• Lust for Material Wealth

    Isaiah 23

    Take stock of how you see your possessions. Do you see your wealth (even if it is not as great as others) as a temporary gift from God for His glory? Are you ambitious for riches? If so, confess this ...Read More

  • Making Judgments

    Psalm 41

    How quick are you to judge others? Do you make conclusions and judgments about other people’s circumstances that you should not? Do you find yourself shunning poor people because you consider them outcasts? Confess to God such judgmental attitudes ...Read More

  • Meekness and Self-Control

    Numbers 12:1-15

    Today’s lesson puts the fruit of the Spirit into a chain of growth and development. Read the last paragraph again, and then close the book and see if you can rehearse the logic of Galatians 5:22–23. In ...Read More

  • Moses

    Numbers 12:3

    In biblical categories, strength and service go hand in hand. Christian leaders do not seek out others to be their servants; rather, they serve the people who are under them, seeking to help them grow in their gifts and to ...Read More

  • One Day in the Courts of the Lord

    Psalm 84:8–12

    Where and who do you want to be? Is it more important to you to be in this world with a high position and much acclaim, or would you prefer to be a mere servant in the household of God ...Read More

  • Praise from Others

    Proverbs 27:2

    Humility and meekness are marks of the true believer in Christ. We dare not confuse these virtues with weakness, for humble believers are strong in Christ. These virtues, instead, reflect an honest appraisal of one’s talents and weaknesses. They lead ...Read More

  • The Blessing of Repetition

    Philippians 3:1

    God is gracious to us in our weaknesses, and, understanding that we are quick to forget, repeats Himself often in Scripture. In many ways, the Bible is a very repetitive book, and that is a good thing. Thus, we should ...Read More

  • The Path to Exaltation

    James 4:9–10

    God promises to exalt us one day and make us to reign with Christ (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 20:4). However, this exaltation does not come as the result of the exertion of our own power, but results from ...Read More

  • The Poor in Spirit

    Matthew 5:1–3

    God’s presence is felt most strongly in the kingdom of heaven, which was inaugurated in Christ’s ministry and will be consummated at His return. Entry into this kingdom and, ultimately, seeing God’s beauty face to face comes ...Read More

  • The Poor in Spirit

    Matthew 5:1–3

    Elsewhere, Jesus speaks these same words to the poor (Luke 6:20), because those who have nothing are often able to see their need for salvation most clearly. Still, one does not need to lack possessions to see the kingdom ...Read More

  • The Trap of Vain Glory

    Proverbs 17:19; 25:6, 7, 27

    Read Philippians 2:1–11 and Galatians 5:13–26. Have you pursued earthly success in order to fulfill your ambition? If so, consider giving up those positions or pursuits in obedience to God. In what other ways do you ...Read More

  • What About Hypocrites?

    Matthew 23:13–36

    Does today’s lesson strike close to home? Are there things you advise other Christians to do that you yourself don’t do? Beyond this mild hypocrisy, is there some awful sin in your life that you are covering up with a ...Read More

  • You Who Are Younger

    1 Peter 5:5

    Are you submissive to the elders in the church? Do you follow their leadership even when they do something you do not like, or do you seek opportunities to undermine their authority? Do you pretend to find sin in all ...Read More