• The Fourth Petition Devotional

    James 1:16–17

    Paul tells us that the failure to thank God for His blessings is one of the two basic sins of which all fallen people are guilty (Rom. 1:21). This means, among other things, that we tend toward ingratitude and need to be aware of its presence in our lives. May we seek to avoid this transgression by recalling God’s goodness and asking the Lord to supply our needs so that we never forget that He is the source of all of the good things in our lives. View Resource

  • Patience in Trials Devotional

    Job 1:20–22

    When we are suffering, we are often strongly tempted not to praise God. Matthew Henry notes that Job adored the Lord when he was blessed and when he suffered. “When all was gone he fell down and worshipped… . Weeping must not hinder sowing, nor hinder worshipping.” It is precisely in our pain that we most need to worship alongside God’s people, even if all we can do is sit in the pew and weep. View Resource

  • Prayer and Peace Devotional

    Philippians 4:5b–7

    Matthew Henry comments, “When anything burdens our spirits, we must ease our minds by prayer; when our affairs are perplexed or distressed, we must seek direction and support.” A consistent prayer life increases our peace about the Lord’s sovereign provision as we trust in God and not in our own plans. Let us always remember that God enjoys communing with us in prayer but that He has the right to answer our prayer as He will. View Resource

  • The Antidote to Worry Devotional

    Matthew 6:25–34

    Some of us are more prone to anxiety than others. Yet as we read in today’s passage, persistent worry is not our calling as Christians. We need not be anxious about tomorrow if we are serving Jesus, for while we may not get all of our wants, He will certainly give us all of our needs. If you are struggling with anxiety this day, take your eyes off yourself and do a good deed for another person. Then, ask God to help you learn how to trust in Him confidently. View Resource

  • Fear and Courage Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

    When you are afraid and feel like you cannot do something, where do you turn? Of course, we should first confess our anxieties to the Lord, but let us remember He often strengthens us to face our fears through the encouraging words and deeds of other believers. Spouses should be the chief encouragers of one another. Men need other men to support them, and women need other women. Do what you can to make your church a refuge of encouragement. View Resource

  • Dealing with Anxiety Devotional

    Matthew 6:25–34

    Tomorrow we will look at some of the practical steps we can take to overcome fear and trust God for the future. Today, take some time to consider where you put your trust. Do you adapt well when things do not go as planned? Are you troubled incessantly by what might happen in the days ahead? If you have difficulty adapting to circumstances that you are not expecting or are constantly worried, it may be a sign you are having trouble trusting the Lord. Trust Him today. View Resource

  • He Cares For You Devotional

    1 Peter 5:6–7

    Have you humbled yourself before the mighty hand of God? Are you convinced that He cares about you? Have you entrusted all of your anxieties and cares into His hand, confident that He will take care of you? Take some time today to think of a particular worry you have, perhaps concerning your children, family, job, or any other persistent fears. Commit them to the Lord today and find someone who will point you to Christ whenever you are anxious. View Resource

  • David Hood Devotional

    1 Samuel 22

    When stress comes in major doses, it is not unusual for us to forget truths that may be quite precious to us—truths such as God’s unfailing love for us, His goodness, and His unvarying purpose to sanctify us. Ironically, it is in difficult times when we most need to know these truths. Pray that God will help you believe the Scriptures during trials. View Resource

  • Exposing the Sin Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:36–46

    The Bible clearly calls believers to honor and submit to their leaders. But there may be times when those leaders are prepared to take such ungodly measures that they must be opposed. We need great wisdom to discern when such times are upon us. Pray for such wisdom, and for the courage to stand in opposition if necessary. View Resource

  • Counting It All Joy Devotional

    James 1:2–8

    To be able to count it all joy, you have to be able to trust God. Do you have that kind of confidence in the sovereignty and goodness of God? Do you look to Christ in the midst of your sufferings, or do you tend to focus on the present situation until you are consumed by it? Ask God to help you rejoice in Him and to count it all joy. View Resource

  • Don’t Worry, Be Joyful Devotional

    Galatians 5:22–26

    The New Testament not only commands us to be joyful, but it tells us how. Basically, we can be joyful by focusing our attention on the source of our joy. If you find yourself depressed, down, afflicted focus your mind and meditations on that which is excellent and praiseworthy. Focus on Jesus Christ, who is the source of your blessedness. View Resource

  • The Benefits of Trials Devotional

    James 1

    Have you ever been through a time of suffering that left you a milder, more sober, more “centered” person than before? What “bad” aspects of your life were refined and what good aspects of your life were strengthened? As hard as it may be, strive to thank God for the trials He sovereignly brings into your life. View Resource