Vol. 16 No 16 – April 16, 2017
Doctrine of Drinking and Alcoholism, (continued).
Principles of the Recovery Process for Alcohol Abuse,
(or any sins in our lives).
The Faith Rest Life
After rebounding, 1 John 1:9; Mat 6:12; 1 Cor 11:31; Psa 32:5; 38:18; Prov 28:13, which results in the Filling of God the Holy Spirit, (PSD #1 and 2), 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).
The faith rest life is a plan designed by God to stabilize your soul mentality when the pressure and adversities of life come upon you. Knowing that God is in absolute control of every circumstance in your life, you therefore respond to adversity with Bible Doctrine rather than react to it with emotion and sin. Reaction is when your emotions take control of your soul. It is when your emotions overwhelm your soul or thinking process and cause you to fall apart and lose control. On the other hand, response requires clear thinking. Response is thought, not emotion, and requires courage and spiritual strength to come to a good doctrinal conclusion and decision about your situation that you then apply or walk in.
“Faith” is the Greek Noun PISTIS and the Verb PISTEUO that means, “faith, trust, trustworthiness, reliability, confidence, assurance, conviction, or belief,” and sometimes it is used for God’s Word – Bible doctrine, cf. Acts 6:7; 14:22, 27; 24:24; Rom 1:12; 10:8; Gal 1:23; 3:5; Eph 4:5; 1 Tim 4:1, 6; 2 Tim 2:18; Titus 1:4; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:3, 20; Rev 2:13.
Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
PISTIS corresponds to the Hebrew term ’EMUNAH, that means, “fidelity and faithfulness.” The related verb form ’AMAN describes a faithful attitude toward another; it is especially used to denote a relationship with God, Gen 15:6; Ex 14:31; 2 Chron 20:20. Faith is also expressed by the Hebrew verb BATACH that means, “to rely on or put confidence in,” as well as by the verb CHASAH, “to seek refuge in.” In both cases God is often the object in whom trust/ confidence/refuge is placed or sought.
Our English definition of faith from “The American Heritage Dictionary” includes: “A confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. It is a belief that does not rest on logical proof, (rationalism), or material evidence, (empiricism). It is loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance. It is trust in God and in the doctrines expressed in Scripture.”
Faith is not a passive resignation to life like fate; rather, it is confidence that God will fulfill His promises and will carry out His salvation plan just as it is expressed in the covenant relationship.
Habakkuk 2:4, “Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith.” Cf. Rom 1:16-17.
According to the Bible, faith is:
- Trust in Jesus’ ability and willingness to meet both physical and spiritual needs, e.g., Mat 8:10; 9:2, 29; 15:28; Mark 10:52; Luke 7:50; 17:19.
- The life made possible by the Spirit in the hearts of believers. e.g., Gal 2:20; Rom 1:8; 2 Cor 5:7; Eph 1:15; Col 1:4; 1 Thes 1:3; 3:5; 1 Tim 6:12.
- The strength of the believer grounded and established by God, Acts 16:5; Rom 4:20; Col 1:23. Therefore, the believer can:
a) Stand fast in the faith, 1 Cor 16:13.
b) Be full of faith, Acts 6:5; 11:24.
c) Be on the road to deeper faith, 2 Cor 10:15; 2 Thes 1:3.
- It contrasts fear, Deut 31:8; Psa 56:11; 1 Peter 5:7; Mark 5:36, “But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”
- It is a conviction that God can fulfill the promises He has made. It is centered in Jesus Christ, the manifestation of God’s salvation plan.
- It is the normative expression of the Christian, being obedient towards God and His Word, Rom 16:26. Therefore, we are to:
a) Live the life of faith, Gal 2:20.
b) Walk in faith, 2 Cor 5:7.
c) Offer prayer in faith, James 5:15.
d) Produce the work of faith, 1 Thes 1:3.
e) Fight the battle of faith, 1 Tim 6:12.
f) Obtain the outcome of faith, the salvation of our souls, 1 Peter 1:9.
- Faith is a quality that marks God’s people, even from ancient times. In the great portrait gallery of faith, Heb chapter 11, the writer gives a lengthy series on the old covenant models of faith. These saints believed God’s promises in spite of the apparent hopelessness of their circumstances. Without seeing the realization of the promises, they lived and died believing that the promised Messiah would one day come, and He did, albeit not in their lifetimes. Nevertheless, faith characterized their lives. They realized that “without faith it is impossible to please (God),” Heb 11:6.
- James cautioned against a “faith” that rests upon an intellectual assent to the truth but lacks a life yielded and obedient to God, cf. James 2:18, 20, 26.
- The basis of faith is the Word of God, and His action in history; thus faith is directed at God Himself. This concerns not only the subjective dimension of faith but the objective dimension as well.
- God and Jesus Christ are the objects of our faith. This is central to the life lived by faith, John 14:1. Jesus is rightly called the “author, (leader, pacesetter), and finisher, (perfecter), of our faith,” Heb 12:2.
- There is victory in faith, 1 John 5:4‑5; Rom 4:17-21. Having a faithful relationship with God and His Word is greater than any pressure or disaster in life. It is more important than anything in life, whether failures, successes, pressures, or prosperity. With faith in God, we have victory over the things of this life.
1 John 5:4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
Therefore, with faith we trust in God and His Word to empower and enable us to overcome any prosperity, problems, pressures, difficulties, adversities, or disasters in life. Rather than turning to pseudo “fixers” like drugs and alcohol to overcome our problems, when we trust in God and His Word, our problems are overcome.
