The Gospel of John 16, Part 2 ~ Verse 6

john 16 vs 6 for part 2 of verseThe Upper Room Discourse / Gethsemane Discourse,
Part 33 (b)

Chapter 16 Outline:

  • Vs. 1-6, The Importance of Preparedness, Persecution Foretold. Pt. 33
  • Vs. 7-15, Further instructions regarding the Holy Spirit. The promise of the Holy Spirit, and his office. Pt. 34
  • Vs. 16-18, Christ’s Death, Resurrection and Ascension Reemphasized. Pt. 35
  • Vs. 19-22, The Happiness of God as a result of Jesus’ Resurrection. Pt. 36
  • Vs. 23-28, Summary on the power available to us through prayer. Encouragement to prayer. Pt. 37
  • Vs. 29-33, Final words of encouragement. Christ’s discoveries of Himself. Pt. 38

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John 16: 1-6, The Importance of Preparedness, Persecution Foretold.

We continue our study in John 16:6, “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.”

The Greek reads, λλ’ τι τατα λελάληκα μν,  λύπη πεπλήρωκεν μν τν καρδίαν.

Transliterated it reads, “ALL HOTI TAUTA LELALEKA HUMIN HE LUPE PEPLEROKEN HUMIN TEN KARDIAN.”

ALL is the Coordinating Conjunction of Contrast ALLA that means, “but, rather, on the contrary.” Here our Lord did not use DE as He did to begin vs. 5. Instead, He uses ALLA – ἀλλά (al-lah’) to ensure the contrasting emphasize is brought out, while at the same time “coordinating” or linking the following thought with that of vs. 5. What does that mean? Well, in vs. 5, He ended with a hypothetical question that the disciples did not ask Him. If they had asked Him that question, “Where are you going?” it would have shown their love for Him. But, as we noted above, they are now thinking in terms of self and their own condition / situation. In that mentality of self-centeredness, Jesus goes on to say that they have sorrow in their heart versus the love that should be in their heart if they were oriented to God’s Plan. So, the ALLA as a Coordinating Conjunction continues the theme of the disciples being occupied with self, and at the same time, shows the contrast between the hypothetical question that they did not ask, (which would have shown their love for Him), and the emotional revolt of the soul, (sorrow in their heart), that they actually had in self-centeredness.

HOTI is a Subordinating Conjunction which means, “that or because.”  “Because” is used here showing the cause of their sorrow, which is Jesus saying He is leaving them, which led to preoccupation with self on their part.

TAUTA is once again the Demonstrative Pronominal HOUTOS οὗτος (hoo’-tos) in the Direct Object, Accusative, Neuter, Plural that means, “these things.” It is referring to all the Doctrines Jesus has been teaching them in the Upper Room and Garden of Gethsemane; the advanced Doctrine of Underserved Suffering (persecutions) and of the foundational Doctrine of His departure. Because of pre-occupation with self, the disciples’ sin natures are viewing these Doctrines as something to fear rather than as something to be rejoicing over.

LELALEKA is once again the Verb LALEO λαλέω (lal-eh’-o) in the Perfect, Active, Indicative, First Person, Singular that means, “to speak, talk, say, or preach.” It emphasizes the communication aspect of speaking. As we have seen previously, LALEO means, “to communicate Bible Doctrine.”

The Perfect Tense is for completed past action, where the results continue into the future.  In other words, Doctrine in your soul has ongoing results. He has taught them these Doctrines which in negative volition has brought sorrow to their hearts rather than joy. They would have had joy if they had positive volition toward the Doctrine taught.

The First Person, Singular, Active Voice tells us that Jesus is the One who taught them these Doctrines. So, we can add, “I” in reference to Jesus as the speaker / teacher.

The Indicative Mood is for the reality of the situation. He has taught them these Doctrines. So, we translate this as, “I have said (taught you).” That is, “These things I have communicated in the past with the result that they stand.”

HUMIN is the Second Person, Plural, Pronoun SU σύ (soo) that means, “you,” in the Dative of Advantage case. So, we say, “to you all.”  It is always to our advantage to be taught by our Lord.

HE LUPE is the Article HO – (ho), “the,” plus the Noun LUPE λύπη (loo’-pay) in the Subject Nominative, Feminine, Singular that means, “grief, sorrow, pain.” Plato used this word to mean, “distress, sad plight or condition.”

This is mental anguish, as a result of the disciples not having built their Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS) in order to orient them to the plan of God. Therefore, there is shock, anguish, distress. At this point, the disciples should be reflecting glory having the joy of Christ (+H) in their souls, but obviously, the light is out at this time. We will translation this as “stress” on their souls. This is what was going on in their souls at this time. They were having stress in their souls, because they were about to lose their leader and face persecutions without Him. Therefore, they let the outward pressures of life become inward stress upon their soul’s, due to negative volition and not applying the Problem-Solving Devices on the Forward Line of Troops (FLOT) line of their soul.

PEPLEROKEN is the Verb PLEROO πληρόω (play-ro’-o) in the Perfect, Active, Indicative, Third Person, Singular. PLEROO means, “to make full, to fill up, to complete, etc.” When used in reference to Scripture, it can mean, “fill, make full; bring to completion, complete, accomplish, finish, or make fully know.”

The Intensive Perfect Tense emphasizes the results or present state produced by a past action. That is, because of their negative volition when hearing these Doctrines, it has resulted in the disciples being completely filled with stress upon their souls at this time.

The 3rd Person Singular Active Voice tells us that collectively, as one group, they all were overwhelmed with stress in the heart, (right lobe) of their souls. They were filled with stress.

The Indicative Mood is declarative of the reality of stress filling their souls. We will translate this “has completely filled.

HUMON is the Pronoun SU, “you” once again but this time in the Possessive Genitive, Second Person, Plural. In other words, they owned this stress in their souls. It was theirs. It was not Jesus’ stress but their own stress due to negative volition. So, we say, “of you all or your.”

TEN KARDIAN is the Article HO, “the,” plus the noun KARDIA,heart,” in the Direct Object, Accusative, Feminine, Singular. This is the place of being filled with stress, “the heart,” (right lobe) of their souls. Unfortunately, they do not see their way to go on without Jesus because of their preoccupation with self, rather than occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our complete translation of John 16:6 is, “But because I have said (taught) to you all these things, sorrow (inward stress) has completely filled your heart (right lobe of the soul).”

Matthew Henry states, “That which filled the disciples’ hearts with sorrow, was too great affection for this present life. Nothing more hinders our joy in God, than the love of the world, and the sorrow of the world which comes from it.” (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the New Testament.)

Principles of – “Sorrow Has Filled Your Heart.

Jesus has clearly presented His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension as a part of the Plan for the First Advent.

Negative volition toward the teaching of Christ for three years results in mental pain and anguish.

At a critical moment, the eleven disciples are all disoriented. Negative volition leads to disorientation to the Plan of God in the time of crisis.

Instead of orienting to the Cross, the departure, the moving forward of the Plan of God, they have associated the death of Christ with catastrophe.

They therefore cannot recognize the principle of Rom 8:28. They did not have the reflected glory of an Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS).

The verb, “has filled” is a perfect active indicative of PLEROO which means, “to fill up a deficiency or to fill up a vacuum.” Here it means, “to fill up a vacuum in their souls.” With a void or deficiency of Bible Doctrine in your soul, you fill up that vacuum with mental attitude sins which causes LUPE {sorrow, mental pain, or anguish of the heart (KARDIA)}, in the mentality of the soul.

Mental attitude sins must be displaced by Bible Doctrine in the soul. This can only occur through daily intake of Doctrine.

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This is then leads us into three Doctrines:

  • The Doctrine of Emotional Revolt of the Soul,
  • The Doctrine of Stress, and the
  • Doctrine of Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Doctrine of the Emotional Revolt of the Soul.

Introduction – Emotions:

Emotions were designed by God for good. In planning the creation of mankind, God said, “Let us make mankind in our shadow-image according to our likeness,” Gen 1:26. In the creation of man, not only did He provide a body but also a soul. In that soul, He created Mentality, Self-Consciousness, Conscience, Volition, and Emotion. Emotion was added by God to the essence of man as a free and gratuitous addition to the shadow-image.

In the Garden of Eden, perfect mankind functioned under four shadow-image principles:

  • Self-consciousness – I am
  • Self-perception – I think
  • Volitional options – I ought
  • Self-determination – I will…

Resulting in good emotion; good emotion was added by God as an appreciator of the things in the soul.

Emotion is what is experienced as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness. Emotion is part of the essence of the soul. The soul resides in the brain. Emotion now has two functions in life as a part of the soul; a normal and an abnormal function. The emotions of the soul are designed to respond to what is in the mentality of the soul.

As a result of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness through the Filling of the Holy Spirit, the believer responds in appreciation to God. That is good emotion. Good emotion came in the Garden of Eden before bad emotion, which came after the fall of man.

Emotion is a result of thinking. Emotion is not a part of the spiritual life. We are not spiritual because we feel spiritual. The spiritual life is the cognition and function of the spiritual mechanics revealed in the Word of God, and it produces the purpose of the spiritual life; to reflect the integrity of God.

Bad emotion began at the original sin, (Gen 3:6), and has continued throughout human history. After the fall, it came in the form of tremendous guilt. It was displayed when Adam was afraid of the Lord, when the Lord came looking for Adam, (Gen 3:10).

Bad emotion is:

  • Emotion out of control.
  • Emotion divorced from Bible Doctrine.
  • Emotional revolt of the soul.
  • The emotional complex of sins.
  • The emotional complex of sins combined with the arrogance complex of sins to form evil obsession and hybrid emotion.

As a system of response and feeling, emotion does not contain the following.

  • Emotion does not contain thought.
  • Emotion does not contain the ability to reason.
  • Emotion does not contain common sense.
  • Emotion does not contain vocabulary as a tool for mental function.
  • Emotion has no doctrinal content.

The heart contains all thought and standards. The emotion contains nothing. KOILIA  κοιλία (koy-lee’-ah) the Greek word that literally means, “the belly or womb” is used for the emotions, (Rom 16:18; Phil 3:19 – appetite), and means something that is empty or hollow. Emotion is something empty and waiting to respond. Emotion contains no Doctrine, no thought, no common sense, and no ability to reason. If emotion controls the soul, you cannot think or apply Bible Doctrine to life.

By definition, the emotions are the appreciator of the soul. By function, the emotions respond to the heart (right lobe of your soul). The emotion is strictly a responder. It contains feelings. It is like an empty bag lined with sensitivity. It is sensitive to music, art, drama, the opposite sex, environment, various thoughts, and situations, etc.

Negative response to the heart produces the spectrum of misery. Mental attitude sins backing up or piling up in your soul, revolt of the emotions, psychosis, and instability of wide emotional swings, because the emotions take control, become the aggressor and dictate to the right lobe. This cuts off Doctrine from circulating in your soul, because all usable Doctrine is in the right lobe. After a while, the whole function of the soul is backed-up with mental attitude sins and emotions controlling every area of the soul; self-consciousness, mentality, volition, conscience.

As a result of emotional overload, there is misery in your soul. The spectrum of misery includes mental attitude sins, lust patterns and human good. Since the emotions of the soul were never designed to dominate the soul, wide emotional swings demonstrate the inability of the emotion to dominate!

The believer must distinguish between normal function of emotion as a good responder to the values of life and the sinful function of emotion as a reaction to life.  As a responder, emotion enhances appreciation for what is noble and honorable in life. But emotion as a reactor produces sin, dead works, evil, the emotional revolt of the soul.

In John 16:5-6, the disciples demonstrated the negative results of emotion by having sorrow in their hearts because of fear, worry, and anxiety, due to preoccupation with self at the prospects of impending persecutions and the Lord returning to the Father.

In their case, a good emotional response would have been joy at the prospect of suffering as Christ suffered, (John 15:20; Rom 8:17; Phil 1:29; 2 Tim 3:12) and encouraging Jesus in His final hours as His friends rather than leaving Him alone to pray and suffer (Compare with Mat 26:31, 40-45; Mark 14:27, 37-41; Luke 22:45-46).

Emotional Revolt of the Soul:

Emotion can be a hindrance to the plan of God and a distraction to the perception of Doctrine, as noted in 2 Cor 6:11-12.

