Monday, December 2, 2019

2 Chronicles 32:1-33; Ezekiel 48:1-35; 1 John 2:12-29

But think on me when it shall be well with thee. Genesis 40:14

What Joseph did for the butler, the Lord Jesus has done for us. We, too, had offended our king and had been cast into prison for doing so (Gen. 40:1). He suffered the wrath of Pharaoh; we, the wrath of God. But just as the prophetic word of Joseph saved the butler and gave his life back to him, in a similar way, the word of the Lord Jesus, when believed, has the power to save and restore our lives back to us. In return, the Lord asks us to think on Him when it is well with us. What is your thought for Him today? —Shane Johnson

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. —Henry Lyte

Lord’s Day, December 1, 2019

2 Chronicles 31:1-21; Ezekiel 47:1-23; 1 John 1:1-2:11

As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Yet, to our amazement we read in Isaiah 53:10 that “it pleased the Lord to bruise him”. Him, in whom was His delight; His eternal companion; His beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased! Behold and wonder, to what depths God was willing to go and what price He was willing to pay to save us! As we think on these things, may our hearts be stirred to worship Him who bought us at such a price. —Carl Knott

Sinners, turn: why will you die?
God, your Saviour, asks you why.
God, who did your souls retrieve,
Died Himself, that you might live. —Charles Wesley

Saturday, November 30, 2019

2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Ezekiel 46:1-24; John 21:1-25

Trust in the Lord. Psalm 37:3
Delight thyself also in the Lord. Psalm 37:4
Commit thy way unto the Lord. Psalm 37:5
Rest in the Lord. Psalm 37:7

What wonderful words for the Christian to live by! Trust—lay everything at His feet allowing Him to work. Delight—in Him, and your desires will become His desires. Commit—be faithful regardless of what you see or feel. Rest—find peace and satisfaction in Him. My friend does your life reflect these truths? Seek to apply them daily and your load will be lighter along the way. —Deborah Manera

There is no limit to what God can do through us if we are a yielded and purified people. —A. W. Tozer

Friday, November 29, 2019

2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31

Help Lord. Psalm 12:1

This Psalm begins with a cry to God for help. David, the writer, had come under intense pressure largely through the words of his enemies. They had told lies about him and also spoken deceitfully. It seemed inevitable that their opinion would prevail and their evil ways would flourish. As he is without human help David seeks assistance, support and strength from the Lord to deal with the situation. This can so easily be our situation and then our need is to cry to the Lord from where our help will come. —Paul Young

Help us on Thee to cast our care,
And on Thy word to rest;
That Israel’s God, who hears our prayer,
Will grant us our request. —John Newton

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2 Chronicles 27:1-28:27; Ezekiel 44:1-31; John 20:1-18

There is one that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Proverbs 13:7

It is wrong to give others wrong impressions regarding the state of your wealth or lack of it. In particular there are those who continually indicate that they are in need, causing others who have little, to help them. There is One who knows your needs. Tell Him and you will be surprised that He cares about the mundane matters of life, as well as the spiritual. —Brian Russell

In trials of every kind,
Praise God I always find;
A little talk with Jesus,
Makes it right, all right. —J. P. Ashley

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2 Chronicles 26:1-23; Ezekiel 43:1-27; John 19:17-42

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Ephesians 4:7
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12

If the Lord’s only purpose in saving us was to make us ready for heaven, He would have taken us home already. But He has a greater purpose for the child of God. Every believer has been given a spiritual gift. The focus of the gift is the building up of others in the body of Christ. Do you see a believer struggling? Ask yourself how can my gift be a blessing to that person? Then just do it! —Sid Halsband

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine. —Fanny J. Crosby

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2 Chronicles 25:1-28; Ezekiel 42:1-20; John 18:28-19:16

We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Daniel 6:5, NKJV

These evil, petty men were frustrated. They could not find any “charge or fault” (v. 4) in Daniel’s life. In order to trap and trip him, they had to concoct a law. How would they do that? They would have to attack him where he was “faithful” (v. 4), namely, his loyalty to his God. In this corrupt world in which we live, if only we were as guilty as Daniel! He was still true to God after all those decades! What a transparent, enduring life! May God grant us to be charged with the same crime. —N. C. Funston

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed pow’rs:
All my tho’ts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours. —Mary D. James

Monday, November 25, 2019

2 Chronicles 23:1-24:27; Ezekiel 41:1-26; John 18:1-27

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:25
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. Roman 12:12

My wife’s father was dying of heart failure and gasping for his breath, when his wife said, “Bert, I don’t know why the Lord’s allowing you to suffer like this”. Struggling, he faintly replied, “He’s not finished with me yet; He’s still taking off the rough edges and preparing me for glory”. Tribulation, yes, but patient and rejoicing in hope! —Jim Comte

O child of God, there is for thee,
A hope that shines amid the gloom,
A gladsome hope that you shall see Your Lord, for He is coming soon. —Thomas Muir

Lord’s Day, November 24, 2019

2 Chronicles 21:1- 22:12; Ezekiel 40:1-49; John 17:1-26

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. 1 John 3:1
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world…Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10

The manner of God’s love is out of this world. It is a love that is like nothing in this world! The manifestation of God’s love is seen by Christ’s coming into this world for guilty sinners. The magnitude of God’s love is that He gave His all for this world. His beloved Son died for our sins! Oh the wonder that “he first loved us” (John 4:19)! —Pete Smith

His is love, ‘tis love unbounded, without measure, without end!
Human thought is here confounded; ‘tis too vast to comprehend!—Kelly

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2 Chronicles 20:1-37; Ezekiel 39:1-29; John 16:16-33

I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. John 10:30-31

The Jews never taught that the coming Messiah would also be the Son of God. This was a mystery hidden in the past (Col 1:26) which has now been revealed to us (Col 2:2). It is a marvelous privilege that Christians possess the full revelation of all that God would have us to know in our Bibles. It contains all the truth we need, and requires no supplemental writings. Blessed be the name of our Lord and Friend, who has made God known to us. —Rick Morse

The Father’s only Son;
God manifestly seen and heard,
And Heaven’s beloved One. —Josiah Condor