Thursday, October 31, 2019

1 Chronicles 12:1-40; Ezekiel 13:1-23; John 4:31-54

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:15

Paul challenged Timothy to be a good servant (v. 6); to be consumed by his work. He encouraged him to give himself wholeheartedly to the work of the Lord and to the things of God. How is our testimony in regards to this? Is it passable and lukewarm? Or are we giving our all? Paul did not want this young man to hit a plateau and settle down, but rather to advance, to progress as a pioneer, cutting his way through the obstacles, leaving a path for all to see and follow. Don’t go in for mediocracy but be fully engaged for the Lord! —Pete Smith

He’ll strengthen thee, help thee and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by His righteous, omnipotent hand. —G. Keith

October 31

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 12:1-40; Ezekiel 13:1-23; John 4:31-54

We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news…If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. 2 Kings 7:9

We bring you the good news. Acts 13:32

Upon the flight of the enemy, the four leprous men of Samaria were blest with food in the midst of the famine. To withhold this good news would be evil. Likewise, this is a day of good tidings. Satan has been defeated, and salvation and blessing are available to sinful men. Christ died, was buried and was raised again and is now enthroned in glory. Do not tarry; receive and believe the glad tidings. —Neil Dougal

O glad and glorious Gospel! With joy we now proclaim,
A full and free salvation, through faith in Jesus’ name.—M. Fraser

October 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 10:1-11:47; Ezekiel 12:1-28; John 4:1-30

There is therefore NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1

Often a single word in Scripture fills the heart with rejoicing. The glorious word in our verse is “NOW.” We know that, in eternity, condemnation for the believer is gone forever. But in this life, when the heart deceives and sin defiles, “NOW” is a refuge. Condemnation is gone because God laid on His Lamb the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). In Christ Jesus is a refuge that always avails. When would be a good time to thank Him for such a blessing? Now! —Bill Bush

Now I have found a friend—Jesus is mine;
His love shall never end—Jesus is mine.
Though earthly joys decrease and earthly friendships cease,
Now I have lasting peace—Jesus is mine. —H. Hope

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

1 Chronicles 10:1-11:47; Ezekiel 12:1-28; John 4:1-30

Will a man make gods for himself, which are not gods? Jeremiah 16:20, NKJV

It is well known that cows are sacred in India, but they have many other gods too. The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan, India, is home to some 20,000 rats. These rats are fed, protected and worshipped! Macaque monkeys freely roam the streets and temples of India. They are fed, protected and even honoured due to their association with the Hindu deity Hanuman, the monkey god. The god of this world has and is blinding the minds of millions! Only the gospel of our Lord Jesus can set them free. —Raymond Jones

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty victorious, Thy great name we praise. —Walter Chalmers Smith

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

1 Chronicles 8:1-9:44; Ezekiel 11:1-25; John 3:22-36

They…yielded their bodies. Daniel 3:28, NKJV

You would have thought that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had read Romans 12:1-2. They certainly lived it! The practice of their faith went well beyond lip service and eating habits. It involved their whole body and it was their whole body that was put to the test. The fire that they were thrown into had no effect on their bodies, from top to bottom (3:27), including even the smell of fire! Their bodies were free from the attack of the enemy and free for the Master’s use. It is our privilege to be the same sort of living sacrifices, in body, soul, and spirit. —N. C. Funston

We are an offering,
We lift our voices, we lift our hands
We lift our lives up to You;
We are an offering, we are an offering. —Dwight Liles

October 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 8:1-9:44; Ezekiel 11:1-25; John 3:22-36

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Matthew 27:22

Asked so long ago, this is still one of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves. Here Pontius Pilate asked the question of the unruly crowd as the Lord stood before him. The crowd replied, “Let him be crucified!” Pilate didn’t really know what to do, but swayed by the crowd he rejected Christ. How sad! Even today many still reject the Lord, but what of you? Ask yourself this question, “What shall I do with Jesus?” May you receive and accept Him today. —John M. Clegg

O soul, so sad and weary, that sweet voice speaks to thee:
Then what will you do with Jesus? Oh, what shall the answer be?
—Nathaniel Norton

Monday, October 28, 2019

1 Chronicles 7:1-40; Ezekiel 10:1-22; John 2:23-3:21

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

It is important that we do not carelessly judge other believers’ motives and service. In fact, we are not even qualified to judge ourselves (1 Cor. 4:3). Ultimately Christ will judge our lives. In the meantime, He uses His Word to keep us on the straight path, convicting us when we stray, returning us back onto His way, and instructing us how to remain on it. —George Ferrier

All the way my Saviour leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread. —Frances J. Crosby

October 28

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 7:1-40; Ezekiel 10:1-22; John 2:23-3:21

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24, NKJV

Burdened by sin, a young man asked the question, “What can I do to be saved?” He was shattered by the answer, “I am sorry to tell you but you are too late!” Thankfully the speaker went on to explain, “You see, everything needed for your salvation was done by Christ. He finished the work that was needed for you to be saved when He took your sins upon Himself on the cross.” You can do nothing to earn salvation! Simply cry out to Christ in your distress and trust in Him. Receive by faith what He died to give you—salvation full and free. —David Croudace

Jesus wept and died for me; Jesus suffered on the tree;
Jesus waits to make me free; He alone can save me. —Robert Lowry

Lord’s Day, October 27, 2019

1 Chronicles 6:1-81; Ezekiel 8:1-9:11; John 2:1-22

Then said I, Woe is me!…because I am a man of unclean lips…
Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal…
which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar…and said,
Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away,
and thy sin purged. Isaiah 6:5-7

A live coal from the altar would mean the fire had consumed the
sacrifice. Upon Isaiah’s confession of sin the atoning value of the
sacrifice was available to purge him from sin and iniquity. What
a profound picture of Christ’s atoning death, fully meeting the
repentant sinner’s need for cleansing and forgiveness. —P. W.

But Christ the heavenly lamb, took all our sins away,
A sacrifice of nobler name and richer blood than they.
— Isaac Watts

October 27

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 6:1-81; Ezekiel 8:1-9:11; John 2:1-22

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8

Mahatma Ghandi was visited by faithful missionaries while on one of his extended fasts. As they shared their faith, he asked them to sing a hymn showing the depth of their commitment. In a moment they sang Isaac Watts’ great hymn: “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died—my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.” —Arnot P. McIntee

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too
small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my heart, my life, my all.
—Isaac Watts