Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17

Reader, it is a point of the greatest importance for you to know, that every evil thing is of yourself and every good thing is of God.

Without faith we cannot be saved; but (says Paul, Ephesians 2:8), “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” We are commanded to repent; but (Acts 5:31) we read that Christ is exalted at the Father’s right hand, to be a “Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel.” We must be born again; but regeneration is wholly of God’s will. His children are “born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man — but of God” (John 1:13).

  • Saving knowledge is the gift of God: “to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 13:11).
  • Effectual calling is a Divine work (2 Timothy 1:9).
  • Justification is entirely of grace; we are justified freely.
  • Adoption is an act of grace; He grants that high privilege as it seems good in His sight.
  • Perseverance in duty is God’s gift; for “We are preserved by the power of God to salvation.”
  • Eternal life is also a gift: “the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ.”

A right knowledge of these things, believer, will keep you humble, and dependent upon God; and not only dispose you to give Him the glory of His grace — but to seek to Him diligently for it. And a clear representation of them will encourage the poor, guilty, self-condemned sinner to seek them because they are free gifts, and entirely of grace.

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

Be Ready Always...

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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