September 27

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Hebrews 2:1-18

Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things. Acts 13:38-39

Satan has whitewashed sin. Human society smiles upon evil and readily indulges in it. But God has not changed. The sinner must be washed, not whitewashed, by the fountain that was opened through the death of Christ at Calvary. That washing justifies so that the sinner is made clean and is seen by God as being in Christ. If you are in Christ, you know it. If not, you are in your sins, and far from God. —Doug Kazen

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in part,
but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. Praise
the Lord, Praise the Lord, oh my soul! —Horatio G. Spafford

September 26

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad Psalm 45:8, NKJV

Procter and Gamble is a familiar name. One Sunday, Harley Procter listened to a preacher speak from Psalm 45 where ivory palaces are mentioned. As a result, he decided to call his soap Ivory. Many people think that good works or a  moral life, superficial cleanliness, will merit them entry into God’s heaven. But our problem goes much deeper than that. Thank God for Him who came from the ivory palaces to accomplish what no soap could do! Christ washed us from our sins! —R. Surgenor

Though thy sins are red like crimson, deep in scarlet glow;
Jesus’ precious blood can make them, white as snow.
—Frances R. Havergal

September 25

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 17:1-24; Jeremiah 29:1-32; Philemon 1:1-25

Jesus…said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Mark 12:34

When one stands before the King and at the door to the kingdom, it is truly a solemn moment, and no other question really matters. Here was a scribe, evidently drawn to Christ. He had a good grasp of the Scriptures, and realized that God demanded more from men than mere outward observance of the Mosaic law. Similarly, many today know the facts of the gospel but are still outside the kingdom. They need to realize their danger. It’s only a step to safety. Will you take that step? —W. P. W. McVey

Yes, not very far from salvation by grace, but beware, O sinner,
beware! For not very far is a perilous place; you art lost if you
linger there. —Author Unknown

September 24

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:33-16:34; Jer. 27:1-28:17; Col. 4:2-18

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

This verse has been used by God to bring the assurance of salvation to many people. It answers to the question, “Why the cross?” The Lord Jesus in His coming to Calvary dealt with this outstanding need of humanity, their sinfulness. Only He could do it, for no one else was sinless. He bore our sins in His death on the cross that we might “live to righteousness.” He “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25). Is He your Saviour? —Reg. L. Jordan

I have neither grace nor merit-guilty sinner is my name; But,
believing, I inherit life which only Christ could claim. —Wm. Blane

September 23

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:1-32; Jer. 26:1-24; Colossians 3:5-4:1

But God, being rich in mercy… Ephesians 2:4

Nicole “Faith” Proctor was born terminally ill as a result of a severe brain disorder. She is blind, cannot talk or walk and must be fed through a tube. Many look upon her with pity. But we thank God who is rich in mercy. What a joy to realize that God loves her and one day she will be with her Saviour. I wonder, do you have the same assurance? In a way our lives parallel Faith’s life. We too are born blind (spiritually) to God’s grace, unable to help ourselves. But Jesus says, “whosoever believeth in [me] should not perish” (John 3:16). Our Faith is unable to make the choice, but you are. Make it today. —Jerry Proctor (Faith’s Grandfather)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I
once was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.—J. Newton

September 22

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:33-14:31; Jer. 24:1-25:38; Col. 2:8-3:4

This people has refused the waters of Shiloah (Siloam) that flow gently. Isaiah 8:6

The ancient pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, today called Birket Silwan, dates back in biblical history almost 3,000 years. Amazingly enough, through repeated droughts, it alone has never gone dry! What a depiction of God’s matchless grace; and yet further, mankind’s continued refusals of our Lord’s soft tones of invitation and salvation. In spite of this, like the subterranean springs which feed Siloam, “he gives more grace” (James 4:6), entrusting the word of reconciliation to those who have drunk to the deepest satisfaction of the wellsprings of His salvation! —Rick Morse

Oh you have been promised grace abundant and free, God’s wonderful
grace is sufficient, sufficient for you and me. —Author Unknown

September 21

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:1-32; Jer. 23:1-40; Colossians 1:21-2:7

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8

The Times newspaper ran a series of articles on world problems. A letter to the paper was received. Titled “What is wrong with the world”, it said, “Dear Sir, I am. Sincerely yours, G. K. Chesterton.” Chesterton’s letter indicated that the root of all world problems was people—their greed, malice, covetousness, selfishness, and immorality. In short, their sinfulness. In order to address this problem of human sin, Jesus came and said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Come to Him today. —Brian Powlesland

Chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed His blood for me; Died
that I might live on high, died that I might never die. As the
branch is to the vine, I am His, and He is mine. —W. McComb

September 20

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 12:1-33; Jeremiah 21:1-22:30; Colossians 1:1-20

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12

Matthew’s Gospel confirms Jeremiah’s prophecy. “And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads” (Matthew 27:39). Even today some care not that Jesus, the Son of God was hanging on the cross for them. Sinners who are indifferent will perish in the same way as those who are sinners of the worst kind. Be wise! Accept the Lord Jesus as your Saviour. He died for you! —E. MacLelland

Never more shall God, Jehovah,
Smite the Shepherd with the sword;
Ne’er again shall cruel sinners,
Set at nought our glorious Lord. —Robert C. Chapman

September 19

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 11:1-43; Jeremiah 19:1-20:18; Philippians 4:2-23

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

What great news for sinners—spoken by the Son of God Himself! The promise is that through hearing His Word and believing on the One who sent the Lord Jesus, their sins will be forgiven; they will receive the gift of eternal life; they will be placed beyond the possibility of judgment, and will pass from death unto life. Are you one of those who has “heard His Word,” or are you still resisting His voice? Even as you read these words, may you trust the Lord Jesus as your Saviour and pass from death into life. —W. H. Burnett

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Verily, verily, message ever new, He that
believeth on the Son, ‘tis true, hath everlasting life. —J. McGranahan

September 18

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 10:1-29; Jeremiah 18:1-23; Philippians 3:1-4:1

Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. John 4:6, NKJV

Listening to the conversation of tourists who had come to draw water from the well in a resort village, I recalled that one day Jesus “sat thus by the well.” Think of that the weary Saviour waiting to give a woman a drink of “living water”! Still today, He wants to eternally satisfy the thirst of those who are drinking of the never-satisfying wells of pleasure, fame and wealth. To such He says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37, NKJV). —Robert Steele

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold I freely give The living waterthirsty
one, stoop down and drink and live.” 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