• Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

    Colossians 2:18

    While it is easy to see that heretics are sinning when they look down in judgment on others, it is more difficult to root out that same sin in ourselves, for the basis of our judgment of others may be ...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

  • Judgment on Shebna

    Isaiah 22:15-25

    Read Luke 1:52. Who is in control of promotions and demotions? Think of the political and ecclesiastical leaders in your nation. Which of them are humble men? Which are proud and self-serving? When you think of these men and ...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

  • 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

  • Proper Perspective

    Romans 12:1–8

    Tests that show us our psychological inclinations, talents, and aptitudes can be valuable in assessing our strengths and gifts. Learning our gifts will make us more useful members of Christ’s body. Through discussion and prayer with your pastor and ...Read More

  • Remembering the Past

    Ephesians 2:11

    Paul reminds the Gentiles of their desperate situation before Christ came and shows them that they have no reason to look down upon the Jews. We, too, should remember how far off we were from God before Jesus so that ...Read More

  • The Boasting Tongue

    James 3:3–5a

    Look back over your life and consider how your tongue has directed it. Try to think of times when your tongue has benefitted you and when it has created trouble for you. Ask yourself in what direction you are steering ...Read More

  • The Lord Keeps His Word

    Lamentations 2

    Our Creator never fails to keep His promises. Even when the fulfillment of His Word seems slow in coming, we can nevertheless be assured that He has not forgotten it. We must also never be so prideful as to think ...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