Fear of God Devotional: Talking to Unbelievers about the Fear of God



How do we as Christians speak to unbelievers about the fear of God? Where do we even start since unbelievers have a very skewed, inaccurate view of God?

Though the fear of God is a concept that is foreign to an unbeliever, Paul Thompson explains that we are to start our conversations by discussing how God is all-supreme, holy, and righteous, and then discuss fear of God. He suggests that such a foundation must be first laid before delving into the topic of the fear of God.

Psalm 14:1 (NKJV) – “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How to Grow in the Fear of God



Do you find yourself becoming discouraged because you feel like you’re not growing in the fear of God?

Paul Washer suggests that the answer lies in how we prioritize each day. There are 24 hours in a day – how much of those hours are dedicated to personal Bible reading, spent in prayer, by listening to sermons and harvesting spiritual truths? How much of our days are wasted by idle talk or mindlessly surfing the internet when we should be eager to spend every waking moment meditating on Scripture?

How we spend our time and where our priorities are is a key indicator of where our heart is. Are we truly desiring to live for God and to love Him and His Word with all of our hearts? Or is our allegiance elsewhere?

Matthew 6:21 (NKJV) – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Godly Fear in the Home



Whether they realize it or not, parents are constantly influencing their children, either for bad or for good. So how do parents communicate the fear of God in their home? How do we do this on a daily basis as we live life alongside our children?

In this video, Kevin Swanson explains that parents can demonstrate to their children godly fear by being in prayer themselves, by living as though God is present everywhere and at all times, and by speaking about God in everyday conversations with their children. Being a godly example throughout the day is something that every parent should prayerfully strive to do.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV) – “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is it possible to be saved and not fear God



Having a fear of God and salvation go hand in hand. When we realize how serious our sin is in God’s eyes, how perfect He is, and how much He hates sin, it drives us to the cross and to repentance. Conversely, a casual, flippant approach to sin and its consequences should cause alarm. What are ways in your life that you have compromised, rebelled against, neglected, or watered down the truths of Scripture?

Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) – “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Thankfulness and the Fear of God are Connected



It seems counterintuitive to say that those who fear God are most thankful. How can you feel thankfulness for God and fear God at the same time? Joel Beeke speaks of how thankfulness and the fear of God are friends. The people who are most thankful in this world are those who fear God. 1 John 3:1 declares, “behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us. that we should be called the sons of God.”

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When You Do Not Delight Him


In losing His delights, we lose all hope of delight. This is what happens to us when He is out of our minds, deaf to our ears, and blind to our seeing. Have you forgotten the mountain of the LordIn Isaiah 65:11-19, the prophet is addressing those who have forsaken the Lord. He describes in graphic detail what it looks like and what effect it will have on them in contrast to those who worship God from the heart. He speaks of those who are not hearing and who are not responding because they do not delight in what is His delight. In these verses, Isaiah illustrates the greatness of the loss of those who forget the mountain of the Lord – earthly and eternal loss. 

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Fear of God Devotional: How to Increase the Fear of God in Your Church



Paul Thompson counsels us to stop reading the Bible for information and moral codes. Instead, read it to know who God is. Ask, “what does this tell me about God?” This liberates us from a wrong fear of God that prohibits us from really knowing Him.

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Fear of God Devotional: How do we dampen fear of God



Paul Washer answers the question, what keeps us from the fear of God? There is no secret. We simply need to saturate our lives in the scripture, to pray, and to be involved in a community of faith where the Word of God is proclaimed and a vision of God is central. Paul Washer says that in his personal life, “The ancients,” the reformers, and Puritans have been a great help in gaining a more exalted vision of God.

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Overview of the Corinthian Letters – Listen Live

Today at 5:00pm EST we will conduct another segment of our survey of the New Testament on 1 and 2 Corinthians.

The Corinthian letters are some of the most helpful documents to help churches, living in a pagan culture, make their way through the problems that surface as a result of the process of sanctification What is the solution?  The wisdom of God in the cross of Christ.

1 and 2 Cor contains a message for the 21st century church which is just as relevant and applicable as it was when Paul first wrote it. The culture of immorality, the cult of personality, the atmosphere of litigation, the culture of Christianity lite was rampant. Ours is a culture much like ancient Corinth – churches without discipline, dominated by feminism, pagan philosophy and idolatry.

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Fear of God Devotional: Genetic Engineering and the Fear of God



Kevin Swanson connects the efforts of human cloning, genetic engineering, and false wombs… to a loss of the fear of God.

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The Fear of God in Worship

We would all do well to listen to John Owen as he addresses the significance of worshiping “with reverence and godly fear.” He writes:

The sense of these words may best be learned from what they are opposed unto. Such as, 1. Want [lack] of a due sense of the majesty and glory of God with whom we have to do. 2. Want of a due sense of our own vileness. 3. Carnal boldness in a customary performance of sacred duties, which God abhors. Wherefore reverence is a holy abasement of soul in divine worship, in a sense of the majesty of God and our own vileness. And godly fear is a religious awe in the soul in holy duties, from a consideration of the greate danger there is in sinful miscarriages in the worship of God.

– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 172-73
– John Owen, Epistle to the Hebrews, 267

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do You Instill the Fear of God in Your Family



Studying the Bible systematically is the central way to grow in the fear of God. Here Jason Dohm urges families to bring the whole Bible to bear for their discipleship. This means that we immerse ourselves in the whole counsel of God. In order to do this, we must abandon our preferences, and bring our families into all God has said. This will increase our fear of God.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Mercy Increases Godly Fear in Man



God is infinitely angry with sin, yet He grants mercy to sinners through the shed blood of His Son. This is mercy. Infinite anger is replaced with infinite mercy by the atoning blood of Jesus. In this sense, the fear of God is a response to mercy. And, when someone grants you mercy, you want to draw near to them. You want to be with them. You do not want to run away… Gratitude turns to a fear that draws near. And those who fear God, not only run toward Him, they find that God draws near to them.

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 33:18).

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Fear of God Devotional: How the Fear of God Works in the heart of a Christian



Orthodoxy can exist without the fear of God. Doctrinal purity, outward religion, Church attendance, family worship, prayers, and any other thing you can name, can exist without the fear of God. But, when a person begins to see the glory of God, the fear of God grows. And when it does, joy breaks out. The dull drab life in external religion becomes a life of happiness. This is one of the marvelous fruits of the fear of God.

David made it clear that the fear of God is the way of happiness, “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments” (Psalm 112:1).

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Fear of God Devotional: Fearing God and a Pastor’s Salary



I once heard someone say that pastors were some of the most insecure people in the world. Perhaps this is related to the many pressures they experience. They are exposed to lots of disappointment, bear heavy burdens for their people, experience betrayal, slander, and misrepresentation. Longtime friends may brush them aside in a moment. Plus, people are looking for them to perform. They want to be pleased and inspired and as a result, pastors can easily become man fearers, but when we fear God, the success syndrome and the impulse to please people dies. We are set free. We need pastors like this today – men, who neither fear man or pain, but God alone.

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