“God who commanded light to shine out of darkness — has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Without this saving knowledge — we have no God, no Christ, no grace, no faith, no union with Christ, no actual justification, no pardon of sin, no peace, nor eternal life. But whoever has found Christ, the Pearl of great price, the hidden Treasure — has found matter of great rejoicing! For he was poor before — and this Treasure enriches him. He was naked before — but finding this treasure, he is gloriously clothed. He was forced before to feed upon husks — but now he feeds upon the bread of life. He was far in debt before — but now he sees that the debt is paid, that he is justified from all things and pardoned forever. He was a child of wrath before — but now he is a child of God. He was a captive and in chains before — but now he is set at liberty. He was condemned before — but now there is no condemnation to him, nor to anyone that is in Christ Jesus. He was a fool before — but now he is made wise to salvation.
Reader! Can you set your seal to the truth and power of such experience? Then you are wise indeed — if not, you have much to learn. Apply with speed and remember that it is God alone who gives this light and knowledge. Ask of Him, plead with Him — and He will give it, making you wise unto salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus.
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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