Class Notes: 9/28/2011
The doctrinal viewpoint of spiritual self esteem is necessary for the believer to handle suffering for blessing properly
In our study of the spiritual self esteem that is developed from Bible Doctrine we saw that finding one's right niche in life is part of this process.
We concluded with the idea that ambition has often distracted people from the protocol plan of God simply because they spent so much time in self- improvement that they lose track of who and what they really are.
Then when adversity comes, they fall apart from the pressure because their goals are not in alignment with their true self.
Niche identification means understanding your portfolio of invisible assets and executing the protocol plan of God. Niche identification demands that you consistently live the spiritual life but under the principle of "godliness" that is the spiritual life.
The spiritual life is gain and great happiness within the limitations of your capacity.
This means it is important to find out who and what we really are before we go off pursuing many of the things offered in the world today.
The real key is niche capacity that is the contentment that is referred to as, "godliness" in the New Testament. "Godliness" refers to reaching spiritual self-esteem through daily residence, function, and momentum inside the operational Divine dynasphere that is God's power system for the church.
The key to your life is not a great resume; it is the godliness that comes from the momentum derived from consistent function in the protocol plan of God.
Godliness is being filled with of the Spirit. It is the daily perception of doctrine, and the advance from spiritual self esteem to spiritual maturity.
1Tim 6:6-8; "Godliness is a means of great profit when accompanied by contentment; consequently, having food and clothing (referring to the minimum of logistical grace), with these we shall be content."
In this passage godliness is described as the real profit because godliness gives you the capacity and ability to love God, and at the same time the ability to know yourself, your own personality, your limitations, and to understand yourself in the context of enforced and genuine humility rather than to over estimate or under estimate yourself in the context of arrogance.
The true profitability of one's life is defined by this verse because the greatest and most important thing you can do in life is "godliness" This means that the most profitable thing you can do for God, for yourself and for others is to simply live the spiritual life invisibly before God in the privacy of your priesthood.
This is accomplished when the believer complies with the mandates to "stop quenching and grieving the Spirit" to "keep on being filled with the Spirit", and to "walk by means of the Spirit".
When the believer does this then the production of their life is listed in Gal 5:22-23;
This is what our Lord meant when he said to take on his yoke in Matt 11:29-30;
"Contentment" is spiritual self-esteem, personality identification, knowing your limitations, your abilities, and relating them all to the Word of God; advancing under the protocol plan of God as a member of the royal family of God rather than as someone who is functioning under inordinate ambition.
Heb 13:5; "Let your lifestyle be free from monetary priority. Be content with what you have. For He Himself has said, `I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.'"
If you are only living to make money, and you measure success in terms of making money, then you are a slave to money. You become a slave to anything that you make a priority above doctrine.
Freedom only comes from the prioritization of doctrine. John 8:31-32;
The secret to happiness is our relationship with the Lord, with its security for both time and eternity. Isa 26:3-4;
Paul describes his function in the system in:
Phil 4:11-13; "I am not saying these things because I am in need." Spiritual self-esteem never begs, but functions under the true motivation of personal love for God. "For I have learned to be content in whatever the circumstances.
v12 in fact, I have come to know how to be in need (suffering for blessing), also I have come to know how to live in prosperity. In every circumstance, I have learned the secret of being filled ( in prosperity) and of being hungry (in adversity), both of having abundance and suffering need.
v13 I have the endowed power (from the divine decree) to attain all things ( the escrow blessings) through Him who keeps on making me strong (from suffering for blessing)."
The cosmic system offers pseudo-spiritual self-esteem as an arrogant pretext of self-value. This arrogance produces irrational self-deception, which spawns fear, worry and anxiety.
The cosmic believer is overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy that spawn the need for competition. Without true spiritual self-esteem from metabolized doctrine he thinks of himself in terms of crusader arrogance.
The grace norms and standards that are established from metabolized Bible Doctrine are not considered to be important by the cosmic believer and their negative volition subverts spiritual self-esteem and as a result the cosmic believer never receives the conveyance of the escrow blessings that were deposited in escrow for them by God in eternity past.
