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Psalm 32 Luke 12:1-7
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KNOW JESUS — NO FEAR

 
"I say to you who are My friends: Do not be afraid." —Luke 12:4
 

"You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption" (Rm 8:15). Satan, however, tries to make us lifelong slaves through the fear of death (Heb 2:15). In this battle against fear, we can claim Jesus' victory by accepting the grace to:

  • fear the Lord. "He who fears the Lord is never alarmed, never afraid; for the Lord is his Hope" (Sir 34:14),
  • fear going to hell (Lk 12:5),
  • have faith in Jesus, Who said to Jairus after his daughter had died: "Do not fear; only believe" (Mk 5:36, our transl), and
  • love everyone, even enemies, for "complete love casts out all fear" (1 Jn 4:18, our transl).

Jesus commands us: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and can do no more" (Lk 12:4). He adds: "Fear nothing" (Lk 12:7). In the Scriptures, God commands us 365 times: "Do not fear." Because the Lord always graces us to obey His commands, we constantly have the grace to be free from the fear of man. Jesus says: "Do not live in fear, little flock. It has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom" (Lk 12:32). In Christ, you are fearless.

 
Prayer: Father, send me the Spirit of courage  (see 2 Tm 1:7) to face the fears in my life.
Promise: "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart." —Ps 32:11
Praise: The North American Martyrs traveled from their native France to a distant land, North America, to bring the good news of our Savior.
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Riding Out the Storm on audio AV 69-1 or video V-69.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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