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

Religious Change Does Not Work

Religious change, no matter how well-intentioned, doesn’t work for three primary reasons:

  1. Religious activities fail to address the “root” idolatries that drive our sin.
  2. When our acceptance is based on our performance, we exacerbate two root sins in our heart: pride and fear
  3. The insecurity of always wondering if we’ve done enough to be accepted causes resentment of God, not love for Him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; pages 30-33

The Answer to the Fear of God Is…

The answer to fear of man is fear of God. The number one command in the Bible is “Fear not”, appearing more than 150 times. Rather than having unhealthy fear of man, the Bible commands us to have a healthy fear of Jesus, meaning we care more about what he says than what others say and we endure whatever we have to, knowing that he will reward us for being faithful.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 211

Fear is Vision Without Hope

Fear is vision without hope , and it turns us into false prophets seeing only a bleak and dreaded future. Fear is about not getting what we want, getting what we’re going to losing, we’re getting what we don’t want.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 211