• Consistent, Persevering Prayer Devotional

    Ephesians 6:18

    In addition to being specific in prayer, God also wants us to be persistent in intercession (Eph. 6:18). This is a good reminder for us today, as we are likely to give up praying when we feel as if we have not received an answer in a timely manner. But we must persevere in asking for God’s help, even if it seems He is delaying His response, for the Lord may just be waiting to see persistent prayer before He acts. View Resource

  • Helmet and Sword Devotional

    Ephesians 6:17

    John Calvin states that “by faith we repel all the attacks of the devil, and by the word of God the enemy himself is slain. If the word of God shall have its efficacy upon us through faith, we shall be more than sufficiently armed both for opposing the enemy and for putting him to flight.” As we study and proclaim the Word of God to our friends and neighbors, the kingdom of Satan falls. View Resource

  • The Shield of Faith Devotional

    Ephesians 6:16

    An essential part of turning to Christ in order to resist temptation and other assaults successfully is understanding and appreciating truly His loveliness. When we have a true grasp of His greatness, we will be more encouraged to look to Him in all things and to see the ugliness of sin. Take some time today to meditate on the loveliness of Christ, His glory, and the beauty of what He has done for us. Let this, in turn, move you to rest on Him in faith each day. View Resource

  • Gospel Readiness Devotional

    Ephesians 6:15

    Nothing gives us surer footing than the gospel, the good news that our sovereign, holy God has intervened in history to reconcile His people to Himself. Understanding that we are reconciled to Him through no effort of our own reminds us that we stand firm only in Him and can never lose our footing permanently when we rely on Jesus. Are you relying on the shoes of the gospel to keep you standing firm against the Devil? View Resource

  • Our Belt and Breastplate Devotional

    Ephesians 6:14

    Today, people want to deny the existence of absolute truth and instead embrace teachings that say personal righteousness is an indifferent matter. Yet without the truth of the gospel and a zeal for holiness, we will be ill-prepared to battle the foes that try to thwart the Lord’s will. Let us stand firm for both truth and righteousness as we fight on God’s side, repenting of sin and believing the good news of the gospel. View Resource

  • The Spirit-filled Life Devotional

    Ephesians 5:18-19

    Today’s passage also tells us that evidence of the Spirit-filled life includes being full of song and delight (Eph. 5:19). Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. God’s people have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy.” Though we do not deny the reality of pain, Christians should be the most joyful of people, and this joy should be evident in our corporate singing. View Resource

  • A Plan for Growth Devotional

    Luke 14:25-33

    Today it often seems as if the church is looking for the power of God everywhere except in the means of grace. Of course, the Lord often works in unexpected ways to bring about our growth in holiness. Yet He promises to work through Word and sacrament, prayer and praise, worship and fellowship to conform us to the image of Christ. Let us not neglect these tools, which are essential to forming His character in us. View Resource

  • Speaking the Truth Devotional

    Ephesians 4:25

    Martin Luther purportedly said, “Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.” We cannot lie to others about the depth of our sin or the sin of others even if we know lies will maintain “peace” between different parties. We should own up to our failings and refuse to overlook those sins in others that inevitably lead to division. May we be willing to tell the truth even when it is difficult and hate falsehood even when it is easier to put up with lies. View Resource

  • Why Theology is Necessary Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    The passage chosen as the basis for today’s study calls the people of God to study His law diligently and, by extension, everything that He has revealed in the Bible. We are to examine Scripture systematically, looking at how all of its teachings on any given subject fit together coherently. We are also to study the Bible corporately, seeking to learn from other Christians, both past and present, who have been given special insight into God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Causes of Immaturity Devotional

    Hebrews 5:11-14

    Prayerful cultivation of the knowledge of God leads to a greater love of Him. As we study the depths of God’s Word, we begin to get a better glimpse of His awesome majesty, our own unworthiness, and the immense grace that He has shown in saving His people. Let us pursue the study of biblical doctrine with the aim of knowing more about the Lord’s character so that we will serve Him more faithfully and love Him more deeply. View Resource

  • The Needfulness of Truth and Love Devotional

    Ephesians 4:15-16

    Are you conscious of the intimate way in which you are connected to all other believers? Your sins and holiness impact other Christians, for you share an inseparable link to them (Eph. 4:15–16). One of the key motivations in our sanctification (growth in holiness) is the realization that our deeds affect others in the body of Christ. If we love them like we should, we will strive to mortify sin and glorify Jesus. View Resource

  • Christ in Our Hearts Devotional

    Ephesians 3:16-17a

    Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. 4:30), and so we must ever seek to mortify our sin that we might be a fit dwelling place for Him. For this we need the strength that only God can give us, and with Paul we should seek the Lord’s face daily, that we might be ever conscious of our need for His grace and empowerment. View Resource

  • Building Together Devotional

    Ephesians 2:22

    God is building us into His holy temple, but that does not mean we lack a role in the construction process. Unlike regeneration, sanctification is a cooperative work between the Holy Spirit and us (Phil. 2:12–13). Because of His work, we strive unto holiness in this life, and our efforts to mortify sin evidence that we are indwelt by the Spirit and truly belong to Jesus. We prove our election as we seek to live as holy people in this world. View Resource

  • God-Given Growth Devotional

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did with the Colossian heretics, but perhaps through legalism or a sectarianism that is ever on the lookout for the perfect church. May we never be guilty of cutting ourselves off from Christ. View Resource

  • The Goal of Reconciliation Devotional

    Colossians 1:21-22

    Being declared righteous in Christ, we are accepted into the kingdom of God by faith alone without any consideration of our works. Still, those who are declared righteous begin to act righteous, and we grow in love for our Savior and personal holiness throughout our Christian walk. There is no believer God is not working to make holy and blameless, so none of us should despair that He will not discipline and purify us fully and finally. View Resource