December 15

DAILY READINGS: Nehemiah 1:1-2:20; Daniel 11:21-45; Revelation 7:1-17

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV

Never was a greater demonstration of love ever shown! What a remarkable, unusual thing to submit to the sacrifice of Himself for the good of his enemies. He died in my place. He died my death that I might live in His life. What a Saviour. Accept His love and redemption today. —M. Peters

What love it was that brought Thee down,
Down to the depths in which I lay,
That made Thee leave Thy glory throne,
In servant’s form to tread Thy way;
Yet lower still to death to go,
That I might never judgment know.
—M. A. Kidder

December 14

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 10:1-44; Daniel 11:1-20; Revelation 6:1-17

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22

Our pluralistic, politically correct society finds it reprehensible that any should claim that there is only one God, and only one way of salvation. But the Scriptures are clear about this, and those who reject their message do so at their eternal peril. Dear seeking soul, do not allow yourself to be misdirected by the confusion of the day. Listen to the voice of the Lord Jesus who, when He was asked the way to heaven, said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Have you come to Him? There is salvation in no other. —W. H. Burnett

I need no other argument, I need no other plea, It is enough that Jesus
died, and that He died for me. —L. H. Edmunds

December 13

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 9:1-15; Daniel 10:1-21; Revelation 5:1-14

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46

Philip made the startling claim to his friend Nathanael, that he had found the Messiah, and that in Him, Jesus of Nazareth, could be found all the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Nathanael was not so sure. He doubted the validity of his friend’s testimony. Rather than get into a theological argument, Philip simply said, “Come and see.” The most compelling argument for the enjoyment of blessing in Christ is to come and see. Will you do that today? —Roy Hill

Oh, I sought so long for something, That would give me joy
and peace within; Till at last I came to Jesus, And He cleansed
my heart from sin. —Alice Hansche Sorensen

December 12

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 8:1-36; Daniel 9:1-27; Revelation 4:1-11

And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it. Exodus 20:25

When the Israelites built an altar, it was to have no hewn stones or steps (verse 26). Pictured in this was God’s complete provision for redemption. He provided the stones, the animal to be sacrificed and there were not even stairs to climb! The message was that no one could approach God through personal effort. In Christ, God came the entire way to earth to reconcile man to Himself. Man cannot work his way to heaven. Salvation is all of
God or not of God! Have you received it? —W. A. Henderson

Thou through deepest tribulation deigned to pass for our salvation;
Thousand, thousand praises be, Lord of Glory unto Thee.
—Author Unknown

December 11

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 7:1-28; Daniel 8:1-27; Revelation 3:7-22

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me. Psalm 43:3 

Ted, in his small airplane, took to the air to fly a few hundred miles to visit his friend in a distant city. Some time after takeoff, strong winds and ominous clouds made flying difficult. It was then that he realized he had not checked his all-important compass and radio. Just before crashing into a mountain-side, he wrote two words, “Off course.” Make certain you are not off course on your flight from time into eternity, but may the light
and truth of salvation be yours. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Have you come? —Arnot P. McIntee

Walk in the light! and you shall find your darkness passed away,
Because the light has on you shone in which is perfect day.—B. Barton

December 10

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 6:1-22; Daniel 7:1-28; Revelation 2:18-3:6

If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death. 1 Samuel 2:25

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34 

“Judge’s Ruling Overturned By Higher Court” the news headline read. God is the supreme Judge. So, if we sin against Him and have no intercessor, we are lost, totally condemned— forever. When Christ, the Son of God, who died for us, intercedes for us, we are totally safe—forever. —D. Logan

Oh, what a Saviour that He died for me! 
From condemnation He has set me free. —J. McGranahan

December 9

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 5:1-17; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 2:1-17

He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:8, NKJV

Three questions are on the hearts of most people today. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? The answer to these questions is found in the Word of God. We are here because of God’s sovereign design. We are to live to the praise of His glory. Our eternal destiny is heaven. Do you realize that you have the potential of representing the God of the universe in your corner of the world, and that being with Him forever can be your lot? Trust the Saviour and these questions will be answered for you. —W. H. Gustafson

Fill all my vision, every desire, keep for Thy glory;
my soul inspire,With Thy perfection, Thy holy love;
flooding my path, with light from above. —Avis B. Christiansen

December 8

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 3:1-4:24; Daniel 5:1-31; Revelation 1:1-20

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and other devastations may strike at anytime and the things of this life are taken away immediately. Some of the old preachers used to warn, “To lose your wealth is much, to lose you health is more, but to lose your soul is such a loss, that no man can restore!” Trust the Saviour today and gain what you can never lose. —E. MacLelland

Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me:
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee. —B. E.

December 7

DAILY READINGS: Ezra 1:1-2:70; Daniel 4:1-37; 3 John:1-14

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Luke 18:13

The Gospel is not what human nature would expect. It would be more pleasing to bless the virtuous rather than the profligate, to reward good people instead of wrong doers. But the Bible teaches that “none is righteous” (Romans 3:10) and so we are all in need of the Gospel. Thank God there is
mercy reserved for all who accept Christ as Saviour and Lord (Romans 10:9). —Drew Craig

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my guilty soul found liberty,
At Calvary. —William R. Newell

December 6

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 36:1-23; Daniel 3:1-30; 2 John:1-13

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. John 7:37 

Only the thirsty need apply: those not thirsty for righteousness neither seek for it, nor would stoop for it if they found it. Satisfying water is available for all who realize their need for the good news from a far country, which is like cold water to the thirsting soul. Over all of earth’s streams are written: “Thirst again.” Only the Lord Jesus could say, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (John 4:13- 14). Are you thirsty? “Let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17). —E. Van Ryn

I came to Jesus, and I drank Of that life-giving stream.
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, And now I live in Him.
—Horatius Bonar