Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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

He restoreth my soul. Psalm 23:3

There are many amusements and distractions this world offers that may provide momentary relief to a troubled soul. But nothing can satisfy or restore like the presence of God. He brings permanent peace, satisfaction and rest like nothing else can. He gives strength for the journey and living water to the thirsty soul. He refreshes, revives and restores. Ask Him. He will do this for you today! —Deborah Manera

He leads me beside still waters,
Somewhere in the valley below,
He draws me aside to be tested and tried,
But in the valley He restoreth my soul. —Dottie Rambo

Monday, September 24, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:33-16:34; Jeremiah 27:1-28:17; Col. 4:2-18

Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. Philippians 1:24

The desire to go home; the need to stay here. Though the load of responsibility is sometimes felt heavily, isn’t it great to be needed? Christians who desire to depart and be with Christ (far better!) are often the ones most necessary here. The desire for our Lord’s presence is what keeps us steady and that stability is so needed by others. Lord, help me to remain steadfast in order to bless others; help me not to be selfish. —Rick Morse

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing O Saviour I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today. —Ira B. Wilson

Lord’s Day, September 23, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:1-32; Jeremiah 26:1-24; Colossians 3:5-4:1

And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills. Deuteronomy 33:15

Last year, a Scottish bank issued new currency notes. One new image used was a picture of Nan Shepherd (1893-1981)—a highly acclaimed Scottish writer, poet and lover of landscapes and mountains. Her
writings display a unique understanding of how awesome mountains can be to those who will just stop and take time to reflect on their beauty as opposed to the quest by some to simply scale them as a conquest. We, like the Psalmist, should consider the works of the Lord as seen in creation and give God praise. Equally we should glory in the work accomplished on the hill of Calvary. —Brian Powlesland

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art. —Carl G. Boberg

Saturday, September 22, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:33-14:31; Jeremiah 24:1-25:10; Col. 2:8-3:4

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. Job 2:2

Satan is the master of the half-truth. When questioned by God, he said that he had been walking up and down the earth. But God’s Word has the other side of the story. His walk had purpose; to devour those he could. He is the enemy of our souls and operates with the fierceness of a lion and the cunning of a serpent. Study the Word and know the strategy of the one who wants to destroy your walk. —Mark Kolchin

I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave. —P. Bliss

Friday, September 21, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:1-32; Jeremiah 23:1-40; Colossians 1:21-2:7

Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Nahum 2:1, NKJV

Nahum challenged Nineveh to defend itself in view of the judgment that was about to fall upon it. How sound are our “defences”? Are we actively preventing Satan from gaining a foothold in our hearts and minds? —Pete Smith

Say, when Satan’s by you;
Say, when all things try you;
“I can all things, all things do,
Through Christ, which strengtheneth me.” —R. Hudson Pope

Thursday, September 20, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 12:1-33; Jeremiah 21:1-22:30; Colossians 1:1-20

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6

At the age of one I was given a Bible by my grandmother. In it she wrote the song verse which is featured below. She considered the Word of God to be more precious than earthly treasure and recognized that through its pages we can learn of the eternal, spiritual riches which are found only in Christ. She sowed that seed into my heart, watered it with her prayers and gave a wonderful example of godly living, for which I give God thanks. —Paul Young

I have a wonderful treasure, gift of God without measure,
We will travel together, my Bible and I. —Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

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

It was Harry A. Ironside who said that to him, Isaiah 53:6 is the most wonderful text in the Word of God, epitomizing the entire story of the Bible: man’s ruin by nature and practice and God’s marvelous and all-sufficient remedy. An anxious soul was directed to this text and finding peace said afterward, “I bent low and went in at the first all. I stood up and came out at the second all.” —W. Ross Rainey

All thy sins were laid upon Him,
Jesus bore them on the tree;
God, who knew them, laid them on Him,
And, believing, thou art free. —J. D. Smith

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

“Surely we will return with you to your people.” Ruth 1:10, NKJV

Naomi had suffered grievously in the various circumstances of her life. Perhaps this is why she gave poor advice to her daughters-in-law and encouraged them to “return” or “go back” to the darkness of Moab. “Go back” means “return to the place of departure.” Despite her difficulties, she must have previously taught her daughters-in-law about the grace of God in the land of God. Even though she struggled in her counsel to them, there had been a steady testimony before them all along. Are we living so? —N. C. Funston

Be still my soul! The Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain. —Katharina von Schlegel

Monday, September 17, 2018

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

My beloved is mine, and I am his. Song of Solomon 2:16

One of our children was very possessive. When we tried to take a toy away from her, she would emphatically say, “mine.” Are we as believers so thrilled by what the Lord has done for us that we joyfully proclaim that He is “mine”? Do we contemplate the amazing love that He had for us when He died to make us His bride? What a joy to know that my beloved is mine. —Mary Robins

Things that once were wild alarms, cannot now disturb my rest;
Closed in everlasting arms, pillowed on the loving breast.
O to lie forever here, doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear, I am His, and He is mine. —George W. Robinson

Lord’s Day, September 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 8:31-66; Jeremiah 16:1-21; Philippians 1:21-2:11

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Luke 23:42, NKJV

After observing the lowly manner in which our Lord suffered at Calvary, one crucified thief became convinced that Jesus Christ was the Lord, and would rise from the dead to establish His kingdom. The verb tense of “said” informs us that the thief repeatedly asked the Lord to remember Him. However, Christ spoke just once to the desperate thief, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (v. 43). Whatever Christ says is sure; Him repeating it does not make it more certain! —W. A. H.

If the Lord Jesus said it, I believe it for He cannot lie.
His words are in the Bible, I will believe it until I die. —Author Unknown