Our Devotionals come from Love Worth Finding, the ministry founded by Adrian Rogers who has since graduated to Glory. These are so relevant even today!
You are Saved for Good
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
September 20, 2022
I want to give you a challenge. Find anywhere in the Bible where anybody was ever saved twice. You can’t do it. Do you know why? It’s impossible to be saved twice. Nowhere in the Bible will you ever find someone who was saved twice. Some people believe you can get saved and lose your salvation. They believe you must be born again and again and again and again. They believe you keep on getting saved. But as today’s verse reminds us: by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Did you know for you to be saved twice Jesus would have to die twice? When you were saved, you received a ticket marked good for one salvation. You are perfected forever. Jesus is never going back to that cross. He’s never going to die again. By one offering we’re perfected forever.
What kinds of things cause you to question the validity of your salvation?
What might give you further assurance of your salvation? What might indicate that you’ve never been saved?
Spend time looking up passages that speak of the once-for-all assurance of salvation. If you have doubts about your salvation, ask God to reveal the truth to you based on His Word.
Do You Now Believe? Love Worth Finding September 16, 2022 Today's Daily Devotional PRAY OVER THIS “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12) PONDER THIS I’ve heard it said that if you cannot name the time and the place you were saved, you’re not saved. Have you ever heard that? There’s just one thing wrong with that—it’s not in the Bible. The Bible never tells you to look back to past experiences for proof of your salvation. It does not say, “He who believed has eternal life.” It says, “He who believes.” It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. If you’re not believing on Jesus today, you’re not saved. And if you are believing on Jesus today, you did believe on Jesus in the past. It’s impossible to presently believe on Him without having believed on Him in the past. Indeed, there was a time. Indeed, there was a place. But, if you’re not believing on Jesus now, whatever you call the past time and the place, there’s something wrong with it. The big question is: are you believing Jesus now? If you have the time and the place, wonderful. But if you don’t, that doesn’t mean you’re not saved. If you’re trusting Jesus right now, you are saved. Are you more prone to rely on past or present evidence as assurance of your salvation? What evidence is there in your life right now that you are trusting Jesus? PRACTICE THIS Write out the current fruit in your life that displays your trust in Jesus. Be honest with yourself. If the fruit is not there, respond to God, seeking salvation in Him today.
Love Worth Finding September 02, 2022 Today's Daily Devotional PRAY OVER THIS “When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.” (Ruth 1:18) PONDER THIS Have you ever gone out to dinner at night, and you and your spouse get in the car and say, “Well, let’s go out to a restaurant”? “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know, where do you want to go?” And you begin to talk this way while you’re driving the car, and you turn this way and that way and all around town. Last night I was invited to some friends’ house for dinner; it was a wonderful meal. When Joyce and I got in the car, we didn’t have to drive all over town. No, we didn’t have to decide at every corner we came to, because we knew where we were going. When you make a big choice, a lot of little choices are automatically made. In the same way, when you are set on following Jesus, you don’t have to weigh every decision along the way. You go in the direction He has called you. Ruth was determined to go with Naomi. A few big decisions take care of a lot of little decisions. How have you experienced the reality that the big decisions of your life take care of the little decisions? Where might some of your “little” decisions be out of line with your commitment to follow Jesus? PRACTICE THIS Make a list of little decisions you face today. Consider the way your big decision to follow Christ should impact these.
Love Worth Finding September 01, 2022 Today's Daily Devotional PRAY OVER THIS “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (Matthew 12:30) PONDER THIS I was witnessing on the streets of Pensacola, Florida, one time, and I saw two girls I’d never seen before. I said, “May I have a moment of your time?” They said, “Yes.” And I explained the Gospel of Jesus Christ to these two young ladies. They both seemed to be under conviction, so I asked one young lady, “Would you like to pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior today?” She said, “Yes I would,” and I prayed with her, and she gave her heart to Jesus. And then I asked the other young lady, “Would you like to receive Christ as your personal Savior and Lord?” She said, “I’m not ready to do that right now.” I said, “Well, now is the accepted time. There’ll never be a better time, and why don’t you give your heart to Jesus?” She said, “I just don’t want to make a decision right now.” I said, “Well, listen, if you don’t accept Christ, you’re rejecting Christ.” “Oh,” she said, “I would never reject Christ.” She didn’t understand that to refuse Christ is to reject Christ. Not to accept Him is to deny Him. And today, you’ll either say, yes or no to Jesus Christ. Do you understand that? What does it mean that if you are not with Jesus, you are against Him? How does every person have a decision to make regarding Jesus? PRACTICE THIS Have a conversation with another person regarding the decision everyone has to make with Jesus.
Do You Have a Grudge Against God?
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.”
