The work is soon to close, therefore we should live in a constant atmosphere of prayer, and encourage each other as we see the day approaching.
"Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. "Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners", she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer." Son of Solomon 6:10; Prophets and Kings page 725.
"The darkest hour of the church's struggle with the power of evil is that which immediately precedes the day of her final deliverance. But none who trust in God need fear; for "when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall," God will be to His church "a refuge from the storm." Isaiah 25:4, Prophets and Kings page 725
We are to be encouraged in the Lord and are to encourage those that are weak. "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you." "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." Isaiah 35:3-4; Isaiah 25:8
If Christians would associate together, speaking to each other of the love of God, and of the precious truths of redemption, their own hearts would be refreshed, and they would refresh one another. All should have something to say for the Lord, for by so doing they will be blest. A book of Remembrance is written of those who do not forsake the assembling of themselves together, but speak often one to another. The remnant are to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony." FLB 246
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rom. 12:10,11
Unperceived, misdiagnosed and greatly underestimated is the insidious disease of slothfulness among God’s people. It can be seen in expensive, shiny Bibles that are collecting dust, as well as prayer closets that are filled up with so many new clothes or old clutter that saints can’t find the kneeling pad. Slothfulness is on display in Sabbath school classes which are empty and Wednesday Night Prayer meetings which are emptier. But the grand paralysis of heart and hand is most clearly seen in temporal affairs. Home improvement projects languish half finished, garden and flower beds are overgrown, garages have become “mice hotels” and fire hazards. Yet the wonderful Bible teaching on this soul disease is pointed, power-packed and plentiful.