• The Assurance of Faith Devotional

    Romans 4:16b–17

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has often noted that it is not enough merely to believe in God. We must also believe God, which means that we believe not only that He exists and can do what He says but that He will do what He says. This is the kind of faith that pleases God. Justifying faith believes that God will do what He says and declare us righteous in Christ. It thus carries with it a degree of assurance that His promises are true and reliable. View Resource

  • Good Works and Assurance Devotional

    2 Peter 1:3–11

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those who are growing in grace, and abounding in the work of the Lord, shall have an abundant entrance into the joy of their Lord, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever.” Although gaining assurance of salvation is not the primary reason why we do good works, we should not discount the assurance that comes as we live holy lives. As we seek to obey Christ’s commands, we can be sure that He is working in us. View Resource

  • Faith and Assurance Devotional

    Romans 10:10

    All of us will struggle with doubt at times, but that is not necessarily a sign that our faith is not genuine. When we have doubts, it is important to talk them over with those who are mature in the faith, so make sure that you have trusted friends and counselors with whom you can talk. Regular participation in corporate worship and our efforts to mortify our own sin will also help us grow in our assurance that we belong to Christ. View Resource

  • Luther’s Search for Assurance Devotional

    Romans 3:20

    Do you continue to feel guilt for the sins you have committed but have confessed to the Lord? If so, know that you need no longer feel this guilt if you have trusted in Christ alone for your salvation. He has done all that is necessary to meet God’s perfect standard, and, consequently, there is nothing you need to do or can do to be set right with God but rest in Christ Jesus. He is our righteousness, and in Him we can stand unafraid before the Lord. View Resource

  • Paul’s Chief End Devotional

    Philippians 1:18b–20

    One evidence that we are truly in Christ is that we make His glory, and therefore the glory of the triune God, our chief end in life. As we pursue His glory and seek to lovingly obey Him in all things, we can be sure that we have been declared righteous in Him by faith alone and that all of creation will know that we are His on the last day. That vindication will be sweet indeed as we enjoy His blessed presence forever. View Resource

  • Faith and Fruit Devotional

    Galatians 5:19-23

    Scripture is clear that sinless perfection is impossible in this life (1 John 1:8–9), so we will never exhibit any of the fruit of the Spirit flawlessly on this side of glory. Nevertheless, there is a difference between those who do not exhibit the fruit at all and those who exhibit the fruit intermittently, between those who want to bear fruit and those who do not care at all about the work of the Spirit. If we are bearing spiritual fruit in any way, we belong to Jesus. View Resource

  • The Hope to Which We are Called Devotional

    Ephesians 1:18-20

    Our subjective confidence that we belong to Christ is a great blessing indeed, and it is available to all of those who are in Jesus. The Spirit will give us assurance even when we are alone (assuring us that in fact we are never really alone). Sin often makes us deaf to this hope, however, and thus we need the Word and the sacraments regularly, for in them the Spirit reassures us that Jesus lived, died, and rose for all those who cast themselves upon Him for salvation. View Resource

  • The Sealing of the Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “This deposit makes it as sure to the heirs as though they already possessed it; and it is purchased for them by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus cannot fail to purchase those for whom it was shed, and the Spirit helps us see that His blood has been shed for all believers. Let us pray that we would, by God’s Spirit, recognize that we belong to Him forevermore. View Resource

  • Love and Assurance Devotional

    Colossians 2:1-2

    Like concern, love is not a mere emotional feeling but must also involve action. We can love other believers in our churches through encouraging them and pointing them to Christ. Contributing regularly to the deacons’ fund or other collections taken up to care for church members is also an expression of love. As we love others in these ways and more, we will be assured that we know the Savior. View Resource

  • The Confidence We Have Devotional

    1 John 5:14–15

    God’s will is always accomplished, and we must remember that our prayers are meaningfully used by God to bring about His purposes. God has decided to use us to accomplish His ordained ends, and this privilege should move us to seek His will so we might pray properly and effectually. Spend some time in prayer today, asking God to help you understand and pray His will at all times. View Resource

  • That You May Know Devotional

    1 John 5:13

    Many theological traditions deny we can be assured of eternal life. Roman Catholicism, for example, denies absolute assurance is possible for any except the greatest saints of the church. But as we can see today, God does want His children to know for certain they have eternal life. Do you love the brethren, seek to obey God, and confess the incarnation and yet lack assurance? If so, ask the Spirit to testify clearly with these things that you are a child of God. View Resource

  • Blessed Assurance Devotional

    1 John 5:13

    Take some time today to read through 1 John in preparation for our upcoming study. As we study this epistle we will be concerned with false teaching, much as we were during our study of 2 Peter, but we will also be concerned with the assurance of our salvation. Consider how we have already learned that true faith evidences itself through good works (James 2:14–26) and the practice of holiness (2 Peter 1:3–8). Ask the Lord to use our study to increase your assurance. View Resource

  • Draw Near Devotional

    Hebrews 10:21–22

    Are you afraid to draw near to Christ? If you are, do not be afraid to draw near in times of doubt or sin because He has opened up the way into the presence of God. Come boldly before His throne today, not because He owes you, but because His work of sacrifice and intercession truly and graciously enables His people to enter in. View Resource

  • God Remembers Us Devotional

    Hebrews 6:10

    We know that the love the audience of Hebrews had for Christ was not perfect. In 6:10 they had to be reminded of two things perfect love does not forget: God’s justice and faithfulness. Imperfect love is the standard for our assurance in 6:11. If you love the biblical Christ, however imperfectly, you can be confident that you are saved. View Resource

  • Caring for the Vineyard Devotional

    Isaiah 27:1–6

    Do you ever feel as if you are standing alone against the onslaught of Satan’s kingdom? Do you ever feel abandoned and forsaken? If you trust in Christ Jesus and have faith in Him, you can be assured that the Lord will never leave you. Trust in Him. Do not fear the ways of the enemy. Bear fruit of obedience to His glory and praise. View Resource