Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Suffering for blessing accelerates spiritual growth.
Friday, February 13, 2009
All of your enemies have one purpose: Destroy your realization of spiritual maturity.
Only by understanding spiritual maturity will we understand what the KOD is trying to destroy.
When we understand what our enemy is after we can understand the tactics of our enemy.
Independence from God and dependence on man - yourself has only resulted in great pain and evil.
A dependence on God is made possible again by the Son who was separated, or made independent from God on the Cross.
Deserved suffering under the law of volitional responsibility shows the old man for who he is, worthless, hopeless, and helpless.
Generally your first taste of undeserved suffering comes when you have learned, metabolized, and applied enough doctrine to reach the first stage of spiritual adulthood, SSE.
Providential preventative suffering is the preliminary warm-up for momentum testing,
Providential preventative suffering, like all suffering for blessing, is not designed to be removed by prayer. It is administered by God, and what God does not remove He intends for us to bear.
You do not pray for the removal of the mechanics of power (application in suffering) by which spiritual self-esteem is parlayed into spiritual autonomy.
The Christian does not pray for strength in time of suffering, because strength in suffering comes in other ways mechanically.
Everything necessary to fulfil the plan of God was provided in eternity past by way of assets in the portfolio of invisible assets. Then God provides doctrine and suffering in time. What a marvelous combination!
These four preliminary tests are the warm-ups for what may be expected in momentum testing. Spiritual self-esteem develops muscle from passing these four warm-up tests, and so attains spiritual autonomy.
PHI 1:29 “For to you it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
There are two Schools of Learning, Bible Doctrine University and the School of Hard Knocks and both have coursework in suffering.
Once you pass providential preventative suffering you can enjoy calm seas for a while, but soon enough you will be entered into momentum testing, which is a great honor to the maturing believer.
Momentum Testing is designed with two things in mind: application of doctrine and acceleration of your momentum.
Human volition plays an important part in testing. For the believer must make the right decision based on his application of Bible doctrine, and his residence in the PPOG.
There are three general categories of testing which occur in all stages of spiritual growth.
(1) The old sin nature test (shell game).
(2) Cosmic one test.
(3) Cosmic two test.
1. Disaster testing.
Before the believer reaches maturity there are one or two major disasters in the life.
Personal disaster testing, which is designed as suffering for blessing for acceleration of momentum.
Historical disaster, collective disaster, or national disaster testing related to the bad decisions of others in which you are involved by association.
There are at least six characteristics of disaster testing:
(1) Physical pain or mental pain and anguish.
(2) Crime where you are the victim.
(3) Persecution (not paranoia).
(4) Privation, meaning hunger, thirst, exposure, fatigue.
(5) Loss of loved ones, property, success, money, etc.
(6) Disease and handicaps.
There are four characteristics of national disaster:
(1) Violence, crime, terrorism, drugs, murder.
(3) Weather includes heat, cold, storm, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes.
(4) Cycles of discipline.