• Instruments for Good

    Romans 6:12-14

    Does your eye stray to sinful images? Does your tongue use unedifying language? Does your stomach drive you to consume too much? Think about the sins to which you are most prone and then identify the body parts that are ...Read More

  • Instruments of Righteousness

    Romans 6:12–13

    We work with God to make sanctification an experiential reality in our lives, but we must not lose sight of the fundamental truth that the Lord makes us holy. Because He has made us holy, we are to become holy ...Read More

  • Inward Cleanliness

    Matthew 23:25–26

    According to Matthew Henry: “those sins must be conscientiously abstained from, which the eye of God only is a witness to, who searches the heart.” We can easily think we are being obedient if we do many good deeds, however ...Read More

  • Learning Christ

    Ephesians 4:20-22

    John Calvin writes, “He whose life differs not from that of unbelievers, has learned nothing of Christ; for the knowledge of Christ cannot be separated from the mortification of the flesh.” Scripture never asserts that sinless perfection is attainable before ...Read More

  • Life Before Christ

    Colossians 3:7-8

    One commentator has said that “we should never confuse being moral with being Christian, but we cannot claim to be Christian if we ignore morality.” An outwardly upright life is not a sure sign that somebody knows Christ, but a ...Read More

  • Lights to the World

    Philippians 2:14–15

    Since we are already lights to the world in Christ Jesus, we can, by His Spirit, show forth the glory and goodness of God in line with the Father’s plan. We will fail from time to time and need ...Read More

  • Living in Christ’s Death

    Romans 5:1–5

    Have you been asleep to your sinfulness lately? In your prayers today, ask God to show you where the continuing cycle of sin and death is operating in your life. Then confess these things to Him, and appropriate His forgiveness ...Read More

  • Living to God

    Romans 6:8–10

    We must live in the power of what Christ has done. Christ has put sin’s power to death, so we are to mortify our remaining sin, denying ourselves to serve God. And because we died to sin decisively in ...Read More

  • Merging Activism and Quietism

    Are you an activist, rejecting God’s assistance—or a quietist, insisting that He is totally responsible for your spiritual progress or lack of it?Read More

  • Newness of Life (Part 1)

    Romans 6:5-7

    It is good for believers to take the measure of their progress in the Christian life. What were some of the sins that most troubled you before your conversion? Have you advanced in your ability to resist them? Remember that ...Read More

  • Newness of Life (Part 2)

    Romans 6:8-10

    In a sense, the Christian life is like the process of learning to ride a bicycle: You fall off a lot, but you have to get back on to learn. Yes, you will sin, but surrender is not an option ...Read More

  • Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character ...Read More

  • Perfect Love

    1 John 4:17–18

    In commenting on this verse, John Calvin writes, “though fear is not wholly shaken off, yet when we flee to God as to a quiet harbor, safe and free from all danger of shipwreck and of tempests, fear is really ...Read More

  • Pressing on to the Mark

    Philippians 3:12–14

    Christians make true progress in their fight against sin over the course of their Christian lives. Yet, we continue to discover new sins we never saw before until we die, and our sin-clouded minds need help in knowing the Lord ...Read More

  • Producing Fruit

    God is at work within you. Are you cooperating?Read More