“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b) INDEED, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases power. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; …”(Isa. 40:29-31)
The spiritual reality of growth gives strength to the obedient. We have read about historical personalities who had by their progress became divine figures of eternally proclaimed honours. So clear and full have been their views of the things of God. So established have their hearts been with grace. So established in the mind of the Saviour, have separated themselves from the spirit of the world. So spiritual in their conversation, yet so free from all religious grimace and affectation. So ready have they been to do good and communicate, in the cause of the poor, and the cause of Christ. Such a living sacrifice have they presented in their bodies and spirits. So have they adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour, in all things. Can you ask yourself, how progressing are you in religious knowledge, experience, practice, and usefulness, though we have possessed every advantage, and long enjoyed the means of grace!
After all the disciplines His Words designed for us, the instructions of God’s Words, the ordinances of God’s house, how dull are our ears of hearing; how slow of heart are we to believe; how much do our souls cleave unto the dust; how affected are we with the things of time and sense; and how little actuated by the powers of a world to come. Obviously, the comparison reproves us. We are encouraged as we are reminded of our duty, and privileges. Growth is both commanded and promised, thus practically attainable. Jesus came to give life, obviously in abundant, give power to the faint; give power to young and old, … Truly, our growth shall appear, and never to disappear.
CONFESS AS FOLLOWS:
I take the shield of faith and I quench every fiery dart that the wicked one brings against me. I am a doer of the Word of God and am blessed in my deeds. (Eph. 6:16; James 1:22)