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

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“Everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown — but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:25

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” Revelation 21:7

To be only almost a Christian is to be the subject of manifold vexations — but to be a Christian altogether makes all easy and pleasant. Such as desire to have the whole of Christ’s salvation and all that is His must give themselves up to Him, not only in part — but wholly, according to that fundamental and most reasonable rule, “All for all.” As far as we deny Him anything, we make ourselves unhappy; but the more we are resigned to Him, the more we are fit to enjoy Him and His blessing.

Many would sooner be persuaded to follow Christ if it was allowed to serve Him by halves and reserve some things to themselves. But what would that profit them? Christ will not be bargained with, and nothing is more dangerous than the dividing of our hearts between Him and the world or waiting from time to time for a more convenient season. Thus you may live many years and be neither cold nor hot, and so at last be rejected by the Lord. Consider this well, O you double-minded and lukewarm. Christianity requires great striving and overcomes all things, even our most favorite and darling lusts. Awake, therefore, to righteousness; spare yourselves no longer; rise above the trifles of this world; fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are called.

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

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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.  

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