As New City contemplates the upcoming year of ministry–the things God will set out to do and the potential obstacles that stand in the way–these words from Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ 1959 sermon The Purpose of Revival, gave me great comfort and courage:

The Children of Israel were about to enter the promised land and they had been hearing about all these tribes: the Hittites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. The spies had been sent forward and they came back and said, “You know, there are giants in that land and when we looked at them we felt that we were as grasshoppers.” And they were trembling, they were afraid of these great powers that they had to meet when they entered the promised land. Here is the answer: when you know that the living God is amongst you, what are the Hittites, who are the Girgashites and the Jebusites? What are the whole lot of them put together? They become as nothing. The fear of men is taken away immediately when we realize that the living God is among us. And if ever the Church needed this, it is now.