Awe, Gratitude, and Fearing God (Bridges)

Psalm 130:3-4 goes like this: Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?  But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. (NLT) I really appreciate how Jerry Bridges reflected on these verses in The Joy of Fearing God: Here it is not the dread of divine wrath, but… Continue reading Awe, Gratitude, and Fearing God (Bridges)

Praying for A Heart That Fears God (Watson)

In chapter six of The Great Gain of Godliness Thomas Watson discussed the fear of God in some detail. Near the end of the chapter he asks a good question and answers it in a good way: Question: How shall we arrive at this blessed fear? Answer 1. Let us set God ever in our… Continue reading Praying for A Heart That Fears God (Watson)

Regeneration, Christian Graces, and Assurance of Salvation (Gurnall)

When God sovereignly regenerates a sinner, that person is renewed, reborn, made new.  "...If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Cor. 5:17 NASB; c.f. Gal. 6:15).  The person then walks in the newness of life (Rom. 6:4).  This doesn't mean a… Continue reading Regeneration, Christian Graces, and Assurance of Salvation (Gurnall)

The Fear of God vs The Fear of Man

  The fear of man (a.k.a. peer pressure, the disease to please, addicted to approval, etc.) is something with which all of us struggle - some more, some less.  Proverbs 25.29 is clear: "Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety" (NLT).   Here are a few self-diagnosis questions on this topic for you to… Continue reading The Fear of God vs The Fear of Man