Exodus 32:1-35; Psalms 81:1-82:8; Acts 19:21-41
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Some saints never fully enjoy their Christian lives because they cannot really believe that confession brings forgiveness. Sadly, sometimes fellow believers do not help by treating them as second class believers. We all have faults and failings. Let us enjoy the Lord’s forgiveness and help others to do the same. —Brian Russell
Praise my soul the King of heaven,
To His feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me His praise shall sing. —Henry Francis Lyte
Exodus 31:1-18; Psalms 79:1-80:19; Acts 18:24-19:20
Brethren, the time is short. 1 Corinthians 7:29
The great Napoleon knew the value of time. He often said, “In every battle there is a crisis of perhaps ten to fifteen minutes on which the outcome depends. The proper use of that short period means victory. Improper use of those few minutes and one is destined for defeat”. Realizing, with Paul, that the time is short, let us, in fellowship with our Heavenly Commander, use every minute for His glory and service. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). —Arnot P. McIntee
Go, labour on while it is day,
The world’s dark night is hastening on,
Speed, speed your work, cast sloth away,
It is not thus that souls are won. —Horatius Bonar
Exodus 30:11-38; Psalm 78:32-72; Acts 18:1-23
So the Lord alone did lead him (Israel)…But Jeshurun (Israel) waxed fat, and kicked. Deuteronomy 32:12, 15
Initially led by God, Israel later becomes so self-sufficient they thrust the Lord right out of their lives. Amazingly He still loved them and in anguish cried out, “O Jerusalem…how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matt. 23:37, NKJV). You may have rejected God, but He lovingly calls you again, to return to Him and be saved. He died to cleanse and forgive you and He is waiting to personally welcome you into His family today. —David Croudace
I hear Thy welcome voice, which calls me Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood that flowed at Calvary.
I am coming, Lord! Coming now to Thee.
Wash me, cleanse me in Thy blood, that flowed on Calvary.—Hartsough
Exodus 29:38- 30:10; Psalm 78:1-31; Acts 17:16-34
Thy people also shall be all righteous: They shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. Isaiah 60:21
I have a weeping mulberry tree at the front of my house. Every year the branches grow so long that the leaves trail onto the lawn. So I trim them back. Yet, despite my sometimes excessive pruning, it always grows full and green. So it is with the Lord’s chastening (Heb. 12:5-11). When He prunes us, He is teaching us something so we can glorify Him. This in turn helps us grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). —Annette Baal
More like Jesus when I pray, more like Jesus day by day,
Born of Him through grace renewed, by His love my will subdued. —Fanny J. Crosby
Exodus 29:1-37; Psalms 76:1-77:20; Acts 17:1-15
There is nothing better for a man, than that he shouldest eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24
The Bible teaches us that we can and should control our attitude toward the circumstances of our life. Often times we find them overwhelming and it is not easy to cope. However, we know that God has designed them for our good and for His glory. Let us be glad and rejoice. —D. Pickup
This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made. —From Psalm 118
Exodus 28:15-43; Psalms 74:1-75:10; Acts 16:16-40
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? Psalm 22:1
Here we stand on holy ground. The Lord Jesus was completing the work that the Father had given Him to do on the Cross. The Creator, dies for the creature. The Son dies for sinners. The King dies to regain the Kingdom. The Holy dies for the unholy. The Immortal dies for the mortal. The Light of the world is shrouded in darkness, that we might be saved from the “blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). But at what a cost to Himself. The eternal Son of God, the Son of His Love, forsaken by His God. —W. H. Burnett
‘Tis mystery all, the immortal dies, who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries, to sound the depths of love divine. —C. Wesley
Exodus 27:20-28:14; Psalm 73:1-28; Acts 15:36-16:15
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.”…God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Luke 3:8, NKJV
Richard Dawkins states that his earliest doubts about “religion” came because he felt that any “faith” he had was the product of his upbringing in the UK. He questioned how God could be just when a person’s opportunity for “faith” was purely a result of their birthplace. What he failed to realize is that Christianity is not a cultural experience at all. It is a worldwide call to each man, woman and child to put their faith in Christ. In a coming day representatives from every tongue, tribe and nation will praise Him. —Jeff Frey
God of every tribe and nation, Lord of continents and seas,
Come, renew Your whole creation, come to heal this world’s disease. —Author Unknown
Exodus 26:31-27:19; Psalm 72:1-20; Acts 15:22-35
And it was night. John 13:30
This darkness was literal. And yet it was symbolic too. The Egyptians knew the fearfulness, distress and pain of passing through this night, as the Lord smote all their firstborn (Ex. 12:42). Likewise, when Judas left the presence of the Lord before Passover to betray Him, it was literally and metaphorically night for him (John 13:1, 30)! For some of us right now perhaps it is “night”, as we find ourselves passing through a bitter experience. However, there is all the difference when we have the Lord with us. —K. C. Ung
There have been times in my life when I felt all alone,
My burden was heavy, night was dark and, oh so long.
But in the deepest despair, I called His name and He was there.
Yes, He always gives a song in the darkest night. —Author Unknown
Exodus 26:1-30; Psalms 70:1-71:24; Acts 15:1-21
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:12
So much of the Christian life is trying to figure out what God wants us to do. Which school to attend? Which career to pursue? Which person to marry? But God wants us to focus, first, on who He wants us to be. Look at the numerous “Be” verses in the Bible. Be patient (James 5:7). Be holy (1 Peter 1:16). Be humble (1 Peter 5:8). Be kind (Eph. 4:32). Be thankful (Col. 3:15). Be diligent (2 Peter 3:14). In other words, Be Christ-like so that we will “be to the praise of his glory”! When we are willing to be who God wants us to be, we will do what He wants us to do. —Brian Cretney
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. —Frances R. Havergal
Exodus 25:1-40; Psalm 69:1-36; Acts 14:1-28
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
Believers like Daniel are needed as never before. May we, like Daniel, who “distinguished himself” (v. 3, nkjv), and against whom “no charge” was found, “because he was faithful” (v. 4, nkjv), determine to live for the Lord, no matter what the cost. Be assured, it will cost! Daniel’s strength was his faithfulness. He prayed, “as was his custom”, with expectation that God would answer his prayer. And God did answer. The lions’ mouths were shut! —Jim Comte
Take time to pray in the morning, take time to pray at noon,
Take time to pray in the evening, and keep your heart in tune. —Anon.