February 29

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:14-25; Psalm 59:1-17; Acts 10:34-48

There came a man full of leprosy…he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. Luke 5:12-13

A surgeon was asked, “Do you ever fear losing feeling in your fingers so you would be unable to perform surgeries?” “No”, he replied, “but I do fear the day when I lose feeling for my patients.” An outcast of society begged Jesus to touch him. Dr. Luke, in using the term, “full of leprosy” indicates he was beyond human help. But he was never beyond the Saviour’s healing touch. Leprosy is a picture of sin and in that matter we are beyond help. We need the forgiving touch of the Saviour. Trust Him and He will cleanse you today. —Jim Comte

Just one touch! And He makes me whole,
Speaks sweet peace to my sin-sick soul. —B. Bell

February 28

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:1-13; Psalm 58:1-11; Acts 10:24-33

The sting of death is sin. 1 Corinthians 15:56, KJV

God first created man to enjoy the fullness of His creation and to commune with Him. As a test of his obedience (a necessary condition of faith and love), God said he could eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden where God had placed him except one. To disobey would bring certain death (Genesis 2:16-17). Yet man chose to disobey and sin against God. Consequently death came. The Lord Jesus lived a life of obedience to God and gave His life to take away this sting of death. Now He offers life back to us and a restoration of our relationship with Him. Will you obey and take it? —K. C. Ung

Jesus for sinners undertakes, and died that we may live;
His blood a full atonement makes, and cries aloud, “Forgive.”
—J. Newton

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Exodus 19:1-25; Psalms 58:1-59:17; Acts 10:24-48

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19

The world’s justice is at times so unfair! Evil people do evil deeds and then seemingly get away with it. Let us remember that our confidence is not in the justice of man but in the God of justice! He will one day hold all to account. Whether it is a crooked politician or a common street thug. The child of God can find peace knowing it is not his business to settle scores, it is the Lord’s. God will one day make things right. —Sid Halsband

Leave to His sovereign sway,
To choose and to command;
So shalt thou, wondering, own His way;
How wise, how strong His hand. —Paulus Gerhardt

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart. 1 Kings 8:38

We all carry the plague of sin in our hearts. The origin of this plague was Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. That fall was passed on to the human race, (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:23; 6:23). What is the cure for this plague of sin? Jesus Christ’s finished work at Calvary. There our sin was placed upon Him and we were cleansed in His righteousness. Ask Him to be your personal Saviour today. —Annette Baal

God could not pass the sinner by, his sin demands that he must die;
But in the cross of Christ, we see how God can save us righteously. —Albert Midlane

February 27

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

Owe no one anything… Romans 13:8

When we purchase things on credit, we owe money. When the total amount is paid, our debt is settled. But, the debt of sin, we owe to God! And no matter how hard and how many times we try; we can never settle our debt in full. It is only by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood, that our debt can be settled. He alone has the power to wipe our slates clean if we will confess our sins to Him. Have you had your debt paid? —Ken Gunnell

To Him I owe my life and breath, And all the joys I have;
He takes away the sting of death, Gives victory o’er the grave!
—S. Stennett

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

The first mention of help in the Scripture is God’s statement in Genesis 2:18, “I will make him an help meet (fit) for him”. The last mention is Hebrews 4:16 “grace to help in time of need”. Just as God created Eve to come alongside Adam and complement him, our Lord Jesus Christ is able to come alongside us and minister to our need, whatever it might be. That resource is encapsulated in the phrase “the name of the Lord” as stated in our text. —Wm. H. Gustafson

Take the name of Jesus with you, child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you, take it, then, where’er you go. —Mrs. Lydia Baxter

February 26

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

There are many proclaiming all kinds of religions and creeds. But none can compare to the preaching of Christ crucified. We join with the apostle when he declared that he gloried in nothing but the cross. It reveals the sinful nature of the human heart and demonstrates the love and grace of God in procuring eternal salvation for those who believe. Are you among those who have put their faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross? —Drew Craig

Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling,
Naked come to Thee for dress; helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me Saviour or I die.—A. M. Toplady

February 25

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? John 14:2 

Driving through a town in Pennsylvania, I caught sight of a sign outside a building which said “Christ’s Home.” It was a funeral home and I wondered how many people had found themselves, on their decease, being in that particular home, but not actually arriving in Christ’s eternal home (the Father’s house). To enjoy the comforts and companionship of the Father’s house requires being born into the family of God by accepting Christ by faith. Only then can a place be prepared. —Brian Powlesland

There is a home, a glorious home, a heavenly mansion fair;
And those we loved so fondly here, will bid us welcome there.
—Author Unknown

Monday, February 25, 2019

Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

And I will give her…the Valley of Achor (trouble) for a door of hope: and she shall sing there. Hosea 2:15
Who passing through the Valley of Baca (weeping) make it a well. Psalm 84:6

What a beautiful picture of hope and encouragement these verses present to us! Even though the Lord may see fit to lead us through valleys of trouble and tears for a season, the comfort and joy of His presence and His Word will open a door of hope to us. This will result in strength for the journey, and a song of joy in our hearts. Dear child of God, expect that door of hope to open for you today! —E. V.

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning! —Psalm 30:5

Lord’s Day, February 24, 2019

Exodus 15:1-27; Psalm 51:1-19; Acts 8:5-40

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!…Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:1, 3, NKJV

The Israelites had recently returned from captivity. Although they had finished only the foundation of the Temple, they stopped to celebrate. Their celebrations were loud—a “great shout” (Ezra 3:11); noisy—the sound of their shouting reverberated for miles; joy-filled—mingling tears with rejoicing. We have a finished work to celebrate. We are God’s eternal Temple. Might He be pleased as we celebrate, singing our joyful songs with conviction, with intensity, enthusiasm and sincerity. —M. MacMullen

Streams of mercy never ceasing;
Call for songs of loudest praise. —Robert Robinson