Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Wed., August 18, 2010
Salvation (your eternal status), Eph. 2:8-9; John 3:16, 36; Rom 1:20. Fellowship with God (your present status), 1 Jn 1:5-7; Gen 17:1. Spiritual maturity (the direction of your life), Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Pet 3:17-18.
LIFE OF DAVID – Part 46
The Machinations of Reversionism vs.
The Blessedness of Supergrace
1 Sam 18:8-30
1. The MAS of anger is a warning sign that you are out of fellowship and need to adjust yourself to the WOG/POG—adjustment to the WOG/POG brings blessedness whereas failure to adjust leads to greater evil thinking (cp. 1 Sam 18:8, Jas. 1:21-25; Eph. 4:24-31; Gal. 5:20; Jas. 1:19-20; Rom. 12:18-21; Prov 22:24-25; 1 Sam. 2:30.
2. Failure to remove the MAS of anger through God’s grace resources will result in it going from being a sin of the “moment” into the development of a whole complex of mental sins creating an ingrained dominant evil way of thinking (e.g. dissatisfaction, ungratefulness, self-pity, preoccupation with self, bitterness, ill-will & revenge toward others) which becomes the driving force/motivation of life—I.e. evil machinations.
3. King Saul, the reversionist, is the instantiation of a believer who does not deal with his anger according to the WOG and of how that one sin develops into a complex of evil thinking resulting in wicked machinations, 1 Sam 18:9-29.
4. David is the instantiation of a believer who constantly adjusts to the Word of God and thus develops true grace thinking and divine viewpoint mental attitude dynamics and who continues to be blessed and promoted by the Lord throughout all of his trials with evil people, e.g. Saul and his minions.
5. David and Saul instantiate the only two options for the believer: the blessedness of progressive growth in grace (progressive enlightenment—increasing light in the soul) or the cursing of progressive development of carnality and reversionism (where light/illumination is progressively extinguished in the soul), cp. blessings: 1 Sam 2:30; darkness vs light: Rom 2:19; 13:12; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 2:9; 1 Jn 1:6, 2:9, 11; growth in greater grace: James 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5-6; supergrace blessings: Eph 3:20; Isa 30:18; 1 Cor. 2:9.
6. A look at David’s supergrace mental attitude dynamics regarding God, the plan of God, as well as enemies, Psa 27, 37
7. Continued growth in grace leads to greater grace blessings while continued carnality leads to a life of divine discipline (3 stages: warning, intensive, SUD) followed by the great fall (Psa 19:13; 2 Tim 4:10; 2 Pet 3:18).
8. No believer remains the same – either the believer is growing or retrogressing each day of his life—either increasing light in his soul or increasing darkness - regarding the Lord and the things of God.
9. God makes war against the arrogant (carnal) believer and gives greater grace blessings (supergrace) to the humble believer, Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5-6; Prov 3:34; 1 Sam 2:30.
10. Supergrace blessing are those special blessings God has for every believer who has developed the capacity for those blessings, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9.
11. Humbling yourself under the hand of God means, among other things, refusing to take things into your own hands when you are treated unfairly—you avoid the temptations of anger, bitterness, injustices—by leaving everything to God.
12. By waiting on the Lord, and thus avoiding anger and bitterness, the believer remains grace oriented and therefore develops greater capacity for the greater grace blessings.
13. God's promotions in life are always a matter of His grace and His timing.
14. What makes waiting on the Lord (i.e. perseverance) so difficult is lack of faith in the blessedness of the POG, lack of trust in God, inordinate ambition, competition, lust for things, and a desire to seek happiness in the wrong way.
15. Waiting on the Lord means waiting for God’s promotion and in the meantime remaining faithful in the little things as God prepares you for the bigger things.
16. Testing is a required to remove deficiencies in the believer’s character and thus develop capacity for the greater things in the plan of God, Js 1:2-4.
17. The issue in all testing is always: the ways of God—which are only recorded in His Word, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11; Mat 4:4.
18. Protracted testing is designed to develop protracted faith (perseverance) with its development of protracted capacity for the escrow blessings of God, Isa 30:18.
19. It is the daily fellowship with God and intake of the Word of God that prepares the believer not only for the upcoming tests in life but also those fantastic promotions as well.
20. God is waiting to bless the believer with the greater grace blessings (escrow), but the believer must develop the capacity for those blessings and this capacity is best developed under protracted testing with requires protracted waiting on the Lord, Isa 30:18.