• Abounding Love

    Philippians 1:9–11

    Only by faith do we lay hold of Christ’s righteousness, which alone gets us into heaven. Yet we can also get additional rewards in heaven if we serve God faithfully. These rewards, however, are still grounded in faith because ...Read More

  • A Call for Kindness and Mercy

    Zechariah 7

    If we learn anything from the post-exilic community, it is the peril of not learning from God’s discipline. If we do not learn from His chastisement, we may suffer repeatedly. Thus, when we feel God’s disciplinary hand upon ...Read More

  • Acknowledging Our Citizenship

    Thank God for your citizenship in heaven.Read More

  • A Helpful Reminder

    2 Peter 1:12

    Scripture emphasizes both the importance of remembering basic Christian doctrines (1 Peter 2:2–3) as well as the need to build upon them (Heb. 6:1–2). We must continually seek to grow in our knowledge of the Savior ...Read More

  • Avoiding Stagnated Growth

    Where are you spiritually? Have you leveled off at a plateau of stagnated spiritual growth?Read More

  • Conforming to the Image of Christ

    Reflect on the final statement of this reading: “We are becoming holy. If we are not becoming holy, then Christ is not in us and our profession of faith is empty.”Read More

  • Considering Ourselves Properly

    Romans 6:11

    If we look at sanctification as making ourselves holy, we will be driven to despair, for how can we make ourselves pure? We do cooperate with God in sanctification, but we do not make ourselves holy. He has made us ...Read More

  • Consistent, Persevering Prayer

    Ephesians 6:18

    In addition to being specific in prayer, God also wants us to be persistent in intercession (Eph. 6:18). This is a good reminder for us today, as we are likely to give up praying when we feel as if ...Read More

  • Deadly Poison

    James 3:1–12

    On Pentecost, God gave His own tongues of fire to set the world aflame as a holy sacrifice to Him. When James criticizes our tongues as evil fires, he implies that we have made ourselves gods. Take a careful look ...Read More

  • Death Comes to All

    Psalm 49

    Read 1 Timothy 6:17–19. What does Paul say is great gain? What does he say about people who want to get rich? Does this mean being rich is wrong? What does Paul say we should pursue? In what ...Read More

  • Defeating the Devil

    2 Corinthians 11:14

    Because the Son of God came to destroy the devil, we need not fear the devil. We also need not wonder too much if there is a demon behind specific temptations that confront us. What we should do is become ...Read More

  • Encourage One Another

    Hebrews 10:24–25

    Ask yourself this question: “Do I really believe that I need encouragement to maintain my faith?” The answer should be yes. True believers share their struggles with other believers and pray for each other so that they will persevere. Allow ...Read More

  • Evil Lurking Close at Hand

    Romans 7:21

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “[Paul] identifies himself not with the one who wills to do evil but with the one who wants to do right.” The desire to love and please God, granted to us ...Read More

  • Fighting the Flesh

    Romans 8:1-11

    Only as we understand the enemy of the flesh can we begin to please God. The Lord is not content for mere external holiness. He wants our hearts, and he measures holiness based on what lies within (1 Sam. 16 ...Read More

  • Foolish Priorities

    Haggai 1:2-11

    The Bible warns us not to make a one-to-one correlation between God’s favor and our success. However, that does not mean that we should not be alert to disobedience being a potential reason for why we might find ourselves ...Read More