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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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Necessary to Come to Christ?



Is repentance necessary to come to Christ?

John Snyder explains in this video that repentance is absolutely necessary to come to Christ. Repentance is not just cleaning up one’s outward appearance. There must be a mourning for our sin, a turning from it, and an embracing of godliness. 

There is no room for both Christ and our sin. We must repent and turn away from sin. There must be a humility in the life of a believer that understands how spiritually weak they are. Believers must hunger and thirst after righteousness. 

Matthew 5:4-6 (NKJV) – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  

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



What is the difference between worldly and godly sorrow?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that there is a clear difference between worldly sorrow and godly sorrow. Judas exemplified worldly sorrow. After he betrayed Christ, he was sorry and flung the money into the temple, but he then went and hung himself. His worldly sorrow literally resulted in his death. Godly sorrow drives you to repentance. It leads to salvation.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10 (NKJV) – “For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. 9 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. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Can Repentance Be Compared To?



What can repentance be compared to?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that repentance can be compared to a soldier marching in one direction and then doing an abrupt about-face and marching in the opposite direction. Similarly, when God saves a person, there is a new birth and that sinner leaves his old life behind. You leave the old life and sin no longer has dominion over you. 

This is a lifelong change. This is not just a one-time event in the life of a Christian. You keep striving after godliness and repenting for sin throughout your entire life.  

2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) – “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does Repentance Look Like in the Home?



What does repentance look like in the home?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that it is such a great blessing to have one’s transgressions covered and forgotten. David spoke much about the blessings of God’s forgiveness. He also declares how he lived in misery when he tried to hide his sin.  

We as fathers must show a transparent spirit in front of our spouses and children about own struggles with sin. As we do family worship with our families, when sin is uncovered, we should see that as the providence of God and freely confess it in front of our families.

Psalm 32:1-2 (NKJV) – “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Blessings of Repentance



What can we learn from David’s repentance from Scripture?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that there are lessons that we can learn from David’s repentance found in Scripture. David first says, “Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation.” There is forgiveness from God that we do not deserve.  

David continues and declares that he will teach others about the ways of God. After we have been forgiven much, we are to tell others about the ways of God. 

Psalm 51:12-14 (NKJV) – “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.”

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Interview with Kevin Swanson on Reading the Bible 2018

In this interview, Kevin Swanson of Generations says, “We are calling the year 2018 the year of the Bible. This is the year to read the Bible, to discover more of its truths, and to teach it to our children. We discuss Scott Brown’s new devotional book, “Journey Through the Bible.”

Also, consider this article, “The Tips for Reading the Bible as a Family in 2018″

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Fear of God Devotional: How Are We to Reform Our Lives?



How should we approach the subject of reformation today?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that there is a great need for reformation today. The greatest reform that we need is to go back to Scripture. We must look to see what Scripture says about everything. 

Families and individuals must go to the Scripture to see how God has prescribed that we live. How do we live in the church, home, and community? We must get back to the Scriptures and look only to the Scriptures with regard to how we will worship God and live our lives.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct[a] your paths.”

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