Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
God graciously gives choice and time, one day at a time.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
When a person has NVTD there is little you can do for them. Only God can soften a heart through divine discipline.
“What has God really done for me?”
Every member of the human race is graciously given a certain allotment of time and the freedom to make their own choices.
We learn very early in life that choices do matter, but seldom do people with NVTD realize that choice is a tremendously gracious gift from God.
When fear comes to your soul blame yourself.
They saw themselves as fallen and guilty when the perfect One was in their presence. The One they needed the most they hid from.
As a first mention principle the first fallen man and woman had fear and blame in dealing with their failures before Jesus Christ.
When God came to earth, our worth, even the best of us, was shown for what it is, severely lacking. When God came to earth, His grace was shown for what it is, severely sufficient.
The source of any problem is never anything outside of the soul. It is the choice of what you let into your soul. Will you let doctrine enter your soul or the things that stress your balance of peace and power?
Bad environments, bad parents, bad genes, bad anything cannot hinder the person who has choices unless that person allows them to.
The gracious gift of choice (volition) absolves any person or environment from taking the blame in the outcome of some one’s life.
God gave us choice, put us in perfect environment, and made provision for our fall from that environment through the incarnation and subsequent spiritual death of TLJC.
The free will of mankind must line up with the Sovereign will of God in time for salvation,
The free will of the believer must line up with the Sovereign will of God in the Christian way of life, and this is only possible in time,
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.
The true issue with time is will you live one day at a time; leaving the past and unconcerned about the future.
We have to be flexible about the future, which is another way of saying, we wait on the timing of God and trust His love and integrity to do it right.
Time is a logistical grace provision for the believer,
God’s unfailing grace is new every morning; therefore we should live one day at a time, not in past failures or victories and not in concern or worry about the future.
We do have a thought about the future and that is hope, which is confidence in the future. We smile at the future but we are not concerned about its outcome since the future has an unknown element.
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
The priority solution to problems in life: your #1 priority determines your concentration, around which you organize your life and your thinking, and so it becomes the basis for your concentration and motivation in life.
The Lord is able to bless those who wait on His timing and continue to seek Him despite agreement or disagreement with that timing.
To live one day at a time the believer cannot murmur or complain about what is or is not happening. To complain is to fail to understand God’s timing.
In the days provided by logistical grace, only those days when the believer is in fellowship with God have significance in the execution of God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life,
( PSA 34:11-14).
Days are lost through divine discipline administered to the believer.
Any time you are under divine discipline, that is a day you have lost.
If the believer loses days it will hinder no one but himself.
After divine discipline, if the believer has not rebounded and recovered, there is dying discipline where the allotted time is shortened.
The believer under the sin unto death looses a portion of the days allotted to him.
In grace He takes the reversionistic believer home early, yet this is a mantle of shame to that believer.
Psalm 89 is a testimony to the Davidic Covenant and therefore to the faithfulness of God to David who glorified God.
Before the sin unto death comes divine discipline in the form of warning discipline and intensive discipline.
The key to length of days is recognition of the importance of
Where there is spiritual momentum and growth through doctrinal inculcation, days are meaningful and accompanied by prosperity.
Thy words [Your doctrines] were found and I ate them,
And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart [right lobe]; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
The day by day life of the believer only has meaning when related to Bible doctrine.
Arrogance destroys the capacity for the divine provision of a day at a time.
The dynamics of daily living must be related to doctrinal inculcation.
Dynamics is the capacity to love life’s changes, challenges, defeats and victories.
O how I love Thy law [Your doctrine]!
It is my meditation all the day [I think about it all day long].
Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear [respect or occupation with] of the Lord always.
2 Co 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart [we are not discouraged], but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
The dynamic spiritual life is made possible by the attitude of the believer who lives one day at a time, waits on God’s timing, and leaves the results of all things to Him.
There are three principles of time.
1. The principle of organized time,
Our time must be organized.
2. The principle of redeemed time or buying your time,
The principle of utilized time or making the most of your time,
(1 Co 7:29-31).
When God’s plan for your life is over, you run out of days.
Every day is from the Lord; therefore, every day is equally as great. Each day is a grace gift, (JOH 11:9-10).
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.
God has provided soul capital in the form of Bible doctrine to make each day count for His glory,
Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save [deliver; talking to believers] your souls.
Since there is no suffering in eternity, God can only demonstrate His grace provision for suffering in time,
(2 Co 12:7-10 PSA 1:1-3).
At the finish of the course of time evidence testing gives God maximum opportunity to show His grace provision in suffering while the believer continues to live one day at a time.