• Christ’s Divine Authority Devotional

    Matthew 9:1–8

    Some theological traditions tend to pursue physical healing as if it is the ultimate need of human beings. Yet while it is good to ask the Lord to heal us when we are ill, we fundamentally need our sins to be forgiven. This forgiveness has been purchased by Jesus and is the great blessing of God on all of those in Him. If you doubt the Lord’s pardon, know that He forgives the repentant; therefore, each day ask Him to forgive your sins. View Resource

  • The “Innocent Native” Devotional

    Matthew 9:9–13

    All people are without excuse before God. The knowledge that apart from Jesus Christ there can be no salvation ought to motivate us strongly in support of missions. Purpose this day to support missionaries at home and abroad. Pray regularly for them and their families. View Resource

  • Jesus, Friend of Sinners Devotional

    Matthew 9:9–13

    We are all recovering Pharisees who must get over our tendency to frown only upon certain sins. John Calvin comments that we must “never think it strange that he should gather to salvation those who have been the worst of men, and who have been covered with a mass of crimes.” Our churches must welcome repentant abusers, repentant homosexuals, and others often seen as beyond God’s forgiveness. We deserve His pardon no more than they do. View Resource

  • Wine for Fresh Wineskins Devotional

    Matthew 9:14–17

    Many of Jesus’ contemporaries were unwilling to accept the change God was bringing to His covenant with them, and they rejected Him. Though the essence of God’s covenant of grace is the same for those who live on either side of the coming of Christ, the outward forms, rites, and customs have undergone a significant transformation. Rejoice that we live under the new covenant and have greater knowledge of Jesus as well as a fuller experience of the Spirit. View Resource

  • The Healing Touch of Christ Devotional

    Matthew 9:18–26

    As when He healed the leper (Matt. 8:1–4), Jesus again shows His ability to make clean the unclean. These miracles are clear evidence that the old distinctions between the ceremonially clean and unclean pass away in the new covenant, for in Christ, God will cleanse all that brings pollution. There are no second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. If you know Christ, He is even now cleansing you and thereby enables you to approach Him with gladness. View Resource

  • Blind Eyes Are Opened Devotional

    Matthew 9:27–31

    The close connection of Jesus’ miracles to His work of bearing the sins of His people (Matt. 8:17) has led many commentators to look at His miraculous healings not only as real events but also as metaphors for what happens to us when Christ touches us spiritually. Even if we have never suffered physical blindness, none of us could see the Lord until the Holy Spirit opened our eyes. Pray that He would do the same for an unbelieving friend or family member. View Resource

  • Freed from Bondage Devotional

    Matthew 9:32–34

    Luke 16:19–31 tells us that there are some who will not believe even if they see someone rise from the dead. Apologetic arguments and ministries of mercy are good things and powerful witnesses to the truth of God, but they cannot soften a hard heart apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. This is why the ministry of prayer is so important to world missions and evangelism. Pray for a country this week that is openly hostile to the Gospel. View Resource

  • Laborers for the Harvest Devotional

    Matthew 9:35–38

    Our study of Matthew 10 will look at some ways we all can be involved in the shepherding work of Christ. For now, we must observe Jesus’ command to pray for harvest workers (Matt. 9:38), a prayer the Lord uses to save His people. John MacArthur writes that “believers’ prayers participate in the fulfillment of God’s plans” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,140), and so we must go before the Lord diligently and ask Him to raise up workers in His field. View Resource