Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 12:1-40; Ezekiel 13:1-23; John 4:31-54

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. Psalm 116:7

Often as believers, we may find our souls in a state of heaviness and unrest due to “manifold temptations” (1 Peter 1:6). Does this describe you today? The Psalmist suggests that rest can once again be found by
returning to the one who promises rest for your soul (Matt. 11:29). As we refocus on the one who “daily loadeth us with benefits” (Ps. 68:19), we’ll be able to say with the Psalmist, “Why art thou cast down, O my
soul?…hope thou in God!” (Ps. 42:5). —E. V.

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.” —Horatio G. Spafford

October 31

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 12:1-40; Ezekiel 13:1-23; John 4:31-54

We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news…If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. 2 Kings 7:9

We bring you the good news. Acts 13:32

Upon the flight of the enemy, the four leprous men of Samaria were blest with food in the midst of the famine. To withhold this good news would be evil. Likewise, this is a day of good tidings. Satan has been defeated, and salvation and blessing are available to sinful men. Christ died, was buried and was raised again and is now enthroned in glory. Do not tarry; receive and believe the glad tidings. —Neil Dougal

O glad and glorious Gospel! With joy we now proclaim,
A full and free salvation, through faith in Jesus’ name.—M. Fraser

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 10:1-11:47; Ezekiel 12:1-28; John 4:1-30

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me…But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:1, 3

Those who rest in the Lord have complete trust and peace. This rest is what our Lord was referring to when He said we are to trust as a little child does, a trust that does not doubt or question (Matt. 18:2-4).
We need faith that says, “God says it, I believe it, and that settles it!”.

Lord, there are many who rise against me,
Ones who say that no help comes from Thee,
But I know You are there, a shield for my head,
You don’t cast down, but lift up instead. —G. F.

October 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 10:1-11:47; Ezekiel 12:1-28; John 4:1-30

There is therefore NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1

Often a single word in Scripture fills the heart with rejoicing. The glorious word in our verse is “NOW.” We know that, in eternity, condemnation for the believer is gone forever. But in this life, when the heart deceives and sin defiles, “NOW” is a refuge. Condemnation is gone because God laid on His Lamb the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). In Christ Jesus is a refuge that always avails. When would be a good time to thank Him for such a blessing? Now! —Bill Bush

Now I have found a friend—Jesus is mine;
His love shall never end—Jesus is mine.
Though earthly joys decrease and earthly friendships cease,
Now I have lasting peace—Jesus is mine. —H. Hope

Monday, October 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 8:1-9:44; Ezekiel 11:1-25; John 3:22-36

Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows to the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:14-15

Many of God’s promises come with conditions. He expects us to demonstrate our love and devotion through thankful hearts, even when times are tough. He expects faithfulness in serving Him despite circumstances. Then, He promises to hear our prayers and act accordingly. Are you expecting God’s intervention without putting him first? That will never work. God must be our priority in order to claim his promises. Make Him your all—and see Him work His timing and His way in your life. —Deborah Manera

Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.—Havergal

October 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 8:1-9:44; Ezekiel 11:1-25; John 3:22-36

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Matthew 27:22

Asked so long ago, this is still one of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves. Here Pontius Pilate asked the question of the unruly crowd as the Lord stood before him. The crowd replied, “Let him be crucified!” Pilate didn’t really know what to do, but swayed by the crowd he rejected Christ. How sad! Even today many still reject the Lord, but what of you? Ask yourself this question, “What shall I do with Jesus?” May you receive and accept Him today. —John M. Clegg

O soul, so sad and weary, that sweet voice speaks to thee:
Then what will you do with Jesus? Oh, what shall the answer be?
—Nathaniel Norton

Lord’s Day, October 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 7:1-40; Ezekiel 10:1-22; John 2:23-3:21

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 17:15
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24

We are outraged when guilty men go free, yet at the heart of the Christian gospel stands this sentence—God justifies the ungodly! He acquits the guilty! How can He do this and remain righteous? The death of Christ vindicates God and justifies sinners. Everything Jesus suffered He suffered for God’s glory for, “it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for
sin” (Isa. 53:10). —Drew Craig

God could not pass the sinner by, his sins demand that he must die,
But in the cross of Christ we see, how God can save, yet righteous be. — Author Unknown

October 28

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 7:1-40; Ezekiel 10:1-22; John 2:23-3:21

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24, NKJV

Burdened by sin, a young man asked the question, “What can I do to be saved?” He was shattered by the answer, “I am sorry to tell you but you are too late!” Thankfully the speaker went on to explain, “You see, everything needed for your salvation was done by Christ. He finished the work that was needed for you to be saved when He took your sins upon Himself on the cross.” You can do nothing to earn salvation! Simply cry out to Christ in your distress and trust in Him. Receive by faith what He died to give you—salvation full and free. —David Croudace

Jesus wept and died for me; Jesus suffered on the tree;
Jesus waits to make me free; He alone can save me. —Robert Lowry

October 27

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 6:1-81; Ezekiel 8:1-9:11; John 2:1-22

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8

Mahatma Ghandi was visited by faithful missionaries while on one of his extended fasts. As they shared their faith, he asked them to sing a hymn showing the depth of their commitment. In a moment they sang Isaac Watts’ great hymn: “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died—my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.” —Arnot P. McIntee

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too
small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my heart, my life, my all.
—Isaac Watts

Saturday, October 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 6:1-81; Ezekiel 8:1-9:11; John 2:1-22

Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan. Psalm 135:10-11

Before entering Canaan, God prepared Israel for their warfare by granting victory over two kings, Sihon and Og. His historic judgments against them also warned unbelievers like Rahab to flee His wrath (Josh. 2:10) by trusting the Lord. God’s dealings in history assured Israel of His present help in trials. The Bible uses their defeat to proclaim God’s power and providential faithfulness towards His people. As the hymn says: “We’ll praise Him for all that is past and trust Him for all that’s to come.” —K. R. Keyser

The way was right their hearts to prove, to make God’s glory known;
And show His wisdom, pow’r, and love, engag’d to save His own. —Newton