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Isaiah 40 (Part 20) - Isa 40:29 - God Gives Power to the Faint

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XXIX. Isa 40:29
1. "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."
A. God is omnipotent (Rev 19:6).
i. Omnipotent - 1. Strictly said of God (or of a deity) or His attributes: Almighty, infinite in power.
ii. Power belongs to God (Psa 62:11).
iii. All power was given unto Jesus Christ at His resurrection (Mat 28:18).
iv. Jesus is powerful (Heb 4:12).
v. Jesus is the power of God (1Co 1:24).
vi. Therefore, God has plenty of power to give to the faint.
a. God is our strength and power (2Sa 22:33).
b. God gives strength and power to His people (Psa 68:35).
c. We hear a lot about empowering people these days, but if people would turn to the LORD, they wouldn't need someone to empower them.
d. It is nothing for God to help those with no power (2Ch 14:11).
B. This verse is a picture of our salvation.
i. When we were without strength (faint), Christ died for us (Rom 5:6).
ii. We were in the ultimate state of weakness: death (Eph 2:1).
iii. In that state, God gave us power to become the sons of God (Joh 1:12).
C. If we are weak, feeble, and tired, we are in a position to receive strength from God.
i. Faint adj. - II. Sluggish, timid, feeble. 2. Avoiding exertion, shirking, lazy, sluggish. 3. Wanting in courage, spiritless, cowardly. Obs. or arch. exc. in faint heart (now associated with sense 4b). 4. Wanting in strength or vigour. †a. Of persons or animals, their faculties or condition; also (rarely) of material agents: Weak, feeble; sickly, out of condition.
ii. God's strength is made perfect in our weakness (2Co 12:9).
iii. Jesus has compassion on His lost sheep who faint without a shepherd, and He sends them a pastor (Mat 9:36-38 c/w Jer 3:15 c/w Eph 4:11-15).
iv. God gives His ministers power so that they don't faint (2Co 4:1 c/w 2Co 4:7-9 c/w 2Co 4:14-16).
v. I'd rather feel like giving up than be puffed up.
D. We have a tendency to be faint (wanting in courage) by nature, but God has given us, not the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2Ti 1:7).
E. If we believe, God will strengthen us and prevent us from fainting (Psa 27:13-14).
F. When you faint, remember the Lord and pray for help, and He will save you (Jonah 2:7-10).
G. The key to not fainting is looking unto Jesus and considering what He endured for us (Heb 12:1-3).
H. We must never give up when we get weary because the LORD will give us strength.
i. Be not weary in well doing, for we shall reap if we faint not (Gal 6:9).
ii. We must follow the example of Gideon and his men who were faint, yet pursuing (Jdg 8:4).
iii. Follow Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite's example (2Sa 23:9-10).
iv. A church with but a little strength we can walk though the door that God holds open (Rev 3:8).
v. Even though we are small and despised, we can still remember God's precepts (Psa 119:141).
vi. By God's grace, as our days are, so shall our strength be (Deu 33:25).