Monday, April 6, 2020

Leviticus 13:24-59; Psalm 118:1-29; Mark 4:1-20

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:20-21

What did our Lord deem critical for His future believers? Unity. So often we quickly default to what we disagree about. When you meet a fellow Christian why not focus on Christ, so that “the world may believe that thou hast sent me”? —Danielle Robins

And love will hold us together,
Make us a shelter to weather the storm;
And I’ll be my brother’s keeper,
So the whole world would know that we’re not alone. —Matt Maher

Lord’s Day, April 5, 2020

Leviticus 12:1-13:23; Psalms 116:1-117:2; Mark 3:13-35

While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. Song of Songs 1:12

Here we have the bride enjoying sweet communion with her beloved at his table. We note that she not only partook of the bounty that her beloved had supplied, but she came with something to offer to him. She came with a fragrance that would be a delight to him. As we gather around the table of remembrance, in the presence of our Beloved, let us come prepared to offer the fragrance of our worship to Him. Like Mary of Bethany, let us break our precious box of ointment—our expressions of worship—in honour of Him, and may “the house [be] filled with the odour” (John 12:3). —W. H. Burnett

In love my soul would bow, my heart fulfill its vow,
Some offering bring Thee now, something for Thee. —S. D. Phelps

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Leviticus 11:1-47; Psalms 113:1-115:8; Mark 2:23-3:12

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. Romans 15:7

When she was young, a little girl I knew would open her arms whenever she saw me. It indicated she was glad to see me. Similarly, we should be happy to receive all believers. Getting along in God’s family takes love, submission, and hard work. Christ has brought together people with many differing interests and opinions but what unifies us is Christ. Beloved, let us show impartiality (James 2:1-9), forbearance (Eph. 4:2), and forgiveness (Eph. 4:32) toward one another. Let us esteem our brothers and sisters highly (Phil. 2:3-5). After all Christ does. —George Ferrier

Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. —John Fawcett

Friday, April 3, 2020

Leviticus 10:1-20; Psalms 111:1-112:10; Mark 2:1-22

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

This first commandment summed up all the other commandments, laws and directives God gave His people. God first. If God is first, we won’t make “gods” out of people, wealth, success, fulfillment, pleasure, dreams, or desires. If God is first, we won’t use our time, energy and abilities for constant self-indulgences. If God is first, we won’t sin against our neighbour, or whine about what we do not have. If God is first, we will reflect a satisfaction, contentment and faith others will desire. Is this our reality? Is He first in our hearts today? —Deborah Manera

The failure of many is to seek from man what can be found only in God. —Watchman Nee

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Leviticus 9:1-24; Psalms 109:1-110:7; Mark 1:21-45

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. Genesis 20:2

The tragedy surrounding this incident is that this is the second time Abraham told a lie to save himself (Gen 12:10). Surely God would not forgive again. Not only did God forgive him but helped him escape from this self-inflicted mess. Take heart believer, our Heavenly Father is more merciful than we deserve. Confess, and remember that His blood avails in our weakness (1 John 1:9). —Brian Russell

Jesus my Lord will love me forever,
From Him, no power of evil can sever. —Norman Clayton

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Leviticus 8:1-36; Psalm 108:1-13; Mark 1:1-20

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27

I asked a gentleman if he planned on attending a friend’s funeral, to which he replied, “I’m too busy to attend; in fact, at the moment I’d even be too busy to attend my own funeral.” One sure certainty is that death is coming for each of us and we will meet that appointment, busy or not. If today should be your last day on earth where will you be tomorrow? —Janet Fleming

Two choices you have and only two,
I ask you what will you choose to do?
Accept the Saviour or turn away,
What is the choice that you make today? —Janet Fleming

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Leviticus 7:11-38; Psalm 107:1-43; Acts 28:17-31

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. James 1:5

Here is a good definition for wisdom. It is “seeing things from God’s perspective.” When we see money from God’s perspective, it loses its power to give status and gains its ability to help others. When we see suffering from God’s perspective it loses its senselessness and gains its eternal value in glory. And when we see fame from God’s perspective it loses its intoxicating quality and sobers us to seek only the affirmation of our faithful Creator. God, help me to see things from Your perspective and grant me wisdom today. —Shane Johnson

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord. —Dallan Forgaill

Monday, March 30, 2020

Leviticus 6:8-7:10; Psalm 106:1-48; Acts 28:1-16

Because they are not of the world…I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. John 17:14-15

These wonderful words of the Lord Jesus as He prayed to His Father remind us of our present position. We are very much part of our society and must not escape the responsibilities which that entails. However we are also called to be different. So “He calls us to be morally distinctive but not socially segregated” (Lindsay Brown). We must mix with people as salt and light but always avoid evil by demonstrating righteousness and godly living. —Paul Young

My hands, my eyes, my ears, my tongue,
Have Satan’s servants been too long,
But now they shall be Thine. —John Newton

Lord’s Day, March 29, 2020

Leviticus 5:14-6:7; Psalm 105:1-45; Acts 27:27-44

The Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20, NKJV

The Lord loves us. Is there a greater joy? His love cannot be measured for it knows no breadth, length, depth, or height (Rom. 8:38- 39). His love cannot be understood for it passes knowledge. It cannot be equalled, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends…” (John 15:13-14a, NKJV). His love cannot be overcome, nothing will “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39, NKJV). —Jim Paul

He loved me so, and conquered this hard heart
And made it cleave to Him for weal or woe
Made me His own, no more from Him to part Who loved me so. —I. Y. Ewan

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Leviticus 4:27-5:13; Psalm 104:1-35; Acts 27:1-26

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ. Colossians 4:2-3

I fear what Mr. Ironside wrote over 90 years ago is still true today: “The soul flourishes in an atmosphere of prayer. Our souls will languish without prayer and our testimony will be utterly fruitless if we neglect communion with God. One of the most common sins among Christians today is prayerlessness.” May our prayers be faithful, thankful and purposeful. —Pete Smith

Go often to the quiet place of thine own heart in prayer,
For in the shelter of its peace, God is waiting there.
Commit thyself with childlike faith unto His loving hands,
Be still and know that He is God, who loves thee best and understands. —Author Unknown