September 17

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 9:1-28; Jeremiah 17:1-27; Philippians 2:12-30

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Hebrews 11:4, NKJV

In order to approach God, Cain brought the fruit of his labour to try to cover his sin! He was rejected. None of our good works, even the best, can ever be good enough for God. He is utterly holy. Because of this the Bible says the soul that sins must die. My sin can be paid for only by death. So by faith Abel offered a lamb, which died in his place and his sacrifice was accepted. The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, died as our substitute, and for our sin. Depending upon that sacrifice, we can now come to God by faith and find forgiveness and full acceptance. Have you come? —David Croudace

Not the labor of my hands can fulfill Thy laws’ demands, All for sin
could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone. —A. Toplady