“God be merciful to me a sinner!” Luke 18:13
“Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:18
“The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9
“Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Matthew 9:2
Justification, or remission of sins before the tribunal of God and the comfortable assurance of it in the heart, do not always go together. The pardon is passed in Heaven at once and in the most perfect manner. Yet the sense of it may be lacking. For the assurance of that pardon is mostly given by degrees, as believers are able to receive it. Feeble glimpses appear now and then, and many tokens usually pass between Christ and a believing soul before the Spirit gives a full and clear witness to his conscience.
Therefore a penitent soul must converse much with the gospel and pray continually for more light and a greater degree of faith and peace. As our faith is, so is our assurance. For assurance is the flower of faith. But as some flowers do not blossom the first summer, so the faith of some Christians does not soon rise to full assurance. There is often the faith that saves when there is not the faith that assures.
Seek, therefore, a greater degree of faith; cry with the disciples, “Lord, increase my faith!” Cry on, cry often, until faith is strong and steady.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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