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John Michael Talbot – Be Not Afraid lyrics

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow me, and
I will give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side, know that
I am with you through it all.

Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you!

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    This powerful song is meant to help you to realize that jesus is walking next to you, carrying you even, in your times of trouble. It is much like the story of a man and jesus walking in the sand. There will always be footprints in the sand where god walks, and those footprints are the absence of evil. In those footprints you find happiness and joy and safety. Always remember this song in times of great pearl, for it will strength your site of god. Amen.
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    The late kensington rev. Gage use to sing this song on sunday service when I attend his church in my youth. I never fully understood the lyrics or why the rev. Sang it with such passion. Decades later I helped when I became a schoolcop I helped frame an innocent child. When I needed the courage, strength to me stop my quivering knees as I confessed yrs later to the phila special victims, this song & the vioce of rev. Simging this song has helped me to keep going forward & not recant my confession. Rev. I learned.
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    By day I'm a general manager of a restaurant and by night I'm a domestic violence assistance volunteer. Many times I've had to stand up to someone aggressive or violent, be firm and be strong. Knowing that god is surrounding me that he is in front of me, in back of me, to my left and to my right, I can do that. God would not let me enter into a situation that was not where I should be, he'd give me every sign he could to protect me. So when my path is uninhibited, I can go in, I can stand firm and face the challenge without and ounce of fear and because of that, I can win.
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    You shall speak your words in foreign lands, and all will understand. This means that if you as a person or traveling and preaching the Word of God, that he will give you the words to speak, and because of that. People will come to believe in God. I believe this can be applied in everyday life. If you know of someone that is interested in religion, you can tell them about your faith by quoting a favorite bible verse. I have actually done this with my twin brother, he was interested in rejoining the catholic church, and I think it really helped him decide to rejoin the Catholic faith.
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    I first heard this Hymn 33 years ago after my husband had been diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease. We were about to go on a trip to England and Europe before he became too ill. I was anxious about the trip and our financial situation. I was devastated knowing that he would die within the next few years. The words of the hymn seemed to be written especially for me. He died three years later and I was left to deal with my family of five children alone. These words have sustained me through those years but always evoke emotions.
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