What are defense mechanisms and how do they destroy spirituality?


August 19, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
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PRO 3:5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Concerning the timing of God in JOH 2:4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour or my timing has not yet come.”

We believe that God gives us all a certain amount of time that we might use for His glory.

God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life!

What God the Holy Spirit said that our Lord would provide according to JOH 14:25   “These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you.

Don’t forget LUK 2:42   And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;

His parents were unaware of it and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

Notice it was after they found Him that they discovered where He had been and what He had been doing and it had to be a shock for all of them to observe what they were seeing and hearing from this twelve year old boy.

“I had to be doing my Father’s work!”

“I had to fulfill His word!”

“I came to fulfill the law.”

They did not realize the seriousness and the importance of the precise plan of God that their Son had been learning on a consistent basis.

While all of this was going on, Jesus kept on increasing in wisdom and  in stature; LUK 2:52   And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

God’s timing is perfect, and if you are in fellowship with Him, you will have peace of mind with everything you do.

Regardless of the circumstances and events that surround your birth, God gave you life at that moment, so that was the right time for you to be born.

You had nothing to say about your birth and that’s why your timing was perfect.

You did not choose your parents; God did,  and His choice was perfect as far as you timing and your parents and environment was all concerned and it happened right on time.

You did not choose your birthday; God did!

Your volition wasn’t involved at all!  – God’s word chose for all that they would know you are and need.

God created soul life and imputed it to your soul at your birth.

Don’t say you were born too late or too early or you would have been better off if you lived during another generation…..because if you do, you are questioning the authority and the decisions of God and what He provided just for you.

One of the many benefits of living the spiritual life that God has provided just for you is to rid your soul of the garbage it has stored up throughout the years.

The subconscious is the location for garbage, known in psychology as dissociation or repressed thoughts and emotions which are also related to arrogance and other complexes of sins.

And garbage in soul causes insecurity, doubts, fears, instability, uncertainty and anxiety.

It all begins with no mental strength or a loss of mental strength.

It could be from too much pressure at one time in your life.

Even though you possess all the problem-solving devices, no matter what you may say or think, the Lord will never put on you a situation that is too difficult for you to handle; 1Co 10:13.

(MB 1Co 10:13  No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

(AMP)  1Co 10:13a  No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance];

  1. but God is faithful [to His word and He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist],
  2. but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].

The point is that whenever the mental strength which holds the mind and the heart together becomes deficient from things like fatigue, stress, or shock, it results in psychoneurosis.

Psychoneurosis is an emotional or mental conflict in which an impulse that has been blocked seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom.

When the conscience cannot handle traumatic experiences, they are automatically placed in the subconscious.

Now, remember that the biblical language for the right lobe of the soul is called the heart.

And the heart has two parts: the stream of consciousness with its seven compartments.

  1. The Frame of Reference.
  2. The Memory Center.
  3. Vocabulary Storage.
  4. The Categorical Storage.

 

  1. The Conscience.
  2. The Momentum Department.
  3. The Wisdom Department.

And then the subconscious.

The subconscious is the location for all the garbage we let into our Nation.

And we will see the leak from the subconscious into the conscious mind and the fact that garbage is developed in the conscious mind and has a definite effect upon metabolized doctrine previously in that area.

2Ti 3:5, they are “Holding to a superficial form of the spiritual life, but they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.”

Failure to make Bible doctrine number one priority in the life.

Failure to learn and apply the ten problem solving devices resulting in the prevention of outside pressures of adversity becoming the inside pressure of stress in the soul.

Stress in the soul or sin nature control of the soul as the major source of garbage in the soul.

Garbage in the subconscious developed before salvation or after salvation does not remain in the subconscious, but bleeds into the stream of consciousness when there is no spiritual strength from metabolized doctrine.

Garbage in the subconscious is described by psychologists under the term defense mechanisms.

Defense mechanisms are designed to hide or to relieve the conflicts and stresses in the soul that cause anxiety, hysteria, fear, worry, or other categories of the emotional complex of sins, the worst being guilt.

Defense mechanisms are designed to bury any reaction you might have, any lack of esteem, any explanation for impulsive behavior or failure on your part.

(1) The first one is called “Acting-out” which is a defense mechanism by which a person acts without regard for negative consequences.

(2)  This mechanism is when you have to keep it going even though they’re going to do what they want and they don’t care what the consequences are.

This is a manifestation of overt bitterness due to a problem in the soul which is from the existence of garbage.

