• Revealing the Heart

    Matthew 12:33–37

    Dr. John MacArthur teaches that “no infraction against God’s holiness is a trifling thing, and each person will ultimately give account of such indiscretion” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,146). The Lord hears and remembers every word we ...Read More

  • Sacrifice from the Heart

    Psalm 50

    Read Matthew 12:1–13. What was the major concern of the Pharisees? What was Jesus’ concern? What does Jesus mean by “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (see Hosea 6:6)? Examine your life and your practice of worship ...Read More

  • Self-Control

    Proverbs 25:28

    Is the fruit of self-control manifesting itself in your life? Do you lose your temper often, or are you able to control your emotions? Take some time to look at the relationships in your life to see whether you are ...Read More

  • The Fruitless Vine of God

    Ezekiel 15

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those who are not fruitful to the glory of God’s grace will be fuel to the fire of his wrath.” We are not counted as righteous before the Lord because of our ...Read More

  • The Fruit of Discipline

    Hebrews 12:11

    One of the reasons that discipline is so difficult to endure sometimes is that we cannot see the future. We cannot see the good that God will produce in us as a result of today’s discipline. Yet we are ...Read More

  • The Fruit of Faith

    John 15:5

    John Calvin writes, “Before we are in [Christ], we are dry and useless wood.” After we are united to Him through faith alone, however, we become living, fruitful branches. The doctrine of justification by faith alone frees us to do ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–26

    The standard for bearing fruit as we advance in sanctification is not perfection. Scripture tells us we will not walk in perfect holiness until we are glorified, and our need for perfection in order to stand before God unafraid is ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

    Galatians 5:22–23

    The love commended in Galatians 5:22–23 is also the greatest apologetic for the Christian faith (John 13:35) and is defined by the character of God, who loves us both when He commends our obedience and when He ...Read More

  • The Greatest Joy

    Luke 10:1–20

    Successful ministries come and go. Moments of delight pass as quickly as they arrive. But the joy that comes from knowing that Christ has delivered you from your sins and has written your name in the Book of Life is ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Soils

    Matthew 13:18–23

    Matthew Henry writes: “That which distinguished this good ground from the rest, was, in one word, fruitfulness. He does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but there were none that prevailed to ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Tenants

    Matthew 21:33–46

    Every professing Christian should read today’s passage as a warning. All who are truly in Christ, of course, cannot finally fall away from grace, but only those who bear fruit for the kingdom are truly in Christ. Believers may ...Read More

  • The Source of Joy

    John 15:1–17

    How constant is your joy? Jesus tells us that if we want to know His joy, we must stay close to Him. Do you need more time in prayer and Bible study? Remember, many people do these things and do ...Read More

  • Walking by the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–17

    John Calvin comments, “If we would obey the Spirit, we must labor, and fight, and apply our utmost energy; and we must begin with self-denial.” Walking by the Holy Spirit is the denial of the self and one’s fleshly ...Read More