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The secret of the mystery, Part 141. Dealing with the mental attitude of inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, fear, guilt, worry, anger, judging, and hatred.

Friday, August 18, 2006

1. Arrogance is the antithesis of grace, the total blindness to the grace of God.
2. Pride = inordinate self-esteem, conceit, and a pre-occupation with self as well as rejection of authority.

3. Jealousy is cruel, filled with anger and revenge, and very frustrating.
4. Implacability which is found in those impossible to please or satisfy.

5. Bitterness - severity of temper, biting sarcasm, a painful inward affliction, and a deep distress of mind.
6. Vindictiveness which is where revenge sets in.
7. Inordinate ambition and inordinate competition.

2CO 10:12 Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity! - TLB

8. Fear is a whole system of sins which include worry, anxiety, insecurity, incapability of doctrinal application, and therefore inability to use the problem-solving devices.

For the believer who lives in a state of fear, the fear increases like a disease.

As the cancer of fear increases, that individual becomes intimidated by life.

9. Guilt. Satan accuses God’s people to try to make them feel guilty, REV 12:10, so they hide from God and separate themselves from Him, GEN 3:7-10.

Do not be distracted by past failures, except to learn from them, but not to blame others for them.

Our spiritual life instructs us to forget the past and move toward the high ground of spiritual maturity.

Past failures must never become present handicaps.

The essential element for living in freedom from guilt is understanding grace.

If we do not realize that God’s justice and righteousness are completely satisfied and our relationship with Him is based upon the accomplishments of the cross, then guilt will torment us until it drives us from the presence of the Lord, GEN 3:10.

10. Worry is a mental attitude sin in which there is soulish torment or anxiety regarding anything in life.

It is a disquieting and painful state of mind involving undue concern over something in life.

Worried people anticipate the worst, and so worry becomes apprehension or anticipation of danger, misfortune, trouble, or uncertainty.

Worry is a state of restlessness and agitation, producing mental disturbance, uneasiness, foreboding, anxiety, and painful uncertainty.

Worry is a destroyer of the soul. If unchecked, it results in mental illness.

Worry in the mind causes shock to the body, PRO 12:25.

PRO 3:21-23, Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip.

PRO 3:24-26, You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner. Because GOD will be right there with you; He’ll keep you safe and sound.

Worry weighs us down whereas encouragement picks us up.

PSA 38:18 For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
ROM 14:23 whatever is not from faith is sin.
LUK 12:29 And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying.

11. Anger is a mental attitude sin which expresses antagonism, hatred, exasperation, resentment, irrationality.

Anger motivates jealousy and cruelty, PRO 27:4. A person can’t be angry without being cruel and unfair.

ECC 7:9 “Do not be hasty to be angry in your right lobe; for anger resides in the bosom of fools.”

Anger results in self-induced misery, PRO 22:8.

12. Judging. MAT 7:1-3 “Judge not, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you again.”

13. Hatred. 1JO 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar;

Life is too short to hate anyone and if you hate anyone, this verse says you do not love God.

Hatred is self-punishment. It the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.
Hatred is the madness of the heart. It is the anger of the weak.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.

Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Hatred is a boomerang which is sure to hit you harder than the one at whom you throw it.

14. Murder. 1JO 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

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