Saturday, November 18, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 10:1-11:23; Ezekiel 34:1-31; John 13:1-30

He will judge the world in righteousness. Acts 17:31

The prisoner had appeared before Judge Gray when he presided over a lower court. On both occasions, the prisoner had escaped conviction on a technicality. Addressing the accused, the judge said, “I know you are guilty and you know you are guilty. I remind you one day you will be dealt with according to justice and not the law.” Accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour. It is the only way to not meet Him as Judge some day. —Arnot P. McIntee

When the judgment overtakes you,
And those words appear in sight.
How they prayed and pleaded with you,
But you answered, “Not tonight”. —Author Unknown

Friday, November 17, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 8:1-9:31; Ezekiel 33:1-33; John 12:20-50

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Psalm 30 is a penitential psalm of David. This verse speaks of the dawn of a new day after seemingly endless nights of weeping. Often we have our “nights” over past sin or because of trials we may be passing through. Paul calls it, “our light affliction” and then reminds us that this “light” trial is “[working] for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17). The night is a brief, passing time, but when the dawn comes, all our tears will have dried up; all our sorrows will be replaced for there will be “no night there” (Rev. 22:5). Weeping today; the shout of joy tomorrow! —Jim Comte

But Christ will soon appear, to catch His bride away;
All tears forever over, in God’s eternal day. —Esther K. Rusthoi

Thursday, November 16, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 7:1-22; Ezekiel 32:1-32; John 11:55-12:19

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:71

The flesh hates affliction. But faith knows affliction is good. Affliction brings glory to God when we suffer cheerfully for Him. But that’s not all. Affliction is good for me too. Difficult circumstances are often the best way to learn. The lessons leave a lasting impression. When we are afflicted, God has our utmost attention. Affliction makes me say, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Sam. 3:10). Are you afflicted today? Rest in Him—He will bring you through. —Shane Johnson

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long. —G. A. Young

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chron. 6:12-42; Ezekiel 30:20-31:18; John 11:28-54

And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him… and the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:5, 16 

Noah wasn’t spared the storm—but God’s hand shut the door— as proof of His protection. The Ark endured the greatest storm this world has ever seen, and Noah, his family, and the animals were kept safe. Obedience has its rewards. We may not be spared the storms of life, but if we obey God, we will know and experience His hand of protection. The Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Today, those who follow Christ and obey His words find rest in Him. May this be your experience! —Deborah Manera

He can only keep those, who have handed themselves over to Him. —Watchman Nee

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chron. 5:1-6:11; Ezekiel 29:1-30:19; John 11:1-27

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

One of the foundation stones of the gospel is that “The Lord is… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). But the Lord also takes it very seriously if someone consistently, deliberately chooses to reject His mercy. The solemn warning is that there is a judicial blindness that follows the one who continuously rejects the gospel and chooses their unrighteousness.
One more rejection may indeed be the last one! —Sid Halsband

Have you counted the cost, if your soul should be lost
Tho’ you gain the whole world for your own? —A. J. Hodge

Monday, November 13, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 3:1-4:22; Ezekiel 28:1-26; John 10:19-42

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24

A relative told me some time ago that he would never have as much money as he wanted. How sad. Wealth is much more than money or possessions. It’s a smile from a small child, a rose that blooms in the spring. It’s a cardinal as it sings high in a tree, the fragrance of freshly baked bread. God has given us so many simple pleasures to enrich our lives here. To enjoy them to the fullest one needs to know the Giver— to accept the love Jesus Christ has for mankind and to believe that He willingly gave His life for each of us. —Debbie Douglas

I’d rather have Jesus, than silver or gold,
I’d rather be His, than have riches untold. —George Beverly Shea & Rhea Miller

Lord’s Day, November 12, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 1:1-2:18; Ezekiel 27:1-36; John 10:1-18

And he shall take…two kids of the goats for a sin offering. Leviticus 16:5

On the Day of Atonement, Aaron offered two goats for a sin offering for the people. One goat was slain and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat (Lev. 16:15), pointing to Christ’s sacrifice and His shed blood taken into heaven as evidence that He had died in our place (Heb. 9:12). The other goat was set free in the wilderness after Aaron had confessed the people’s sins on its head (Lev. 16:21-22), pointing to Christ, made sin for us, that we might be set free (2 Cor. 5:21). God forgives our sins and remembers them no more (Heb. 10:17). —K. C. Ung

Christ has for sin atonement made, what a wonderful Saviour!
We are redeemed, the price is paid, what a wonderful Saviour! —Hoffman

Saturday, November 11, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 29:1-30; Ezekiel 26:1-21; John 9:18-41

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. Exodus 25:1-2

God knew exactly to the ounce how much gold, silver and brass was needed, but He never mentioned the amount; only the “condition of the heart”. God will take care of the budget. It is His work. We need to focus on our hearts. He takes the loaves and fish freely given, meets the need, and there is always more left over. —Sam Thorpe Jr.

Take my lips and let them be,
Filled with messages for Thee;
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold. —Frances Ridley Havergal

Friday, November 10, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21; Ezekiel 24:1-25:17; John 9:1-17

Let your moderation be known unto all men. Philippians 4:5

The Greek word for moderation is variously translated “gentleness,” “forbearance,” “yieldingness,” or “sweet reasonableness.” The same root word is rendered “clemency” in Acts 10:1; 24:4. The conservative
scholar A. T. Robertson has said of this virtue: “Courtesy is not far from the true idea. It is graciousness with strength and poise of character.” Does this gentleness characterize you and me? And take note that it extends not only to our fellow believers, but to all insofar as possible. —W. Ross Rainey

Saviour, where’er my path may lead,
Help me Thy will to know.
May it ever be my steadfast creed,
Thy gentleness to show. —W. R. R.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 26:1-27:34; Ezekiel 23:1-49; John 8:31-59

I…beseech you that ye walk (live life) worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Ephesians 4:1

As believers our primary call is to be ambassadors for Christ, regardless of our vocation in the secular world. There are certain standards of conduct for us in that role. We are to walk in unity with other believers (4:3), walk in holiness (4:17), walk in love (5:2), walk in light (5:8), and walk in wisdom (5:15), just to name a few. Walk worthy! —W. H. G.

I will follow where He leadeth;
I will pasture where He feedeth.
I will follow all the way, Lord.
I will follow Jesus ev’ry day. —Charles Weigle