Affections is the Greek noun SPLAGCHON that means “inward parts”, (heart, liver, lungs, etc.), but like KOILIA above is used figuratively for “the emotions”. See this word used for good emotion in 2 Cor 7:15; Phil 1:8; 2:1; Col 3:12.

When people allow their emotions to rule their lives, they are like intestines filled with waste, Rom 16:17-18.

The emotional revolt, backed by the Old Sin Nature (OSN), causes emotion to become the aggressor instead of the responder. This causes emotion to become the criterion, rather than the doctrinal content of the right lobe. Therefore, emotional revolution against the establishment of the soul causes the total failure or malfunction of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP). The failure of GAP makes the Christian life and God’s plan impossible to fulfill.

Instead of responding to Doctrine in the soul, emotion revolts and takes command of the soul. With the emotion in command, all capacity, love and happiness is gone.

Instead of responding to Doctrine in the right lobe, the emotion responds to mental attitude sins, approbation and power lust, and human good. Then the emotion reacts and revolts against the right lobe, and cuts off any Doctrine in the right lobe.

Once emotion revolts against the heart and becomes the aggressor, it loses all capacity for life and comes under the influence and domination of the OSN. People who are in emotional revolt become very frustrated in life because nothing truly satisfies them.

In effect, emotional revolt is the emotion fornicating with the OSN, just as Jeremiah’s right woman fornicated with her paramours. Hence, the OSN is a paramour which turns emotion from a responder into an aggressor and reactor. This produces that chaos in the soul called psychosis.

When under Emotional Revolt of the Soul, there is negative volition toward Bible Doctrine plus recession of thought, replaced by the frantic search for happiness and total dependence on feeling rather than on common sense. People often substitute chemical stimulation (adrenal rush, etc.) for thought.

Having lost the ability to respond to the right lobe, the emotion becomes inflexible regarding the non-essentials, 1 Tim 6:3-4; 2 Tim 2:14; 2 Peter 2:1-3a, 18-19; cf. Rev 2:23.

1 Tim 6:3-5, “If anyone advocates a different Doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the Doctrine conforming to godliness, 4he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

Rev 2:23 illustrates: “And all the churches will know I am the One investigating the emotions and the right lobe, and I will do to each according to their actions.”

The right lobe, (heart), filled with God’s Word, must control the emotional pattern for spiritual advance.

We are commanded to separate from those in emotional revolt in Rom 16:17-18.

Rom 16:17-18, “Now I urge you brethren, be alert for those who are causing dissensions and apostasies contrary to the Doctrine which you have learned. For such believers do not obey our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own emotions, serving themselves; and by their smooth and flattering speech (human power) they deceive the right lobes of the stupid, (getting you to go into emotional revolt also).”

Emotions working in conjunction with your Old Sin Nature deceive the heart. The OSN inspires or motivates the emotion to revolt against the right lobe of your soul.

OSN strength weaknessThe Threefold Essence of the Old Sin Nature Includes:

  • The area of strength that produces human good, resulting in moral degeneracy, Isa 64:6; Rom 8:8.
  • The area of weakness that produces personal sins and eventuates in consequent evil in the form of moral or immoral degeneration, Heb 12:1.
  • The lust pattern motivates sin and evil; lasciviousness (ultra-loose living) and asceticism (ultra-religious, legalistic); immoral and moral degeneration, Rom 7:7; Eph 2:3.

In combination, there are various types of sins under the three categories of sin which are mental, verbal, and overt sins.

  • Strength plus Asceticism equals Moral Human Good, (wood, hay, straw of 1 Cor 3:12). Moral human good is sin where, “the means justify the ends.” For example, you do good deeds thinking you will go to heaven or that your sins will be forgiven.
  • Strength plus Lasciviousness equals Immoral Human Good. That is having the attitude of “the ends justify the means.” In other words, as long as the outcome is a “good one,” it does not matter how you got there.
  • Weakness plus Asceticism equals Approbation Sin and Evil. That is, you go along with the crowd or a friend so that you are accepted by them no matter what sins or human good they are involved in.
  • Weakness plus Lasciviousness equals Immoral Sins & Evil.

Remember that in the Plan of God, a right thing must be done in a right way in order to be right or good in the eyes of God, (i.e., gold, silver, and precious gems).

“Old Man” or “Old Self” are terms that speak to the Old Sin Nature, Rom 6:6; Eph 4:22; Col 3:9. The flesh or fleshly are other predominate terms used in the New Testament regarding the Sin Nature, Rom 7:14; 1 Cor 3:1‑3.

In Eph 4:22, the “lusts of deceit” include power lust, money lust, approbation lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, and emotional lust (fear, worry, anxiety, anger, hatred, violence, and murder).

No one sins apart from his own consent. Even if you do not know it’s a sin, you wanted to do it and you do it, and so are responsible for that sin. The sin nature is the source of temptation. Human volition is the source of sin.

Once you commit a sin, the sin nature controls your soul and is a stronger power than it was when merely residing in your body.

Emotions that lead your soul open the door for temptations from your sin nature.

  • In the Garden of Eden, they did not have Sin Natures. Satan acted as their sin nature and tempted them to sin. Without a sin nature, and purely based on emotion, the woman was deceived and the man chose to sin. In both cases, their human volition was the source of sin.
  • Therefore, emotional revolt of the soul, (minus a sin nature), was the cause of sin and the sin nature coming into the world. That is why Emotional Revolt of the Soul is so dangerous and detrimental to the spiritual life.

Emotion becomes the god of the believer in emotional revolt of the soul, Phil 3:18-19.

Phil 3:18-19, “For many walk (in the cosmic system), of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction (Sin Unto Death)whose god is their appetite (emotions), and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things (propaganda of the cosmic system).”

Believers who live by their emotions are believers whose emotional revolt has produced chaos of the soul. Their emotion is no longer a responder but an aggressor.

  • Believers with such chaos in their souls are troublemakers.
  • Therefore, other believers are commanded to separate from them, (Rom 16:17-18).
  • This means separation from those involved in the tongues movement. The tongues movement is an emotional revolt against the Divine Establishment of the soul.

The arrogant believer who depends on emotional activity such as dedication ceremonies, tongues, inspirational speakers, and personal attention from the pastor or evangelist, erroneously assumes that his personal feelings and experiences are greater than the perception of Bible Doctrine, Psa 12:2-3; Ezek 12:24-25; Rom 16:18; 2 Tim 4:3; 1 Thes 2:5-8; Jude 1:16.

2 Tim 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound Doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

Stage Four of Reversionism is Emotional Revolt of the Soul (E.R.S.):

The eight stages of reversionism include:

  • Reaction and distraction.
  • The frantic search for happiness.
  • Operation boomerang. (The frantic search for happiness returns to the believer empty of happiness but increases stress in the soul.)
  • Emotional revolt of the soul.
  • The status of locked in negative volition.
  • Blackout of the soul.
  • Scar tissue of the soul.
  • Reverse process reversionism. (Reverse process reversionism is the status of lost spiritual priorities and values; for all such priorities and values are completely reversed.)

Emotional Revolt of the Soul is the stage by which we move away from the reality of spiritual things; the reality of grace, the reality of Divine power, the reality of Bible Doctrine circulating in the heart (stream of consciousness).  This is the reaction to operation boomerang. Since the frantic search for happiness adds up to more stress in the soul, E.R.S. occurs.

Since happiness cannot exist for the believer apart from metabolized Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, and since the frantic search for happiness increases stress, sin nature control and subsequent frustration, E.R.S. is inevitable. E.R.S. includes what psychology calls hysteria and other emotional problems.

It is composed of several factors.

  • A predominance of emotional sins in the life of the believer. The sin nature dominates the soul and stress pours into the soul through emotional sins.
  • The deficiency of metabolized Doctrine in the stream of consciousness (spiritual strength) causes mental disorders, emotional disorders, and personality dysfunctions.
  • The combination of emotional sins and unbearable stress in the soul is the trigger for dissociation.
  • Through E.R.S., the believer’s emotions become dominant to the point of irrationality.
  • Through E.R.S., the personality of the believer undergoes two detrimental changes: Personality disorders which is personality dysfunction and multiple personality disorder. In both cases, the vocabulary for insanity in the original languages of Scriptures comes into focus.

The Hebrew noun SHIGGAON שִׁגָּעוֹן (shig-gaw-yone’) means, “madness”, (Zech 12:4; Deut 28:28), and the verb SHAGA – שָׁגַע (shaw-gah’) means, “driven mad, madmen, etc.,” (Deut 28:39; 1 Sam 21:14-15; 2 Kings 9:11; Jer 29:26; Hosea 9:7), both mean, “insanity and to be insane.” Both are used in the context of believers. Also, the Hebrew word HOLELAH  הוֹלֵלוֹת (ho-lay-law’) means, “madness” in Eccl 1:17; 2:21; 9:3, etc.

In the Greek, there are three words: In James 1:8 and 4:8, DIPSUCHOS – δίψυχος (dip’-soo-khos) = (double minded); in Rom 12:3, HUPERPHRONEO – ὑπερφρονέω (hoop-er-fron-eh’-o) = (over thinking, think more highly); and in Rom 7:24, TALAIPOROS ταλαίπωρος (tal-ah’-ee-po-ros) = (distressed or wretched).

In multiple personality disorder, there exists in the believer’s soul two or more personalities. At least two of these personalities concurrently take control of the believer’s behavior. One of these personalities may function with a reasonable degree of adaptation while the alternating personality may clearly be dysfunctional.

Emotional Revolt of the Soul is Characterized by Various Personality Disorders:

These disorders are a warning sign to believers that they are about to become psychotic and need to rebound and get back under the inculcation of Bible Doctrine.

Whatever habits you have developed from personality disorders, these become intensified and become characteristics of your psychotic or neurotic problem.

E.R.S. Personality Disorders include: Antisocial personality disorder, Histrionic personality disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, Passive-aggressive personality disorder. Personality Disorders, formerly referred to as, “character disorders” are a class of personality types and behaviors that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines as, “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it.”

Additionally, personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations, due in large part to the fact that such behavior is ego-syntonic, (i.e. the patterns are consistent with the ego integrity of the individual), and are therefore perceived to be appropriate by that individual. This behavior can result in the believer adopting maladaptive coping skills, which may lead to personal problems that induce extreme anxiety, distress, and depression. In Personality Disorders, inflexible and pervasive behavioral patterns often cause serious personal and social difficulties, as well as a general functional impairment. Rigid and ongoing patterns of feeling, thinking and behavior are said to be caused by underlying belief systems and these systems are referred to as fixed fantasies or “dysfunctional schemata,” (cognitive modules).

Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as, “…a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” It is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal. A person with Antisocial personality disorder may; be able to act witty and charming, be good at flattery and manipulating other people’s emotions, break the law repeatedly, disregard the safety of self and others, have problems with substance abuse, lie, steal, and fight often, not show guilt or remorse, and often be angry or arrogant.

It includes:

  • Irresponsible and antisocial behavior, including: Lying, stealing, vandalism, cruelty to animals, and cruelty to people.
  • Criminal activity.
  • Inability to be consistent academically or consistently hold a job.
  • Irritable and aggressive activity in which one feels justified in having hurt, maltreated, or stolen from others.

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) is a condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves. It is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood. These individuals are lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs. This is also classified as Hysterical personality disorder. People with this disorder constantly seek or demand reassurance, approval, or praise from others and are uncomfortable in situations where they are not the center of attention. Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by rapidly shifting and shallow expressions of emotions.

These believers crave novelty, stimulation, excitement, and quickly become bored with normal routine. Such believers are quick to form friendships, but once the relationship is established, they become egocentric and inconsiderate. These believers show little interest in intellectual achievement and are indifferent to analytical thinking.

Believers in this status are impressionable and easily influenced by other people and suckers for the latest fad. Such believers show an initial positive response to any strong authority figure who they think can provide a magical solution to their problems. Such believers are easily disillusioned. Their behavior is overly reactive and intensively expressed. Minor stimuli give rise to emotional excitement. They are very self-centered with very little or no tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification; they want immediate gratification.

There are seven general characteristics of HPD.

