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

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all impurity with greediness.” Ephesians 4:18-19

If a man be naturally dead, though the sunshine in his face, he sees not its splendor, nor feels its warmth. Offer him rich presents; he receives them not; he has no eye to see them, no heart to desire them, no hand to grasp them. Thus it is with one that is spiritually dead; let the sunshine of the gospel blaze out ever so clearly, he sees it not because he is in darkness; though he live under plentiful means and rich dispensations — yet he is blind and poor; offer him the rich pearls of the gospel, the rich treasures of grace in Christ Jesus — yet he has no heart to them, no hand of faith to lay hold upon them; so blind, stupid, and senseless is he, that, though these rich treasures, these graces, these pearls of the gospel, be conveyed unto him in earthen vessels, in a plain and familiar manner — yet he does not, he cannot apprehend them; judgments do not affright him, and mercies cannot allure and persuade him. In the mean time, this creature is all life in the element of sin: he loves it; he pleads for it, he commits it with greediness. This is Paul’s account of the unconverted Gentiles, and how many such have we under a Christian name! O Lord, exert Your great power and quicken all that are thus dead in trespasses and sins. Carry on also Your work in my heart, that I may be holy in word and deed.

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

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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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