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The secret of the mystery. Part 155. The portfolio of invisible assets: making the most of your primary assets.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Point 6. The introduction to the four categories of invisible assets.

a. Primary assets
b. Secondary assets.
c. Personnel assets: spiritual gifts.
d. Unique assets: the indwelling of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

a. The primary assets.
“Primary” = first or highest in rank, quality, or importance.

The primary assets are election and predestination.
All believers start out with equal privilege and equal opportunity because of election and predestination.

Through utilization of the invisible assets, the believer understands his election and fulfills the pre-designed plan of God.

He learns day by day more and more about who and what God is and what these invisible assets are.

b. The secondary assets.
Here is where your volitional decisions really matter.

You make doctrine #1 priority. You do not let anything interfere with learning doctrine, and you do not let anything interfere with your application of the doctrine you know in your soul.

Your volitional assets use election and predestination to attain your escrow assets.
That is what a portfolio is supposed to do: Use assets to create assets.

From the primary assets, provided for you by the sovereignty of God the Father in eternity past, come the secondary assets.

1. If we are going to take advantage of our primary assets, election and predestination, and multiply them into secondary assets, it all begins by admitting that we are powerless and need divine power without which our lives become unmanageable.

Admission of our powerlessness is the first step in true liberation.
There is a direct relation of humility to dignity.

When you hit bottom, there is no where to go but up.
PRO 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in {time of} calamity.

1. It all begins by admitting that we are powerless and we need divine power without which our lives become unmanageable.

2. If we are going to take advantage of our primary assets, election and predestination, and multiply them into secondary assets, we have to come to believe that there is a power greater than ourselves that can restore us to spiritual reality.

Substitution of faith over sight -
2CO 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight -

The dilemma of being disillusioned at times will drive us to faith.

JOB 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.”

There will be roadblocks of indifference and prejudice.
There will also be problems of intellectuality and self-sufficiency.

There will be negative and positive thinking.

GAL 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
PRO 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Another hindrance to taking advantage of our primary assets, election and predestination, and multiplying them into secondary assets, is self-righteousness.

Then there is defiance which is an outstanding characteristic of the flesh.

The solution and the rallying point to spiritual sanity is having a right relationship with God.

EST 4:16 - “and if I perish, I perish.”
PSA 56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.

2. We have to come to believe that there is a power greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity.

3. If we are going to take advantage of our primary assets, election and predestination, and multiply them into secondary assets, we must make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.

Willingness is the key. Dependence is the means to independence.

LUK 22:42 “Yet not My will, but Thine be done.”
MAT 11:30 “The yoke is easy, and the load is light.”
JOH 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

4. We must make a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.

Our instincts can exceed their proper function.

Point four is an effort to discover our liabilities.

The danger is to be misguided by moral inventory which can result in guilt, pretentiousness, or blaming others.
Assets can be multiplied even through our liabilities.

There must be a willingness to take inventory within ourselves.
Through the grace of God, it brings light and new confidence.

Common symptoms of emotional insecurity are worry, anger, self-pity, and depression.

True spiritual inventory reviews relationships and the importance of thoroughness.

5. We must admit to God, and to ourselves, the exact nature of our wrongs.

PRO 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes {them} will find compassion.

Without fearless admission of defects, believers cannot grow in God’s grace and knowledge.

You lose a sense of isolation; you receive forgiveness and you give it.

There is a necessity implanted in all of us for complete and total honesty, without guilt and condemnation.

There is how to choose the person or persons in whom to confide.

If you succeed, the results are tranquility and consciousness of God.

6. We must be entirely ready to have God remove all the defects of character in our lives.

There is also the recognition of the difference between striving for an objective -- and perfection.
Delay is dangerous. PRO 19:15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And a slothful person will suffer hunger.

7. We must humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Humility is the avenue to true freedom in the spiritual life, not the flesh.
Failure and misery is transformed by humility.
Pain is the admission price to this new life.

Self-centered fear is the chief activator of our defects.
There is a reluctance to forgive; nonadmission of wrongs to others; purposeful forgetting.

8. We must make direct amends with some people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

A tranquil mind is the first requisite for good judgment.
Good timing is important in making amends.

What is courage? It is wisdom and prudence taking calculated chances.

When your past is settled with, present challenges can be met.

There must be a varieties of inventory, such as anger, resentments, jealousy, envy, self-pity, hurt, and most of all pride.

Look at the credits as well as the debits in people.

10. We must seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God.

What is a spiritual awakening?
It is a new state of consciousness being received as a free gift.

Dependence upon God is necessary to recovery.

Understanding is the key to right attitudes.
And right action is the key to good living.

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