  • Constantly seeking or demanding reassurance, approval, or praise.
  • Inappropriately sexually seductive in appearance and behavior.
  • Overly concerned with physical attractiveness.
  • Displaying rapidly shifting and shallow emotional expression.
  • Expressing emotion with inappropriate exaggeration.
  • Temper tantrums.
  • Frequent flights into romantic fantasy.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige, and vanity. It is closely linked to self-centeredness. It is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves. This person has an extreme interest in their own life and problems that prevent them from caring about other people. They are hypersensitive about self and insensitive about others. They have an extreme or obsessive interest in their own appearance.

In Narcissistic Personality Disorders, the Christian believes that his or her problems are unique and can only be understood by special persons whom they idolize. They also use “splitting” as a central defense mechanism. They do this to preserve their self-esteem, by seeing the self as purely good and the others as purely bad. The use of splitting also implies the use of other defense mechanisms, namely devaluation, shame, idealization, and denial.

The pattern of this disorder includes:

  • They are hypersensitive to evaluation by others.
  • They fall apart and get angry when criticized by others.
  • They lack empathy or inability to recognize how others feel.
  • They react to criticism from others with rage, humiliation, shame, even if it is not expressed.
  • They take advantage of others to achieve their own ends.
  • They have a grandiose sense of self-importance and expect or even demand to be noticed as special or to be treated as special.
  • They exaggerate achievements and talents.
  • They are preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love.
  • They have a sense of entitlement, (They think they are entitled to something.) and unrealistic expectation.
  • They require constant attention, live for admiration, and are preoccupied with feelings of bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, and sometimes jealousy.

Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD) is a long-term (chronic) condition in which people depend too much on others to meet their emotional and physical needs. People with this disorder do not trust their own ability to make decisions. They may be very upset by separation and loss. They may go to great lengths, even suffering abuse, to stay in a relationship. These individuals are fixated in the past. They maintain youthful impressions; they retain unsophisticated ideas and childlike views of the people toward whom they remain totally submissive. Individuals with DPD see relationships with significant others as necessary for survival. They do not define themselves as able to function independently; they have to be in supportive relationships to be able to manage their lives. In order to establish and maintain these life-sustaining relationships, people with DPD will avoid even covert expressions of anger. They will be more than meek and docile; they will be admiring, loving, and willing to give their all. They will be loyal, unquestioning and affectionate. They will be tender and considerate toward those upon whom they depend. Individuals with DPD see themselves as inadequate and helpless; they believe they are in a cold and dangerous world and are unable to cope on their own. They define themselves as inept and abdicate self-responsibility; they turn their fate over to others. These individuals will decline to be ambitious and believe that they lack abilities, virtues, and attractiveness.

It includes seven characteristics.

  • They are unable to make everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice.
  • They allow others to make most of his or her important decisions.
  • This believer agrees with people even when he or she believes that they are wrong because they fear rejection.
  • This believer feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone; hence, goes to great lengths to avoid being alone.
  • This believer feels devastated when close relationships end to the point of excessive emotion being out of control. They always blame the other person and never see their own flaws; projection.
  • Preoccupation with fears of being abandoned or rejected and having to care for themselves.
  • Is devastated by criticism or disapproval.

Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder (PAPD) is characterized by covert obstructionism, procrastination, stubbornness, and inefficiency.  Such behavior is a manifestation of passively expressed underlying aggression. It is a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and passive, sometimes obstructionist, resistance to following through with expectations in interpersonal or occupational situations. It can manifest itself as learned helplessness, procrastination, stubbornness, resentment, sullenness, or deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is often explicitly responsible. It is a pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes and passive resistance to demands for adequate performance, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicted by four or more of the following: Passively resists fulfilling routine social and occupational tasks, complains of being misunderstood and unappreciated by others, is sullen and argumentative, unreasonably criticizes and scorns authority, expresses envy and resentment toward those apparently more fortunate, voices exaggerated and persistent complaints of personal misfortune, or alternates between hostile defiance and contrition. This person often makes a good first impression, yet they:

  • Procrastinate, putting things off that need to be done, so that deadlines are not met.
  • Become sulky, irritable, or argumentative when asked to do something he or she does not want to do.
  • Protest without justification that others are making unreasonable demands on him or her.
  • Avoid obligations by claiming to have forgotten.
  • Believe that they are doing a better job than others think they are doing.
  • Resent useful suggestions from others on how to be more productive.
  • Obstruct the efforts of others by failing to do his or her share of the work.
  • Unreasonably criticize or scorn people in a position of authority.

Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD) or “Anxious Personality Disorder” is characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction. People with AvPD often consider themselves to be socially inept or personally unappealing and avoid social interaction for fear of being ridiculed, humiliated, rejected, or disliked. Believers with AvPD are preoccupied with their own shortcomings and form relationships with others only if they believe they will not be rejected. Loss and rejection are so painful that these individuals will choose to be lonely rather than risk trying to connect with others. AvPD includes: Hypersensitivity to criticism or rejection, self-imposed social isolation, extreme shyness or anxiety in social situations, feels a strong desire for close relationships, avoidance of physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus, avoidance of interpersonal relationships, feelings of inadequacy, severe low self-esteem, self-loathing, mistrust of others, emotional distancing related to intimacy, highly self-conscious, self-critical about their problems relating to others, has problems in occupational functioning, lonely self-perception, although others may find the relationship with them meaningful, they feel inferior to others. In some more extreme cases like agoraphobia, they utilize fantasy as a form of escapism and to interrupt painful thoughts. AvPD is characterized by at least four of the following:

  • Persistent and pervasive feelings of tension and apprehension.
  • Belief that one is socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others.
  • Excessive preoccupation with being criticized or rejected in social situations.
  • Unwillingness to become involved with people unless certain of being liked.
  • Restrictions in lifestyle because of need to have physical security.
  • Avoidance of social or occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact because of fear of criticism, disapproval, or rejection.

Borderline Personality Disorder, (BPD) or “Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder” is characterized by extreme “black and white” thinking, or splitting, chaos and instability in relationships, self-image, identity and behavior often leading to self-harm and impulsivity. Borderline personality disorder occurs in three times as many females as males. BPD is prolonged disturbance of personality function in a person (generally over the age of eighteen years, although it is also found in adolescents), characterized by depth and variability of moods.

The disorder often manifests itself in idealization and devaluation episodes, as well as a disturbance in the individual’s sense of self. In extreme cases, this disturbance in the sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation. BPD is closely related to traumatic events during childhood and to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Individuals with BPD tend to experience frequent, strong, and long-lasting states of aversive tension, often triggered by perceived rejection, being alone, or perceived failure.

Individuals with BPD may show lability (changeability) between anger and anxiety or between depression and anxiety, and temperamental sensitivity to emotive stimuli. Individuals with BPD can be very sensitive to the way others treat them, reacting strongly to perceived criticism or hurtfulness. Their feelings about others often shift from positive to negative, generally after a disappointment or perceived threat of losing someone.

Self-image can also change rapidly from extremely positive to extremely negative. Impulsive behaviors are common, including alcohol or drug abuse, unsafe sex, gambling, and recklessness in general. They can be hyper-alert to signs of rejection or not being valued and tend toward insecure, avoidant or ambivalent, or fearfully preoccupied patterns in relationships.

They tend to view the world generally as dangerous and malevolent and tend to view themselves as powerless, vulnerable, unacceptable, and unsure in self-identity. These behaviors are traced to inner pain and turmoil, powerlessness and defensive reactions, or limited coping and communication skills.

BPD is identified as a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and affects, as well as marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.

It is characterized by five (or more) of the following:

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  • Identity disturbance: Markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging, (e.g., promiscuous sex, eating disorders, binge eating, substance abuse, reckless driving).
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, threats, or self-injuring behavior such as cutting, interfering with the healing of scars (excoriation) or picking at oneself.
  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood, (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  • Inappropriate anger or difficulty controlling anger, (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation, delusions, or severe dissociative symptoms.

Other types of Personality Disorders include: Paranoid personality disorder, Schizoid personality disorder (a lack of interest in social relationships), and Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder.

Results of Emotional Revolt of the Soul (E.R.S.):

Emotional revolt of the soul converts the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul. This is taught in Job 30:27, “I am seething within and cannot relax; Days of affliction confront me.” The Hebrew noun for, “within” is MEEH מְעֵי (may-aw) and means, “internal organs, inward parts, belly,” just as KOILIA – κοιλία (koy-lee’-ah) does in the Greek. Therefore, it can mean, “emotions.” In fact, the Septuagint translation of Job 30:27 uses the Greek noun KOILIA for, “within.” The Brenton English translation of the Septuagint says, “My belly boiled, and would not cease: the days of poverty prevented me.” We could actually translate it as, “My emotions are boiling, and I cannot relax; days of stress confront me.”

Emotional revolt of the soul contradicts Bible Doctrine and causes dissension, Rom 16:17-18.

Rom 16:17-18, “Now I urge you, brethren, look out for those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to Doctrine which you have learned, and turn away from them. 18For such believers are slaves not to our Lord Christ but to their own emotions; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” 

The reason you should avoid those with E.R.S. is because this is where the psychotic and neurotic tendencies among believers begin. You cannot help believers in E.R.S. They will influence you; you will rarely influence them. Only the Word of God can ever bring them back.

E.R.S. makes the believer the enemy of the Cross, because his god is his emotions, Phil 3:18b-19a.

Phil 3:18-19a, “…they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ, whose destiny is destruction, whose god is their emotion.”

Emotional revolt of the soul means that the believer is controlled by the Emotional Complex of Sins: Fear, worry, anxiety, panic, cowardice, traumatic reactions caused by stress in the soul, and Sin Nature control of the soul.

This is contrary to the Plan of God as stated in 2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a lifestyle of fear but of power and virtue-love and of sound judgment (common sense).”

The fear category of the Emotional Complex of Sins was very prominent during the Exodus. It included; fear, worry, anxiety, panic, consternation, shock, irrationality, hysteria, and dissociation; all of which could be classified as reactive emotional sins. Scriptures include: Mat 6:31-34; 13:22; Luke 12:22-32; John 12:42; 14:27; 20:19; Rom 13:3; Heb 2:15; 13:6; 1 Peter 3:6, 14; 1 John 4:18.

Principles:

  • The more you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.
  • The extent to which you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life.
  • The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fear, and the faster you accelerate to becoming a psychotic believer with Personality Disorders.
  • The greater your capacity for fear, the greater the control of your life by your emotions, (emotional control of the soul).

The anger-hatred category includes uncontrollable anger, implacable hatred, bitter resentment, implacable vindictiveness, loathing, animosity, tantrums, malice, vilification, violence, and murder. Scriptures include: Prov 10:12, 18; Rom 1:29; Gal 5:20; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8-9; 2 Tim 3:3; Titus 3:3; James 1:19-20; 1 Peter 2:1.

The egocentric category includes the interaction of the emotional and arrogant complex of sins. Usually the more arrogance you have in your soul, the more alter personalities you have in dissociation. This is the drive to satisfy one’s vanity, one’s self-image to the exclusion of reality. Scriptures include: Eccl 1 – 2; 12:8; Isa 49:4; Rom 1:30; 1 Cor 13:4; 2 Tim 3:2; James 3:14; 2 Peter 2:18.

The reaction category is stress in the soul plus sin nature domination of the soul. This includes hysteria reaction, irrationality reaction, and dissociation. The person never realizes that he or she has never grown up, 2 Peter 2:12; Jude 1:10.

The guilt category results from neglect or malfunction of the rebound technique, Prov 21:8; Mat 5:22-24; 1 Cor 11:27-32.

Emotional revolt of the soul is the last opportunity of making a turn around without going through a psychotic condition leading to personality disorders. Most people enter reversionism with some metabolized Doctrine, but after the first four stages, Doctrine stops circulating in the heart (stream of consciousness). By the time the E.R.S. occurs, all Divine power provided for the believer by the grace of God and all Grace Orientation to life departs, the alter personality does not understand grace, and the power of the Filling of the Holy Spirit becomes the grieving and quenching of the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30; 1 Thes 5:19.

The vacuum created by E.R.S. is filled with three things which destroy your spiritual life:

  • The conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.
  • Perpetual and unchecked Sin Nature control of the soul which combines with reversionism at this point to cause the split soul.
  • Christian degeneracy or mental disorders or both.

