Renew Sermon Series
The Premise of Renewal
Intro: Last week, we looked at the things that happen that bring about fainting and weariness in our hearts.
Today, more than in a long time, Christians are experiencing faintness; weariness.
Even the youths. Even the young men.
There is a specific group of people that this verse applies to.
There is a very specific basis that must be recognized before we can take this verse and claim it.
It is very simply – Those that wait upon the Lord.
The word WAIT here means: to wait, look for, hope, expect, linger for
The command is used several times:
- Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalms 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
- Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
The premise of WAITING UPON THE LORD is important for several reasons:
I. Our Tendency when we’re Weary
Our tendency is to go off with God.
To make decisions contrary to His Word and His will.
To forget that He is our Lord and Master; we are to follow Him.
We are supposed to trust Him; allow Him to choose our path.
One of the wisest pieces of advice I ever got from my father-in-law was this:
- “When the church was in a battle, I made a commitment to never leave it until the battle was over. And when the church wasn’t in a battle, it never occurred to me to leave.” – Dr. Ronald Young
There were times when we were in Africa that the battle got hot. We had to learn to wait on the Lord.
There were times in my ministry when my first tendency was to check the train schedule for the first one leaving.
But the condition for a Divine renewing is reserved for those that learn what it means to WAIT ON THE LORD.
A. The Tendency to Abandon Spiritual Influences
ILLUSTRATION -Lot in Genesis 13 when there was a strife between his herdsmen and Abraham.
His first tendency was to cut and run rather than be a leader, address the issues and restore the relationship.
He left the only spiritual leader he’s ever had, and it cost him everything.
He left the one that God was speaking to, and the one that was speaking to God on his behalf.
There’s no doubt that Abraham had the spirituality and the leadership to salvage that relationship, but Lot left.
Renewal and revival is possible – but you have to wait on the Lord.
You and I cannot drag God with us in our impulsive tendency to go off without God.
B. The Tendency to Appease Sensual Impulses
ILLUSTRATION -Elimelech in Ruth 1 left Bethlehem in a famine and went to Moab.
He was no doubt concerned about food, providing for his family.
He was looking at the circumstances and the predictions of worsening famine.
I’m sure he would have defended his decision by saying his family would not survive the famine.
He would have justified leaving by saying it was best for his wife and his two sons.
But he was wrong. He lost his two sons and his own life in Moab.
It wasn’t the refuge that he thought it would be.
Truth is, he should have done what Boaz did, and waited on God.
Ruth 2:1 tells us that Boaz was a very wealthy man. He got rich during a famine.
Some things are more important than bread.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.” Matt. 4
Waiting on God is the premise for renewal. Renewal God’s way. God’s definition of renewal.
II. Our Transformation when we Wait
A. Waiting Transforms our Thoughts
We need the mind of God when we’re weary.
To overcome our own thoughts, we need to wait and get God’s mind and God’s thoughts.
When we slow down and wait on the Lord, He will help us with our thought life.
- Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
- II Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
- Psalms 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
B. Waiting Transforms our Tongue
We are not the sharpest knife in the drawer when we put our mouth in motion before we put our mind in gear!
- Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
- Psalms 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
ILLUSTRATION: Job’s wife was rebuked for talking like a foolish woman.
She was faint and weary and it affected her speech.
We need to learn to wait on the Lord so He can help us know what to say, when to say it and how to say it.
C. Waiting Transforms our Tactics
When we are under attack, or facing opposition, we need to be renewed to face the battle.
There must be a reliance upon God for help – not attempting to do it alone, especially when you’re faint and weary.
In order to be renewed, we must WAIT ON THE LORD.
We cannot fight this battle without God – we must WAIT ON THE LORD!
- Psalms 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
- Psalms 62:1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
Conclusion: Amazing things happen when we WAIT ON THE LORD.
Why do you think Jesus commanded the early church to TARRY IN JERUSALEM?
- Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
He wanted them to WAIT ON THE LORD so they could be renewed to fulfill the Great Commission.
They could not accomplish the Great Commission in the state of fear, anxiety, and doubt that they were in.
They could not prevail against the gates of hell until they learned to WAIT ON THE LORD.
And make no mistake – God’s way works. SEE Acts 2