“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Many might be induced to pray for faith, if they did not presume that because they are not heathens, Muslim, or Jews, they must therefore be believers. Such as have faith often doubt the fact, while such as are destitute boast as if they possessed an abundance. Faith is wrought in the souls of those only who are deeply humbled by a thorough conviction of the greatness and heinousness of their sins, confessing themselves not only with their lips but their hearts, to be the chief of sinners. Without this repentance we do not enter through the right gate, and our faith is only imagination.
Faith is the greatest and most difficult thing even to a child of God. It receives Christ into the heart and overcomes the devil, world, and all sins, which is not easily done. But if the generality of people have true faith, nothing is easier than to believe. For what can be easier than to assent to the Bible as true, which is all that the multitude intend when they say that they believe? There would be no need for men to pray for faith or to examine themselves whether they have it. The wicked, therefore, who live in sin, deceive themselves in thinking that they have faith. For faith gives victory over the world. Those also who trust in their own works deceive themselves; for the prayer of faith is, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” “Lord, save or I perish.” True faith always receives Christ as its Savior, copies the life of Christ as its example, and aims at the honor of Christ as its end.
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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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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