Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 167. The value of your mental attitude in your portfolio of invisible assets.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The average believer does not even know anything about God’s superior power or how God has delegated it to us through thought.
This delegation of divine power depends on perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
The delegation of superior power comes in the form of thinking metabolized doctrine circulating in the right lobe of the heart called the kardia.
What you really are as a person is what you really think, not what you appear to be on the surface, not the way you are dressed or groomed, but what goes on inside the invisible you, which is your soul.
People can hide their thoughts and become masterful at the practice of hypocrisy.
Himself - nephesh = soul.
Hypocrisy is a manifestation of an evil mental attitude.
The real person here is the implacable person and the hypocrite who invites you.
People use thoughts to justify their wrong doings, and they use speech to conceal their thoughts.
This is why courage and genuine humility are straightforward virtues, for they are virtues that hypocrisy cannot imitate.
He taught that the scribes and the Pharisees were hypocrites who gave alms, prayed, fasted, tithed; they were overtly moral and righteous; they studied and taught the Bible; but their mental attitude was evil, MAT 6:2; 6:5; 6:16; 23:23; 23:25.
You will never be a well-rounded personality with a limited vocabulary.
Any spiritual system which demands technical thought improves your mind, personality, character, and eventuates in honor, integrity, and occupation with Christ.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
With our thoughts, we literally make our world, whether they are true or false thoughts.
Sooner or later, false thinking brings wrong conduct.
Concentration is a matter of your priorities in life.
If Bible doctrine is your number priority then you will be motivated from your own soul.
1CO 2:16 “For who has known the thinking of the Lord that he should instruct Him, but we have the mind of Christ [the mystery doctrine of the Church-age].”
The delegation of divine power in EPH 1:18-20 to every Church-age believer is Bible doctrine metabolized and deployed on the FLOT line of your soul.
A) The content of thought - Bible doctrine with emphasis on the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
B) The communication of this thought through the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher.
If there is anyone who is going to be a pain in the neck to everyone, it is a pastor-teacher, GAL 4:16.
C) The concentration of the believer on doctrine as it is being taught.
You have your own spiritual life and must be motivated from your own spiritual life.
Living your spiritual life is thinking divine viewpoint.
a) It reflects the values in your life.
b) It reflects your motivation in life.
c) It reflects your mental attitude in life.
d) It reflects your spiritual status quo in life.
Whether it is concentration on doctrine, concentration during the communion service or concentration in prayer, it is all a part of the same thing - thinking, thinking, thinking.
Worship - proskuneo = to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand.
PSA 2:12 “Kiss the Son lest He be angry.”- NIV
Proskuneo = to prostrate oneself in homage or to do reverence to, or to adore.
A thought (or lack of thought) can make or break you at any given moment, depending on whether your thought is human viewpoint or divine viewpoint.
One of the manifestations of arrogance in our society is the fact that the average person thinks he is not.
Mental attitude determines your true character and personality.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, and discernment developed, and godly ambition inspired, and spiritual success achieved.
Trials, temptations, disappointments - all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly by having the proper mental attitude when you go through them.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right mental attitude makes a soul virtuous and stronger than it was before.
Capacity is nurtured best in solitude, but character is revealed by your mental attitude in times of adversity, hardship, disaster, and even tragedy.
Slack - raphah = to be consumed, to falter, to faint, to be disheartened.
Winners do not become winners when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spend preparing for it.
What you are doing right now, if you are filled with the Spirit, is being prepared in the mentality of your soul to handle anything that comes your way. Thinking is either the application of doctrine to life or the application of arrogance and ignorance, which is human viewpoint. Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.
For many believers to think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
a. Divine viewpoint from the Bible doctrine in your soul.
b. Human viewpoint from living in the cosmic system and functioning under Satan’s policy of good and evil.
Once you get into the cosmic system and reversionism, the arrogance skills hinder the function of divine viewpoint.
JAM 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
1PE 5:5 You younger men [pastors, especially those ordained by other pastors], likewise, be subject to your elders [the elder pastors]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Thought, speech, and action are a reflection of your mental attitude and motivation in life.