• Evil in Heart Devotional

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally issues of the heart. Anyone can fake holiness before other men and women, but God is never fooled. Let us pray that our hearts would continue to be cleansed so that we might walk in true holiness before the Lord. View Resource

  • Be Satisfied Devotional

    Exodus 20:17

    In addition to political campaigns and advertising that stoke the flames of covetousness, we also see this sin manifest itself in the act of vandalism, which says, “If I cannot have something I want, you cannot have it either.” However covetousness shows itself in our lives, we must put it to death. The best way to do this is to pursue satisfaction first and foremost in the Lord, and to “be content with what [we] have” (Heb. 13:5). View Resource

  • Tell the Truth Devotional

    Exodus 20:16

    Although we tolerate slander all too often, our Lord takes it very seriously. In fact, those who slander impenitently reveal a lack of saving faith in their hearts, and God says He will destroy them (Ps. 101:5). We commonly hear slander and gossip in the church about pastors, other Christian leaders, and fellow believers. We are responsible not to initiate such things and not to repeat them when others tell these things to us. View Resource

  • Stop Stealing Devotional

    Exodus 20:15

    Our primary motivation to give to the Lord’s work should not be to get something in return. Nor does God promise a specific one-to-one correlation between our tithing and the blessings He will give. Nevertheless, our Creator graciously pledges to bless us tremendously when we faithfully support His work. Let us purpose anew to fulfill our responsibility and give to those churches and institutions that are carrying out the Lord’s mission on earth. View Resource

  • Love Your Spouse Devotional

    Exodus 20:14

    God’s prohibition of adultery shows His wisdom and mercy. To cheat on one’s spouse is perhaps the greatest act of betrayal possible in human-human relationships, and it is so damaging that the Lord allows the offended spouse to get a divorce in the case of adultery (Matt. 19:1-12). We must do what we can to keep ourselves from falling into adultery. May we avoid situations that make adultery more likely and, by the Holy Spirit, may we love our spouses all our days. View Resource

  • Protect Human Life Devotional

    Exodus 20:13

    Ending the practice of abortion-on-demand seems like an insurmountable task, and it is if all we have to trust in is ourselves. But we trust in the Lord, and we are bound to fight for what is right, knowing that He will honor our struggle. There are many fronts on which we can fight abortion in our culture, including electing pro-life politicians, supporting crisis pregnancy centers, promoting adoption, and caring for unwed mothers in our churches and communities. View Resource

  • Sin’s Perversion of the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:8-11

    In Romans 7:11, Paul says that sin uses the law to deceive fallen people. There are many ways that this can happen, but one of them is that sin often takes things that the law says are good in themselves and deceives us into making them ultimate goods, that is, idols. If we rest all our hope in achieving something that the law says is good—obedient children, a good name, and so forth—we might be making that good thing into an idol. View Resource

  • Dying to the Law through Christ Devotional

    Romans 7:4-6

    Sin’s use of the law to increase transgression and the crushing sentence of the law go hand in hand, though Paul does not fully delineate how. If the sentence of the law has been satisfied, however, we are free from sin’s power and are no longer in captivity to transgression (Rom. 7:6). Therefore, we can look to the law as our guide without having to suffer from the increase of sin via the law. In Christ, the law is satisfied and the Spirit enables us to resist sin. View Resource

  • Teaching the Law Devotional

    Nehemiah 8:1–12

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “those who tremble at the convictions of the word may triumph in the consolation of it.” We can rejoice in the Lord’s grace and forgiveness only if we first understand our need for the gospel and His pardon. Many proclaim the wonders of God’s grace and their peace with the Lord without acknowledging their sin. Such individuals have a false peace and do not truly understand their need for the Lord’s work. View Resource

  • Obedience and Delight Devotional

    Psalm 1:1-2

    True love for God’s law is not legalism (adding to God’s rules or demanding that we obey the civil and ceremonial laws fulfilled in Christ). Love for the law makes us try to follow it truly without imposing unnecessary or ungodly burdens on others. Do you love God’s law or do you consider it an enemy? If you have been born again, the law of God is on your side. You please God as you follow this law, by the Spirit, and thank Him for declaring you righteous in Christ apart from the law. View Resource

  • The Tenth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:21

    Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate covetousness from legitimate desire. But there are things for which we can be on the lookout. Envy of another’s position likely indicates that one is coveting it. Obsession with a particular good to the point that it consumes one’s thoughts entirely may reveal a coveting heart. Let us ask the Lord to search our hearts and reveal to us any point at which we are breaking the tenth commandment so that we might repent. View Resource

  • Speaking the Truth Devotional

    Ephesians 4:25

    Matthew Henry writes, “Truth is a debt we owe to one another; and, if we love one another, we shall not deceive one another.” Christians must be known for their love of the truth and the trustworthiness of their speech. When we lie and gossip, we bear false witness to the God of truth who has transformed our hearts to love and serve Him. May we seek to tell the truth to friends, family, fellow church members, and coworkers. May we also repent when we fail to do so. View Resource

  • The Ninth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    There are a number of different ways in which we can break this rule against false witness. If we teach or proclaim wrong things about God’s character, we are bearing false witness. If we gossip and backbite to destroy how a person is viewed in the eyes of others, we are bearing false witness. Ultimately, if we do not prize truth as highly as the Lord does, we will find it easy to break the ninth commandment. Let us, therefore, aim for truth in all our speech. View Resource

  • False Balances and Just Weights Devotional

    Proverbs 11:1

    In a just economic system, the wealthy still pay more than those of lesser means in terms of the actual dollar amount. Yet, they do not pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than those who are not as wealthy as they are. Asking the government to stick its hands in another’s pockets for our benefit is no better than doing it ourselves. It might look lawful, but it is still theft in the eyes of God. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    As we will see tomorrow, there are a multitude of ways we can steal from others. Many of these are government-sanctioned, which is why it is important for us to understand what God’s Word says about theft. If we follow cultural norms, we can break God’s law despite believing that we are doing His will. Let us carefully study God’s definition of right and wrong so that we might not break His commandments even as others around us violate His law. View Resource