Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Preparation for Bible Class: Salvation (Jn 3:36); the Spiritual life (Jn 13:8); Maturity: (Eph 4:12-14).
LIFE OF DAVID – Part 10 –
Fear or the Faith-rest Life during times of National Reversionism?
A. Supergrace young David vs reversionistic King Saul.
1. There is no greater illustration in the Word of God of the grand, stark and extremely relevant truths of supergrace and reversionism than in the lives of two believers in Jesus Christ: namely, supergrace David and reversionistic Saul.
2. Both Saul and David were given unbelievable spiritual resources – resources that stagger the mind, 1 Sam 10:1-11; 13:13.
3. Saul’s lack of respect for God’s Word translated into reversionism and reversionism always means loss of capacity of life and the supergrace blessings God has designed for every believer, 1 Sam 15:24-30.
4. Though God disciplines the reversionistic believer who among other things losses out on the supergrace life and the supergrace blessings, this does not mean that the believer loses his salvation, 1 Sam 28:6-19; Heb 12:5-11.
5. Each believer gets to choose his own destiny as far as the quality of his earthly life: either the supergrace doctrinal spiritual life or the reversionistic self-directed life, 1 Chron 16:9; Eph 1:3; 3:14-20.
6. The supergrace life is a life characterized by capacity in all areas of life as per the ECS: capacity for GO, MDL, spiritual love, personal love (1-3), +H.
7. Saul’s 40 year reversionistic life is characterized by lack of a ECS and thus lack of capacity for GO, MDL, SL, PL, and +H – & legacy of disgrace, 1 Chron 10:13-14.
8. In reversionism Saul lost all ability for leadership and to be any blessing to the family of God whereas in supergrace David became a great leader, a blessing to others, and a man others trusted and loved to be around.
9. Due to reversionism Saul lost all capacity to rule the kingdom (or self), whereas in supergrace David gained capacity to rule the nation just as the SG Church Age believer is promised authority over nations, Rev 2:26.
10. Due to reversionism Saul lived in the misery of jealousy, whereas David the supergrace believer grew in spiritual self-esteem, Psa 16:8.
11. Due to reversionism Saul lost all gratitude for God and His grace whereas David in supergrace had enormous appreciation of grace, 1 Sam 15:12; 1 Chron 17:16.
12. In reversionism Saul died the sin unto death, whereas David in supergrace fulfilled God’s purpose for his life, died in peace full of years, and stands as a type of Christ, 1 Sam 31; Acts 13:36.
13. David advanced into supergrace at a very young age and thus moved into the most fantastic transformation of character and thus the unbelievable blessings of the supergrace and ultra-supergrace life – a legacy of honor, 1 Sam 13:14; Acts 13:22.
B. National Rev & the problem of fear & distractions to the SL, 1 Sm 16:1-2.
1. It is imperative that the believer continue to advance spiritually especially if he finds himself living in a reversionistic nation in reversionistic times.
2. It is imperative that the believer orient to the FRL during times of national degeneracy when the country is suffering under divine discipline, Lev 26, 1 Sam 16:1-2.
3. Only in the FRL does the believer have the ability to realize that God is working behind the scenes.
4. It is in times of degeneracy, difficulties, and persecution that God can really reshape and accelerate the SL of believers and take them from the mundane to the throne.
C. The Faithfulness of God for your life - regardless of the times.
1. God will always be completely faithful to you.
2. Divine faithfulness manifests itself in divine discipline to the apostate believer and in blessings to the mature believer.
3. God’s faithfulness to the unbeliever is found in logistical grace and in the provision of the gospel for any spark of positive volition, Mat 5:44-45; Psa 19:1-5; 50:6; 89:5; 97:6; Jer 29:13; Rm 1:18-20; Acts 17:26-27.
4. It is imperative to remember the faithfulness of God during times of national reversionism and divine discipline, Lam 3:21-25.
5. God is always faithful to believers in the complete forgiveness of sins for restoration to fellowship upon confession of sin, 1 Jn 1:9; Psa 32:5.
