“The mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations … for obedience to the faith.” Romans 16:25-26
The obedience of faith here spoken of, is the same thing as believing the report of the gospel (Romans 10:16) — a hearty submission to the righteousness of God, even to Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. This is the obedience of faith, strictly speaking — by which we give glory to God, take full shame to ourselves, renounce all that nature is proud of, and are brought to rest, for our justification and acceptance with God, on that alone which has satisfied His law and justice.
However slightly we may be disposed to pass over this, it is a high point of obedience. God alone effectually teaches this practical lesson — and he who would learn it must seek it by much prayer continually — for in vain shall we strive to obey God in other things, until we learn to obey Him in this.
Careless reader! See to it that you learn your need of Christ.
Awakened and distressed sinner! Seek not to heal yourself by a forced obedience. Learn the obedience of faith, that you may be purged in your conscience from dead works, to serve God.
Self-despairing sinner! Embrace the merciful invitation of the gospel and live.
Believer! Let your fruit be unto holiness; so shall the end be everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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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