“You drew near on the day I called on You, and said, ‘Do not fear!’ O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.” Lamentations 3:57-58
“Fear not, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:5
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” Revelation 1:18
Christ has overcome death, led captivity captive, and ”by one offering perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Therefore, whoever leaves this world, believing in Him, has, nothing to fear after death.
O, my heavenly Father, dispose me to seek diligently after holiness. And though the work of sanctification will be imperfect in this life (which should humble me much) — yet let it cause in me no fear of death, nor disturb my confidence in You; since my salvation and my confidence do not depend on a perfect holiness here — but on my being in Christ and adopted through Him.
This adoption is enjoyed by the weakest child as well as the strongest, though both are not equally sensible of it. Every true believer, whether weak or strong, has eternal life, and shall not fall into condemnation. If, therefore, I am a child of God, though a weak one, I am still an heir and shall find life and deliverance in death. He has often made His strength perfect in weakness, and His promises never fail.
Spirit of Adoption, descend into my heart and bear witness with my spirit that I am a child of God!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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