Class Notes: 4/17/2011
The believer with a personal sense of destiny has divine viewpoint thinking
In our continuing study of the Personal Sense of Destiny, last time we took up a brief study of the sophisticated spiritual life. We saw that the believer's metabolization of Bible Doctrine into wisdom results in their soul results in their having divine viewpoint rather than human viewpoint.
Our priorities determine what we concentrate or focus on in life so all forms of worship are a reflection of our values and motives, our mental attitude in life and our spiritual status quo and as a result are a test of our concentration.
1Cor 10:12; "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."
Our thinking determines our failure or success in the spiritual life. Wrong thinking is therefore the greatest distraction to the spiritual life.
Gal 6:3; "If anyone thinks he is something when he nothing, he deceives himself."
Thinking becomes either the accurate application of doctrine in the life or the application of arrogance and ignorance. Divine viewpoint requires the thinking of Bible doctrine that has been accumulated in the stream of consciousness.
Rom 12:2-3; "Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is divine good production, the well pleasing to God, and the mature status quo.
v3 For I say through the grace which has been given to me to every one who is among you stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what point you ought to think; but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rationale without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine."
The word translated "measure" in the NASB is the Greek word "metron" that means a 'standard of measurement" so Paul is describing an objective standard of thinking.
Being conformed to this world means no doctrine in the stream of consciousness and no problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul resulting in human viewpoint thinking.
A personal sense of destiny is the major factor for the changeover from the human viewpoint to the divine viewpoint of life.
A personal sense of destiny is the transitional problem solving device that takes the believer from spiritual childhood to spiritual adulthood.
A personal sense of destiny is the major transformation from fellowship with people to fellowship with God. Your spiritual life is your interaction with God, and is based on what you think. It is not interaction with people.
One's viewpoint of life is based on one's emphasis in life, and every one has a choice in establishing their own priorities.
The believer must receive doctrinal instruction from the communication of a pastor, and once the doctrine is metabolized in the soul it forms problem solving devices that become available to be deployed through the application of divine viewpoint to the circumstances of life.
A personal sense of destiny connects the life of the believer to God's will for the believer resulting in the deployment of the four advanced problem solving devices.
No one ever attains spiritual self esteem without a major change in their thinking. This change is described in Isa 55:8-9; "`For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord.
v9"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."
A personal sense of destiny cannot be faked because it cannot be developed apart from actually thinking from God's viewpoint. God's thoughts have to become our thoughts. Other passages that discuss this include:
Phil 2:5; "Keep on having this mental attitude in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Christ's spiritual life was His mental attitude, His thinking that resulted in him doing the will of the Father.
The believer's spiritual life is their thinking and their mental attitude. It is made up of words. Speech and action are an expression of one's thinking. Thinking and speaking are simply the reflection of one's thoughts and priorities in life. Matt 12:34-37;
Phil 3:15; "Therefore, as many as are mature (believers), let us continue objective thinking; furthermore if you have any different mental attitude in something, God will reveal that also to you."
When the believer with a personal sense of destiny is wrong their humility makes them correctable. When a believer has a personal sense of destiny, their erroneous thinking is often automatically corrected under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit when they receive communication regarding the topic from their pastor. 1Cor 11:31;
Col 3:2; "Keep thinking objectively about above things (divine viewpoint) and not things on the earth (human viewpoint)."
The more doctrine one learns, the more one's thoughts are of God and his plan, purpose and will. There is no sustainable personal love for God until there is a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny and occupation with Christ combine to form the greatest life, because the believer is having fellowship with God.
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