DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 8:1-9:31; Ezekiel 33:1-33; John 12:20-50
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify me. John 16:14
In contrast to human nature which tends to exalt self (we now have the word “selfie” in everyday use) the Lord Jesus is the only person in the universe who deserves to be magnified or glorified. Why? Because He was the only perfect person to walk this earth and because He came with the sole purpose of doing the Father’s will. What are you doing today to magnify Him? —W. H. G.
Rise my soul! Behold ’tis Jesus, Jesus fills thy wond’ring eyes;
See Him now in glory seated, where thy sins no more can rise. —J. Denham Smith
DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 7:1-22; Ezekiel 32:1-32; John 11:55-12:19
Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:1, NKJV
Friendship is an amazing gift. Two souls knit together as one. C. S. Lewis summed up friendship in three words: “What! You too?”. By this he meant that our soul resonates with another when we both value or appreciate the beauty of the same thing. For Jonathan it was David’s faith. By faith David had slain Goliath; by faith, sometime before, Jonathan with the help of his armour bearer had slain 20 Philistines and won a field (1 Sam. 14). Jonathan had found the mirror of his soul. Praise God for the gift of friendship. —Shane Johnson
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms! —Elisha A. Hoffman
DAILY READINGS: 2 Chron. 6:12-42; Ezekiel 30:20-31:18; John 11:28-54
Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness. Ruth 2:20, NKJV
Finally, a good word about the Lord from Naomi’s lips! She was grateful for God’s goodness through His servant, Boaz. Previously, she had seen, or felt she had seen, God’s hand against her, (1:13); that the Almighty had dealt bitterly with her, (1:20); that the Lord had testified against her, (1:21); and that the Almighty had afflicted her, (1:21). Those were strong accusations. She had focused on the circumstances of God, instead of the God of the circumstances. When she did, it made all the difference in her life. —N. C. Funston
His love has no limit; His grace has no measure.
His pow’r has no boundary, known unto men. —Annie Johnson Flint
DAILY READINGS: 2 Chron. 5:1-6:11; Ezekiel 29:1-30:19; John 11:1-27
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Acts 24:25
The subjects that troubled Felix were righteousness, temperance and judgment to come. These three pillars of the gospel have never changed. The question of right and wrong, our inability to do what is right, and finally our accountability to God. Even though Felix was troubled, he made the fatal mistake of delaying coming to Christ, thinking that there would be a better time. Dear friend if the Lord has burdened you with your sin don’t delay! The best time to come to Christ for forgiveness is now! —Sid Halsband
Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all. —Joseph Hart
DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 3:1-4:22; Ezekiel 28:1-26; John 10:19-42
He that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30
Soul-winning should have a prominent place in the life and service of every true Christian, yet how few today have the outlook and passion which possessed William Carey, the great missionary to India. When
just a young man he was asked the question, “What is your business?”. To which he promptly replied, “My business is winning souls. I cobble shoes to pay expenses.” In these last days may we prayerfully have an
increased love for lost souls. —W. Ross Rainey
Lord, lay some soul upon my heart,
And love that soul through me;
And may I nobly do my part,
To win that soul for Thee. —Leon Tucker
DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 1:1-2:18; Ezekiel 27:1-36; John 10:1-18
The Lord is my shepherd… Psalm 23:1
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
The Lord is our shepherd and between these two verses we find that truly we will never want for anything. He gives us rest, comfort, restoration and guidance for His name’s sake. Even though we will walk through death’s dark vale, it will be without fear due to His comfort, preparation, acceptance of us. How good to know that He will follow us, guide us and be with us all the days of our lives. What more can a sheep ask for? —Ken Gunnell
My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus blood and righteousness;
I do not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. —Edward Mote
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 29:1-30; Ezekiel 26:1-21; John 9:18-41
I am that bread of life. John 6:48
The Lord Jesus is the beautiful fulfilment of the type seen in the manna in the wilderness (Ex. 16).
It came from heaven—He came from heaven (1 Cor.15:47).
It was small—He humbled Himself (Phil. 2:8).
It was round—He is the eternal Son of God (Rev. 1:8).
It was white—He is righteous (1 John 3:5).
It was sweet—”Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).
It had to be eaten—Christ must be received by faith (John 1:12-13).
It was sufficient for all—Christ is our sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5).
Truly, the Lord Jesus is manna become Man! —Rex Trogdon
It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast;
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, and to the weary rest. —John Newton
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21; Ezekiel 24:1-25:17; John 9:1-17
And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. Ezekiel 20:42
The Lord proves His faithfulness by fulfilling His promises to Israel. In Ezekiel’s time, they were at a spiritual low point. The northern tribes had been scattered by the Assyrians earlier and now Judah was facing the Babylonian captivity. Instead of repenting and trusting God, the people turned to powerless idols; yet the Almighty reaffirms His commitment to His covenants. In like manner, He will also fulfill His promises towards the church (Rom. 9-11). —K. R. Keyser
Breathe o’er this valley of the dead, send forth Thy quickening might abroad,
Till, rising from their tombs, they spread, in full array,—the host of God! —Horatius Bonar
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 26:1-27:34; Ezekiel 23:1-49; John 8:31-59
And I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Malachi 3:17
In a future day, God will spare a remnant from His rebellious people Israel, as a loving father spares his son, when they repent and return to Him. They will be restored because God remembers the covenant He
made with Abraham (Mal. 3:16-17). Likewise God can spare us from judgment today because He spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all (Rom. 8:32). He can now freely give us eternal life when we
believe in Him. Have you believed? —K. C. Ung
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin. —S. K. Hine
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 24:1-25:31; Ezekiel 22:1-31; John 8:12-30
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Proverbs 6:20
When the father of the house is away at work for much of the day, how important the role of the mother. It is good to hear one’s children praising their mother for teaching them bible verses and principles in their early years. What a wonderful support this is for the father whose responsibility it is to bring up the family in the fear of the Lord. —Brian Russell
Count your blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. —Johnson Oatman