Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Divine Solutions Destroy Human Solutions When Solving Problems.
8) We begin with the Projection which is a “Defense Mechanism” by which a person takes their own flaws, sins and failures and assigns or projects them to others. In assigning their flaws to someone else they rid themselves of their own failures and they elevate themselves. This creates a problem in the soul which keeps out metabolized doctrine on the one hand and destroys metabolized doctrine on the other hand.
We saw Joseph's brothers doing this after Jacob, Joseph’s father, died and his brothers thought that Joseph was going to kill them because that’s what they would do.
GEN 50:1-6, Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father.
So the physicians embalmed Israel. Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. And when the days of mourning for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your sight, please speak to Pharaoh, saying, 'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am about to die; in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'" And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
GEN 50:14, And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
Now, here comes the Defense Mechanism of projection.
GEN 50:15-19, When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph should bear a grudge against us and pay us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!" So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. "And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants." But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?”
Are you in God’s place or in EPH 4:27, did you give a place to the devil in your soul? We know that Joseph was in God’s place and his brothers were using the Defense Mechanism” of projection for in
GEN 50:20, "And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind, would solve this problem.
This is also known as “Transference Arrogance” where one individual accuses another for doing the same thing like the elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son did by accusing his brother of devouring wealth on harlots;
LUK 15:25-30, "Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things might be. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. But he became angry, and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began entreating him. But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid, that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.’
9) Rationalization is our ninth defense mechanism which devises reassuring or self-serving but erroneous explanations for one's behavior.
This is rationalizing an action which the believer knows is not biblical but they feel they have the right to be as they are or decide as they do. In this defense mechanism the person becomes offended easily because they do not love the Word of God as PSA 119:165 says Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Notice all the passages in the Psalms on the subject of loving God and what it is that God loves.
PSA 33:5, He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
PSA 37:28, For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever; But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
PSA 97:10, Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
PSA 116:1, I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications.PSA 119:47, And I shall delight in Thy commandments, Which I love.
PSA 119:48, And I shall lift up my hands to Thy commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Thy statutes.
PSD #1, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind, would solve this problem.
10) Repression is our tenth Defense Mechanism in which the believer is unable to remember or to be aware of disturbing lusts, wishes, or feelings, or thoughts, or experiences related to sin.
They choose to forget the things they have done. David did this in PSA 32:1-5.
PSA 32:1-3, (A Psalm of David. A Maskil.) How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah.
Repression is the unconscious exclusion of painful impulses, desires or fears from the conscious mind. This happened to Abraham in GEN 15 where the Lord had to speak to him in a dream to deliver him from repressed fears. The divine solution: PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, would solve this problem.
11) Suppression which is a defense mechanism in which the believer intentionally avoids thinking about disturbing thoughts, problems, experiences, or feelings. A lot of unbelievers do this when it comes to thinking about the fact that God exists.
ROM 1:18, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father and PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.
12) Altruism is when a person engages in gratifying service to others because they want to be liked and so try to earn approval.
JOH 12:42-43, Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
Our Lord went the opposite way.
JOH 2:23-25, Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.
PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, PSD #9, +H or sharing the happiness of God, PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.
This type of person ends up on a works program and cares too much about what others think.
13) Controlling is when a person attempts to excessively manage or regulate events, objects, or people in their environment. This is the domineering mother or the bully. An example of this is found in LUK 10:38-42 where Martha tries to control Mary.
LUK 10:38-42, Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. "
PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, would solve this problem.
14) Devaluation is a Defense Mechanism where the person attributes exaggerated negative qualities to self and others. This type of person is always putting self and or others down...otherwise known as a pessimist. A pessimist looks at things in their lives as being half-empty rather than half-full. No matter what life brings, every negative thing has positive aspects. For example, failure is not falling down, you fail when you don't get back up. Failure can be the first step to success. Falling down does not signify failure but staying there does. An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Negative thinking produces negative thoughts that express negative words. Positive thinking will produce positive thoughts which is usually positive words of edification that we all need to hear every now and then. There are many believers who are involved with pessimism, which is the tendency to take the most unfavorable view of situations, or to expect the worst outcome in any circumstances. These are not the kind of people you want in your presence; you want those who are positive and say positive things rather than focus in on the negative.
Optimists generally approach life with a positive outlook, while pessimists tend to expect the worst.
Optimists go into new situations with high expectations, while pessimists keep low expectations to prepare for negative outcomes.