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Abraham reveals the importance of the application of Doctrine. Part 6.

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

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

The reaction factor in personality conflict becomes a source of great irritation and misery to most believers today.

When you react to people in some form of antagonism, they immediately have control over your life, so that you resort to either mental or verbal hostility or even violence.

You destroy the person who has control over your life, and at the same time you destroy your own happiness when you are frustrated and react from any phase of the arrogance complex.

Response results in cosmic evangelism; whereas reaction leads to motivational and functional evil.

To avoid reaction in personality conflict, you must reside in your very own plan, the PPOG, under the enabling power of the Spirit, with momentum from metabolized doctrine.

Since happiness is the monopoly of God and His plan, you cannot depend upon people or circumstances for your happiness.

Point 3. A Thought Can Make or Break You.

The environment of confusion causes stress, 1CO 14:33.

The environment of confusion causes stress, 1CO 14:33.

Confusion demands concentration - bringing reality from doctrine into the consciousness of the soul.

PRO 23:7 “As a person thinks in his heart, so he is.” GAL 6:3 “If anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

EPH 4:23 “Become refreshed [renewed] by means of the spirit of your mind or by means of your thinking.”

1CO 10:12 “Therefore, let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.” PHI 2:5 Keep on having this mental attitude in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

PHI 3:15 Therefore, as many as are mature believers, let us continue objective thinking. Furthermore, if you have a different mental attitude in something God will reveal that to you.

COL 3:2 Keep thinking objectively about things above [divine viewpoint] and not about things on the earth [human viewpoint].

Point 4. The Results of Bible Doctrine in the Soul.

a. It produces confidence in time,

JOB 5:24-27; 2CO 5:6-8; HEB 10:35.

HEB 10:35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

b. Bible doctrine in the soul also produces divine viewpoint of life and establishes right priorities in the soul, ISA 55:7-9; 2CO 10:5.

2CO 10:5 we are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

c. It orients the believer to the plan of God, ISA 26:3-4; ROM 8:28.

d. It produces stability of mind. JAM 1:8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

e. It is the basis for divine guidance and the execution of the will of God, ROM 12:2-3.

ROM 12:3 for through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

f. It leads to occupation with Christ, your social life with Christ, and the capacity and ability to love God and appreciate Him as the source of blessing when it comes, PHI 3:10; EPH 3:19; HEB 12:1-2.

PHI 3:10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to his death;

EPH 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

HEB 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

g. It attains and holds maturity, PHI 3:12-14.

h. It attains eternal grace blessing,

HEB 11:9,10,13; JAM 1:25 cf 2:12-13.

JAM 1:25 but one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.

Point 5. Thinking is the Application of Bible Doctrine to Experience.

Learning is understanding. Understanding is thinking.

No believer can apply doctrine to his experience until he has metabolized that doctrine in the right lobe of the mentality of the soul.

Learning = perception and application of Bible doctrine.

Thinking is the application of metabolized doctrine to experience.

Solving is understanding and using the problem solving devices of the PPOG.

Point 6. The Direction of Application.

a. Toward God - worship, personal love for God, and occupation with Christ.

b. Toward people - impersonal love for all mankind.

c. Toward self - spiritual self-esteem.

d. Toward dying - application of the doctrine of dying grace.

Point 7. The Importance of Volition.

1. All believers must learn to choose identification with the Lord over prosperity in the world, HEB 11:25.

HEB 11:25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;

2. As believers we also need to choose relationships based on doctrine.

1CO 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

3. As believers we need to make daily choices for life and death or blessing and cursing.

DEU 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,

4. Positive decisions result from PVTD. PSA 25:12 Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.

5. Negative decisions result from NVTD. PRO 1:29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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