August 31, 2022
What causes people to develop a grudge against God? Some possibilities are persecution, disappointment, rebuke, resentment at being rebuked, and envy at how somebody else is being blessed. The Lord Jesus knows we all have this tendency to resent God. In John 16:1-4, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.”
Jesus was saying, “I’m going to Heaven. I’m leaving you here. Don’t get offended.” If you’ve got a grudge against God, tell God about it. If you’ve got honest questions, bring them to God. Don’t come to the Lord with false expectations. You say, “Pastor, I thought it was wonderful to serve Jesus.” It is. If I had a thousand lives, I’d give every one of them to Jesus Christ. I’m not disappointed in Jesus, but I don’t want to carry a grudge because of any false expectations.
What are examples of false expectations a person might have of God?
What are some specific false expectations you may have of God?
Take time today to confess any false expectations you have of God. Ask Him to help you release these so that you won’t hold a grudge against Him.
You Won’t Always Get What You Want
“And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’”
August 30, 2022
At the beginning of Matthew 11, John was in prison and sent messengers to ask if Jesus was the promised One of God. Jesus knew John’s heart and did not mistake the moment for the man. Jesus knew John had an honest doubt—John asked an honest question, and he got an honest answer. And look at the tribute Jesus paid to John in verse 11, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.” And John the Baptist continued to serve the Lord up to the point of giving his head for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you know what real faith is? Real faith is not receiving from God what you want; real faith is accepting from God what He gives. Learn that and you won’t get offended at God. If things don’t work out like you think they should—if you’re serving God but you end up in a dungeon—just remember that God is God. He is good, and He is in control.
How does today’s devotion remind you that you can bring your honest questions before Jesus?
What question do you need to bring before Him today?
Take time today to journal and write out questions you want to ask God.
He Cared Enough to Act
“Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
August 29, 2022
Suppose you’ve saved all your life for a vacation. The time for your trip has finally come, and you’re in Hawaii. You’re in the finest hotel. You and your spouse are celebrating without a care in the world. The weather is perfect. The food is sumptuous. You’re having a wonderful time. And let’s suppose that you’ve left your children home in the care of someone else, and one of your children is in an automobile accident while you’re in Hawaii. Would you want to know about it? Would you want somebody to get on the phone and call you and mess up your vacation? Or would you say, “Don’t bother me. We’re having a wonderful time. Yes, I understand that my child has been hurt, but I don’t want to know about it.” Every parent knows the answer, right? “Yes, I want to know. Forget the vacation.”
That’s why Jesus left Heaven. He could have said, “I just don’t want to know. I just don’t care.” But He’s a God of love. And He loved us so much that He stepped out of glory. He loved us so much that He walked the dusty roads and the streets of Nazareth and the sandy beach of Galilee. He loved us so much that He carried the cross to Golgotha and died in agony and blood. And those scars Thomas saw there in His hands say that He’s a saving God. He has paid for our sins with His own blood.
How do the actions and work of Jesus show you how much God loves you?
How does imagining the scenario of loving earthly parents help you see God’s love for you?
Take time to read John 18–20 to see how Jesus’ love for you caused Him to act.
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Love Worth Finding August 28, 2022 Today's Daily Devotional PRAY OVER THIS “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:11) PONDER THIS Once in Oklahoma City there was a fire in an apartment. The flames were consuming that apartment, and there was a woman who’d been carried out by a fireman and was fighting to go back into the fire. She said, “My baby is in that apartment!” They had to hold her back because she surely would have perished. One fireman volunteered to go get her baby. He went up the ladder, through the window, into that smoke-filled room, and felt his way through. He found the baby crib, reached in and picked up that little bundle, held it close to him, and came back to the window, choking through the blinding smoke. The people gave a cheer as he handed the woman the bundle. But as she pulled the blanket back, she cried, “That’s not my baby. That’s my baby's doll!” I wonder if we’re going to come to the end of an age hugging the toys of this world when everything is going up in fire. My friend, the house, the car, and all these things—they’re not that important. What is important? The souls of men! I want to get as many to come with me as I can. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. How can you be sure you are valuing the right things as you wait for the return of Jesus? How do we show others that they are more important than the “stuff” of the world? PRACTICE THIS Have a conversation today to let another person know how much God values him or her.
Love Worth Finding August 27, 2022 Today's Daily Devotional PRAY OVER THIS “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8) PONDER THIS People who scoff at the Second Coming of Jesus are ignorant of what God has done and of what God is like. God is above and beyond time, and God doesn’t wake up by an alarm clock. Second Peter 3:8 says, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” As far as God is concerned, it’s only been a few days since Jesus left this Earth. God hasn’t forgotten. The reason Jesus is not yet come is that God has kept the door of mercy open. I believe God, in mercy, is waiting on our generation to come to Jesus, but one of these days, the Day of the Lord will come, and even now the raging waters of God’s wrath are furiously pounding against the dam of His mercy. Jesus is going to come suddenly, like a thief in the night. How does it reframe your perspective to know the delay of Jesus’ return is a sign of mercy and not neglect? How should this encourage us to share Jesus with others? PRACTICE THIS Take time to thank God for His mercy. Pray and ask Him to point you to the people He wants you to share with today.
