Friday, December 15, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Nehemiah 1:1-2; Daniel 11:21-45; Revelation 7:1-17

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:21

When it comes to our salvation, we can never lose it because He keeps us, safely in His hand (John 10:28-30). When it comes to the enjoyment of our salvation we have two general rules—keep out, and keep in. Keep yourselves from idols. How? Don’t even mention their names (Ps. 16:4). Keep yourselves in the love of God. How? Think about it, learn about it, talk about it, sing about it, walk in it, live it, enjoy it, and share it. —Rex Trogdon

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure, the saints’ and angels’ song. —F. M. Lehman

Thursday, December 14, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 10:1-44; Daniel 11:1-20; Revelation 6:1-17

I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Ex. 15:26
They waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly…And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul…and the plague broke in upon them. Psalm 106:13-15, 29

These verses remind us that our health is in the Lord’s hands. There are times when ill health is given to glorify God. Then His grace is sufficient. But let us examine our heart to see if God is allowing sickness to turn us back to Himself or to teach us something new about Himself. —D. Pickup

See if there be some wicked way in me:
Cleanse me from ev’ry sin, and set me free. —Edwin Orr

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 9:1-15; Daniel 10:1-21; Revelation 5:1-14

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13

Sir Winston Churchill, it is reported, said, “I am an old man. I have lived a long time. I have never seen days like these, I am tired of it all. I see no hope for the future. Our problems are beyond us.” Distraught
men see no hope for this world. The believer in the same world looks to the blessed hope and rejoicing exclaims, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). —Arnot P. McIntee

How bright that blessed hope! Jesus will come!
Let us our hearts lift up, Jesus will come!
Morning so bright and clear, mansions of God appear,
Sin shall not enter there, Jesus will come! —Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 8:1-36; Daniel 9:1-27; Revelation 4:1-11

Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. Matthew 4:1-2

When the forty days of testing were coming to a close and our Lord was hungry and exhausted, Satan came for a final strike. Satan knows when and how to attack us. He is a fearsome enemy. How did our Lord respond to these attacks? He stood firm on the Scriptures and constantly said, “It is written” (v. 4, 7, 10). If we rest on the Word, we will resist the Devil. —G. Frear

Hallelujah, Christ the Conqueror,
Every day we’re one with Him,
Walking in Him constantly,
Living Christ our victory.—Author Unknown

Monday, December 11, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:37-38

Is there still a need for missionaries? Consider that in 1970 the world’s population was 3.5 billion people. Today there are over 7 billion. Since 1970 have the number of missionaries doubled? There has never been a greater need for those to take up the gospel and reach the lost as there is today. Let us afresh lift up our eyes and look on the fields; for they are ready to harvest. —Sid Halsband

We have heard the Macedonian call today, Send the light! Send the light!
And a golden offering at the cross we lay, Send the light! Send the light! —Charles H. Gabriel

Lord’s Day, December 10, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 6:1-22; Daniel 7:1-28; Revelation 2:18-3:6

His visage was so marred more than any man. Isaiah 52:14
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire. Revelation 1:14

Here we have two distinct visions of Christ. The prophet saw him marred and disfigured, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. His tormentors wrote “Jesus of Nazareth” over His cross, because they didn’t recognize who He was. But we do! And one day soon we’ll see Him as John did, in His glory and majesty, Jesus Christ the righteous. What a wonder, that He who is as John saw Him, became as Isaiah saw Him, to deliver us from sin and bring us into eternal fellowship with Him. —Carl Knott

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hast won. —Edmond L. Budry

Saturday, December 9, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 5:1-17; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 2:1-17

Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Psalm 119:155

A Bible stolen from a Hastings church was returned after 42 years by a German with a guilty conscience. The thief had not got around to reading it! The church treasurer said he did not think the book was worth much. He said, “They used to bring it out at meal times and read it to the children but these days of course, we don’t do that sort of thing.” Which of these was the worst? The one who never read it? The one who placed no value upon it? Or the one who stopped reading it to his children? —Dan Coulson

Cling to the Bible!
Surely its value no mortal can measure:
Seek for its blessing, O soul, while you can! —M. J. Smith

Friday, December 8, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 3:1-4:24; Daniel 5:1-31; Revelation 1:1-20

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:5

Sometimes we can spend a lifetime regretting past failures. Firstly we must remember there is forgiveness on confession (John 1:9). Secondly when we read in Romans 8:28 about “all things”, it can include our failures and mistakes. God in His mercy can turn a negative situation into something good and positive. Praise His name He is both sovereign and merciful. —Brian Russell

All the way my Saviour leads me; cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for ev’ry trial, feeds me with the living bread;
Tho’ my weary steps may falter, and my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see. —F. Crosby

Thursday, December 7, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 1:1-2:70; Daniel 4:1-37; 3 John:1-14

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. Hebrews 12:16

The original root word for fornicator here is “pornos”, which also is the name of the most defiling of modern atrocities. As the world grows ever more accepting of fornication and the flaunting of it, God’s people must be ever vigilant to escape its ruinous effects. It is an evil that corrupts the mind, ruins lives, destroys relationships, degrades humanity, abuses children, demeans women, and fills the prisons. We need make no mistake, God will judge. —Rick Morse

When sin no more obstructs the sight,
And flesh and sense deceive no more;
What heights and depths of love divine,
Will there through endless ages shine. —Joseph Swain

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 36:1-23; Daniel 3:1-30; 2 John:1-13

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Perhaps we are in need of a “wake-up call” to alert us to the urgency of our assigned task. Are we not His “witnesses” to our own generation? Wherever we may be on planet Earth, the gospel is humankind’s greatest need and Christ the only answer. Where you are is “your Jerusalem”; start there, commit the future to Him. —George Hall

Bring them in, bring them in! Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in! Bring the wandering ones to Jesus! —A. Thomas