• The Fruit of the Spirit Devotional

    Galatians 5:16–26

    The standard for bearing fruit as we advance in sanctification is not perfection. Scripture tells us we will not walk in perfect holiness until we are glorified, and our need for perfection in order to stand before God unafraid is met in Christ and the imputation of His righteousness to us. But if His righteousness has been imputed to us, then His Spirit is sanctifying us. So, unless we see love, joy, peace, and every other spiritual fruit growing, however fitfully, in our lives, we are not Christians. View Resource

  • The Paraclete Devotional

    John 15:18–27

    Today we speak of a comforter as one who comes to wipe our tears away and console us. While the Spirit does perform this work, that is not what we mean when we call Him our Comforter. Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that the Latin roots of the term Comforter (cum and forte) mean “with strength,” which accords well with the meaning of paraclete in Greek. The Holy Spirit is no mere shoulder for us to cry on but the sustainer of our faith and courage in the darkest of times. 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

  • Genuine Conversion Devotional

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    The way to life is the way of death—death to sin and self. Only if we first die to sin can we be raised to new life and become new creatures in Christ. This happens decisively at conversion, but the Christian life is the process of dying every day to sin and seeking the life that is ours in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. If we have truly died to sin once in our conversion, we will seek daily to die to the sin that still remains in our lives. View Resource

  • The Struggle With Sin Devotional

    Romans 7:13–25

    How is your personal walk with the Lord? Have you become calloused to the evils of sin manifest in you own life? Have you forgotten to spend time with Him? It is as we love Him more and more that we will resist the tendency to displease Him. Renew your personal acquaintance with your Master. View Resource

  • The Imitation of Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 5:1

    The Apostle Paul’s teaching on our sanctification is ultimately a call to the imitation of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). Therefore, we should pay close attention to the words and actions of Jesus if we want to understand what a life of true holiness looks like. Insofar we are as able, we are to pattern ourselves after the image Jesus has given us in loving repentant sinners, serving other people, confronting unrighteousness, and so on. View Resource

  • Clinging to the Truth Devotional

    Philippians 2:16

    Today’s passage tells us that as we live a life that reflects the gospel, we not only become the lights that we already are in Christ but also encourage those who give the gospel to us. Our church leaders, pastors, and Christian friends invest much time and effort into us, and their own ministries are commended to the world as we grow in holiness. Let us cling fast to the gospel in order to fulfill our calling and encourage those who minister to us. View Resource

  • Lights to the World Devotional

    Philippians 2:14–15

    Since we are already lights to the world in Christ Jesus, we can, by His Spirit, show forth the glory and goodness of God in line with the Father’s plan. We will fail from time to time and need reminding that shining as lights excludes grumbling and complaining. So the question remains, are we grumbling and complaining about our church leaders over every given matter, or are we working to support them as they follow Christ? View Resource

  • The Work of God Through Us Devotional

    Philippians 2:12–13

    Augustine says that “[we] are to work with fear and trembling so that [we] will not, by attributing the good working to [ourselves], be elated by the good works as if they were [our] own” (ACCNT 8, p. 245). Even as we are aware that we work out our salvation in fear and trembling, we must also know that ultimately it is God who gives us the desire to persevere and moves us to do so. Indeed, salvation is of Him from first to last. View Resource

  • The World Devotional

    Romans 12:2

    The ways of this fallen world influence us far more than we would ever want to imagine. Therefore, it is absolutely critical that we keep ourselves immersed in Scripture, seeking for God to transform our minds that we might see clearly where we are leaning more on the fallen way of doing things than the right way, as seen in the Lord’s own revelation. Take every opportunity you can to immerse yourself in the transforming power of God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Spirit-filled Life Devotional

    Ephesians 5:18-19

    Today’s passage also tells us that evidence of the Spirit-filled life includes being full of song and delight (Eph. 5:19). Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. God’s people have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy.” Though we do not deny the reality of pain, Christians should be the most joyful of people, and this joy should be evident in our corporate singing. View Resource

  • Faith and Fruit Devotional

    Galatians 5:19-23

    Scripture is clear that sinless perfection is impossible in this life (1 John 1:8–9), so we will never exhibit any of the fruit of the Spirit flawlessly on this side of glory. Nevertheless, there is a difference between those who do not exhibit the fruit at all and those who exhibit the fruit intermittently, between those who want to bear fruit and those who do not care at all about the work of the Spirit. If we are bearing spiritual fruit in any way, we belong to Jesus. View Resource

  • Our Purpose Devotional

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character to the nations. As we pursue justice, we glorify Him as the only just Judge and remind people that they have no choice but to repent and serve Him. It is a great privilege to bear God’s image, so let us do so gladly. View Resource

  • What We Learned in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 4:23-24

    Taking off our old selves — our Adamic natures that love rebellion — and putting on Christ is really a single act. We cannot live in Adam and in Christ at the same time, which means that we cannot refuse to give up our sin and profess to follow Jesus. We will not be perfect in this life, but we will, if we have faith in Christ, recognize the incongruity between life in Adam and life in Christ, and we will strive daily to live in conformity to Jesus. View Resource

  • Learning Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 4:20-22

    John Calvin writes, “He whose life differs not from that of unbelievers, has learned nothing of Christ; for the knowledge of Christ cannot be separated from the mortification of the flesh.” Scripture never asserts that sinless perfection is attainable before we are glorified, but it is also clear that those who have no desire for holiness have not been converted. As we hate our sin, repent, and strive to put it to death, we prove that we belong to Jesus. View Resource