Fear of God Devotional: Cultivating Wisdom and Repentance in the Home



How does a Christian family cultivate wisdom and repentance within the home?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that pastors need to encourage fathers and mothers to go back to the foundations and to teach their children that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. One of the biggest problems today is that few people fear God. 

This is where the Christian family needs to look to. We need the fear of God. It is the beginning of salvation, of knowledge, and to understand what it is to be a man or woman of God. It can get easy to get caught up in trivial matters. Fathers must lead the way and set an example of looking to Scripture and fearing God.

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV) – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Understanding the Enormity of God’s Grace



How do you understand the enormity of God’s grace?

Joel Beeke shares in this video that there was a medieval theologian who wrote a book about the Atonement that explains how great sin is and how great grace is. T see the enormity of grace, you must see the enormity of your sin.

As pastors, we need to preach the enormity of sin so that our congregation and run to Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Both issues deserve equal attention. For instance, pastors should not overly emphasize the goodness and grace of God while neglecting to preach about the sinfulness of sin. 

Romans 6:1-4 (NKJV) – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of False Repentance



What does false repentance look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that false repentance exists when people are merely looking to find an “easy fix” to change some aspect of their life but whose affections and whose heart has not been changed. They do not truly love Christ.

Before long, you will see that they have not truly repented for their sin. They may attend church or recite verses, but their heart has not been changed and they do not want to part with their sins. 

James 1:23-25 (NKJV) – “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Reformation Happens in a Church



What does reformation look like in a church today?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that churches need to be serious about identifying areas in church life where they’ve been negligent or unfaithful to the Word of God. It takes honesty and close examination of church practices, policy, leadership, direction, and history. 

Elders must ask themselves what realm of church life have they failed in and where they need to make immediate changes. Leaders must understand that it is going to take time to make changes but they still need to resolve that it will take place.

Galatians 6:3-5 (NKJV) – “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Responsibilities of a Pastor and the Congregation



What are the responsibilities of a pastor and the congregation?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that pastors and elders are appointed by God to administer His Word to His people. They are shepherds of the church. It is vital for them to preach faithfully and strive to live godly and holy lives. 

The responsibility of the members of the church is to take the Word preached, to be Bereans, and to apply the truths of Scripture to their lives. They must obey Christ and walk according to the Word of God. 

Acts 20:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What about the Reformation Should Give Us Hope?



What about the Reformation should give us hope?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that one of the things from the Reformation that should give us hope is how much change can happen in such a short time when men advocate without apology and without compromise certain truths from the Word of God.

God used reformers to bring about a monumental shift in entire nations. Christians should never be a hopeless people. God can reach into history at any time to accomplish His purposes. We shouldn’t hopelessly forget God but seek Him and ask that He would reform us today. When reformation comes to an individual, their life becomes conformed to Scripture. An individual will be more and more reformed into the image of Christ. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Important Issue Facing Millennials



What is one of the primary problems that Millenials face today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that one of the primary problems that many Millenials face today is a skepticism and an unwillingness to deal with the true realities of God, sin, and His judgment.

Many young people are not sober — they blindly follow the ways of the world. Part of this stems from a lack of the fear of God. Another issue that the current generation deals with is pride. The current generation is very proud. They need to embrace humility. They need to demonstrate true repentance. They must thirst after and wholeheartedly believe in the Word of God.

Proverbs 16:18-19 (NKJV) – “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What is a Characteristic of False Repentance?



What is a characteristic of false repentance?

David Eddy explains in this video that one characteristic of an individual who shows false repentance is that they inevitably return back to their sin and embrace it. 

One of the more tragic examples of false repentance that he has seen involves young men who pretend that they’re saved in order to pursue a girl that they are interested in within the church. To most people, it appears that they’re eager to learn about the Word of God when in reality, they never were repentant and never desired the things of God. They continued to pursue the desires of their flesh. Ultimately, they rejected what they previously proclaimed as true and turned their back on God and His ways. 

