Thursday, October 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 20:1-21:18; Lamentations 1:1-22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16

For me to live is Christ. Philippians 1:21

In the late 1800s Charles T. Studd (1862-1931) gave up a professional athletic career in cricket and became a missionary to China. At 25 he gave away a family fortune to support the work of D. L. Moody and George Müller. He wrote words that have impacted many to surrender their lives to Christ: “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” What sacrifice have we made for Him? —W. Ross Rainey

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. —Judson W. Van de Venter

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 19:1-37; Jeremiah 52:1-34; 1 Timothy 3:1-16

Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

When my mother passed away, friends gave me a beautiful flower arrangement of fuchsia, pink and purple flowers. In reading, I discovered there is a reason for each flower’s brilliant colour. Purple attracts bees because these flowers are rich in nectar. Pink, red and orange attract hummingbirds. Even a flower’s scent has purpose. The fragrance of blue, yellow and white flowers attract butterflies. God also designed us with a special purpose, to be the fragrance of His love to a hurting and broken world, by sharing His good news of salvation. No gift is as precious as the saving grace of Jesus. No need is greater in our world’s desperation! Share His gift today. —Glenda Paquette

Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found,
Let every Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound. —F. Bottome

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 18:1-37; Jeremiah 51:25-64; 1 Timothy 2:1-15

Do not call me Naomi. Ruth 1:20, NKJV

Life had been very hard on Naomi. Things had gone from “pleasant” (Naomi) to “bitter” (Mara). She had gone from being a wife and mother to the sorrow losing both her husband and her sons. And to add even more stress, she was also now the mother-in-law to two Moabite widows. Moab was no place for a widow; Israel was. The providence of God was found in the place of God. We don’t know if Naomi had any say in the original move, but she ended up suffering its consequences. Life can be very harsh and cruel, and we need to choose how we react. When she finally saw things from God’s perspective, she became “Naomi” again in truth. —N. C. Funston

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand.
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. Take my hand, precious Lord.—Dorsey

Monday, October 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 17:1-41; Jeremiah 51:1-24; 1 Timothy 1:1-20

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day… 2 Timothy 4:8

An article in the London Daily News in 1903 reported that after hearing a Dean in the Church of England preach on Christ’s return, Queen Victoria remarked, “O how I wish the Lord might come during my  lifetime…I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.” Many humble believers, who are also royal priests, want to give any future rewards for earthly service back to the Lord. In the light of His soon return let us aspire to do His work faithfully so that we might actually have something to give Him. —Brian Powlesland

Must I go—and empty-handed? Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him, lay no trophy at His feet? —C. Luther

Lord’s Day, October 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 15:32-16:20; Jeremiah 50:21-46; Titus 2:9-3:15

Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? John 4:29

The woman at Jacob’s well got her eyes opened little by little. When He asked her for a drink of water, she saw the Lord Jesus as just a Man (v. 9). When He revealed hidden areas of her life, she acknowledged Him to be a prophet (v. 19). When she changed the subject to worship, He revealed Himself to her as the Messiah (v. 26). She recognized Him as the Saviour who could satisfy her soul thirst. She left her waterpot and went into the city proclaiming, “Come, see a man…the Christ.” —Rex Trogdon

Now, none but Christ can satisfy; none other Name for me;
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee. — Emma Bevan

Saturday, October 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 14:23-15:31; Jer. 50:1-20; Titus 1:1-2:8

He [Christ] cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 11:43

Just as Lazarus was called forth from the grave, so too we are called from a life of sin and bondage by the voice of the Lord Jesus. If we respond to the call, the Lord Jesus Christ becomes not only the difference in our lives, but by faith, the Restorer of spiritual life and the Light to life’s pathway. Most of all He becomes our all in all, the very life we will everlastingly live. —Ken Gunnell

Take the world but give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey,
Light will cheer me all the while. —Fanny J. Crosby

Friday, October 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 13:1-14:22; Jeremiah 49:1-39; Hebrews 13:7-25

And he said…What do you see? And I said…a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps. Zechariah 4:2
Then he answered and said unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

When I allow the Holy Spirit to control my life and flow through me as the oil flowed through the pipes to each lamp, I will become the Spirit-filled witness I am meant to be. If Christ is to be seen in me, the
pipes to the lamps must be cleansed of self and sin. Then the Spirit will be able to accomplish whatever God desires. —David Croudace

Lord take my life and make it wholly Thine,
Fill my poor heart, with Thy great love divine. —J. Edwin Orr

Thursday, October 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 11:1-12:21; Jeremiah 48:1-47; Hebrews 12:18-13:6

See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship. Exodus 31:2-3

The names Bezaleel and Aholiab do not readily come to mind as Old Testament saints. We live in an age where there is maybe too much emphasis placed on academic achievement, in preference to practical skills. Thank God for organizations like Brass Tacks, where skilled workmen give their time and money to help missionaries build halls, homes, schools and hospitals for the use of local believers. We need more of these skilled and dedicated saints. —Brian Russell

Go labour on, spend and be spent, thy joy to do the Father’s will;
It is the way the Master went; should not the servant tread it still?—Bonar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 10:1-36; Jeremiah 45:1-47:7; Hebrews 12:1-17

He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Hebrews 5:9
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28

The eternal Son gives eternal life to each and every precious soul, who as a guilty sinner, trusts Him as their own personal Lord and Saviour. Have you received God’s free gift of eternal salvation? Have you obeyed His Word? “God…now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30, NKJV). —Pete Smith

Lord, help my unbelief! Give me the peace of faith,
To rest in child-like trust on what the gospel says,
That “Whosoever will believe, shall everlasting life receive!” —Arthur T. Pierson

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Kings 9:1-37; Jeremiah 44:1-30; Hebrews 11:17-40

Before she travailed, she brought forth…Who hath heard…who hath seen such things?…shall a nation be born at once? Isaiah 66:7-8

This is a remarkable prophecy concerning the birth of a nation before labour pains! Modern Israel was born on May 14, 1948. But the nation still faces the years of “Jacob’s trouble” when nations will be gathered against it. But then their Messiah will come. They will be delivered and the new Israel will “be born in one day” (ESV). Peace and joy will reign in Jerusalem from henceforth. As we see what is happening in Jerusalem today, do we believe what is promised will take place? We need to pray to that end. —K. C. Ung

Jerusalem, lift up thy voice! Daughter of Zion, now rejoice!
Thy King is come, whose mighty hand,
Henceforth shall reign o’er every land. —J. O. Wallin