Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Church & BD, 1 Tim 3:15. Salvation, Eph 2:8-9; Rom 11:6; 3:28; Gal 1:8-9. Spirituality, Rom 6:1-14. Spiritual maturity, 2 Cor 10:3-5.
LIFE OF DAVID – Part 38
FEAR AND REVERSIONISM
A. The Evil of National and Personal Reversionism
1. Overview of personal and national reversionism
2. The 5 decay stages in a reversionistic nation, Rom 1:18-32
#1, Suppression and rejection of God along with His 5 laws of DE (freedom, marriage, family, government, nationalism), Rom 1:18-22
#2 Idolatry: worship of creation, 1:23-25
#3 Sexual perversion, 1:26-27
#4 Depraved/unapproved minds, 1:28
#5 New morality where evil is called good & good is called evil, cf. Isa 5.
3. The 5 cycles of discipline on a rev. nation are outlined in Lev 26 & Dt 28
#1, “I will appoint over you a sudden terror,” Lev 26:16
#2, “I will break down the pride of your power,“ Lev 26:19
#3, “I will let loose among the beasts of the field, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle...,” Lev 26:22
#4, “I will bring upon you a sword…you shall be delivered to your enemies, Lev 26:25
#5, “I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate...I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled over it…I will scatter you among the nations,” Lev 26:31-33
4. Reversionism is always characterized by insecurity, anxiety, fear, jealousy, and arrogance, 1 Sam 16:11, 28-30.
5. The natural result of a rev people characterized by insecurity, anxiety, fear, and arrogance is to turn to Big Government to be its God—for provisions, security, and guidance, 1 Sam 8:1-19.
6. David is a wonderful example of how a believer who makes BD and fellowship #1 priority (cf. Psa 16:8; 19; 23), can have the most fantastic spiritual life in supergrace–above all he could ever ask or imagine– even in the darkest and most evil of times, also cf. Noah in Gen 6:1-8.
B. Fear and the POG.
1. The unregenerate, as well as carnal reversionistic believers, live an upside down life in that they fear what they should not fear, and do not fear what they should fear, Num 14; Lk 12:4-7; Heb 4:1; 1 Sam 8; David vs. Saul.
2. The believer who continues to advance in the spiritual life by growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet 3:18) has absolutely nothing to worry or be fearful about, Mt 6:31-34; 2 Tim 1:7.
3. The reversionistic believer should fear divine discipline rather than the various temporal fleeting issues of life, cf. Saul; Heb 4:1; Num 14.
4. The reversionistic believer has no fear/respect of God as demonstrated by his rejection and lack of respect for BD, consequently he lives an insecure life filled with fear and anxieties, cf. Saul.
5. Satan uses fear to control the human race, to further dismay and wreck the spiritual life of carnal believers, and to attempt to distract growing believers, cf. Heb 2:14-15; 1 Jn 5:19; Eph 2:1-3.
6. Only the doctrinal believer truly enjoys a lifestyle free from fear and anxiety, especially with regard to death, because He actually believes God and what the Bible reveals about life, death, and everything in between, Psa. 23:4; Philip 1:21-25; 2 Cor 5:6-9; Heb 2:14-15; Acts 7:58-60; 2 Tim 4:6-8; Rom 8:15, 28-35; Heb 11:27; 1 Jn 4:18; 1 Sam 17:44-47.
7. While initial fear is not in and of itself evil (cf. Psa. 56:3-4), to continue to live a lifestyle of fear and anxiety instead of seriously turning to God and Bible doctrine will most certainly result in increasing evil and the destruction of your spiritual life (however, there is no loss of salvation), cf. Saul.
8. It is imperative for the believer to orient to BD and the unfailing faithfulness of God and His grace—especially during times of stress and national reversionism, 1 Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5; 2 Timothy 1:7; Rom 8:28-31; Isaiah 41:10; Heb 11:27; 13:6; Psa. 56:3-4; 1 Pet 5:7; Lam. 3:21-25; Heb 10:23; Psalm 16:8; 27:14; Isa 26:3; 40:28-31; Philip 4:6-7.
C. David’s victory over Goliath, 1 Sam 17:12-58.