Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Judges 20:1-48; Isaiah 38:1-39; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

Prepare to meet thy God. Amos 4:12
I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Depart from me…into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels. Matthew 25:41

The cry of God’s ancient prophet is the cry of the 21st century
servant of the Lord, “Prepare to meet thy God”. To die prepared is to
go to the place prepared by the Lord for His people. To reject that
love and fail to prepare to meet Him, is to be sentenced eternally
to the place prepared for the devil and his angels. Oh, prepare to
meet thy God. —Arnot P. McIntee

Repent and believe this very hour,
Trust in the Saviour’s grace and power,
Then shall your joyous answer be,
“Prepared” for the long eternity. —E. A. Hoffman

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Judges 19; Isaiah 37:8-38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-34

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me. Psalm 23:4, NKJV

Comfort is derived from Latin roots: con, “to be with” and fortis,
“strong.” Literally comfort means “to strengthen by companionship”.
A child facing a lonely dark trek would walk without fear if
his father held his hand. Likewise, God wants His people to realize
the blessed reality of His presence when facing life’s trials in the
ever-shifting valley of shadows. Comfort in times of distress is one
of the principal benefits of walking with God. —W. A. H.

I have been through the valley of sorrow and weeping,
The valley of trouble and pain;
But the God of all comfort, the God of all comfort,
Was with me to hold and sustain. —Lettie Cowman

Monday, July 22, 2019

Judges 17:1-18:31; Isaiah 36:1-37:7; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Were we to travel north we would eventually reach the north
pole and keeping the same path, we would eventually reach the
south pole. There is a finite distance between the north and south
poles. In contrast, were we to travel east we could keep going
east and never reach any east pole. There is an immeasurable distance
between east and west and this is how the Lord describes
the indeterminable distance He has removed our transgressions
from us. —Brian Powlesland

I have lived with the Lord for a number of years,
That’s why I never have doubtings or fears,
For my sins are all hid in the depths of the sea;
They were cast away there, by the Man on the tree. —George Cutting

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2 Samuel 20:1-26; Jeremiah 4:3-31; Galatians 5:10-26

The Lord said, Simon…Satan hath desired to have you, that he
may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith
fail not. Luke 22:31-32

The Lord told Peter that trying times were ahead. But that was
not the heart of His message. In fact the power of the message
was not that our Lord would pray for him but that He had already
prayed for him. He could have prayed that the temptation
would not happen, but instead prayed that Peter’s faith would not
fail. This should be a model for our prayer life. Not that we avoid
temptation but that our faith would not fail. —Ken Gross

Faith is the victory. Faith is the victory.
Oh, glorious victory that overcomes the world.
—John Yates

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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

Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand. Isaiah 14:24

A recurring theme throughout Scripture is God’s sovereign governance.
Entwined with His long-suffering mercy and grace is the
ultimate finality of holiness and justice. The reign of sin will come
to an end along with all of its subjects; but those who have trusted
that their own justice was enacted at Calvary will go on into everlasting
glory. Mercy and truth, righteousness and peace—they
have embraced at the cross. Have you been there for yourself?
—Rick Morse

Beneath the cross of Jesus, at times mine eye can see;
The very dying form of One who suffered there for me.
— Elizabeth Clephane

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

Ye see me no more. John 16:10

No more! Those words filled the disciples’ heart with sorrow as
the Lord announced His departure (v. 6). But consider what He
was leaving to accomplish. He paid the full price for our redemption
so “there is no more offering for sin” (Heb. 10:18). His victory
was seen when He rose to “dieth no more” (Rom. 6:9). The sinner
who is cleansed can claim God’s promise: “Their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). Then, when this life is over,
the child of God goes to the Land of no more curse (Rev. 22:3).
And there, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death” (21:4). What a blessing to know more of
God’s grand purposes this side of the cross! —Brian Cretney

No blood, no altar now, the sacrifice is o’er!
No flame, no smoke ascends on high, the lamb is slain no more.—Bonar