Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“The one who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; their king will pass before them, with the LORD at their head.” Micah 2:13

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 [See also Hebrews 12:1-2.]

Sometimes the enemy seems to get an advantage over us, but the battle is not yet over. At last, O believer, you shall have the victory. In hard struggles remember the power of Christ, who in His resurrection broke through every obstruction. With Him, you can also break through and be more than a conqueror.

Yes, in every conflict, if your faith be firm, you can be sure of victory beforehand; for faith engages Christ’s power, and His power ensures victory. It is as impossible for your enemies to keep you always in bonds, as it was impossible that Christ could be kept in the grave by the stone, seal, and keepers. Nay, the greater their force is, the more glorious will be the victory of Christ over them. The greater their overwhelming power to our weak nature, the more certain the triumph of the Conqueror. Jesus, who once conquered for us, will conquer in us, and thus gain everlasting renown.

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

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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

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