“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” Psalm 14:7
“If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (See also 31, 32.)
Not that sin is utterly destroyed, or entirely dead, and cannot stir anymore in the heart of believers; for the Scripture speaks of them as having still to contend against the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:17). But it is true that pardoned sin has no power either to condemn or to reign over us; nay, it shall be weakened more and more (Romans 6:12, 14). So that Christ reigns even in the heart where sin, though hated, still finds a place. He reigns in the midst of His enemies, encouraging the believer to fight perseveringly beneath His banners until He becomes more than a conqueror and be presented without fault before the throne of God.
I will, therefore, daily seek grace from God to subdue my iniquities, to sanctify my nature, and to conform me to the Lord Jesus; that being freed from condemnation and consecrated to His service — I may bring forth the fruits of righteousness to His praise and glory. Thus shall I carry out the apostolic exhortation, “Grow in grace.”
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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