“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood — we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son — much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10
Here I have much more reason to cry out than Moses, “He loves the people!” (Deuteronomy 33:3). But here I must beseech You too, O Lord — that this infinite gift of Your Son may appear to me, greater and greater every day; and that Your love, shining out in His redemption, may go on so to increase in my soul, as to disperse all hard thoughts of Your goodness. Whenever a slanderous spirit tries to lift up his head, grant that my faith and love may be quickened and strengthened in such a manner, as heartily to praise Your great love, in spite of all his suggestions. This is the chief desire which I offer unto You in all my prayers, night and day.
The lack of faith and love, I am sensible, is still my greatest need. My soul is like a large empty vessel; but I pray You to fill it speedily, notwithstanding any opposition that may be made by my unrenewed part.
O to be emptied of self — and filled with Christ!
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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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.
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