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The secret of the mystery, Part 140. Mental attitude sins destroy the benefits of our equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

C. The unique equality factor of the Church-age called equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Your mental attitude is so important because that is where you develop your proper motivation, and it is also where you do most of your sinning.

If you understand our subject of equal privilege and equal opportunity, this should give you motivation and produce progressive changes in your life.

Many people lack motivation because they have nothing in the soul to make life interesting.

1. Arrogance is the antithesis of grace, the total blindness to the grace of God.

Arrogance is synonymous with vanity, which is empty pride in regard to one’s person, attainments, or possessions coupled with an excessive desire to be noticed, a lust for attention, lust for approval or praise from others.

Arrogance deceives its victim, JER 49:16.
Arrogance will bring dishonor in your life, PRO 11:2.
Arrogance will cause self-destruction, PRO 16:18.

2. Pride = inordinate self-esteem, conceit, and a pre-occupation with self.
Pride also means rejection of authority.

3. Jealousy is older than the human race because jealousy existed in eternity past when Lucifer, the son of the morning, became jealous of God. The first case of jealousy in the human race surfaced when Cain became jealous of his brother Abel.

Scripture describes jealousy as cruel;
SOS 8:6; filled with anger and revenge; PRO 6:34; and frustrating, PRO 27:4.

Jealousy is a self-destructive mental attitude and a system of thinking from the kosmos or the world system.

Jealousy will always create instability and disorder in the life of the believer.

Jealousy is self-destructive - JOB 5:2 “For jealousy slays the foolish man”

The “stone” in this passage is overt jealousy and anger; the “sand” is subtle jealousy.

So great was the sin of jealousy in Israel that a special offering was made for it, NUM 5:11-31.
It is very difficult to get over jealousy.

4. Implacability.
Have you ever been around an implacable person, one who is impossible to please or satisfy?

The aim of life is appreciation.

I would rather be able to appreciate things that I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

So many people are so caught up in their own goals that they forget to appreciate their journey, especially the graciousness and the love of people that they meet along the way.

Paul said one of the signs of the last days is the fact that people would be ungrateful, 2TI 3:2.

Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle.

5. Bitterness. Every believer who does not have a personal relationship with God eventually will become a walking bombshell ready to explode at any moment.

Bitterness is severity of temper, biting sarcasm, a painful inward affliction, and a deep distress of mind.

HEB 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

COL 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them.

JOB 7:11 “Therefore, I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”

JOB 10:1 “I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”

PSA 73:21-22 When my heart was filled with bitterness, And I was pierced within, Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like an animal before Thee.

ECC 7:26 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

6. Vindictiveness.

Vindictive people are obsessed with seeking revenge.

Vindictiveness is marked by or resulting from a desire to hurt and be spiteful.

Vindictive people have a disposition to retaliate for wrongs, real or imagined.

Their impulse is to try to inflict suffering or punishment as retribution for evil or an injury, real or imagined.

ISA 3:9 The expression of their faces bears witness against them. And they display their sin like Sodom[openly]; They do not {even} conceal {it.} Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.

One writer states, “In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.”

HEB 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

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