Fear of God Devotional: Are You Reformed or Reforming?

What is the difference between repentance and reformation?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a specific connection between repentance and reformation. In one sense, as the Christian continues to repent, he also continues to reform. He explains that he prefers the word “reforming” over “reformation.” We will never get to a state where we are completely reformed – rather, we will continue to be reforming (and repenting).

A Christian’s desire, what ought to burn in their heart, is to strive for a life that reforms as it conforms to God because they have been transformed by the grace of God. The Christian is always reforming. Whole families should always be reforming. As soon as they identify sin in their life, they ought to want to repent of that.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV) – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Biblical Repentance

What is an example of repentance in Scripture?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that an example of repentance in Scripture involves an Ethiopian traveling in the desert and reading Scripture. Through the providential hand of God, the Ethiopian is longing to know who Christ is.

Philip “preached Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch. Afterwards, that man desired and longed to be right with God and asked to be baptized. This an example of true repentance. He realized who he was, his sinfulness, who God is, and his need for God.

Acts 8:34-38 (NKJV) – “So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”

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Read2018 Webinar – Jason Dohm

Today at 3:00 eastern time, Jason Dohm and I will be on a live webinar to discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. We will be on the line for 20 minutes to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Genesis and Matthew.

You can stream the webinar here.

I hope you can join us.

Scott Brown

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Fear of God Devotional: How Are Holiness and Repentance Connected?

How are holiness and repentance connected?

True repentance that flows from godly sorrow is necessary for salvation. Repentance understands that we have offended a holy God. Without repentance, we don’t see God as He really is. He is holy and our offenses are grievous in His sight. Before salvation and repentance, we don’t see our sin as it really is.

Repentance is a turning away from idols to God. The first step of holiness is repentance. It involves removing sin from the grace of God and a pursuing of the holiness of God. Repentance is necessary in the pursuit of God and for true salvation. 

Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV) – “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Connection Between Faith and Repentance

What is the connection between faith and repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that there is an important connection between faith and repentance. They are indelibly linked. By faith, we understand that we need forgiveness and we need Christ. Apart from faith, the natural man does not believe that he is in sin. 

A person who is not exercising faith in God will have a lofty view of himself and not see his sin as an offense to God. Faith gives us the object that we are going to when we talk about repentance. There is a turning from one thing to another. Faith and repentance go hand in hand. A genuine believer will turn from their sin to God. When God draws us in faith, He draws us away from sin to a hope and trust in Him. 

Acts 20:21 (NKJV) – “[T]estifying 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 Are the Effects of Neglecting to Biblically Train Up Our Children?

What are the effects of neglecting to train up our children in the way that they should go?

Ken Ham explains in this video that many parents need to repent of handing their children over to the secular world into an educational system that promotes godlessness. Not only do many parents send their children to an atheistic environment, but many parents neglect to train and teach their children at home. Fathers are not training and equipping their children and teaching them what Scripture says. 

These same parents then send their children to churches that have resorted to entertainment instead of teaching the Word. They are not teaching the Bible as the source of truth. 

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: Judas: An Example of False Repentance

What is an example of false repentance?

Don Hart explains in this video that Judas is an example of a person demonstrating false repentance. He showed worldly sorrow instead of godly sorrow. His sorrow did lead to action, but it was sinful. 

While some might argue that taking his own life demonstrated repentance, this is wrong. He tried to pay for his sin himself instead of repenting of his sin and running to Christ for forgiveness.     

Matthew 27:3-5 (NKJV) – Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Repentance

What is an example of repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that there was a man that he knew who was hoping to become a deacon but even though he met every qualification, he struggled with gluttony.  

He was a man of God who feared God. After being spoke to by the elders in the church, he repented. He quickly took steps to make a complete change of direction in his lifestyle. 

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV) – “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: One of the Most Important Doctrines to Come Out of the Reformation

What was one of the most important doctrines of the Reformation?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that the Reformation was important then and continues to be important today because it introduced the doctrine of justification by faith. Churches today have departed from this issue that there is a holy and just God and that we justly deserve His condemnation and judgment if we do not repent and believe the Gospel. 

If justification by faith does not remain a central aspect of our lives, then we will find ourselves in need of a massive reformation in our homes and lives. 

Romans 5:1 (NKJV) – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is It Loving to Call People to Repentance in Our Sermons?

Is it biblical and loving to call people to repentance in our sermons?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that preaching a message of repentance is often seen by the world as being mean-spirited. They claim that Christ is not concerned about our sin but rather only wants to love us for who we are. 

But, when we look at Scripture, we see that Christ continually preaches a message of repentance. We also see this same preaching of repentance by Peter in the New Testament. He doesn’t preach a prosperity Gospel, he doesn’t preach a message where repentance is absent. Rather, he calls his audience to repent. Neglecting to call people to repentance in our preaching is not loving and it is not biblical. Rather, we ought to love them enough that we call them to repentance.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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

What is the difference between godly and worldly sorrow?

David Eddy explains in this video that there is a distinct difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Godly sorrow is God-focused while worldly sorrow is focused on one’s self. 

We can see an example of worldly sorrow when Esau lost his blessing. He was sorrowful and he sought to regain his blessing with tears. He was sad, not because he didn’t have a right relationship with his father, his brother, or God, but because he missed out on worldly possessions. In contrast, a person demonstrating godly sorrow is grieved when they sin because there is a breaking of the relationship between God. In short, it is motivated by humility and righteousness. 

Hebrews 12:14-17 (NKJV) – ” Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does the Bible Say About Repentance?

What does the Bible say about repentance?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that repentance is an initial turning from sin and a subsequent turning to God. Some of the key passages that discuss repentance include John the Baptist’s call to repent in Matthew 3, Peter’s call for his countrymen to repent in Acts 2, Paul’s message on repentance in 2 Corinthians 7, and the Lord’s Prayer.

The Bible is clear that though there is an initial repentance and change of mind, repentance has another dimension. There is an ongoing lifestyle of repentance and the asking of God for forgiveness in Scripture.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Blessings of the Christian Life

What are the blessings of the Christian life?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that if he had the opportunity to live a million lives as an unsaved individual or one life as a Christian, he would immediately live the life of a saved individual. The life of a Christian is full of peace and joy. There is no better life to live.

We need to declare the riches of Christ more consistently. We must declare who He is. We must tell others of His holiness, His justice, and that He is coming again. We must call others to repent while we still have time.

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV) – “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Need to Prioritize Repentance in Our Preaching

What is a neglected doctrine in the preaching of American churches today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a missionary recently explained to him that in Uganda, the emphasis of much of the preaching centered around repentance. What needs to happen in America is to prioritize the preaching of a message of repentance. 

Churches in America understand the grace of God, but they don’t understand the doctrine of repentance. The Great Commission calls us to preach a Gospel message that includes repentance. We have an imbalance when it comes to preaching a message of repentance. 

2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NKJV) – “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Does National Repentance Begin?

How does national repentance begin?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that we see multiple examples of national repentance in the Old Testament. In these examples, individuals in leadership positions took the first step in repenting for national sins. 

Today, parents and elders should be doing the same. We ought to identify sins in the family and in the church and repent for them. National repentance begins first in the family and in the house of God. 

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (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.”

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