“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!… Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You…. Then I would not be ashamed when I look into all Your commandments…. Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope…. I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.” Psalm 119:11, 38, 6, 49, 32
The comforts of the gospel sweetly and powerfully urge us to obedience, and the terrors of the law warn us against resting on that obedience. Both, therefore, are needful.
Whoever despises or neglects obedience entertains a false notion of the gospel and is running headlong into licentiousness and ruin. And he who relies on his obedience to justify him defeats the design of the gospel and frustrates the grace of God, making it of no effect.
May the Lord lead and keep us in the right way. May He be our guide and our shield, our comforter, and our great reward. May we rest simply and alone on the finished work of Jesus for our acceptance with God and then, with great care and perseverance, attend to all the precepts of His holy Word, to His glory.
Before God, we will have to do with nothing but Christ; but before men, we will endeavor to live soberly, righteously, and godly, that by our good works, they may glorify our Father who is in Heaven.
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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