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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seeing the World Accurately

I've been reading Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp and have been trying and somewhat failing to not post or tweet large chunks of the book. But his thinking regarding the importance of the development of the awe of God in the life of the believer so resonates with my experience that I want to pass it along. Tripp argues that a significant part of ministry is to help people a sense of an awe of God because without it we are all at a tremendous disadvantage in being able to see the world accurately. "The spiritual danger here is that when awe of God is absent, it is quickly replaced by our awe of ourselves."

What I specifically wanted to share is what he describes as the practical fruit of the cultivation of an awe of God. I have experienced everything he mentions here in nearly direct correlation to my sense of being amazed at the glory of God and of his grace. He elaborates a great deal on each of these but here is the simple list:

  • Humility
  • Tenderness
  • Passion
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Rest

Tomorrow I will be posting a fresh take on the prayer of adoration, which is an important discipline in developing a greater awe of God.

2 comments:

  1. Intense struggle to see God tonight in awe. Rough Day via Slamming Discouragement Post. Need blessing and proud. Purchasing the Paul Tripp book and going to bed. Need to wake up tomorrow with the awe of God on my soul. Working hard. Push forward.

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