6. God is completely faithful to positive believers in bringing them to spiritual maturity and into the wonderful supergrace life, 1 Thess 5:24; Job 23:14; Heb 10:23; 1 Cor 10:13;
7. The faithfulness of God becomes a reality to the maturing doctrinal believer, Dt 7:9; Lam 3:22; Psa 117:75; 2 Cor 1:20; Heb 11:11; 13:15.
8. The Bible is the historical account of the faithfulness of God from Genesis through Revelation.
D. Understanding the Faith-Rest Life.
1. Definition and description. Faith-rest is the process of understanding, believing, and applying the doctrines and promises of God's Word especially in times of testing in the Christian life, i.e. Isa 41:10-13.
2. The term "faith-rest", and its definition above, is taken from Hebrews 4:1, 2.
3. Faith-Rest is designed to be used by the Christian throughout his lifetime, on a daily basis, as a technique for maintaining peace and spiritual balance during difficulties, problems, or disasters in life.
4. Faith-Rest is one of the Christian's most important resources in making rapid progress toward Christian maturity and the production of divine good in the life.
5. There are two reasons why Christians fail to grow and prosper in the Christian life, and fail to profit from all the blessings & promises of God.
a) #1: The most common reason for failure to "enter into rest" is a lack of knowledge of God's plan and the assets He has provided for us.
b) #2: The other reason for failure is lack of faith.
6. Faith-rest is designed for us believers due to the fact that we live a fallen world, in an imperfect society, among people whose way of life is directed by Satan and their own sin natures.
7. Faith-rest is God's plan for Christians who are going through testing, who are having problems.
8. Your testing may be mild or severe, or anything in between.
9. But you can always depend upon God's immediate and constant provision for you in your time of testing, Eph. 1:3, 4.
10. Whether the test is small or great, it is allowed by God to measure and refine our faith, 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 5:6,7.
11. Worry and anxiety are sins – the opposite of the FRL, Rom. 14:23.
12. As a Christian grows in grace, he will use Faith-Rest with increasing skill and power, and it will support all of his divine viewpoint thinking and production.
13. Faith-rest is the means of maintaining spirituality both in the Old Testament and New Testament (Rom 1:17) and the means of moving into supergrace, Heb 4:1-2.
14. Faith-rest produces a RMA and victory over MAS, Isa. 26:3,4; Rom. 5:5.
15. Faith-Rest is the basis for dynamics in prayer, Mt. 21:22; Mk. 11:25.
16. Faith-Rest is a principle of victory in spiritual war, Heb. 11:6; 1; Jn. 5:4,5.
17. Faith-Rest is a major part of the CWL in the Church Age, 2 Cor. 5:7.
18. In order for Faith-Rest to function it is necessary for the Christian to take in the Word of God on a daily basis, so that he learns which promise provisions have been made available to him.
19. Faith-rest life brings fantastic peace, Philip 4:4-7.
20. The key to the success of the Faith-Rest system lies in the validity of the object of our faith, the Word of God
E. Problem of Fear.
1. Fear as an emotional sin is both irrational and irresponsible resulting in garbage in the subconscious and distraction from the spiritual life.
2. Fear is a key that unlocks many doors, starting with the door of arrogance.
3. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure.
4. Fear is the mental attitude of worry, anxiety, apprehension, trepidation, and despondency.
5. Fear cannot coexist with the function plan of God in your life.
6. Fear eliminates a personal sense of destiny.
7. Fear is failure to learn and apply Bible doctrine to the problems of life.
8. The POG is designed to remove fear and replace it with confidence.
9. Fear is a sign of reversionism, 1 Sam 18:12,29, 28:20.
10. The perniciousness of sin: destroys all dynamics of the SL.
11. Fear is prohibited in the grace plan of God, Deut 31:6,8; Josh 8:1; 1 Chr 28:20; Isa 41:10; 2 Tim 1:7.
12. Maturity is characterized by courage or lack of fear, Ps 3:6, 56:3, 11; Heb 11:27.
13. Fear sees the problem and falls apart, while faith sees the solution and keeps marches forward.
14. The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.