“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15, 17
Reader, whose will do you do? Examine yourself. Perhaps you think that to love the world and do its will cannot be a great sin because many reputed honest men and Christians do the same. No — but for your soul’s sake, consider what the Scripture says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Without this love of the Father, you have no faith.
Consider further whether you do not love the world above either God or your own soul:
- Have you not more than a hundred thoughts about the world for one of God or of your soul?
- Do you not talk a hundred times more about the world than about God or your soul?
- Is not your pursuit continually after the world, to the neglect of God and your soul?
If so, the world is your idol; you love not God and are murdering your own soul. Alas, what a piteous case you are in!
The Lord have mercy on you! Holy Spirit, convince us of our true state and condition before God; if it is right, confirm us in it; if it is wrong, convert us from 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
Be Ready Always...
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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