Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

New England Bible Conference 2004. Your personal sense of destiny. Part 5.

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Realizing that God created you, your personality, your background, and physical appearance will be an important part of your understanding your personal sense of destiny.

Drive = “to guide, to control, or to direct.”

1. One of the most common drives is guilt. Many people are driven by guilt.

LUK 16:15 “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

Guilt-driven people are usually manipulated by memories.

a. Parents use guilt as a method of disciplining and correcting their children.

b. Satan accuses God’s people to try to make them feel guilty,
REV 12:10.

c. Sin can make a person feel so guilty that they hide from God and separate, GEN 3:7-10.

GEN 3:9-10 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

d. Being too concerned about what others might say produces guilt, JOH 12:42-43.

e. Being a receiver of something you did not earn or deserve produces guilt.

f. Guilt also causes the inability to say no.

g. People become guilty and experience guilt due to their feelings of inadequacy or some type of inferiority complex, 2CO 10:12.

h. Many people cannot accept their weaknesses and this causes them to feel guilty about themselves, 2CO 10:12.

i. It is possible to experience guilt not only from the evil that we do but from the good we neglected to do,
JAM 4:17, Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence, and God said, “You will be a restless wanderer on the earth,” GEN 4:12.

We are products of our past, but we do not have to be prisoners of it.

PSA 32:1 Happinesses belong to him whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!

PRO 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes {them} will find compassion.

2. Many people are driven by resentment and anger.

PHI 4:8 From now on, members of the Royal Family of God, whatever is true [doctrinal], whatever is honorable[noble or worthy of respect], whatever is just [fair or right], whatever is pure [of proper motivation] whatever personal loves exist, whatever is commendable, if there is any virtue and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Some resentment-driven people “clam up” and internalize their anger, while others “blow up” and explode it onto others.

Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent.

Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment.

“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.”
JOB 5:2 For vexation slays the foolish person, And anger kills the fool.

3. Many people are driven by fear. Regardless of the cause, fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out.

Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be.

1JO 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

Since fear is crippling, a fearful life, fear of death, fear of judgment, is one not yet fully matured in the love of God.

First, the boy is home but he is dissatisfied because he does not understand his personal sense of destiny.

The man in this parable represents God the Father and the sons represent believers – this is not a gospel message, this is a doctrinal message for born-again believers.

Each one had enough so that he was independently wealthy = the doctrine of logistical grace applied to your life.

Secondly, the prodigal son did what most people have done throughout history, he accepted the blessings of the Father (as all men do who live on God’s earth), while at the same time he turned his back upon his Father (as men do when they reject and abandon fellowship with God).

God does not violate our free will nor does He force us to remain in fellowship with Him.

It was the son who moved away from the Father not the Father moving away from the son.

JAM 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners [rebound]; and purify your hearts [perceive doctrine], you double-minded.

“Loose living” – asotos = lacking moral restraint, indulging in sensual pleasures, to be reckless and wasteful.

This was a part of divine discipline which God brings on every one of His children who go astray from their personal sense of destiny.

Having forsaken his Father and his personal sense of destiny, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want.

ECC 3:11 He has made everything meaningful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, without which [the setting of the desire for eternal things] mankind will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

The famine = there is a famine in every heart which is not being nourished by the word of God, or does not have the desire for that which is eternal fulfilled as a part of your personal sense of destiny.

“Attached himself” – kollao = to glue or to closely unite himself to a citizen of that foreign country which represents the devil’s children instead of God’s.

Times of distress often lead to self-examination and are used by God to bring about changes or repentance in people’s lives.

Pigs were considered to be unclean animals and expressly forbidden in the Mosaic law, LEV 11:7; DEU 14:8.

2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

The freedom that he dreamed of and the reality that struck, were not anything like one another.

This man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective – to face up with the situation as it really exists.

This is not a parable about what happens to a believer when he sins, this is a parable about what happens to a believer when he changes his lifestyle.

He was now in pain but that was good because pain brings reality in to a rebellious and stubborn heart.

ISA 65:24 “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer;”
PSA 56:8 Thou hast taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Thy bottle; Are they not in Thy book?

The best robe was a symbol of honor and respect, and it represents restoration to full experiential righteousness.

This was a signet ring representing withdrawing from the Father’s resources, logistical grace.

LUK 15:22 “and sandals on his feet” = once again you are getting the opportunity of service and production.

The fattened calf represents fellowship in the word, feeding on divine truth or Bible doctrine.

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