Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This refers to 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 called the book of Ephesians and , the filling of the Spirit.

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

fortresses = ochuromaton
which is a hapax legomena and it means 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.

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

(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.

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

Any thoughts that you have which are not the thoughts of our Lord Jesus Christ must be taken prisoner or captive and pushed aside.

The reason why you are to take the thoughts captive or as a prisoner is simply because you are not to share these thoughts with others or allow these thoughts the freedom to go elsewhere.

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) 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.

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
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.

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