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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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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Fear of God Devotional: Do I Really Fear God



No one ever feared God completely, but, how much of the fear of God do you have? Growing in the fear of God is the objective of every true Christian. Are you growing in the fear of God, or the fear of man?

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Fear of God Devotional: Helping Children See What the Fear of God Looks Like



Children love stories… They always want you to tell them a story about when you were young, or any story for that matter. In this fear of God devotional, Joel Beeke recommends that parents tell the stories of those in the Bible who had a fear of God. They are wonderful resources for children… Moses, Isaiah, Joseph, Deborah, Peter, Paul, Dorcas, Tabitha… How do we help a rising generation understand what the fear of God looks like in a person’s life? Help them know the great characters of the Bible.

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Fear of God Devotional: Why Did God Take My Child?



Why did God take my child? Why did I get cancer? The fear of God helps us get through when we have questions we cannot answer. When we know that God is almighty, we can trust in Him. This is why we should study scripture, not just to study scripture, but to study in order to KNOW HIM. Because, if I know God’s character, I don’t need to know all the answers to why things have happened.

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How Forgiveness and Fear of God are Connected

Al Martin urges to grow our fear by growing our awareness of forgiveness:

Therefore if you would have the fear of God sustained in your heart, feed your soul on God’s forgiveness. Don’t allow yourself to go back under the terrors of the law that will drive you from Him. Allow yourself to bask in the mystery of His forgiveness and stand amazed at such a display of grace – that it not only took hold of you when you were wallowing in your filth, but also bears so patiently with you in all of your wanderings and your stumblings. Stand amazed before such a display of forgiveness, and the fear of God will flourish in your heart.

– Al Martin – The Forgotten Fear, 152-53

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Fear of God Devotional: How Does the Fear of God Liberate Me



Paul Thompson speaks of how the fear of God frees us from ourselves. It keeps us from the bondage of continuous personal self driven innovation. God’s wisdom and authority teach us that it is good to put sin to death, to turn from our own ways, and to fear Him instead of acting as free agents inventing our own lives. Putting sin to death by the fear of God makes for a happier person. This is how the fear of God liberates.

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Overview of the Book of Acts – Listen Live

At 5:00 today, we will enter into the world of the early church, praying that we would be instructed and changed as we rediscover the early church of Jesus Christ, looking for how we might the transformed.

Acts is one of the most exciting books of the Bible for it is full of action and ideas and conflict. The central concern of the book of Acts is expressed in the promise the Lord Jesus gave to His disciples at the very beginning of the book, “you shall receive power.” Acts teaches us plainly that our mission is not only local but global.  They were witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and the outermost part of the earth. However, we need to understand that this witness was not unopposed.

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