Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 165. How to handle thought testing with your portfolio of invisible assets.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
1. The old sin nature test
2. Cosmic #1 test.
3. Cosmic #2 test.
4. Disaster testing.
5. People testing.
6. System testing.
7. Thought testing.
8. Prosperity testing.
Thought testing: Thought testing occurs at all stages of Christian experience, but its direct application as a part of suffering for blessing in momentum testing.
Anagke is translated “distresses” and it means necessities, distresses, calamities and pressures.
In spiritual autonomy, momentum testing includes thought testing.
In spiritual maturity, evidence testing provides definite thought testing.
(1) Pertinent metabolized doctrine to meet thought testing at a given stage.
(2) The filling of the Spirit at the time of thought testing to make the correct application of metabolized doctrine.
(3) This means the ability NOT to be distracted by false issues or to be misled by wrong priorities.
Mental attitude in the Christian life is the function of your thinking and the pressure of thought conflict in your soul.
Thought has such a powerful effect on the believer’s success or failure in the Christian life that thinking must be considered a major momentum test.
Human viewpoint will conflict with divine viewpoint.
False concepts will challenge Bible doctrine.
Arrogance will intrude upon humility.
Expedients or self-benefits of all kinds will compete with the Predesigned Plan of God.
Fear will paralyze reason.
Dilemmas, confusions, and unanswered questions motivate the positive believer to apply the resources of Bible doctrine he has learned.
Thought testing may ALSO exist when circumstances are overtly prosperous and tranquil.
ISA 3:9 “The expression of their faces bears witness against them.”
If his thought is consistent with Bible doctrine, he advances in the Predesigned Plan of God.
If his thought is contrary to doctrine, he is distracted from his true destiny in life.
Like the angels, man was created with a soul capable of rational thought. MAT 9:4 And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?”
Salvation itself is appropriated by a right thought, by non-meritorious positive volition toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ, MAT 22:42a “What do you think about the Christ?”
Mankind’s great enemy is a thought called arrogance.
Arrogance can inflate or deflate man’s opinion of himself.
God’s grace deals with us as we are, but an egocentric believer who does not live in objective reality will never use God’s grace provisions to advance in the Predesigned Plan.
GAL 6:3 “For if anyone thinks he is something [arrogance] when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
Arrogance is illusion, unreality, and when perpetuated, arrogance becomes insanity.
1CO 10:12 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
“The renovation of [one’s] thought” is accomplished over a period of time by giving Bible doctrine number one priority, by organizing one’s life around the daily perception of the Word of God. “The good, the well-pleasing, and the complete” is the Predesigned Plan of God being executed.
PHI 2:5 “Keep on having this mental attitude in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Humility, which is obedience to divine authority and orientation to God’s grace, should be the attitude of every member of the Royal Family of God.
1. Rationalization is self-justification while blaming others for one’s own failures and sufferings.
2. Anger attacks a problem with temper and tantrums, which manifest total irresponsibility.
Unjustified anger ignores the problem, diverting attention instead to self, and attempting to cower people and control them with threats or violence.
Power lust and approbation lust are often expressed through anger, which arises from feelings of inferiority that are temporarily relieved by revenge, or by injuring those who challenge one’s inflated opinion of self.
3. Defense mechanisms attempt to insulate the believer’s mind from overpowering pressures.
4. Denial ignores the problem in the blind hope that it will go away.
5. Sublimation reacts to frustration by finding a new outlet for uncontrolled emotions.
Although divine viewpoint thinking searches out and destroys false human viewpoint, the destruction of incorrect ideas and attitudes is not the ultimate victory in thought testing.
JOH 8:31-32 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [Bible doctrine], then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
JOH 4:24 “God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit [filling of the Holy Spirit] and in truth [knowing and thinking Bible doctrine].”
Even in the Eucharist the believer concentrates on Christ, remembering the doctrines that reveal His person and saving work.
Music praises God in doctrinal lyrics.
Giving is a mental attitude, and the privilege of contributing to the Lord’s service is extended to believers who understand God’s grace, (2CO 9:7-8).
2CO 9:9 It is as the Scriptures say: “The godly man gives generously to the poor. His good deeds will be an honor to him forever.” (TLB).
By far the most important form of worship is concentrating on the teaching of God’s Word (PSA 138:2).