The Paradox of Faith

The greatness of God rouses fear within us, but His goodness encourages us not the be afraid of Him.  To fear and not be afraid – that is the paradox of faith.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 68

Sin Has Made us Timid and Self-Conscious

The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty is eager to be friends with us.

But sin has made us timid and self-conscious, as well it might.  Years of rebellion against God have bred in us, a fear that cannot be overcome in a day.  The captured rebel does not enter willingly the presence of the king he has so long fought to unsuccessfully to overthrow.  But if he is truly penitent he may come, trusting only in the loving-kindness of his Lord and the past will not be held against him.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 67

Whispers of Everlasting Hope

The ancient image of God whispers within every man of everlasting hope; somewhere he will continue to exist.  Still he cannot rejoice, for the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world troubles his conscience, frightening him with proofs of guilt and evidences of coming death.  So is he ground between the upper millstone of hope and the nether stone of fear.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 34

What Are You Following?

Maybe you grew up in a home where you were taught all about Jesus.  Through fear and guilt you learned to keep as many of the rules as possible, hoping it would be enough to keep you out of hell.  You were taught to observe different religious traditions and rituals in an effort to appease God.  Instead of becoming a follower of Christ, you become a follower of religion.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 82

The Gospel Cure Us of Fear, Dissatisfaction and Pride

Gospel change is the Spirit of God using the story of God to make the beauty of God come alive in our hearts.  Having our eyes opened to see our part in the story creates in us a love for God that is strong enough to finally drive out our attraction to other idols.  The gospel cures us of fear, dissatisfaction and pride.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 64

Both Start with Unbelief in the Gospel

Pride leads to hardness of heart toward God and hatred of others.  Despair leads us to depression, fear, and indulgence in the lusts of the flesh.  This is the cycle he [Satan] loves to have us in.  Both start with unbelief in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 51