• No Human Being Devotional

    Romans 3:9–20

    Remember that though you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), no longer bound by the power of sin, you will still struggle with it. Perhaps you can avoid speaking an unkind word, but how long can you go before you harbor jealousy? Consider your response whenever you have an evil thought. If you quickly acknowledge your sorrow for it and look to Jesus for forgiveness, you can be sure the Spirit is working within you. Ask God to help you resist internal sins. View Resource

  • God’s Wrath Revealed Devotional

    Romans 1:18–32

    Sexual immorality and idolatry are often linked in Scripture. For example, Hosea’s adulterous wife is likened to Israel who has followed after other gods (see chap. 1). If you are struggling with sexual sin, seek where you have been serving idols or harboring idolatrous thoughts and flee from them. Pray for society in general that man might flee from idolatry, as the immorality we see is emblematic of the greater problem of false worship. View Resource

  • The Extent of Our Sin Devotional

    John 6:44

    Understanding the extent of our sin should affect the way we conduct our evangelism. We should pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of those with whom we share the Gospel. We should not be surprised when people take a long time to understand the good news. Our confidence should not rest in ourselves but in the power of God to change the will of the unbeliever. Spend time today praying the Lord would give faith to an unbeliever in your life. View Resource

  • The Depth of Our Sin Devotional

    Psalm 14:2-3

    We must remember that we “sin because we are sinners” and not that “we are sinners because we sin.” All of us are born with a nature at enmity with God, and every wicked act we perform flows from our darkened hearts and minds. Only God can change our nature (John 6:65), and the evidence He has done this is a desire to love and to serve Him. Confess your reliance on the Spirit to change you, and if you have never trusted in Jesus, do so today. View Resource

  • The Reality of Our Sin Devotional

    Habakkuk 1:12-13

    All of us understand that there is something fundamentally wrong with us. Even the best of our deeds often result from the worst of intentions. Wickedness is indeed presently all-pervasive. Yet it will not always be this way. Those who are in Christ have the power of sin broken in them and will one day have its presence removed as well. Seek an accountability partner to help you fight against sin and look forward to the day of your glorification. View Resource

  • The Duality of Man Devotional

    Daniel 12:1–2

    The Bible teaches duality — man is composed of body and soul that exist together harmoniously. This is different from dualism — body and soul are opposed to one another. We must be careful to take care of our bodies by eating well, exercising, and such things, because how we care for ourselves reflects what we think about God’s image. Consider how you care for yourself and what you must do to be healthy and glorify God with your lifestyle. View Resource

  • The Image of God Devotional

    Genesis 9:6

    Sin did not destroy the image of God in man. Today’s passage tells us that even after the fall, mankind is still made imago Dei. All people still reflect, in some way, the dignity of the Lord, no matter how we have marred His image. Thus, our treatment of others reveals what we think of our Creator. If you have been cruel to another, go apologize and remember that if you are cruel to His image, you are sinning against God (James 3:7–10). View Resource

  • The Supreme Paradox Devotional

    Psalm 8

    John Calvin aptly noted that we cannot really understand the nature of God without understanding the nature of His image-bearers and vice versa. The more accurate a view we have of ourselves and the way in which sin affects us, the more we will know God’s glory. The more we know God’s glory, the more we know the depth our sin and finitude. Take some time to consider how the culture’s definition of man impacts your view of yourself and of the Lord. View Resource

  • The Lord Send Him Out Devotional

    Genesis 3:22-24

    Even though Christians have been set free from the bondage to sin and death (Eph. 2:1–7), we still struggle with the desire to flee God’s presence, the feeling that our labor is futile, and contentiousness in our relationships. Until sin’s presence is removed from us completely in our glorification, this struggle will continue. But as believers we are to bring all these areas under the lordship of Christ today. Do so in your life by offering peace to a belligerent individual. View Resource

  • Because of You Devotional

    Genesis 3:17-19

    Though applicable to all, the curse on labor has special bearing on men. Leading and providing for a family can be overwhelming, and the curse is most manifest whenever men view work as mere drudgery, try to do as little as possible, or use their job as an excuse to neglect real relationships with their families and friends. If you are a man, consider if you have done these things and seek out other men who will help you see labor and family as a blessing. View Resource

  • Pain in Childbearing Devotional

    Genesis 3:16

    If you are a woman, take some time to consider today how the results of the fall have been evident in your own life. Do you find yourself fighting the temptation to control your husband? What do you withhold from him in order to get your way? Do you embrace all that it means to be a woman from a biblical perspective, or do you allow feminism to define womanhood? Find a godly woman who can help you learn how to overcome the particular effects of Eve’s sin. View Resource

  • The Truth Comes Out Devotional

    Genesis 3:11-13

    It is in fallen human nature to shift the blame for sin to someone else. However, as John Calvin writes, “incitements and instigations from other quarters may impel us, yet the unbelief which seduces us from obedience to God is within us.” When we sin the fault is wholly our own. Though we know God will never remove His mercy from His elect, the elect never take this truth for granted (Rom. 6:1–2). If you have blamed someone else for a sin, repent today. View Resource

  • Where Are You? Devotional

    Genesis 3:9-10

    Either we will harden ourselves against the Word of God or we will respond to it with faith and obedience. Though the Lord always fulfills His purposes, we do not know what those purposes are; thus, we must take every opportunity we can to embrace His Word. How do you respond to the preaching of the Word in your church? This Sunday, listen carefully to the sermon and respond properly to any biblical admonishment the preacher gives you. View Resource

  • They Hid Themselves Devotional

    Genesis 3:8

    How do you respond when you sin? Do you cling to the promises of Jesus for forgiveness or do you vainly seek to hide from Him? Perhaps you try to save yourself by minimizing your sin or by doing good works — not out of gratitude to God but in hope they will outweigh your bad deeds? Think of a sin for which you have not repented. Confess it before the Lord and ask His forgiveness. If you have offended another, go and apologize. View Resource

  • And He Ate Devotional

    Genesis 3:6-7

    John Calvin comments: “we desire to know more than is right, and more than God allows; whereas the principal point of wisdom is a well-regulated sobriety in obedience to God.” Instead of fearing God in order to achieve true wisdom (Prov. 1:7), we are tempted to say more than Scripture says or follow our own path of knowledge. Consider today where you have legalistically added to God’s Word or abandoned it entirely. Repent and begin doing otherwise. View Resource