• Faith and Acting Against Conscience Devotional

    Romans 14:23

    John Calvin comments, “Every work, however splendid and excellent in appearance, is counted as sin, except it be founded on a right conscience; for God regards not the outward display, but the inward obedience of the heart.” If we are unsure whether a particular act is lawful for us personally, we must not do it. Otherwise, we act not in faith and show no concern about obeying our Creator. To put it simply, we are sinning. View Resource

  • Passing Judgment on Ourselves Devotional

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s Word, whether the guilt is true or false, whether it reflects an actual sin or something we wrongly believe to be a sin. If it is true guilt, repentance must be our response. If it is false guilt, we may set it aside and thank Christ for our freedom in Him. View Resource

  • Keeping Faith to Yourself Devotional

    Romans 14:22a

    Commentators on this passage also note that the idea of keeping our faith to ourselves does not mean we may never share with weaker believers our convictions regarding matters where God has left us free. We may, and indeed must do so, for that is one of the ways the immature will begin to grasp the true meaning of Christian freedom. But we are not to do so in a pushy or obnoxious way. We are to persuade with gentleness and patience, not with arrogance. View Resource

  • Partaking and Abstaining Devotional

    Romans 14:2–4

    As fallen people, we are tempted to pass judgment all too quickly on others without first seeking to understand why they do what they do. As we will see, this is part of what was plaguing the Roman church, as the meat-eaters did not understand why the vegetarians were vegetarians and the vegetarians did not understand why the meat-eaters were meat-eaters. Taking time to understand one another can go a long way in helping us not to judge them inappropriately. View Resource

  • Shadow Versus Substance Devotional

    Colossians 2:16-17

    We might envy the old covenant saints because we do not usually see great seas parted, manna falling from heaven, and other “spectacular” displays of God’s power. But we are in a far better position than the old covenant saints, for we see Christ more clearly than they ever did. Let us be grateful for the era in which we live and never try to go back to life under the legal bondage that characterized those who lived before the coming of Jesus. View Resource

  • Natural Law Devotional

    Romans 2:12–16

    There are no consistent moral relativists. Since moral relativists say there is no universal right and wrong, they invalidate their beliefs when they complain about being treated unfairly. The fact that no one is a moral relativist guarantees that we can find some common ground with unbelievers when we share the gospel. Appealing to the unbeliever’s innate sense of right and wrong is a powerful tool to demonstrate God’s existence. View Resource

  • Natural Law Devotional

    Romans 2:12–16

    Without a supreme authority, individuals decide what is right and what is wrong. However, we cannot reasonably expect others to submit to standards not based on a higher, eternal, and universal authority. Though moral relativism is confessed, the cry, “That’s not fair!” assumes a universal, binding justice that all of us recognize. If someone espouses moral relativism, ask him how he can then expect anyone to believe that things like murder and theft are wrong. View Resource

  • Saul “Troubles the Land” Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:24-30

    Saul was something of a Pharisee—he required more from his men than God did. We, of course, are prone to the same sort of behavior, dreaming up guidelines for ourselves and others that God never lays upon us. Beware of commands that have no basis in God’s Word. And strive not to bind others’ consciences beyond Scripture. View Resource

  • Dealing with Guilt Devotional

    Romans 1:18-22

    To ask “What do we do with our guilt?” is to ask “How can we live with ourselves?” Few unbelievers want to know the truth about humanity; they prefer to live a lie than address their guilt head-on. Our task as Christians is to show them the Biblical truth. Use every opportunity to present the Scriptural picture of the guilt of mankind. View Resource

  • The Weak Conscience Devotional

    1 Corinthians 8

    Has anyone ever called you judgmental? Do you consider something to be sinful that God has not? Do you try to be another’s conscience? Are you too loose with God’s Word? Do you feel uncomfortable around more conscientious Christians? If so, do you abuse Christian liberty and pamper sinful habits? View Resource

  • The Awakened Conscience Devotional

    Hebrews 9

    Write a brief account of how God awakened your conscience. If you were converted as a child, you might not remember. If this is the case, write a brief account of a time in your life when God used your conscience to show you a particular sin. What role did preaching, teaching, other Christians, and the Bible play in your conviction? View Resource

  • The Echo of Conscience Devotional

    Romans 2

    If God has given all people a conscience, why is there so much moral decay in our society (Rom. 1)? What role does the church play in restraining sin (Matt. 1)? What role does the individual Christian play? During the week, compare your behavior and ideas to those of unbelievers. Is there much difference? Are you salt and light? View Resource

  • The Practical Syllogism Devotional

    1 Timothy 1

    Take the one area in your life that you selected yesterday and apply the practical syllogism. Once again, look up passages that deal with this subject. Use these verses to write the first premise. Then prayerfully examine your own life. Write down the second premise and formulate a conclusion. What does the conclusion tell you? View Resource

  • Knowing Yourself Devotional

    Lamentations 3:40–66

    Are your work habits, spiritual duties and beliefs, recreational habits, etc., in accord with God’s will? Choose one area in question to focus on this week. Search the Scriptures for biblical principles to guide you. After you’ve studied relevant verses, what does your conscience tell you concerning your behavior? View Resource

  • The Weak and the Strong Devotional

    Romans 14:1-6

    Pressuring a weak believer to do something he perceives as wrong is the wrong way to help the weak become stronger. The right way is to teach the principles of biblical religion, and address the specific issues in an atmosphere of teaching. In the light of this, how would you deal with someone who thinks it is wrong to drink wine? View Resource