Proverbs 26:11 (NKJV) – “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

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Fear of God Devotional: John Bunyan Was A Bigger Sinner Than Paul



So this is a faithful saying it never fails to be accepted of all the Christ Jesus came into the world for this very purpose to save sinners of my chief. Can you be beyond the chief sinner. Well John Bunyan actually was a Puritan and he said the reason Paul can say I am the chief sinner because he didn’t know John Bunyan. Buyon said that I’ve got the most wicked sinner in all of England and I have found grace amazing grace for an amazing sinner. That’s what you want to cultivate your people. Show them the enormity. Pastor. Show them the enormity of their sin and show them the enormity of grace. That’s your work. And that’s what the world doesn’t want that’s what Saint doesn’t want. And that’s what a natural hardness and you know Satan wants to do. He must have minimized sin and he wants to minimize Grace citizens that he says and them and you do said he says you can’t be saved. You sin to much, comes as the roaring lion comes as an angel like he’s always trying to minimize sin and minimize grace. The world does the same thing. Yes that’s not so bad. You can do that once. So in some notable sin then they minimized grace because they don’t flee to Christ alone. But when you’re a pastor your goal is to show people the dreadfulness of sin every sin the smallest sin deserves hell because God is holy and God cannot allow that to happen anything that is stained with sin you need a savior.

But then the beauty is this the savior covers all iniquity all sin his blood cleanses for all said first John mongers. So you preach both. 

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Fear of God Devotional: A Worthy Investment of Resources, Time, and Effort



What are the benefits of attending the NCFIC’s National Conference later this year?

Don Hart explains in this video that people and families should come to the National Conference. Not because the speakers might be amazing or for other typical reasons that they might come. True believers need to invest in what they treasure, value, and believe in.

It is an investment of resources, time, and effort. We need to make a priority of investing in experiences with our family, opportunities to be discipled, and opportunities to be amidst like-minded, Christian families. We need each other. We need preaching. It is such a beautiful time. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV) – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance in Marriage



What is the importance of repentance in marriage?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that when a husband and wife understand their sinfulness and responsibilities before God and they realize that they both really mess it up a lot, they must continually repent to God and each other throughout their marriage. There must be a constant communication and care shown between a husband and wife.

A repentant heart keeps the marriage in such a peaceful state. In contrast, an unrepentant person will not care about how their actions might negatively hurt their spouse.  

Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV) – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Time Spent in Prayer



How important is time spent in prayer?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that it is absolutely vital for Christians to have a real, living communion with the living Christ. If we do not know the love of God for us in Christ and if our hearts are not captured by the love of God for us, it would be too easy to fall for the lies, the distractions, outright attacks, and subtle insidious attacks of the world and the devil.

We must be men and women of prayer and feed our souls with God’s wonderful truth as we prepare ourselves to go out into the world. We want to be calling upon Christ as we begin our day. Our hearts and souls must live in a communion with Christ. There must be a recognization that a Christian will enter a battle every day and a desire to begin our day with prayer.

Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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Fear of God Devotional: “I Can’t Live With My Boyfriend Anymore”



What is an example of repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that he remembers an example of repentance that involved a young lady that he and his wife had come to know. The Lord graciously opened the eyes of her heart and she believed in Christ. 

On one evening, as they were studying the Scriptures, this young lady, a new believer, said,  “I can’t live with my boyfriend anymore.” We were so thrilled. The Lord brought this about. The power of the Scriptures and the Spirit to transform her thoughts was amazing and overwhelming. She eventually married a godly young man. It is such an encouraging story. She showed the fruit of repentance as she continued to live her life serving Christ.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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How to Find Hope in the Hard Times (Ps. 46-63; Rom. 2-6)



Join me live with Jason Young as we discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Should The Church Be Doing



We need to come back to ask the question in terms of the tasks of the church. What does God say the church should be doing and refuse to make the church the engine of a thousand fine things that are not the task of the church. We need to come back and say what did God say the church should do and worship. What did God say the church should do we need better come back and make those things central. And anything else we do is simply the circumstantial applications of those things to the worship of the church. We need to come back to the government of the church and ask what are the Biblical offices for the church. How is the church biblically to be organized. What is the biblical relationship between the congregation and the elders? And we need to ask also what is the doctrine of the church and insist that that doctrine is not something that is merely an idea we have that seems to be generally consistent with the word of God that the doctrine of the church must be scripture alone. That is to say, it must be explicitly to taught the scripture or by good and necessary inference deduced from it.

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