“If anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5
“Until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence.” Matthew 11:12
If those cannot expect to be crowned who strive — but not lawfully, what must become of those who do not strive at all?
O Lord, grant both to direct and to strengthen my soul, that I may glorify You by resisting and overcoming all my spiritual adversaries. In humble reliance on Your grace, I will go forth and fight the good fight of faith, till the happy hour arrives when I shall be summoned by the Captain of salvation to quit the combat, to leave the scene of watch and of trial, and I shall joyfully exclaim, “Thanks be to God, who gives me the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
My soul, you have foes to conquer and a kingdom to obtain. The armor of God must be taken, and the strength of God must be sought. No other weapons will conquer your foes; no other strength is sufficient for your work. But in the strength of God, with the armor of righteousness, the weakest will overcome, and the lame will take the prey. Take, therefore, to yourself the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
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
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