Devotionals

Praying

Do not be slothful in zeal

October 5th

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:11(ESV) These three things go together. The first two tell us how we are to serve the Lord. Negatively, we are not to be to “weary in well-doing” (Gal. 6:9). Positively, we are to be fervent in the service of Christ – the …

Prefer one another

October 4th

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10 Or, as the ESV translates it: Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. One of the ways the love commanded in verse 9 is manifested is in a family spirit …

Abhor that which is evil

October 3rd

Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Romans 12:9b Note the contrast – love of the brethren (9a) and hatred of evil (9b). Love is not real if it is not accompanied by an abhorrence of sin. We are told to abhor sin; this is important. Paul does not merely tell us to abstain from …

Let love be genuine

October 2nd

Let love be without dissimulation. Rom. 12:9 The phrase "without dissimulation" means to be genuine; it literally means to be “without hypocrisy” . The point is that it is not enough to pretend to be loving, we must be actually loving. It is easy to put on a façade and to deceive ourselves that we …

Christ over all

October 1st

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things …

Be the church

September 30th

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13 We must not privatize the faith. To do so is to …

By the word of his power

September 29th

And upholding all things by the word of his power. Hebrews 1:3 Jesus our Lord upholds all things.  He is sovereign in creation, and he is sovereign in providence.  I’m so thankful for this reality.  Paul put it this way: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in …

Fight worldliness

September 28th

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and …

Tychicus a beloved brother

September 27th

But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. Eph. 6:21-22 Who was …

Youth and Old Age

September 26th

"[How] shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed according to thy word" Psalm 119:9. The question is revealing. Notice the psalmist doesn’t say, “ Why should a young man cleanse his way?” Neither does he ask, “ Shoulda young man cleanse his way?” He has already moved past the point that so …

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