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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 8:1-30; Jeremiah 15:1-21; Philippians 1:1-20

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. John 15:9

Love is like a diamond with many facets and when the light of the Son shines on a facet, it brings it to life. We are the same. We need the light of the Lord’s love to bring us into life. The Lord said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Do you walk in His light and love or are there shadows in your life? —Ken Gunnell

Jesus’ love, precious love,
Boundless and pure and free;
Oh, turn to that love,
Weary wandering Soul,
Jesus pleadeth for thee.—W. E. Littlewood

Friday, September 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 7:1-51; Jeremiah 14:1-22; Ephesians 6:10-24

I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

Is this the longing expectation of your heart? In a world that is falling apart, the only hope for the believer is the imminent return of the Lord Jesus. An older lady, as she retired at night, would pull down her blind and say, “Perhaps tonight Lord.” In the morning, as she raised her blind, she would lift her eyes heavenward and say, “Perhaps today Lord.” We have a glorious hope! May we live expectantly in the hope that perhaps today Jesus will come. —Jim Comte

Jesus is coming, the promise is true;
Who are the chosen, the faithful, the few,
Waiting and watching, prepared for review? —Daniel W. Whittle

Thursday, September 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 6:1-38; Jeremiah 13:1-27; Ephesians 5:22-6:9

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4a

In the midst of a storm, Peter stepped out of the boat and was literally walking on the water; an act of divine power. He was not God, yet was a partaker of the divine nature. This power of His divine nature can be ours in the storms of life, if with eyes upon Him, we trust in these great and precious promises given to us in His Word. —Sam Thorpe Jr.

Come every soul by sin oppressed,
There’s mercy with the Lord,
And He will surely give you rest,
By trusting in His Word. —J. H. Stockton