September 19

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 11:1-43; Jeremiah 19:1-20:18; Philippians 4:2-23

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

What great news for sinners—spoken by the Son of God Himself! The promise is that through hearing His Word and believing on the One who sent the Lord Jesus, their sins will be forgiven; they will receive the gift of eternal life; they will be placed beyond the possibility of judgment, and will pass from death unto life. Are you one of those who has “heard His Word,” or are you still resisting His voice? Even as you read these words, may you trust the Lord Jesus as your Saviour and pass from death into life. —W. H. Burnett

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Verily, verily, message ever new, He that
believeth on the Son, ‘tis true, hath everlasting life. —J. McGranahan

September 18

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 10:1-29; Jeremiah 18:1-23; Philippians 3:1-4:1

Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. John 4:6, NKJV

Listening to the conversation of tourists who had come to draw water from the well in a resort village, I recalled that one day Jesus “sat thus by the well.” Think of that the weary Saviour waiting to give a woman a drink of “living water”! Still today, He wants to eternally satisfy the thirst of those who are drinking of the never-satisfying wells of pleasure, fame and wealth. To such He says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37, NKJV). —Robert Steele

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold I freely give The living waterthirsty
one, stoop down and drink and live.” I came to Jesus and I
drank of that life-giving stream; My thirst was quenched, my soul
revived, and now I live in Him. —Horatius Bonar

September 17

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 9:1-28; Jeremiah 17:1-27; Philippians 2:12-30

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Hebrews 11:4, NKJV

In order to approach God, Cain brought the fruit of his labour to try to cover his sin! He was rejected. None of our good works, even the best, can ever be good enough for God. He is utterly holy. Because of this the Bible says the soul that sins must die. My sin can be paid for only by death. So by faith Abel offered a lamb, which died in his place and his sacrifice was accepted. The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, died as our substitute, and for our sin. Depending upon that sacrifice, we can now come to God by faith and find forgiveness and full acceptance. Have you come? —David Croudace

Not the labor of my hands can fulfill Thy laws’ demands, All for sin
could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone. —A. Toplady

September 16

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 8:31-66; Jer. 16:1-21; Phil. 1:21-2:11

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16, KJV

Its estimated that during the average lifetime we will spend about six months waiting at stoplights and two years standing in line. These statistics may be exaggerated, but time is extremely important. In view of the evil days in which we live, we are exhorted to redeem it, that is, to buy up our opportunities to worship, walk and witness. Time is short for all of us, but especially for the individual who has not yet believed on Jesus Christ. If you haven’t done so, while there is yet time, believe now on the Lord Jesus Christ. —W. Ross Rainey

Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh,
To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time. —Author Unknown

September 15

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 8:1-30; Jeremiah 15:1-21; Philippians 1:1-20

No man cared for my soul. Psalm 142:4, KJV

The Son of God…gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20, KJV 

Normally, when appeals for clemency arrived on the desk of President Abraham Lincoln, they were supported by letters from influential people. When one came without the usual documentation, the president exclaimed, “What, has this man no friends?” “No,” replied one of his advisors. “Then,” said Lincoln, “I will be his friend.” When no man cared for our souls, the Lord Jesus died for us. He wants to be your Friend. Will you let Him, by accepting Him as your personal Saviour? —Arnot P. McIntee

I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a Friend! He bled, He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life, But His own self He gave me.
—James G. Small

September 14

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 7:1-51; Jeremiah 14:1-22; Ephesians 6:10-24

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27

The judgment is just as certain as death. Some people in terrible pain, or facing penalties, choose to commit suicide. They seem to think that it will end all. In fact, for those not born again, it is the beginning of far greater agony, with no escape, no end. God offers eternal life as a gift, but this offer terminates at death. Why leave it to the last minute? Come to Jesus, here and now. You will never regret it. —R. E. Harlow

Sinners, turn; why will you die? God, your Saviour,
asks you why; Christ, who did your souls retrieve,
Died Himself, that you might live. —C. Wesley

September 13

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 6:1-38; Jeremiah 13:1-27; Ephesians 5:22-6:9

And the heavens over your head shall be bronze. Deut. 28:23 

So is the experience for the natural man who seeks God, but not the Christ of God. Many try to come to God, praying incessantly, yet finding the heavens as bronze. Bronze speaks of God’s judgment and it certainly is God’s judgment that separates us from Him. What we need to realize is that although we cannot do it ourselves, Someone has already gone through judgment (brass) to dissolve it for us. The only way to God is by Christ. —Tom Steere

Death and judgment are behind us, grace and glory are before; All
the billows rolled o’er Jesus, there they spent their utmost pow’r.
Jesus died, and we died with Him, buried in His grave we lay, One
with Him in resurrection, now “in Him” in heaven’s bright day.
—Mrs. J. A. Trench

September 12

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 4:1-5:18; Jeremiah 12:1-17; Ephesians 5:1-21

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved. John 10:9

One day a man rushed into a railroad station and breathlessly asked the ticket agent, “When does the 8:01 train leave?” “At 8:01,” the agent replied. “Well,” said the man, “it’s 7:59 by my watch, 7:57 by the town clock, and 8:04 by the station clock. Which am I to go by?” “You can go by any clock you wish,” said the agent, “but you can’t go by the 8:01 train, for it has already left.” If you have not come to Christ for salvation, do so today while the door is still open. He’s coming soon—don’t be left behind! —Wade LeBlanc

Be in time, while the voice of Jesus calls you, be in time. If in sin
you longer wait, you may find no open gate, And your cry be just
too late. Be in time. —Author Unknown

September 11

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 3:1-28; Jeremiah 11:1-23; Ephesians 4:17-32

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

In recent years the world has lurched from one state of turmoil to another. The term 9/11 will be forever etched in the annals of history. The downward spiral has continued since then. The crash of the world’s financial system. Continued terrorism and war. The doom and gloom warnings of global warming. But our Lord Jesus Christ is still able to calm troubled hearts. Oh what peace He brings! Do you know Him? —Jim Paul

Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is
gone, Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the
living just because He lives. —B. Gaither

September 10

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 2:1-46; Jeremiah 10:1-25; Ephesians 4:1-16

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. Titus 3:5, NKJV

The dying thief on the cross is a beautiful testimony to the truth of this scripture. Salvation is by faith and by faith alone! The contrite heart of this sinner repented and said, “this Man has done nothing wrong,” thus confessing that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. He then earnestly prayed, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Assured by the word of the Lord, “today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:41-43, NKJV), he died forgiven (not by his works but by the Lord’s blessed work) and went to heaven. —E. MacLelland

God in mercy sent His Son to a world by sin undone, Jesus Christ
was crucified—’twas for sinners Jesus died. —Hannah Burlingham