Fear of God Devotional: The Genesis 3 Attack

 

What is one of the primary attacks on Scripture today?

Ken Ham explains in this video that just as Satan tempted Eve by saying, “Did God really say that?” the Church should expect similar attacks today. The words of God have consistently been under attack since Genesis. Throughout history, when God’s Word comes under attack, God raises people to bring them back to the authority of God. The Reformation is one example of this.

Today, the teaching of evolution is one way that God’s Word has been attacked. An acceptance of evolution causes doubt of whether we can trust what God’s Word says. Ultimately, this teaches our children that we don’t have to start with God’s Word and that man’s ideas and beliefs can reinterpret Scripture. Of course, this creates doubt as whether God really created male and female from the beginning or whether there was a worldwide flood to punish sin, for instance.

Psalm 119:89 (NKJV) – “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”

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Suffering Brings Us Closer to the Man of Sorrows

Robert Murray M'Cheyne received a letter from a friend during a time of suffering explaining how sorrows bring us closer to the man of sorrows…

“There is a great want [lack] about all Christians who have not suffered. Some flowers must be broken or bruised before they emit any fragrance. All the wounds of Christ send out sweetness- all the sorrows of Christians do the same. Commend me to a bruised brother, a broken reed- one like the Son of Man. The Man of Sorrows is never far from him. To me there is something sacred and sweet in all suffering; it is so much akin to the Man of Sorrows.” 

Robert Murray M'Cheyne by Andrew Bonar, Banner of Truth 2012, page 220

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Fear of God Devotional: Christ Alone By Grace Alone

 

What was the heart of the Reformation?

Don Hart explains that the heart of the Reformation encompassed all of the Solas. But faith in Christ and salvation by the grace of God alone was perhaps the “hinge” of the Reformation as Martin Luther once noted.

The Gospel explains how a sovereign, loving God redeemed a lost, rebelling people  by no merit of our own. Yet, God did that which is utter foolishness to a fallen world: the Creator died for the creature. Christ humbled Himself, He lived a perfect, sinless life. He obediently went to the cross. He took the full judgment that we deserved – the wrath of God. And it is only by faith in Christ, by the grace of God, that the Reformation even took place.

John 11:25 (NKJV) – “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.'”

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Three Reasons Young People Leave the Church

Here is a good article by Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen. His first reason I believe is the most common…

Many Young Adults Leave the Church because They Never Joined it Spiritually

Many young adults leave the church because they were never truly converted to Christ in the first place. John the Apostle warned us “They went out from us because they were never of us; for if they had been of us, they would have no doubt continued with us.”[4] And in his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus soberly warns, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my father in heaven.”[5]

In fact, this is a troubling, but recurring, theme throughout the New Testament. Jesus frequently warned of pseudo converts, most memorably in his parables of the four soils, the wheat and the tares, and the sheep and the goats. This grievous occurrence is why Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to “examine yourselves to determine whether you be in the faith.”[6]

This predicament is as old as the church itself, and it is no respecter of age. Young adults have not cornered the market on unregenerate church membership, but with so many other pressures and opportunities associated with their life stage, their exit ramp is more predictable and more pronounced. In other words, young adults are just one bloated demographic slice of an ever-present challenge within the church today: unregenerate church membership.

 

The other two reasons are:

  • Many Young Adults Leave the Church because They Never Experienced it Corporately 
  • Many Young Adults Leave the Church because They Never Came to Love it Personally 

You can read the explanations of these two reasons by clicking here:
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Fear of God Devotional: What Keeps Us From Repenting?



What keeps us from repentance?

Gary Powers explains in this video that our flesh hates Christ and attempts to detract from Christ and His Glory. The world hates Him. The devil hates Him. Accordingly, we as sinful beings must repent of our sin and turn from it. We must humble ourselves and pray and seek after God.

We must put to death the sin that entangles us. John Owen exhorted his readers in the Mortification of Sin in Believers that they ought to “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” We cannot take sin lightly. Are there areas in your life where you have compromised with sin and have not repented of it?

Ezekiel 18:21-23 (NKJV) – “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Faith



What is one of the primary doctrines of the Reformation?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that to identify the primary doctrine of the Reformation, we must begin by looking at the Five Solas. Out of those five, perhaps the cardinal doctrine of the Reformation is “sola fide” or “faith alone” for justification.

Without faith, we cannot please God. Without faith, we cannot be saved. We cannot earn salvation or good standing with God. We are only justified by faith through Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift – it is something that no one can boast in. 

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance And Faith



Does repentance continue to be an ongoing act in the life of a Christian after conversion?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that repentance is an ongoing act in the Christian life. At regeneration, when an elect sinner tastes the glorious grace of God in Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God moves upon his heart, breathing life into his soul, two things arise: 

First, repentance. There is a change of mind leads to a change of action. Second, faith. Repentance and faith together are conversion. Conversion is a turning of life. We repent and turn in another direction. But, because we still have a sinful flesh, repentance simply becomes a way of life for the believer. It is a continual act in the life of every regenerate soul. 

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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The Stupid, Idiotic, Unproductive, Barbarous Life of a Keeper at Home

Im extremely grateful for the army of mothers who are dedicating their years to the role of wife and mother… as keepers at home. They have thrown off the chains. They are defying the culture as it hurtles to self destruction. But, if you want a small window into some of the modern roots of diminishing motherhood, look no further than the Communist regimes… Hear Vladimir Lenin on motherhood, who believed that the role of a “keeper at home” (Titus 2:5) is “stupid,” “Idiotic,” “unproductive,” “barbarous,” “slavery.” 

