Devotionals

God’s Silence— Then What?

When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. —John 11:6Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence i…

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Building on the Atonement

…present…your members as instruments of righteousness to God. —Romans 6:13I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot make atonement for sin; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot right what is wrong, purify what is impure, or make holy wha…

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The Place of Ministry

He said to them, “This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” —Mark 9:29“His disciples asked Him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship w…

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The Place of Exaltation

…Jesus took…them up on a high mountain apart by themselves… —Mark 9:2We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never all…

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The “Go” of Unconditional Identification

Jesus…said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor…and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” —Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Ch…

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The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master… —John 13:13, 16To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teac…

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Are You Going on With Jesus?

You are those who have continued with Me in My trials. —Luke 22:28It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment …

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Praying to God in Secret

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place… —Matthew 6:6The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the des…

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Going Through Spiritual Confusion

Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask.” —Matthew 20:22There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, bu…

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Do It Yourself (2)

…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… —2 Corinthians 10:5Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt transla…

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