Fear of God Devotional: Components of Biblical Repentance



What are the components of biblical repentance? How does it differ from mere sorrow?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that repentance first involves a change of mind. We see it the seriousness of our sin from God’s view. Second, we mourn over our sin. Our heart is changed. Third, there is a turning around, an about-face.

Each aspect is important and based upon Scripture. Repentance is not simply a mere showing of guilt or sorrow for sin and then immediately returning to it. Rather, it is a change of mind, a change of action, a desire to follow the commands of God. 

Romans 6:1-2 (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?” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Impact of Biblical Repentance



What is the impact of biblical repentance?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that if people and churches in our culture would repent and turn from their sins, there would be a distinct change. If Christians live lives that are marked by repentance and godliness, then our churches would be healthy – they would be pillars in the communities in which they stand. 

Ultimately, repentance would affect our nation at large. We need churches that will take repentance seriously and be bold in teaching that Scripture commands repentance. 

Joel 2:12-13 (NKJV) – “’Now, therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: One of the Most Helpful Aspects of the Protestant Reformation



What was one of the most helpful aspects of the Protestant Reformation?

Michel Beasley explains in this video that one of the most helpful aspects of the Protestant Reformation was it led to Scripture being seen as the only true and sufficient authority for all of life. During the time of the Reformation, Roman Catholicism had created a religious system that was man-centered. It wasn’t about preaching the Gospel, it was wielding control over people.

One of the greatest benefits of the Reformation was that it reclaimed the authority of Scripture and placed the Word of God as the true authority of the Church. The great danger that we experience today is that many churches tend to try to please men and seek out innovative, interest doctrines that are a departure from what God has given to the Church. It would be a great danger for us to look at the Reformation merely as a historical event. We too are in need of a return to Scripture as our only source of authority. 

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV) – “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”

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Fear of God Devotional: When The Word Of God Is Attacked You Get A Generational Loss



What is the effect of only trusting Scripture partially, accepting certain sections as true and ignoring or disregarding other sections?

Ken Ham explains in this video that generations of young people have grown up attending public schools where they are taught ideas of evolution. Sadly, many of these children attend churches that avoid confronting the subject of evolution and simply tell them to “trust in Jesus.” Churches need to exhort children and their families to boldly stand on Scripture and explain that they can trust the entire Word of God as being wholly true.

The Words of Christ and the book of Genesis are both found in the same place – Scripture. When you undermine the Word in one area, you unlock a door that creates doubt and leads to a slippery slope of unbelief. Today, we have had a generational loss from the church because there has been an undermining of the authority of Scripture. We need a new reformation within the Church and that begins by pointing people back to the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

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Fear of God Devotional: When Tradition Overtakes Scripture



What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

David Eddy explains in this video that before the Reformation, tradition had largely controlled matters of Church and family life. The Reformation resulted in a tearing down of those traditions and customs and a return to the Scriptures as the source of wisdom and truth.

The return to Scripture was the key to much of the Reformation and the same is true for reformation today. God’s Word never changes – it is the rock that withstands time and attacks upon it. His Word is continuously “living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12).

Matthew 7:24 (NKJV) – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

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When Dark Clouds Darken the Sky

Charles Spurgeon gives us help for when the clouds get dark:

“Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?

Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the black chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will not drown us with wrath; nay, He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord's love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers.”

 

Charles Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook, May 21st Reading. p. 142

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Fear of God Devotional: What Do We Do With The Protestant Reformation?



How should the Reformation affect our lives today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that our job is to take the truths and reforms from the Reformation and see them worked out today. Our job is not to discover new reforms. We must ask, “How do we see those truths fleshed out in the Church today?”

Simply because the Reformation occurred centuries ago does not mean that what came out of the Reformation is irrelevant to us today. Rather, there is much we can learn from the Reformation since the reforms and doctrines were grounded in Scripture.   

Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV) – “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.”

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Marriage God’s Way

Most Christian books on marriage today don’t have much Scripture in them. Not this one. It is saturated with the Word of God. If you want a book that is built on the foundation of exposition of Scripture, this book is for you.  While Scott offers many practical insights, they are all grounded in the biblical text using biblical language. Marriage God’s way will fill your mind with the pure and perfect Word of God. This is what every marriage need.