 

(3)  By the way, Grace orientation and Doctrinal orientation would handle this problem on a continue basis and will refuse to go anywhere they desire to go by the slipping and sliding principles that are mentioned in a positive way.

(3)  Autistic fantasy is a defense mechanism in which a person substitutes excessive day-dreaming for the pursuit of social relationships.

(4) Social interaction through day dreaming is much easier than direct and effective social intercourse and the use of the problem solving devices.

If you can picture the solution, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, you would handle this problem.

JUD 1:8 describes them, Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh,

(5)  Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person fails to acknowledge some aspect of external reality that is obvious and apparent to others.

This false perception of reality is necessary for some people because they must be good, they must be self-righteous, they can never be wrong……they must always be right.

PSD #1, the Rebound technique would handle this along with PSD #4, Grace orientation.

(6)  Dissociation or withdrawal is a mechanism which is employed when a person doesn’t want to deal with a situation.

PSD #1 Rebound technique, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind, would solve this problem.

One of the many benefits of living the spiritual life that God has provided just for you is to rid your soul of the garbage it has stored up throughout the years.

The subconscious is that part of our soul where we are not wholly or fully conscious of all the things that are “here and there” that describe having a relationship.

There are many changes which take place when we’re living the spiritual life that God has provided without us even knowing about it.

You might see the manifestation after years of doctrine and living the spiritual life that God has provided but you don’t really know that changes are taken place in the soul when they are.

The present tense speaks of your PVTD.

The passive voice means that as you have your mind renewed or renovated, changes are taken place without you even knowing about it.

2CO 3:18   But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed [pres-pass-ind] into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Notice, we are not transforming ourselves nor are we to change ourselves,……we are being transformed or changed!

Garbage in the subconscious is described by psychologists under the term defense mechanisms.

Defense mechanisms are designed to hide or to relieve the conflicts and stresses in the soul that cause anxiety, hysteria, fear, worry, or other categories of the emotional complex of sins, the worst being guilt.

Defense mechanisms are designed to bury any reaction you might have, any lack of esteem, any explanation for impulsive behavior or failure on your part.

Our warfare in the spiritual life is neither physical nor fleshly; it is spiritual and therefore in the mentality of our soul.

The Lord has provided information whereby we can use our thinking of divine viewpoint as a basis of advancing in the spiritual life and handling any of the outside pressures that would come our way.

The Greek noun ochuromaton which is a hapax legomena and it means arguments and reasonings one uses to defend themselves, that’s why it’s translated fortresses and therefore a perfect description of defense mechanisms.

Defense mechanisms can resist all attacks of human viewpoint, human ability, human power; but God has provided in grace divine equipment and weapons to demolish these defense mechanisms in the soul.

They are thoughts;

Worries;

Fears;

Anxiety;

Iniquities;

I will remember their sins no more.

Mic 7:18 who is a God like thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?

Mic 7:19  Yes you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

ISA 38:17c For You have cast all their sins behind their back.

Jer 31:34c  For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Psa 103:10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Psa 65:3b As far our transgressions Thou dost forgive them.

Col 2:13 …..He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us ALL our transgressions,

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake [because of my honor and integrity].  Furthermore, I will not remember your sin.”

Psa 85:2 You did forgive the iniquity of Your people; you did cover  “All”  Their sin.

Think of it, the Lord has not covered some of your sin, but all of your sin.

In Eze 16:63 the Lord said to people who were involved with the grossest sins you could imagine “I will forgive you for ALL that you have done.”

In Rom 4:7 Paul quoted even quoted David in Psa 32 when he said Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven and whose sins have been covered.

Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

In Rom 11:27 He will take away our sins…

1Jo 2:12 says that Your sins are forgiven for his names sake.

The greatest weapon we have in both spiritual warfare and life is what we think.

No matter how you slice it, the factor that motivates, empowers and strengthens a believer is his thought pattern.

If the believer is thinking human viewpoint, he is open to satanic infiltration.

Furthermore, he is useless, miserable, and indistinguishable from the unbeliever.

On the other hand, the believer with doctrine in the right lobe has divine viewpoint on the launching pad ready for application in order to assault any defense system in this intensified stage of the angelic conflict.

And the reason why you are to take the thoughts captive or as a prisoner is simply because you are not to share these thoughts with others or allow these thoughts the freedom to go elsewhere.

Even if the thoughts are sick thoughts…..that’s not a problem when you understand that the Bible says that without God’s thoughts, ISA 1:5-6, The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it,