January 11

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 15-16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matt. 8:28-9:17

You must be born again. John 3:7
Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13

The new birth does not come through parents (“not of blood“), nor does it come through desire (“the will of the flesh“), nor does it come through determination (“the will of man“). The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ? Have you been born of God? Have you been born from above? Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late. —W. Ross Rainey

Children of men, attend to the word,
So solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord;
And let not this message to you be in vain,
“Ye must be born again.”—William T. Sleeper

Friday, January 11, 2019

Genesis 15:1-16:16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matthew 8:28-9:17

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Matthew 28:20

Observe that in the Great Commission there are no divisions of doctrine into “fundamental,” “secondary” and “non-essential”. Such divisions are man-made and contrary to the Lord’s clear command and the apostolic example (Acts 20:27). Today many do not want to be held accountable to obey all things, but preachers and teachers should be faithful to the Lord, not the crowd. We are to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). —Carl Knott

How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! —John Rippon