Devotionals

The Cross in Prayer

In that day you will ask in My name… —John 16:26We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it. The Cross represents only one thing for us— complete, entire, a…

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The Compelling Purpose of God

He…said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem…” —Luke 18:31Jerusalem, in the life of our Lord, represents the place where He reached the culmination of His Father’s will. Jesus said, “I do not seek My own will but the will …

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Becoming Entirely His

Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. —James 1:4Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remn…

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God’s Purpose or Mine?

He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side… —Mark 6:45We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the though…

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The Way to Purity

Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart….For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man… —Matthew 15:18-20…

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His Nature and Our Motives

…unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 5:20The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motive…

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The Doorway to the Kingdom

Blessed are the poor in spirit… —Matthew 5:3Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with…

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The Mystery of Believing

He said, “Who are You, Lord?” —Acts 9:5Through the miracle of redemption, Saul of Tarsus was instantly changed from a strong-willed and forceful Pharisee into a humble and devoted bondservant of the Lord Jesus.
There is nothing miraculous or mysterious…

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My Life’s Spiritual Honor and Duty

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians… —Romans 1:14Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his…

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The Price of the Vision

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord… —Isaiah 6:1Our soul’s personal history with God is often an account of the death of our heroes. Over and over again God has to remove our friends to put Himself in their place, and that is when …

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