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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Godly Sorrow?

What does godly sorrow involve?

Don Hart explains in this video that godly sorrow is a grieving heart and mind because we know that we have sinned against God who gave His only begotten Son for us. We realize that we have failed to follow the Savior that came and lived a perfect life, died unjustly, was abused and mocked, and took the wrath of God upon Himself.

When a Christian sins against their Savior, they grieve. They are not grieved because of the consequences or the trouble that they have gotten themselves in. Their heart breaks and their mind aches because they know that they have sinned against God. 

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) Christ “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Genuine Repentance

What is an example of a person demonstrating genuine, godly repentance?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there was a man in his congregation that was deeply involved in pornography. This man sought the Lord, spent time alone in prayer and in the Word, he confessed to his wife and made himself accountable to her and to his elders.

In time, this man utterly broke the chains of that sin. He has gone on as a changed man. This was evidence and fruit of true repentance.

Luke 3:8 (NKJV) – “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

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“Journey through he Bible” is a concise book to help families grasp the message of the whole Bible as they read it together.,

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Pre-order this new book to help you read through the whole bible and explain it to your children. We will be shipping it in November,

Everyone needs to take multiple journeys through the Bible in their lifetime. This book is designed to help you walk through the Bible and understand the context, the purpose, the messagestudy questionsapplications, and even hymns to sing for each book as you are on your journey.  Most importantly, you will see how the entire Bible points to the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one we need to see on each page. Here is what you get:

  • An explanation of the meaning of each book.
  • The historical context of each book of the Bible.
  • Questions to ask your children.
  • A hymn to sing for each book of the Bible
  • A list of the important matters of each book.
  • A list of key memory verses.
  • A basic outline of each book

Use this book as a guide while reading the Bible to your family. It contains a summary of each book, a hymn to sing that focuses on the main idea of the book, questions to ask and many other resources to help you understand and explain “the whole counsel of God.”

This resource did not come out of a theoretical or academic environment.  Rather, it is a product of our family worship times as we read through the Bible together as a family. As each year passed, I kept adding to a document which contained introductory information about the book, questions to ask, an outline and more… This book is a compilation of many of those notes.

This book is a concise guide to help you explain the books of the Bible to those who are reading through it.

How it came about:

As our children were growing up, our family made it our practice to read the Bible from cover to cover. We did this for many years. Some of our children learned to read by reading progressively more words as we read the Bible together. This book is a product of our family worship times as we read the Bible together as a family.

As each year passed, I kept adding to a document that contained introductory information about each book. I used this document to give my family background information for each book and to record the things I felt were important about it. By the time our children were adults, I had over 400 pages of notes. These notes documented the following kinds of information: This book contains many of these notes as well as notes I collected as I studied these books on my own and as I preached through them over the years.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Kind Of Sorrow Are You Experiencing?

Is your sorrow “vertical” or “horizontal”?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that there are two types of sorrow – worldly and godly. Worldly sorrow misses the point that a person has sinned against God. It is “horizontal” in that the individual only sees the effect that sin has on themselves or on others. 

In contrast, godly sorrow is “vertical” in that it recognizes that you have directly sinned against God. A Christian is concerned that they have sinned against God. Such a person understands that he has sinned directly against God. Even if there are other people that have been affected by his sin, he is primarily grieved and sorrowful that he has sinned against God. 

Psalm 69:5 (NKJV) – “O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How a Repentant Person Fights Against Sin

How should a repentant person fight against sin?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that repentance involves the crying out to God for deliverance from sin. It does not involve minimizing or compromising with sin. They cleave to God. They are desperate and know if they try to fight sin without God, they are doomed. 

The Israelites lived amongst many enemies, but instead of relying on God to defeat them as He instructed them to do, they made agreements and alliances with them. They did not trust in God and did what they thought was most helpful. But, in time, their enemies came back and overtook them. 

1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance That Leads to Life

What is repentance that leads to life?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that worldly sorrow leads to grief. Godly repentance leads to life and joy. Judas displayed worldly sorrow when he went and hung himself. But, no matter how many tears are shed and how sorrowful one may appear, this type of sorrow does not lead to salvation but to death.

We can distinguish the worldly sorrow shown by Judas with the godly sorrow and repentance of Peter. While both men demonstrated extreme regret and sorrow over their actions, only Peter demonstrated godly sorrow and later suffered and died for Christ.

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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Fear of God Devotional: What Does Reformation in the Church Look Like?

What does reformation within the church look like?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that one aspect of reformation within the Church today involves pastors revisiting the Word of God to determine who can be an elder or deacon. It is important to give attention to the leadership of the Church and ensure that those who are preaching meet the qualifications in Scripture.

