Thursday, September 12, 2019

1 Kings 4:1-5:18; Jeremiah 12:1-17; Ephesians 5:1-21

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Sometimes publishers put out a book with a new cover but with
the old content inside. It is a good object lesson about our lives
and the danger of hypocrisy. It is what is inside that truly matters.
Effective servants must regularly nourish their inner man
with prayer and God’s Word which strengthens us. Vigilant servants
must also avoid “junk food” that takes away our spiritual
appetite. If spiritually malnourished, we must compel ourselves
to “eat” to recover lost appetite. —George Ferrier

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
— William D. Longstaff

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

1 Kings 3:1-28; Jeremiah 11:1-23; Ephesians 4:17-32

And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1:11

These wonderful words show us what God the Father thought
of His Son. It is interesting to notice that this commendation from
the Father came before any sermon was preached or any miracle
performed by His Son. The Father loved the Son not for what He
said or did but for who He was! When I examine my life what do
I focus on? The things I do or say? Or is it who I am in Christ? Activity,
although important, is no replacement for a life that has the
fragrant character of Christ! —Sid Halsband

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord—in me abide. —Edwin Orr

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

1 Kings 2:1-46; Jeremiah 10:1-25; Ephesians 4:1-16

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs
with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead
those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11

The almighty God measures the waters in His hand and heaven
with a span. He calculates the dust of earth and weighs mountains
in scales and hills on a balance. Yet how tenderly He shepherds His
sheep. Our verse tells us He is particularly gentle to mothers with
young children! Dear mother today you may be feeling the pressure,
tiredness and discouragement that sometimes comes with
your task. The responsibility is overwhelming but “cast[ing] all your
care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV). —Jim Paul

Why should I carry anxious thought or care,
With God as Father I’m not in despair.
— J. Danson Smith

Monday, September 9, 2019

1 Kings 1:1-53; Jeremiah 9:1-26; Ephesians 3:1-21

What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth
the unclean spirits. Luke 4:36
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear
the word of God, he stood by the lake. Luke 5:1
And Simon answering said unto him, Master…nevertheless at
thy word I will let down the net. Luke 5:5

What impact has the Word of God made on your life recently?
Has it created a sense of awe and worship? Has it drawn you much
closer to the Lord Himself? Has it led you to obey Him in some
specific way? What priority does His Word have in your life? Are
you reading and meditating on it daily? —Pete Smith

Thus may Thy Word be dearer still, and studied more each day;
And as it richly dwells within, Thyself in it display.
—E. H. Bickersteth

Lord’s Day, September 8, 2019

2 Samuel 24:1-25; Jeremiah 8:1-22; Ephesians 2:11-22

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Psalm 22:1

Under sin’s awful burden, the only begotten Son cried these
words to His Father. Divine silence followed but in its dying echo
was a promise to all the Saviour’s blood bought children—“I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5). To affirm His satisfaction
in His begotten Son’s travail, God sees us through only one
perspective—in Christ His Son. Such a view yields no reason to
leave or forsake. Not for a moment, not for eternity. —D. J. Reed

Sometimes ‘mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ‘tis His hand that leadeth me!
— J. H. Gilmore

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2 Samuel 23:1-39; Jeremiah 7:1-34; Ephesians 1:15-2:10

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of
the Lord. Psalm 122:1

“The house of the Lord” is a phrase unique to the Psalms, occurring
eight times. The Old Testament saints knew God’s presence
was evident among them by the Tabernacle positioned in the centre
of their camp. King David desired to “dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of [his] life” (Ps. 27:4), implying the God of Israel
was to be the central focus of his existence. That’s an admirable
goal for the New Testament saint as well. “Not forsaking the assembling
of ourselves together” (Heb. 10:25). —Wm. H. Gustafson

Gathered in Thy name, Lord Jesus,
Losing sight of all but Thee;
O what joy Thy presence brings us,
Calling out our hearts to Thee. —C. A. Wellesley

Friday, September 6, 2019

2 Samuel 22:1-51; Jeremiah 6:1-30; Ephesians 1:1-14

Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to
say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8, NKJV
But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should
write to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:9, NKJV
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no
need that I should write to you. 1 Thessalonians 5:1, NKJV

Paul was at Thessalonica for only a brief visit. Yet, these believers
had learned their lessons well. Paul wrote commending them
on three areas of spiritual growth—their faith, love, and hope. In
all these he declared, you have no need that I say or write anything
to you. Have we learned our lessons? —Rex Trogdon

O teach us more of Thy blest ways, Thou holy Lamb of God
And fix and root us in Thy grace, as those redeemed by blood.
—J. Hutton

Thursday, September 5, 2019

2 Samuel 21:1-22; Jeremiah 5:1-31; Galatians 6:1-18

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13, NKJV

Paul closes his epistle by exhorting the Corinthians to be continuously
alert and unmovable in their faith. But how would this
be possible in such a cruel and evil world? The answer is by choosing
to be brave! As a believer chooses to be brave, God responds by
making the believer strong. This is why David could write, “Be of
good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in
the Lord” (Ps. 31:24, NKJV). Our courage and commitment prompt
God to demonstrate His incredible strength. —W. A. H.

Be strong in the Lord, and be of good courage;
Your mighty Defender is always the same.
Mount up with wings, as the eagle ascending;
Victory is sure when you call on His name.—Linda Johnson

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2 Samuel 20:1-26; Jeremiah 4:3-31; Galatians 5:10-26

The Lord said, Simon…Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. Luke 22:31-32

The Lord told Peter that trying times were ahead. But that was not the heart of His message. In fact the power of the message was not that our Lord would pray for him but that He had already prayed for him. He could have prayed that the temptation would not happen, but instead prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail. This should be a model for our prayer life. Not that we avoid temptation but that our faith would not fail. —Ken Gross

Faith is the victory. Faith is the victory.
Oh, glorious victory that overcomes the world. —John Yates

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2 Samuel 19:9-43; Jeremiah 3:6-4:2; Galatians 4:21-5:9

Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and
before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have
I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed?
or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes
therewith? and I will restore it you. 1 Samuel 12:3

Oh to be like Samuel. He walked with a spotless testimony. At the
end of his life his conscience spoke to his heart that his ways were
blameless. Could we stand before our children or churches and
say such things? What’s more, who of us would hear the response,
“Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken
ought of any man’s hand” (1 Sam. 12:4). To be able to say and hear
these things are two prizes worth striving for. —Shane Johnson

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me. —Psalm 51:10