• Planning to Grow

    Luke 14:25–33

    One very practical way to contribute to your spiritual growth is to set goals in your piety. Take some time to look at your life, and set goals in the areas that need priority ­— prayer, Bible study, evangelism, works of ...Read More

  • No Root of Bitterness

    Hebrews 12:15

    Take some time to examine your life, and ask yourself whether there is any bitterness in your heart toward God or toward others. If so, go before the Lord in prayer, and ask Him to heal you of such bitterness ...Read More

  • Make Straight Paths

    Hebrews 12:12–13

    As you press forward toward Christ, do you find yourself growing weary? Do you find that your knees are growing feeble and that you are swerving back and forth on the path toward the finish line? If so, spend some ...Read More

  • The Fruit of Discipline

    Hebrews 12:11

    One of the reasons that discipline is so difficult to endure sometimes is that we cannot see the future. We cannot see the good that God will produce in us as a result of today’s discipline. Yet we are ...Read More

  • For Our Good

    Hebrews 12:9–10

    The discipline that the Lord sends to His people will not last forever. It lasts only long enough to achieve God’s purposes and will cease entirely upon our glorification. If you are being disciplined, remember that it will not ...Read More

  • Illegitimate Children

    Hebrews 12:8

    A wise man once said that we are not really mature Christians until we look at how the Lord may be disciplining us and thank Him for it. Discipline may be as simple as conviction for sin or may manifest ...Read More

  • The Father’s Discipline

    Hebrews 12:5–6

    Some, but not all, suffering in our lives occurs because God is displeased with us. If you are having to endure a period of suffering, ask yourself whether God might be disciplining you for sin. If so, repent of your ...Read More

  • Run With Endurance

    Hebrews 12:1

    The Christian life is a marathon. It is a race that must be run with endurance. By ourselves we would never make it. But thanks be to God, He holds us up and gives the church to us as a ...Read More

  • Patterns of Growth

    Hebrews 6:11–12

    Some in the original audience of the book of Hebrews wanted to return to the old covenant. In order to avert this, the author exhorts them to imitate the faith of the old covenant saints. This faith was not in ...Read More

  • Going on to Maturity

    Hebrews 6:1

    Oftentimes, those who possess advanced knowledge of the Christian faith look down upon those who are still babes in Christ. However, this was neither the attitude of Christ nor the attitude of the New Testament writers. Ask the Lord to ...Read More

  • Solid Food

    Hebrews 5:14

    The Bible is simple enough for a child to wade in yet deep enough for an elephant to drown. Unfortunately, too often many people think it is virtuous to keep the intellectual content of their faith at the child’s ...Read More

  • Unskilled in the Word

    Hebrews 5:13

    As we study and understand the Bible more rightly, the basic truths of the Gospel become more rich and full to us. This can only happen however, if we are firmly grounded in the essential truths of the Christian faith ...Read More

  • The Abandoned King

    1 Samuel 15:30-35

    Samuel mourned for Saul but withdrew from him. Jesus lamented for Jerusalem but left it (Matt. 23:37–39). Likewise, there may be times when, as a last resort, it is best to disassociate from people over whose hardness of ...Read More

  • Instruments for Good

    Romans 6:12-14

    Does your eye stray to sinful images? Does your tongue use unedifying language? Does your stomach drive you to consume too much? Think about the sins to which you are most prone and then identify the body parts that are ...Read More

  • Focus on the Facts

    Romans 6:11

    Our enemy the deceiver does not want us to know ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God. He wants to persuade us to believe we are still under sin’s power and need to earn God’s ...Read More