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The secret of the mystery, Part 144. The proper mental attitude to take advantage of your equal privilege and equal opportunity.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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.

PSA 40:8 “I delight to do Thy will, O my God; your doctrine is within my heart.”
PRO 16:2 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.”

PHI 1:17 “The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.”

JAM 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend {it} on your pleasures.”

TIT 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
TIT 2:12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

2CO 5:14 For the love for Christ motivates us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;

PHM 1:14 “But without your consent I did not want to do anything, that your goodness should not be as it were by compulsion, but of your own free will.”

Overt disaster is not present as of yet, but in the meantime, people find themselves without proper motivation.

As a substitute for motivation they accept some form of human stimulation.

A person who loves his job, who enjoys what he is doing, always has a better social life because motivation from one factor overflows into motivation in other factors.

When people enjoy their job, enjoy life, enjoy what they are doing in life, when people have a wonderful spiritual life, then they are going to have a wonderful social life, business life, etc.

ECC 9:9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your passing life which [woman] He [God] has given to you under the sun [in this life]; for this is your reward in life, and [enjoy life] in your work in which you have labored under the sun.

They are going to have that great character trait, “contentment” which is the basis for all happiness.

They are miserable, critical, judgmental, scared about the present and even more fearful of the future.

Because they have no motivation and no progressive changes in their life.

One of the definitions of a zombie is a “will-less” person!
No goals....
No aims....
No purposes....
No visions, etc.

PRO 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps Your law [in the New Testament, your doctrine].

We are not talking about “zeal” without knowledge, that kind of motivation; we are talking about motivation with a strong foundation.

Our subject calls for “spiritual enthusiasm” which will carry you in time of disaster as you take advantage of your equal privileges and equal opportunities.

Most of the good times people have.... “do not carry them in times of disaster.”

It is the word of God and occupation with TLJC that motivates and sustains the believer in time of disaster.

2PE 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be motivated even more to make certain about His calling and election;

He took out all the obstacles related to our status, race, IQ, etc and created a level playing field for everyone.

The pastor teacher is responsible in his gift to point out and potentially remove obstacles that impact believers from the execution of their equal privilege and equal opportunity.

If a local assembly is subject to gossip, jealousy, conspiracy, etc., the “equal privilege, equal opportunity” is in jeopardy, as the mature believer in the assembly may be able to deal with it, while the new spiritually immature believer is at risk because he is now in a place where the playing field is unleveled.

The inability of a pastor to deal with these issues in a congregation contributes to de-emphasis of the work on the cross.

a. Refusing to hear the teaching of the word of God on a consistent basis, which is sin,
HEB 10:25-26, called sinning willfully.

b. Hearing the teaching of Bible doctrine but refusing to metabolize it: the failure to convert gnosis [knowledge] into epignosis [wisdom].
c. Metabolizing doctrine so that it exists in the soul but refusing to apply it when necessary.

1. There is the accumulation of scar tissue formed in the soul.
2. Withdrawal occurs resulting in the accumulation of trash or garbage in the soul.

“Affirm” - pres-mid-ind - marturomai = to give a solemn warning to those not growing up spiritually.

2TI 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2TI 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

Middle voice - the apostle Paul is the one giving the warning, but in reality it comes from the Lord.
Indicative mood - this was a reality in Ephesus; they were not growing up spiritually and feeding the new nature within.

“Mataiotei” = aimlessness, emptiness, vanity.

Being darkened - perf-mid-part - eskotismenoi = to receive darkness; it describes spiritual incapacity.

“Excluded from” - perf-mid-part - apellotriomenoi = not to participate in what they belong to.

“Hardness” - porosin = callousness, dullness, stubbornness, hardness; it refers to scar tissue in the soul.

“Having become callous” - perf-mid-part - apelgekotes = to cease to feel, to become apathetic, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested, and unresponsive toward the things of God.

“Have given themselves over” - aor-act-ind - paredokin = to betray oneself.

Sensuality - aselgeia = shamelessness, greediness, and pure self-enjoyment.

Practice - ergasian = to make a business or a profession.

Greediness - pleonexia = a search for happiness in spite of the negative consequences and the outright disobedience.

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