Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 80. The faithfulness of friendship.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The seventh manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit - nominative singular feminine noun pistis - pivsti".

1. The trust that one has in another.
2. As a virtue and a result of the production of the Spirit it also refers to being faithful, trustworthy, reliable, and steadfast.
3. It also refers to having confidence, assurance, conviction, belief and doctrine.

As spiritual babies we begin by learning the grace principles of salvation and rebound; this is our grace orientation but also a manifestation of the faithfulness of God, promising that because He is faithful He forgives you always.

1PE 5:7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.

DEU 31:8 And the Lord, He it is who goes before you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Fear not, neither be confused.

a. The function of faith perception.
b. There is mixing the promises of God with your faith.
c. The application of the doctrinal rationales to your experience.

The doctrinal rationales include: the essence of God rationale, the plan of God rationale, the policy of God rationale, the a fortiori rationale.

d. The plaintiff function before the Supreme Court of Heaven as a victim of injustice, real or imagined.
e. Faith execution which demands true humility and the avoidance of self-absorption.

“Fear” is used here in the good sense of obligation to execute the mechanics of faith; they are synonymous.

“His rest” is sharing the happiness of God - having faith in the tranquility and tremendous contentment which comes from understanding God’s plan in the midst of the greatest confusion and stress in life.

The blessing that comes from claiming God’s promises and utilizing Bible doctrine circulating in the soul is the basis of entering into this rest.

The believer comes short of God’s rest through scar tissue in the soul, garbage in the subconscious, the arrogance and emotional complex of sins, the control of the soul by the lust pattern.

Stress in the soul knocks out the filling of the Spirit, doctrinal orientation, and the coordination of the faith-rest drill among the problem-solving devices.

There is a definite relationship between stress and cognition.

Stress makes you forgetful and impairs your memory.
Stress impairs your ability to learn.
Stress affects your perception of reality.

Only when stress is removed, can cognitive ability be restored.

Adversity is an outside pressure; stress is an inside pressure of life.
Stress is what you do to yourself; adversity is what circumstances do to you.

Adversity is inevitable; stress is optional.

Stress in the soul contradicts the PPOG for the Church and destroys the spiritual life of the believer.

Only the conversion of gnosis doctrine to epignosis doctrine through faith perception prevents the conversion of the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul, which is tantamount to sin nature control of the soul.

Extrapolation from epignosis doctrine circulating in the consciousness produces ten problem-solving devices by which you, in the privacy of your priesthood, can resolve your own problems and make good decisions from a position of strength.

With ten problem-solving devices on the defensive line of your soul, you defensively prevent adversity from being converted into stress in the soul.

The fruit of the Spirit produces faithfulness.

Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary - Faithfulness = being full of faith, strong or firm in one’s belief, loyal, constant in the performance of duties or services, true to one’s word, reliable and dependable.

PRO 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.

DEU 32:20 Then He said, “I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness.”
1SA 26:23 And the Lord will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness;

PSA 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
HOS 4:1 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land.

Faithfulness is a very difficult thing to find in any generation.

Faithfulness as a virtue is faithfulness to Bible doctrine, including perception, spiritual growth, and the fulfillment of the Royal Family honor code.

Faithfulness is the main virtue that the Lord brings out in MAT 25:21 when it comes to the believer receiving rewards in the eternal state.

REV 2:10 “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

1CO 4:17 Timothy is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.

EPH 6:21 Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.

1PE 5:12 Silvanus, our faithful brother for so I regard him,

There are many categories of faithfulness throughout the Bible.
There is faithfulness toward God.
Faithfulness toward the right man or right woman.
Faithfulness toward friends.
Faithfulness toward the Royal Family.
There is the faithful congregational member.
The faithful worker on the job.

Put - suwm = to impress or to set.

Seal - chotham = a ring or a seal that signifies she belongs to a certain man and she is waiting for him.

GEN 38:18 - the woman would carry a ring on a string on her breast over her heart which would symbolize where the area of identification between a man and a woman really takes place which is in soul.

The right man for your life will fulfill the standards that you have in your soul.

Sol 8:6 “Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love [“true love”] is as strong as death,”

The third witness against Satan in the angelic conflict is marriage; he knows it is the most difficult to achieve, and that’s why there is such an attack upon marriage. That is why the third category of friendship becomes very vital because they help people get through these difficult times.

Marriage is the third witness in the angelic conflict; it is very vulnerable to attacks by the kingdom of darkness, and therefore your real strength comes from your relationship with God.

The third witness against Satan in the angelic conflict is marriage; he knows it is the most difficult to achieve, and that’s why there is such an attack upon marriage. That is why the third category of friendship becomes very vital because they help people get through these difficult times.

That the smarter you are the fewer friends you will have, PRO 18:24, because they repeat things and won’t cover.

PRO 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And [as] a brother is born for adversity.\
PRO 17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

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