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The secret of the mystery. Part 160. The secondary assets are related to your positive volition toward doctrine.

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Point 6. The introduction to the four categories of invisible assets.
a. Primary assets.
b. Secondary assets.

1. Volitional assets related to your positive volition toward doctrine, keeping your priorities straight, so that you can reach the different stages of spiritual growth.

2. Production assets.
Christian service is never effective unless it is a result of your spiritual life; it is never the means of your spiritual life.

3. Suffering for blessing assets: providential preventative suffering, momentum testing, and evidence testing.

Providential preventative suffering is defined as short-termed suffering from the sovereignty of God for the benefit of the believer.

It is that suffering which prevents, restrains, or insulates sin and evil, while challenging spiritual self-esteem to suffer for blessing and profit.

God’s glory is manifested by God’s grace.

Exalting myself - pres-pass-subj - huperairomai = to become conceited, arrogant, to lift up one’s self above others.

Undeserved suffering is a gracious gift from God.
Suffering for blessing is always a gift from God.

Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life.

The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

“Tested by fire” is used, because when you put gold in fire, the gold melts and the fire changes the nature of the gold.

Providential preventative suffering changes the nature of the believer.

This is actually a prayer that God would take away blessing.

A lot of believers pray for strength when they are faced with suffering.

Strength in suffering comes mechanically through doctrine resident in the soul and the application of that doctrine to the situation of suffering.

No believer should ever pray for the removal of any category of suffering for blessing.

Providential preventive suffering reminds the believer of his dependence on the predesigned plan of God and forces him to use divine assets under circumstances that human ability cannot resolve.

In this stage of spiritual growth, affliction comes to us, not to make us sorrowful but solid; not to make us sorry but wise. Trials, temptations, disappointments - all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.

Every triumph over temptation represents a new supply of spiritual energy.

Thorns are associated with the curse of mankind and nature at the time of the Fall,
GEN 3:18; Rom 8. Thorns are also used in connection with man’s failure. Thorns are also used to designate divine punishment, NUM 33:55; JUD 2:3.

2CO 12:7 - Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a pain in the neck, something aggravating enough to bother him. God permitted a fallen angel of great ability to penetrate the wall of fire around Paul and to bother him.

The thorn is also a sign of Satan’s power.
Thorns are also used for negative volition to doctrine, PRO 22:4-5.

Thorns are used to describe distractions to positive volition toward Bible doctrine,
MAT 13:7,22.

MAT 13:7,22 - “thorns” refer to the man who “hears the Word, but the worries of this life (peer pressure) and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the Word.”

Thorns are used for cosmic involvement and negative volition toward the PPOG, HEB 6:8.

Jesus Christ wore a crown of thorns on the cross, which signified the fact that He was made a curse for us, MAT 27:29; MAR 15:17; JOH 19:2 cf GAL 3:13; 1PE 2:24.

In the Millennial reign of Christ, nature will be delivered from the curse of the Fall. This is expressed by the removal of thorns in ISA 55:13, EZE 28:24.

There is unfair treatment, hurt, pressure and on occasion we have suffering; that’s life.

PSA 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones.

“What God allows and what He sends He expects the believer to endure in divine power.”

He does not always take us out of the fire, nor does He always prevent us from experiencing the pressures and hurts that make up life.

DAN 3:17 “If it be {so,} our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.”

Regardless of what the attack is, even when we are simply reaping the results of the bad decisions we have made, God has provided the grace to deal with it - to win.

The believer’s unique way of escape is to BEAR it.
“Bear” - “Hupomeno” = being able to hold up courageously under fire.

Holding up courageously under fire requires that we be rooted in “Ho Logos” - the Word of God, Bible doctrine.

For the believer in Christ, every battle is fought, and therefore ultimately won or lost in the soul.

Embracing idolatry is to fix our faith on that which cannot help us.

HEB 13:5 Let your lifestyle be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

When we cannot see clearly it is because we lack light - sufficient inner strength from the Word of God.

When we are under pressure, under fire and indeed in the fire, that is where we will be perfected, matured, in the circumstance. You grow by being tested, failing, rebounding and going forward.

Repetition followed by repetition, so it is with spiritual skills.

No one is born with these skills; they are acquired skills as God the Holy Spirit matures us,
GAL 5:22-23.

Thorns can represent long-term circumstances. There is serious illness, disease, ongoing unfair treatment, suffering, the enemy’s harassment, being maligned and slandered on an ongoing basis, and carrying the deep wounds of death - when our young children and loved ones have been taken out of time by the determination of God.

Now we can bear deep hurts yet not be in bondage to them.

The common denominator of the tests, trials, pressures, offenses, wounds and hurts is that God has, at the very least, allowed them in our lives.

Thorns also protect the fruit on a vine - they ensure that water is retained in those vines.

Thorn bushes were used to protect the sheepfold where the sheep and the shepherd slept.

God allows the thorns for our good and His glory.
A thorn now can mean prevention for a later and greater confrontation with pressure.

1. Believers in Christ, in carnality, ARE thorns.
2. Christians who reject the pastor-teacher.
3. Unprepared ministers.
4. Ministers living corrupted lives, going through the motions of godliness.

5. Believers who fix their faith on activism, social programming in the place of Bible doctrine.
6. Christians who can go to a four hour concert, jumping up and down praising the Lord because they believe that they are caught up in the Spirit, but yet they are not motivated to take in the Word of God for more than 20 minutes.

7. The absence of grace, mercy, compassion, giving, and integrity by many Christians.
8. The believer who is always complaining; never has a good word about anyone or anything; the miserable Christian.

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