• 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 ...Read More

  • The Servant Who Knows Us Inside and Out

    1 Peter 2:25

    Our Lord knows all of creation inside and out. For those who have not been reconciled to Him, that is a frightening thing, for it means that their sins are known and being counted for the day of judgment. For ...Read More

  • The Servant Who Shepherds His People

    1 Peter 2:25

    There is no safer place to be than under the care of the Good Shepherd. We are weak and vulnerable, but He has promised to guard and tend us. Let us be thankful for Christ’s shepherding of us this day, ...Read More

  • The Servant Who Suffers for Righteousness

    1 Peter 2:22–24

    It is right to defend ourselves when others malign our character unjustly. But there sometimes comes a point when our defense becomes pointless, when nothing we say or do can convince our detractors of our good motives. In such cases, ...Read More

  • Sheep for the Slaughter

    Psalm 44

    Read 1 Peter 2:20–21; 4:12–16; 5:10. Have you ever suffered for Christ’s sake? What promise has God given His people regarding suffering? If you must suffer, strive to suffer not for wrong doing but for righteousness’ sake. When this happens, ...Read More

  • Short-Term Setbacks, Long-Term Gain

    Ecclesiastes 9:17–18

    Scripture repeatedly encourages us to take a long-term perspective. Divine wisdom will on many occasions bring success in this world; however, there is no guarantee that following the Lord will make life easy on this side of glory. Sometimes we ...Read More

  • A Sign of Destruction and Salvation

    Philippians 1:28

    We do not earn our place in heaven through the consistent endurance of persecution and harassment. Rather, such endurance proves that we have the faith that can alone lay hold of the benefits of salvation, for “the one who endures ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Glory

    1 Peter 4:14

    The work of the Holy Spirit is extensive, and we will explore further how we may walk in the Spirit next week. We should note today, however, that the Holy Spirit does not tend to make a fuss about Himself; ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Glory

    1 Peter 4:14

    Peter reminds us today that if we suffer for bearing the name of Christ we are blessed. Just as the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus, so too does He rest upon us, and our suffering proves that we indeed have ...Read More

  • Suffering and Death

    Hebrews 11:13–16

    We know that it is impossible for anyone who has truly put his trust in Jesus alone to fall away finally from Christ. How do we know that we have such faith, which is the only kind of faith that ...Read More

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