Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 5:1-31; Proverbs 2:1-22; Mark 14:27-52

For all have sinned, and come short (missed the mark) of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

In Adam the root, trunk and branches of humanity have been corrupted. As Henry Law said “All generations were in his loins.” So man, in God’s sight, needs more than mercy or forgiveness, he needs God to deal with the very root of sin and procure clearance before God’s own holiness. That is what the death of Christ has accomplished. —Drew Craig

Settled forever, sin’s tremendous claim,
Glory to Jesus, blessed be His Name,
No partway measure doth His grace provide,
Finished the work was, when the Saviour died. —E. G. Taylor

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 4:1-49; Proverbs 1; Mark 14:1-26

For without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5b
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

What a striking contrast the above two verses present to us. It should serve as a deeply challenging admonition to us! Think about it. Without Him “nothing.” With Him “all things!” Yet so often we forge ahead  serving Christ in our own strength, only to fail. His strength alone enables us to serve Him. The realization of this truth will humble us, and cause us to give Him the glory He is due. —E. V.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day, Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
“We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.” —E. G. Cherry

Monday, April 23, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 3:51; Psalms 148:1-150:6; Mark 13:1-37

I will wash my hands…so will I compass thine altar…that I may publish…all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:6-7

Paul reminded Timothy that the Lord could only use clean vessels (2 Tim. 2:21). Additionally, those whose lives revolve around the truths of Scripture have the inestimable privilege of speaking of the works of God, with clarity and authority. The pagan culture in which we live needs to hear what we have to say. Maintain a clean testimony! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Saviour, and know my thoughts I pray.
See if there be, some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from ev’ry sin and set me free. —J. Edwin Orr

Lord’s Day, April 22, 2018

Speaking to yourselves in psalms hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
He will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrews 2:12

We might think that God never sings, yet when Israel is ultimately restored, He will rejoice with singing! Today when the church gathers together, we sing to the Lord in our very midst. We are exhorted to sing Psalms (divine inspiration), hymns (written out of deep personal experience), and spiritual songs written by Christian song writers. God loves to hear us singing from our redeemed hearts. —Jim Paul

O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace. —C. Wesley

Saturday, April 21, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 1:1-54; Psalms 144:1-145:21; Mark 11:27-12:17

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6:10, NKJV 

After hearing of the 30-day prayer-restricting edict, Daniel did not stop by the local law office. He went home and took the matter to the highest authority. Daniel enjoyed “open window” communion with God and to close his window now would have been cowardice. God preserved Daniel through the trial! May we too have a habitual “open window” prayer-life, which centres on thankfulness. —W. A. H.

In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer! —William W. Walford

Friday, April 20, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 27:1-34; Psalms 142:1-143:12; Mark 11:1-26

[Elijah] arose and ran for his life, and went Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 1 Kings 19:3, NKJV
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” 2 Kings 2:6, NKJV

We read little about Elijah’s first servant. When trouble came, Elijah took him across the border to a safe place and they parted ways—no more is said. Shortly after, he had a new servant, but when the time came for God to take Elijah, Elijah couldn’t get rid of him! Elisha resisted three times and it resulted in a double portion of Elijah’s spirit on him. Be persistent, Christian, and you will be blessed. —Jeff Frey

The blessing of the Lord be upon us, the favour of the Lord be upon us.
What He blesses cannot be cursed, no man can take my blessing from me. —Author Unknown 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 26:1-46; Psalm 140:1-141:10; Mark 10:32-52

We have this ministry. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, NKJV 

The first six verses of this passage talk of a three-fold component to reaching the lost. It involves us (vv. 1-2), them (vv. 3-4), and Him (vv. 5-6). We need all three to make true evangelism work. It is not about us alone, but that’s where it starts. We have this call to serve Christ, (v. 1); but it also includes our character, (v. 2). We may be called to a certain sphere or ministry, but if we don’t walk the walk, our efforts are
neutralized. The lost, who are blind and dying (vv. 3-4), are looking for legitimate Christianity. Do they see it in us? —N. C. Funston

Give me a faithful heart, guided by Thee,
That each departing day henceforth may see
Some work of love begun, some deed of kindness done,
Some wand’rer sought and won, something for Thee. —Sylvanus Phelps

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 25:1-55; Psalm 139:1-24; Mark 10:1-31

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

The Royal College of Midwives in Britain was established in 1881 and exists to uphold standards of professional practice and to represent the employment interests of its members. Its motto is in Latin and has
never changed—“Vita Donum Dei.” Translated it means “Life is the gift of God.” The apostle Paul described his conversion experience as likened to being “as of one born out of due time” (1 Cor. 15:8). He knew
what it was to have the gift of eternal life. It can be yours today through faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary. —Brian Powlesland

Life! Life! Eternal life! Jesus alone is the giver!
Life! Life! Abundant life! Glory to Jesus for ever. —W. Leslie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 24:1-23; Psalms 137:1-138:8; Mark 9:33-50

And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare. Exodus 18:7

How necessary it is for believers to develop good Christian graces. It is a matter of life that there are people who we find difficult to speak to, (and no doubt vice-versa), but we should always make the effort. How sad it is when we find ourselves crossing the road to avoid other Christians. Let us make sure that we are not one of those who others dread to meet. —Brian Russell

May the mind of Christ my Saviour,
Live in me from day to day;
By His love and power controlling,
All I do and say. —Katie Wilkinson

Monday, April 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 23:23-44; Psalms 135:1-136:25; Mark 9:14 -32

Let no man despise thy youth. 1 Timothy 4:12

I was in Jamestown, New York, to preach the gospel. While there I needed a hair cut. With the task completed, my hostess, her driver son, and I exited the shop. We all noticed that the door didn’t work properly. The young man with me stopped, reached up and made some adjustments. In a few minutes springs and wires yielded to his fingers, and it worked perfectly. The owner may never have known of his kindness but I heard his mother say, “Just like his father.” I’m wondering if another voice was heard saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23). Regardless of age, how will you and I be helpful examples of the Lord Jesus today? —Arnot P. McIntee

Take my life, and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.—F. Havergal