May 31

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 10:12-11:32; Song 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

For thus said the Lord God…“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, Isaiah 30:15 

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17

The world cannot offer quietness or assurance. Those without Christ run frantically to and fro seeking both because they refuse to accept these gifts from the Saviour. Only where righteousness prevails will quietness and peace be found. If you’re still looking, the key is, “In returning and rest you shall be saved.” Come to Christ and trust Him today! —W. H. Gustafson

I bring my sins to Thee, the sins I cannot count; That all may
cleansed be in Thy once opened fount. —Frances R. Havergal

Friday, May 31, 2019

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6

“Unto him” is speaking about the Lord Jesus. Three wonderful things are mentioned as to what He has done for us. He loved us. This takes us back to Calvary. His compassion there was great because He loved the unlovable. He washed us from our sins. How precious is that blood that washes us from all sin. He has made us kings and priests unto God. We will rule and reign with Him forever. Praise the Lord! —Harold G. Smith

All these once were sinners, defiled in His sight,
Now arrayed in pure garments in praise they unite. —Philip P. Bliss

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11; Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Several different Hebrew words are translated “wait” in our English Bible. Here, the Hebrew word is “qavah”, meaning, “to bind together (by twisting)”, much as a vine binds and twists itself around a tree. The key lesson for us is to bind the Word of God and its promises around our life so as to strengthen and fortify us against trials and temptations. If and when we practice this, Isaiah tells us that blessings will result. —W. Ross Rainey

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou are the Potter; I am the clay.
Mould me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still. —Adelaide A. Pollard

May 30

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 9:1-10:11; Eccl. 11:1-12:14; Luke 9:1-17

The Lord is…patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God’s judgment is coming. Some may scoff at such a thought. Others are indifferent and live only for the moment. All the while God’s longsuffering continues. Why? Because He is waiting for as many as possible to turn to Him and to repent of their sins. He is waiting for you. But one day, and it could be soon, the door will close. Have you trusted Him? He’s waiting for you, but not for much longer! —L. Richard

What do you hope, dear brother,
To gain by a further delay?
There’s no one to save you but Jesus,
There’s no other way but His way. —G. F. Root

Book Review: A Year With Bible Prophecy

366 Page to a Day Readings
by Donald Cameron

I found this book both encouraging and exhilarating. Mind you, I confess that I read it entirely the wrong way – racing through its 366 pages in a couple of months instead of savouring it day by day over the period of a
year. Binge feeding is never the best method of assimilating God’s Word, or books about God’s Word. Although daily Bible reading guides are fairly thick on the ground, this one certainly fills a niche. Unlike others, which are normally written by multiple authors, A Year with Bible Prophecy is held together by absolute consistency of outlook and is neatly though unobtrusively inter-referenced throughout. Its author, well known for his many publications on End Times subjects, brings to his writing a wealth of information and expertise. Reverently taking God’s Word at its face value, his viewpoint is solidly futurist, pre-millennial and pre-tribulational.
To some, the title may initially sound rather narrow in its focus, but two facts should be borne in mind. First, prophecy constitutes a substantial portion of God’s inspired Word. Some experts have calculated that at least one quarter of the Bible is composed of predictions either already fulfilled in history or yet to be fulfilled. Second, all the teachings of Scripture are tightly interlocked. It is impossible to read about God’s programme for Israel, for the Church, and for the world without reaching a new appreciation of the glories of Christ, the greatness of God, and the importance of godly living. As A J Pollock puts it, “God never records the past, nor reveals the future, without designing to affect us by His Word in the present.” The daily readings in this book, which use as their text the New King James Version, consist of a few verses printed in italics at the head of the page, followed by a commentary which deftly combines doctrinal exposition, devotional encouragement and practical challenge.
The author has organised his material with great care so that the reader is led systematically through the major interests of the prophetic Word in 31 appetising sections, starting with “A Thirty-One Day Tour of Key Prophecies” and ending with “The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts will Perform This”. The book includes a handy glossary of prophetic terms and (very useful, this) an index of Biblical passages used in the readings.
The style is easy to read but packed with data. To give a taster, I quote part of the author’s comment on Revelation 7.3-4:

