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Why God made us like He did; God's reasons for system testing; part 12.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why God allows system testing.

2CO 12:10, Therefore I am well content with weaknesses [preventative suffering], with insults [slander and people testing], with distresses [pressure and thought testing], with persecutions [system testing],

A system is an organization composed of people under the command of other people functioning under a policy which is designed to fulfill a specific objective.

Every organization has a command structure, a chain of command, and the feet of clay syndrome and flaws.

Some systems are good and some are bad, however, the issue is:
Do you enter into the system or an organization with the power of God.

If you enter into a system with the power of God, you will not only be good for the organization but you will do well in representing the Lord as an ambassador.

2CH 31:21, And every work which he began in the service of the house of God in doctrine and in command, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.

PRO 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths smooth.”

The characteristics of a system are three-fold.
(1)  Authority.
(2)  Policy.
(3)  Objective.

(1)  Business organizations, large or small.

(4)  Ecclesiastical organizations, such as local churches, denominations, cults, theological seminaries, Christian service organizations.

(5)  Athletic organizations, such as professional, college, high school teams.

There are good and bad organizations;
good and bad systems,
good and bad leadership,
good and bad policies,
good and bad objectives.

There are many areas of system testing related to people, policy, and purpose of any organization.

(1) The authority may give unfair and unjust treatment, as from management, the boss, supervisor, senior officer, coach, professor, government bureaucrat, husband, parents, etc.

(2) The policy may be unreasonable, or may conflict with normal living or with your own personal norms and standards, or it may be a stupid though still enforceable policy.

(3) The objectives may be unreasonable or even impossible because of lack of ability in the personnel trying to fulfill them.

The greatest enemy to any organization is arrogance in its personnel.

A second enemy is incapability;
a third is laziness and procrastination.

Other enemies include distraction from wrong priorities and ignorance.

Every system has three categories.
(1)  A system of authority, of management, leadership, a chain of command.
(2)  An objective for that system, derived from management or from whomever makes policy.
(3)  A policy for the execution of the objectives of the organization.

(1)  Personality conflict in the organization.
(2) Policy pressure upon the individual believer.
(3) The objective or purpose of the organization.

The motivation for the believer who has the divine power of God is always his personal love for God, occupation with Christ and his impersonal love for all mankind.

The right way should tell you where your motivation comes from which is personal love for God the Father and occupation with TLJC.

For the sake of the Lord submit yourselves to every human authority: For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do.

He suffered everything that came His way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step - He was the prototype.

A prototype is the original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard for later stages.

A prototype is the an original, full-scale, and usually working model of a new product or new version of an existing product.

1PE 3:3-4, What matters is not your outer appearance--the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes--but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. (TMB)

1PE 3:7, The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. (TMB)

Prin - A person who uses the problem solving devices functioning under the power of God with the attitude of doing his job as unto the Lord, will do a good job regardless of any unfair treatment or injustice in the system.

With the motivation which comes from the power of God, the believer can do his job under an unfair policy regarding his hours or work, under unjust treatment from management, and under unfair bullying regarding the objectives.

When a believer operates under the divine power of God, he always does the best possible job regardless of unfair treatment, unjust criticism, or even any form of job discrimination.

When a believer operates under the divine power of God, he can be a victim of unfair leadership or unjust management, a rotten system, and he deals with all the personality conflicts from his impersonal love.

Regardless of our stage of spiritual growth, that while God is always fair, it is inevitable that man will be unfair.

Sometimes we become shocked at the way certain people have treated us, however, we should never ever be shocked at the wickedness of man.

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