Entrance Into the Eternal Kingdom (November 30)

Entrance Into the Eternal Kingdom (November 30)

God will help us, obviously, but the process of renovating our character cannot take place without our active engagement and obedience. We must not only be willing to have our imperfections removed; we must exert ourselves in that direction.

Judged by Our Response to Jesus’ Word (November 29)

Judged by Our Response to Jesus’ Word (November 29)

When the words of the gospel are rejected, it is Jesus Himself who is being refused. So let us look at our situation with clear eyes: our eternal destiny hinges on our response to the person of Jesus Christ. How we respond to Him is the most important thing about us.

Called, Beloved, Kept (November 28)

Called, Beloved, Kept (November 28)

In a world of obstacles and temptations, we could not survive if it weren’t for the help God gives us in Christ. Peter wrote of those “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).

Faith Has Consequences (November 27)

Faith Has Consequences (November 27)

Believing is not a simple one-time decision after which we drift through life automatically. Faith is a soul-deep dependence on the Father who has loved us and saved us. To believe is not only to believe, but to take the risks that only trust will take.

Honest About Our Transgressions (November 26)

Honest About Our Transgressions (November 26)

We are tempted to preserve our flattering self-image with denials of the truth, but there is nothing but death in that cave. To be forgiven, we’re going to have to come out of hiding. In Jesus Christ there is life — but it is only in the light of truth that we can live.

If We Have Died to Sin (November 25)

If We Have Died to Sin (November 25)

If commitment, confession, and repentance are not a part of our daily walk with God, we need to go back and remember the “death” we died when we were baptized. If at that time we did not honestly decide to turn our backs on sin, we need to do so.

A Sobering (and Encouraging) Thought (November 24)

A Sobering (and Encouraging) Thought (November 24)

What if you have not yet obeyed the gospel? What do you need to hear? You need to hear all of the truth that God has revealed about Himself. So study all of the Scriptures. You will be encouraged, but you will also be sobered. This is not a problem; it is a blessing.

Obedience Is a Choice (November 23)

Obedience Is a Choice (November 23)

Obedience requires discipline, and discipline comes from deciding what is most important to us. Valuing our hope more highly than anything else, we will pursue that hope with passionate discipline. Turning back is a choice we will choose not to make — period.

O to Be Like Thee! (November 22)

O to Be Like Thee! (November 22)

God has a great goal: not merely to rescue us but to reform us. For all who will accept His plan, God intends to repair the damage sin has done to our character and make us into nothing less than perfect reproductions of His gloriously perfect Son (Romans 8:29).

Have We ‘Put On’ Christ? (November 21)

Have We ‘Put On’ Christ? (November 21)

Have we been truly converted to Him, discarding our old life and clothing ourselves with the fresh, clean garments of our Lord’s heart, mind, and character? If not, perhaps our commitment to Christ is lacking. He deserves better from us.

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