“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Sin is our deadliest foe.
It cast our first parents out of paradise.
It defaced God’s image in man.
It brought pain, sickness, and death into the world, and a spiritual death into the soul.
It causes a distance from God and a dislike to His holy ways.
It gave Satan power over mankind.
It once drowned the world and will at length consume it.
It exposes body and soul to the just judgment of a holy God and will sink every unpardoned offender into everlasting destruction.
How is this deadly foe to be conquered? How is this fretting leprosy of the soul to be cleansed?
Reader, be careful in this matter and seek a remedy that will be efficacious. Duties, prayers, tears, sacrifices, morality, and partial reformations avail nothing in this case. Anything other than Christ Jesus will prove to be “physicians” of no value.
Jesus is the only Savior.
God the Father sent Him into the world to save sinners.
His name declares the same — he is called “JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
His blood is the only atonement for sin.
His blood removes the guilt and curse of sin and speaks pardon and peace.
His grace breaks the power of sin and turns our former love to it into utter hatred.
Thus is holiness secured in the heart and life, as well as peace in the conscience. He will save from the very being of sin all that place their trust in Him.
O Jesus, save me and give the evidence of salvation in my heart!
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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