• Asking, Seeking, Knocking Devotional

    Matthew 7:7–11

    We persevere in prayer knowing that our Father in His goodness will never withhold from us what we really need. We also need to recall, Matthew Henry says, that “we often ask that of God which would do us harm if we had it; he knows this, and therefore does not give it to us.” When the Lord does not give us what we want, let us remember that it is probably because what we want would be harmful to us. Even God’s “no” to us is evidence of His great love for us. View Resource

  • Avoiding Improper Judgments Devotional

    Matthew 7:1–6

    John Calvin says that the one “who judges according to the word and law of the Lord, and forms his judgment by the rule of charity, always begins with subjecting himself to examination, and preserves a proper medium and order in his judgments.” No earthly judge is perfect, but we can make judgments without hypocrisy if we live a life of repentance and endeavor to mortify our own sin. Are you more critical of others than you are of yourself? View Resource

  • The Final Judgment Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    The assurance of the coming final judgment should motivate us to share the Gospel with our loved ones who do not know Christ. Friends and family who do not follow Jesus will suffer for eternity because their sins have not been forgiven. What are you doing to prepare for those opportunities to present the Gospel? Are you looking for chances to serve others for the sake of Christ? Are you training yourself to answer the questions and objections of non-believers? View Resource

  • The Lord Knows How Devotional

    2 Peter 2:9–10a

    That God keeps the unrighteous under punishment by turning them over to their sin should be a sober warning to us. While those of us with true faith will never lose our salvation, if we persist in disobedience, we may become more entangled in sin, making it more difficult for us to grow in our love for righteousness. Think of a persistent sin that you have trouble overcoming and find a friend who can stand with you as you fight against it. View Resource

  • The Great Separation Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    If we must give an account to God for our careless words, then surely we should seek to be more careful with the words we speak to others (Matt. 12:36–37). Knowing that the Lord is just should make us aware of how we live, for God will not overlook any transgression. As believers, we are saved from His wrath, but we still must be thoughtful about our speech (James 3). Consider your words and try to say only those things that are pleasing to God. View Resource

  • God’s Just Judgment Devotional

    Psalm 51:4–5

    We cannot forget the consequences our sins have on the world around us. However, if we do not understand that our sin is primarily and ultimately against God, we have not truly repented. Perhaps you have sinned against another person and have sought his forgiveness? But have you confessed this same sin to the Lord of heaven and earth? Whenever you realize that you have offended another person, remember that you have first sinned against God. View Resource

  • The Need for Repentance Devotional

    Matthew 7:21–23

    Repentance does not eliminate the struggle with sin and make us perfect immediately. But it does result in a marked change of thoughts, words, and deeds whereby we do not love our former lusts as we once did. If we turn from sin, we will seek to be Christ’s disciples, feel sorrow for sin, and cease from lawlessness. Ask yourself today whether you can see the fruit of repentance in your life. If you can, be assured of your salvation. If not, turn from your sin today. View Resource

  • On That Day Devotional

    Luke 10:1–12

    The first of Martin Luther’s 95 theses reads: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Christ’s application of the destruction of Sodom reminds us to check ourselves daily and turn from sin. It also tells us of the fate of those who reject the Gospel. As you share your faith, do not forget to warn others that their decision has eternal consequences. View Resource

  • Never Look Back Devotional

    Genesis 19:23–26

    Some of you reading today’s study may be newborn Christians and especially tempted to engage in the sinful activities that once defined your lives. Others may be susceptible to looking to the culture to determine their attitudes and treasures. Whatever the case may be, all of us can unwittingly fall back into sin if we are not careful. Pray that you would be wary of the devil’s wiles and avoid places of temptation this day. View Resource

  • Rescued from Sodom Devotional

    Genesis 19:15–22

    There are innumerable ways in which we can become too attached to this sinful world, even if we trust in Christ. One danger is materialism, evident, for example, when we put too much value in goods or when we neglect our families and work too much overtime so that we can maintain a certain lifestyle. Like Lot, we may begin to serve our creature comforts and the evil standards of an ungodly culture. Consider if you have done this in your life. View Resource

  • Woe to Them Devotional

    Jude 11–13

    Few of us would overtly rise up against godly churchmen like these men did by preaching false doctrine. Yet how many of us subtly disobey the authority of the elders in our churches by speaking ill of them or grumbling about their decisions? As others try to persuade you to murmur against godly church authorities, remember your responsibility to submit to the leaders God has appointed. If you have been divisive, do what you can to make amends. View Resource

  • Blasphemous Judgments Devotional

    Jude 8–10

    Christians today often substitute other authorities for the authority of the Bible. Many in the Pentecostal movement base their doctrines more on visionary experiences than on the Word of God. Even among Reformed believers, there can be a tendency to spend more time studying systematic theology than Scripture. Make a plan to allow for the devotion of your time and effort to the study of God’s Word. View Resource

  • Unbelief and Destruction Devotional

    Jude 5–7

    In commenting on verse 5, John Calvin tells us that “after having been called by God, we ought not to glory carelessly in his grace, but on the contrary, to walk watchfully in his fear; for if any trifles thus with God, the contempt of his grace will not be unpunished.” We should not fear the possibility of losing salvation, yet we must not think the grace of God is a license to sin, which would reveal us to be apostates lacking true, saving faith. View Resource

  • By the Same Word Devotional

    2 Peter 3:7

    As Bible-believing Christians we all know, at least intellectually, that the only reason anything exists is God’s work of preservation. However, we are all prone to go about our business unaware that God upholds all things. It is only by God’s good pleasure that we exist at all, and if He were to remove His hand from creation, all things would cease to be. As you go about your daily routines, remember that God’s hand is sustaining you and your activities. View Resource

  • By Means of These Devotional

    2 Peter 3:5–6

    The false teachers’ denial of the possibility of God’s intervention in the world during Peter’s day is not so different from those today whose naturalistic assumptions deny God’s existence. Many in academia simply wave away any evidence of God’s intervention in history because of their assumptions that do not allow God to be an acting agent in this world. Review the story of Noah’s flood so that you will be reminded of God’s work throughout history. View Resource