Even though there is always the potential of recovery for the reversionistic believer as long as he is alive, there does seem to be a practical, “point of no return.” When you pass the, “point of no return” in E.R.S., you will be under Divine discipline until the day you die.

Closing Principles.

As a result of Emotional Revolt of the Soul, the outward pressures of life become inward stress on the soul.

By the time a believer reaches E.R.S., all Divine power provided for the believer by the grace of God, for the execution of God’s Plan, has been rejected.

The power of God the Holy Spirit, designed for execution of the Divine mandates, has now become grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30; 1 Thes 5:19.

Only understanding and using the rebound technique can recover the Filling of the Holy Spirit, and no one in a state of irrationality does it right.

The power of the Word of God has been rejected through negative volition toward Doctrine as manifested in the first four stages of reversionism. (Reaction and Distraction, Frantic Search for Happiness, Operation Boomerang, Emotional Revolt of the Soul.)

The believer is helpless to execute the mandates of God in the energy of the flesh. The Plan of God is supernatural and can only be executed by supernatural power from God, 1 Cor 2:12-16; Eph 5:1-20.

The believer in E.R.S. is locked in with negative volition towards God, His Word, His Plan, and His people; having one or more personality disorders that delude the reality of life.

The E.R.S. believer is typically under one of the three stages of Divine discipline, 1 Cor 11:27-32, including self-induced misery.

As long as the E.R.S. believer is alive, there is a possibility of recovery through the application of the Rebound Technique (1 John 1:9) and a crash course into the Word of God; but this is typically unlikely to occur.

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Doctrine of Stress in Your Soul

There are two categories of pressure in life.

  • Overt pressure, which in this study will be classified as adversity.
  • Inner pressure of the soul, which in this study will be classified as stress.

Stress is what you do to yourself; adversity is what the circumstances of life do to you.

Adversity is outside pressures of life from the circumstances of our daily experiences; whereas, stress is inside pressure of the soul. The Greek word THLIPSIS – θλῖψις (thlip’-sis), Rom 5:3; 2 Cor 1:4, 8; 1 Thes 3:3; 2 Thes 1:4; Rev 2:9-10, 22, etc. should be translated, “adversity,” because it means, “calamity, catastrophe, affliction, oppression, disaster, general suffering brought on by the outward circumstances of life.”

Adversity may be caused by pain, weather, financial problems, loss of friendship, broken romance, marital problems, family problems, business or professional problems, personality conflicts, lawsuits, economic depression, spiritual problems, etc.

As outside pressures of life, there are three categories of adversity.

  • Suffering from the law of volitional responsibility.
  • Suffering from Divine discipline.
  • Suffering for Blessing which accelerates spiritual growth.

As inside pressure of the soul, stress includes four categories.

  • Stress from converting the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
  • Stress which comes from grieving the Holy Spirit.
  • Stress which comes from quenching the Spirit.
  • Stress from the three areas of Divine discipline.

Once you have stress in the soul, there is no Suffering for Blessing until you rebound and recover. Then the adversity is turned into Suffering for Blessing

Adversity is inevitable, (we all have suffering); stress is optional. It depends on your own volition as to which you will have, suffering for blessing inside the spiritual life or stress upon your soul in carnality. The positive volitional attitude is noted in Rom 8:31-37.

Stress in the soul always results in sin nature control of your life. It destroys the spiritual life of the believer. It causes fragmentation, reversionism, and Christian degeneracy, which when combined with the OSN control of the soul, completely destroys any capacity for life, love, and happiness.

  • Stress destroys the inner spiritual strength of the soul when combined with the OSN control of the soul and results in inner tensions that cause dissociation, mental disorder, and multiple personality dysfunctions.
  • Unchecked and perpetuated, stress in the soul produces the psycho-Christian.
  • Stress results in self-fragmentation.

Stress perpetuated in the soul means failure to glorify God, and therefore unchecked stress produces the loser believer, the believer who lives in perpetual carnality.

There are seven categories of loser believers brought on by allowing stress to penetrate their souls.

  • Stress results in Self-Fragmentation.
  • Stress perpetuated in the soul results in Polarized Fragmentation. Polarized fragmentation in which the sin nature control takes you to your trend of self-righteous arrogance or antinomianism. Polarized fragmentation leads to the eight stages of reversionism.
  • Reaction and distraction.

a) The frantic search for happiness.

b) Operation boomerang. (The frantic search for happiness returns to the believer empty of happiness but increases stress in the soul.)

c) Emotional revolt of the soul.

d) The status of locked in negative volition.

e) Blackout of the soul.

f) Scar tissue of the soul.

g) Reverse process reversionism. (Reverse process reversionism is the status of lost spiritual priorities and values; for all such priorities and values are completely reversed.)

  • Christian Moral Degeneracy.
  • Christian Immoral Degeneracy.
  • Dissociation which is garbage in the subconscious.
  • Becoming a Psychotic or Neurotic Christian.

Stress is a term in psychology and biology, borrowed from physics and engineering and was first used in the biological context in the 1930s by the endocrinologist Hans Selye. It refers to the consequence of the failure of an organism, (human or animal) to respond adequately to mental, emotional, or physical demands, whether actual or imagined.

Signs of stress may be cognitive, emotional, physical, or behavioral. Signs include poor judgment, a general negative outlook, excessive worrying, moodiness, irritability, agitation, inability to relax, feeling lonely, isolated or depressed, aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, eating too much or not enough, sleeping too much or not enough, social withdrawal, procrastination or neglect of responsibilities, increased alcohol, nicotine, or drug consumption, and nervous habits such as pacing about, nail-biting, and neck pains.

Physiologists define stress as how the body reacts to adversity (a stressor) real or imagined, a stimulus that results in stress. Acute adversities (stressors) affect a person in the short term; chronic adversities (stressors) over the longer term.

As noted above, common stimuli of stress include both negative and positive adversities, (stressors). The intensity and duration of stress changes depending on the circumstances and emotional condition of the person who is suffering from it.

Some common categories and examples of adversities (stressors), include:

  • Sensory Input such as pain, bright light, noise, temperatures, or environmental issues such as a lack of control over environmental circumstances, such as food, air and/or water quality, housing, health, freedom, or mobility.
  • Social Issues are also a motivator of stress such as struggles of inordinate competition with difficult individuals, social defeat, relationship conflict, deception, break ups, and major events such as birth and deaths, marriage and divorce.
  • Life Experiences such as poverty, unemployment, clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, heavy drinking, or insufficient sleep can also motivate stress. Students and workers may face performance pressure stress from exams and project deadlines.
  • Adverse Experiences during development (e.g. prenatal exposure to maternal stress, poor attachment histories, sexual abuse) are thought to contribute to deficits in the maturity of an individual’s stress response systems.

There are three stages of negative influence on the soul and body called the, “General Adaptation Syndrome” that result from stress on the soul.

  • Alarm is the first stage. When the adversity (threat or stressor) is identified or realized, the body’s stress response is a state of alarm. During this stage adrenaline will be produced in order to bring about the fight-or-flight response.
  • Resistance is the second stage. If the adversity persists, it becomes necessary to attempt some means of coping with the stress. Although the body begins to try to adapt to the strains or demands of the environment, the body cannot keep this up indefinitely, so its resources are gradually depleted.
  • Exhaustion is the third and final stage. At this point, all of the body’s resources are eventually depleted and the body is unable to maintain normal function. The initial autonomic nervous system symptoms may reappear, (sweating, raised heart rate, etc.). If stage three is extended, long term damage may result as the body and the immune system is exhausted and function is impaired resulting in decompensation, (the functional deterioration of a previously working structures or system in the body). The result can manifest itself in obvious illnesses such as ulcers, depression, diabetes, trouble with the digestive system, or even cardiovascular problems, along with other mental illnesses.

The negative effects of stress on the soul and body are revealed to us in the Old Testament, Psa 6:2-3a; 38:3-8; 102:1-7; Hab 3:16.

Psa 6:2-3, “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. 3And my soul is greatly dismayed.”

Psa 38:3-8, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation (Divine discipline); there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4For my iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they weigh too much for me. 5My wounds grow foul and fester because of my folly. 6I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long. 7For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8I am benumbed and badly crushed; I groan because of the agitation of my heart.”

Hab 3:16, “I heard and my inward parts trembled, at the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, and in my place I tremble. Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress, for the people to arise who will invade us.”

Psa 42:10-11, “As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

Extrapolated from the Word of God are Eleven Problem Solving Devices which work to prevent the conversion of the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul. The Problem-Solving Devices (PSDs) are potential based on the metabolization of Bible Doctrine in your soul. The PSDs are generally progressive as metabolized Bible Doctrine circulates in the stream of consciousness coming from the heart (right lobe) of your soul.

The progression is: The Rebound Technique, the Filling of the Holy Spirit, the Faith-Rest Drill, Doctrinal Orientation, Grace Orientation, Authority Orientation, a Personal Sense of Destiny, a Personal Love for God the Father, Impersonal Love for all Mankind, Sharing the Perfect Happiness of God, and Occupation with Christ.

Defensively, the PSDs function to prevent the outside pressure of adversity from penetrating the soul and becoming the inner pressure of stress. The Eleven PSDs are the defensive position against adversity or outside pressure attacking the soul.

Offensively they function to remove from the soul the inner pressure of stress. The Word of God removes the accumulated garbage and scar tissue built up on your soul, due to allowing stress to build up in your soul, so that you can cycle God’s Word throughout your soul more freely. We take the offensive through the use of the Faith-Rest Drill, Grace Orientation, Doctrinal Orientation, and the other Problem-Solving Devices.

Psa 25:16-21, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17The troubles (THLIPSIS in the Septuagint translation – LXX) of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses (ANAGKE in the LXX, cf. 1 Thes 3:7)18Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins, (Rebound Technique)19Look upon my enemies, for they are many, and they hate me with violent hatred. 20Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You (Faith-Rest Drill)21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me (Doctrinal Orientation), for I wait for You (Occupation with Jesus Christ).” (Italic mine)

Stress in the soul results in sin nature control plus the inability to convert GNOSIS Doctrine into EPIGNOSIS Doctrine. The only answer to this is rebound. Perpetuation of the inside pressure of stress in the soul destroys metabolized Doctrine in the stream of consciousness and prevents any future metabolization of Doctrine as long as that stress remains. This is why people proclaim, “Doctrine does not work.”

Stress creates tunnel vision, focusing on those things producing the stress and shuts down all creative thinking.

  • Creative thinking occurs where a total Relaxed Mental Attitude is present.
  • When under stress, your personality changes into an emotional, hypersensitive, very caustic, sarcastic individual.
  • When under stress, routine and good eating habits become non-existent. The end result is a rundown, tired condition.
  • When under stress, long term planning is non-existent and short-term decisions or decisions of expediency are the norm.

Stress feeds on stress and eventually becomes a lifestyle. Stress becomes a coping mechanism. The stressed-out person needs the stressful life to keep him from thinking of reality and taking stock of a lifestyle that has totally alienated him from God and people around him. His number one priority is himself and his obsession. It usually takes a severe crisis to get his attention and give him the possibility of getting out of the vicious cycle.

How Paul dealt with the outside pressure of adversity, 2 Cor 4:3-9, 16-18.

The Vicious Cycle of Stress:

The vicious cycle begins with converting the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul. The stress of the soul festers causing, along with the sin nature, either a split personality or a multi-personality believer. The stress in the soul causes self-fragmentation.

Stress in the Soul Makes Two Attacks on the Believer.

  • Destruction of Metabolized Doctrine in the stream of consciousness, which eventuates into split personality, and from there becomes reverse process reversionism or Christian degeneracy.
  • The second attack is the Cycling of Stress into the soul, and then outside in compulsive behavior, bipolar disorders, manic depressive episodes, anxiety or panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, multiple personality disorders, and many other things related to stress in the stream of consciousness related to the function of the sin nature.

Stress in the soul amplifies both the arrogance and emotional complex of sins:

  • Jealousy becomes operational, motivated by stress in the stream of consciousness. Jealousy manifests itself in many forms; vilification, gossip, slander, maligning, judging, and creating the public lie.
  • Vindictiveness becomes operational, motivated by stress in the stream of consciousness. Vindictiveness manifests itself in revenge.
  • Implacability becomes operational through hatred, meanness, and bullying.
  • Arrogance becomes operational through approbation lust, power lust, and inordinate ambitions.

