“By the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
“Born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2
What made the wonderful difference between Saul the Pharisee and Paul the Christian? Grace. What made him trample upon his former legal righteousness and desire to be found in the righteousness of Christ? Grace, enlightening grace.
Therein consists the difference between the mere moralist and the real Christian? There may be a moral conduct where there is no grace, no principle of saving, Divine faith. There may be the fear of the Lord, taught by the precept of men, and not by the Spirit of God. A person may make a high profession, may attend the ordinances of religion, and scrupulously refrain from everything that would sully his reputation before men — yet all this time he may continue a stranger to the power of godliness.
The apostle Paul presents, in the former part of his life, a memorable specimen of the extent to which the moral character may be carried, even while the heart is at enmity with God.
Have I the principle of grace in my soul? Have I tasted that the Lord is gracious? Then shall I desire the sincere milk of the word and thence draw comfort and nourishment for my soul. Redeeming love will be my delightful subjec. It will sweeten everything in the service of my blessed Lord. It will fire me with zeal for His glory and will keep me lying low at His feet.
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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