Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, June 27, 2010


                The word of God, John 17:17; 1 Pet. 1:24.  Salvation, John 3:36.   Fellowship, John 13:8-10, 15:4-5; 1 John 1:5-6; Rom. 6—8.  Spiritual maturity, Hebrew 5:11-6:9.


Life of David – Part 32

God's Promotion of Obedient David

Vs. Saul's Disobedience, Reversionism, & Mental Illness


A.   Tale of two believers:  obedient SG David, and disobedient Rev Saul.

            1.  OT historical narrative portrays a plethora of doctrine for Truthseekers.

            2.  Biblical narratives were never designed by the Holy Spirit to be used for superficial  legalistic moral lessons. 

            3.   David and Saul represent two types of believers.  

            4.   Every believer is given the option of being like David, to be raised up to true greatness in life, and to advance into the abundant life, John 10:10.

            5.  Saul demonstrates how a believer who is negative to the WOG will suffer from mental disorders and great self-induced misery, 1 Sam 16:23.


B.     Reversionistic Saul’s temporary mental “relief” through music, and the lessons of sublimation and mental disorders from negative volition to BD.

            1.  The believer who rejects the Lord’s plan for his life, as evidenced by being negative to Bible doctrine, turns to various forms of sublimation in order to handle the various pressures of life, and to find some measure of happiness.

            2.  While human sublimations (i.e. alcohol, entertainment, sex, food, Lonely Hearts Club, work/career, human recognition/approbation, music, friends, etc.) for the SL may provide temporary relief, they can never solve the root problem related to the breakdown of the SL with its attendant mental & psychological disorders.

            3.  The human mind, being made in the image of God, is designed for truth, and the human will is designed for direction; only Bible doctrine and the LJC can fulfill these two great fundamental needs of the soul.  .

            4.  The human soul with its mental, psychological, and emotional capacities will develop a host of emotional, psychological & mental disorders apart from Truth and Direction.

            5.   God provides all of the spiritual protection the believer needs for a sound mind through the Truth of Bible doctrine and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, 2 Tim 1:7; 1 Pet 1:13-14; Rom 12:2.

            6.  Rejection of God’s Word always leads to some form of mental disorder ranging from mild anxieties, distresses, and phobias, in which one is still able to   function at work and enjoy friends, to the extreme range where one is incapable of working, relating to others, or dealing with the pressures of life.

            7.  The dominant malady in forms of mental and psychological disorders is found in some form of divorcement from Reality.

            8.   Mental disorders are a result of the breakdown of the spiritual life with its attendant divorcement from Reality.              

                        a)   Anxiety, fear, and phobias

                        b)   Failure, helplessness, and low self-esteem  

                        c)   Loneliness, and emptiness

                        d)   Hurt parlayed into anger, bitterness, and then depression

                        e)   Depression

                        f)   Growing dependence upon others for affirmation (acceptance), advice (truth), and guidance (direction in life)

                        g)   Growing dependence upon drugs, entertainment, sex, etc., to escape from the hardness and dullness of life

                        h)   Mental life that is dominated by obsessions, fantasies, and idealistic escapes

                        i)    Weakened mental life that gives into urges rather than standing up and applying divine viewpoint to the trials and temptations of life

                        j)    Guilt parlayed into defensive thinking followed by self-condemnation 

                        k)   Mental and psychological disorders lead to a host of marital conflicts. 

                        l)   Marital conflict is a sign of something deeper, below the conscious level: cf. selfishness, lack of love, unwillingness to forgive, anger, bitterness, communication problems, anxiety, sexual abuse, drunkenness, feelings of inferiority, self-righteousness.

                        m) Mental aberrations destroy not only marriages, but families as well. 

                        n)  Mental aberrations destroy capacity to have a thriving growing biblical marriage because they corrupt/destroy the 3 divine directives of marriage, Gen 2:24.  

            9.    Saul is under divine discipline and the only hope for Saul is the WOG and an active relationship with God—the music can only provide temporary relief.


C.    God sets the stage for His man in times of historical crises, 1 Sam 17:1-11.  


D.   Gaining divine victory over fear through biblical faith

            1.   Fear is manifestation of spiritual failure, 1 Sam 17:11; Mk 4:36‑40; Mat 14:30; 25:25-30; Gal 2:12; Mk 9:32; Heb 2:14-15.
            2.   In human viewpoint, man has plenty to be afraid of for he  is born into trouble:”  into a broken, evil, and dangerous world, Job 5:7; 1 Jn 5:19; Eph 6; 1 Pet 5:8. 

            3.    Fallen man generally does not fear what he should fear (i.e. Hell) & fears what he should not fear (losing his “stuff” &  the approbation of others), Heb 10:31. 

            4.    Fear destroys the spiritual life and brings a host of mental and psychological problems, Job 4:14‑15; Js 1:8. 

            5.  It is God’s will for all believers to be delivered from fear, and He has a plan to deliver them from all earthly fears—and that plan revolves around Him, Josh. 1:5-6; Psa 91; 1 Pt 5:7.

            6.  Failure to trust God in times of fear will prevent the believer from advancing into the promised life, Num 13:27-14:9; 1 Cor 10:11.

            7.  The solution to all fear always comes down to biblical faith, Mat 14:22‑33. 

            8.  God intends for us to parlay our all of fears into biblical trust, Psa 56. 

            9.   Fear that is not parlayed into trust leads to despondency and depression, 1 Kings 19:1‑18. 

            10.   Recovery from fear, anxiety, and depression is only possible by returning to the God of the Bible, Gen 15:1; Heb 13:6; Psa 56:4; Deut 20:3‑4; 31:6; Psalm 27:14; 37:7; 91; 55:22; 56:3; Prov 2:8; 3:5‑6; Isa 26:3; 30:15; 41:10;  40:29‑31;  2 Chron 20:15; Jn 16:33; 1 Cor 10:13.

            11.   Faith in God’s providential care removes fear of earthly dangers, Mat 10:31.  

            12.   Faith in God ’s provision of the HS removes fear of inability, John 14:26-27;  2 Timothy 1:7.

            13.   Faith in God’s PPOG removes fear of the uncertain future, Heb 11:23-27.

            14.   Faith in God’s unconditional perfect love removes fear of condemnation, 1 John 4:18.

            15.   Faith in God’s provisions removes fear of suffering, Heb 11:6; Rev 2:10

            16.   Faith during times of unjust suffering removes fear of injustices, 1 Pet 3:13-15. 

            17.   Faith in God’s providence removes fear from sudden dangers, Prov 3:25-26.

            18.    Faith in the presence of God removes fear of death, Psa 23:4; 2 Cor 5:8; Heb 2:14-15;

            19.   Faith in the Word of God removes fear related to advancing into the promised life especially in the face of intense pressures and opposition, Joshua 1:5-9.

            20.  Faith in the promises of God not only removes fear but brings a plethora of spiritual dynamics and blessings, Prov 3:5; 4:7-9; Psa 34:8, 19, 55:11, 22, 22; Dt 31:8; 1 Peter 5:7.