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A Word about God’s sovereignty and the Fear of God February 12, 2006

Posted by mjtilley in Uncategorized.
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Godly fear results from and points to God Himself. It’s not a running scared for self-preservation; instead it is a Christ-exalting fear that inspires God-honoring actions.

Notice that God is seen (by the one who fears Him) as the only solution for the terrible predicament. However, God is also the cause (or at least the cause for seeing it) of the terrible predicament. God is both cause and effect … reason and solution.

Also notice, according to II Corinthians 7:10, “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation … sorrow of the world worketh death.” Therefore, it is entirely possible to recognize how bad you are yet not fear God and therefore not seek to be redeemed (or at least not the kind of redemption that truly saves). You might indulge in some sort of self-pity whereby you know that someone can’t go so long doing so bad without some bad consequences (think “karma”). But that’s not the kind of “sorrow” that leads to salvation. It’s only the kind of sorrow that God inspires that does takes you there.

It continues to amaze me that at every turn in this spiritual walk and on virtually every page of Scripture how God constantly shows Himself to be in control above all else!

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