Saturday, February 22, 2020

Exodus 13:1-14:4; Psalms 47:1-48:14; Acts 7:1-29

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

It has been rightly said that prayer does not equip us for greater work—prayer is the greater work. Some of God’s people are given the responsibility to preach His Word in public settings, even before large audiences, but the privilege of all God’s people is to pray. It can and must involve the sacrifice of time, the giving up of other things to focus upon the Lord. The joy of prayer and the power that flows from it is very much anchored to the discipline of interceding with God. The need today is for true intercessors and that is the challenge for each of us! —Paul Young

In the busy round of life, do we stop to pray?
Commit each day into His care, and seek His help alway. —Norah A. Young

Friday, February 21, 2020

Exodus 12:21-51; Psalm 45:1-46:11; Acts 6:1-15

And Caleb…said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men who went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people. Num. 13:30-31

The contradictory reports of the spies who went to search out the land of Canaan exemplify unbelief versus faith in God. C. H. Mackintosh says: “There is nothing beneath the canopy of Heaven so stupidly irrational as unbelief. On the other hand there is nothing so sound, clear and logical as the simple argument of childlike faith.” May we too, cultivate the faith of Abraham, who staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Rom. 4:20). —E. V.

His banner over us is love, our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints before with shouts of triumph trod.—J. Yates

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Exodus 11:1-12:20; Psalm 44:1-26; Acts 5:12-42

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Revelation 3:1

One of the greatest challenges for the Christian is living a life that is real and practical. Having an intellectual appreciation for sound doctrine is important but am I progressing from a head filled with knowledge to action motivated by a heart moved by truth? James warns us of the danger of being hearers only, deceiving your own selves. We make a huge mistake if we think we can just coast through life as long as we have the right doctrine. Let’s get real! “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). —Sid Halsband

Take my love; my Lord, I pour, at Thy feet its treasure-store:
Take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for Thee. —F. R. Havergal

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Exodus 10:1-29; Psalms 42:1-43:5; Acts 4:32-5:11

When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

Their ship had gone to the bottom and twelve men in an overcrowded, storm-tossed lifeboat laboured to stay afloat. Suddenly, one seaman, in an e?ort to lighten the boat, jumped overboard. The eleven were subsequently saved. The heroic sailor died for all and for each one individually. So, the Lord Jesus Christ died for all of mankind, but in doing so, He died specifically for you. Avail yourself of His vicarious death and you too, will be saved. —Arnot P. McIntee

Behold a spotless Victim dies, my surety on the tree:
The Lamb of God, my sacrifice, He gave Himself for me. —Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Exodus 9:1-35; Psalm 40:1-41:13; Acts 4:1-31

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. James 3:4

The tongue can be used for evil and also for good. James uses the ship as an illustration of the power of the tongue. Ships carry goods and cargo across the sea, delivering helpful and useful merchandise to needy people in a timely manner. The tongue can be used the same way. Our words can encourage those who are weary, exhort those who are weak. Like a ship, seek to deliver a good cargo every day to someone who needs it. Give grace to those who hear you and aim to build them up (Eph. 4:29). —Shane Johnson

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
Be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord. —Psalm 19:14

Monday, February 17, 2020

Exodus 8:1-32; Psalms 38:1-39:13; Acts 3:1-26

My grace is sufficient for you. 2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV

Haman had just been invited to a second banquet with Queen Esther and King Xerxes. Arriving at home, he called together his wife and friends and boasted of his vast wealth, his many sons, and the many honours the King had showered on him. Then comes this telling statement: “But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as…” (Est. 5:13, NIV). How do I complete that sentence? If I had nothing more than the grace that saved me, would I be content? In fact, I have been blessed abundantly—salvation and then blessing upon blessing. My satisfaction will come only as I look to the Lord Jesus alone with gratitude for His sufficient grace. —M. MacMullen

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing,
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. —M. Redman & J. Myrin

Lord’s Day, February 16, 2020

Exodus 6:14-7:25; Psalm 37:1-40; Acts 2:22-47

Joseph of Arimathea…which also waited for the kingdom of God. Mark 15:43a

Joseph “waited” for the kingdom to come, yet craved the body of the King and placed it in the tomb. At that moment, disappointment must have filled his heart. But oh, what joy is ours, what peace of mind, to “wait” for our risen King of kings and His kingdom. All earthly disappointments will be over then; no tomb, but our Saviour on the throne. —Sam Thorpe, Jr.

He was better to me than all my hopes;
He was better than all my fears;
He made a bridge of my broken works,
And a rainbow of my tears. —Anna Shipton

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Exodus 5:1-6:13; Psalms 35:1-36:12; Acts 2:1-21

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Revelation 22:20

A sign on a plot of land in my home town announced a development of luxury homes. “Coming Soon!” was splashed across it. Five years later the sign is still there. No new houses have been built. Reputedly, the builder did not have enough money to even get the project started. Christians are assured that a future home has been prepared for them—everything is ready and paid for and the Lord is coming soon to collect us. There is nothing to hinder His coming. Could it be today? —Brian Powlesland

I am waiting for the coming of the Lord Who died for me;
O His words have thrilled my spirit “I will come again for thee”. —S. Trevor Francis

Friday, February 14, 2020

Exodus 4:1-31; Psalm 34:1-22; Acts 1:1-26

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV

Why is love the greatest? Among other things, faith and hope relate more to self, whereas love is the most useful to others. Furthermore, the fact that God is love makes it the greatest of the three, love being the greatest force in the universe; Calvary having been its greatest and fullest expression. —W. Ross Rainey

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown. —Isaac Watts

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Exodus 2:23-3:22; Psalms 32:1-33:22; Matthew 28:1-20

But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to make thee a servant and a witness. Acts 26:16

It’s truly amazing what God has been able to do with broken people who have been willing to be remade. Many of the great influential saints of history were once individuals whom we’d scarcely give a second glance. I wonder what God could do with you or me today, if we would only yield all that we are and have to Him? What is it costing someone because we haven’t? What glory is He being robbed of because we remain stubbornly complacent? —Rick Morse

Master speak, and make me ready, when Thy voice is truly heard;
With obedience glad and steady, still to follow every word. —Frances Ridley Havergal