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Abraham reveals the importance of the application of Doctrine. Part 4.

Friday, June 7, 2002

Point 2. Application of Doctrine is the Only Way to Handle People.

(a) In personal love or admiration, the object of your love often controls your life or provides for you unhappiness, unless you have attained spiritual self-esteem, spiritual independence, or spiritual maturity.

(b) In personal hatred or animosity, the object of your antagonism or irritation often has control of your life or happiness, unless you have advanced to spiritual adulthood.

Saw - aor-act-part - eido = to look and evaluate with thought, to perceive, to realize something.

A local assembly is to take you away from the realm of society and separate you for a short period of time to learn doctrine.

“Crowds” or “herds” of people have evil influences upon believers who are positive and want to learn doctrine.

It is not being around TLJC that matters or being around His people; it is following His orders when He gives them.

If you do not concentrate in learning doctrine you will never be able to apply what you have learned.

You give a command that will separate those who are serious students of the Word of God from those who want all the nonsense.

Take in doctrine daily.

Keep on thinking mystery doctrine.

Run the race that is set before you.

Use your time, talent, and treasure to glorify My Father.

The people have become a distraction and the disciples or the serious students of the Word of God need to be isolated under His authority and away from the mob.

To know a little and assume it is a lot is very dangerous.

He allows family and friends to guilt him into action and to take him away from following TLJC.

Conforming to society is more important to this man than the perception of doctrine.

MAT 6:2 “they love to be honored by men.”

MAT 23:5 “they do all their deeds to be noticed by men.”

MAT 23:6 “they love the place of honor at banquets”

LUK 16:15 “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

JOH 5:41 “I do not receive glory from men.”

1TH 2:6 “We do not seek glory from men, either from you or from others.”

1TH 2:6 “We do not seek glory from men, either from you or from others.”

Our Lord also told us that if we are truly doing His work and serving Him, we will be persecuted, JOH 15:20.

ROM 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.

1CO 4:12 when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;

2CO 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christs sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

GAL 4:29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

2TH 1:4 therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

2TI 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Will tradition be more important to this man than following Jesus Christ?

Is Bible doctrine more important to you than the most intimate ties in life?

The greatest issue is always doctrine versus the details of life, whether it is family, friends, loved ones, success, pleasure, social life, sex status symbols, materialism, or wealth.

Carrying the cross was a disgrace and a condemnation in the Roman world.

He does so, not because there is something wrong with going to funerals, but His omniscience knows this man is in bondage to people and he needs to be released.

LUK 9:62 “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Many of Gods people have failed people testing by relying on human power such as guilt rather than the divine power provided by God.

It conflicts at this point with a higher calling.

“First” - proton - the adverb of priority = let me do what I want to do first.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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