“Stir up the gift of God which is in you.” 2 Timothy 1:6
How can this be done?
By looking as well upon your own great poverty and wants, as upon the riches of that grace which is in Christ for you, and so drawing near to God through Him in faith. But it is not enough to do this once for all, or now and then only. It is to be your daily work. One day’s omission may greatly injure your soul. The morning hours are specially adapted to this purpose. These must be directly laid hold on to converse with God in prayer before we meddle with anything else in our business, though ever so needful and important, lest we be entangled and distracted the whole day.
In order to obtain more strength, draw as near to Christ as possible, and plead with Him, as if it were the last time. Pour out your whole heart before Him, not giving over too soon; be instant in your supplications, at least with continual inward groaning, until your heart burns within you and you feel the quickening influence of His grace and Spirit. Then great care is to be taken to preserve this blessing and strength in a quiet and well-composed mind; examine yourself frequently, especially at night, how the day has been spent. Learn what the gift of God is, and improve it as becomes the recipient of so Divine a treasure.
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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