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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"If We Faint Not"

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"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Proverbs 24:10

 

 


An elderly preacher was rebuked by one of his deacons one Sunday morning before the service.  "Pastor," said the man, "something must be wrong with your preaching and your work. There's been only one person added to the church in a whole year, and he's just a boy." 

The minister listened, his eyes moistening and his thin hand trembling, "I feel it all," he replied, "but God knows I've tried to do my duty." 

On that day, the minister's heart was heavy as he stood before his flock.  As he finished the message, he felt a strong inclination to resign.  After everyone else had left, that one boy came to him and asked, "Do you think if I worked hard for an education, I could become a preacher--perhaps a missionary?" 

Again tears welled up in the minister's eyes.  "Ah, this heals the ache I feel," he said.  "Robert, I see the Divine hand now.  May God bless you, my boy. Yes, I think you will become a preacher." 

Many years later an aged missionary returned to London from Africa.  His name was spoken with reverence.  Nobles invited him to their homes.  He had added many souls to the church of Jesus Christ, reaching even some of Africa's most savage chiefs.  His name was Robert Moffat, the same Robert who years before had spoken to the pastor that Sunday morning in the old Scottish Kirk.

“Lord, help us as a church to be STEADFAST.  Often we get weary and discouraged in Your work, and we think that we are failing because we don't always see great results. Please remind us not to become "weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" Gal 6:9.  May we see that the race is to be run with patience (Heb. 12:1,2), and that this race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong (Eccl. 9:11).  Help us to run in Your strength and power, and, Lord, give us the grace to trust You with the results!  Amen!”

 



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Previous devotions

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011


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