The God Who Suffers
“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’”
August 26, 2022
I’ve spoken to some Jewish people who say, “I don’t believe in God anymore.” I say, “Why don’t you believe in God?” They say, “Because of the Holocaust. I cannot believe in a God who would allow such suffering.” I’ve seen people, when a loved one is eaten away with some malady, whether it be cancer or some other disease, say, “I just don’t want to have anything to do with God. I don’t believe in God. I can’t understand this matter of suffering.”
Here’s the way the human mind begins to think: “If God is a God of love, and He loves me so much, but He doesn’t do anything to relieve this suffering, then He must not have any power.” Or “If He has the power, but He doesn’t do it, maybe He has no love.” Or maybe they ask another question: “Maybe He doesn’t have any love. Maybe He doesn’t have any power. Maybe there is no God. If there is, why do people suffer?” Well, there’s a bigger question than that. Not why does God allow humans to suffer, but why does God allow Himself to suffer?
Have you ever thought about God as a God who suffers? Have you ever thought about God as One who has pain? How did those scars come into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ? Those nail prints? That scar into His side? Because He willingly suffered in our place. The question is not “Why is there suffering,” but “Why did God take our suffering”?
What is most difficult for you about the reality of suffering?
How are you comforted to remember that God has suffered in your place and on your behalf?
Take time today to worship God for paying the price for your sin and suffering in your place.
How Do We Know Jesus Will Return?
“And saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’”
2 Peter 3:4
August 25, 2022
How do I know Jesus is coming again? Because I believe the Bible. The Bible has shown itself to be the Word of God, and repeatedly the Bible mentions the Second Coming of Jesus. Now the new birth is important, but a new birth is mentioned only nine times in the Bible. Baptism is important, but it’s only mentioned 20 times in the Bible. Repentance is wonderfully important—it is only mentioned 70 times in the New Testament. But the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is mentioned 380 times in the New Testament alone. In our passage, Peter said that some will ask, “Where is the promise of his coming?” It’s all over the Bible. He has promised, and He cannot lie. If you take the whole Bible, one out of every twenty-five verses speak of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus has said He will return, and He won’t break that promise.
How often would you say you think about the return of Jesus compared with the amount of space the Bible gives to this truth?
What could you do to remember this truth more frequently?
Look up some of the passages that refer to Jesus’ return. Work to memorize one or two of these as a way of regularly reminding yourself.
Jesus Promised to Return
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder).”
2 Peter 3:1
August 24, 2022
Many today are talking about what the world's coming to. Perhaps we ought to change the question and ask, “Who’s coming to the world?” His name is the Lord Jesus. Many have a feeling that we’re coming to the climax of an age, and this generation may be the last generation. We may be that generation that will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. And Peter said to stir yourselves up. We get all excited about various achievements of men, whether in sports, business, or otherwise. When we witness one of these achievements, we stop and say, “That’s something.” We get excited about these accomplishments. Folks, I want to tell you something better than any achievement by people—Jesus is coming. We need to get excited about the things that really matter.
What are some things you get excited about on a regular basis?
How excited does it make you to remember that Jesus has promised to return? What would grow your excitement over this truth?
Spend time today looking up and reading various Scriptures on the Second Coming. Ask the Lord to stoke the fires of your heart with excitement over this promised return.
You Are in a Race
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
August 23, 2022
One of these days we’re going to cross the finish line. In fifty years, many of us will not be alive; even after twenty-five years a great number will be gone; and even next year, by God’s mercies, some will have already gone on. We will have come to the end of the line. We don’t know when that’s going to be.
You may be a teen, but you might be at the very end of your course. One of these days, I’m going to breathe my last breath, but I’m not going to stop running—God helping me—until I do. I don’t want to stroll over the finish line. I want to hit the finish line with a blaze of energy and power, going for the Lord Jesus Christ. You may say, “Well, you’ll be an old coot.” It makes no difference. “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). That’s the reason you ought to be an athlete—no matter what your physical condition or your economic condition. You are in a race, and that race is not over until you bow your head like the Lord Jesus and say, “It is finished. It is done.” Don’t give up before you get there.
How do passages like this one help give perspective to everyday life?
Where are you tempted to stop running the race God has given you?
Take time in prayer today to renew your commitment to running the race God has set before you. Ask Him to empower you with the strength to endure to the end.