• Living in the Light of Day Devotional

    Romans 13:12-14

    Jerome, one of the most important biblical scholars of the ancient church, comments on today’s passage that we are to “live our lives in the same way now as we are going to live in the day, that is, in the future world.” Our lives should not mirror those who have no hope and are trapped in the darkness; rather, we are to live as citizens of the kingdom to which we belong, the kingdom of light for which the Lord is preparing us by His Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • Debtors to the Spirit Devotional

    Romans 8:12-13

    John Murray comments, “The believer’s once-for-all death to the law and to sin does not free him from the necessity of mortifying sin in his members; it makes it necessary and possible for him to do so.” Our efforts to walk in holiness as we follow the Holy Spirit do not save us, but they show that the Lord has saved us. God is preparing us for heaven, and our calling is to serve Him in the power of the Spirit that we will be renewed and readied for the consummation of His kingdom. View Resource

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings Devotional

    Isaiah 6:1-7

    Today’s passage is a good illustration of a person whose guilty feelings matched with the reality of his sin. When brought before the Lord of hosts, Isaiah confessed his guilt—he felt it—and it was atoned for—because he really was guilty. When we feel guilt, we should honestly look at what we have done to see if we are guilty. Should we find that we are objectively guilty, we must confess our sin to God through Christ Jesus. If we do so, we will always be forgiven. View Resource

  • The Law of the Mind vs. the Law of Sin Devotional

    Romans 7:22-23

    Though we have changed hearts if we truly believe in Christ, that does not mean we are not thoroughly affected by sin. Our minds, emotions, bodies, and everything else are tainted by our flesh—the fallenness that God does not eliminate fully until He glorifies us. The battle between the new self and what remains of the old is real and fierce, and we should have no illusions of final victory before our deaths. But we should not be discouraged. In Christ, we will finally defeat the flesh. View Resource

  • Our True Identity Devotional

    Romans 7:18-20

    John Calvin comments, “The Holy Spirit so prepares the godly that they are ready and strive to render obedience to God; but as their ability is not equal to what they wish, Paul says, that he found not what he desired, even the accomplishment of the good he aimed at.” Christians are to be realists, not defeatists. We are not to expect perfection in this life, but neither are we on the losing side of the battle with sin. By the Spirit, we do progress in holiness as we aim for conformity to Christ. View Resource

  • Free from the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:1-3

    God never intended for sinners to justify themselves by keeping the law, but the law does remind us that God demands perfect obedience for justification. Because we cannot obey God perfectly, unconverted people seize the law and lower God’s standards or overestimate their goodness to convince themselves that they have done enough to earn His favor. That itself is sin, for such actions really accuse God of lying about His standards or our abilities. Only in Christ can we escape this. View Resource

  • Slaves to Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 6:16-19

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul discusses the relationship between justification and sanctification: “We are not going to make it on the basis of our righteousness, but only on the basis of faith. If the faith is genuine, the fruit of that faith will be real righteousness.” Declarative righteousness—God’s pronouncement that the merit of Christ is imputed to our accounts—is what gives us peace with God. But through His Spirit, the Lord will sanctify His people. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:15

    We will discuss what it means to not be under law in the days ahead. Today, Dr. R.C. Sproul’s commentary Romans will help us understand Paul’s point: “We are no longer under the law in the sense of being underneath the awesome, weighty burden of the law… . We are no longer in the condition of being crushed under the weight of the law, no longer oppressed by its burden of guilt and judgment.” We are no longer under the law as guilty people, for we are righteous in Christ. View Resource

  • Fighting the Flesh Devotional

    Romans 8:1-11

    Only as we understand the enemy of the flesh can we begin to please God. The Lord is not content for mere external holiness. He wants our hearts, and he measures holiness based on what lies within (1 Sam. 16:7). Fighting the flesh means, primarily, fighting against those attitudes of the heart that are opposed to the Lord. As we focus on the inward man, our external obedience will improve, but external obedience is of little value if we do not love God with our whole hearts. View Resource

  • Instruments of Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 6:12–13

    We work with God to make sanctification an experiential reality in our lives, but we must not lose sight of the fundamental truth that the Lord makes us holy. Because He has made us holy, we are to become holy by presenting ourselves wholly unto the Lord for righteousness’ sake, relying on the means of grace such as Bible study and preaching, the sacraments, and prayer to draw on the strength we need to obey Him even when things get tough. View Resource

  • Considering Ourselves Properly Devotional

    Romans 6:11

    If we look at sanctification as making ourselves holy, we will be driven to despair, for how can we make ourselves pure? We do cooperate with God in sanctification, but we do not make ourselves holy. He has made us holy, and we live out that holiness. We become in our experience what we already are in Christ. When temptations come, we are to say, “No, I am holy and I am in Christ. To sin would not be in line with what God has made me.” View Resource

  • Living to God Devotional

    Romans 6:8–10

    We must live in the power of what Christ has done. Christ has put sin’s power to death, so we are to mortify our remaining sin, denying ourselves to serve God. And because we died to sin decisively in Jesus, we can truly grow in sanctification. John Calvin writes that though we continually die to sin throughout our lives, “we are yet said properly to die only once … when Christ, reconciling us by his blood to the Father, regenerates us at the same time by the power of his Spirit.” View Resource

  • Causing Grace to Abound Devotional

    Romans 6:1-2

    We rest for our final salvation in the work of Christ alone, but that does not mean there is no change in our own experience of sin and holiness. John Calvin comments, “the faithful are never reconciled to God without the gift of regeneration; nay, we are for this end justified—that we may afterwards serve God in holiness of life.” Everyone who is justified is also being sanctified, and if you are justified, you will have a desire for holiness, though you will not be perfect before you die. View Resource

  • God’s Impartiality Devotional

    Romans 2:11

    Only those who patiently do good in hope of immortality will enter into eternal life (Rom. 2:6–7). Yet no one even wants to do this apart from divine grace, as Paul explains in the next few chapters of Romans. Only those who have been declared just before God can in any sense do the good Paul mentions in Romans 2:1–11, but even then we obey imperfectly and never fully meet His just demands. He graciously forgives us, however, as we repent and keeps us on the narrow way to heaven. View Resource

  • Foolish Priorities Devotional

    Haggai 1:2-11

    The Bible warns us not to make a one-to-one correlation between God’s favor and our success. However, that does not mean that we should not be alert to disobedience being a potential reason for why we might find ourselves in trouble. Failure is an opportunity to reflect on faithfulness. When we are struggling, we must not automatically assume that it is because the Lord is displeased with us, but neither must we immediately discount it as a possibility. View Resource