August 19

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 30:1-31:13; Micah 1:1-2:13; Romans 9:1-29

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36, NKJV

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:7, NKJV

Our world is driven by desire. Those with no earthly goods want some and those who have an abundant wealth want more. How sad. At the end of life it will all be left behind. The Lord Jesus invites you today to put your trust in Him as your Saviour! Then you will have an inheritance reserved in heaven for you. —Jim Paul

If I gained the world but lost the Saviour! Would my gain be worth
the life long strife? Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing?
For a moment with a Christ filled life! —Anna Olander

August 18

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 28:1-29:11; Isaiah 66:1-24; Romans 8:18-39

And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go. Exodus 8:32, KJV

You may have heard the Gospel many times, but you keep hardening your heart and refusing to turn to Christ for salvation. Beware my friend. You never know when God will accept your decision as final and you will have had your last opportunity to be saved! Did He not say in Noah’s day, “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3, KJV)? Come today. Today is the day of salvation. —David Croudace

While God’s Spirit bids you come,
Sinner do not longer roam,
Lest you seal your hopeless doom,
Be in time. —Anonymous

August 17

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:12; Isaiah 65:1-25; Romans 8:1-17

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come. Revelation 22:17

“Come” is one of the simplest commands of the English language. We teach it to our children at an early age. And yet it is a glorious invitation as well. The essence of the gospel is both an open invitation extended by the Saviour Himself, and a command to all mankind, for there is no other way of salvation. When you teach your children simple obedience to the command, “Come,” you are laying the foundation for a proper response to the much greater command/invitation of the Saviour. —William Gustafson

Come to the Saviour, make no delay; here in His Word He’s
shown us the way; Here in our midst He’s standing today,
tenderly saying, “Come!” —George F. Root

August 16

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 25:1-44; Isaiah 63:15-64:12; Rom. 7:7-25

There are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:7

There are many false gospels and Paul was merciless in rejecting them. Martin Luther said, “Now the true gospel has it that we are justified by faith alone, without the deeds of the Law. The false gospel has it that we are justified by faith, but not without the deeds of the Law.” The false apostles preached a conditional gospel. Thank God, Christ is enough to save the weary soul. Our works are unnecessary. Are you satisfied with Him? —Donald Norbie

Your faith, your hope and righteousness, Are treasured
up in Him alone; Your rich supplies of grace and peace
Spring from the works your Lord has done. —Author Unknown  

August 15

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 23:1-24:22; Isa. 62:1-63:14; Rom. 6:15-7:6

My father was a Syrian (Jacob), about to perish. Deut. 26:5, NKJV 

But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness. Nehemiah 9:17, NKJV

The Israelites confessed before God that their forefathers in the bondage of Egypt were “about to perish.” That is also true today for unsaved persons. But when perishing sinners bow before the Lord, they cast themselves upon a God who is “ready to pardon.” It matters not how great the sinner is; the sacrificial death of Christ at Calvary is sufficient to pardon and cleanse from any and all sin. —Robert Steele

Pardon from an offended God! Pardon for sins of deepest dye!
Pardon bestowed through Jesus’ blood! Pardon that brings the
rebel nigh! Who is a pardoning God like Thee? Or who has
grace so rich and free? —Author Unknown

August 14

DAILY READINGS: 1 Samuel 21-22; Isaiah 61; Romans 6:1-14

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7, NKJV

Did the Lord Jesus Christ break His own command? The word “let” often means allow. But this is an imperative, and could be translated, “He shall throw the first stone.” Of course Jesus Himself was the only one in the world, in all time, without sin. The marvel is that the Son of God knew this sinful woman, and did not condemn her. He came to make it possible, lawful and righteous, to transform sinners into saints. Are you saved? —R. E. Harlow

Free from the law, oh, happy condition! Jesus has died,
and there is remission; Cursed by the law and bruised
by the fall, Christ has redeemed us-once for all. —Philip P. Bliss

August 13

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 19:8-20:42; Isaiah 60:1-22; Rom. 5:12-21

The life I now live…I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

A young man was brought to the Emergency Department with a severe gunshot wound to the chest. Doctors and nurses worked valiantly in an unsuccessful effort to save his life. From another room the anguished cry of his mother rang out repeatedly, “Let me take his body and give him mine.” It was an impossible request. But Christ bore “our sins in his body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). He suffered “the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). —David Logan

Matchless love! How vast! How free!
Jesus gave Himself for me. —J. J. Hopkins

August 12

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 18:6-19:7; Isaiah 59:1-21; Rom. 4:23-5:11

He died for all… 2 Corinthians 5:15, KJV

The town of Chepstow in South Wales is one of the gateway towns from the country’s border with England. A stroll through it while on holiday caught my imagination when I saw a hotel called “The Five Alls.” The facade of the building was bedecked  with five life-size figures with inscriptions as follows: A soldier with the inscription “I fight all;” a bishop with “I pray for all;” a king, “I rule all;” a lawyer, “I plead for all;” and a banker, “I pay all.” What an opportunity to preach a message concerning Christ in that town by adding two other themes represented in His blessed person: “I love all” and “I died for all.” —B. Powlesland

God loved the world of sinners lost and ruined by the fall,
Salvation full, at highest cost, He offers free to all. —Stockton

August 11

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 17:32-18:5; Isaiah 58:1-14; Romans 4:1-22

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [down] the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18, KJV

All men everywhere and in every age have had truth from God in some form: in creation (Psalm 19:3); in the law (Romans 10:5); through their conscience (1 Timothy 4:2); or by the gospel (Romans 1:16). Having truth is a great blessing, but acting contrary to it brings down the wrath of God. All humankind will be judged according to their response to the light they had. Have you heard the gospel message? Then fearfully accept it, and God will count it for righteousness. Otherwise there is no escaping the wrath of God. —Tom Steere

Let the song go round the earth, Jesus Christ is Lord! Sound His
praises, tell His worth, be His name adored. —S. G. Stock

August 10

DAILY READINGS: 1 Sam. 17:1-31; Isaiah 56:9-57:21; Romans 3:1-31

Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. Luke 15:6, KJV

Many years ago in a humble Irish cottage, John Darby sat at the bedside of a dying shepherd boy. With a prayer to God for guidance, he asked the lad how he had acquired the cough. “Aye, sir,” he said, “it was about a year ago. I went out into a cold stormy night to search for my father’s lost sheep and didn’t stop till I found it. The poor creature was tired and helpless so I just carried it home on my shoulders.” Mr. Darby then had the perfect message, the gospel story of the lost sheep in Luke 15. The boy drank it in and found safe passage Home in the arms of the Good Shepherd. —E. MacLelland

Jesus my Shepherd is; ’twas He that loved my soul, ‘Twas He that
cleansed me with His blood, ‘Twas He that made me whole. —H. Bonar