Devotionals

Praying

Names of God

January 9th

I will raise unto David a righteous Branch… and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS – Jeremiah 23:5-6 Jesus Christ perfectly kept the law, from beginning to end. When Moses recorded the first five books of the Bible, then, he was not so much laying down the law …

Prayer

January 8th

When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses – Mark 11:25 The only way any prayer is ever heard is through the righteous imputation and intercession of Jesus Christ. Yet it is Jesus who here reminds us that …

God’s Word

January 7th

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away – Matthew 24:35 “Nothing lasts forever.” We have become so used to the reality of this cliche that we have many times, even as Christians, unconsciously applied this earthly maxim to eternal things. But Jesus would have us remember …

The Gospel Message

January 6th

We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Here is the gospel in a nutshell. First, God made Jesus sin itself — Jesus who had never sinned in his life. …

Salvation

January 5th

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned – Mark 16:16 Jesus describes two groups of people, and he gives each assurance of the end they can expect for their current course of life. Jesus has commissioned his disciples to go into all the world, …

Repentance

January 4th

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins – Acts 2:38 Perhaps forgiveness is not one of your felt needs. You may have so completely immersed yourself in the relativism and self-justification of your culture that you have numbed yourself to the …

Sin and Its Effects

January 3rd

Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death – James 1:15 Sin may bring you pleasure. Sin may bring you wealth. Sin may even bring you a certain degree of satisfaction. But ultimately sin will only bring you death. As the pastor James wrote these words of warning, he no doubt knew how easily we …

Sovereignty of God

January 2nd

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain – Acts 2:23 Nowhere is the sovereignty of God seen more brilliantly displayed than in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. God had already shown, for hundreds of years …

God and His Attributes

January 1st

God is love – 1 John 4:8 If there is an attribute of God that is popular with even non-Christians, it is the love of God. But even the love of God is widely misunderstood. God is love, but love is not God. Therefore, God is able to direct, apply, and sustain his love entirely independent of the …

Patience and Hope

August 19th

Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience – James 1:2-3 What a strange command this is, to count (perceive, think) it a joyful thing when difficult and dark trials come your way. Trials, by their very nature, cause pain; why …