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The new things that have come. The responsibility and accountability of the Royal Priesthood, part 13.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Under the principle of the doctrine that new things have come we have been noting the two unique Royal Commissions: The Royal Priesthood and the Royal Ambassadorship.

1PE 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

ISA 54:17 "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord.

That you should stop trying to make yourself live up to a real or imagined spiritual role model to others.

We should all learn the principle of taking the pressure off of ourselves.

1. Do not place yourself under unrealistic expectations concerning your relationship with others.

1CO 7:23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

2. Don’t be so arrogant toward yourself that your goal is to have others speak well of you.

MAT 5:11 Blessed are you when {men} cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.

3. Unrealistic expectations toward ourselves which inevitably produces frustrations that distract us from Bible doctrine and destroy the true focus of the Christian life, which is occupation with Christ......not self.

PHI 1:21 For me, living is Christ, likewise dying is profit.
JOH 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

4. Unrealistic expectations destroys all human relationships, whether it is your relationship in friendship, romance, or marriage, but most of all, your relationship with yourself.

EPH 5:33 Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself;
MAR 12:31 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

5. Unrealistic expectation produces frustrations which distract from Bible doctrine and destroys the true focus of the Christian life, which is occupation with Christ......not people.

You are not living in the rest and peace that comes from understanding that you have been reconciled and reunited to God.

6. Unrealistic expectations causes us to react to others inwardly who do not believe that we are treating them the way they want to be treated.

MAT 7:12 Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,

Because of the demand syndrome, it is impossible for any virtue to exist in either one of us.

7. There is role model arrogance which is another problem that can hinder you from living in the rest and peace that comes from understanding that you have been reunited to God.

Stop trying to make yourself live up to a real or an imagined spiritual role-model to others.

8. Role model arrogance causes believers to fail because of lack of impersonal love for all mankind beginning with themselves and lack of occupation with Christ.

MAT 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

9. Role model arrogance ignores the basic doctrine that all believers sin after salvation and continue to have a sin nature.

With Bible doctrine as the number one priority in your life, you learn to love God the Father, and you learn to insert the virtue of impersonal love into human relationships.

From knowledge of Bible doctrine you find your true role model who is perfect, i.e., our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When you combine unrealistic expectation with role model arrogance, you have established false standards for your life.

You have developed an arrogant system of standards which hinder both the execution of the PPOG and create spiritual failure by condemning yourself and forgetting making the believer a loser.

When you are not content with the rest peace that God has provided for you through the finished work of His Son, TLJC, then you begin to develop the Arrogance of Unhappiness or the Arrogance of Subjective Preoccupation with Self.

There is another very subtle but common form of arrogance found among born again believers which is the cause of murmuring, complaining, frustration, worry, anxiety, self-pity, etc.

The road to recovery begins with humility, acknowledgement and then a crash diet of Bible doctrine.

He is paranoid, jealous, implacable and lacks forgiveness.

Pre-occupation with self destroys any capacity for happiness and frustrates the fulfillment of the divine plan of God.

Involvement in the world system cosmic system also promotes erroneous ideas about what constitutes happiness in life.

They subscribe to the myth that people or pleasant circumstances or prosperity can make them happy.

There are three categories of happiness but arrogant people are unhappy people involved in the cosmic system and therefore miserable.

NEH 8:10b "Do not be grieved, for the happiness of the Lord is your strength."

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