Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Today, we are going to begin by teaching the principles behind some very important doctrines that we all need to perceive, metabolize and apply as far as the natural becoming the supernatural or the ordinary becoming extraordinary.
And that reminds me of a statement I have made many times before throughout the Word of God, which is the fact that the Christian way of life is a super-natural way of life and demands a super-natural means of execution.
What are those super-natural means that demand super-natural assets? They are the Word of God, the power of God, the fellowship with God, that we can have with God and with others.
First, we begin with some passages that challenges us in the realm of the dispensation and generation that we are all a part of and then we will be able to answer that basic simplistic question that, “After Salvation, what?
What does the Lord want us to do?
What does He want us to think?
What does He want us to say?
Where does He want you to be?
What is the most important principle that the Lord wants us to be occupied with?
The Lord wants all His followers to realize and believe and apply the operational will of God which refers to how the Lord wants us to operate or function concerning the Word of God which guides and directs us to what the Lord wants us to do.
Now, because this is true, our Lord desires the believer to be filled with the Spirit, through PMA of Bible doctrine.
He also desires us to build a soul structure or what some call it an edification complex in the soul which is based upon the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
As an edification, we have our foundation which is built upon the Lord Jesus Christ, which are rules built upon a foundation who is Christ, and we have a first floor, a second flaw, a third floor, etc. which is being finished and established as our spiritual soul.
In the times in which we live we need to understand the divine assets that are given to us as the material used to build a soul structure in the soul so that we know the will of God and how to operate and function with the divine assets that the Holy Spirit gives to us at salvation.
- The complete Canon of Scripture.
- The Local church whether face-to-face or non-face to face.
- A Pastor-teacher or an evangelist who knows the Gospel.
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
- The grace to rebound whenever you choose to.
- The PMA or the breathing apparatus of the soul.
- The mind, which is where truth is first revealed and understood.
- The heart, which is the place where what you believe is revealed by how you think and live.
- The human spirit which is where unlimited knowledge of doctrine is stored.
- The Royal priesthood that you possess to worship the Lord.
So, after salvation there is the viewpoint will of God: What does He want me to think?
Divine viewpoint comes from the gnosis (knowledge) doctrine that is housed in the human spirit as epignosis or wisdom.
You must learn that Satan and his kingdom of darkness could care less about you or me, or those close to us.
There is only One who truly cares and the last thing that some of us need is to be around is those who drag us down with their negativity and pessimism.
In fact, A lot of believers have enough problems with their own ability to handle certain situations in life and so the last thing they need is to be around others who are negative as well.
This is another reason why we need to be very careful when it comes to choosing friends as the writer of Psa 119:63 said I am a companion or a friend of all those who respect You, And of those who keep Thy precepts.
If you do not see or believe the danger of what I am trying to say, you need to put yourself on a strict diet of Bible doctrine and observe the historical trends so that you may know the divine assets are revealing to you.
They live as they think in the negative realm where they exist as loser believers who are pessimists.
Pessimists or those who constantly perceive things in a negative light. see a “glass half-empty” rather than half-full.
- You discredit victory.
- You always assume things won’t work out.
- You rain on other people’s parades.
- You give up easily.
- You have a difficult time forgiving.
Psychology suggests that pessimist are really depressed people who have no idea how pessimistic they really are.
They may seem to have an accurate view of reality, though this accuracy is not worth anything because it is based on the lies that come from the cosmic system or the devil’s world.
On the other hand, the opposite of a pessimist are optimists who are believers who think positive and are happier and healthier in spite of the lies of the world.
“If you continually focus on what you don’t have, your life will always seem to be completely empty despite the fact that it’s completely full.”
“When you’re a pessimist, people are always smiling at someone else rather than you.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if people could keep their rain on their own parade?” (Not ours)
Therefore, “Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Optimists do more with less while pessimists do less with more.
When divine viewpoint rules in our life, what is deemed a nightmare by one person is considered a blessing in another realm.
“The pessimist reason that things just happen, where the optimist believe that things happen for a reason.”
“Pessimists try to convince you the world sucks, optimists already know it does and smile anyway, and do their best to glorify our Lord.”
Perhaps He is just pointing out that He will do things only according to His Fathers plan, and only in His perfect timing.
