Fear of God Devotional: What Is the Pivotal Factor in Reformation?

What needs to occur for a reformation of thinking in our day?

One of the most important things is a person’s view of God. Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that if we were to have a reformation of thinking in our day, we would need to realize that as A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Accordingly, if we were to have a reformation in our thinking, we must think rightly about God. Therefore, we should go to Scripture. We need to see who He is, what He says about Himself, and how we should interact with Him. We must endeavor to think more about God according to Scripture.

Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV) – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: How Repentance and Faith Work Together

What is the relationship between faith and repentance?

John Snyder explains in this video that faith and repentance are two sides of one coin. No one would turn to God from their sin apart from a saving faith. After conversion, we believe what God has said about us and the world and sin. We want to make room for God and to turn away from all other substitutes.

Repentance is not a one-time event. Similarly, faith has a beginning and it continues throughout the life of a believer. There is a life of believing God and responding to God. In the same way, in regards to repentance, there is an ongoing turning. We turn away from all, that we may turn afresh to God.

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: Repentance: A Daily Experience in the Life of a True Christian

How is repentance a daily experience in the life of a Christian?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that we sin daily. If we say that we do not have sin, we deceive ourselves and we call God a liar. We must recognize the fact that we sin well beyond our ability to understand. The battle against it is a daily one and repentance is a daily experience.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive. The believer, understanding these truths, will acknowledge sin, repent and come to the throne of grace. Through Christ, we have eternal forgiveness. It is a daily, ongoing experience for the Christian.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Compromise in the Church and our Children’s Education

How have our churches brought about the falling away of our children?

Ken Ham explains in this video that out of our children today, 40% say that they are not born again. 65% say that if you are a good person, you can get to Heaven, and 40% agree with homosexual marriage. These people will be the leaders of the future church.

The majority of these children daily attend public schools where they’re taught, among other things, the validity of evolution. Every day, they are taught how the Bible is not true. Our children begin to believe that churches merely present “Bible stories” while they learn fact-based evolution at school. Attending church simply becomes an hour-long entertainment and story-telling session. 

Our churches encourage our kids to believe nearly anything they wish so long as they trust in Jesus when they were little. We need Christian leaders to repent of compromise and to boldly preach Scripture and unashamedly stand on His Word. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Brings People To Repentance?

Is repentance something we can bring about by our own efforts?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that repentance is a gift from God. Repentance is not something that occurs naturally in the life of an unbeliever. Rather, apart from the grace of God, an unbeliever would never repent and turn their back on sin. 

Repentance is not something that comes about as a result of man’s efforts but it comes from God. He is incredibly patient and merciful towards us despite our rebellion against Him. Repentance is not something that we can earn based on our own actions. 

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

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Fear of God Devotional: How Did the Reformation Help Us Better Understand the Trinity?

How did the Reformation bring about a better understanding of the Trinity?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Reformation helped to point individuals to the Scripture and come to the understanding that there is only one Mediator between God and man. There are not individuals that we go to in place of Christ.

The Reformation gives us a Trinitarian theology in which our life can serve God. Samuel Rutherford exclaimed, “I know not which Divine Person I love the most–Father, Son, or Holy Ghost–but I know that I love each of them and need them all!”

1 Corinthians 8:6 (NKJV) – “[Y]et for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Church Leaders Can Promote a Culture of Transparency and Accountability

How should church leaders promote a culture of transparency and accountability?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that leaders in the church should be real and let others know that they are fellow brothers in the faith. They shouldn’t be distant from their congregation. 

It is important to share that they as pastors are not invulnerable from sin and that they need close friends who will hold them accountable. That is why multiple elders is important. Having only one pastor sometimes prevents him from having relationships with others with whom he can receive accountability. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV) – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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Fear of God Devotional: “Lord, Stamp Eternity on My Eyeballs”

How important is it to keep in the mind the reality of eternity and Hell?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that it is important to remember the eternal reality of Hell. When you think of the millions of people who will be spending eternity in a place of eternal torment, how can you keep going on as normal? 

One Puritan explained it that 5 million years from now, a soul in Hell will be no closer to being released than the first day that they entered. Jonathan Edwards once stated, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” We ought to have a similar urgency in the church for holiness and for the souls of men. 

2 Thessalonians 1:9 (NKJV) – “These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is My Church a Repentant Church?

Is your church a repentant church? How can you tell?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a repentant church that lives out true repentance in the 21st century is the same church that lived it out in the 1st century. It is the church that understands the Beatitudes. It is a church that understands that it needs to be reforming.

There has to be a mourning over sin and repentance for sin in the church before there is a comforting. There has to be a distraugtness. The same Holy Spirit that brings the convicting force also brings great joy. If there is a church that has no conviction for sin, there is no mourning. That is not a true church.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

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Church Leaders Luncheon, Pensacola, FL

On November 10, we will be gathering church leaders for teaching, fellowship, and prayer at Mt. Zion Bible Church in Pensacola Florida.

The meeting will begin at 12:00 pm and will conclude at 4:00 pm.

Several church leaders including Scott Brown, Jeff Pollard, Malamulo Chindongo, Jason Dohm, Clarence Simmons will be delivering messages.

Also note Mt. Zion Bible Church's family conference on Awakening will be taking place Thursday night, Friday night, and all day Saturday.

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

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that worldly sorrow is primarily concerned about the consequences of sin, getting caught, or the loss that results. Worldly sorrow is selfish in that it is only concerned about how sin makes you feel. Worldly sorrow is deceiving. We can easily think that another person is demonstrating godly repentance when in fact, they are only putting on a show.

We can look at the Parable of the Sower and see how worldly sorrow led to a falling away but how godly sorrow and repentance led to bearing much fruit. Holy sorrow is focused on God and causes a person to grieve that they have offended a holy God.

James 3:16 (NKJV) – “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Leads to True Repentance?

What leads to true repentance in the life of an individual?

David Eddy explains in this video that real repentance requires the work of the Holy Spirit. The Reformers taught that man is wrong, in sin, and is spiritually dead. This contradicted the belief that man was basically good or neutral. 

God uses different ways to bring about repentance. Sometimes, He uses a friend to come alongside you, open up Scripture, and rebuke you. Ultimately, it takes a work of God to change the heart for the heart indeed is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). 

Jeremiah 13:23 (NKJV) – “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Who Is Qualified to be a Reformer?

Who is qualified to be a reformer?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that any believer can be a reformer. A Christian, whether young or old, who has been changed as a result of regeneration and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God has a role to play in the reformation that is ongoing even today. All Christians ought to be prayerfully seeking to reform their own families, churches, and lives. 

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does a Heart for Repentance in a Church Look Like?

How should a church be working to reform itself according to Scripture?

Gary Powers explains in this video that when a church begins the process of reformation, they begin to examine different aspects of the church service. They ask questions such as: “Does this align with Scripture?” “Why are we doing this?” Sometimes, the things we do within the church are done merely because of tradition without contemplating whether they are in accord with Scripture.

There are basically two positions that we can take in regards to reformation. One position would put your preferences and desires first and demand that Scripture follow suit. The other position involves humbling yourself and submitting to the will of God found in Scripture.  

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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Pictures from the 2017 National Conference

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