God is not going to allow an evangelisation vacuum or absence of witnesses after the Rapture of the Church. Since Jesus was rejected by His city and nation, the Church has filled the vacuum left by the side-lined Jews. But the Church is to be taken to Heaven just before the storm breaks. So witnessing Jews, genuine faithful, spiritual remnant Jews are going to do what their ancestors failed to do effectively nearly two thousand years ago. They are going to be God’s sealed witnesses (p 213).

A Year with Bible Prophecy is a rich and varied book which does far more than conduct the reader through some of the key prophetic passages of the Bible . I gladly recommend it. David Newell

Review taken from http://www.believersmagazine.com
To purchase a copy: A Year With Bible Prophecy

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Deuteronomy 7:12-8:20; Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1

Youth is full of vitality! We are driven by an abundance of energy. Nothing seems impossible. But as time passes the vim and vigour of youth fades. Our steps slow, our memory lapses and ambition no longer fuels us. Blessed are those who embraced Christ at their first opportunity, saturating themselves in His Word and prayer. Those words will His fellowship sustain when vitality and youth are gone. Don’t wait until “older age”, when mind and body may no longer comprehend God’s saving grace. Make your decision to follow Christ today! —Deborah Manera

Salvation is God’s way of making us real people. —Augustine

May 29

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 7:12-8:20; Eccl. 9:11-10:20; Luke 8:40-56

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

This chapter starts with a dark description of the lost estate of each one who is outside of Christ. But it ends with God indwelling each one who trusts Christ as Saviour. From start to finish, God’s mercy and love shine forth. Because of His great love toward us, He has saved us. Love is the basis and motivation for everything He has given to us and made us. Thank God for His infinite and unconditional love. —B. Crawford

Hark! the voice of love and mercy, sounds aloud from Calvary;
See, it rends the rocks asunder, shakes the earth, and transforms me.
—Anonymous

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Deuteronomy 6:1-7:11; Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God. Psalm 42:5, 11

David found himself deeply distressed and depressed. Three times over he asks himself, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?”. He follows this by giving the remedy, “hope thou in God”. There are times, when we also may feel depressed and discouraged and the only answer is, as David found, to “hope in God”. It is only the realisation that the perfect will of God is being worked out in our lives that will calm the storm within, and give us peace. —W. H. Burnett

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, It is well, with my soul. —H. G. Spafford

May 28

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 6:1-7:11; Eccl. 8:1-9:10; Luke 8:22-39

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9

God missed His child. That hour of fellowship meant much to Adam, and it meant more to God. How sad it was when that
beautiful fellowship was broken by sin and disobedience. God did not wait till Adam found his way back to His side, but He
hastened in search of him. God knew the answer to the question, “Where are you?” but Adam didn’t understand that he was lost, condemned, and ready to die—just as many today don’t realize it. Still the good Shepherd is seeking lost sheep to bring them home to the eternal fold. Have you come to Him? —Milton Haack

Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreating, wanderers on the mountain
astray; Come unto Me, His message repeating, words of the Master
speaking today. —Anonymous

May 27

DAILY READINGS: Deuteronomy 5:1-33; Ecclesiastes 7:1-29; Luke 8:1-21

To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:4, NKJV

The story is told of a newly saved man who was sitting on the porch reading his Bible. A friend passing by stopped and asked, ”Tom, what are you reading?” “Oh,” said Tom, “I’m reading a legacy, and I’m so happy to see all to which I am an heir.” “Who died?” asked the friend. The young believer replied, “The one who died was my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, and now His inheritance is mine!” —E. MacLelland

Keep the eye single, the head upward lifted;
Watch for the glory of earth’s coming King;
Lo! o’er the mountain tops light is now breaking;
Heirs of the kingdom, rejoice ye and sing. —Lowell Mason