The Vicious Cycle Occurs in Three Phases:

Phase One is the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into stress in the stream of consciousness. Stress in the soul’s stream of consciousness opens the door for the Old Sin Nature to express itself and to control the life of the believer. This also results in the split off of the personality. Unchecked stress in the soul results in a psychotic or neurotic Christian.

  • The believer is in a position of weakness from stress of the soul. We are in a position of weakness, so that we produce everything from sins to evil to try and deal with the stress.
  • When pressures come into the soul, you react with irrationality; anger, hatred, antagonism, guilt, etc. The increased stress factor of the soul gives the Old Sin Nature greater control. Now you move to your area of weakness. There is no stopping it, because even if you Rebound, you go right back to your area of weakness since you are under the pressure instead of controlling the pressure.
  • The scar tissue and blackout of the soul destroy Bible Doctrine in the stream of consciousness so that the believer is cut off from his source of power and strength. The lust pattern now comes into play.
  • Human solutions and human reaction further complicate your life and problems.

Phase Two is the believer completely under the control of the Sin Nature, often already in a psychotic or neurotic condition.

Phase Three is an overt manifestation of the arrogance complex of sins, the emotional complex of sins, the split personality, the manic depressive, the anxiety or panic disorders, hysteria reaction to life. The third phase may result in different kinds of negative overt actions, including; murder, rape, suicide, vilification of another person. Phase three turns carnal motivation into Christian degeneracy. This is the position of garbage in and garbage out. Garbage is in the soul, as a result of stress and whatever comes out of the soul, (What you think, say, and do.), is garbage too.

The vicious cycle is a post-salvation phenomenon, which results from lack of metabolized Doctrine in the soul or lack of understanding or using the Problem-Solving Devices to keep adversity outside of the soul. To avoid converting outside pressure of adversity into inner pressure of soul stress, cognition and function of the Eleven Problem Solving Devices must be a habit of life for every type of adversity and problem in life.

Believers under the function of the vicious cycle have the same stress factor in the soul as their unbeliever counterparts. Emotional stress factors such as fear, worry, guilt, panic, and anxiety are common to both believer and unbeliever alike. Arrogant stress factors are also common to both.

The increased stress factor of the soul gives the Old Sin Nature greater control, so that the believer moves to a state of irrationality, irresponsibility, dissociation, and complete loss of all spiritual values.

Principles of the Relationship Between Cognition of Bible Doctrine & Stress in Your Soul:

There is a definite relationship between stress and cognition. Stress makes you forgetful and impairs your memory. Stress impairs your ability to learn. Stress affects your perception of reality.

When stress is removed, cognitive ability is restored!

If a person remains in a stress situation too long, all of his cognitive ability is destroyed, and he enters into a neurotic or psychotic state, or a state of perpetual carnality.

When the rate of learning exceeds the rate of forgetting, Bible Doctrine in the stream of consciousness circulates in its seven compartments. But when the rate of forgetting exceeds the rate of learning, Bible Doctrine in the stream of consciousness is eventually erased. When the rate of forgetting exceeds the rate of learning, the outside pressure of adversity is converted into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.

The Faith-Rest Solution to Stress:

Faith-Rest has been used throughout Scripture as one of the primary means of coping with stress. There are three stages in the use of the Faith-Rest Drill, Heb 4:1-3.

Faith Mechanics: Mixing the promises of God with faith. The function of the Faith-Rest Drill is always toward adversity.

Failure to claim the promises of God is the first stage of failure in the spiritual life. Adversity breaks through the doctrinal defenses and produces stress in the soul. This makes the believer vulnerable to fragmentation.

Once you begin meeting the adversities of life with claiming the promises of God, the Bible becomes more real to you and increases your positive volition.

Stress in the soul, combined with the sin nature, establishes a pattern of spiritual declension. This results in both Christian degeneracy and/or a split personality.

By use of the faith-rest mechanics, the believer prevents the conversion of adversity into stress. This utilization provides for the new believer his first experience of sharing God’s perfect happiness.

The Faith-Rest Mechanics of Stage One are:

  • Faith claims the promises of God.
  • Faith applies the promises of God.
  • Faith takes control of the situation.

Taking control of the situation demands a position of strength. Tranquility and contentment are a position of strength, 2 Cor 12:10; Phil 4:11-13; 1 Tim 6:8; Heb 13:5-6. When stage one is fully operational, the believer then fulfills, 2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”

Application of Doctrinal Rationales to life: This requires a much stronger faith, which comes from maximum metabolized Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness by means of the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

The Rationales Include:

  • The essence of God rationale.
  • The plan of God rationale.
  • The policy of God rationale–Grace Orientation.
  • The Afortiori rationale–If God can do the greater (salvation), He can do the lesser.

Rom 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.”  See also, 1 Cor 2:15-16 cf. 1 Cor 2:5.

Faith Functions:

There is the faith Function of Faith Perception. Just as there are two functions in breathing (inhale and exhale), so there are two functions in the modus operandi of the Faith-Rest Drill:

There must be the Inhale of Bible Doctrine or Faith Perception. This results in post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, which means perception and metabolization of Bible Doctrine with the results of Romans 12:2a, “the renewing of your mind.” Only metabolized Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness can prevent adversity from being converted into stress.

There must be the Exhale of Faith, which is the Function of the Faith-Rest Drill or the application of God’s Word to your life demonstrated by Rom 12:2b, “so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” You use faith to metabolize Doctrine; you use that same faith to apply that Doctrine to experience. The exhale of faith is the believer’s faith function. For example, prayer, Mat 21:22; Mark 11:24.

Mat 21:22, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

There is the faith function of the Plaintiff Function before the Supreme Court of Heaven. For example: When being treated unfairly, we must represent such cases before the Supreme Court of Heaven and leave the matter in the Lord’s hands, Eph 6:18. This also demands that we not enter into vilification which results in severe discipline to ourselves.

There is the faith function of the believer’s Faith-Rest Function in Sharing the Happiness of God. There is a definite relationship between the accurate and correct function of the Faith-Rest Drill and the proper use of God’s happiness, Phil 1:25; 2:17-18; James 1:2.

Phil 2:17-18, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.”

James 1:2, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.”

Principles on Sharing the Happiness of God (+H):

If you find yourself in a state of anger, bitterness, hatred, etc., that state can be converted into either demon influence in your soul or you will wind up as a psychotic person. When you allow adversity to become stress in your soul, you make yourself a psychotic person. Stress combined with the Old Sin Nature explains everything that goes wrong with the believer.

The Faith-Rest Drill plus contentment and tranquility is the major solution to handling pressure. When you claim a promise from God, it holds off the adversity and you create tranquility and contentment in your soul, even if only temporarily. As you grow spiritually, this tranquility and contentment lasts longer and longer.

God can make you happy like no one else can. People can make you happy temporarily, but they can also make you very unhappy. The same is true of circumstances. Yet, God provides you with a sustaining, permanent happiness which people and circumstances cannot change.

As James 1:2 says, “My brethren, regard it as sharing God’s perfect happiness when you become involved in the many categories of pressures.” Therefore, sharing God’s perfect happiness is His grace provision for a true and sustaining happiness while on earth. Only God has the power to make you happy on a permanent basis. Sharing the Happiness of God is a grace gift to every believer who shares the thinking of Christ.

It is a happiness which is:

  • Not dependent on people but on the thinking of Bible Doctrine.
  • A happiness which prevents the conversion of adversity into stress in the soul.
  • A happiness which does not change with circumstances.

You cannot derive your happiness from making others unhappy.

God has found a way in grace to share His very own happiness with us. Sharing the Happiness of God is made up of four things:

  • TranquilityPhil 4:7, “The peace of God which passes all understanding which garrisons your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”
  • ContentmentPhil 4:11. Contentment and tranquility are tremendous insulators against adversity. You can regain your tranquility and contentment through rebound.
  • When tranquility and contentment become a major part of your life, so that people can no longer hurt you, shock you, or cause you to react, then capacity for life, love, and happiness is added. You now have the capacity, with a Relaxed Mental Attitude, to see objectively all of the things that used to disturb you.

When you react to unfair treatment, you show lack of spiritual maturation. You may have a lot of Doctrine, but there is an imbalance.

  • The expanded capacity to handle stimulation, enthusiasm, exhilaration:  You can enjoy the moment without the moment destroying you in Emotional Revolt of the Soul. Sharing the Happiness of God then becomes a fantastic Problem-Solving Device. As a Problem-Solving Device, God’s happiness keeps stress out of the soul, and thereby preserves the unity and cohesiveness of the soul. The greatest defense system we have against stress is to possess God’s perfect happiness in your soul. Having God’s happiness always keeps adversity outside of the soul.

God’s happiness can be lost to the extent that you lose Christian integrity and virtue. As integrity and virtue disappear from your life, so does God’s happiness. Pseudo happiness depends on or makes its happiness by making other people miserable through vilification, hatred, anger, revenge, etc. Arrogance plus anger means a psychotic condition.

There are at least three main tenets in God’s happiness that apply to the life of the believer.

  • God’s happiness is not dependent on others, but on the thinking or mind of Christ, which is Bible Doctrine.
  • God’s happiness prevents any stress, adversity, disaster from ever affecting us.
  • God’s happiness does not change with circumstances unless you permit it.

Having God’s happiness in the soul is one of the greatest blessings when facing death, Phil 1:21-25.

Phil 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Scriptures:

Psa 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of happiness; at Your right hand are pleasures forever.”

Prov 3:13, “How blessed is (Happiness to) the believer who finds wisdom, even to the person who gains understanding of Doctrine.”

“Blessed” (Hebrew – ESHER – אַשְׁרֵי (eh’-sher); Greek – MAKARIOS – μακάριος) = Happiness, as in Mat 5:3-12.

John 15:11, “These (Doctrines) I have taught (verbally) to you all, in order that My joy (+H) might keep on being in (the sphere of) you all, and your joy (+Hmight be made full.”

1 Thes 1:6, “You also have become imitators of us and our Lord, having received the Word of God in much adversity with happiness from the Holy Spirit.”

Phil 4:11, “Not that I speak with reference to need; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”

1 Tim 6:6-8, “But godliness is a means of great profit when accompanied with contentment; for we brought nothing into this world, it is obvious that we are going to take nothing out of it. However, if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

Psa 146:5, “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” That is “Happiness belongs to the one whose confidence is in the Lord.”

Psa 128:1, “How blessed (happy) is everyone who fears, (is occupied with), the Lord, who walks in His ways.”

Heb 13:5-6, “Let your lifestyle be free from love for money, and be content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you and I will never forsake you,’ so that we may say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What, therefore, can man do to me’?”

Faith Execution:  Which demands a foundation of humility within your soul, along with Christian professionalism:  Knowledge and application of the Problem-Solving Devices and integrity; the Royal Family Honor Code which provides spiritual strength to execute the Problem-Solving Devices.

Isaiah 40:31 tells us of four specific kinds of strength a believer receives to overcome stress as he rests (waits) upon God.

Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

The word “wait” is the Hebrew verb QAWAH –  קָוָה (kaw-vaw’) and is one of the six main Hebrew words for faith.

  • The first is AMAN – תַאֲמִין (aw-man’) which is a word for faith which means, “to confirm, support, and be faithful.” So, it means to use God as a prop or support, Job 39:12.
  • The second one is BATACH – בָּטַח (baw-takh’) which means, “to trust, have confidence in.” It was originally used for two men wrestling, and one of them slams the other to the ground. Eventually, the word meant to take your troubles and slam them on the Lord, Psa 9:10; 27:3; Prov 3:5.

Psa 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psa 27:3, “Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.”

