• 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

  • 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 in ...Read More

  • God-Given Growth

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did ...Read More

  • God Humbles Nebuchadnezzar

    Daniel 4

    Lest we think that the Lord has changed since Nebuchadnezzar lived thousands of years ago, we must be reminded that God remains about the business of humbling people. From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture commends humility and castigates those who are ...Read More

  • God’s Living and Active Word

    Hebrews 4:12–13

    Unlike the teachings of men and women that often fall on deaf ears, the Word of God always accomplishes the purposes for which it has been sent. That does not mean, however, that our Christian growth happens passively as we ...Read More

  • Gospel Readiness

    Ephesians 6:15

    Nothing gives us surer footing than the gospel, the good news that our sovereign, holy God has intervened in history to reconcile His people to Himself. Understanding that we are reconciled to Him through no effort of our own reminds ...Read More

  • Helmet and Sword

    Ephesians 6:17

    John Calvin states that “by faith we repel all the attacks of the devil, and by the word of God the enemy himself is slain. If the word of God shall have its efficacy upon us through faith, we shall ...Read More

  • Honor and Poverty

    Proverbs 16:19

    What kind of person impresses you? This week, take note of those people who capture your attention or impress you. What are they like? Are you attracted to their intelligence, appearance, position, etc.? If you do not respect others for ...Read More

  • Hope and Encouragement

    Romans 15:1–6

    Psalms are a great source of encouragement, because (a) they meet us where we are, in the midst of difficulty and conflict, (b) they remind us of what God has done, and (c) they bring us face to face with ...Read More