“Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.” Joshua 8:26
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
A willing subjection to any one sin is not consistent with the grace of God and true saving faith (Romans 6:14). For though wicked inhabitants will abide in the heart and sometimes prevail over a believer, they must not reign there — but should be vigorously resisted, since we may be utterly ruined by willing subjection to a single sin. Though you are actually converted and have gained the dominion over your sins — yet you must not draw back your hand and lay the spear and sword of the Spirit aside. There is no truce in this war, nor any rest found but in fighting. For if you do not vanquish your enemies, they will vanquish you.
Therefore the Christian soldier’s watch-word is “Fight on,” looking to Jesus. Satan left Christ only for a time; much more will he renew his assaults upon us again and again; nay, if a man is not watchful — but presumptuous, he “takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself.” But if the conflict lasts long with you, remember that it is also the case with others. Fight on, therefore, and faint not. At last the victory will be the more sweet and glorious. Only above all things, take the shield of faith. For faith, by which we are in covenant with Christ, alone triumphs. Faith honors Christ by pleading with Him, and Christ honors faith by giving to it.
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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