Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wed., August 25, 2010


God’s Word (Isa. 40:8; Mt 24:34 ).  Three great Christian truths/realities: 1) salvation (eternal status), Heb 1:1-3, 2:9; 10:12,  2) fellowship with God  (present status),  1 Jn 1:5-6; Acts 7:51, 1 Cor 3:1-3, 3), spiritual maturity (direction), Eph 4:12-16;  Jn 18:37; 2 Cor 10:3-5.






A.   Divine protection of David and divine humiliation of King Saul, 1 Sam 19.


B.  David’s supergrace doctrinal mental attitude dynamics, Psa 59; 15, 19, 25, 26:3, 27, 37, 31:1-5, 40:10-11, 51:6, 86:11, 138:2, 145:18.


C. Doctrinal principles


            1.  God makes war against the arrogant (carnal) believer and gives greater grace blessings (supergrace) to the humble believer, Js 4:4-6; 1 Pet 5:5-6;  Prov 3:34.


2.  Supergrace blessing are those special blessings that God has for every believer who has developed the capacity for those blessings, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9-10.   In supergrace, God continues to bless, elevate, and promote the believer throughout life in spite of all of the opposition of the kosmos.


3.  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 temptations of anger and bitterness—and leave everything in the hands of God.


4.  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.


5.  God promotions in life are always a matter of His grace and His timing.


6.  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.


7.  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.


8. Testing is required to remove deficiencies in the believer’s character and thus develop capacity in the believer for the greater things in the plan of God, Js 1:2-4.


9. The issue in all testing is always the way of God, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11.


10.  Protracted testing is designed to develop protracted faith (perseverance) with its development of protracted capacity for the escrow (greater grace) blessings of God, Isa 30:18.


11.  It is the daily fellowship with God and intake of the Word of God that prepare the believer not only for the upcoming tests in life but for those fantastic blessings and promotions as well.


12.  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 which requires protracted waiting on the Lord, Isa 30:18.


            13.  All suffering is either for discipline (Saul) or blessing (David).


14.  Characteristics of suffering for blessing: maturation, bearable, only discomfort as opposed to misery, orientation to the grace of God and Word of God, deeper relationship with God, cf. 2 Cor 12:7-10; Phil 4:10-12.


15.  Fundamental principles to remember in suffering:

                        a)  Suffering for blessing coexists with courage/confidence and divine peace (Jn 16:33).

                        b) Never think that your suffering is unique (1 Cor 10:13).

c)  Suffering or adversity is necessary to produce spiritual character (Rom


d)  Suffering for blessing renews your soul and is designed to produce

eternal rewards/glory (Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18, Rev 2-3).

                        e)  Only suffering can produce the attitude of biblical humility and wisdom (2 Cor 12:3-7; Jas 1:2-6; 4:6).

f)  The aim of suffering is to bring you closer to Christ and His power (Phil



16.  Panarama of suffering in First Peter.  Suffering designed for the:  

            a)   Refining of your faith/B.D., 1:6-7. 

                        b)   Refining of your priesthood, 2:19.

c)   Refining of your ambassadorship, 3:14-16. 

d)   Refining of your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, 4:12-14.

e)   Continuing advancement into greater spiritual strength, stability, and

maturity, 5:10.