For believers, Adversity is inevitable; Stress is optional. How stress can destroy your spiritual life.


April 24, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
042420

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back to our Lord by becoming more for Him because of 2Co 5:14, love for Christ motivates us.

Try our best with all our heart and soul and we will become what we are trying for.

We also noted how many believers are controlled by fear and stress and yet. “Ten years from now you’ll laugh at whatever’s stressing you out today.

 

  1. Overt pressure–which in this study will be classified as adversity.
  2. Inner pressure of the soul–which in this study will be classified as stress.

We will all face the fact that adversity is an outside pressure in life; stress is an inside pressure of the soul.

Stress is what you do to yourself; adversity is what the circumstances of life do to you.

Adversity is inevitable; stress is optional.

Stress in the soul destroys the spiritual life of the believer.

(1)  Stress causes fragmentation, which is implosion and explosion reversionism, and Christian degeneracy, which, when combined with the sin nature control of the soul, completely destroys any capacity for life, love, and happiness.

(2)  Stress destroys the inner spiritual strength of the soul when combined with the sin nature control of the soul and results in inner tensions that cause dissociation, mental disorder, and multiple personality dysfunction.

(3)  Unchecked and perpetuated stress in the soul produces the psycho Christian.

The constant conversion of gnosis doctrine into epignosis doctrine through consistent faith perception prevents the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.

The conversion of adversity into stress always begins with outside pressure.

Adversity on the outside should be handled through the application of Bible doctrine.

Under the pressure of adversity, the believer can use his volition to open the door of his soul and invite in the pressure which was on the outside.

(4)  The conversion of adversity into stress is a series of bad decisions from a position of weakness.

(5)  If Bible doctrine is not number one priority in the life, this results in negative volition toward doctrine, and this, in turn, results in distractions from PMA of Bible doctrine.

Prin-No instrument of death can remove the believer from this life until God permits it.

No instrument of death can even remove the loser from this life until God permits it.

Only the integrity of God can transfer any believer from time into eternity; PSA 68:20   God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”

If you want to succeed in your life, remember this important principle that our past does not equal the future.

Because you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; the last sixteen years; or the last fifty years of life, doesn’t mean anything — What are you going to do, right now?”

All growth starts at the end of your comfort zone, especially if you are ready and prepared to handle what the Lord is about to do to pull some of you through.

“Your story is where you take it to, not where you start.”

You are responsible for your very own story and you can rewrite it if you want to and make any changes you desire only remember you must take responsibility for any changes that you make.

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.

“Be the person you wish to become – today.

“If you keep that clear vision of our Lord for your future, it will pull you like a magnet through your toughest times.”

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.

It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

It’s your decisions about what to focus on now, and what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.

“Sometimes, not getting what you want can be the most valuable experience of your entire life.”

“Repetition is the mother of skill.”

“Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”

Every day, stand guard at the door of your mind, and you alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life.

For they will shape whether you feel rich or poor, cursed or blessed.”

The great principle behind this type of thinking is that, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

In order to take our lives to the next level, we must realize that the same pattern of thinking that has gotten us to where we are now,  will not get us to where we want to go for our future.”

“It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.”

“The real joy in life comes from finding your true purpose and aligning it with what you do every single day.”

“In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know.”

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

“It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean and if they will change our life.

“The only thing keeping most individuals from what they want is  their story about why they couldn’t achieve what they desired.”

“Yesterday does not equal tomorrow. Forget the past and move towards your goals.”

“Your destiny is determined by your decisions.”

“Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.”

“No one ever achieved a goal by being interested in its achievement. One must be committed.”

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.

This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.

As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

Do you know that perfection is the lowest standard in the world?

If you’re trying to be perfect, you know you can’t be.

What you really have is a standard you can never achieve. What you should want to be is outstanding, not perfect.”

“The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals or desires is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum to keep on going.”

“It’s not about the goal, It’s about growing to become the person that can accomplish that goal.”

What would you choose if the Lord gave you the choice, to accomplish a goal that you have or to become the type of person who can accomplish those goals?

“Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.”

One of the most overlooked subjects that is found in our passage in Joh 15 is the importance of the role of the Third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.

The First Member of the Trinity is identified to us as God the Father Who is called our Vinedresser because He is always at work within us as He has been preparing us for our Wedding Feast and the Wedding Supper.

The difference between the two is that the Wedding Supper is a Formal Wedding Celebration between our Lord and His bride to be, along with God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, with all the elect angels present.

 

The Wedding Feast goes on much longer and it is when all the believers from the Old Testament plus the Tribulation are with the Bridegroom and the Bride and all those who love and worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

What’s impossible only remains so until someone finds a way to do what others are sure can’t be done.

“When it looks impossible and you are ready to quit, victory is near!”

“Success without happiness is failure.”

“The Action you take will determine the results you Achieve.”

“Life is about the moments: Don’t wait for them, create them!”

“Keep your goals in front of you, and your fears behind you.”

“Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward.”

As simplistic as this may sound, commitment is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

It’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.

Phi 4:11-13, teaches that “Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment.”

The guests at this wedding celebration were God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and all the elect angels.

It is a time of intimacy as the Bride of Christ is introduced to her husband, the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, for the first time in the body of Christ which is complete and ready to be presented to God the Father by our Lord.

The gown that we will all wear at the marriage ceremony had been provided for us by our Lord Jesus Christ says EPH 5:25-27.

It was our Lord who was preparing His bride to present to His Father according to EPH 5:25-27, where we read,  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;”

EPH 5:26   that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

EPH 5:27  that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

The Wedding Feast is the open celebration with the gentiles who were saved before Abram became Abraham the Jew, along with all the Old Testament believers and those who died in faith during the seven-year dispensation of the Tribulation.

Here is where the apostle Paul makes something very unusual comments concerning, not marriage, but what we call “Christian Marriage.”

The Lord appointed me to reveal certain biblical truths that are life changing but are also very difficult to teach others.

EPH 5:28   So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; [Has S.S.E.).

That is to be literally one flesh when both of them are joined together physically as the Lord originally created the male and the female organs for procreation and recreation, both of which have been created by God just for two people who also became winner believers.

This falls under a very unique category to live in the right-man and right-woman prosperity in time for both believers and unbelievers and because the right congregation has a right pastor, etc.

First witness = Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Second witness = The winner believer of the Church-age.

Third witness =  Christian marriage is much more difficult then the Second Witness because it requires two believers who have PVTD.

When two believers who have been created can still have experientially the word and the power to do so, to fulfill the highest physical unity that two people on earth could ever fit, as they are united by the Lord and united together.

In verse 32, we have the divine bait and explanation of how and why this marriage was called a part of mystery doctrine when, in reality, marriage was known in the Old Testament and therefore that was not the mystery.

Nor was the mystery two believers being married because that also existed in the Old Testament so that couldn’t be a part of the mystery that that the apostle Paul mentioned.

Nor did it mean that a believer married an unbeliever and that is the mystery, which it was not, because believers and unbelievers were married in the Old Testament for years, and therefore that could not be the mystery.

The mystery has to do with something about marriage that never existed before, but now, in the Church-age, something happened that had never happened before and will never happen again.

EPH 5:32-33 = marriage is said to be great; [and then the apostle Paul tells us that he is not really talking about the husband and the wife in their marriage ]  but, Paul says,  I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

That is one of the first keys to this mystery, in Eph 5, the apostle Paul says something else that seemed to be strange and that is when he wrote in EPH 5:32  This mystery [marriage] is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Ah-ha, someone says, that just means that Paul was referring to the spiritual marriage that existed in the Old Testament between the Jews and the Lord.

This is a reference to something that is very rare to find, but nevertheless it is a subject that allows two individuals who have PVTD to become a part of the third witness in the angelic Conflict that is very are to find.

It’s very rare to find two individuals who know what it means to be a part of the third witness and then live in the place of the ultimate glory of God.