Dread and Awe

What does it really men to fear God? Al Martin, in his book “The Forgotten Fear,” explains an important nuance to the fear of God. This nuance is reflected in a letter I received from a young man recently who discovered that before he was saved he had a certain kind of fear, and after he was saved, he had a very different type of fear of God. He wrote, I think I was afraid of God but did not fear Him.” Al Martin explains,

There are two basic aspects of the fear of God, as in all human fear. There is dread, and there is awe. The first aspect of fear drives us from the object of dread, the other aspect draws us to the object of awe. Our Lord’s teaching makes very clear that both aspects are included in a healthy fear of God – including this element of dread.

Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, pg 13.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do Parents Explain the Fear of God to their Children



How do you handle the Word of God with your children? Is it treated reverently and with respect or is it “dumbed down” and viewed as a fairy tale?

Sadly, many children’s books today, such as Noah and the flood, distort biblical narratives by neglecting to include the entire story. God’s judgment against sin and rebellion, such as death and judgment, are oftentimes downplayed or left out entirely.

Kevin Swanson encourages parents to not shy away from discussing with their children, even at young ages, that sin is a serious matter in God’s eyes and that He judges sin severely. At the same time, parents ought to balance the seriousness of sin with God’s mercy and love, demonstrated through the cross. We can only fully grasp the cross and God’s mercy if we also realize how serious our sin is, and how severe God’s judgment of that sin is.

Romans 6:23 (NKJV) – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Mercy Toward Those Who Fear God



Pride acts as a barrier between God and man. Prideful individuals shield themselves from being corrected, from being instructed, and from being rebuked. When we are prideful, we fail to see how sinful we are and how righteous and holy God is. Instead, we live in rebellion to God and His ways.

Jason Dohm explains that there is grace for those who humble themselves. One way to humble ourselves is to fear God. When we fear God, we humble ourselves before him, acknowledging that He is great, we are not. He is the potter, we are the clay. Conversely, if we resist God and rebel against Him, we can expect to be opposed and judged by God.

James 4:6 (NKJV) – “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

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Survey of the Book of Ephesians – Listen Live Now

Do you feel the wealth?  Do you rejoice in the riches of the glory of His inheritance?  Today at 5:00 EST we will be walking through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians where he explains the wealth of the believer. The Ephesian letter was written to explain the various manifestations of the glory of God displayed in the church. The letter is very clearly written to the rich – those blessed with every spiritual blessing. The recipients were rich in the glory of God’s grace. Do you have this sense of your life – that you are rich?

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Join me in Atlanta and Montgomery This Weekend

This weekend I will be conducting multiple leaders meetings in the southeast, and speaking at a family conference put on by Grace Family Baptist church. On Thursday night, I will be meeting with church leaders in Georgia for dinner, and Friday over lunch I will be meeting with church leaders in Montgomery. If you are a pastor, deacon, or aspiring church leader, I encourage you to come. Registration is only $5.00 and that covers the cost of food as well.


Friday and Saturday I will also be speaking at a Family Conference in Montgomery with Tom Ford. Below is the schedule for that conference:

Friday

5:00 Supper
6:00 Tom Ford – Sufficiency of Scripture for Family Life 
7:00 Scott Brown – Marriage
8:00 Q&A
9:00 – Ice Cream Social 

Saturday

9:00 Scott Brown – Young Men
10:00 Tom Ford – Child Training and Discipleship of our Children Part I
11:00 Scott Brown – Young Women
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Scott Brown – The Marriages of our Sons and Daughters
2:00 Q&A
2:30 Tom Ford –  Child Training and Discipleship of our Children Part II

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Fear of God Devotional: Winning Souls and the Fear of God



Are you passionate about winning unsaved souls? Does the thought of unsaved souls spending eternity in hell concern you?

Joel Beeke identifies a critical shortcoming of Christians today – that we have become increasingly focused on worldly activities and priorities instead of having an eternal focus, one that yearns for lost souls to be saved.

This should concern us as Christians as the more we are alike to unbelievers, the more we lose our “saltiness.” This, in turn, negatively affects the impact of our witness as Christians. Jesus declared: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)

Charles Spurgeon once explained how we should instead interact with the unsaved: “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

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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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