For example, in six days God worked and the 7th He rested, according to Gen 2 in Genesis) the pots therefore could very well represent the work of Christ to come.
The point is that the wine in the miracle represents His blood, which would now be the source of real purification, holy and sanctified.
No longer were the Jews to be cleansed by the water in the pots, but now they could be cleansed by believing upon the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ and His work upon the Cross.
There was nothing in the pots beforehand and that what was about to come out of the six stone waterpots was the greatest wine ever made.
There was no gimmick, no magic, no wine concentrate in the bottom of the jars that became wine when the water was added.
One of the interesting things is that there appears to be no standardized way that Jesus performs miracles.
In all of His miracles there is almost a distancing from the miracle event itself, so that we can focus on the meaning and the message and not just a man.
Notice that this was good wine under the principle that we have seen many times which is the fact that God saves the best for last.
Our Lord doesn’t show us a law of nature waiting to be discovered, He simply creates.
The significance to the Jewish audience is that there are passages in the Old Testament that have a symbolism between wine and the presence of the Messiah.
Jesus demonstrates himself to be the Creator and the Messiah. He revealed His glory (John 1:14).
Now, there are a few important principles that we also learned such as the fact that we should not demand that God meet our schedule or desires.
He will do what He wants when He wants, all in His perfect timing.
All of the miracles build up to what is most important – the most glorious work of Christ – His work and death on the Cross – His resurrection, and His ascension, which is the basis of genuine saving faith.
It is also very interesting that the servants saw the same miracle (from a closer vantage point than anyone else, they were right there), but the Holy Spirit provides no record of their faith.
JOH 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
The key to the Christian life is very simple as our Lord said in MAT 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
MAT 11:30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”
It all starts with you and I realizing and admitting that we are totally helpless without Him; Joh 15:1-15.
We do not submit ourselves to His way of thinking, but we submit ourselves to our own way of thinking……our own human viewpoint and our own desires.
We need to submit ourselves entirely to the Lord’s message and not what we think He should do or wants to do.
Many believers have been spending too much time looking for the supernatural things or the exciting things in life while they ignore the solid doctrine and message that the Lord is given.
If you keep looking for the supernatural, you’re going to miss the true message that the miracle is to revealed.
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior takes the ordinary and turn whatever is being taught to become extraordinary.
If you want or if you desire for some supernatural miracle to take place in your life and for something to really happen, you must obey the ordinary commands that the Lord Jesus Christ gives.
For example, when the Lord said to fill the waterpots with water, it was an extraordinary command, but when we obey in the little areas in the ordinary commands of our Lord, extraordinary things happen.
We should always want our relationships, and our marriage, family, and friends to be a doctrinal one.
Usually, I wanted to see power and experience so I became a Christian to see the supernatural that takes place in the Word of God even by means of the supernatural that comes in the Christian way of life in ordinary ways.
There is nothing exciting about being a servant and cleaning the church after everyone leaves, but God wants us to look like the house of God.
In fact, not only should we fill the waterpots with water, but we should always be sure that the Temple of the Jews or the place of worship be cleansed and taken care of the house of God.
There is nothing exciting about cleaning the little things we do behind the scenes, whether it be at home, on the job or in the church, but it’s you and I obeying in those little areas that causes us to have supernatural things happen in our lives.
As our Lord said Mat 10:42 “Whosoever shall give a cup of cold water to one of these little children shall have great rewards in heaven.
When is the last time you looked at the child who really belongs to the Lord?
All we did was create a house of God and God decided to input a soul and life to that house?
When is the last time you looked at your children and said to yourself, now this is a gift from God?
Or, God has chosen me to be the babysitter for this member of the human race and I realized I am nothing more than their babysitter and God has decided to let me rear up that child?
When is the last time you looked at the very ordinary things in life and realized those are the areas of life God is going to test you in to see if you’re ready for the extraordinary?
This little thing that I am doing behind the scenes is God telling me to fill the waterpots?
All these little areas in your life is God’s test to see if you are ready for the extraordinary to take place in your life. Jesus Christ said in Mat 25:40 “as you have done unto the least of these things, you have done it unto Me.”
Maybe these servants were waiting for something more exciting, something more dramatic.
That’s the problem, most Christian have as they are always looking for the supernatural and the most exciting thing to happen to take place in their lives.