Saturday, February 29, 2020

Exodus 19:10-25; Psalm 59:1-17; Acts 10:34-48

I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matthew 11:25

Why was our Lord thankful? He rejoiced for the basis upon which the Father revealed His truth to His creatures. If wisdom or prudence was the criteria, many would be exempt. But simple childlike faith was the threshold for entry into the mysteries of divinity. May God give us such simple faith and may He open our understanding that we may understand the Scriptures and live them out (Luke 24:45). —Vernon Markle

Open my eyes that I might see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. —Clara H. Scott

February 29

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:14-25; Psalm 59:1-17; Acts 10:34-48

There came a man full of leprosy…he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. Luke 5:12-13

A surgeon was asked, “Do you ever fear losing feeling in your fingers so you would be unable to perform surgeries?” “No”, he replied, “but I do fear the day when I lose feeling for my patients.” An outcast of society begged Jesus to touch him. Dr. Luke, in using the term, “full of leprosy” indicates he was beyond human help. But he was never beyond the Saviour’s healing touch. Leprosy is a picture of sin and in that matter we are beyond help. We need the forgiving touch of the Saviour. Trust Him and He will cleanse you today. —Jim Comte

Just one touch! And He makes me whole,
Speaks sweet peace to my sin-sick soul. —B. Bell

Friday, February 28, 2020

Exodus 19:1-9; Psalm 58:1-11; Acts 10:24-33

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8

Has life’s experience of late felt like one long, dark night? Continue to trust in God, for the morning light is near. Listen for the voice that cheers and comforts us. Often in a difficult trial, we can feel spiritually disoriented. It is hard to know which way to turn. If you are feeling like this today, like David, look heavenward and seek help from above. He will not disappoint! —Pete Smith

We expect a bright tomorrow; all will be well.
Faith can sing through days of sorrow, all will be well;
On our Father’s love relying, Christ our every need supplying. —Mary Bowly

February 28

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:1-13; Psalm 58:1-11; Acts 10:24-33

The sting of death is sin. 1 Corinthians 15:56, KJV

God first created man to enjoy the fullness of His creation and to commune with Him. As a test of his obedience (a necessary condition of faith and love), God said he could eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden where God had placed him except one. To disobey would bring certain death (Genesis 2:16-17). Yet man chose to disobey and sin against God. Consequently death came. The Lord Jesus lived a life of obedience to God and gave His life to take away this sting of death. Now He offers life back to us and a restoration of our relationship with Him. Will you obey and take it? —K. C. Ung

Jesus for sinners undertakes, and died that we may live;
His blood a full atonement makes, and cries aloud, “Forgive.”
—J. Newton

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Even those nearest to us can fall short in times of trial. David should have had encouragement from his wife, but Michal “saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart” (2 Sam. 6:16). Abigail should have been loved and protected by her husband, but Nabal was “churlish and evil in his doings” (1 Sam. 25:3) with the reputation for foolishness. The true believer will always flee to their precious Lord in times of trials. —Ray Jones

In the tempests of life, on its wide heaving sea,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. —W. Cushing

February 27

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

Owe no one anything… Romans 13:8

When we purchase things on credit, we owe money. When the total amount is paid, our debt is settled. But, the debt of sin, we owe to God! And no matter how hard and how many times we try; we can never settle our debt in full. It is only by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood, that our debt can be settled. He alone has the power to wipe our slates clean if we will confess our sins to Him. Have you had your debt paid? —Ken Gunnell

To Him I owe my life and breath, And all the joys I have;
He takes away the sting of death, Gives victory o’er the grave!
—S. Stennett

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18

It is clear from Scripture that the world is divided into two groups. Those who are perishing and those who are saved! To which group do you belong? Those who believe the Gospel message to be foolish are perishing. How good to know that through the work of the cross Jesus provided a way whereby we could be saved. The power through the cross not only saves but changes lives for now and eternity. Will you accept God’s wisdom and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? —Jim Paul

Man of sorrows, God of glory, wondrous path Thy feet have trod,
Cross and crown rehearse the story, joyous sound this note abroad; Calvary’s victim, now adorns the throne of God. —M. Nunn

February 26

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

There are many proclaiming all kinds of religions and creeds. But none can compare to the preaching of Christ crucified. We join with the apostle when he declared that he gloried in nothing but the cross. It reveals the sinful nature of the human heart and demonstrates the love and grace of God in procuring eternal salvation for those who believe. Are you among those who have put their faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross? —Drew Craig

Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling,
Naked come to Thee for dress; helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me Saviour or I die.—A. M. Toplady

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. Exodus 33:16

The distinguishing mark of a believer is an experience of God’s mercy and grace in a personal way. We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Then we are to be separated from the world and its way of thinking and separated unto Him. If that is our experience, than nothing (or no one) can separate us from His love (See Rom. 8:35-39). —Wm. H. Gustafson

Occupied with Thee, Lord Jesus, in Thy grace;
All Thy ways and tho’ts about me only trace,
Deeper stories of the glories of Thy grace. —H. Bennett, Mrs. Wellesley

February 25

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? John 14:2 

Driving through a town in Pennsylvania, I caught sight of a sign outside a building which said “Christ’s Home.” It was a funeral home and I wondered how many people had found themselves, on their decease, being in that particular home, but not actually arriving in Christ’s eternal home (the Father’s house). To enjoy the comforts and companionship of the Father’s house requires being born into the family of God by accepting Christ by faith. Only then can a place be prepared. —Brian Powlesland

There is a home, a glorious home, a heavenly mansion fair;
And those we loved so fondly here, will bid us welcome there.
—Author Unknown