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Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War, Part 11.

Friday, March 22, 2013

If this one verse, EPH 5:18,
be filled with the Spirit, was removed from the spiritual life, you would be the vehicle of human power or human viewpoint to try and fulfill the great responsibilities described for us in this great Epistle.

You’d be functioning completely in the flesh apart from this marvelous statement in chapter 5 verse 18,
“Be filled with the Spirit.”

That is the energy or power needed to fulfill
EPH 4:1
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,”

You could never walk in humility, EPH 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,
You could never walk in unity, EPH 4:3
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
You could never walk different than the world walks, EPH 4:17.
You could never walk in the light, EPH 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.
You could never walk in wisdom unless you are energized by the Spirit of God.

The life of God in the soul is the only thing that can produce that kind of living and therefore you see if that weren’t true then unregenerate people could live like that.

We have all failed and have developed garbage in the soul but that we have a treasure in our human body, 2CO 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;”

Notice that this power is of God, not of ourselves, however, also note that this power is found inside of our earthen vessels or human body.

2CO 13:4, For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

“the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” it refers to the fact that our weapons are not based upon a system of human viewpoint like defense mechanisms.

fortresses is the Greek noun och-u-rom-a-ton which is a hapax legomena and it means arguments and reasoning one uses to defend themselves, that’s why it’s translated fortresses and therefore a perfect description of what many are concerned with defense mechanisms.

(1) Acting-out is a defense mechanism in which a person acts without regard for negative consequences.

PSD 4, Grace orientation and #5, Doctrinal orientation would handle this problem.

The first two problem solving devices are involved in all of these because the PSD 3-10 cannot function without rebound and the filling of the Spirit.

(2) Autistic fantasy is a defense mechanism in which a person substitutes excessive day dreaming for the pursuit of social relationships.

Social interaction through day dreaming is much easier than direct and effective social intercourse and the use of the problem solving devices.

PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny would handle this problem.

JUD 1:8, Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh,

(3) Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person fails to acknowledge some aspect of external reality that is obvious and apparent to others.

PRO 30:12, There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness.

PSD #1, the Rebound technique would handle this along with PSD #4, Grace orientation.

(4) Dissociation or withdrawal is a mechanism which is employed when a person doesn’t want to deal with a situation.

This is strongly characterized in the last days as noted in
1TI 4:1 where there is a dissociation from “The faith.”

PSD #1 Rebound technique, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind, would solve this problem.

The subconscious is that part of our soul where we are not wholly or fully conscious of all the things that are there.

PSA 107:20, He sent His word and healed them, And delivered {them} from their destructions.
ROM 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed [pres-pass-imp] by the renewing of your mind,
2CO 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed [pres-pass-ind] into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Garbage in the subconscious is described by psychologists under the term defense mechanisms. Defense mechanisms are designed to hide or to relieve the conflicts and stresses in the soul that cause anxiety, hysteria, fear, worry, or other categories of the emotional complex of sins, the worst being guilt. Defense mechanisms are designed to bury any reaction you might have, any lack of esteem, any explanation for impulsive behavior or failure on your part. Defense mechanisms can resist all attacks of human viewpoint, human ability, human power; but God has provided in grace divine equipment and weapons to demolish these defense mechanisms in the soul.

ISA 1:5-6, The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it,

(5) Another defense mechanism that people use is idealization, a defense mechanism in which a person attributes exaggerated positive qualities to self or to others.

When others are idealized, we call that role model arrogance.
When self is idealized, we call that self-righteous arrogance or making a role model out of self.

PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life, would handle this problem.

(6) Intellectualization is a defense mechanism in which a person engages in excessive abstract thinking to avoid reality or experiencing some very disturbing feelings about self.

PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #9, +H or sharing the happiness of God.

(7) Isolation is a defense mechanism in which a person is unable to experience what is really happening around them or in their life.

ISA 44:20, He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

PSD #3, The faith-rest drill and PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, would handle this problem.

(8) Projection is a defense mechanism by which a person takes their own flaws, sins and failures and assigns or projects them to others.

GEN 50:15, When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph should bear a grudge against us and pay us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!”

PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind, would solve this problem.

(9) Rationalization is a defense mechanism which devises reassuring or self-serving but erroneous explanations for one’s behavior.

In this mechanism the person becomes offended easily because they do not love the Word of God,
PSA 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

PSD #1 Rebound technique, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD # 5, Doctrinal orientation, would solve this problem.

(10) Repression is a defense mechanism in which the believer is unable to remember or to be aware of disturbing lusts, wishes, or feelings, or thoughts, or experiences related to sin.

It is the unconscious exclusion of painful impulses, desires or fears from the conscious mind.
This happened to Abraham in Gen 15 where the Lord had to speak to him in a dream to deliver him from repressed fears.

PSD #2, The filling of the Spirit, PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, would solve this problem.

(11) Suppression is a defense mechanism in which the believer intentionally avoids thinking about disturbing thoughts, problems, experiences, or feelings.

PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father and PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.

(12) Altruism is when a person engages in gratifying service to others because they want to be liked and so try to earn approval.

JOH 12:43
for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, PSD #9, +H or sharing the happiness of God, PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.

(13) Controlling is when a person attempts to excessively manage or regulate events, objects, or people in their environment.

LUK 10:38-42
Martha tries to control Mary.
PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, would solve this problem.

(14) Devaluation is a defense mechanism where the person attributes exaggerated negative qualities to self and others.

PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind would solve this problem.

(15) Displacement is a defense mechanism which attaches to a neutral object mental consents which were originally attached to someone or something else.

PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, would solve this problem.

(16) Hypochondria is a defense mechanism where the person becomes preoccupied with physical symptoms disproportionate to any actual physical disturbance.

PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.

(17) Direct attack is a defense mechanism in which anger is used as a solution to the problems and frustrations of life.

a. The satisfaction of approbation lust by focusing attention on self.

b. The satisfaction of power lust by controlling the people in your vicinity.

c. The gratification of inferior feelings by getting even under revenge.

PRO 23:7
“As he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, `eat and drink,’ but in his right lobe [thinking] he is not with you.”

PRO 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.

PRO 10:18
He who conceals hatred {has} lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool.

PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny and PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind would solve this problem.

(18) Sublimation is the human viewpoint thinking of finding a new outlet, hobby, system of entertainment, etc., as a new drive or outlet for one’s frustration.

PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #9, +H or sharing the happiness of God would solve this problem.

(19) Subjectivity is the defense mechanism which involves self-pity in that you assume no-one loves you and you feel left out and depressed, Elijah in
1KI 19:3-4.

PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #4, Grace orientation PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation and PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny would solve this problem.

(20) Undoing is a defense mechanism in which the person engages in behavior designed to symbolically make amends for or negate previous thoughts, feelings or actions.

PSD #1, Rebound technique, PSD #2, The filling of the Spirit would solve this problem.

Solutions that are not only designed to solve your problems but to make you a better person as well.

EXO 1:12
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out,

Choosing to use any defense mechanism is volition going in the opposite direction from your spiritual life and not relying on the filling
of the Holy Spirit.

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