Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
No longer I: Mental attitude toward self.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
He taught that the only escape for the believer from becoming the villain or the victim of iconoclastic arrogance is spiritual maturity.
The mature believer always remembers that God is perfect and people are sinful.
The danger lies in the fact that some think more highly of themselves than what they ought to, while others think too lowly of themselves and not according to the word of God.
What I want to focus on therefore is the importance of your attitude toward yourself.
Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and how we spend our time.
If you believe that all things work together for good to those who love God, then you will accept each experience that you face as something that ultimately leads to your own good.
Success or failure depends more upon mental attitude than upon anything else in life because if you don’t have the right mental attitude then you don’t have the capacity to handle the success.
“Sold” - perf-pass-part - pepramenos = to be sold as a slave, in this case to the sin nature; it means to be placed entirely under the control of the love of sinning.
JOH 8:32 - “You shall know the doctrine and the doctrine shall make you free.”
GAL 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Therefore, keep standing fast [residence, function, and momentum in the plan of God] and do not again become entangled in the yoke of slavery [cosmic system].”
PSA 119:45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek thy precepts.
These good intentions are hindered by the overtime work of the old sin nature with its trends toward good and evil.
Whenever you are in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship or deepening it; that factor is your mental attitude.
Doctrine is important because it helps you to recognize your flaws and the control that the old sin nature has over you.
You see that was the purpose of the Mosaic Law and the commandments, to reveal our helplessness.
GAL 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
The old sin nature is the source of temptation and also the source of inherent flaws from birth.
Sin lives in a person long before a person’s volition develops acquired flaws.
Paul is saying that because he has believed on TLJC, he is no longer the one alive but Christ is living in him.
GAL 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
MAT 22:39 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”