“We must now say proudly and without any exaggeration that part from Soviet Russia, there is not a country in the world where women enjoy full equality and where women are not placed in the humiliating position felt particularly in day-to-day family life. This is one of our first and most important tasks…Housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not include anything that would in any way promote the development of the woman…The building of socialism will begin only when we have achieved the complete equality of women and when we undertake the new work together with women who have been emancipated from that petty stultifying, unproductive work…We are setting up model institutions, dining-rooms and nurseries, that will emancipate women from housework…These institutions that liberate women from their position as household slaves are springing up where it is in any way possible…Our task is to make politics available to every working woman.” 1

“The chief thing is to get women to take part in socially productive labor, to liberate them from ‘domestic slavery,’ to free them from their stupefying [idiotic] and humiliating subjugation to the eternal drudgery of the kitchen and the nursery. This struggle will be a long one, and it demands a radical reconstruction, both of social technique and of morale. But it will end in the complete triumph of Communism.” 2

Thankfully, the Lord has raised up a new generation of mothers who have prioritized the home over the cubicle. May their tribe increase.

 

1. Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 30, p. 4
2. Vladimir, Lenin. “International Working Women’s Day speech”, 1920

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Fear of God Devotional: One of the Most Beneficial Effects of the Reformation


What was one of the most beneficial effects of the Reformation?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that one of the most beneficial effects of the Reformation was that individuals were confronted with the idea of the sufficiency of Scripture. By being exposed to what God commanded in Scripture, the Reformers were forced to decide what to do if Scripture and  and whether Scripture ought to be the sole authority on matters of life.

Martin Luther and John Calvin were men who stood up for the truth of God and saw it as authority. Furthermore, Scripture was translated into the speech of common people. More and more people were able to read, understand, and ultimately obey the commands of Scripture.

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Authority a Driving Force Behind the Reformation

What was one driving force behind the Reformation?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Protestant Reformation began as part of Martin Luther’s opposition towards the selling of indulgences to allegedly “release” souls from purgatory.

This abuse from the Roman Catholic Church contributed to one of the driving forces behind the Reformation — the issue of authority. Who is in charge of our lives? Is Scripture sufficient for everything or is the pope a second authority source that is of equal value to Scripture? If there is conflict between the two, which do you believe?

The fact that the pope seemingly had equal authority to Scripture forced the early Reformers to confront the issue of the authority of Scripture head-on.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) – “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Message of the Gospel

 

What is the message of the Gospel?

Geoff Botkin explains in this video that the church has a message that can change and convert the entire world. The power of the Gospel can benefit the unregenerate because when they are living in a culture and society that has been impacted by the Bible, they will learn God’s standard of holiness and righteousness.

The Gospel of the kingdom can mean so much more than the Gospel message. It includes all of the statutes and commands of how God wants us to live. It tells them how they as unbelievers can be released from slavery to sin into freedom in the law of Christ.

John 8:12 (NKJV) – “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Dead Churches and the Doctrine of Regeneration

 

How can revival come to “dead” churches?

Paul Washer explains in this video that many of the churches are dead in America because the individuals that are leading them are dead. We must return to the Gospel and to a doctrine that is often lost in the church – the doctrine of regeneration.

Throughout history, there have been times where individuals within the church believed themselves to be Christians simply because they were baptized. They made a decision and went through a rite, but their nature was not radically changed, there was not a new life, no fruit and there was no difference in their life. Preachers pointed them to Scripture and called them to believe and repent. Today is no different. We again need to faithfully preach the message of repentance.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) – “if 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.”

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Fear of God and Church Beauty


Here is Christ’s tenderness and compassion towards His people in their guilt from sin.

John is speaking of what makes a true church. What makes a church happy and humble and sweetly composed before God? He answers How do you get the junk out of a church; how God purifies His church; How God humbles His church so that they are not puffed up; How He keeps His church from legalism; How the church roots out sin? How the Lord keeps His church keep from being fake?

This passage displays a beautiful picture of church life. It is a life of, confession, forgiveness and cleansing. It’s center of this beautiful life is relationship with the Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous. His sacrifice appeased the wrath of God (propitiation). It is a fellowship of truth tellers instead of liars. There is no deception. It is a place of glorifying the Father instead of making Him a liar.

He does all these things through confession of sin:  “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,”  1 John 1:9.

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Fear of God Devotional: A Godly Father Leads and Uses His Family in Evangelism

 

What role should a father take in evangelism?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a man has to be the leader of his family in the area of evangelism. Sending your child to witness to a peer at his school is very unwise. Fathers ought to be the ones who demonstrate to their families how to evangelize to unbelievers.

A father’s lack of desire to evangelize often stems from them neglecting to saturate themselves in Scripture and lacking a passion for the Word of God. If a man truly is passionate for saving souls, he will be evangelizing through his family by inviting unbelievers to his home and not be afraid to share the Gospel with unbelievers.

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: Hypocrisy, Legalism and Phariseeism

 

Are there areas of legalism or hypocrisy in your life?

Geoff Botkin explains in this video that from reading Scripture, it is clear that Christ hates hypocrisy and legalism. A father ought to be concerned about what his children and family believe to be pious conduct. What they may think is pious conduct may not actually be biblical. We can be guilty of following traditions of disobedience by becoming pharisaical in our conduct. We would then be teaching as doctrine the commands of men and thereby worship in vain.

Many Christians are guilty of having forms of pietism where they believe that the sum of our Christianity is comprised of the quality of our quiet times that we have or how close we feel we are to Christ. We must realize that we must take his standards of holiness as they are laid out in Scripture and not simply base our actions on how it makes us feel.

Matthew 15:9 (NKJV) – “And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

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