  • The third is CHASAH – חָסָה (khaw-saw’) that means, “to seek refuge, flee for protection, to put trust in (God), confide or hope in God,” Psa 36:7; 37:40. In theological context, the meaning extends to the sense of “putting trust in” God, even “depending” upon God with complete confidence. The Psalms present benefits for the person who seeks refuge in God in this manner. Such a person will not be condemned, Psa 34:22, and yet will be happy (blessed –ESHER), Psa 2:12c; 34:8, and have an exulting, joyful heart, Psa 5:11.
  • The fourth one is SELA – סָ֫לַע (seh’-lah) with its synonym TSUR – צוּר, (meaning a larger rock), that simply means to be facing something bigger and greater than you and to fit into a “crack in the rock” where the fox can’t fit. The point is that the weak and helpless get into a crack, where they are protected and God is the Rock. And it means to use God as the Rock, Psa 18:2; Isa 22:16; 33:16
  • The fifth is YACHAL – יָחַל (yaw-chal’) that means, “to wait, hope, or expect.” It comes from the meaning of being in extreme pain and to find relief in that extreme pain. So, it is for trusting the Lord under great pressure, Psa 31:24; 38:15; 42:5.
  • So, we have our sixth word which is the verb QAVAH – קָוָה (kaw-vaw’). It means, “to hope, wait for, or to look for patiently,” Psa 40:1; 130:5.

Psa 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

Psa 130:5, “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope.”

In Isa 40:31, it should be translated “but they that believe” or “they that trust the Lord,” because QAVAH not only means, “to wait for,” but “to collect or bind together.”

It speaks of a small thread that when wrapped together with many small strands, it becomes a thick rope. Therefore, if this thread is taken and weaved with hundreds and hundreds of other threads, or weaved into a great rope, then you have something that cannot be broken.

Therefore, QAVAH gives us the analogy of weaving together the promises and principles found in God’s Word, where you have something that is unbreakable. Having something unbreakable, you now have something that you can wholeheartedly trust in or to hold on to or that will hold you up; that’s the faith aspect of this word.

So QAVAH means to trust in the sense of depending upon that which is unbreakable. In other words, depend upon the Strong One. And the Strong One is given to us in vs. 28, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The words, “gain new” or “renew” means, “to exchange something old for something new.” We exchange human strength and human ability for Divine power and Divine strength. In other words, we have the Faith-Rest Technique.

Therefore, the believer who “waits” or “faith-rests” in God, (Isa 40:31), “Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

The Four Kinds of Strength that Come from the Faith-Rest Drill Under Faith Execution Include:

“Gain new strength,” is God giving you inward strength through the inhale of Bible Doctrine. That is, the perception and metabolization of God’s Word which is His process of renewal, Rom 12:2.

He “mounts up with wings as eagles” speaks of upward strength; having the spiritual strength necessary to be an overcomer in this life. This is God’s Power System of His Word and Spirit empowering and enabling you to execute the unique spiritual life. Cf. in regard to God’s protection, Rev 12:14.

He can “run and not get tired” referring to outward strength, that is the application of God’s Word to life, 1 Cor 9:24-26; Phil 2:16; Heb 12:1.

He can “walk and not become weary,” means he now has onward strength, which is the Divine Power to fulfill the Plan God has designed for your life. It’s having Problem-Solving Device number seven, a Personal Sense of Destiny, Rom 6:4; 2 Cor 5:7; Gal 5-6.

The Believer can be sanctified in each of these areas of strength by simply waiting on God in the Faith Execution of the Faith-Rest Drill.

Those who wait for the Lord are those who do not attempt to go in their own strength. Instead, they keep their hope and trust in the Lord and patiently keep trusting Him for grace and help. Then when God moves, they move along with Him. God is indeed their complete source of strength; physical, inner, and spiritual (or body, soul, and spirit.).

Those who do not wait upon God will not obtain these things.  Instead they will:

  • Grow weary/faint, and at times will react to others, because they have not learned the secret of waiting.
  • Get frustrated due to impatience, not having their issues satisfied.
  • Feel unloved – having no relationship with God.
  • Feel empty – having a void in their soul due to no relationship or fellowship with God.

Therefore, we must “wait,” (Faith-Rest Execution) upon God and receive inward, upward, outward, and onward strength. So, we gain “inward strength” as we look “upward for our strength,” and “outward strength” as we move “onward” or forward inside the Plan of God utilizing the Faith-Rest Drill.

The Problem of Christian Psychosis:

There are five basic problems in the spiritual life:

The believer’s relationship with people taking priority over the believer’s relationship with God, Mat 10:37; Luke 12:25; 14:16-20, 26; 1 Cor 7:33. People evaluate their spiritual life by their fellowship with other believers. This trend occurred immediately after the original sin, when the man and the woman assumed that if they were adjusted to each other by clothing themselves with fig leaves, they would be properly adjusted to God. This is people emphasis taking precedence over God emphasis. This trend erroneously assumes that if you are right in your relationship with people, you are right in your relationship with God.

The believer’s attempt to fulfill God’s Plan for the Church Age through human power and dynamics rather than Divine power and omnipotence, Psa 73:26; Jer 17:5; Eph 1:18-20; 6:10. God is perfect and His Plan is perfect. Under the law of equivalent power, the perfect Plan of God can only be executed by the perfect power of God. Therefore, God has provided His omnipotence for the great power experiment of the Church Age as part of the Angelic Conflict. Each member of the Trinity indwells every believer and has made His power available as a part of the experience of the Christian life.

The significance of the indwelling of God the Father, John 14:23; Eph 1:3, 6, 12; 4:6; 2 John 9. It is related to the glorification of His Plan for the Church Age, Eph 1. It provides assurance regarding His work in eternity past on our behalf.  He is the author of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the grantor of our Escrow Blessings, the mastermind of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God, and the designer of our very own palace (God’s Power System – GPS) by which we execute that Plan of God.

God the Holy Spirit indwells us to create a temple for the indwelling of The Lord Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory, to be a down payment of our royal inheritance, and to empower us in the execution of the Father’s Plan, John 14:16; Rom 8:11; 1Co 3:16; 6:19, 20; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 1:13-14.

God the Son indwells us for a number of reasons, John 14:20; 2 Cor 13:4-6; Rom 8:10; Col 1:27; Eph 1:3, including: As a sign or badge of the Royal Family. As a guarantee of the availability of Divine power in time. As a guarantee of life after death in the presence of God forever. As the depositary of special blessings for time and eternity and as the escrow officer who will deliver these blessings to the believer when he reaches spiritual adulthood, and when he appears before BEMA Seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:13, 14; 2 Cor 5:10.

Divine power is guaranteed, available, and delegated. Through “renewing your mind, Rom12:2, (i.e., Post-Salvation Epistemological Rehabilitation – P.E.R.,) via cognition of Bible Doctrine, this power can be and should be utilized.

When believers depend on human power, it leads to a self-destructive process in the spiritual life.

The total ignorance of the Biblical subject of love and the total failure to execute the mandates regarding loving God and loving peopleDeut 6:5; Mat 22:37; John 15:13; 1 John 2:4-11; 4:7-21.

Mat 22:37, “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the great and foremost commandment. 39The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Many believers are aware of different mandates which require loving people and loving God, but they have no concept of the type of love that is required. No distinction is made between personal and impersonal love.

Believers fail in their priorities because personal love for God must take precedence over Impersonal Love for all Mankind. Another complication is that personal love for the human race has neither virtue nor merit. Personal love in either romance or friendship only has merit when that love has virtue.

Believers who have rejected the whole concept of grace and spend all of their time trying to use their human ability to fulfill Divine mandates are trying to perform an impossible task. It is impossible to love all the brethren with your human love. To try and extend human love to all people is insanity and is not fulfilling the Divine mandate. Compare with Eph 4:1-2; Col 3:12-17; James 1:21.

Col 3:12, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

The malfunction of “renewal,” P.E.R., which is failure to be consistent or even to become involved in cognition and inculcation of Bible Doctrine. Compare with Rom 12:2-3. This is the problem of failure to understand and execute the Christian Way of Life, which is based on the fact that in ignorance or rejection of Bible Doctrine, the Christian Way of Life cannot be accomplished, Rom 1:19; 10:3; 1 Cor 2:14; Heb 5:13; 2 Peter 3:16; 2 Tim 2:23. This includes ignorance of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets related to the omnipotence of God the Father, ignorance of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God related to the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit, ignorance of the unique factors of the Church Age, failure to understand and use the Eleven Problem-Solving Devices.

Christian Psychosis:

  • This believer has a split personality. He has two separate and distinct personalities, one may be legalistic, one may be antinomian.
  • The believer may have up to 100 personality states.
  • The word personality is used in psychology for the function of the soul in thinking about one’s environment and one’s self in relationship to that environment. Hence, dissociation results in two or more personalities existing in one person. It is a pattern which can develop over a short or long period of time. The creation of multiple personalities is a defense mechanism to retreat from the reality of life, including but not limited to the more extreme issues of abuse and neglect.
  • Prolonged bitterness, jealousy, vindictiveness, anger, revenge motivation, implacability, or hatred in the soul opens the door to adversity being converted into stress in the soul. This weakens your soul and is the beginning of the destruction of your spiritual life and Christian psychosis.
  • Prolonged Sin Nature control of the soul also opens the door to stress in the soul and reversionism which leads to dissociative multiple personality disorder.

Spiritual Maturity Overcomes Stress in your Soul, 1 Cor 14:20; Eph 4:13; Heb 5:14.

Eph 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

Heb 5:14, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

  • A mature person always thinks in terms of principles; in the Christian way of life that would be Biblical principles or Divine viewpoint, Phil 2:1-5.
  • A mature person develops the ability to conceptualize, both in his personal life and in his profession or work. Conceptualization is to form concepts or ideas by mentally combining or actually developing the characteristics or particulars of a subject, for the believer it is applying the Faith-Rest Drill to all situation of life.
  • A mature person accepts full responsibility for his own life, both his decisions and his actions. In the spiritual life, you develop and utilize humility and objectivity in regards to every situation, Eph 4:2; Phil 2:3; Col 3:12; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:5.
  • A mature person does not think in terms of “I could not help it.” This is a sign of maturation arrest. The spiritually mature person understands that they have given over to the temptations of their Sin Nature and/or the emotions of their soul, and recognize their accountability; while at the same time understanding the Grace of God, 1 Cor 15:10; 1 John 1:9.

1 Cor 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”

  • A mature person willingly defers immediate pleasure or reward when necessary and is able to tolerate frustration, 1 Cor 9:24-27; Phil 3:3-11.
  • The necessary ingredient of spiritual maturity is emotional stability under stress, Col 2:5.
  • A mature person looks at failure as an opportunity to make a change, Mat 11:29; Phil 4:11-13. Of our Lord, it is said in Heb 5: 8, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.”

Stress and the Sparrow Metaphor.

The subject of stress is dealt with in the sparrow metaphor of Mat 10:29-31.

Mat 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore, stop being afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

If the integrity of God cares for a sparrow, how much more will the integrity of God care for the believer in Christ. If God regards the sparrow as being so important (far different from man’s viewpoint) that no sparrow has ever died (or fallen to the ground) apart from the knowledge and will of God, it becomes obvious that stress is not a part of the spiritual life. We are of much more value than many sparrows.

There never has been anything in our lives worthy of stress in our souls.

“Afraid” – The Gnomic Present, Middle, Imperative of the Greek verb PHOBEO – φοβέομαι (fob-eh’-o) with the preceding negative ME – μέ (meh), means, “to stop doing something which is happening now or is in progress.” This is a general timeless axiom, a mandate for all time; past, present, and future. Here again, the disciples had allowed the adversity they were facing to be converted into stress within their souls. They are commanded to stop having fear, (i.e. stress within their souls).

The phrase “more value” is the Gnomic Present, Active, Indicative of the Greek verb DIAPHERO – διαφέρω (dee-af-er’-o) that can mean, “to carry through,” as in God carrying you through the adversities of life. But it also means, “to differ, surpass, excel, or of more importance.” This is the reality of the situation. We are of more importance to our Father than a sparrow, so if He takes such care of them, will He not take even greater care to see you through the adversities of life. Therefore, Our Lord addresses their stress by teaching them about the Love of the Father via logistical grace blessing; which love exceeds that of a sparrow for which He cares so much.

The “hairs on your head” are analogous to problems. The number of hairs on your head are different each day; therefore, your problems change daily, just as the number of hairs on your head change daily. The point is that God is aware of your problems, and He is aware of the changes in your problems too. The counting of the hairs on your head indicates the intricacy and detail by which our Father watches over us and provides for us in all situations, including adverse ones that are trying to cause stress within your soul. Therefore, having this knowledge of the Father’s love for you is another promise and problem-solving device that we can exercise so that the adversities of life are not converted to becoming stress within our souls.

