September 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 22:1-53; Jeremiah 33:1-26; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30

The Athenian philosophers had surrounded themselves with many gods. But the Apostle Paul came to Athens and stripped away their comfort by presenting the one and only God and the solemn fact of everyone’s accountability to Him. Notice, God does not ask men to repent—He commands them to repent. Sometimes we think that sinners would be doing God a real favor if they decided to listen to Him. This is not the true gospel. God commands repentance, and promises judgment to those who refuse to obey. —William Burnett

Repent, believe, this very hour, trust in the Saviour’s
cleansing power, Then will your joyous answer be,
saved through a long eternity! —Author Unknown

Saturday, September 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 21:1-29; Jeremiah 32:26-44; Hebrews 4:1-13

Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the King. Daniel 2:49

God has different spheres of service for each of us. Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego had an important position but Daniel had one that was even higher. God also calls us to pass through circumstances that are unique to our own situation. Daniel’s three friends went through the fiery furnace but Daniel did not. In similar fashion his friends were not with him in the den of lions. Our responsibility is to live faithfully where we have been placed. Don’t worry about others. Keep your eye on Him and let your light shine. —Vernon Markle
Daniel, faithful to his God, bowed down to pray,

The God that lived in Daniel’s day, is just the same today. —Author Unknown

September 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 21:1-29; Jeremiah 32:26-44; Hebrews 4:1-13

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5

Zacchaeus was seeking but so was the Lord. The Lord saw him up among the leaves of the sycamore, and called him by name. How glad we are that today, wherever there is a seeking sinner, there is a Saviour who seeks and calls by name. If you are seeking, seek with all your heart and the Saviour will find you. —John M. Clegg

Oh! Why remain distant when God calls you near?
In love that dismisses all bondage and fear;
Oh why remain Christless when you may be blest?
Oh, why remain weary, when Christ gives you rest?
—Author Unknown

Friday, September 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 20:1-43; Jeremiah 32:1-25; Hebrews 3:1-19

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. Psalm 15:1-2

What a contrast from the man in the previous psalm! That man was hard and unyielding, while this one rests in the Lord and walks uprightly. God can do nothing for the hard and stubborn person, but He can do everything for those who abide in Him. Many a person has seemed unfit for service for the Lord and yet He used them mightily because they were available and obedient. No one is useless in the Lord’s hands. —G. Frear

Who will abide in God’s holy hill? Who will be in His tabernacle? 
He who walks in uprightness of heart, he who takes the truth as his part. —G. F.

September 28

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 20:1-43; Jeremiah 32:1-25; Hebrews 3:1-19

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9

The door to the chicken coop was open. But as I turned to walk home, I couldn’t help but notice two chickens that were flapping their wings and flying at the walls and roof of the building, attempting to get out. All that effort for nothing. The door was open. It made me think of those people who are working so hard in the hopes of reaching heaven when the door is wide open. Jesus died on the cross and His blood can cleanse us from sin. Why not enter through the Door and trust Jesus today? —J. Fleming

Christ is the door that leads to life, to purpose and to heaven,
So come and trust in Him today, and you will be forgiven. —J. Fleming

September 27

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Hebrews 2:1-18

Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things. Acts 13:38-39

Satan has whitewashed sin. Human society smiles upon evil and readily indulges in it. But God has not changed. The sinner must be washed, not whitewashed, by the fountain that was opened through the death of Christ at Calvary. That washing justifies so that the sinner is made clean and is seen by God as being in Christ. If you are in Christ, you know it. If not, you are in your sins, and far from God. —Doug Kazen

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in part,
but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. Praise
the Lord, Praise the Lord, oh my soul! —Horatio G. Spafford

Thursday, September 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Hebrews 2:1-18

Gather the people together, men and women, and children…that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 31:12-13

What valuable instruction these verses give us today! Notice the objective given for men, women, and especially children who are unlearned—to be gathered under the sound of God’s Word. First, that they may hear, then learn, then fear (or reverence) and ultimately obey the Lord. Never underestimate the power of God’s Word to impact and change lives, especially those of our children! —E. V.

O Light of our dark sky: we praise You for the radiance,
That from the Scripture’s page, shines on from age to age. —W. How

September 26

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad Psalm 45:8, NKJV

Procter and Gamble is a familiar name. One Sunday, Harley Procter listened to a preacher speak from Psalm 45 where ivory palaces are mentioned. As a result, he decided to call his soap Ivory. Many people think that good works or a  moral life, superficial cleanliness, will merit them entry into God’s heaven. But our problem goes much deeper than that. Thank God for Him who came from the ivory palaces to accomplish what no soap could do! Christ washed us from our sins! —R. Surgenor

Though thy sins are red like crimson, deep in scarlet glow;
Jesus’ precious blood can make them, white as snow.
—Frances R. Havergal

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck. 1 Timothy 1:19

When plotting a course on an ocean going vessel the navigator has to be accurate in his calculations. Even one degree off at the beginning can mean hundreds of miles off course at his ultimate destination. Believers too, need to pay attention to the small details of our journey. A small insignificant event that was not carefully corrected; a little sin that is just allowed to continue, a small argument that was never resolved. Ignoring these things can lead to shipwreck. Let’s examine our trek and make sure we are on course. —Sid Halsband

I’ve found a Friend; O such a Friend! All power to Him is given;
To guard me on my onward course, and bring me safe to heaven. —James Grindley Small

September 25

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 17:1-24; Jeremiah 29:1-32; Philemon 1:1-25

Jesus…said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Mark 12:34

When one stands before the King and at the door to the kingdom, it is truly a solemn moment, and no other question really matters. Here was a scribe, evidently drawn to Christ. He had a good grasp of the Scriptures, and realized that God demanded more from men than mere outward observance of the Mosaic law. Similarly, many today know the facts of the gospel but are still outside the kingdom. They need to realize their danger. It’s only a step to safety. Will you take that step? —W. P. W. McVey

Yes, not very far from salvation by grace, but beware, O sinner,
beware! For not very far is a perilous place; you art lost if you
linger there. —Author Unknown