October 7

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kgs. 6:24-7:20; Jer. 41:1-42:6; Heb. 10:19-39

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8

Although sin abounded upon the face of the earth, God, through His grace, provided a remedy. The ark was completely covered inside and outside with pitch (the word used for “atonement”) for security. Only those who went into the ark were saved from the waters of judgment. In due time God, in the riches of His grace, sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins. On the cross Christ bore God’s judgment in our stead. Christ is the only ark of safety. Are you resting in Him today? —E. MacLelland

Grace all the work shall crown Through everlasting days:
It lays in heaven the topmost stone, And well deserves the praise.
—P. Doddridge

October 6

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 6:1-23; Jer. 39:1-40:16; Hebrews 10:1-18

The gospel of Christ…is the power of God. Romans 1:16, KJV

The preaching of the cross…is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18, KJV

The root of the word “power” has to do with ability. The gospel of Christ makes available God’s power to save us, because it preaches the cross. And not just any cross but the cross of Christ, who being sinless became sin and died on the cross in our place. There was no other way for God to remain just and yet be the justifier. If there were, He would have removed that “cup” from Him. “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints” (Revelation 15:3, KJV). —Tom Steere

The cross! The cross! The bloodstained cross, The cross of Christ I
see. It tells me of that precious blood that once was shed for me.
—J. Stockton

October 5

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 5:1-27; Jeremiah 38:1-28; Hebrews 9:15-28

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Behring MacDowell, returning from Africa, was asked his profession by a customs official. Hearing he was a missionary,
he asked, “What’s Isaiah 53:6?” Behring gladly quoted it and the official smiled and said, “Welcome home!” Could you have
quoted this wonderful verse that begins and ends with “all”? All are sinners, but Christ is the sin bearer for us all. Put your trust
in Him and one day you will hear Him say, “Welcome home!” —Rex Trogdon

Guilty, vile and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement can it be? Hallelujah! what a Saviour! —Philip Bliss

October 4

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 4:1-44; Jeremiah 37:1-21; Hebrews 9:1-14

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV

In his painting entitled The Raising of the Cross, Rembrandt vividly portrayed Christ in deep agony on Calvary’s cruel
tree. A careful examination of the masterpiece reveals one of the observers with the likeness of Rembrandt. It was his
way of saying, “I was there.” The beloved apostle Paul put it this way, “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me
(Galatians 2:20, NKJV). Friend, Christ loved and died for you. Believe it for eternal salvation. —Arnot P. McIntee

‘Twas I that shed that sacred blood,
I nailed Him to the tree.
I crucified the Christ of God,
I joined the mockery. —Horatius Bonar

October 3

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 3:1-27; Jeremiah 36:1-32; Hebrews 8:1-13

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith…“The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17, NKJV

Martin Luther was a monk in the Roman Catholic Church. He longed to know that he was right with God. He did what the church told him: he fasted, he prayed, he went to church services, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome. But he did not have the assurance of salvation. As he was studying the book of Romans the truth dawned on his soul. Christ had paid for all of his sins; all he had to do was to trust His finished work and he would be saved. Thank God, Christ is enough. What are you trusting? —Donald L. Norbie

Oh the peace forever flowing, from God’s thoughts of His own Son;
Oh the peace of simply knowing, on the cross that all was done!
—A. P. Cecil

October 2

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 2:1-25; Jeremiah 35:1-19; Hebrews 7:1-28

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 

It is recorded of the Reformation leader, Martin Luther (1483- 1546), that he once set himself apart to study and meditate on these profound words of Christ from the cross. When at length he rose from his thoughts, he was heard to exclaim with amazement, “God forsaken of God! Who can understand that?” Have you realized that Christ was forsaken that we might be forgiven? Have you truly believed on Him and availed yourself of His forgiveness? —W. Ross Rainey

Forgiven, forgotten, all cleansed in the blood,
My sins are remembered no more;
Atoned for by Jesus in Calv’ry’s flood,
My sins are remembered no more.
—Author Unknown

 

 

October 1

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 1:1-18; Jeremiah 34:1-22; Hebrews 5:11-6:20

Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. Psalm 66:5

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16

The first call is to “see” God’s awesome works, both in creation and in redemption. How good it is to learn that an all-powerful God can transform our sinful lives when we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus! When we do so, we are in a position to echo the psalmist’s second call, “Come hear what He has done for my soul.” Have you such a story to tell? —George Hall

Only a sinner saved by grace!
This is my story—to God be the glory;
I’m only a sinner saved by grace. —James M. Gray

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

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

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