Every church should be a great power for good in the community in which it is planted. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt.16:19)
Every Christian person should be a real power for piety and virtue in the circle in which he moves. We ought to have the power to witness a good profession for Jesus,
Power to live an elevating, and influential life. Power to execute a useful and abiding work for the Lord.
All of us must have rest, but God has no need of it, for he is never weary God is not weary in preserving his creation. He is not weary of caring for us, and supplying our temporal needs, nor guiding our affairs, are removing unknown hindrances out of our way, solacing us in times of sorrow, are strengthening us against temptation, are educating us for time and eternity. He is not weary of hearing our prayers.
He is never weary in punishing sin. He is never weary of pardoning penitent sinner.
Note the prevalence of our human weakness. Probably the faint and those who had no might, among the exiled Israelites were the dispirited, the dissatisfied, the despairing, There wast those who had lost hope in God and had no expectation of ever seeing again the land of their fathers,
So with the Israel of God, the faint and the weak includes. Joyless souls, who have no gladness in God, and no happiness in his service, who have no brightness in their countenance.
Half-hearted souls, these are those who cannot say with a whole heart “I served thee.” Faint-hearted souls,these are those who have no courage to attempt anything for their Master.
Souls open to temptation, these are those who have gained such an imperfect control over themselves that they lie exposed to the gusts of temptation such as, “Lover of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” (II.Tim.3:1
Let us note the insufficiency of our human strength.
There were those in Israel from whom, in the natural course of things, strength, vigor, fortitude, intellectual capacity, temperament, might have been expected not to grow weary, but in vain: “Even the youths shall faint,” (Elijah) “and he requested for himself that he might die; and said It is enought; now O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my father.” (I.Kings19:4)
No reliance can be placed on such natural supports, such unspiritual resources. These people are not strong in the deeper sense in which the church needs strength. These people are subject to the roads of pride. They are liable to fall under the assaults of passion. They may scatter abroad the seeds of error and of wrong.
God can give us Divine power. God has access to our souls, he has direct and immediate access “He giveth power…he increaeth strength.” Notice Acts (8:17) “Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” He can lay his hand upon us, and touch the secret springs of our nature, calling all that is best and worthiest, strengthening us with his strength.
He can communicate to you so much of the exceeding greatness of his power, that you can, through him and in him, become strong indeed.
He can give us the power of resistance, so that we shall be able to stand in the evil hour of temptation.
God can give the power of Endurance so you can be calm, peaceful, submissvie, event under the severest and most lasting trials.
He can give you the strength to be steadfast that you may become living epistles of Christ. He can give you spiritual joy.
The Lord is able to persevere you in every good work, refreshing, renewing, invigorating the influences of the Holy Spirit in your life, so that you may run without weariness, so you may walk without fainting.
” but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (v.31)