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



What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Both worldly and godly sorrow could look the same on the outside. One could even shed tears and appear to be sorrowful but never truly repent. This sorrow would be rooted in the fact that they were found out or they feel guilty for what they have done. Worldly sorrow could bring about the shedding of tears but without a hunger for righteousness.

In the life of an individual who demonstrates worldly repentance, there is not a radical change that takes place. There is no stopping of what we’ve been doing and turning and going to 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 Makes a Person Repent?



What are the first movings of repentance in the heart of an unbeliever?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that a sinner doesn’t see the idolatry of their heart and the severity of their own sins. A person who is dead doesn’t know he is dead. The Spirit must come and breathe upon us and give them life so that they can see their sin and the offense that it is against a holy God.

Unbelievers begin to see God for who He is. The Spirit gives them a heart to see and Christ becomes precious to them. They see that they have offended God. These mark the first signs of repentance upon an unbeliever.

Ephesians 2:1-2 (NKJV) – “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Necessary For Salvation?



Is repentance necessary for salvation?

Don Hart explains in this video that repentance does not produce salvation but that it is a necessary component of salvation. One who has faith and is truly a child of God must be a repentant person.

This means that you have turned away from sin and have followed Christ. It is a fruit of a regenerate heart by the grace of God. Repentance will be present and be a perceptible, noticeable, and genuine effect of following Christ.

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[a] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example Of False Repentance



What is an example of an individual displaying false repentance while claiming that he is truly repentant?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there was a young man who fell into the sin of fornication and was discovered in his sin. He came to the elders and made a confession of what he had been involved in. There were many tears and this man demonstrated extreme sorrow and anguish while he met with the elders of the church. There was a stated desire to walk with Christ and to honor him.

But, the evidence of his repentance, him breaking off his relationship with the girl, never happened. In time, it became clear that he was merely manifesting a worldly sorrow. He was sorrowful for the shame that he brought on his parents and sorry for the grief that he brought to his congregation, but it was all worldly sorrow. He was ultimately excommunicated and is still living in sin. Tears and words can be deceiving. 

Hebrews 10:29 (NKJV) – “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Required For Salvation?



Is it possible to separate faith from repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that a sinner cannot be saved without them first believing on Christ and repenting from sin. That sinner will go to Christ by faith by turning his back on sin and repenting for them. They are always connected.  

There are many instances in Scripture of men preaching a message of both repentance and faith. It is not possible to separate the two. Without repentance toward God and faith in Christ, there is no salvation.

Acts 20:20-21 (NKJV) – “I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Family Reformation Looks Like



What does family reformation look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that family reformation involves a family understanding how they can better align their family life to Scripture. There are always areas of our lives that need reforming. 

He shares a personal example of how he and his wife would study Scripture together as a family once a week, but they realized that Scripture commands fathers to study God’s Word together as a family on a regular basis. 

Deuteronomy 11:19 (NKJV) – “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: How Repentance Changes How You Think and Act



How does repentance change the way a person thinks and acts?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that when a person is saved, their perspective is changed. Their faith is linked with repentance. They begin to realize that they are a lost sinner. They see Christ as the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world and takes on the wrath of God. They understand that sin is a grievous sin against God. 

In essence, salvation leads to a radical change of mind. This change of mind leads to a subsequent change of life. 

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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Coloring Book off to Printer

At our upcoming National Conference, we welcome and encourage entire families to attend the sessions. This year, as we prepare to focus our attention on the topic of repentance, we designed a mini coloring book with your younger children in mind. 

This book features a coloring page, study questions, Bible verses, and an area your children can write down notes for each of the keynote sessions. We hope it will encourage your children to ponder and explore what Scripture has to say about repentance.  

Today, we sent the coloring book files over to the printer and received our shipment of crayons.  

It's still not too late to register – we would love to see you there! To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/RepentanceConf

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Fear of God Devotional: The Timing of Repentance and Faith



Does repentance precede faith or does faith come first?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that both faith and repentance occur at the same time. He references John Murray who explained in his book, Redemption – Accomplished and Applied, that “[t]here is no priority. The faith that is unto salvation is a penitent faith and the repentance that is unto life is a believing repentance … saving faith is permeated with repentance and repentance is permeated with saving faith.”  In short, faith and repentance go hand in hand and are inseparable.

Mark 1:14-15 (NKJV) – “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”

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“Missions Interest” meeting during the Repentance Conference



You are invited to a “Missions Interest” meeting during the Repentance Conference at Ridgecrest.

This gathering will focus on the missions work currently being done among churches which affiliate with the NCFIC. This gathering provides an opportunity for like-minded churches to meet and learn from one another. For example, are they targeting unreached peoples? Are they actively preparing to send families to the mission field? Do they have a desire to partner with like-minded churches to pool resources to send families?

We hope to facilitate relationships in order to encourage the work of global missions among churches.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Humility and Repentance



How are humility and repentance related?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that humility is naturally coupled with repentance. Humility involves a contrite heart, a recognition of sin, and an understanding that we are the created not the Creator. It is a realization that we are helpless without God. 

Without a spirit of humility before a holy God, we are arrogant. We must see God as holy. Repentance is the essence of the Christian life. It is the posture that God requires in those that have accepted Him. 

Luke 18:14 (NKJV) – “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Three Elements of Repentance



What are elements of repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Proverbs 28:13 gives us a good definition of repentance: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

There are three elements of repentance that can be extrapolated from the verse: the first element involves confessing sin and acknowledging that you have sinned. The second element involves the forsaking of sin. The third element of repentance is that it is a matter of the heart and involves a willingness to bring it to the light.

2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) – “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Reformation Affected All Areas of Life



Is the Reformation still relevant today? How does it continue to affect our lives?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that reformation has everything to do with the church today and profits us in all kinds of ways. Its importance and relevance did not come to an end 500 years ago. Rather, it affects the way we see everything.

The lessons we learn and take away from the Reformation impact our view on marriage, parenting, ethics, and all of life. Our ultimate goal of glorifying God is that we want to be filled with praise to God. The Reformation helped us to better understand who God is and be filled with a greater sense of worship towards Him. 

1 Corinthians 6:11 (NKJV) – “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”   

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Fear of God Devotional: Helping One Another Deal With Sin



How can we help other people deal with sin in their lives?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that it is helpful to not only address sin and repentance from the pulpit but to also build individual relationships with people in the congregation. Connecting with people on an individual basis will help those individuals to know how to combat sin.  

Sermons inform doctrine, but it is also important to not neglect the personal discipleship of others. It is vital that another person walk with others in the congregation, hold them accountable, be there to talk about particular struggles, and point them to Scripture.  

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: How Is Reformation Poorly Implemented?



How do fathers poorly implement reforms within their family and churches?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that one way that reformation can be poorly implemented is by a father who quickly applies the new truths that he has learned in his family in an iron-fisted manner.

While we do need strong men within families and churches, fathers also need a healthy dose of patient love to go along the truth that they are coming in contact with. They must care for those under their authority in the home and in the church. Ultimately, fathers are to point families and churches to God and not to themselves.

Colossians 3:21 (NKJV) – “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

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