Friday, July 31, 2020

1 Samuel 3:1-21; Isaiah 46:1-13; 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:16

The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord. So what wisdom do they have? Jeremiah 8:9, NKJV

These days God’s Word is being rejected on a daily basis. It is generally viewed as archaic and irrelevant. As new frontiers and new discoveries happen, man’s wisdom is seen as boundless. Yet, there is no real wisdom in anything apart from God. His Word is perfect, beautiful and is His complete revelation to us. It “brings out of his treasure things new and old” (Matt. 13:52, NKJV). Don’t reject God’s Word for the empty wisdom of today. —Annette Baal

In Your Word, You to see, and my daily treasure, I go there to heed;
Truths old, things that will be, things that Your Spirit deems I need. —Annette Baal

July 31

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Isaiah 46:1-13; 2 Cor. 6:11-7:16

Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world. Psalm 49:1, NKJV

On a trip to the annual flower show in Ayr, Scotland, I was impressed by a floral display centered around four books stacked with their titles on their spines. Three of the books were by the Scottish born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie—“Round the World,” “Problems of Today,” and “The Gospel of Wealth.” The fourth book on top of the others was “The Holy Bible.” It stands above the others in that it contains the gospel of eternal wealth in Christ and also the answer to all the problems of today, around the world, and including your own little corner. —Brian Powlesland

The Bible is the book to read; it meets and answers every need.
When in perplexity and doubt, the Bible points the right way out.
—Author Unknown

Thursday, July 30, 2020

1 Samuel 2:1-36; Isaiah 44:24-45:25; 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:10

Therefore shall ye lay up these my words. Deuteronomy 11:18

God was preparing His people to enter the Promised Land and He wanted to make sure His Word went with them and their descendants (Deut. 11:21). Parents were to pass His Word down to their children. They were to teach it to them whenever and wherever they had opportunity to do so (11:19). They were to attend to it openly so that both parents and children could be reminded of it always and be blessed (11:21). Do we as parents seek to apply these worthy practices in relation to our children? —K. C. Ung

Happy the home where prayer is heard,
And praise is wont to rise;
Where parents love the sacred Word,
And all its wisdom prize. —Henry Ware Jr.

July 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 2:1-36; Isa. 44:24-45:25; 2 Cor. 5:11-6:10

For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it. Isaiah 45:18 , NKJV

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22, NKJV

In verse 18, the Lord is described as the Creator of heaven and earth, evidencing His majesty, power and wisdom. In verse 22, He is shown as the Saviour, “Look to Me, and be saved,” evidencing His grace, love and compassion. He alone is both all-powerful and all-loving. He gives an invitation that carries a promise, but is there not a warning, too? “There is no other.” There is no other way, there is no other Saviour. —Reg. L. Jordan

No other song have I to sing but Jesus;
No other theme but Christ and Calvary. —John W. Peterson

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

1 Samuel 1:1-28; Isaiah 44:6-23; 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34, NKJV
[Jesus] said, “It is finished!” John 19:30, NKJV

Our Lord completely fulfilled all the will of His Father, in every way finishing His work. What a divine example for each of us, to do and to finish His will, till He come. Dear believer, don’t give up! The finish line is just ahead: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Tim. 4:7-8). —E. C. B.

I want to finish well, I want to end this race,
Still leaning on His amazing grace. —Steve Chapman

July 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 1:1-28; Isaiah 44:6-23; 2 Cor. 4:7-5:10

Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:30

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and preached the gospel, and how true was his statement recorded in Acts 2:21. Peter had proved it in his own experience. He could look back to that occasion when, drowning in the sea, he cried to the Lord, “Lord, save me.” His cry was heard and his cry was answered. Can you look back to an experience in your life when you called on the Lord for forgiveness? If you can’t, may you do so today. Your prayer will be heard and answered. —John M. Clegg

We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves! Tell the
message all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves! —Priscilla J. Owens

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Ruth 3:1-4:22; Isaiah 43:1-44:5; 2 Corinthians 3:1-4:6

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

When fire broke out in the hold of the ship, passengers and crew formed a line and passed buckets of water. A friend of D. L. Moody suggested they go to the other end of the ship and pray for the safety of all. “We’ll do nothing of the kind,” replied the man of God. “We’ll stand right here, pass the buckets and pray hard as we do.” Let us pass the soul-saving-Gospel to the lost, praying hard as we do. —Arnot P. McIntee

Toil on, faint not, keep watch and pray:
Be wise the erring soul to win:
Go forth into the world’s highway,
Compel the wanderer to come in. —Horatius Bonar

July 28

DAILY READINGS: Ruth 3:1-4:22; Isaiah 43:1-44:5; 2 Cor. 3:1-4:6

For so is the will of God…well doing. 1 Peter 2:15 , KJV 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Ephesians 2:10, KJV

The deception regarding the value of good works in the eyes of God has spread to such an extent that many believe that their good works will be the means to their acceptance with God. The Bible teaches that all works will be judged, but salvation is based on the finished work of Christ who died in our place for our sins. My “part” is either to trust in that sacrifice as being for me, or to reject it. Have you accepted, or are you still trying to work your way into God’s favour? —Rick Morse

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

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ruth 2:1-23; Isaiah 42:1-25; 2 Corinthians 2:1-17

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

The world is filled with people who have lost their way. Jesus came to be the way. Others have been influenced by the world’s false philosophies. Jesus is the truth. Yet others can only be described as dead. Jesus is the One who is the life. If you are not saved, Jesus is the answer to all your needs. The Way, the Truth and the Life. —Sid Halsband

Without the way there is no going;
Without the truth there is no knowing;
Without the life there is no living;
I am the way, the truth and the life,
That’s what Jesus said.—Thomas à Kempis

July 27

DAILY READINGS: Ruth 2:1-23; Isaiah 42:1-25; 2 Corinthians 2:1-17

Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Genesis 22:7-8

Where is the lamb?” is the great Old Testament question. “God will provide for himself the lamb” is the great New Testament answer. The Lamb was identified by John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Christ was the Lamb who was crucified for the sins of the world, your sins and mine, on Calvary. Is He your Saviour? —Milton Haack

Lamb of God, we fall before Thee, humbly trusting in Thy cross. That
alone be all our glory; all things else are only dross. —Joseph Hart