• Joy in the Present Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

    Often we experience suffering when we have faithfully served the Lord, while other faithful servants experience prosperity. When this happens, it is easy to wallow in dissatisfaction. We are also tempted to try to find the reasons why our situation is different than another’s. The answer, however, is to seek the Lord’s face and ask Him to give us contentment and satisfaction with whatever blessings we do have, whether they are large or small.

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  • Righteousness, Peace, and Joy Devotional

    Romans 14:17-18

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “Life in the kingdom is about loving the things of God and loving those for whom Christ died. That is the recipe for mature Christian unity.” When we keep in first place the obligation to love one another out of thankfulness to God for our salvation, the trivial things that divide us will fade away. Let us seek to love others who are in Christ that we might promote the peace and purity of the church. View Resource

  • Taking Joy in the God of Salvation Devotional

    Habakkuk 3:17–19

    Believing God when “the chips are down” is one of the most difficult things that we will ever be called to do. Yet if we trust the Lord only when things are going well, then we do not really trust Him at all. When things are good, let us thank God for His blessings, but also ask Him to sustain our faith if we face real hardship. As we walk through dark times, let us ask Him to help us rejoice in Him and remember that He is our exceedingly great reward (Gen. 15:1). View Resource

  • Joy and Peace Devotional

    Galatians 5:22–23

    John says we should not be surprised that the world hates us (1 John 3:13). Still, we do not have license to give the world rational reasons to oppose us. We can do nothing about the irrational opposition unbelievers may have toward us because we love Christ, but we can refuse to add fuel to the fire through our own sinful belligerence and temper tantrums when things do not go our way. Let us not pick unnecessary fights but, as we are able, live at peace with all people. View Resource

  • The Mandate to Rejoice Devotional

    Philippians 4:4–5a

    When we suffer for Christ’s sake, experience the death of a loved one, or encounter the same problems and sins in our lives yet again, it can be difficult to rejoice. Yet despite the reality of pain in these circumstances, we can rejoice as we recall that Jesus has paid for the sins of His people and that God works all things for His good and our glory (Rom. 8:28). These truths give us a deep, abiding sense of joy that we can feel no matter our difficulties. View Resource

  • Don’t Worry, Be Joyful Devotional

    Philippians 4:4–7

    Knowledge that death does not have the final say is but one of the many reasons why we as Christians can find the fullness of joy in the Lord (Phil. 4:4). Jesus has brought us so many other benefits and blessings, including fellowship with His body the church, material provisions, comfort in times of trouble, and countless other gifts. Let us consider today all the reasons we have to be joyful and rejoice in the Lord. View Resource

  • Rejoicing with Others Devotional

    Romans 12:15

    Many have used JOY as an acrostic to define our priorities. J is for Jesus, who comes first, then others (O), and finally, yourself (Y). If we put ourselves first, we will become selfish people, isolated and with little reason to rejoice. But if we put Jesus first and imitate Him in looking after the needs of others, we will find ourselves experiencing selfless joy more regularly. Take joy today in another’s success, even if you were unable to attain the goal he achieved. View Resource

  • Rejoice and Be Glad Devotional

    1 Peter 4:12–13

    Though our sin may bring suffering, the suffering Peter has in mind here is the suffering we endure from the hands of ungodly men because of our profession of Christ. When we stand for Jesus in our schools, homes, or workplaces we will, at least from time to time, experience troubles of various kinds. Yet at these times we must rejoice, knowing that we have been counted worthy to be treated just as the Son of God was. Ask God to help you rejoice in your trials. View Resource

  • Joy and Peace Devotional

    Galatians 5:22–23

    The victory of Jesus over the power of Satan guarantees that we can have joy and peace. Nothing will be able to defeat ultimately those who are in Him, and we have nothing to fear from our Father, for in Christ we have been reconciled to God. In prayer, ask the Lord to remind you of this victory and to give you true joy. Endeavor to live peaceably without compromising the truth. If you are tempted to be quarrelsome, make peace instead. View Resource

  • Not Having Seen Him Devotional

    1 Peter 1:8–9

    Today’s passage tells us that as we love Christ, we obtain the salvation of our souls. In view here is salvation as a process, namely, the gradual renewal that we experience as we are sanctified. As we love Christ, we will grow in personal holiness and as we grow in personal holiness, we will love Him all the more. Spend some time in prayer today asking Jesus to increase your love for Him and find a way to express this love tangibly in worship and ministries of mercy. View Resource

  • Rejoice in Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:6–7

    Christian joy neither stoically denies the hardships of life nor pretends that we are happy when we are deeply sad. While we live in this fallen world, grief and joy exist together. We grieve because life is hard and because pain is real. But in faith we can rejoice, looking forward to the day when all will be renewed, knowing that Christ’s resurrection guarantees this hope. Find someone with whom you can share your grief and who will help you rejoice in your eternal hope. View Resource

  • Faith and Fruit Devotional

    Galatians 5:19–23

    No single Christian has every gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1–11). However, this is not true of the fruit. All of us must be growing in our expression of each. Take some time to look at your life and see if you are exhibiting them. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in your life to produce the fruit of the Spirit. View Resource

  • The Source of Joy Devotional

    John 15:1–17

    How constant is your joy? Jesus tells us that if we want to know His joy, we must stay close to Him. Do you need more time in prayer and Bible study? Remember, many people do these things and do not abide in Christ, but trust their works instead. Commit to making those changes that are necessary for you to abide in Him. View Resource

  • The Greatest Joy Devotional

    Luke 10:1–20

    Successful ministries come and go. Moments of delight pass as quickly as they arrive. But the joy that comes from knowing that Christ has delivered you from your sins and has written your name in the Book of Life is the only joy that can survive the ups and downs of life. Do you have this joy, or is your happiness based on the moment? View Resource

  • How do You Spell Joy? Devotional

    Romans 12:9–21

    How do you spell joy? “J” stands for Jesus. “O” stands for others, and “Y” stands for yourself. The secret to joy is to put Jesus first, others second, yourself last. This is a child’s lesson, but it is so difficult to grasp. Too often we put the “Y” first. Make plans to do something for someone else this week. Enter into someone else’s life. View Resource