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Fear of God Devotional: An Alien Righteousness



What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that one of the most impactful reforms was Martin Luther’s clear articulation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone when we rest on and receive Christ by faith alone.

We must distinguish between that initial justifying faith and the obedience that flows from it. Our obedience is the fruit of justification but not part of it or the basis of it. There is nothing that we can do that can merit salvation.  

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

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow?



How do we understand repentance wrongly?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a difference between true and wrong repentance. When people are caught in an act of sin and discover themselves in sin, there is a sense of shame and guilt. In fact, everyone feels bad when they get caught in doing something that is wicked. However, some people confuse that sense of shame or guilt with true repentance.

Paul contrasts “worldly sorrow” with “godly sorrow.” Worldly sorrow stops at tears and a feeling of guilt. Godly sorrow is something that is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit that moves the believer into a genuine sense of changing their mind. They understand their guilt and they realize that they’ve sinned against a holy God. The believer has a desire to walk in what is right and leave behind what is sinful.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – ” For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

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The World Is Passing Away

In the previous verses John has instructed his children that they have power to overcome the world. These are are real blessings of salvation – forgiveness, strength, overcoming the wicked one… Now there is a negative command, “do NOT love the world.” This is another test of salvation. John continues to unpack the doctrines of regeneration, sanctification and the power of the gospel. John is speaking of the world in the sense of that there is an impulse of the should that is independent of Him, with a desire to escape His authority in some area of life.

John is referring to the invisible system of evil that includes its ideologies which are contrary to the wisdom of God, which are speculations raised up against the knowledge of God. It is a way of thinking… with a ruler – Satan himself. This way of thinking is found in  institutions, governments, songs, movies and culturally acceptable activities.

It is an alluring and deceiving system. And… It is much deeper than “do’s and don’ts.” Worldliness is satans strategic and malicious plan for your life. He desires to wrap you up in whatever will slow you down, and finally mow you down.

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Fear of God Devotional: Solomon’s Call For Repentance



Where do we see repentance in the Old Testament?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that one illustrative passage about repentance is when Solomon stated: “f My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV). 

In the middle of the Old Testament, we have Solomon acknowledging that if a sinful people turned from their wicked ways, God would receive and forgive them. The same is true for us today. God does not change. Repentance is still commanded and God will punish sin. But, He is also gracious, merciful, and forgiving.  

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: Worship as a Driving Force Behind the Reformation



How was worship a driving force behind the Reformation?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the worship of God as He has prescribed in His Word was a major driving force behind the Reformation. Making the Word of God central to the pulpit and to the Church was a big part of the Reformation. 

For instance, one of the Reformers, Ulrich Zwingli, started preaching from the first chapter of Matthew and continued through the entire New Testament – this had never happened before. Believers began to participate in the singing and the sacraments. Thus, the centrality of Scripture and God-glorifying worship were two driving forces behind the Reformation. 

John 4:23-24 (NKJV) – But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: A 180-Degree Turn



What does repentance look like?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that repentance is a change of mind, a complete 180-degree turn. It is a turning from the direction where we have been going, a complete change of mental thinking about sin and God. 

The source of repentance is the grace of God at work in our lives. It is a gift from God. Once God changes our hearts, a person’s path will be turned and he will forsake sin and pursue after godliness.  

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 (NKJV) – “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 

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Pray for the Evangelism Reformation Conference This Weekend

This weekend I am participating in the Evangelism Reformation Conference.  The organizer, Jeff Rose has these prayer objectives for the conference… Lets join him in them
 
The objectives are..
 
1.) That many would once again see the great eternal value of the Gospel. And the need to publicly proclaim it. 
 
2.) That this event by the Holy Spirit would encourage, convict and set God's people on fire for truth of God's word,  and biblical holiness.
 
3.) That family's would join together and support the GREAT work of biblical Evangelism, both inside and outside of the home.
 
4.) That pastors and Leaders would see their need for street Preaching.
 
5.) That street preachers would see their need for the local church.
 
Please pray that this event places it's full attention on Christ and making Him known throughout the world.

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