Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
2TI 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.
1JO 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
Terrible periods of persecution come to the Christian church in every generation.
Persecution may come even through those who are close to us, family members, Christian and non-Christian.
2C0 12:15, the more we love, the less we are loved.
The more we do for people, the less they love us and treat us like we don’t deserve.
2CO 12:15 The Bible verse is And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?
The only way that you can possibly carry the shield is to have the spiritual strength to do so which comes through thought because we are talking about a metaphor, a spiritual shield.
Many believers can claim certain verses and mix the promises of God with faith, but the trouble is they can’t hold the shield long enough because they start thinking about the stress and they forget about the verse.
The utilization of the shield of faith represents the correct and accurate use of the PSD’s.
One of the first tests that you can take when you lift up the shield of faith is 1JO 1:9.
PSD #1, rebound. If you’ve really shocked yourself by some sin and you just name it to God and then say,..”I don’t feel like I’m forgiven yet”, or “I’d better do something for God”…then you don’t have the over-all strength to use rebound and recovery and enter into the faith-rest drill concerning your sins.
The substitutionary spiritual death of TLJC on the cross is the basis for rebound and 1JO 1:9, and God has the strength to forgive and cleanse us from them, we do not.
Principle; some sins have physiological repercussions, some sins have all kinds of emotional problems related with it, some have mental disorder problems related to it.
1TI 5:24 The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after.
The filling of the Spirit is a direct result of rebound.
You don’t really believe it when it says that “If you name and cite your sins that God is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”
Grace Orientation. Where we probably are the weakest because we all have a tendency to not be applying grace to ourselves.
Here we are with grace orientation as a PSD but we don’t have the spiritual strength to be grace-oriented.