Class Notes: 4/27/2011
The personal sense of destiny enables believers to manifest the life of Jesus in their bodies in the midst of adversity
In our continuing study of the Personal Sense of Destiny, last time we saw that that the power of the resurrected Jesus Christ is available to church age believer through the spiritual life.
This means that while we have outside pressures of adversity we are not under stress because of the deployment of the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
As we have seen adversity is the outside pressure of life; stress is the inside pressure of life. Adversity is what circumstances do to you; stress is what you do to yourself. Stress is the result of bad decisions from a position of weakness.
Adversity can be historical disaster, economic disaster, loss of freedom, being the victim of terrorism or revolution, or being defeated in warfare.
Adversity can be criminal disaster, such as being the victim of rape, robbery, or abuse.
Adversity can be becoming the victim of vilification, maligning, gossip, slander, judging, or the creation of a public lie.
Adversity can be the loss of health, disease, pain, and suffering.
Adversity can be the death of a loved one.
Adversity includes weather disasters, loss of job, domestic problems, or being rejected.
But regardless of how difficult the inevitable pressure from adversity is, the internal pressure of stress is optional.
The function of the spiritual skills in the soul provides momentum in the spiritual life, but the function of stress in the soul destroys the spiritual life. The function of the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul is the only accurate and legitimate solution to all the problems and adverse circumstances in the life of the believer.
Being perplexed is the status of the believer prior to having a personal sense of destiny. There are many things in life will not be understand until a personal sense of destiny has been attained.
"Persecuted, but not forsaken" is the status quo of a personal sense of destiny.
The phrase "always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus" refers to the fact that we carry the same power options and problem solving devices, that is, the same spiritual life in our body that He used to live a perfect life and die for our sins without sinning Himself.
The phrase "that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies" means we carry in our bodies invisible Bible doctrine and the filling of the Spirit resulting in the invisible function of the three spiritual skills. It means that we deploying his word in our suffering for his sake. Phil 1:29;
Inside your body is a treasure (Bible doctrine) circulating in your soul. We have in our clay jar the same great treasure (the spiritual life) that our Lord Jesus Christ carried in His body.
2Cor 4:13-14; "But having the same (spiritual) state of faith, on the basis of what is written (Psa 116:10;), `I believed, therefore I spoke,' we also believe, therefore we also speak;
v14 knowing that He who resurrected the Lord Jesus will also resurrect us (the apostles) in association with Jesus and will present us with you (Church Age believers at the exit resurrection)."
The doctrinal rationale in verse 14 relates the resurrection of Christ to the resurrection of the Church Age believer. The believer with a personal sense of destiny thinks in terms of doctrinal rationales.
A personal sense of destiny never wavers from the principle that relationship with God is based exclusively on divine power, never on human power.
This is illustrated from the doctrine of resurrection where the divine power of God the Father returned our Lord's human spirit to His human body in the grave,
Acts 2:24; "But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
Rom 6:4; Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Eph 1:20; which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
Col 2:12; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
1Thes 1:10 ;and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
1 Pet 1:21; who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The divine power of God the Holy Spirit returned our Lord's human soul to His human body in the grave,
Rom 1:4; who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Rom 8:11; But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1Pet 3:18; For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
This divine power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is now available to every Church Age believer,
Eph 1:18-20; I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
v19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
v20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
This power is found in your very own portfolio of invisible assets as the two power options; the filling of the Holy Spirit as the direct power option and metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness as the delegated power option.
A personal sense of destiny therefore recognizes the inclusion of divine power only in the spiritual life of the believer in the Church Age. To reject divine power is the greatest tragedy for the believer. A personal sense of destiny recognizes the exclusion of human power in the function of the spiritual skills.
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