• Greater than the Temple Devotional

    Matthew 12:1–8

    John Chrysostom wrote: “Did Christ then attempt to repeal a law so beneficial as the sabbath law? Far from it. Rather, he greatly magnified the sabbath. For with Christ came the time for everyone to be trained by a higher requirement” (Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew, 39.3). In Christ we know that mercy and justice, biblically defined, must guide how we apply the letter of the Law. We are as bad as the Pharisees if we ignore these principles. View Resource

  • The Aim of the Sabbath Devotional

    Matthew 12:9–14

    John Calvin comments, “Nothing could be more unreasonable than to pronounce a man, who imitated God, to be a transgressor of the Sabbath.” The Father gives His law for our benefit, and we must never forget this lest we improperly apply it to our lives here and now. Take some time today to read through the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1–17) and think on how each one carries with it a specific benefit for mankind. View Resource

  • A Mission of Service Devotional

    Matthew 12:15–21

    The truth that Jesus will not snuff out a smoldering wick or break a bruised reed is one of the most encouraging truths of Christianity. When others would give up on us because of our failures, lack of money, talent, or experience, Jesus still sees fit to use us. If your faith is weak this day, know that Christ will not put it out but will, by His Word and Spirit, fan it into a glowing flame by which He will guide others into His fold. View Resource

  • Blasphemy of the Spirit Devotional

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Christians may worry that they will commit the unforgivable sin, but they should not fret. After all, Jesus glorifies everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:28–30), so He will not let us commit the unpardonable sin and finally fall away. That should not make us complacent about blasphemy, however. God takes seriously the reverent use of His name, and those who blaspheme impenitently show that they do not really know Jesus. View Resource

  • David’s Greatest Son Devotional

    Matthew 12:22–23

    Righteous dominion over the earth is given to all of God’s people. We cannot make all things serve the Lord by our own efforts, but Christ has come to die for our sins and fulfill God’s purpose for mankind so that in Him we can find strength to pursue this task of exercising dominion. Lean on Jesus this day and do all things to the glory of God. Encourage others to see how they can serve the Lord at home, in the workplace, and in the church. View Resource

  • A Sin Unforgiveable Devotional

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is committed when people knowingly deny the claims of Christ and attribute to Satan the work of our Savior. This is a sin that true Christians cannot commit, for all who are justified are also glorified (Rom. 8:29–30). Moreover, those who have committed it will have no fear that they have committed it, for those who blaspheme the Spirit are hardened against Him and have no fear of offending Him. View Resource

  • The Unforgivable Sin Devotional

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Someone who has knowingly denied the Spirit of truth will be blissfully unconcerned about it. They will not care about the punishment promised because they have already called Him a liar. The next time you worry about committing this sin, remember that this worry is a probable sign that you have not blasphemed the Spirit whom you worship. View Resource

  • The Unforgiveable Sin Devotional

    Matthew 12:22-32

    Because the blasphemy of the Spirit is a willful suppression of the truth about Christ, theologians agree that Christians who worry if they have committed the sin have likely not done so. Those who willfully deny the truth would have no concern for the state of their souls, for they have chosen consciously not to affirm what they know to be real. Pray that you would never suppress God’s truth and ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His Word. View Resource

  • The Unpardonable Sin Devotional

    Matthew 12:22-32

    Are you afraid that you’ve committed the unpardonable sin? If you are concerned about it, you can be assured that you haven’t committed it. Have you purposely called the work of the Holy Spirit the work of the devil? Have you seen the truth about Christ, known it to be true, but called it a lie? If not, you have not committed this sin. View Resource

  • The Unforgivable Sin Devotional

    Matthew 12:24–32

    Pastors both past and present agree that a person who worries that he has committed the unforgiveable sin has not really done so. Those who do the unforgivable act are so calloused that they do not care about their spiritual state and therefore will never be troubled by the possibility that they have gone too far in their wickedness. Matthew Henry comments, “Those who fear they have committed this sin, give a good sign that they have not.” View Resource

  • Revealing the Heart Devotional

    Matthew 12:33–37

    Dr. John MacArthur teaches that “no infraction against God’s holiness is a trifling thing, and each person will ultimately give account of such indiscretion” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,146). The Lord hears and remembers every word we speak; therefore, we should not think there is such a thing as a throwaway phrase. How thoughtful are you before you speak, and what do your jokes and whispered comments say about the state of your heart? View Resource

  • Your Words Reveal Your Heart Devotional

    Matthew 12:33-35

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  • The Sign of Jonah Devotional

    Matthew 12:38–42

    No miracle will ever be sufficient to engender faith within those who love their sin and refuse to turn to God. People are being insincere when they say they will believe if they see a miracle, for there is plenty of evidence of the truth of Jesus in the accounts of His resurrection, the spread of the Gospel, and the lives and societies changed by obedience to His message. Pray that you would always be able to see these proofs for the truth of our Lord’s words. View Resource

  • Worse than the First Devotional

    Matthew 12:43–45

    Modern commentators like James Boice have expressed grave concern for the present generation of Americans. Like those who lived during the time of Jesus, many people in the United States have experienced profound material blessings without turning from their sin and rebellion. Our pews are filled with people who lack faith even though they have seen the power of the Gospel in preaching and in answers to the prayers of others. Are you one of these individuals View Resource

  • Jesus’ Family Devotional

    Matthew 12:46–50

    Loving faith in Jesus (because He first loved us, 1 John 4:19), not our good works, gives us the right “to become children of God” (John 1:12). Faith alone will justify us in the sight of the Father. Still, the faith that justifies us is never alone; it is always followed by good works that prove our faith is real (James 2:14–26). Today, help stir up others to love and good works (Heb. 10:24) and gather others to do a needed service at your church or in the community. View Resource