Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Genesis 20:1-21:34; Job 23:1-24:25; Matthew 11:2-30

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. Colossians 4:3

Paul wrote these words while incarcerated in a Roman prison. Nevertheless, when he requested prayer it was not to be delivered from prison, but that a door would be open for him to speak about Christ. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that if our circumstances were more favourable we would be better able to be used of the Lord. Remember, the Lord uses those who are available to Him, despite their situation. —Sid Halsband

The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation, must follow their Lord. —John Newton

January 15

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 20-21; Job 23:1-24:25; Matt. 11:2-30

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:17

The basic need of people is to be right with God, to be forgiven of their sins. This happens when we repent of our sins and open our hearts to the Lord Jesus. God comes into our life and we are born again. Paul is then concerned that Christ by the Holy Spirit may dwell—have permanent residence—in our hearts by faith. This means that there is a commitment to Christ. It also indicates that there is daily fellowship with the Lord. If Christ is dwelling in our heart we will also desire to please Him and not to grieve Him by sin. This will bring you joy and peace. —Donald L. Norbie

Abide with me from morn til eve, for without Thee I cannot live.
Abide with me when night is nigh, for without Thee I dare not die.
—John Keble