• The Covenant Law Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–17

    God’s law serves His plan of salvation by reminding us of sin, pointing us to Christ, and showing us the kind of life that saved people should live. We need all of those things in order to experience the fullness of God’s blessing; therefore, the law of the Lord serves His gracious promise. Let us thank God for His covenant law and study it so that we will know how to please Him. View Resource

  • The First Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–3

    Modern Westerners are not likely to worship crass idols made of wood or stone. Our idolatry is more subtle and therefore more dangerous. We are apt to place money, material items, relationships, and other pleasures before our pursuit of God, so we should always be on guard against a “sophisticated” idolatry. May we always make the Lord first in our thoughts and desires. View Resource

  • Lawful Oaths and Vows Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–17

    Do you flippantly use the Lord’s name in conversation without even thinking about His majesty or holiness? What about the process you go through before you commit yourself with a vow? Do you consider the situation carefully or do you rush in without much thought beforehand? Spend some time meditating on God’s holiness so that you will not be guilty of profaning His name by using it flippantly or by making a rash vow. View Resource

  • The Law of God Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–17

    In recent years, there has been a lot of controversy in the United States as to the placement of the Ten Commandments in public. In all of this rancor, however, we should never forget that the commandments should first be inscribed on our hearts. It is a good idea to memorize the Ten Commandments that we might know God and His will better, worship Him rightly, serve Him with gladness, and love Him more fully. View Resource

  • The First Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:1-3

    As we go through the Ten Commandments, take time to examine yourself, to see how you are breaking each command. Then take the opportunity to confess your sin and ask forgiveness in Christ. Remember that when you sin, Jesus is willing and able to forgive. How do you break the first commandment? Confess it today. View Resource

  • The One and Only God Devotional

    Exodus 20:3

    We break the first commandment every time we seek our ultimate satisfaction in a source other than God. We keep it whenever we seek to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Let us seek to trust and love Him above all else today. View Resource

  • Images and Idols Devotional

    Exodus 20:4–5

    In light of the second commandment regarding the prohibition of graven images, we should think carefully about the use of images in all of life. Images can be powerful conveyors of truth or error, so let us consider and be discerning about what we set before our eyes and the eyes of our families at all times. View Resource

  • Images in Worship Devotional

    Exodus 20:4–6

    We have so far briefly discussed the beauty for which the priestly garments were made. These clothes reveal that we should be concerned with how we look and act when we worship the Lord. Of course, God does not require a certain kind of dress, but even those who believe art is not fit for the sanctuary can agree that how we dress reflects what we think of worship. When you go to worship, consider how your clothing reflects your attitude towards God. View Resource

  • The Second Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:4–6

    Some people will disagree, saying that there is to be no art in the worship setting. While these opinions should be respected, we believe that to prohibit art is to neglect the fact that God is the fountainhead of all beauty. Whatever art is in our places of corporate worship, may we not forget that the Lord is indeed beautiful (Ps. 27:4) and is to be worshiped according to His unsurpassable loveliness. View Resource

  • Make No Graven Image Devotional

    Exodus 20:4-6

    Consider how you have broken this command. How do you fashion images of God? Have you constructed any belief system about God that is contrary to the truth as He has revealed it in His word? Have you tried to make a physical image of God through an artistic medium? Consider this in light of the passages below. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    We can be careless with our speech and forget that the sinful cursing of others, spreading gossip, and other such things are ways we blaspheme the name of God. That is why it is so important for us to think before we speak, asking the Spirit to help us control our tongues. We should always think twice before we speak words that might hurt another person, because doing so can sometimes be to sin against the Lord. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    It is often said that the way we talk about God in everyday conversation is more revealing of what we think about Him than anything else. Take some time today to consider how you use the Lord’s name. Do you take the oaths made before Him seriously and fear the consequences if you break them? Is your speech about our Father reverent, or do you refer to His name in a flippant manner? Be mindful to hallow His name in everything that you say. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    The third commandment involves more than just using God’s name as if it were a swear word. It goes much deeper, to our very attitude in worship, to our worshiping sincerely and truthfully. Examine your life for the ways that you have broken this commandment. Confess them to the Lord today. He is faithful to forgive. View Resource

  • Unlawful Oaths and Vows Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    Friends and even family may exert great pressure on us to join with them in their sin. They may appeal to our loyalties and try to guilt us into covering up a misdeed that should be reported or beg us to join with them in a behavior that they might say is “not that bad.” We must never go along with such calls or let ourselves be pushed into something that we know to be wrong. May we resolve never to join with others in sin. View Resource

  • Using God’s Name Frivolously Devotional

    Exodus 20:7

    Even Christians are tempted to take the Lord’s name in vain. Often we do this by carelessly making promises or saying something like “I swear I am telling the truth” when we are having an ordinary conversation and not having to affirm the truthfulness of legal testimony or witness to our veracity in a solemn setting. Let us take care not to use the name of God frivolously, and may we repent if we ever take God’s name in vain. View Resource