Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What is our part? Part 2.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We need to know very well the one main requirement on our part, which will enable us to one day operate in the great principles of love and honor and unity.
The importance of Positive Volition Towards Doctrine
PRO 8:17 “I [doctrine] love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me, will find me.”
POSITIVE VOLITION AND CHURCH AGE DOCTRINE
The Church-age is not a period of miracles; it is a period of utilization of Divine dynamics or power acquired through the use of Positive Volition toward Bible doctrine.
When we have this active desire to know God, the believer should appreciate the invisible work of God and recognize that even the maturing of his own positive volition is from God.
Positive Volition becomes a blessing in itself, a blessing which allows the believer to fulfill the conditions of the PPOG, making the motivation of positive volition a driving force and a source of even greater blessing in the believer’s life.
ROM 14:19 “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Positive volition is never automatic; any believer at any time, in any stage of spiritual growth can become dull of hearing, described in HEB 5:11-14.
Through a process of reaction, bitterness and emotionalism, they became dull and boring.
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
They became deceived and confused, not realizing that they simply needed to recover the filling of the Holy Spirit and move forward. PHI 3:13-14
They seek that which is shallow and superficial and reject what is deep.
In HEB 6:1 they are the ones who go on to advance doctrinally.
In 2CO 12:9 they are the ones whose strength is matured in weakness.
In PHI 3:15 they are the ones who do not quit.
In JAM 1:4 they are the ones who are patient during times of trouble.
In COL 3:14 they are the ones who operate in love.
In 1JO 2:5 they are the ones who keep Doctrine in their soul.
In 1CO 13:11 the mature are the ones who are of one mind and who live in prosperity, and put away childish things.
In 1CO 14:20 they cultivate their understanding.
This is the result of God working in their life, what God has accomplished in them because they agreed to go along for the ride, daily submitting to God’s Word.
This is why we must have fun in the plan of God, because God promises to use us for His glory, operating in a gift we will naturally enjoy, rewarding us in ways unimaginable, just because we agreed to go along with His plan!
We agree by our daily intake of Bible doctrine, our positive volition towards all His words. Advanced doctrine produces the ability to discern between being involved in grace and truth, or being involved in legalism, self-righteousness, and religion.
Only the believer with positive volition toward doctrine can distinguish between grace and legalism or the honorable good and the evil good.
Through the exercise of retaining doctrine that is learned, and then recalling that doctrine to deal with the details of life, the believer is building spiritual muscle that will carry him through any storm.
The Christian way of life includes a series of tests that the Lord allows into the believer’s path to see how much doctrine has been learned, and to allow for accelerated spiritual growth.
RECEPTION, RETENTION AND RECALL
POSITIVE VOLITION TOWARD DOCTRINE
1. the act of receiving or the state of being received.
2. a manner of being received: The book met with a favorable reception.
Does THE BOOK meet with a favorable Reception in your soul?
Daily or consistent exposure to Bible teaching takes precedence over everything else, and no one can learn doctrine without the help of a prepared pastor-teacher.
This pastor-teacher should be someone who is faithful in the verse-by-verse teaching of Bible doctrine; building line upon line, precept upon precept.
The principle of Reception of doctrine includes the concepts of concentration and avoidance of distractions.
5. Arrogance and hypersensitivity
6. Wrong priorities
7. Failure to use problem solving devices
8. Christian fellowship and services outside of PPOG
9. The Lust Pattern of the Old Sin Nature Power Lust. Approbation Lust. Monetary Lust. Pleasure Lust. Revenge Lust. Crusader Lust. Social Lust. Chemical Lust. Criminal Lust.
10. Inordinate Ambition
11. Interruptive Technologies!
Reception, to listen to doctrine taught by a prepared pastor-teacher, this is the first positive decision.
Retention where the believer chooses to believe that which is being taught, this is the second positive decision. (Metabolized Doctrine â€“ it has been eaten by your soul)
Recall, which is the application of metabolized doctrine resident in the soul structure of the believer to the various and diverse experiences of life.