• The Law Covenant Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:6

    Even after we have trusted in Christ, the law continues to show us our need for Him. If we meditate on God’s commandments, we soon see that we have not kept any of them with our whole heart, mind, soul, or strength. We are driven to our knees in repentance before God. Meditate on one of the Ten Commandments and consider how you have failed to keep it. Then, go before the Lord in repentance View Resource

  • No Other Gods Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:7

    It is not enough merely to refrain from doing what God forbids, although that is a necessary part of true obedience. We must also cultivate a positive appreciation for the opposite of what is forbidden. Not following after other gods involves the passionate pursuit of the one true Lord of all. We must seek to know His character, love His attributes, and make Him the chief priority in our lives. View Resource

  • The Second Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:8–10

    As finite beings who still suffer the presence of sin, we cannot bear to see God face to face. Such a vision will be our privilege when we are glorified (1 Cor. 13:12), but until then we have to be content that the divine nature, or essence, is invisible. We cannot depict this nature in art, and, by extension, we cannot image God or His attributes in our minds in ways that have not been revealed in Scripture. Let us be content to serve the glorious but invisible God. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:11

    In a culture such as ours, we easily fall into the trap of speaking of God irreverently. Even preachers can sometimes fail to give the Lord due reverence in their preaching and teaching, which is why they must take care whenever they open the Word of God to the people of God. All of us should endeavor to speak of our holy God only in a holy manner, to worship Him rightly, and to adore Him in our thoughts, words, and actions. View Resource

  • The Fourth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    In one sense, all of life is worship (1 Cor. 10:31). At the same time, however, it is fitting that we set aside time to gather with God’s people to remember His salvation and to thank Him for His deliverance. The best time to do this is on the day of the week Jesus was raised for our justification, which was the first day of the week that we now commemorate as the Lord’s Day. We should make every attempt to be in church every Sunday. View Resource

  • Keeping the Lord’s Day Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    Discussions continue about what we can and cannot do on the Christian Sabbath. While these discussions are important, what is vital is that we are setting apart the Lord’s Day as holy by gathering for worship with God’s people and resting from our ordinary vocations. Are you hallowing the Lord’s Day in these ways? View Resource

  • The Fifth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:16

    John Calvin writes, “We should look up to those whom God has placed over us, and should treat them with honor, obedience, and gratefulness.” He goes on to say that this entails “that we are forbidden to detract from their dignity either by contempt, by stubbornness, or by ungratefulness” (Institutes 2.8.35). There are many subtle ways we can break the fifth commandment. Let us not be guilty of this great sin but instead honor our authorities as unto the Lord. View Resource

  • Murder, Self-Defense, and Hatred Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:17

    Murder is not the unforgivable sin, so anyone who has taken innocent life unjustly will be forgiven in Christ when they repent and believe. As Christians, we are perhaps more prone to break the sixth commandment by harboring angry hearts. Ungodly anger against another person violates the sixth commandment, so let us seek to eliminate that sin in our lives. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:17

    Some have expressed legitimate concern as to whether capital punishment is always applied in a just manner under our legal system. That is far different, however, from saying that capital punishment is inherently unjust, oppressive, and barbaric. God, in His covenant with Noah that applies to all mankind, has told us that capital punishment is the required penalty for first-degree murder. We abolish it at the expense of human safety and obedience to our Creator. View Resource

  • Adultery Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:18

    None of us who are married should think we are immune to the sin of adultery. Thus, we must guard our hearts carefully lest we find ourselves entering into inappropriate relationships with those who are not our spouses. God demands that we be faithful to our marriage partners, so let us not fool ourselves into thinking that a relationship with a person to whom we are not married is innocent when it is not. View Resource

  • The Seventh Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:18

    Just as idolatry led to destructive consequences for the ancient Israelites, the analogous sin of adultery leads to destruction on an earthly level (2 Kings 17:6–23; Matt. 19:1–12). This should be enough to cause us to flee adultery, but knowing that this sin is an affront to God’s sovereignty is yet one more reason to maintain our chastity. Let us guard our hearts and seek intimacy with our spouses, that we might not succumb to the temptation of adultery. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    As we will see tomorrow, there are a multitude of ways we can steal from others. Many of these are government-sanctioned, which is why it is important for us to understand what God’s Word says about theft. If we follow cultural norms, we can break God’s law despite believing that we are doing His will. Let us carefully study God’s definition of right and wrong so that we might not break His commandments even as others around us violate His law. View Resource

  • The Many Forms of Theft Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    If it was possible to rob God under the old covenant, how much worse is it to rob God under the new covenant when we enjoy greater clarity regarding our salvation? Let us not rob God by withholding our tithes, but let us carefully consider our income and budgets to make sure we are giving to the work of the Lord and the advance of His kingdom. View Resource

  • False Witness Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    Many of us think that we have kept the ninth commandment when in fact we have been guilty of gossip and slander behind closed doors. If you are guilty of gossiping about others, telling people things about others that may not be true, or telling people facts about others that they do not really need to know, then repent this day. Ask God to help you put this sin to death. And may all of us take care not to gossip or slander. View Resource

  • The Ninth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    There are a number of different ways in which we can break this rule against false witness. If we teach or proclaim wrong things about God’s character, we are bearing false witness. If we gossip and backbite to destroy how a person is viewed in the eyes of others, we are bearing false witness. Ultimately, if we do not prize truth as highly as the Lord does, we will find it easy to break the ninth commandment. Let us, therefore, aim for truth in all our speech. View Resource