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.
Eph 6:16, “In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”
1 Thes 5:8, “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”
It is designed by God for every believer to deal with every adversity and problem of suffering in this life, but to do so from your own soul filled and empowered with the Word of God and the filling of the Holy Spirit, not from someone else’s human viewpoint counseling.
The beginning of the Faith-Rest Drill is to learn God’s Word so that it becomes a reality in your life. It is the reality of Bible doctrine circulating in your very own stream of consciousness. Then when you know something about God and His Word, you can apply it to your situations. It begins with learning and applying the various promises that God has made to you. Then in faith, you believe God when He makes promises to you, such as Prov 3:5-6; Psa 37:4-5; 1 Peter 5:7. You begin by reaching out to God with your faith and claiming these promises.
Psa 3:5-6, “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. 6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.”
Psa 37:4-5, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”
1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your anxieties on Him; for He cares for you.”
Psa 4:8, “I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for You Lord only make me to dwell in safety.”
Psa 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of all of them.”
Prov 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Psa 55:22, “Cast all your burdens upon the Lord and He shall sustain you; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Psa 56:11, “In God I put my trust. I will not be afraid of what man can do to me.”
Deut 31:8, “And the Lord, He it is who goes before you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Fear not, neither be confused.”
2 Cor 12:9, “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
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.
Heb 4:1-3, “Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, …”
1.) 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.
Mixing the promises of God with faith is designed to stabilize the mentality of the believer under pressure, confusion, adversity, stress, and disaster. Claiming promises is the way new believers and young believers, who have not yet grown up spiritually, can function under the Faith-Rest Life. In time of stress, the believer begins by claiming promises of God and mixing those promises with a weak faith. As the believer grows spiritually, his faith increases.
As a result of stage one of the Faith-Rest Mechanics, you begin to prevent the outside pressures of life from penetrating into the soul. Faith claims the promises of God; faith applies the promises of God; faith takes control of the situation. The increase of the Faith-Rest Life means the increase of control over your soul and your spiritual life.
Abraham used the first stage mechanics, Rom 4:20-21, “Yet, he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, being fully persuaded that what God had promised, God was able to execute.”
When stage one of the faith-rest mechanics is fully operational, the believer fulfills 2 Cor 5:7, “We walk by faith (the Faith-Rest Life) and not by sight (human viewpoint).” This is the utilization of Divine promises in the Bible.
The blessing that comes from claiming God’s promises and utilizing Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness is the basis of entering into this rest. This is a rest of great tranquility of soul in the midst of the greatest adversities in life. This is also a rest of being able to deal with stress from Bible doctrine resident in your own stream of consciousness.
2.) 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.
As such, you need cognition of the whole range of Bible doctrine, which gives the Faith-Rest Life an option to meet the stress and pressures of life. Cognition of doctrine results in the development of a stronger faith.
Rom 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, (positive volition to the intake of God’s Word), and hearing by the word of Christ, (the teaching of the mind of Jesus Christ).”
The Word of God is the thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 2:16. Through the Word, your faith becomes strong and can be developed. Therefore, in this stage, we have the development of a stronger faith through the perception of Bible doctrine. With this perception of Bible doctrine, your faith becomes strong enough to do more than just claim a promise from God.
In the second stage, you begin to claim doctrinal rationales, as your stronger faith now applies doctrinal rationales to experience. This means that you learn more than just the promises of God, you now learn the various aspects about God, who He is and how He operates, from His Word and apply that knowledge in faith to your situation.
Some principles for doctrinal rationales include:
- The essence of God rationale; knowing who God is, you can apply any or all of His essence to your situation, e.g., God is Omniscience, all-knowing; therefore, He knows your problem and what you need to overcome it.
- The plan of God rationale; God has a plan for human history and specifically for your life; therefore, He will provide for your needs, because He wants you to continue to walk in His service.
- The policy of God rationale; God is perfect, absolute righteous, and just; therefore, we too must walk in righteousness doing a right thing in a right way. When we do, God will defeat our enemies.
- The a-fortiori rationale; if God can do the greater, He will do the lesser; therefore, God has saved me from my sins; therefore, He will save me from the temptations of my Old Sin Nature, and my enemies.
Rom 8:31-32, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
Jer 29:11, “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’.”
Therefore, the Faith-Rest mechanics of stage two are as follows: faith applies a doctrinal rationale; faith reaches doctrinal conclusions about God and how God’s Word applies to your situation, and then faith takes control of the situation.
The Faith-Rest Drill has the power to avoid reaction to every injustice, every act of unfairness, and every wrong that has ever been committed against you. It has the power to avoid reaction to all injustices against you, by putting them in the hands of the supreme court of heaven, through faith. The doctrinal rationales result in not only Sharing the Perfect Happiness of God, a Personal Sense of Destiny, and Occupation with the Person of Christ, but also magnificent spiritual strength to survive any adversity.
1 Cor 2:5, “That your faith should not stand on the wisdom of man, but on the power of God.”
2 Cor 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.”
2 Cor 5:7, “Therefore, we walk by faith and not be sight.”
The Faith-Rest Life has the power to avoid reaction to every injustice, every act of unfairness, every wrong that has ever been committed against you, (child abuse, physical abuse, injustices, etc.). It has the power to avoid reaction to all injustices in life by putting them through faith in the hands of the supreme court of heaven.
Psalm 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.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 17-040 – 17-041 – 17-042
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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!