Month: May 2015

Why Is It?

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Fearing God in His Sovereign Majesty”

“An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes!” Psalm 36:1

Why is it that, today, the masses are so utterly unconcerned about spiritual and eternal things, and that they are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God?

Why is it that defiance of God is becoming more open, more blatant, more daring?

Why is it that even among those who profess to be the Lord’s people, that there is so little real subjection to His Word, and that its precepts are so lightly esteemed and so readily set aside?

The answer is, because “There is no fear of God before their eyes!” Romans 3:18

Ah! what needs to be stressed today–is that God is a God to be feared! Happy is the person who has been awed by a view of God’s majesty, who has had a vision of . . . God’s unutterable greatness, His ineffable holiness, His perfect righteousness, His irresistible power, His sovereign grace!

Time was, when it was the general custom to speak of a believer as “a God-fearing man”. That such an appellation has become extinct, only serves to show where we have drifted. Nevertheless, it still stands written, “Like as a father pities His children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him!” Psalm 103:13

When we speak of godly fear, of course, we do not mean a servile fear, such as prevails among the heathen in connection with their gods. No! We mean that spirit which Jehovah is pledged to bless, that spirit to which the prophet referred when he said, “To this man will I look–even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2

Nothing will foster this godly fear, like a recognition of the sovereign majesty of God!

“I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into Hell. Yes, I tell you–this is the One to fear!” Luke 12:4-5

“Our God is a consuming fire!” Hebrews 12:29

“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” Hebrews 10:31

by A.W. Pink

Unwilling To Yield

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead. Romans 6:13

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly, who will never consider changing their way of living. They will go “underground” before they will do that! Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests. This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives, because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation nor any understanding of the things of God. The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside.

My brethren, I repeat: this is the great tragedy of mankind!

by A.W. Tozer