“The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple…. Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:130,133
We may have a clear sight and a real taste of the gospel, and yet be soon deprived of the comfort of it again, if we do not walk in godly simplicity and poverty of spirit; for Christ will have none but humble and childlike disciples. But if we abide in Christ by a close and humble walk with Him, we shall come to great and lasting assurance. For neither a sweet sense of the love of Christ nor even faith itself in Christ, is the ground of our salvation; but Christ alone received into the heart as the Savior.
Faith does not save — but enables us to receive the Savior, and with Him salvation. Nor does the most delightful sense of the love of Christ save us; it only shows that the Savior is present with us. Now the weakest true believer receives Christ as well as the strongest, though he reaps no present comfort from his faith.
We must first believe before we can hope for present feelings, and when we are favored with such feelings we must not make them the ground of our confidence. Christ, and Christ alone, must be the ground of confidence.
Order my footsteps by Your word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.
Make me to walk in Your commands,
‘Tis a delightful road;
Nor let my head or heart or hands
Offend against my God.
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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