Fear of God Devotional: One of the Biggest Problems in the Church Today



What is one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches today?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches and culture today is that many people claim that they are Christians but they never exhibit true fruits of salvation and they have never repented for their sins. They are not true Christians.

As a result, people are thinking that they are doing just fine while they walk in darkness and are enslaved to the devil. Accordingly, they experience no victory over sin and continue to show affection for sin. There is a divide in their lives, where so long as they go to church on Sunday, they can do whatever they please the rest of the week.

1 John 1:6 (NKJV) – “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Pastors Must Not Forget to Preach in Their Sermons



What must pastors not forget to preach in their sermons?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a pastor needs to preach the great contrast between God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness. Preachers must point to the cross. At the cross, God sent His Son, Christ took the wrath of God and experienced God’s turning away.

Christ endured all of this because of His love towards us and His mercy towards us. At the cross, we begin to see our sinfulness and God’s righteousness. We see the love of God shown towards us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV) – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The False Repentance of Jeroboam



What is an example of false repentance?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that we see instances of false repentance in Scripture. Jeroboam was king and God sent a man to call him out of the ungodly things that he has done.

The man of God comes and warns Jeroboam and Jeroboam immediately attempts to have him thrown out and he stretches out his harm. While he is pointing at the man of God, God strikes his arm. While Jeroboam cries out for God to restore his arm, it is clear that Jeroboam never did repent for his sin.

Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV) – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

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



What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that there is a significant difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is a sorrow that may lead to repentance, but it is primarily concerned with self and how others think of them. In other words, the focus is horizontal – the offender is concerned with our their sin impacts themselves or others but does not consider what God thinks of their sin. 

In contrast, godly sorrow is vertical-focused. It asks how we have offended God. We realize that our sin doesn’t just affect ourselves or others, but that when we sin, we also sin against God. 

Psalm 51:4 (NKJV) – “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak,[a] and blameless when You judge.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: When Does Repentance Occur in the Life of a Christian?



When and how does repentance occur in the life of a Christian?

Don Hart explains in this video that there is a point where saving knowledge and repentance occur in a Christian’s life. There are different ways that God can save us and bring us to a saving knowledge of Himself. For example, not all of us will have a conversion experience as Paul did on his way to Damascus.

After we are saved, there is a notable difference in our lives and we are a new creature. A repentant person turns away from sinful desires and patterns and turns toward Jesus Christ. There is a single time of repentance when a person comes to Christ. But, a regenerate person needs to continually repent throughout their entire life.

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What is an Example of True Repentance?



What is an example of true repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that he knew of a man who had sinned grievously. But instead of continuing to live in sin, this man confessed his heinous sin to him, his wife, and his children. 

He repented because he knew he had sinned against God and against others. He did not try to cover his sin or to make excuses for it. Repentance is a two-fold process: confessing it and forsaking it.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV) – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Holiness and Reformation



Do we have a right thinking about holiness?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that it is crucial that we have a reformation in how we think about holiness.  

We must look to see the beauty of holiness in the Scripture. We live in a society that frowns upon holiness. But, Scripture states that it is an incredible privilege, opportunity, and blessing to be in communion with God. We would do well to think more biblically about holiness and godliness in our lives.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV) – “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

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Church Leaders Meeting, Southern CA

On December 8th, we will be gathering church leaders for teaching, fellowship, and prayer at Centerpoint Church in Colton California.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Several church leaders including Scott Brown, Cliff Allcorn, Brian Owen, Aaron Hebbard, Deane Plew, Jason Young, and others will be delivering messages.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: The Heart of the Christian Life



Does repentance continue even after salvation?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Martin Luther once said the heart of the Christian life is repentance. Once you have been justified, there is nothing you can do to be somehow more justified. But that doesn’t mean that repentance is something that Christians do once and never again. 

Rather, Christians are a people who are repenting multiple times every day because they understand that they fall short of the glory of God. 

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV) – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do You Define Repentance?



What is repentance?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that repentance is a 180-degree turnaround. It is a radical change of mind, soul, and will. It is the fruit of a new birth that the Holy Spirit works in our hearts. 

After salvation, we receive a new compass in our lives. Everything gravitates towards God. We are concerned about God’s will, His ways, and learning more about Him. Repentance is a turning from sin to God. Our attitude towards sin changes.

There are several facets of repentance. First, we will be genuinely sorry that we have sinned against God. Second, there is a loathing over sin and a hatred of it. There will be a pain in our soul. This produces a grief over our sin and a rejoicing and gratitude for God’s forgiveness. Then, there is a forsaking of sin. This is the evidence of repentance. When you are truly grieved over sin, you stop doing it.

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: An Example of True Repentance



What is an example of true repentance?

Dennis Gunderson shares in this video an example of true repentance. There was a man that he knew who had been hiding a secret lifestyle of sexual sin and had been recently found out and was now facing legal consequences for his actions. 

This man was given an opportunity to plead not guilty but after becoming saved while in prison, he refused to plea that he was not guilty. Instead, he declared that he could not lie and try to claim that he was innocent. He would not try to use others to help him avoid the consequences of his sin. 

Hebrews 10:26-27 (NKJV) – “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Necessity of Penitence



What is the relationship between penitence and faith?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that Martin Luther stated that any faith that did not emerge from the womb of penitence was not true faith. Faith was not simply some historical objective. For Luther, faith was a momentous experience where one comes face to face with their sins and realizes that their sins will send them to hell.

It is a radical change of mind regarding how important and horrible sin is. It is only out of that experience of the vileness of sin that faith truly emerges. A Christian’s faith is always born out of the realization that he needs Christ and His righteousness to be imputed. It cannot be trivial or lighthearted. 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) – “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Did You Bring to the Lord When You Were Saved?



What do you bring to God when you are saved?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that when He was saved, there was nothing that he brought to God except for his own iniquity. Salvation is something that completely apart from our own efforts. 

When God gives us faith to believe, we can truly understand how wicked we are in the sight of God. This oftentimes leads to a godly sorrow that leads to repentance in the life of a sinner. 

2 Corinthians 7:9 (NKJV) – “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Church And Family Reformation Handled Poorly



How can reformation in the church or family be handled poorly?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that reformation in the church or family can be handled poorly when we as fathers or leaders make changes without any communication. We must communicate the “why” behind what we are asking our family or church to do. We must lay the groundwork and explain why we are making changes. We shouldn’t make changes just for the sake of change.

It does go back to our heart – why are we making changes? If we start without Christ at the center, we will run into numerous problems. We ought to have everything stem out of a love for Christ. Reformation should flow out of a heart to please God.

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV) – “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

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Fear of God Devotional: A Church Without Mourning and Repentance



What is an issue present in many churches today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that in many churches today, there aren’t enough people that are concerned about sin. They do not have the right perspective about sin. Those who demonstrate false repentance are merely concerned about themselves.

But, a person who truly repents understands how grievous their sin is in the eyes of God and hates their sin because God hates sin.

Hebrews 10:26 (NKJV) – “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”

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