Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, August 29, 2010


God’s Word, Isa. 40:8; Mt 24:34 .  Three indubitable  truths: 1) Salvation (eternal status), Col 2:13-15;  2)  fellowship with God  (present status),  1 Jn 1:5-9; and 3)  spiritual maturity (direction), 2 Tim 3:16-18; 2 Cor 10:3-5.






A.  David’s supergrace testing, 1 Sam 16-19; Rom 8:28; Acts 4:25


B.  David’s supergrace mental attitude dynamics, Psa 14; 15; 16; 19; 25;  26:3;  27; 31:1-5; 37;  40:10-11; 51:6; 59; 86:11; 138:2; 145:18


C. Doctrinal Principles.


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


2.  Supergrace blessings are those special blessings God has specifically designed for each believer, but which await spiritual contingency before God releases them, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9-10.


3.  Humbling yourself under the mighty 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, jealousy, and bitterness—you 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’s 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 ways 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 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 with requires protracted waiting on the Lord, Isa 30:18.


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


14.  Characteristics of suffering for blessing includes: maturation, mastery of the details of life, difficulties remain bearable, difficulties never make you miserable, greater orientation to the grace of God, and Word of God, and a 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 is accompanied with courage, confidence and divine peace, Jn 16:33. 

                        b)  Avoid thinking that your suffering is unique, 1 Cor 10:13.

c)  Suffering or adversity is necessary to produce spiritual character, Rom 5:3-5.

d)  Suffering for blessing is designed to produce eternal rewards, Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18, Rev 2-3.

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

f)  The aim of suffering is always to bring you closer to Christ, Phil 4:11-13.


16.  Panorama of suffering in First Peter—suffering is designed:  

            a)  To refine and develop of your faith/B.D, 1:6-7.

                        b)  To refine and develop your priesthood, 2:19. 

c)  To refine and develop your ambassadorship, 3:14-16. 

d)  To refine and develop your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, 4:12-14.

e)  To develop greater strength, stability, and maturity, 1 Pet 5:10.