Reliance Upon God’s Power for Success

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. – Psalm 118:17

We are comforted by reliance upon God’s power for success in our life-work. The critics said, when the lad (young Spurgeon) commenced his preaching, that it was a nine days’ wonder, and would soon come to an end. When the people joined the church in great numbers, they were “a parcel of boys and girls.” Many of those “boys and girls” are here faithful to God unto this hour. Then there came upon us a heavy, heavy stroke-a sore chastening, which those of us who were present would never forget if we live for a century; (the church fire) and we seemed to be made the reproach of all men, through an accident which we could not have foreseen or prevented. But still the testimony for God in this place, by the same voice, has not ceased, nor lost its power… In the darkest hour of my ministry I might have declared, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” If you have been set on fire by a divine truth, the world cannot put an extinguisher upon you. That candle which God has lighted, the devils in hell cannot blow out. If you are commissioned of God to do a work, give your whole heart to it, trust in the Lord, and you will not fail. I bear my joyful witness to the power of God to work mightily by the most insignificant of instruments.

“The feeblest saint shall win the day,
Though death and hell obstruct the way.”

~ C.H. Spurgeon

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