• The Abrahamic Covenant Devotional

    Genesis 12:1-2

    Faith demonstrates that justification is the work of God to which we contribute nothing. Justifying faith receives and rests in the Lord’s promises through Jesus Christ and nothing else. Abraham was declared righteous because He recognized that the Lord justifies us apart from our efforts. We are justified when we recognize this, that only He can ensure the success of His covenant promises, which He has kept in Christ Jesus our Lord. View Resource

  • Abrahamic Covenant I Devotional

    Genesis 12:1-3

    We will never bring about the kingdom of God ourselves. We, like Abraham, are utterly dependent upon God for all of His promises to come to pass. He will bring them about with or without us. As you seek to serve the Lord, remember that God can bring the kingdom without you but has graciously determined to use you anyway. View Resource

  • Abrahamic Covenant, Part 1 Devotional

    Genesis 12:1–3

    In the final analysis, our sin and corruption mean that if the Lord is going to accomplish His purposes, He must be the one to act. Though we endeavor to serve Him at all times, we also know that our success is due only to His intervention, and we should ask Him to guide us in all of our efforts. Let us remember that we are not self-sufficient and that we are counting on Him to work for our good in all things. View Resource

  • The First Book of Moses Devotional

    Genesis 12:1-3

    Take some time this week to read through the book of Genesis in preparation for our study over the next two years. Ask the Lord to help you read these familiar stories closely, helping you understand the truths about His character and purposes He has revealed in this first book of the Bible. Find someone who is willing to discuss what you are learning from Genesis and who will help keep you accountable in your study of it. View Resource

  • The Lord Said to Abram Devotional

    Genesis 12:1–3

    Calvin wisely observes that Genesis 12:3 ought also “to excite us to assist the faithful, that if we discharge any duty towards them, God will repay it; nor ought it less to alarm us, that he denounces war against us, if we hurt any one belonging to him.” If we bless other Christians, God will bless us, but if we curse other believers, He will not let us go undisciplined. Take some time to consider how you can be a blessing to your church leaders. Then, go and serve them. View Resource

  • The Call of Abram Devotional

    Genesis 12:1–9

    Jesus says to us: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). The kind of faith that God blesses is the faith that is willing to leave everything behind for the sake of Christ Jesus. This may involve moving away from our comforts like Abraham did, but for most of us it is more likely a faith that leads us to die to ourselves by putting others before our own needs as we endeavor to serve the Lord. View Resource

  • Abram Went Devotional

    Genesis 12:4–9

    John Calvin comments: “By the example of Abram, entire self-renunciation is enjoined, that we may live and die to God alone.” Leaving the only source of his security behind was indeed difficult for Abram. That which we must renounce may be different, but we must love Jesus above all else if we are to be His disciples (Luke 14:26). Evaluate any material goods you may have that do not reflect God’s glory, and seek to worship God with your whole heart. View Resource

  • Down to Egypt Devotional

    Genesis 12:10–16

    All seems to be going well for Abram when he enters Canaan, but soon a disastrous famine results. As Matthew Henry comments, this reveals “it is possible for a man to be in the way of duty, and in the way of happiness, and yet meet with great troubles and disappointments.” Have you been faithful to God and yet feel as if you are getting nowhere? Perhaps you are tempted to lie or steal to get ahead. Renounce such thoughts and ask the Lord to sustain your faith. View Resource

  • Take Her and Go Devotional

    Genesis 12:17–20

    According to Scripture, we cannot sin with impunity. Paul, for example, tells us that we have not understood the Gospel if we sin so that grace may abound (Rom. 3:8; 6:1–2). We can count on God to bring all of His covenant promises to pass and intervene to save His people, but all of our sin will have long-lasting effects on our quality of life, reputations, families, and so on. If we engage in sin confident that it has no lasting effect, we are only fooling ourselves. View Resource