Pennsylvania Conference 2007. The Church of Laodicea. Part 5.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Divine guidance is the doctrine of determining the will of God for your life.

1. God has a general will for your life which is in common with all believers.
 2. God has a specific will or a plan for you as an individual.

First we have the sovereign will of God.

The sovereignty or the will of God is manifest in the decrees of God.

In the sovereign will of God we also have the directive will of God and the permissive will of God.

The directive will of God is that which God directs us to.

The permissive will of God is that which is against God’s will, but because of human volition He allows it to exist.

The permissive will of God says simply this:
It is the application of logistical grace.

The directive will of God is your function in the pre-designed plan of God.
 The permissive will of God is your function in the cosmic system.

The directive will of God = life in the pre-designed plan of God.

The permissive will of God = you are still alive, but you are in the cosmic system.

Then there is the overruling will of God.

He even protects the believer from hearing all of the garbage that is being said about him, JOB 5:21a.

1. His directive will, and there’s only one directive
will which stems from and is consistent with the attributes of God.

2. Then there is the permissive will of God under which most believers are living.

3. Then when they try to do something that is destructive and to eliminate the believer in the pre-designed plan of God, we have the overruling will of God.

There is also the academic concept of divine guidance.

In principle all real divine guidance depends upon Bible doctrine in your soul.

Robert McLaughlin
Bible Ministries
Pennsylvania Conference
Thursday AM,
June 21, 2007

God has agape love or impersonal unconditional love for us.

Agape love is sensitivity, humility; it is understanding.
 It is the ability to respect the rights and the privacy of others and at the same time operate in sensitivity.

Impersonal unconditional love also means thoughtfulness and kindness.

There is no real application to life, to people, to circumstances, unless… have impersonal unconditional love as a foundation.

When we use the word impersonal it simply means having no personal reference or connection to the individual meaning that your love is not based upon something in them but something in you.

Personal love, phileo, is conditional and directed toward a few members of the human race and a wonderful thing if it is based on impersonal love.

It may sound strange to you, but your attitude toward strangers, and your attitude toward enemies, and your attitude toward people you do not like, is the basis for having wonderful relationships in life.

Just as you cannot have happiness and prosperity without capacity, you cannot have real personal love without impersonal love.

Impersonal unconditional love gives energy to the believer.

While personal love is directed toward mankind in a selective way emphasizing the attractiveness of the object and related to a few, impersonal unconditional love is non-discriminating emphasizing virtue, honor, and integrity toward all, whether the object has animosity or is a stranger or a friend.

If you have failed to meet the standards that God has provided, and if you fail to function in your royal priesthood toward God and your royal ambassadorship toward man, divine discipline is inevitable.

“Those whom” is stated this way to state a principle without naming names; this means that you have the privacy of your priesthood.

The local church was designed as a classroom to come and to learn Bible doctrine and become a winner in life and to glorify the Lord.

Those who have failed and have become lukewarm are loved by the Lord just as much as those who have succeeded and who are winners.

“Love” – pres-act-ind – philo = rather strange when you would expect agapao that is generally used for impersonal love.

All believers, whether winners or losers, hot or lukewarm, possess perfect righteousness.

Repent – aor-act-imp –metanoeson = to change the mind.

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