‘The Son of Man’ walketh, as the great Head of the church, ‘in the midst of the golden
candlesticks’, Rev. 1.12-16.
He looks upon the work of his own hands, and too often
beholds it drooping, declining, dying: He utters his rebuke – ‘I know thy works,
etc. Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die’,
His church owns the charge, and cries – ‘O Lord, revive thy work!’
When does the work of the Lord need reviving?
1. When iniquity abounds, Is. 59:1-15. Jer. 5:23,10, etc.
2. Where there is a want
of power upon the word, Is. 64:7. Matt. 13:14,15.
3. Where there is want of appetite
for the sincere milk of the word, Num.21:5. 2 Tim. 4:3.
4. When the Saviour’s
presence in the soul is not duly prized, Cant. 3:1; 5:2,3.
5. When there is want
of concern for the honour of God, Hag.1:1-9.
6. When the principles and conduct of
Christians are not distinctly separate from the world, 2 Chron.18:1; 19:2. Ezra 9:2.
II. How does the Lord revive his work?
1. By exciting his people to pray, Ps. 80; 85:4-7. Is. 63:17. Zech. 8:21. Acts 1:14;
2. By invigorating their graces, Hos. 14:5-7.
3. By sending an increased power
upon the word, Acts. 2:41-47; 5:13,14; 6:7; 11:21,24.
4. By causing a steadfast adherence
to the means of grace, Neh. 9:3. Luke 24:53. Acts 2:46.
5. By a distinct separation
of his people from the company and principles of the ungodly, Neh. 9:2. Acts 2:40.
2 Cor. 6:14-18.
6. By pouring out a spirit of love and unity upon his church, Is.
11:6-9. Acts 2:44,45; 4:32.
7. By enlarging the enjoyment of Christian privileges,
8. By restoring those that have erred in doctrine or practice, to the simplicity
of the Gospel, Is. 29:24.
Let us learn the importance of earnest, individual, and
united prayer, for the outpouring of that gracious Spirit, who is the Almighty Agent
of the revival of the Lord’s work in his church, Is. 64:1-3.