Class Notes: 10/23/2011

The lifestyle of wisdom is only possible with doctrinal viewpoint

In our study of the lifestyle of wisdom last we saw that the accurate application of metabolized doctrine to both adversity and prosperity results in mental stability and contentment in life.

This is the stabilized mental attitude of Rom 12:2-3; "Stop being conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking, that you may prove what the will of God is, namely that it is good, well-pleasing, and complete.

v3 For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you, stop thinking about self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine."

The lifestyle of wisdom is characterized by self-assurance that is based upon correct and accurate application of metabolized doctrine. Doctrine that has not been metabolized under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit cannot be accurately applied.

It is characterized by grace orientation to life. This is the correct and accurate application of the grace principles that are revealed in the Word of God without distorting them.

Spiritual childhood has a tendency to distort grace with the result that believers put themselves into irresponsible situations, and then ask God to work a miracle to extract them from it.

The lifestyle of wisdom is doctrinal orientation to reality, the maintenance of humility, the avoidance of inordinate ambition and competition, the development of spiritual common sense, the development of spiritual independence, and a sense of humor.

It is characterized by good decisions from a position of strength based on divine viewpoint thinking and motivation from personal love for God.

The lifestyle of wisdom is characterized by the use of the problem solving devices that always work. These solve problems of inadequacy, fear, emotion, personal identity, and niche orientation.

It is the beginning of knowing how to live and learning how to die because dying is a part of living. Spiritual self- esteem is the point at which believers have the capacity to glorify God by their application of His word in the dying stage of their life.

The lifestyle of wisdom is the beginning of a personal sense of destiny that is based on metabolized doctrine and as a result is divorced from the fantasizing and arrogance of human viewpoint.

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