The Fear of God – A Protecting Safeguard

“And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon the earth” (1 Peter 1:17).

Thomas Watson says:

“Labor to get the fear of God into your hearts.  As a levee embankment keeps out the flood waters, so the fear of the Lord keeps out moral uncleanness.  Those who lack the fear of God, lack a bridle that should check them from sin.  Bernard calls holy fear,  janitor animae, the door-keeper of the soul.  As a nobleman’s porter stands at the door, and keeps out vagrants, so the fear of God stands and keeps sinful temptations from entering.”

(Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments,  p 161)


About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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1 Response to The Fear of God – A Protecting Safeguard

  1. Pastor Chanski, Great messages, and so timely for me. In the afternoon I was pondering your sermon and asking myself, “ok then, where to start?” I know that you spoke of some “pre emptive” strikes in regards to specific sin but what are some additional practical safeguards to avoid loving the world, or becoming passive about falling into its “stream of thought” Heidi

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