Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Why Christians Need Offensive & Defensive Action To Deal With Stress Relief & Overcome Adversity.
We are all said to be “chosen or elected,” also we are called saints and beloved or one loved by God.
To do our best with all our heart and soul to become what we are trying to which is a believer whose life is one of prosperity and blessings.
3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
We also noted how many believers are controlled by fear and stress and yet, “Ten years from now they will be laughing at the hindsight”
Life is a series of negative volition and positive volition working together for the believer to become spiritually mature.
Two kinds of pressures in life:
- Overt pressure–classified as adversity.
- Inner pressure of the soul.
Adversity is an outside pressure in life; while stress is an inside pressure of the soul.
Stress is what we do to ourselves, 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.
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.
The conversion of adversity into stress comes from a series of bad decisions from a position of weakness.
Bad decisions from a position of weakness open up the defense system and allow the pressure to come into the soul creating mental illness, personality dysfunction, and other related problems.
FLOT is a military acronym for the forward line of troops.
All angelic creatures, including demons or fallen angels, are watching every Church-age believer putting on the full armor from God.
Offensive action is related to several categories of the spiritual life.
- The evangelism of mankind.
- The function of the problem-solving devices.
Understanding and using your very own portfolio of invisible assets is the execution of the PPOG for any problems of adversity.
(1) Submitting to God is part of your offensive action.
(2) Standing your ground is your defensive action.
Eph 6:13 “Therefore, pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to stand your ground in the evil day, even after you have done everything to hold your ground.”
The evil day is any time of demonic or satanic pressure on the believer from the strategies of the devil.
The evil day is Satan attacking both the grace of God and the judicial decisions of God.
The evil day is any time the believer’s defenses are weakened because of negative volition toward doctrine.
The evil day is the breakdown of the defensive system provided by God through the rejection of Bible doctrine.
The evil day is the temptations from the arrogance complex of sins which duplicate the original sin a Satan in the prehistoric angelic conflict.
The evil day is the believer being overrun by the cosmic system and Christian degeneracy.
Direct offensive action against the devil means defeat for the believer; for it is not mandated in the Scripture.
All offensive action against Satan and fallen angels must occur as a result of defensive action mandated by God.
Defensive action is based on the attainment of the three spiritual skills of the Christian way of life: the filling of the Holy Spirit, the cognition of Bible doctrine, and the execution of the PPOG.
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; Psa 68:18-19.
No believer can be removed until the Lord is ready to take him home; Psa 68:19-20.
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 a believer who operates in virtue and integrity.”
If you want to succeed in your life, remember this important principle that your past does not have to determine your future.
All that matters is: 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 what you want it to become not what you have to be.”
You are responsible for your very own story and you can rewrite it if you want to, and make any changes you desire to, only remember you must take responsibility for any changes that you make.
We all need to realize that we must take responsibility for our own decisions and that we all need to learn how to focus on any changes we need to make.
Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
“Be the person you wish to become – today —– not tomorrow.
Use the perfect prototype that God left us to follow, TLJC.
“If you keep your personal vision of our Lord clear enough for your future, it will pull you like a magnet through the toughest times you will face.”
You’ve got to be positive and have a positive attitude if you want the Lord to direct your life all we must do is take control of our consistent actions.
Live like it’s a brand-new decision that needs some brand-new answers.
One of the most important decisions that all of us need to make is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
“It’s how you can handle those things that you are becoming now as you respond to the different tragic disasters that have come your way.
It’s your decisions about what to focus on now, and what things mean to you now, 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 blessing you received or some of 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 decisions 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.”
“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know.”
The principle: “Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”
Second principle: “Whatever happens, you must take responsibility.”
Third Principle: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Fourth Principle: “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.
Fifth Principle: “The only thing keeping most individuals from what they want is their story about why they couldn’t achieve what they desired.”
Sixth Principle: “Yesterday does not equal tomorrow. Forget the past and move towards your goals.”
“Your destiny is determined by your decisions.”
“Goals with positive volition are like magnets, they’ll draw or attract the things that make them come true.”
“No one ever achieved a goal by being interested in its achievement, the goal must be committed to the glorification of our Lord, both the goal and the results of that goal.”
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.”
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.”
“The most successful people in the world are people who were rejected more than anybody else.”
Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it.”
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
I look at people’s lives and you see what’s not working in their lives and it usually comes from an undisciplined mind.
When in reality, “The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”
“Impossible is not a fact… it’s an opinion.”
What’s impossible only remains so until someone finds a way to do what others were sure could not be done.”
When in reality, when it looks impossible and you are ready to quit, victory is usually near!
“Don’t surround yourself with people who just affirm you. Surround yourself with people who challenge you.”
“Success without happiness is failure.”
“The Action you take will determine the results you Achieve.”
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; or we never concentrate our power in the correct direction.
“The more rules you have about how people have to be, how life has to be for you to be happy, the less happy you’re going to be.”
“The path to success is to take massive decisions that are determined to produce action.”
“If you don’t set a standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”
“Life is about the moments: Don’t wait for them, create them!”
“Don’t procrastinate, the best way to deal with procrastination is to postpone it.”
“If you want to change your life you have to raise your standards.”
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers and more directions to choose from.”