“Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever! Amen.” Matthew 6:13
“And cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power!” Revelation 4:10-11
One that is really poor in spirit, though he has practiced the duties of the Christian life ever so long and ever so diligently — always thinks himself to have received but a very little portion of Christ and the work of sanctification hardly to be begun in his soul. So far is he from believing that he has already attained it, that after all his best actions, he counts himself not worthy to be called by the name of a grateful son; he is never pleased with himself. No degree of holiness will satisfy his soul.
He seeks and finds no rest or comfort — but in the infinite mercy of God, and in the pardon of his sins by faith. At the same time, he does not divide Christ — but he receives Him in all His offices and gives himself entirely up to Him without reserve, as his Prophet, Priest, and King — resigning himself entirely into His hands, to be more and more sanctified and perfected. In this state, he is safe indeed — he is prepared for death and has no reason to be anxiously afraid, though earnestly desirous of higher degrees of sanctification. Christ is his life; God is his Father; the Holy Spirit is his Guide; Heaven is his everlasting home; and his daily language should be, “I will trust, and not be afraid.”
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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