Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Gary An­drews [email protected]­vo­tion­

Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt once said, "Only thing we have to fear is fear it­self."

There is much truth in this state­ment. If you are a Bi­ble reader you will know that our Lord and Sav­ior Je­sus Christ re­peat­edly told us that we have noth­ing to fear. In the gospel of Mark chap­ter 4:40 Je­sus tells us, "And He said unto them, why are you so fear­ful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

At this time Je­sus was talk­ing to his dis­ci­ples as they were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. A ter­ri­ble storm came up and the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. Je­sus had gone to sleep and the storm did not ef­fect Him, how­ever the dis­ci­ples woke Him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

Je­sus re­buked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind then died down and it was com­pletely calm.

The dis­ci­ples had noth­ing to fear for the Lord was with them.

In his first inau­gu­ral ad­dress to the na­tion, FDR ac­cepted the pres­i­dency of the United States know­ing that the coun­try was headed into a de­pres­sion. Try­ing to sooth the feel­ings of the peo­ple he then made his fa­mous state­ment and there is so much true within th­ese few words.

Our coun­try is based on Godly prin­ci­ples and in to­day’s so­ci­ety we have got­ten away from what our fore­fa­thers taught us. We are fast be­com­ing a coun­try that is los­ing its con­fi­dence and strength be­cause we have al­lowed our once strong Godly prin­ci­ples to be taken away.

For all of us that are Chris­tians, why are we so fear­ful? The Lord hasn’t left us; we have taken our eyes off of Him.

Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan once said, “If we ever for­get that we’re one na­tion un­der God, then we will be one na­tion gone un­der.”

Is our coun­try headed in this di­rec­tion? Will you stand up for the Lord Je­sus Christ in to­day’s so­ci­ety and not be fear­ful of the reper­cus­sions?

Prayer: Father, thank you for the free­doms we have in Amer­ica and I pray that you will con­tinue to bless this na­tion. I pray for our lead­ers that they will seek you for wis­dom and guid­ance. Amen.

(Sug­gested daily Bi­ble read­ings: Sun­day - Matthew 14:22-32; Mon­day 1 Sa­muel 27:1-2; Tues­day - Psalm 19:7-11; Wed­nes­day - Ro­mans 11:1721; Thurs­day - Isa­iah 41:8-13; Fri­day 1 Peter 3:8-22; Satur­day - Luke 8:2225.) A086-10

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