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Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War, Part 12.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

EPH 5:18, “be filled with the Spirit.”

The spiritual life or the fact that you would operate in human power or human viewpoint to try and fulfill the great responsibilities described for us in this great epistle.

Eph4:1-3, “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

EPH 4:1, This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind.

EPH 5:8, for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.

EPH 5:2, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

EPH 5:15, Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise.

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

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;”

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

Our warfare in the spiritual life is neither physical nor fleshly; it is spiritual and therefore in the mentality of our soul.

The Lord has provided information whereby we can use our thinking of divine viewpoint as a basis of advancing in the spiritual life and handling any of the outside pressures that would come our way.

“the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” =
Our weapons are not based upon a system of human viewpoint like defense mechanisms.

Ochuromaton = arguments and reasonings 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.

(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 defense 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.

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