• Obeying Parents in the Lord Devotional

    Ephesians 6:1–3

    The Old Testament often speaks of honor for one’s parents by employing language elsewhere associated with the fear of the Lord (Lev. 19:3, 14, 32). Although no human authority deserves absolute allegiance, we must show proper, biblical reverence to our parents. This applies to us no matter how old we are or how long we have lived outside of our parents’ homes. Let us seek to be models of godliness in how we honor our mothers and fathers. View Resource

  • A Dual Responsibility Devotional

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    Boundaries and other elements of discipline will necessarily vary a bit from family to family depending on cultural location and other factors. What should be the same across the board, however, is an attempt not to put rules on children that are not grounded in Scripture. Part of not exasperating children involves letting them be children, under the wise guidance of humble parents, of course. View Resource

  • The Vocation of Parents and Children Devotional

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    If children do not know the rules of the household and are disciplined for breaking them, they will understandably resent their parents and be provoked to anger. Thus, parents should strive to clearly communicate their expectations and make sure that these expectations are reasonable. Children are to obey their parents, but their parents should do what they can to make this obedience something children can and want to render. View Resource

  • Christian Discipline and Instruction Devotional

    Ephesians 6:4

    John Calvin tells us that the remedy to provoking children to anger is not indulgence. “It is not the will of God that parents, in the exercise of kindness, shall spare and corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their children be at once mild and considerate, so as to guide them in the fear of the Lord, and correct them also when they go astray.” Let us walk in wisdom in raising our children, patiently teaching them to love God and His law. View Resource

  • Serving Earthly Masters Devotional

    Ephesians 6:5–8

    Tomorrow we will discuss in greater detail the proper roles of servants and masters. We note today, however, with Matthew Henry that “service, performed with conscience, and from a regard for God, though it may be to unrighteous masters, will be accounted by Christ as service done to himself.” Not all of our earthly supervisors are Christians, but we owe them respectful obedience as long as they do not demand that we violate God’s law. View Resource

  • The Sanctity of Labor Devotional

    Ephesians 6:5–9

    How do you feel about your line of work? Are you counting the days till retirement? Do you hate getting up every morning and doing the same task you did the day before? Do you look forward to serving your boss and accomplishing your work quickly and efficiently? If you do not enjoy your job, consider whether you have found your life’s calling. But whether or not you enjoy your work, strive to be as industrious as possible for God’s glory. View Resource

  • Leading by Example Devotional

    Ephesians 6:9

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower once observed that “leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Good leaders do not lead by maintaining uncertain, ever-changing standards or by demeaning good workers. Instead, they serve those whom they supervise by encouraging them and setting a vision that all can seize and run with gladly. View Resource

  • The Armor of God Devotional

    Ephesians 6:10–13

    John Calvin comments, “There will be no danger which may not be successfully met by the power of God; nor will any who, with [the armor of God], fight against Satan, fail in the day of battle.” Daily we are to remember our identity in Christ, putting on His graces and casting off our rebellious impulses that we possess in Adam. In doing so, we are guaranteed success in our spiritual conflicts and are assured of a hero’s welcome in glory. View Resource

  • The Armor of God Devotional

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    John Calvin comments on this passage, reminding us that we should not let the “injurious treatment” of others provoke us to revenge, for those who bother us are merely darts from Satan’s hand. “While we are employed in destroying those darts, we lay ourselves open to be wounded on all sides.” Instead, “we must go straight to the enemy, who attacks and wounds us from his concealment — who slays before he appears.” View Resource

  • Why Pray? Devotional

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    From your knowledge of Scripture, list the benefits and obligations of prayer. Look up prayer in your concordance or cross references to help you. Do you pray with adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication? Strive to pray in a complete manner before God. Keep in mind God’s purposes in prayer. View Resource

  • Our Belt and Breastplate Devotional

    Ephesians 6:14

    Today, people want to deny the existence of absolute truth and instead embrace teachings that say personal righteousness is an indifferent matter. Yet without the truth of the gospel and a zeal for holiness, we will be ill-prepared to battle the foes that try to thwart the Lord’s will. Let us stand firm for both truth and righteousness as we fight on God’s side, repenting of sin and believing the good news of the gospel. View Resource

  • Gospel Readiness Devotional

    Ephesians 6:15

    Nothing gives us surer footing than the gospel, the good news that our sovereign, holy God has intervened in history to reconcile His people to Himself. Understanding that we are reconciled to Him through no effort of our own reminds us that we stand firm only in Him and can never lose our footing permanently when we rely on Jesus. Are you relying on the shoes of the gospel to keep you standing firm against the Devil? View Resource

  • The Shield of Faith Devotional

    Ephesians 6:16

    An essential part of turning to Christ in order to resist temptation and other assaults successfully is understanding and appreciating truly His loveliness. When we have a true grasp of His greatness, we will be more encouraged to look to Him in all things and to see the ugliness of sin. Take some time today to meditate on the loveliness of Christ, His glory, and the beauty of what He has done for us. Let this, in turn, move you to rest on Him in faith each day. View Resource

  • Helmet and Sword Devotional

    Ephesians 6:17

    John Calvin states that “by faith we repel all the attacks of the devil, and by the word of God the enemy himself is slain. If the word of God shall have its efficacy upon us through faith, we shall be more than sufficiently armed both for opposing the enemy and for putting him to flight.” As we study and proclaim the Word of God to our friends and neighbors, the kingdom of Satan falls. View Resource

  • Consistent, Persevering Prayer Devotional

    Ephesians 6:18

    In addition to being specific in prayer, God also wants us to be persistent in intercession (Eph. 6:18). This is a good reminder for us today, as we are likely to give up praying when we feel as if we have not received an answer in a timely manner. But we must persevere in asking for God’s help, even if it seems He is delaying His response, for the Lord may just be waiting to see persistent prayer before He acts. View Resource