• God’s Word in the Heart Devotional

    Psalm 119:9-16

    When we have the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we are equipped to resist temptation because we are better able to discern what is truly good from that which is not good or edifying. We also acquire the wisdom for navigating the treacherous roads in our lives, enabling us to steer clear of problems that can entice us to sin. Are you making regular time for the study of God’s Word in your life both privately and as part of the corporate body of Christ? View Resource

  • Debtors to the Spirit Devotional

    Romans 8:12-13

    John Murray comments, “The believer’s once-for-all death to the law and to sin does not free him from the necessity of mortifying sin in his members; it makes it necessary and possible for him to do so.” Our efforts to walk in holiness as we follow the Holy Spirit do not save us, but they show that the Lord has saved us. God is preparing us for heaven, and our calling is to serve Him in the power of the Spirit that we will be renewed and readied for the consummation of His kingdom. View Resource

  • The Law of the Mind vs. the Law of Sin Devotional

    Romans 7:22-23

    Though we have changed hearts if we truly believe in Christ, that does not mean we are not thoroughly affected by sin. Our minds, emotions, bodies, and everything else are tainted by our flesh—the fallenness that God does not eliminate fully until He glorifies us. The battle between the new self and what remains of the old is real and fierce, and we should have no illusions of final victory before our deaths. But we should not be discouraged. In Christ, we will finally defeat the flesh. View Resource

  • Evil Lurking Close at Hand Devotional

    Romans 7:21

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “[Paul] identifies himself not with the one who wills to do evil but with the one who wants to do right.” The desire to love and please God, granted to us by the Holy Spirit, signifies who we really are in Jesus. When the Christian sins, he is in a real sense acting out of character, for God has changed him. When we face temptation, let us remind ourselves that we have put on Christ and cannot “wear” Adam any longer. View Resource

  • Our True Identity Devotional

    Romans 7:18-20

    John Calvin comments, “The Holy Spirit so prepares the godly that they are ready and strive to render obedience to God; but as their ability is not equal to what they wish, Paul says, that he found not what he desired, even the accomplishment of the good he aimed at.” Christians are to be realists, not defeatists. We are not to expect perfection in this life, but neither are we on the losing side of the battle with sin. By the Spirit, we do progress in holiness as we aim for conformity to Christ. View Resource

  • The Believer’s Struggle Devotional

    Romans 7:14-17

    John Murray, in his commentary on Romans, writes that “the more sanctified [a Christian] becomes the more painful to him must be the presence in himself of that which contradicts the perfect standard of holiness.” Though the power of sin has been broken in our lives, its presence remains, and the holier we become, the darker and more wretched this sin appears. A growing understanding of the depth of our sin is what we should expect as the Spirit does His work in our lives. View Resource

  • Free from the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:1-3

    God never intended for sinners to justify themselves by keeping the law, but the law does remind us that God demands perfect obedience for justification. Because we cannot obey God perfectly, unconverted people seize the law and lower God’s standards or overestimate their goodness to convince themselves that they have done enough to earn His favor. That itself is sin, for such actions really accuse God of lying about His standards or our abilities. Only in Christ can we escape this. View Resource

  • Slaves to Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 6:16-19

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul discusses the relationship between justification and sanctification: “We are not going to make it on the basis of our righteousness, but only on the basis of faith. If the faith is genuine, the fruit of that faith will be real righteousness.” Declarative righteousness—God’s pronouncement that the merit of Christ is imputed to our accounts—is what gives us peace with God. But through His Spirit, the Lord will sanctify His people. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:15

    We will discuss what it means to not be under law in the days ahead. Today, Dr. R.C. Sproul’s commentary Romans will help us understand Paul’s point: “We are no longer under the law in the sense of being underneath the awesome, weighty burden of the law… . We are no longer in the condition of being crushed under the weight of the law, no longer oppressed by its burden of guilt and judgment.” We are no longer under the law as guilty people, for we are righteous in Christ. View Resource

  • Fighting the Flesh Devotional

    Romans 8:1-11

    Only as we understand the enemy of the flesh can we begin to please God. The Lord is not content for mere external holiness. He wants our hearts, and he measures holiness based on what lies within (1 Sam. 16:7). Fighting the flesh means, primarily, fighting against those attitudes of the heart that are opposed to the Lord. As we focus on the inward man, our external obedience will improve, but external obedience is of little value if we do not love God with our whole hearts. View Resource

  • Warring Against the World Devotional

    John 7:7

    First Peter 3:15 gives us the prescription for dealing with the world. We are not to be recluses but are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us. That presupposes that we are in the world and that the world has reason to ask us about our hope because our manner of life is attractive. We should be ready to confront the world with God’s truth, but we should not do so in a cantankerous or caustically confrontational manner. View Resource

  • Foolish Priorities Devotional

    Haggai 1:2-11

    The Bible warns us not to make a one-to-one correlation between God’s favor and our success. However, that does not mean that we should not be alert to disobedience being a potential reason for why we might find ourselves in trouble. Failure is an opportunity to reflect on faithfulness. When we are struggling, we must not automatically assume that it is because the Lord is displeased with us, but neither must we immediately discount it as a possibility. View Resource

  • Depending on the Lord Devotional

    Isaiah 66:1–2

    Christian growth comes as we learn more and more what it means to depend absolutely on God. Our Lord, since He is a jealous God, will not put up with His people not depending fully on Him. Thus, He will remove the idols from our lives, proving that it is futile to rely absolutely on anyone else but Him. This can be a trying process for us, as it often involves suffering. But in our suffering, we learn what it means to rely on the Lord truly and fully. View Resource

  • How to Pray Devotional

    James 5:16

    Martin Luther’s advice on prayer is found in the handy booklet titled A Simple Way to Pray. Many people, including Dr. Sproul, have found this work to be very helpful for their prayer lives, but even if you do not use it, you would be wise to consider resources from the best Christian thinkers in history to help you learn how to pray. Leaning on the wisdom of our fathers and mothers in the faith assists us greatly in knowing how to honor the Lord. View Resource

  • Pressing on to the Mark Devotional

    Philippians 3:12–14

    Christians make true progress in their fight against sin over the course of their Christian lives. Yet, we continue to discover new sins we never saw before until we die, and our sin-clouded minds need help in knowing the Lord’s will. This is one reason why we should seek and treasure the teaching and preaching of God’s law. It gives us the righteous standard to which we must strive, telling us precisely what it means to please God. View Resource