• Building Amidst Opposition

    Nehemiah 2

    Dr. Sproul notes that one of the hardest costs to bear for following Jesus in the modern West is the scorn and ridicule encountered from an unbelieving world. This is the kind of opposition that we are most apt to ...Read More

  • Christ Embraces His Mission

    Matthew 4:2–4

    Matthew Henry comments, “Lack and poverty are a great temptation to discontent and unbelief, and the use of unlawful means for our relief, under the pretence that necessity has no law.” Despite His hunger pains, our Lord chose the food ...Read More

  • Confronting Satan’s Deception

    Cunning. Crafty. Subtle. Full of guile. How has Satan used these attributes against you in the realm of personal temptation?Read More

  • Fleeing Temptation

    Genesis 39:11–18

    Matthew Henry comments: “It is better to lose a good coat than a good conscience.” In other words, Joseph would rather lose his possessions or even his reputation on account of Potiphar’s evil wife than transgress the Lord’s ...Read More

  • Guard Your Hearts

    Hebrews 3:12

    The Scriptures are the very words of the living God. However, apart from faith in the Messiah and illumination by the Holy Spirit, our hearts only become harder. When you study the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to help you ...Read More

  • Helping the Tempted

    Hebrews 2:18

    Christ never sinned in any way, shape, or form — nor could He. His faithfulness even unto death means that we can receive salvation. It also means that we can overcome temptation even before we see Him in glory. Remember that ...Read More

  • Israel’s Failure Undone

    Matthew 4:5–7

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has said that God does not speak with a forked tongue — He cannot lie or contradict Himself. Jesus refuses to accept an interpretation of one passage that contradicts another. As we study the Bible we should ...Read More

  • Jesus Overcomes Satan

    Matthew 4:8–11

    Matthew Henry comments that “the best of saints may be tempted to the worst of sins.” Though Jesus never sinned, Satan left the worst temptation of all for last — blatant idolatry. If our Lord faced such a test, we too ...Read More

  • Keeping Watch

    Psalm 39

    Do you keep watch over your life daily? List areas where you are most prone to temptation. Beside this list write out situations that are most likely to introduce such temptations. Ask God to help you watch for and guard ...Read More

  • Resisting Temptation

    Genesis 39:6b-10

    Today’s passage is a good model for dealing with temptation. Matthew Henry says Joseph “would not wrong his master. He would not offend his God. This is the chief argument with which he strengthens his aversion to the sin ...Read More

  • Resist the Devil

    James 4:7–8

    All Christians can find at least one area in their lives in which they have sought to follow their own understanding instead of the standards of the Lord. God has promised to forgive us for this behavior if we would ...Read More

  • Seduction Resisted

    Genesis 39

    Sin can destroy relationships, lead to illness, and make our lives this side of eternity miserable. For many, a deterrent to sin is fear — fear that God will zap them when they sin. Instead of law, however, the gospel provides ...Read More

  • Sympathetic to Weakness

    Hebrews 4:15

    Some theologians portray Christ’s sympathy with His people as weak and ineffectual. Though Christ may feel what we feel (insofar as our emotions are not sinful), He does not merely stand beside us whimpering and weighed down by emotion ...Read More

  • Temptation’s Source

    James 1:13–15

    God is never responsible for the evil in this world or the temptations that may produce it. He may ordain evil for the purposes of His good plan, but all wickedness that comes about is from the evil inclinations of ...Read More

  • The Gifts God Gives

    James 1:12–18

    James focuses here on one excuse we may use to rationalize our sin. We are not only practiced sinners but practiced rationalizers. We do not hesitate to blame our environment or genetics or the sovereignty of God. Some even claim ...Read More