Pseudo self-esteem and human self-esteem are conscious of success in self, but this is not spiritual self-esteem. It is only the believer's consistent PMA of doctrine inside God's power system for the church that results in the momentum that produces spiritual self- esteem.
Spiritual self-esteem is then combined with providential preventative suffering to form spiritual autonomy. Spiritual self-esteem is vulnerable. Therefore, God in His grace always gives the believer who has reached spiritual self-esteem some form of providential preventative suffering.
Spiritual autonomy is spiritual self-esteem with strength from that suffering. Spiritual autonomy is then combined with momentum testing to form spiritual maturity where God is glorified when we have the capacity for him to convey our escrow blessings.
Spiritual maturity is also combined with evidence testing to glorify God in the appeal trial of the historical extension of the angelic conflict. This is the most unusual of the categories of suffering because it comes suddenly, is unexpected, is short, is a result of a convocation in heaven as seen in (Job 1-2), and there is no explanation as to why it's happening.
Only the mature believer has the doctrinal viewpoint that is sufficient to handle this kind of undeserved suffering and even if he fails, as Job did, when he recovers he is still spiritually mature.
Every category of suffering for blessing results in advance in the spiritual life, and means that the believer is one step closer to fulfilling the protocol plan of God for the Church Age.
Each category of suffering for blessing is provided by the sovereignty of God under His grace policy so that the Church Age believer, as a member of the royal family, can fulfill the protocol plan of God.
With the exception of the suffering left over after rebound, there is no suffering for blessing until the believer is consistently functioning inside the divine dynasphere. This does not occur until the believer is in spiritual self-esteem.
This means that, spiritual self-esteem is the dividing line between suffering for discipline and suffering for blessing.
No believer should pray for the removal of any suffering for blessing because it is the means of fulfilling the protocol plan of God.
Believers with spiritual self-esteem choose to think and apply metabolized doctrine to life. Spiritual self-esteem is acquired by choosing to learn doctrine on a daily basis.
Believers then become functional in spiritual self-esteem when they choose to think and to apply the metabolized doctrine that they have learned to life.
Spiritual self-esteem chooses to think and apply metabolized doctrine toward God. This is how we come to know God and therefore to love Him.
There is no shortcut to loving God. John 14:15;
It is impossible to love invisible God until one has accumulated a sufficient amount of metabolized doctrine to keep his mandates and is a result is well on the way to spiritual self-esteem.
Believers in spiritual self-esteem make the decision to think independently of other Christians, to live by the doctrine resident in their own soul, to have the courage of their own perceptions and the accuracy of their own applications. This is spiritual autonomy.
Spiritual self-esteem orients to the reality of what we are and accepts our human limitations, while emphasizing the equal privileges and the equal opportunities under the computer assets of our portfolio.
Believers in spiritual self-esteem refuse to accept unearned guilt that results in a guilt complex and is a destructive sin. Spiritual self-esteem refuses to accept guilt that people try to impose in an attempt to manipulate and control.
Believers in spiritual self-esteem do accept the responsibility for their own decisions, good and bad. Accepting unearned guilt destroys spiritual lives every day. This is a system of evil, and is often a misapplication of true Christian service.
Christian service is not to be dictated by other people instead it comes from the motivation of God the Holy Spirit and the progress of your own spiritual life.
Too many Christians today are motivated by unearned guilt. This makes their so-called Christian service nothing but human good that is usually parlayed into evil.
Spiritual self-esteem accepts our right as royal family to live our own life under the privacy of our own priesthood. Therefore, our life does not belong to others but to God. We are sustained by logistical grace to live up to live up to the divine mandates of the protocol plan of God not the expectations of others.
Spiritual self-esteem gives maximum opportunity for the believer to exploit the full realm of virtue-love as a problem solving device, and to have perfect tranquility and happiness in every category of suffering for blessing.
Self-control through divine establishment results in human self- esteem. But human self-esteem is not adequate in God's plan or purpose for the believer. Self-control through post-salvation renovation of the thinking that comes from the inculcation of Bible doctrine.
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