“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness — but have the light of life.” John 8:12
“Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.” John 12:35
He who is faithful, keeping ever close to Christ and His light, strictly watching and obeying the motions of His Spirit, will always be tender in conscience and will receive proportionate measures of light. Consequently, he will be, from time to time, more deeply rooted in repentance, faith, and assurance, so as either to be preserved from many combats and disorders or at least to be carried sooner through the same. He may meet with dark valleys in his pilgrimage (for nature is covered with darkness, and grace sometimes only glimmers like a spark). Yet by degrees, it will blaze, and at last break through and enlighten all our darkness. The day will dawn and the shadows flee away before the Sun of Righteousness.
My soul, keep your eye fixed on Jesus, as the light of the world. Walk closely with Jesus by faith, in holy fellowship. This will preserve you from darkness, depression, despondency, and despair. This will fill you with joy, peace, confidence, and love.
Is he a Sun? His beams are grace,
His course is joy and righteousness;
Nations rejoice when He appears,
To chase the clouds and dry their tears.
Nor earth, nor seas, nor sun, nor star
Nor Heaven His full resemblance bears.
His beauties we can never trace.
Until we behold Him face-to-face.
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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