God hasn’t left us on our own to determine how to worship Him. Pastors need to turn to the Word of God to find direction for all matters related to church life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Which Reformation Doctrines Do We Need the Most Today?

Which doctrines from the Reformation are most needed today?

Gary Powers explains in this video that many modern churches today fail to believe that Scripture is sufficient for all matters of life. But, once the church strays away from the foundation of Scripture, all aspects of church life and doctrine are negatively affected. 

Without Scripture to act as an unchanging standard, the church has no direction and will undoubtedly stray from Scripture. Acknowledging that Scripture is sufficient is the first important step towards reformation.

Psalm 102:25-27 (NKJV) – “Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Repentance?

What is repentance?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video what repentance is. Repentance is the wonderful work of the Spirit of God where we become aware of our law breaking and sinfulness and turn from sin to the living God. 

It is not the mere feeling of remorse – rather, it is a change in lifestyle, a forsaking of sin, and a complete change in how you live. Thomas Watson stated in his book, Doctrine of Repentance, that “Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.” 

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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Fear of God Devotional: When You Realize You Are in Error

What does repentance look like in the life of a believer?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that biblical repentance does not involve the act of someone merely changing their mind. Rather, they are changing their mind and transforming their lives in view of that transformation of the mind.  

Genuine repentance occurs when individuals realize that they’re in error and that they’re sinning. They are convinced that they are moving in the wrong direction and that they need to transform their direction to the pathway of God. Repentance is foundational to the life of the Christian and it is a daily experience.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Can Evolution and Scripture Coexist?

What is the effect of believing that the earth is millions of years old?

Ken Ham explains in this video that if you believe that the earth is millions of years old, you cannot also believe that God’s Word is true. The idea of evolution was invented by atheists – they didn’t want to use the Bible. They wanted to be able to explain the creation of the world without resorting to Scripture and God. 

The fossil record shows evidence of animals eating each other, of cancer, of thorns. Yet, at the time of creation, God called everything “very good.” The Bible says that it was only after sin entered the world that death and suffering began. Thus, believing that the earth is millions of years old directly contradicts Scripture on this point. Evolution and the Bible cannot coexist. 

Yet, pastors in churches today tell their congregations that they can believe in evolution so long as they believe in Christ as well. We cannot teach our children that evolution is true and that sin brought about death. Doing so would prevent them from realizing the effects of sin and about the holiness of God.    

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) – “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

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What Does it Look Like When Fathers and Sons Follow Jesus?

This weekend I'm speaking at the Colorado Father Son Retreat in Fraser, CO. Yesterday, during my morning session, I asked the question: “What does it look like when fathers and sons follow Jesus?” Below are the six answers I gave:

  1. When fathers follow Jesus it is because their hearts are miraculously turned.
    Malachi 4 :5-6
  2. When fathers follow Jesus, they walk with their sons and teach them what they love.
    Deut 6:5-9
  3. When fathers follow Jesus they explain the greatness of God.
    Psalm 78
  4. When fathers follow Jesus, they take their sons on a journey of obedience.
    Gen 18:19
  5. When fathers follow Jesus they nurture their sons, and sons honor their fathers and mothers.
    Eph 6:1-4:
  6. When fathers follow Jesus, they become like Jesus.
    John 5:17-22

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is the Source of Repentance?

What is the source of repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that God is the source of repentance. It has been granted to us from God. Repentance and faith have their source in God. Unregenerate men cannot repent or believe. 

God in His sovereign grace, chooses who He will give faith and repentance. We should be grateful to God when we repent and believe because God has gifted them to us. 

Acts 11:18 (NKJV) – “When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Home Is the Ideal Place for Repentance

Where is the best place to learn repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that the home is the ideal place to learn repentance. It is where we are most prone to sin against others because we’re most familiar with each other with members of our family. Familiarity can breed contempt.

In Christian families, repentance should be a part of the fabric of everyday life. We are living together in close quarters and are prone to sin against each other. A Christian home should be a place where repentance is on display regularly. Fathers should be examples of repentance to their families. 

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) – “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Grace Alone

What was the Puritan’s view of Scripture and of grace?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that everything that comes to us is by God’s grace. The Reformers and the Puritans loved Scripture. They meditated on it. They were guided by it. They understood that everything was a gift from God. They were saved by grace. 

Living by grace alone, by faith alone, and by Scripture alone fosters a genuine piety in the life of the believer. It is distinct from the Roman Catholic idea that piety is based on one’s owns works. Rather, true piety flows out of a gratitude for God’s grace and the gift of salvation. 

Hebrews 12:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” 

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