• Avoiding Improper Judgments Devotional

    Matthew 7:1–6

    John Calvin says that the one “who judges according to the word and law of the Lord, and forms his judgment by the rule of charity, always begins with subjecting himself to examination, and preserves a proper medium and order in his judgments.” No earthly judge is perfect, but we can make judgments without hypocrisy if we live a life of repentance and endeavor to mortify our own sin. Are you more critical of others than you are of yourself? View Resource

  • Asking, Seeking, Knocking Devotional

    Matthew 7:7–11

    We persevere in prayer knowing that our Father in His goodness will never withhold from us what we really need. We also need to recall, Matthew Henry says, that “we often ask that of God which would do us harm if we had it; he knows this, and therefore does not give it to us.” When the Lord does not give us what we want, let us remember that it is probably because what we want would be harmful to us. Even God’s “no” to us is evidence of His great love for us. View Resource

  • God our Father Devotional

    Matthew 7:7–11

    The comfort of the gospel is not in that we are born children of God but in that God, seeing that all people are children of the Devil, nevertheless chooses to adopt a portion of humanity as His children in Christ. It is a distinct privilege to call God “Father” and know that He looks over the well-being of His people. Let us never cheapen that grace by assuming that He is Father in the same way to all people, even those who hate Him. View Resource

  • The Goodness of Our Father Devotional

    Matthew 7:7–11

    Even the most compassionate earthly fathers are far less than our God. Matthew Henry writes, “All the compassions of all the tender fathers in the world compared with the tender mercies of our God, would be but as a candle to the sun, or a drop to the ocean.” We must trust that our good Father in heaven will not withhold anything good from us but will bless us in all things. We show this when we are not afraid to ask Him for what we want and need. View Resource

  • The Golden Rule Devotional

    Matthew 7:12

    John Calvin says, “All the precepts [of the Mosaic law]…have a reference to [the Golden Rule].” Even the Old Testament laws that deal more directly with God teach us to love our neighbor. The law against idolatry, for example, enjoins us to love others. Clearly, it is not loving to lead others into false worship and death through our service to idols. As you study a particular passage of Scripture, ask yourself how it shows you to put others ahead of yourself. View Resource

  • A Narrow Gate; a Hard Way Devotional

    Matthew 7:13–14

    Matthew Henry summarizes Jesus’ teaching in today’s passage: “We must endure hardship, must wrestle and be in agony, must watch in all things, and walk with care and circumspection. We must go through much tribulation.” Christ’s way is narrow and we dare not pretend otherwise. As we share the Gospel, let us tell people that following Jesus means we abandon our agenda for His. Following Him means a reorientation of life, one that might make others hate us. View Resource

  • False Prophets and Their Fruits Devotional

    Matthew 7:15–20

    Though we are all responsible to evaluate our teachers by the fruit of their teaching and lives, it does not necessarily follow that this evaluation is solely an individual responsibility. In fact, we need other Christians who are grounded in the faith to help us do this. The study of church history, our church’s confessions, and membership in a good, local church is necessary to help us weed out the good teachers from the bad. Are you involved in such things? View Resource

  • False Assurance Devotional

    Matthew 7:21–23

    There is a place for evaluating our good works, but we must never think that God saves us because we do good. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8–10). If we think that we will get into heaven because we have done good things, we have made a grave error. May we always know that we have a right to heaven only through what Christ has done on our behalf. View Resource

  • The Need for Repentance Devotional

    Matthew 7:21–23

    Repentance does not eliminate the struggle with sin and make us perfect immediately. But it does result in a marked change of thoughts, words, and deeds whereby we do not love our former lusts as we once did. If we turn from sin, we will seek to be Christ’s disciples, feel sorrow for sin, and cease from lawlessness. Ask yourself today whether you can see the fruit of repentance in your life. If you can, be assured of your salvation. If not, turn from your sin today. View Resource

  • Word and Deed Devotional

    Matthew 7:21–23

    God knows we will never be perfect in this life, but He does expect us to grow in faith and increasingly conform to Christ by loving our fellow Christians, understanding true doctrine, and following His precepts (1 John 3:23–24). Those whose lives increasingly reflect such things can be sure that they do not profess Jesus falsely. Let today’s passage prompt you to take a “spiritual inventory.” Where have you seen growth? Where do you need to be more obedient? View Resource

  • Christ, Our Solid Foundation Devotional

    Matthew 7:24–29

    “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand,” wrote Edward Mote. In endeavoring to serve Jesus, we see how far we fall short of His demands, confessing that our righteousness does not exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 5:20). This poverty of spirit (v. 3) drives us to the cross where Jesus picks us up, making us more sorrowful for sin and more ready to obey. This is what it means to build our lives on Christ’s words. View Resource