July 26

DAILY READINGS: Ruth 1:1-22; Isaiah 41:1-29; 2 Corinthians 1:1-24

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25, NKJV

It is thought that the great pyramid was constructed at the angle of light’s refraction so that the Pharaoh’s soul could rise to heaven on a ray of sunlight. Pharaoh knew he had a soul and believed there was a heaven, but he missed it. Paul had “a desire to depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23, NKJV), but his assurance lay in the fact that the Lord Jesus had died for him on the cross, and through Christ’s death his sins had been put away. All who believe this will one day be conveyed by Him to heaven. Will you be there? —R. Surgenor

On Christ salvation rests secure; the Rock of Ages must endure;
Nor can that faith be overthrown, which rests upon the living Stone.
—Samuel Medley

Friday, July 26, 2019

Ruth 1:1-22; Isaiah 41:1-29; 2 Corinthians 1:1-24

Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning
every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may
present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also
labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me
mightily. Colossians 1:27-29

The corporate world speaks of vision statements and mission
statements. They focus on a goal and hone their policies in reaching
it. This type of corporate talk is taken from New Testament thinking.
Of all people we should be forward thinking. Our vision? Christ
Himself. Our mission? To make disciples so that we and many like
us will be like Christ. Our backward movements result when we
stray from this heavenly vision. Aim at God’s goal. —J. A. Bjorlie

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art. —Dallan Forgaill

July 25

DAILY READINGS: Judges 21:1-25; Isaiah 40:1-31; 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

[He] broke in pieces the bronze serpent…for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it. 2 Kings 18:4

Numbers 21 pictured what God would do for the world through His Son. Israel had sinned, yet God provided a bronze serpent, lifted high on a pole. Whoever looked, lived. But the ensuing generations forgot about the goodness of God, and the statue became the object of their worship. We can do just the same. Romans 1:21 says, “although they knew God, they did not honor him as God…and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Yet God still cares. Believe in Him and you will not perish. Look and live. —Charlie Tempest

Look and live, O sinner live, Look to Jesus now and live.
—William Ogden

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Judges 21:1-25; Isaiah 40:1-31; 1 Corinthians 16:1-23

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden
the request of his lips. Selah. Psalm 21:2

God is always there to give and protect those who seek His face.
He is truly a giving God! Right from the beginning, we read that
“God so loved the world, that he gave” (John 3:16). He gave His very
best in the Person of His beloved Son. He was in Christ, reconciling
the world to Himself when He paid the price of our sin on the
cross (2 Cor. 5:19). What a giving God He is! —G. Frear

God’s strength and salvation, He gives to His own,
Great mercy and grace to us, He has surely shown,
Our heart’s desire He gives us all of our way,
When we delight in Him and trust Him day by day.
—G. F.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Judges 20:1-48; Isaiah 38:1-39; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Prepare to meet thy God. Amos 4:12
I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Depart from me…into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels. Matthew 25:41

The cry of God’s ancient prophet is the cry of the 21st century
servant of the Lord, “Prepare to meet thy God”. To die prepared is to
go to the place prepared by the Lord for His people. To reject that
love and fail to prepare to meet Him, is to be sentenced eternally
to the place prepared for the devil and his angels. Oh, prepare to
meet thy God. —Arnot P. McIntee

Repent and believe this very hour,
Trust in the Saviour’s grace and power,
Then shall your joyous answer be,
“Prepared” for the long eternity. —E. A. Hoffman

July 24

DAILY READINGS: Judges 20:1-48; Isaiah 38:1-39:8; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins. John 8:24

A simple choice. An eternal consequence. The Lord Jesus Christ came as the Saviour of the world to die on the cross for your sins. It is up to you to believe in Him or not, and your choice determines your eternal destiny. There is no other way to heaven. All other efforts and pleas are inadequate in God’s sight. The Lord gives a solemn warning—you must believe in Him as God incarnate, or you will face God’s judgment. Trust in Him now. —Warren Hagey

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and
righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly
lean on Jesus’ name. —Edward Mote

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Judges 19; Isaiah 37:8-38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-34

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me. Psalm 23:4, NKJV

Comfort is derived from Latin roots: con, “to be with” and fortis,
“strong.” Literally comfort means “to strengthen by companionship”.
A child facing a lonely dark trek would walk without fear if
his father held his hand. Likewise, God wants His people to realize
the blessed reality of His presence when facing life’s trials in the
ever-shifting valley of shadows. Comfort in times of distress is one
of the principal benefits of walking with God. —W. A. H.

I have been through the valley of sorrow and weeping,
The valley of trouble and pain;
But the God of all comfort, the God of all comfort,
Was with me to hold and sustain. —Lettie Cowman

July 23

DAILY READINGS: Judges 19:1-30; Isaiah 37:8-38; 1 Cor. 15:1-34

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19, NKJV 

While visiting Alcatraz Penitentiary, I noticed a quotation on a wall. It said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Countless millions of people today are heading along a path which leads to eternal judgment. Perhaps you are one of them. Repent of your sin (a change of heart) and be converted (a change of direction) by believing that Christ died for you. —Brian Powlesland

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. —Helen H. Lemmel

Monday, July 22, 2019

Judges 17:1-18:31; Isaiah 36:1-37:7; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Were we to travel north we would eventually reach the north
pole and keeping the same path, we would eventually reach the
south pole. There is a finite distance between the north and south
poles. In contrast, were we to travel east we could keep going
east and never reach any east pole. There is an immeasurable distance
between east and west and this is how the Lord describes
the indeterminable distance He has removed our transgressions
from us. —Brian Powlesland

I have lived with the Lord for a number of years,
That’s why I never have doubtings or fears,
For my sins are all hid in the depths of the sea;
They were cast away there, by the Man on the tree. —George Cutting

July 22

DAILY READINGS: Judges 17:1-18:31; Isaiah 36:1-37:7; 1 Cor. 14:1-40

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35

Born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. 1 Peter 1:23

Your birth certificate is important. It confirms that you did indeed join the human race, and when, and where. But your
certainty of eternal life is more important, and more assured. Eternal life is assured by the mighty Word of God which cannot change or pass away. Your eternal life shall abide as long as God Himself shall stand. —Doug Kazen

Thy promise true my faith receives,
And claims it for its own.
My trusting heart with joy believes,
The covenant–keeping One. —F. J. N.