Devotionals

Praying

Repentance

December 4th

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin – Psalm 32:5 Two things we are clearly meant to take away from this account: sin must be confessed and, when it is, sin will be …

Sin and Its Effects

December 3rd

Exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin – Hebrews 3:13 We cannot help but notice from this exhortation the deceitfulness of sin, the swiftness with which it can deceive us, and the urgency with which we must battle against it. …

Sovereignty of God

December 2nd

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings – Daniel 2:20-21 God is sovereign, ruling over all creation. He is not only sovereign in his authority; he is sovereign over all wisdom …

God and His Attributes

December 1st

The God of patience – Romans 15:5 In our enlightened, can-do age, patience is seen as more weakness than virtue: it is for those who can’t invent a solution or aren’t physically fit to climb the stairs when the elevator is slow. Patience is for those who can’t get their own way. But repeatedly the …

Future Things

November 30th

The LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? – Joel 2:11 Both in the Old and New Testaments, “the day of the Lord” refers to some obvious and initial …

Women of Faith

November 29th

When [Rhoda] knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so – Acts 12:14-15 It is no accident that Rhoda is mentioned by name in this exciting …

Men of Faith

November 28th

[Jesus] saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him – Luke 5:27-28 As we read the Bible, it seems that one of God’s attributes, along with being immutable and  impeccable, is that he is unpredictable… and …

Death and Dying

November 27th

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory – Psalm 73:24 All of life is here summed up in one verse. While I am here on this earth, the psalmist gloats to the Lord, you will guide me. You will give me the direction I need for each step of the way. You will never leave …

Youth and Old Age

November 26th

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing – Psalm 34:10 Why do you think the psalmist specifies “young” lions? It is for the same reason that Isaiah writes, “ even the youths shall faint and be weary” (40:30). There is a vitality and …

Evangelism

November 25th

And there they preached the gospel – Acts 14:7 “They” refers to Paul and Barnabas, who had been sent out by the Holy Spirit with the support of the church at Antioch. But what they were doing was not something that requires a special calling or gifting by the Holy Spirit: it is not the work only of …