December 13

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 9:1-15; Daniel 10:1-21; Revelation 5:1-14

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46

Philip made the startling claim to his friend Nathanael, that he had found the Messiah, and that in Him, Jesus of Nazareth, could be found all the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Nathanael was not so sure. He doubted the validity of his friend’s testimony. Rather than get into a theological argument, Philip simply said, “Come and see.” The most compelling argument for the enjoyment of blessing in Christ is to come and see. Will you do that today? —Roy Hill

Oh, I sought so long for something, That would give me joy
and peace within; Till at last I came to Jesus, And He cleansed
my heart from sin. —Alice Hansche Sorensen

Thursday, December 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 9:1-15; Daniel 10:1-21; Revelation 5:1-14

See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. 1 Peter 1:22b

The term “fervent” is found nine times in the New Testament epistles. There are six different Greek words that express this English word. The context is seen in three areas; love, prayer and service. Fervent service is the fruit of love and prayer; fervent prayer is the power of service and love; fervent love is the motive of prayer and service. —Sam Thorpe Jr.

Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous power.
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us,
Every day and every hour. —Mary E. Maxwell

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 8:1-36; Daniel 9:1-27; Revelation 4:1-11

There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? John 6:9

Have you ever thought to yourself that you are useless and worthless and that the Lord cannot use you? The boy above might have had similar thoughts until he surrendered what he had to the Lord. and He used them to feed about five thousand men, besides women and children (Matt. 14:21). When you surrender your hands and feet, heart and mind to the Lord, they will make a difference! Do so, and be a blessing to those whose path you cross today. —K. C. Ung

Then bring your all to Jesus, however poor and small;
Come, hasten now to bring it, the “little lads” and all.  -Julia H. Johnston

December 12

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 8:1-36; Daniel 9:1-27; Revelation 4:1-11

And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it. Exodus 20:25

When the Israelites built an altar, it was to have no hewn stones or steps (verse 26). Pictured in this was God’s complete provision for redemption. He provided the stones, the animal to be sacrificed and there were not even stairs to climb! The message was that no one could approach God through personal effort. In Christ, God came the entire way to earth to reconcile man to Himself. Man cannot work his way to heaven. Salvation is all of
God or not of God! Have you received it? —W. A. Henderson

Thou through deepest tribulation deigned to pass for our salvation;
Thousand, thousand praises be, Lord of Glory unto Thee.
—Author Unknown

December 11

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me. Psalm 43:3 

Ted, in his small airplane, took to the air to fly a few hundred miles to visit his friend in a distant city. Some time after takeoff, strong winds and ominous clouds made flying difficult. It was then that he realized he had not checked his all-important compass and radio. Just before crashing into a mountain-side, he wrote two words, “Off course.” Make certain you are not off course on your flight from time into eternity, but may the light
and truth of salvation be yours. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Have you come? —Arnot P. McIntee

Walk in the light! and you shall find your darkness passed away,
Because the light has on you shone in which is perfect day.—B. Barton

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22

That they may set their hope in God. Psalm 78:7, NKJV

Bible history is interesting, informative, and important. Why do we need to study this history? There are lessons to be learned (see 1 Cor. 10:1-12), and illustrations to be grasped. Jesus Himself constantly quoted Old Testament history. This chapter provides another reason. It is an overview of Israel’s history. It emphasizes how much we need to know how God worked in the past. By doing so, we learn to “set [our] hope [on] God,” the one behind all history. —N. C. Funston

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home. —Isaac Watt

December 10

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 6:1-22; Daniel 7:1-28; Revelation 2:18-3:6

If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death. 1 Samuel 2:25

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34 

“Judge’s Ruling Overturned By Higher Court” the news headline read. God is the supreme Judge. So, if we sin against Him and have no intercessor, we are lost, totally condemned— forever. When Christ, the Son of God, who died for us, intercedes for us, we are totally safe—forever. —D. Logan

Oh, what a Saviour that He died for me! 
From condemnation He has set me free. —J. McGranahan

Monday, December 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 6:1-22; Daniel 7:1-28; Revelation 2:18-3:6

Fret not thyself because of evildoers. Psalm 37:1
Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way. Psalm 37:7
Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Psalm 37:8

One of Satan’s clever devices is to get people to fret (see Hannah in 1 Sam. 1:6). King David tells us rather to: trust (v. 3), delight (v. 4), commit (v. 5), rest and wait patiently (v. 7). If these terms are characteristics of the believer’s life, there will be neither the time nor the inclination to fret. The decision is up to us. He promises His peace to those who trust Him. —Wm. H. Gustafson

God’s almighty arms are round me; peace, peace is mine!
Judgment scenes need not confound me, peace, peace is mine! —J. Denham Smith

December 9

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 5:1-17; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 2:1-17

He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:8, NKJV

Three questions are on the hearts of most people today. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? The answer to these questions is found in the Word of God. We are here because of God’s sovereign design. We are to live to the praise of His glory. Our eternal destiny is heaven. Do you realize that you have the potential of representing the God of the universe in your corner of the world, and that being with Him forever can be your lot? Trust the Saviour and these questions will be answered for you. —W. H. Gustafson

Fill all my vision, every desire, keep for Thy glory;
my soul inspire,With Thy perfection, Thy holy love;
flooding my path, with light from above. —Avis B. Christiansen

Lord’s Day, December 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 5:1-17; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 2:1-17

And he took their king’s crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David’s head. 2 Samuel 12:30

When Rabbat was conquered, the defeated king’s glorious crown was placed on David’s head, manifesting his victory and supremacy. But, what is that compared to the conquest of our Lord? Revelation 11:15 announces, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” “And on his head were many crowns” (Rev. 19:12). All praise to Him who
reigns on high. —Carl Knott

Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is king of all. —Matthew Bridges