Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Church, 1 Tim 3:15. Salvation, Eph 2:8-10. Fellowship, 1 Jn 2:28. Maturity, 2 Cor 10:3-5.
LIFE OF DAVID – Part 40
A. God’s man for the hour: Supergrace David, 1 Sam 17:12-47
B. Doctrinal principles regard fear, courage, doubt, and uncertainty
1. Every believer has been graced out not only in the privilege of believing in Jesus Christ, but also suffering because of identification with Him, the POG, and BD, Philip 1:29; 1 Pet 1:6-9; 4:12-16; Js 1:2-4; Heb 12:1-2.
2. The issue really is not really the test but our response to the test, 1 Cor 10:13.
3. What makes a test so difficult is the fear of an uncertainty that contains a threat.
4. While initial fear is not sin, failure to move to the Lord and His Word for His solutions during times of fear, uncertainty, and danger, will spawn a host of other MAS like fear, anxiety, phobias, paranoia, anger, jealousy, bitterness, and vituperation–which destroy your spiritual life, mental life, and psychological life.
5. Failure to orient to BD to get biblical answers to doubts regarding vital spiritual issues of your life, will only cause the problem to fester and take you down three stages of uncertainty– and ultimately to skepticism.
a) Factual doubt, cf. Job, Abe, David, Paul, John the Baptist.
b) Emotional doubt, cf. Postmodern man.
c) Volitional doubt, cf. the “I don’t care” stage.
6. There are only two basic ways to respond to the test/danger
a. Human viewpoint emotional reaction (evil).
b. Divine viewpoint doctrinal rationale response
7. When the believer emotionally reacts to fear and the problems of life (HV), he quickly moves into destructive emotional chain sinning with intropunitive and extrapunitive mental abberations.
8. On the other hand, when the believer uses the doctrinal rationale approach he converts the problem into a problem-solving God-glorifying situation, cf. David.
9. The only legitimate fear is fear of rejection of BD, the Lord, and the spiritual life—i.e. reversionism, Heb 4:1; 5:11-6:8; 1 Cor 11:30; Prov 2.
a) The positive doctrinal believer lives free from worry and anxiety regarding the temporal issues of life because he respects the Lord and the POG.
b) The reversionistic believer lives in anxiety and fear regarding the temporal issues of life because he does not respect the Lord and the POG.
10. 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, Isaiah 41:10; Heb 13:6; Psa 56:3-4; Lam 3:21-24.