• More Sin, More Grace Devotional

    Romans 5:20

    What sins do you most regret? Did you ever doubt that it would be possible for God to forgive you for those sins? How did you come to understand that His grace was sufficient even to cover your most heinous transgressions? If we confess our sins, our gracious Lord will forgive them (1 John 1:9). Never think that you are beyond His grace. View Resource

  • The Mosaic Covenant Devotional

    Deuteronomy 7:6-8

    By revealing His law to Israel after redeeming the nation from Egypt, our Creator establishes the basic principle of sanctification. Strictly speaking, we do not make ourselves holy. First, God saves us from sin and sets us apart as His holy people. Then, we receive and obey His law, expressing our gratitude for His gracious redemption. The Mosaic law is God’s gift of grace, given not as a means to save ourselves but to show us how to live in thankfulness for His salvation. View Resource

  • No Condemnation In Christ Devotional

    Romans 8:1-2

    As we strive to obey God and walk in the Spirit, we will find ourselves falling short. It is at those points that we must remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Our sins and failures do not move the Lord to give up on us or to cast us out of the kingdom, for we are secure in Christ. Secure in Christ, we live a life of faith and repentance, continually serving the Lord and putting sin to death. View Resource

  • Obedience and Delight Devotional

    Psalm 1:1-2

    True love for God’s law is not legalism (adding to God’s rules or demanding that we obey the civil and ceremonial laws fulfilled in Christ). Love for the law makes us try to follow it truly without imposing unnecessary or ungodly burdens on others. Do you love God’s law or do you consider it an enemy? If you have been born again, the law of God is on your side. You please God as you follow this law, by the Spirit, and thank Him for declaring you righteous in Christ apart from the law. View Resource

  • The Old Covenant Law Devotional

    Deuteronomy 31:9–13

    Seeking the Law as an end in itself leads to legalism. Instead, as we study the law of God, we must remember the history of salvation in which it was delivered so that we understand it was given not to earn God’s favor but to do in gratitude for what He had done (the exodus). Every day we should renounce any efforts to make ourselves right with God by doing the right thing and lean wholly on Jesus — followed up by doing, in gratitude, good works. View Resource

  • The Place of Circumcision Devotional

    Romans 2:26–27

    Many Jews in Paul’s day had a deficient understanding of covenant that reduced their relationship with God to mere externals. This is the tendency of fallen sinners, namely, to think that they are right with the Lord as long as they perform the right rituals or render perfunctory outward obedience. We should never think that we are immune from this temptation. The heart is what is most important to God, so let us put our hearts into our service to Him. View Resource

  • Pressing on to the Mark Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–14

    Christians make true progress in their fight against sin over the course of their Christian lives. Yet, we continue to discover new sins we never saw before until we die, and our sin-clouded minds need help in knowing the Lord’s will. This is one reason why we should seek and treasure the teaching and preaching of God’s law. It gives us the righteous standard to which we must strive, telling us precisely what it means to please God. View Resource

  • Resting on Grace Devotional

    Romans 4:16a

    Dr. R.C. Sproul comments in his commentary on Romans: “It is Christ’s righteousness that justifies us. All we bring to the table is our trust in Him and His righteousness. If we add one ounce of our own righteousness as our confidence, we repudiate the gospel.” Those of faith will do good works, but they do not bring those works to God and ask Him to justify them based upon their deeds. Faith alone means grace alone, and grace alone means that God alone gets the glory for our salvation. View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8–10

    John Calvin says that those who obey our Father’s law only out of fear of punishment “are neither better nor more righteous before God” (Institutes, 2.7.10). Only Christians are able to please the Lord in the doing of His Law because only we have been given hearts able to follow Him out of the sheer joy of doing so. As we grow in holiness we should be serving Him with gladder and gladder hearts. Do you serve the Lord with reticence, or are you happy to obey? View Resource

  • A Rock Unchanging Devotional

    Deuteronomy 32:4

    At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers us only two options. Either we will build our lives on His teaching and survive in that last day or we will build our lives on the sinking sand of men’s opinions and be washed away into eternal destruction (Matt. 7:24–27). Because this sermon is a part of God’s living Word, Jesus presents the same choice to us today. Will we continue to walk in His ways? View Resource

  • The Sacrifices of the Law Devotional

    Hebrews 10:1–2

    The Law is the shadow, but Christ is the reality. He is the fulfillment of all that came before Him. He made real atonement for our sin. He makes real intercession for our salvation. He has done that which we cannot do for ourselves. Spend some time worshiping Christ and thanking Him for bringing God’s promises to reality. View Resource

  • Severed from Christ Devotional

    Galatians 5:2–4

    Martin Luther says that Galatians 5:2 “is a touchstone, whereby we may most certainly and freely judge all doctrines, works, religions, and ceremonies of all men.” Any of these that promise righteousness and salvation through them are to be soundly rejected. Among other things, this means that the other world religions offer no hope of salvation, a view that our culture rejects. Let us stand firm on the exclusivity of Christ and not bow to the relativism around us. View Resource

  • Sin’s Perversion of the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:8-11

    In Romans 7:11, Paul says that sin uses the law to deceive fallen people. There are many ways that this can happen, but one of them is that sin often takes things that the law says are good in themselves and deceives us into making them ultimate goods, that is, idols. If we rest all our hope in achieving something that the law says is good—obedient children, a good name, and so forth—we might be making that good thing into an idol. View Resource

  • Teaching Oneself Devotional

    Romans 2:17–21a

    Today’s passage reminds us how seriously God takes the principle that we must apply the same judgment to others that we apply to ourselves. We should never condemn others according to a standard that is higher than that to which we hold ourselves accountable, and we should especially never judge others for an action not condemned in God’s Word. Let us know His Word and take care to judge ourselves by it long before we evaluate others. View Resource

  • Teaching the Law Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:1–12

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “those who tremble at the convictions of the word may triumph in the consolation of it.” We can rejoice in the Lord’s grace and forgiveness only if we first understand our need for the gospel and His pardon. Many proclaim the wonders of God’s grace and their peace with the Lord without acknowledging their sin. Such individuals have a false peace and do not truly understand their need for the Lord’s work. View Resource