Paul’s Message on Stress, 2 Cor 4:6-9.

2 Cor 4:6-9, “For God (the Son), who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

From vs. 6, we know that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things. He is the One who said in Gen 1:3, “Light shine out of darkness.” Likewise, the formation and completion of the New Testament canon is the mind or thinking of Christ, (1 Cor 2:16), and reveals Jesus Christ in hypostatic union. The result of that process is that Bible Doctrine, as light is, shining in our hearts. (There is no infinitive “to give” in the Greek but the Accusative Preposition PROS – πρός (pros) that means, “for the purpose of or in order that.”) This transitional verse is to remind us of the uniqueness of our spiritual life and the uniqueness of the Source of our spiritual life.

In vs. 7, “earthen vessels” or jars of clay, were used to store something of value. The treasure, which we have is the New Testament Scriptures, which has enlightened us that we are more valuable than all the sparrows in the world. Therefore, there is no excuse for stress in our lives. Divine viewpoint from Bible Doctrine in the soul is the “surpassing greatness of God’s power.” The other source of power from God is the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

In vs. 8, we are “afflicted” or pressurized [THLIBO – θλίβω (thlee’-bo) – “to press or afflicted”], by adversity in every way. We will always have a certain amount of adversity from time to time. We are under adversity but not under the Present, Passive, Participle of STENOCHOREO – στενοχωρέω (sten-okh-o-reh’-o), that literally means, “to be made narrow or to compress,” which is used to mean, “to be under stress.” Therefore, we are under adversity but not under stress.

In vs. 9, “persecuted”, [DIOKO διώκω (dee-o’-ko) – “to put to flight, pursue”], we all receive unjust treatment in life. But we do not have to allow our souls to be destroyed by stress, because we are not forsaken by our Father [EGKATALEIPOἐγκαταλείπω (eng-kat-al-i’-po) – “left behind or deserted”]. You cannot blame stress on others who are unjust to you.

To deal with stress objectively, a person must understand that much of stress in life is the result of their own failure in some form.

This failure has components which are the soul’s reaction to failure.

There are five stages of the soul’s reaction to failure:

Shock or disbelief. The mature person absorbs the shock and does not break.

Fear and worry. These are horrible neutralizers which depersonalize the individual, (i.e., takes away their character, integrity, and norms and standards that were based on Divine viewpoint).

  • Fear is an emotional sin which converts the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
  • Fear is a contradiction to the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God for the Church. Fear has no doctrinal content and erases Doctrine. It has no ability to think or apply Doctrine to any situation. It has no common sense and no Divine viewpoint.
  • Fear is irrational and converts adversity into stress.
  • Fear is the believer’s failure to apply Bible Doctrine to the adversities and properties of life.
  • The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. The extent to which you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life, and you become vulnerable to adversity.
  • Increasing the power of fear in your life increases the conversion of outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in your soul. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fear. The greater your capacity for fear, the greater the stress you have in your soul, Rom 13:3; 1 Peter 3:14.

1 Peter 3:14, “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.”

Anger Reaction to Failure. Anger is used as an alarm system; if used toward others, it is sinful; if used toward self, it is motivation for making a change, Gal 5:19-21; Eph 4:26-27, 31; 6:4; Col 3:8; James 1:19-20.

Shame. This is a product of what we think others think of us, Phil 1:20; 2 Tim 1:8-16; 2:15; Heb 12:2.

Blame. This is loss of self-esteem and does not solve the problem. Cf. Job 1:22; 1 Thes 3:13; 5:23

Virtue-Love Solves Stress.

One of the most important things in dealing with stress is memory; remembering how much God loves you, John 3:16. Therefore, the procedure of how to deal with stress is to remember God’s love towards you by remembering His Doctrines, principles, and promises, so that you can utilize them under adversity and avoid stress inside the soul. It begins post-salvation by remembering the Rebound Technique of 1 John 1:9, which has to be overpowering within your soul, (i.e., knowing that by the grace of God, your sins are forgiven, you are cleansed and can go forward in God’s Plan). Therefore, we have to remember the righteousness, justice, and love of God which functioned to provide solutions to all of the problems we face in this life, 1 John 4:17-21.

1 John 4:17-21, “Because of this, virtue-love has been brought to completion with us, that we may have confidence in the day of evaluation (1 John 2:28); because just as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.”

The secret to almost everything that is blessing in life, everything that is happiness, everything that is worthwhile, everything that is honorable, everything that is related to integrity is true love.

It is the integrity of God that turns around our spiritual life. It is not sentimental stupidity that turns our spiritual life around.

You are completed as you advance to PLEROMA πλήρωμα (play’-ro-mah) status in the spiritual life, (fullness, full measure, or filled up); first as you advance to spiritual maturity, and then as you go from spiritual maturity to PLEROMA status.

This advance is possible for any and every believer, because we have true equality. Every believer is a priest; therefore, we have equal privilege and equal opportunity to advance spiritually.

Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

Eph 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

Rest is One of God’s Remedies for Stress Relief.

Gen 2:2-3, “By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

There are times in our life where the stress levels seem to hit new highs. Sometimes it is because of work. Sometimes it is what is going on at home. Or, it could be brought on by the economy or loss of a loved one. Or, it can be a combination of any or all of the above. Stress can also be brought on by fear… fear of the unknown… fear of the future. A lot of that stress is self-induced by watching the news, (which never seems to point out positives), or by worry.

Our Father understands us – after all, He created us. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26). So, He set an example for us in this verse. He rested.

Does an all-powerful God need to rest? No. He was setting before us a prevention of stress; work hard for six days, but the seventh day you need to take a break from work and focus on Him for the day. Relax. Give your stress to Him and let Him show you true Stress Relief.

In 1 Kings Chapter 19:3-8, we read about the prophet Elijah who, at the time, was so stressed out that he prayed to God that he might die. He was tired of dealing with the stress in his life. Let’s look at that story.

1 Kings 19:3-8, “And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.”

What was God’s answer, God’s cure for Elijah’s stress? A couple of naps, rest, some good old “R&R,” and food—super food, just as we have the super spiritual food of God’s Word in our soul.

So, what is God’s advice to relieve stress from penetrating our souls, we must;

  • Call out to Him (Pray).
  • Give it to Him (Surrender, oh – and then don’t take it back).
  • Trust in Him (Have faith).
  • Follow His example (Rest – take a day just focusing on Him)

Stress is real. Stress can lead to physical maladies. So, turn it over to our Father. Seek time to be alone with Him and get His Word in your soul and use it. Then you will be like Elijah…ready to go forth and serve.

Now that we have learned from the disciples, what not to do in the spiritual life, (i.e., Sin Nature and Emotional Revolt of the Soul resulting in stress within your soul), we now turn to what the disciples should have been doing at this time of John 16:6. They should have been totally and completely occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we will learn what it means for us today to be occupied with Christ.

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Doctrine of Occupation with Christ

 Definition of Occupation with Christ.

Occupation with Christ is personal love for our Lord Jesus Christ through maximum metabolized Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness of the heart (prefrontal right lobe of the soul) by means of the Filling of the Holy Spirit. The result is maximum metabolized Bible Doctrine in the right lobe of the soul and freedom from garbage in the subconscious and stress upon your soul.

Occupation with Christ is personal love for God the Son caused by post-salvation renewing of your mind (Epistemological Rehabilitation), which manifests the fact that the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age has been and continues to be the number one priority in your life, 1 Peter 1:8; with Rom 16:25-26; 1 Cor 2:7-8; Eph 1:9-10, etc.

1 Peter 1:8, “And even though you have not seen Him, you love Him (Occupation with Christ); and though you do not see Him now but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with inexpressible happiness (+H) and full of glory.”

The Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age is described as the thinking or the mind of Christ in 1 Cor 2:16, “For who has known the thinking of the Lord that he should instruct Him? But we (Church Age believers under the function of post-salvation Epistemological Rehabilitation) have the thinking of Christ.” 

The “thinking of Christ” is a specific reference to the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age. You cannot love Jesus Christ until you know how He thinks, for He is invisible.  Perception, Metabolization, and Application (PMA) of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age is how we come to personally love Jesus Christ. Having the thinking of Christ results in Occupation with Christ in contrast to preoccupation with people or self. When you reach the point of Occupation with Christ, then you have the mental attitude and thinking of our Lord.

Occupation with Christ fulfills the concept of 1 Cor 13:13, “But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” and is developed under the principle of 1 Cor 2:16, “the thinking of Christ.”

Capacity to love someone who is invisible requires a tremendous amount of information in the right lobe of the soul. The capacity to love Jesus Christ comes only from metabolized Doctrine converted into Problem Solving Devices stationed on the FLOT line of your soul.

Those who love Christ have made a role model out of our Lord. These are the believers with true happiness and are spiritually self-sustaining. This happiness is dependent upon the accumulation of Bible Doctrine in the stream of consciousness of the right lobe of the soul and having zero garbage in the subconscious of the soul.

The happiness from Occupation with Christ and the Problem-Solving Devices on the FLOT line of the soul is an inexpressible happiness which you cannot communicate to others. It is something that belongs to the privacy of your own soul.

This believer is full of glory, an invisible glory to man, but very visible to the angelic creatures. That same Shekinah glory that filled the Tabernacle and the Temple now fills the believer’s soul.

There are two Divine mandates with regard to Occupation with Christ, Heb 12:2; 1 Peter 3:14-15.

Heb 12:2, “Be concentrating on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our Doctrine, who because of the exhibited happiness, He endured the Cross and disregarded (use of the Problem-Solving Devices) the shame (imputation of our sins), and He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

1 Peter 3:14-16, “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15But sanctify (set apart as more important than anything else) the Lord Christ in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.”

God makes a direct positive demand on your will and volition to be occupied with Christ, which is a mandate to be consistent in the Perception, Metabolization, and Application of His Word.

Occupation with Christ is also defined as fellowship with the Son, 1 Cor 1:9.

1 Cor 1:9, “God is faithful, through Whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The call of God occurs between common and efficacious grace. It is God the Father inviting the unbeliever to change his mind about Jesus Christ and believe in His Son for salvation. The fellowship with the Holy Spirit is necessary for the execution of these mandates, 2 Cor 13:14.

2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love for God (the Father) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit is another way of describing the Filling of the Holy Spirit, which is required for Occupation with Christ, Phil 2:1-2, 5.

Phil 2:1-2, 5, “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ (and there is), if there is any comfort from love (and there is), if there is any fellowship with the Spirit (and there is), if there is any affections and mercies (and there is); be filled with my happiness that you might be thinking the same things (Divine Viewpoint), having the same virtue, united in soul, intent on one objective…. have this thinking in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Phil 2:1 presents a protasis of a first-class condition, meaning that everything in verse one is true. Verse two presents the result or the conclusion in the apodosis.

People seek encouragement from many people for many reasons, but we are to seek encouragement from Christ. Your spiritual life depends upon encouragement in Christ.

  • Encouragement in Christ comes from the mystery Doctrine given to the Church Age believer.
  • At spiritual maturity, your dependence on people ceases to exist. Your dependence is on God, and you have made a role model out of the person of Christ.
  • Occupation with Christ is the key to encouragement in Christ. It doesn’t depend upon any emotionalism or any other human work.
  • Occupation with Christ is structured entirely upon your perception of Bible Doctrine. When you have suffering, disaster, shocks, and pressures, it is the Problem-Solving Devices that handle the problems and becomes encouragement in Christ.

“Comfort” for the believer must come from the personal love of God the Father for the believer and the believer’s Personal Love for God the Father. There is comfort from Personal Love for God the Father in times of adversity and in times of any success or prosperity. There is comfort from Impersonal Love for all Mankind. But individual personal love in friendship, romance, or marriage is not included in this concept of comfort from love.

“Affections and mercies” are based upon the function of impersonal / unconditional love for all mankind and Grace Orientation as two of the Problem-Solving Devices. This does not refer to personal love as the basis for affection or mercies.

Once you attain Occupation with Christ, simultaneously you attain +H or Sharing the Happiness of God, so that you are prepared to meet and face any and every circumstance. Occupation with Christ is often mentioned with Sharing the Happiness of God in Scripture. As long as God, in His faithfulness, keeps you on this earth, you will have a most fantastic life.

