Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


 Salvation, Eph 2:8-9.  Spirituality, Psa 16:8; 19:10-14. Spiritual Maturity, Rev 3:20-22.





1. Testing is one of the privileges in God’s grace package of blessings, Philip 1:29; 1 Pet 1:6-9; 4:12-16; Js 1:2-4; Heb 12:1-2.


2. God will never allow us to be tested beyond His provisions, 1 Cor. 10:13.


3. Fear is all about an uncertainty that contains some threat - and only doctrine can solve that problem. 


4. Failure to orient to the Lord and His Word during times of fear and uncertainty will spawn a host of other MAS that wreak havoc on the spiritual life, mental life, and psychological life.


5. Failure to orient to BD to get biblical answers to your fears and doubts will only cause the problem to fester and breed skepticism and hardheartedness. 

            a. Factual doubt 

            b. Emotional doubt

            c. Volitional doubt


6. Answering the doubts of life.

            a. You answer the factual doubts by getting the facts.            

            b. You answer your emotional doubts with doctrinal facts.

            c. You answer your volitional doubts by returning to the Lord.


7. There are only two basic ways to respond to the test/danger

            a. Human viewpoint emotional reaction (evil).

            b. Divine viewpoint doctrinal rationale response. 


8. 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 activity.


9. When the believer uses the doctrinal rationale approach, he converts the problem into a problem-solving God-glorifying situation, and transforms himself into a more mature believer in the process with greater assurance, power, peace, stability, and SSE, cf.  David.  


10. The only legitimate fear in the POG is fear of rejection of BD, the Lord, or the spiritual life—i.e. reversionism, Heb 4:1; 5:11-6:8; 1 Cor 11:30; Prov 1:20-33.

            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, cf. David.

            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, cf. Saul.


11. 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,  Isa 41:10;  Heb 13:6;  Psa 56:3; Lam 3:21-25.


12. In times of testing the believer must avoid any temptation to test, challenge, leave, or strike out against God, Mt 16:1; Ex 17;

            a. Understand that God will always meet your daily needs, Lam 3:22-23; Psa 37:25; Psa 68:19; Mt 6:31-34;Rom 8:32; 2 Cor 9:8; Phil 4:19.

            b. Understand that you will be tested regarding your relationship with God, 2 Tim 3:12;  Js 1:2-3.


13. It is imperative that we continue to be patient in waiting on the Lord—never buckle under the pressure to compromise! Psa 27:14; 37:7; Prov 20:22; Psa 106:13-15;

Eph 5:16; 1 Pt 2:20;  1 Thess 5:14; Phil 4:5;


14. The believer who waits on God's plan will never regret it, Psa. 25:3; Isa 40:31.


15. In times of testing and hardships, there is a lot that the believer can do to avoid self-induced suffering.

            a. You can avoid the suffering that is due to divine discipline, Psa 32, 38, 51; Heb 12:1-15. 

            b. You can avoid the suffering that is due to rejection of Bible doctrine, Prov 1.    

            c. You can avoid the suffering that is due to wrong priorities, Mt 6.

            d. You can avoid the suffering due to a guilt complex.

            e. You can avoid the suffering that is due to rejection of authority.

             f. You can avoid the suffering that is due to making decisions outside of the Plan of God. 



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