Class Notes: 4/18/2021
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR part 31; The faith rest drill
Rom 1:20-24; For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:28; so since they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.
Rom 1:29-32 (NET) They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless.
32 Although they fully know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 1:18; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
1Thess 5:3; While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
And while it is all going we are told in Eph 6:10-12; to 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 because 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.
Matt 24:6; "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
In the midst of all of this Jesus provides us with His peace if we learn and believe the working objects from His Word of truth. 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 distressed or lacking courage.
Phil 4:4-7; Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2Cor 12:10; I am therefore well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; because when I am weak, then I am strong.
In our study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. We are in Rev 2:10; that starts with the mandate "not to fear what you are about to suffer"
This took us to study that of the faith rest drill where last time we were noting that the devil's world is the pressure cooker that God uses as a forge to develop the believer's experiential righteousness. Heb 10:38-39;
God uses the adversity and suffering created by the works of the devil to defeat the devil when believers deploy God's power to deal with it instead of trying to deal with it on their own. Rom 12:18-21; 1John 3:8; John 17:13-21; 2Pet 1:5-8; Rev 3:10;
This occurs when we bear in our bodies the suffering that is related to the "dying of Jesus so that Jesus' life may be manifested in our body."2Cor 4:7-18;
This is why while adversity from the devil's world is inevitable a fearful stress reaction to the adversity is optional. We create our own stress but we don't have to.
Perseverance from patient endurance in dealing with adversity is a virtue that eliminates stress. 2Cor 1:6; 1Pet 2:20; Rev 2:2-3; because virtue love has no stress. 1John 4:18;
Human I.Q. is an unequal product of physical birth that is beyond human control, but spiritual I.Q. is equal opportunity and freedom created by spiritual birth that is under the divine control of the filling of God the Holy Spirit and God's Word of truth circulating in the thinking through faith-rest application. Gal 5:1;
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