Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 143. The execution of your equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

DEU 28:1-14 - many blessings come from PVTD.
There is a list of curses, DEU 28:16-27, for those who reject God’s word or Bible doctrine.

Shigaon - originally used by Moses to describe the Exodus generation.
Shaga = to be insane, to be psychotic.

The Jews rejected the teaching of Moses just like many individuals reject the teaching of their pastor today.

MAT 13:22 - they hear the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

MAT 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon or possessions, riches, or wealth.”

LUK 12:15 “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not {even} when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

2TI 2:4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
1JO 2:15 Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Adversity put great pressure on the Jews constantly, but instead of applying the problem-solving devices, they converted the adversity into stress in their souls.

The inside pressure of stress in the soul combined with the functions of the sin nature to destroy the spiritual life of these believers in the face of the greatest Bible teaching ever to exist in the Old Testament.

Shigaon or a deceived mental attitude took over the lives of these Jewish believers, the psychotic generation.

The Lord permitted the outside pressure of adversity for their spiritual growth, but without Bible doctrine they took that adversity and converted it into stress in the soul, driving themselves insane.

JOH 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.
1CO 15:33 Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.

PSA 1:1 How blessed [happy] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [those influenced by evil].
PRO 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

The problem among many believers = there is no longer any spiritual motivation in life and they do not take advantage of their equal privilege and equal opportunity.

People do not enjoy what they are doing, be it their job, their business, their social life, their married life, and even their “so-called” spiritual life.

In the Korean war many American prisoners “gave up” and died in the prison camps because they had no motive to live under disastrous situations.

Lack of motivation causes people to quit in life and even die in some cases.

In the spiritual realm, proper motivation comes from the heart being moved or stirred up through doctrine.

Their love for the Lord motivated them to contribute to the place where He would be worshipped.

TIT 3:14 And let our {people} also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
1TI 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

DEU 8:18 “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth,”

MAR 10:23 “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”

God’s laws of prosperity require us to trust in Him instead of trusting in riches. The world’s way is to trust in material assets and to continually try to accumulate more of them.

Close observation of people who have more money than they can spend shows they do not find any lasting satisfaction from their wealth.

ECC 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income. This too is vanity.

True satisfaction can only be found deep within ourselves, not in any external worldly possessions.

“Money has never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want in other ways.”

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