Morning, October 5
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For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
        On the day of salvation, I helped you.
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”
God offers salvation to all people. Many people put off a decision for Christ, thinking that there will be a better time--but they could easily miss their opportunity altogether.
There is no time like the present to receive God's forgiveness. Don't let anything hold you back from coming to Christ.
1 Kings 19:8  He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights.

All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for wantonness or boasting. When the prophet Elijah found the cake baked on the coals, and the cruse of water placed at his head, as he lay under the juniper tree, he was no gentleman to be gratified with dainty fare that he might stretch himself at his ease; far otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mount of God. When the Master invited the disciples to "Come and dine" with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, "Feed my sheep;" further adding, "Follow me." Even thus it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master's service. We come to the passover, and eat of the paschal lamb with loins girt, and staff in hand, so as to start off at once when we have satisfied our hunger. Some Christians are for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ. Earth should be a preparation for heaven; and heaven is the place where saints feast most and work most. They sit down at the table of our Lord, and they serve him day and night in his temple. They eat of heavenly food and render perfect service. Believer, in the strength you daily gain from Christ, labor for him. Some of us have yet to learn much concerning the design of our Lord in giving us his grace. We are not to retain the precious grains of truth as the Egyptian mummy held the wheat for ages, without giving it an opportunity to grow: we must sow it and water it. Why does the Lord send down the rain upon the thirsty earth, and give the genial sunshine? Is it not that these may all help the fruits of the earth to yield food for man? Even so the Lord feeds and refreshes our souls that we may afterwards use our renewed strength in the promotion of his glory.

Psalm 50:15  Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."

Psalm 42:11  Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 10:17  O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear

Psalm 86:5  For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.

Genesis 35:2,3  So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; • and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone."

Psalm 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;

Psalm 116:1-4  I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. • Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. • The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. • Then I called upon the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!"

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