Worship: O Come to the Altar Elevation Worship
Yesterday I preached a message entitled, “Grow Up.” In it I referenced three key components of maturity. For review the three points are:
You can’t grow up unless you “bow down” – God calls us to a humble lifestyle
You can grow up until you “jump in” – We won’t please God without faith
You’ll never grow up if you don’t “build up” – It’s all useless without love. Knowledge puffs up, love builds up.
God wants you to grow up! He wants me to grow up. His desire is for us to continue growing throughout our entire life.
In my message I referenced a few quotes from Spurgeon. Here is the rest of what he had to say about the important maturing quality of faith:
Christian, take good care of your faith; for remember faith is the only way by which we may obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith.
Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except it be the earnest prayer of the one who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers.
Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven–on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. But if that telegraphic wire of faith be snapped, how can we receive the promise? Am I in trouble?–I can obtain help for trouble by faith. Am I beaten about by the enemy?–my soul on her dear Refuge leans by faith.
But take faith away–in vain I call to God.
There is no road between my soul and heaven. In the deepest wintertime faith is a road on which the horses of prayer may travel–yes, and all the better for the biting frost; but blockade the road, and how can we communicate with the Great King? Faith links me with divinity. Faith clothes me with the power of God. Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah.
Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defence. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies.
But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord?
Let not him that wavers–who is like a wave of the Sea–expect that he will receive anything of God! O, then, Christian, watch well thy faith; for with it you can win all things, however poor you are, but without it you can obtain nothing. “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”