Monday, December 31, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 9:1-10:3; Malachi 3:7 4:6; Rev. 22:6-21

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever. Exodus 15:18

Exodus 15 is a great song of deliverance. It is the first song in the Bible and concludes with a glorious hope to a newly delivered people. This is the first time we are assured that our God reigns forever and ever. The Bible consistently echoes this theme, “The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.” This great truth has brought consolation to His suffering church down through the ages and as this year draws to a close, it brings consolation to our waiting hearts. In a world that has rejected the Lord Jesus, may we live expectantly, knowing that God is still on the throne and one day soon, He will reign forever and ever! Hallelujah! —Jim Comte

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun, doth His successive journeys run.
His name like sweet perfume shall rise, with every morning sacrifice. —Isaac Watts

Lord’s Day, December 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 7:1-8:17; Malachi 2:10-3:6; Rev. 21:9-22:5

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. Psalm 73:25

It’s impossible to fully estimate what Christ is to the believer. If we tried to measure the greatness of His blessings to us, it would be like trying to swallow the ocean. He is our life (Col. 3:4); our peace (Eph. 2:14); our hope (1 Tim. 1:1); our all in all (Col. 3:11). —Jim Pizzulli

There is never a cross so heavy, there is never a weight of woe,
But that Jesus will help to carry, because He loveth so.
Wonderful, wonderful Jesus, in the heart He implants a song:
A song of deliverance, courage, strength, in the heart He implants a song. —Anne B. Russell

Saturday, December 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 5:1-6:14; Malachi 1:1-2:9; Rev. 20:7-21:8

Fear not, little flock: it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

Here we have God’s relationship with us referred to in three ways: as sheep, as children and as subjects. As our Shepherd He leads us in green pastures and by still waters restoring our souls in paths of  righteousness. As our Father He cares and disciplines us to conform us to the image of His Son. And as our King He reigns in us with justice and grace. What a God is ours. —Drew Craig

Great God of wonders, all Thy ways,
Display Thine attributes divine,
But the bright glories of Thy grace,
Above Thine other wonders shine. —Samuel Davies

December 29

DAILY READINGS: Esther 5:1-6:14; Malachi 1:1-2:9; Rev. 20:7-21:8

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Hannah could have found many reasons for keeping Samuel home with her. Who could raise Samuel better than she? Would God really want her to give him up? But Hannah wasted no time in weaning Samuel and presenting him to the Lord (verse 24). She was entrusting Samuel to God’s care. This may not have been easy, but trust and obedience is the only way to serve God. What we entrust to God is always protected by Him. What a
truth to rest in! Will you trust Him today? —D. Manera

I am trusting Thee to guide me; Thou alone shalt lead, Ev’ry day
and hour supplying, all that I shall need. —Frances R. Havergal

Friday, December 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 3:1-4:17; Zech. 13:7-14:21; Rev. 19:11-20:6

And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Genesis 35:29

Sadly, it is sometimes only at funerals that family members, who perhaps have grown apart, meet after many years. However, if this is the case, let us make sure we build on these reunions. Try and keep in touch and make sure you pray in earnest that any differences may be left in the past. Prayer for others softens your feelings. —Brian Russell

May the love of Jesus fill us,
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory. —Katie Wilkinson

December 28

DAILY READINGS: Est. 3:1-4:17; Zech. 13:7-14:21; Rev. 19:11-20:6

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

A young girl was known as “Mfiti” (witch) because it was believed she had killed her uncle through witchcraft. “Can she ever be forgiven?” I asked. “No!” came the reply! But God says, “Yes”! By the grace of God, she can be completely forgiven. When Christ died on the cross, He made a way for the worst sinner to receive forgiveness. “Mfiti” trusted Christ and is now rejoicing in the grace of God. Christ longs to show you His favour by
forgiving you and cleansing you from all unrighteousness. Why not come to Him today? —David Croudace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
—John Newton

December 27

DAILY READINGS: Esther 2:1-23; Zechariah 12:1-13:6; Rev. 19:1-10

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. Luke 2:33

Our Saviour’s coming to earth brought different responses from a variety of people. The shepherds praised and glorified God because of Him. Simeon embraced Him and was ready to depart his life in peace. Anna, the prophetess, gave thanks for Him. Herod was troubled by Him. The wise men worshiped Him. What is your response? He came to be your Saviour. Receive Him. —Rex Trogdon

O holy Child of Bethlehem! Descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the heavenly angels, the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.
—Phillips Brooks

Thursday, December 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 2:1-23; Zechariah 12:1-13:6; Revelation 19:1-10

And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Psalm 39:7, NKJV

While touring a pioneer village I was intrigued by the bed-time routine. Clothes were neatly hung. Books and toys were put away. These pilgrims believed in Christ’s eminent return and wanted nothing in the way to hinder His coming for them. What a testimony of their Christian faith! Nothing in the way to hinder Christ’s return for them. Is this how we live our lives or is life cluttered with worldliness, lack of devotion, faith and carelessness? Christ will return. Make sure nothing hinders your hope in Him! —Deborah Manera

When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne! —Edward Mote

December 26

DAILY READINGS: Esther 1:1-22; Zechariah 11:1-17; Revelation 18:1-24

They saw the child…and they fell down and worshiped him… they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream…they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:11-12

Upon arriving at the house where the Lord was, the wise men gave evidence of saving faith. First, the object of their faith was correct, they worshipped Christ and no one else; the order of their faith was correct, they bowed down and parted with their treasures; and the outcome of their faith was correct—they went home “another way,” safe and forever changed by the event. Wise men and women will do the same when they follow God’s leading and come to Him. —Mark Kolchin

Hallelujah! I have found Him, Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus
satisfies my longings; through His blood I now am saved.—C. T. Williams

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Esther 1:1-22; Zechariah 11:1-17; Revelation 18:1-24

Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” Mark 2:12, NKJV

How true! Nobody had lived like the Lord and nobody would live like Him ever again. Observers saw the wonderful miracles He performed and heard the tremendous words which He spoke. What a sublime privilege. We too one day will have the same privilege to see Him and hear Him. What shall we say when we see Him face to face? Surely we too will glorify God as they did. —John M Clegg

O what shall we feel in Thy presence when first,
The visions of glory upon us shall burst!
Since now our soul longeth and seeketh for Thee;
O when, blessed Saviour, Thy face shall we see? —E. Grimley