Vol. 16 No 18 – April 23, 2017
Eph 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
Principles of the Recovery Process from Alcohol Abuse, (continued).
The Faith Rest Life
The next phase in recovery from any sinful lifestyle like drunkenness and Alcoholism, is putting your faith in God and Jesus Christ to work. This is called the “Faith Rest Drill,” (PSD # 3), which leads to the Faith Rest Life.
Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
The Faith Rest Drill:
The Faith-Rest Drill is that Problem-Solving Device used by believers in all dispensations for carrying and using the shield of faith to protect and defend your soul from the adversities and pressures of life.
But the Faith-Rest Life has far greater implications than just mixing the promises of God with our faith, as there are three spheres of operation involved in the function of the Faith-Rest Life: Faith Mechanics, Faith Functions, and Faith Execution.
- The first sphere of the Faith-Rest Life is Faith Mechanics that has two stages, Heb 4:1-3a.
a) As we noted above, stage one of Faith Mechanics is mixing the promises of God with your faith. That means that you learn the promises of God from His Word and then trust upon them as you face whatever circumstances you are in. You recall what God’s promises are and you rely upon them in your situation.
b) Stage two is called coming to the Doctrinal Rationales that lead to Doctrinal Conclusions that can be applied to your experience. The second stage of the Faith-Rest Mechanics requires a much stronger faith and a greater understanding of the Word of God. It requires a true scale of values in which Bible doctrine has the number one priority in your life. The word of God, communicated by the spiritual gift of your Pastor-Teacher, must have first place in your scale of values if you are ever going to grow up spiritually and live the Faith-Rest Life.
Psa 130:5-7, “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. 6My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. 7O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.”
The word “hope” in vs. 7, is the Hebrew Verb YACHAL that means, “to wait for, patiently wait, waiting with endurance, hope (confidence expectation), and trust.” This is a key understanding of stage two; Doctrinal Rationales being turned into Doctrinal Conclusions to be applied. The Word YACHAL was originally used for making rope. In the process of making rope, you first start with just a little strand, which is easy to break, but as this little strand is woven in with other strands, it becomes a rope which cannot be broken. Hence, this word meant to be a strand twisted into a great rope, and therefore made strong, and it came to mean “trust.” Those who wait on the Lord are “those who keep on trusting the Lord.” When you combine the promises of God with the greater truths of His Word in Doctrinal Rationale, you will arrive at YACHAL with Doctrinal Conclusions and have great trust in the Lord and His Word that becomes a gigantic, powerful rope which nothing can break.
Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait, (YACHAL), for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.”
Psa 119:43, “And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances.”
Psa 119:74, “May those who fear You see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in Your word,”
Psa 119:81, “My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.”
Psa 119:114, “You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.”
Psa 119:147, “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.”
Cf. Psa 33:18; 130:5; Lam 3:21, 24; Isa 51:5.
- The second sphere of the Faith-Rest Life is Faith Function. There are two categories of Faith Function.
a) The first category of Faith Function is the Plaintiff Function before the Supreme Court of heaven as a victim of injustice, real or imagined. This is when you take your problems to God and ask for Him to deal with them or resolve them in some way.
Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your cares, (anxieties, stresses), upon Him, because He cares for you.”
You put your problems with people and circumstances into the Lord’s hands and trust in Him to resolve them. This means appealing to the Supreme Court of heaven and avoiding any reactionary sin on your part by: complaining, vilification, denial, projection, self-justification, blaspheming, gossip, slander, maligning, judging of others, malice.
We should never react to unfairness or injustice in our life and try to solve our problems in vengeance without God. If we do, we become spiritual losers.
Instead, we are to turn our problems over to God, seek His Word for solutions, and wait on God and His timing to receive the right action to take, if any at all.
When you take something to the supreme court of heaven through the function of the Faith-Rest Life, you must leave it there, and not take it back for your own revenge. Unfortunately, many people want to protect their self-image and perceived honor. Their self-image is more precious to them than the reality or facts of the case. Believers will do anything to protect their self-image. Therefore, instead of turning things over to the Supreme Court of heaven and trusting in God, they take matters into their own hands, which typically leads to sin. This is one of the great manifestations of scar tissue in the soul.
The great mistake is taking your case to the Supreme Court of heaven and simultaneously to take the case out of the hands of God by trying to do something about it yourself. When you do, you become liable for triple compound Divine discipline.
- You are judged by the Supreme Court of heaven for your own sin; some verbal or overt sin.
- You are judged for the mental attitude sin.
- Judging belongs to the Supreme Court of heaven, not to you. If you judge others, every sin mentioned, whether true or not, is put on you, and your judgement of them will fall upon you.
Mat 7:1-2, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Therefore, it is imperative that we turn it over to God and then faith-rest in God, that He will deal with the issue one way or another, whether we see the results or not.
b) The second category of Faith Function is Faith Correlation with other Problem Solving Device. This is the key to why the Faith-Rest Drill should be applied within your soul. It is defined as the harmonious combination, coordination, and interaction of the functions of the PSD’s on the defense line of the soul to achieve inner contentment, peace, and happiness regardless of the situation you are facing. For example, if you have sinned, that is a problem, and you are out of fellowship with God. Therefore, you are to apply PSD #1, confession of sin, which leads to PSD # 2, regaining fellowship with God through the filling of the Holy Spirit. Now you engage in the spiritual life once again, and can be rightly oriented towards God’s Word and claim promises, as well as come to doctrinal rationales regarding your situation. Then you can be grace oriented towards others, PSD #5, and know that you have a destiny in God’s plan for your life, PSD #7. In addition, you can apply any of the other PSDs to your situation, so that you have stability of soul and a Relaxed Mental Attitude (RMA) as you trust in God and have strength to refute temptations to sin, Psa 16:11; 146:5; Prov 3:13; John 15:11; Phil 4:6-7, 11; 1 Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3-9.
Psa 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
- The third sphere of the Faith-Rest Life is Faith Execution. This means that you know and understand the first and second spheres of the Faith-Rest Life, and now apply them. But in order to apply them, you must have:
a) True humility and the avoidance of self-absorption. Humility is authority orientation, grace orientation, objectivity, and teachability. It is the antithesis of arrogance, which transfers reality from self-centeredness and self-absorption to grace orientation and doctrinal orientation, James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5; Numbers 12:3. Humility is the quality or status of being humble; a modest sense of one’s importance in life, Rom 12:2-3; Prov 29:23; Luke 14:11; .
Prov 11:2, ”When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor; but with the humble is wisdom.”
b) A heart of yieldedness to God the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, (see above doctrine on Yieldedness).
c) Christian professionalism; accurate comprehension and use of God’s Word and the Problem Solving Devices. It is the academic understanding and mechanics of the Plan of God. It is cognition of the spiritual skills and how they combine to provide spiritual power and production of Divine good. Professionalism means learning and accepting the whole realm of doctrine.
d) Integrity, the spiritual strength to apply God’s Word and the PSDs to make the right choices; good decisions from a position of strength in the application of the Faith-Rest Life. Integrity is the use of spiritual power from metabolized Bible doctrine to execute God’s will for your life. While professionalism develops the ability to conceptualize Bible doctrine, integrity or spiritual strength from doctrine executes these things in glorifying God. Professionalism without integrity is arrogance. Integrity without professional-ism is emotionalism. The application of metabolized Bible doctrine to stress conditions demands the coordination of pro-fessionalism and integrity on the foundation of humility.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.
To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.
So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!