Class Notes: 2/17/2021
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR part 19; The faith rest drill
2Tim 3 12-13; Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Because evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Isa 1:4-5; Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the Lord, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him. Where will you be stricken again, As you continue in your rebellion?
Hosea 4:6; My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Eph 6:10-12; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His omnipotent power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
James 1:19-20; You know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
Rom 12:18-21; If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
20 "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The leftists say they want unity but the only place where there can be any unity is if they agree with us that the Laws of Divine Establishment in as written in he Constitution by our founders is the Law of the land and does not need any change.
Eph 4:13; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Apart from that there must be division. 1Cor 11:19; For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved among you may become evident.
2Cor 6:14-15; Do not become partners with unbelievers, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
15 And what agreement does Christ have with satan? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever?
John 14:27; "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
1John 4:4; You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
We are in a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. When we stopped last time we were in Rev 2:10; that starts with the mandate to "fear nothing"
This took us to study of the faith rest drill where last time we noted that faith perception begins by emphasizing two power options. The first power option is the filling of the Spirit plus human I.Q. which is comprised of the thinking skills; comprehension, memory, problem solving, decision making, creativity, and awareness.
The filling of the Spirit parlays human I.Q. into spiritual I.Q. plus Operation Z equals the execution of the spiritual life of the Church Age believer.
The first power option is the filling of the Holy Spirit, resulting in the understanding of the Bible as it is communicated from the pastor. This requires consistent confession of any known sin go God.
This results in the Holy Spirit teaching doctrine as prophesied by our Lord Jesus Christ in John 14:26; and John 16:12-14;
Faith perception begins at the point of hearing. At the point of hearing you are either positive or negative. You have the choice of listening or not listening. Luke 11:28;
God the Holy Spirit teaches positive volition under the filling of the Spirit. Positive volition is the basis for development of your rate of learning and of your ability to concentrate on God's Word of truth.
The Holy Spirit teaches the human spirit, making doctrine understandable. Then God the Holy Spirit sends the doctrine into the left lobe of the soul where the doctrine is understood academically but still has no spiritual benefit.
At this point in the process the believer must exercise positive volition toward the doctrine that is understood. If you believe the doctrine you understand, that is grace metabolization. Once you believe doctrine, God the Holy Spirit transfers it to the right lobe of the soul for application.
God the Holy Spirit circulates it in the stream of consciousness and it has spiritual value for the first time. Doctrine is circulated through your frame of reference, memory center, vocabulary storage, categorical storage, conscience, momentum department, wisdom department, and removes the garbage in your subconscious mind that has been developed from that believing satan's cosmic lies.
When metabolized doctrine is circulating in the soul, then faith perception takes another giant step. Faith perception establishes all reality in life on the content of Bible doctrine. If the Bible doctrine in your soul is a greater reality than the adversity of potential suffering, then you have taken the second giant step under faith perception.
What you have to determine is to what extent your fear of the outside pressures of adversity or your confidence from the Bible doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness under the filling of the Holy Spirit your strongest reality.
The faith-rest drill works in two directions. It recognizes the reality of the suffering. But it also recognizes something far greater: the reality of what God provided in eternity past in order to deal with the adversity.
Otherwise, the more powerful reality becomes the problems related to the adversity that combines with emotion that enters your soul creating stress. At that point the sin nature controls your soul and you begin to self destruct by making bad decisions from a position of weakness.
When there is any contradiction between what the Scripture says and what empirical knowledge perceives, faith perception must dominate, so that our reality comes from Bible doctrine as divine viewpoint overcomes any and all of the attractiveness or misery that human viewpoint presents.
At that point certain spiritual functions, including prayer, become effective, problem solving devices become operational, and good decisions start being made from a position of strength.
Believers who never grow up spiritually always want God to immediately stop their hurting, when adversity comes along. Their focus is on adversity rather than doctrine but because their suffering is more real to them than God's provision for the suffering.
Because of this they misuse certain spiritual functions like prayer. They want to use prayer to manipulate God or manipulate people to stop the suffering.
The function of faith perception results in the rate of learning exceeding the rate of forgetting. You avoid blackout of the soul, scar tissue of the soul, reversionism, and degeneracy. The function of the faith-rest drill is a major factor in preventing the outside pressures of adversity from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
The second function of the faith-rest drill in faith perception is the plaintiff function before the supreme court of heaven.
There are many injustices in life where the believer must use this category of the faith-rest drill to put their problems with people and circumstances into the Lord's hands. This means appealing to the supreme court of heaven and avoiding any reaction: complaining, vilification, denial, projection, self-justification, blaspheming, gossip, slander, maligning, malice, and judging of others.
When you take something to the supreme court of heaven through the function of the faith-rest drill, you must leave it there and not take it back for your own revenge. Self-righteous people are inevitably going to be troubled in their soul by wanting to justify their self-righteousness.
Their self-righteousness is more precious to them than the reality or facts of the situation. One of the greatest causes of denial of reality among Christians is protecting and guarding their own self-righteousness with self-justification.
Believers will often do anything to protect their self-righteousness. Self-justification, denial, and projection are indicative of scar tissue in the soul. If you try to protect your self-righteousness by doing something about it yourself you take the case out of the hands of God and become liable for triple compound discipline from the supreme court of heaven.
The supreme court of heaven judges you if you malign others and then appeal to the supreme court of heaven, the other person's discipline is placed on you. Judging belongs exclusively to the supreme court of heaven.
If the things about which you slander or judge the other party are true, then the supreme court cancels their discipline. If these things are not true, then they receive blessing and you receive the discipline for every injustice you have taken to the court.
The third function of faith-rest drill in faith perception is faith correlation and coordination with other problem solving devices including sharing God's happiness and occupation with Christ.
When you depend on the circumstances of life for your happiness, it is inevitable that spiritually you will fail miserably and become a loser. People who can make you happy can also make you unhappy because you have given them control over your happiness. True lasting happiness can only come from immutable truth. Luke 11:28;
If good circumstances make you happy, then adverse circumstances will make you unhappy. If you succeed in competing with others, then you have a fake happiness that is lost very quickly.
All forms of fake happiness the devil's world provides can never provide satisfaction. God has provided a happiness in the soul that is far greater than the fake happiness that comes from the devil's deceitful world.
Sharing God's happiness is not only a problem solving devices but it is God's grace provision for a true and sustaining happiness on earth in the midst of the greatest adversity or prosperity.
God's perfect happiness includes: tranquility of soul, contentment of soul, capacity for life, stimulation (which includes exhilaration, enthusiasm, and the invigoration of occupation with the person of Jesus Christ), and the ability to meet changing circumstances with problem solving devices.
If you are in reversionism, nothing will make you happy because you are engaged in a frantic search for happiness in all the wrong places.
Once a person has tranquility and contentment of soul, he will cease from all crusader arrogance, from trying to interfere with the lives of others, from improving the devil's world with activism.
Happiness is not a matter of race, gender, class distinction, being rich or poor, or evaluation of others. This means that the fake gospel of social justice and the equality god that most of organized religion serves and teaches these days cannot provide any happiness.
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