• The Third Petition Devotional

    Luke 22:39–46

    Dr. John MacArthur comments on today’s passage that in Gethesemane, Jesus “was consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily subjugating all His human desires to the Father’s perfect will” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1327). This is one of the things that we do in our prayers. We are to pray that we would love God’s law and do it willingly. We are to pray the same for others. To ask for God’s will to be done is to ask for us and others to do what the Lord says is right. View Resource

  • Believing God Devotional

    John 14:13–14

    There is no such thing as unanswered prayer for the Christian. God’s answer may be “no,” and we may not like that, but that does not mean the Lord has not answered our prayer. What we do know is that when God does say “no,” it is because the prayer we have offered is not a prayer that matches with His eternal will. But we also know that when the Lord answers “no,” it is ultimately because an answer of “yes” would not be good for us or His glory. View Resource

  • Honoring God’s Holy Name Devotional

    Isaiah 8:13

    Fundamentally, revering God as holy means trusting His promises and obeying His commandments. In other words, we must recognize first that He is holy and that we are unholy, and we must rest only in His Son, Christ Jesus, in order to be rescued from our unholiness. Consequently, we must take all aspects of His holy worship seriously, seeking to please Him in our corporate praise and going forth to declare His glorious holiness to the nations. 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

  • Learning the Will of the Lord Devotional

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more apt to gossip and backbite. Furthermore, we often prize our own opinions over the truth. If we are guilty of these sins, then we are not acting to fulfill God’s will but are foolish, unprofitable servants. View Resource

  • Discerning the Lord’s Will Devotional

    Ephesians 5:10

    Studying the Word of God does not consist merely in coming to an intellectual knowledge of its contents. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of how this truth is to be applied in difficult circumstances. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes clear” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1699). View Resource

  • Blessings for Jacob and Esau Devotional

    Genesis 27:1-45

    It is comforting to know that despite our best efforts, we cannot undo the Lord’s intent to bless His children. Still, we cannot take this as a license to sin, for our evil ways will inevitably cause us much hardship in this life. We should also note that a persistent, impenitent refusal to walk in the path of Jesus can indicate that we are not redeemed, and that if we do not turn from our ways, we forfeit the blessing promised to all those in Christ. View Resource

  • God’s Concern for the Nations Devotional

    Genesis 10

    Though we in no uncertain terms disagree with his Arminianism, John Wesley’s sentiment on the need for world evangelization is one that all Christians should share: “I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty to declare unto all that are willing to hear the glad tidings of salvation.” In what ways are you making manifest God’s love for the nations? View Resource

  • The Razor’s Edge Devotional

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture in concert with other Christians, for the collective wisdom of the church takes priority over individual opinions. That way, those areas that seem to be the most gray can become clearer to us. View Resource

  • Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem Devotional

    Matthew 23:37–39

    We are not perfectly holy and have no inherent right to execute wrath. How then can we take pleasure in the death of the sinner if God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked? Our hearts should be broken, not gleeful, when we see someone destroy himself on account of his evil. As you lament the moral degeneracy of our culture, can others hear sadness in your voice? Are you grieved when the unrighteous remain impenitent? View Resource

  • Knowing God’s Will Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 4:1–12

    What is God’s will for my life? The simple answer is that His will for my life is that I be holy. This is easy to affirm with our lips, but it is very difficult to have it take root in our minds and hearts. Even Christians can falsely believe the Lord wants us to be happy more than He wants us to conform to His will. Ultimately, our holiness will be joined with our happiness in eternity, but those who seek happiness at the expense of holiness will have no reward (Luke 12:13–21). View Resource

  • Jacob Outwits Laban Devotional

    Genesis 30:37–43

    It is a great comfort to know that when the Lord purposes to bless us, there is nothing that can stop Him. We who confess Him never take this for granted, but live holy lives in gratitude for choosing us in His marvelous and undeserved grace. Know that Jesus is reigning even now and can bless you in spite of all your opposition or mistakes (1 Cor. 15:25). Let us thank Him for this marvelous favor and share the hope of this blessing with those who do not know Him. 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

  • Passing Away Devotional

    1 John 2:17

    The decay we see around us every day bears witness that this world will not last forever. Indeed, the new age that began with the coming of Christ will one day be consummated in a new heavens and a new earth. It is the eternal state for which we must long and for which we must store up our treasure. Do you have a tendency to love this world too much? Where is your time and money spent? Ask the Lord to help you store up treasures in heaven. View Resource

  • Vessels of Destruction Devotional

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all men truly desire hell because they truly desire evil. Some of these He passes over, but in mercy He has chosen to change the desires of others so that they will love Him forever. Thank God for mercifully changing your heart. View Resource