Fear of God Devotional: One of the Biggest Problems in the Church Today

What is one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches today?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches and culture today is that many people claim that they are Christians but they never exhibit true fruits of salvation and they have never repented for their sins. They are not true Christians.

As a result, people are thinking that they are doing just fine while they walk in darkness and are enslaved to the devil. Accordingly, they experience no victory over sin and continue to show affection for sin. There is a divide in their lives, where so long as they go to church on Sunday, they can do whatever they please the rest of the week.

1 John 1:6 (NKJV) – “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Pastors Must Not Forget to Preach in Their Sermons

What must pastors not forget to preach in their sermons?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a pastor needs to preach the great contrast between God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness. Preachers must point to the cross. At the cross, God sent His Son, Christ took the wrath of God and experienced God’s turning away.

Christ endured all of this because of His love towards us and His mercy towards us. At the cross, we begin to see our sinfulness and God’s righteousness. We see the love of God shown towards us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV) – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The False Repentance of Jeroboam

What is an example of false repentance?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that we see instances of false repentance in Scripture. Jeroboam was king and God sent a man to call him out of the ungodly things that he has done.

The man of God comes and warns Jeroboam and Jeroboam immediately attempts to have him thrown out and he stretches out his harm. While he is pointing at the man of God, God strikes his arm. While Jeroboam cries out for God to restore his arm, it is clear that Jeroboam never did repent for his sin.

Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV) – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Distinction Between Wordly and Godly Sorrow

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that there is a significant difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is a sorrow that may lead to repentance, but it is primarily concerned with self and how others think of them. In other words, the focus is horizontal – the offender is concerned with our their sin impacts themselves or others but does not consider what God thinks of their sin. 

In contrast, godly sorrow is vertical-focused. It asks how we have offended God. We realize that our sin doesn’t just affect ourselves or others, but that when we sin, we also sin against God. 

Psalm 51:4 (NKJV) – “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak,[a] and blameless when You judge.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: When Does Repentance Occur in the Life of a Christian?

When and how does repentance occur in the life of a Christian?

Don Hart explains in this video that there is a point where saving knowledge and repentance occur in a Christian’s life. There are different ways that God can save us and bring us to a saving knowledge of Himself. For example, not all of us will have a conversion experience as Paul did on his way to Damascus.

After we are saved, there is a notable difference in our lives and we are a new creature. A repentant person turns away from sinful desires and patterns and turns toward Jesus Christ. There is a single time of repentance when a person comes to Christ. But, a regenerate person needs to continually repent throughout their entire life.

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: What is an Example of True Repentance?

What is an example of true repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that he knew of a man who had sinned grievously. But instead of continuing to live in sin, this man confessed his heinous sin to him, his wife, and his children. 

He repented because he knew he had sinned against God and against others. He did not try to cover his sin or to make excuses for it. Repentance is a two-fold process: confessing it and forsaking it.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV) – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Holiness and Reformation

Do we have a right thinking about holiness?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that it is crucial that we have a reformation in how we think about holiness.  

We must look to see the beauty of holiness in the Scripture. We live in a society that frowns upon holiness. But, Scripture states that it is an incredible privilege, opportunity, and blessing to be in communion with God. We would do well to think more biblically about holiness and godliness in our lives.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV) – “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

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