You are to think the same things as God thinks; for thought is the basis for happiness, love, and virtue. Thinking the same things is thinking Bible Doctrine, thinking the same things that the humanity of Christ thought during the Incarnation. But, it must be accurate thought, i.e., metabolized Bible Doctrine. Having the thinking of Christ results in pre-Occupation with Christ rather than pre-occupation with people.

“United in soul” means you have reached the point of precedence; you think the same things in the operational Divine Power System that our Lord thought in the prototype Divine Power System. You have the same thinking that our Lord had in His soul.

Summary Principles from Phil 2:1-2:

  • Occupation with Christ results in God emphasis taking precedence over people emphasis.
  • Fellowship with God is infinitely more important than fellowship with people. God must come first in your life, in order for you to execute God’s plan for your life. This is only done by learning Bible Doctrine on a daily basis.
  • You cannot grow spiritually and execute the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God unless you have EPIGNOSIS circulating in your stream of consciousness.

The attainment of Occupation with Christ is gradual. Our Lord becomes our role model. It starts by the command in Eph 3:19.

Eph 3:19, “And to come to know the love for Christ which goes beyond GNOSIS that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

And we are “filled with the fullness of God” via the intake and application of His thinking, 1 Cor 2:16, “For who has known the thinking of the Lord that we should instruct Him; we have the thinking of Christ.”

The fullness of God is EPIGNOSIS Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. We have to get to the place where we understand that we need help. We have to come to the point of helplessness to learn. You have to know that you know nothing before you can know something. We often do not know how helpless we are until we get into a jam.

Occupation with Christ is attained through perception, metabolization, and application or utilization of Bible Doctrine. The Lord Jesus Christ becomes our best friend.

Occupation with Christ is attained through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation; i.e., learning Doctrine on a daily basis so that you advance to spiritual adulthood. The Life Beyond GNOSIS is metabolized Bible Doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness through the filling of the Spirit. This is the only way to execute God’s plan, God’s purpose, and God’s will for your life.

Occupation with Christ becomes the ultimate Problem-Solving Device of life. Occupation with Christ is one of three Problem Solving Devices related to virtue-love.

Problem Solving Device number eight is Personal Love for God the Father, the motivational virtue in life.

Problem Solving Device number nine is Impersonal / Unconditional Love for All Mankind, the functional virtue in the Christian life.

Problem Solving Device number eleven is Occupation with Christ, the priority solution, and ultimately the answer to any adversity in life, as well as the basis for having capacity for happiness and prosperity when it comes.

All three of these Problem-Solving Devices function effectively with maximum efficiency in the three stages of spiritual adulthood. They begin in Spiritual Self-Esteem, continue in Spiritual Autonomy, and reach their peak in Spiritual Maturity.

All three of these concepts of love are the subject of 1 Cor 13:13, “And now abides faith (Faith-Rest Drill), hope (hope 2 and 3), and virtue-love, these three; but the greatest of these is virtue-love.”

Occupation with Christ is the Greatest Motivator in Life, 2 Cor 5:14-17.

2 Cor 5:14-17, “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

R.B. Thieme Jr. translates 2 Cor 5:14-17 as, “For the love for Christ keeps on motivating us, and we have reached the conclusion that One (Jesus Christ) died as a substitute for all; therefore, all (members of the human race) have died (real spiritual death at birth). Furthermore, He (Jesus Christ) died a substitute for all (unlimited atonement), in order that those who live (believer in protocol plan) should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was resurrected. Therefore, in the future, we regard no one from the human viewpoint even though we have known Christ from the human viewpoint. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new spiritual species; the old things have lost their power; behold, new things have come.”

Occupation with Christ, which begins in spiritual adulthood, means your motivation in life changes. At first, your motivation is in the Faith-Rest Drill, in learning the basic Doctrines, and in understanding and using the basic Problem-Solving Devices. As you begin to grow spiritually, you not only have a stronger motivation in relationship to the Lord, but you change very subtly from dependence on people to dependence on the Lord.

This principle does not refer to the necessary dependence we all have on other people in life, such as team members who must depend on each other in athletics or the military. Such dependence is only successful where there is discipline, authority, and leadership. Leadership is necessary for motivation; authority is necessary for discipline.

But in the spiritual life, we do not need to depend on anyone else but God. God does the blocking, opens the holes, and provides the solutions to our problems.  Therefore, in your relationships in life, you must allow God to “run interference,” because you cannot change people. While we say you can only change yourself, in effect it is God who changes you when you are positive toward Doctrine. God causes you to grow up.

You are never fully grown until you reach the point of maximum use of Occupation with Christ. Then you handle life magnificently and glorify God.

Occupation with Christ is the true motivator in life. False motivation leads to false Doctrine, wrong priorities, produces garbage in the subconscious which produces false experience. Occupation with Christ is structured completely from metabolized Doctrine, read again 2 Cor 5:14-16 above.

Occupation with Christ eliminates the human viewpoint of life. Human viewpoint makes you miserable and makes you argue with others about everything in life. Human viewpoint holds an opinion about everything in life and is intolerant of anyone else’s opinion. You cannot hold opinions to the point of agitation and execute God’s plan for your life. The other side of the coin is to complain about everything. Occupation with Christ eliminates all human viewpoint.

Occupation with Christ is the ultimate motivator in life. Now we are motivated by the highest motivation we can have in this life. The higher your motivation is in life, the greater your happiness and the greater your enthusiasm, your awareness, and your spiritual life. The greater your motivation is in life the greater your perspective of reality and the greater your Divine viewpoint. The greater your motivation in life the greater your capacity for life, love, and happiness, and therefore the greater you are as a person.

Occupation with Christ results in God emphasis taking precedence over people emphasis.  God emphasis must take priority over people emphasis in the function and execution of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God for the Church Age. Fellowship with God is infinitely more important than fellowship with people. But you will never discover this until you learn some Doctrine. Fellowship with God is part of God’s Plan, but fellowship with people, at best is a mere result; at worst, a disaster.

  • True Christian fellowship is fellowship with God the Father, the Filling of the Holy Spirit, and Occupation with Christ; therefore, the importance of our motivation from personal love for Jesus Christ. Christ was not loved the way He wanted to be loved or treated the way He wanted to be treated, yet He did not have any unrealistic expectations toward people around Him.
  • You cannot grow up spiritually or execute the Plan of God through Christian fellowship or interaction with people; this is implied in the phrase, “we regard no one from the human viewpoint.”
  • Fellowship with God is mandated; fellowship with other Christians is optional. You do not have to have fellowship with other Christians.
  • You cannot grow spiritually or execute the Plan of God through social intercourse, the function of cliques, or any other thing that is construed as Christian fellowship.

God has rendered certain all events for the believer. Not the slightest uncertainty can exist regarding the smallest event without lending confusion to all events (1 Cor 14:33). Therefore, in God’s plan and knowledge, the future is as perspicuous to God as the past. Therefore, God provided for every believer in eternity past his very own Portfolio of Invisible Assets. All believers have the same chance, the same equality to execute the same plan, and have the conveyance of invisible assets in your portfolio.

The key to the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God is that we no longer live for ourselves but for Christ; remembering for God does all the work. The only way you can ever have a marvelous life is to no longer live for yourself. Once you have Occupation with Christ, you are living for Christ and you are happier than you ever were when you lived for yourself.

In providing eternal life, God also provided for us a way to change ourselves, but not to change others. If you try to change others, you will only become bitter and hardened.

Wrong experience with God (i.e., apathy, indifference, rejection, ignorance of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age) inevitably results in wrong experience with people. That means that wrong fellowship with God results in wrong relationship with people. Right fellowship with God results in right relationship with people. Note that God comes first.

Therefore, by giving Bible Doctrine (#1) Number One priority in your life, two things occur.

  • You come to have Personal Love for God the Father, and therefore fellowship with the Father.
  • You have Occupation with Christ, and therefore fellowship with God the Son.

In vs. 16, “Even though we have known Christ from the human viewpoint,”

As unbelievers, we were ignorant of Jesus Christ and did not love Him. We used His name in profanity or blasphemy or in erroneous concepts. Therefore, we knew Him only from the human viewpoint. But now with cognitive self-confidence in Spiritual Self-Esteem and cognitive independence in spiritual autonomy, we no longer regard Christ from the human viewpoint of ignorance and non-love.

In vs. 17“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature (new spiritual species); the old things passed away (lost their power); behold, new things have come.

A new spiritual species is qualified to have fellowship with God. The new spiritual species must give priority to Bible Doctrine, so that Personal Love for God the Father and Occupation with Christ results. The new spiritual species is capable of using the omnipotence of God for the execution of His Plan.

What are the old things that have lost their power once we reach spiritual self-esteem?  People priority and cupidity (lust). In other words, the power of another individual to hurt and destroy you and turn you into a monster is gone.

The new things that have come are the Ten Unique Features of the Church Age, the Problem-Solving Devices, the distribution of Escrow Blessings for time, and the anticipation of the distribution of Escrow Blessings for the eternal state.

You cannot be motivated by people and advance in the Christian life.

Occupation with Christ is Fellowship with Christ. 1 Cor 1:4-9; Phil 3:10; 1 John 1:3

1 John 1:3, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

The Greek noun for fellowship is KOINONIA – κοινωνία (koy-nohn-ee’-ah) that means, “fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, or contribution, gift, etc.” Its root word is KOINONOS κοινωνός (koy-no-nos’) that means, “sharer or partaker.”

This fellowship with Christ is synonymous with being Occupied with Christ. It means to be a sharer or participant with Christ.  We share His life by sharing His way of life and His thinking, which brings up another synonymous term, “walking” in Christ, Rom 6:4-7; Eph 2:10; 5:1-2; Col 2:6-7.

Rom 6:4-7, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.”

Eph 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Eph 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

Col 2:6-7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Paul states to the Corinthians that Occupation with Christ is the key to encouragement in this life which is founded in Christ. This encouragement does not depend upon any emotionalism or any other human work. Encouragement in Christ comes from the Mystery Doctrine given to the Church Age believer which is the thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 1:4-9 with 1 Cor 2:16.

1 Cor 1:4-9, “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, through Whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Note that in 1 John 1:3, we have the Genitive of Association / Accompaniment Preposition META μετά (met-ah’) preceding the word KOINONIA, which means our fellowship is to be “with” Christ, emphasizing mutual relationship, that is, walking side by side as sharers of His life which is now our life.

In 1 Cor 1:9, there is no META, but we have the same construction of the Genitive of Association, so we can say, “with His Son.”

In the New Testament KOINONIA is not only used for our fellowship with the Lord but also with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as we will note below. Likewise, it is used of our relationship with fellow believers.

By noting our intended fellowship with other believers, we gain more understanding of what our fellowship with the Lord should be. For example:

  • We are to have fellowship or intimacy with fellow believers, Acts 2:42; Gal 2:9; 2 Cor 6:14; 1 John 1:3, 7.

Acts 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

  • Our fellowship is shown by our contribution towards the needs of others, 2 Cor 8:4; 2 Cor 9:13; Phil 1:5.

2 Cor 8:4, “Begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints.”

Therefore, fellowship with the Lord also means that we have a close and personal, intimate relationship with Him, desiring to serve Him and meet His needs every day. Contributing to His needs means reaching out to unbelievers with the Gospel and reaching out to fellow believers who are in need.

This fellowship with Christ does not occur in the physical sense but in the spiritual sense since; He is no longer physically present on earth. Therefore, having fellowship with the Lord is gained through the intake and application of His Word and the filling of God the Holy Spirit; thereby, gaining knowledge of who He is and what He has done for you, and then applying the Word in you to everyday life. This fellowship is meant for us here and now, as well as in the eternal state.

Once you come to know Christ, then you truly participate in His sufferings, Phil 3:7-11. This does not just mean that you will have undeserved suffering; more importantly, it means you will truly understand, and thereby appreciate the suffering He endured for you. When you have that type of understanding and appreciation, you will gladly take up any challenge that this life and Satan’s Cosmic System can throw at you.

Phil 3:7-11, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

“Knowing Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings,” means you:

  • Have taken in His Word on a consistent basis through the Grace Apparatus for Perception, (teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit).
  • Are confident in your own eternal life.
  • Are confident in the surpassing power that raised Christ from the dead that is now available to you in this life.
  • Are walking in your sanctification each and every day, “experiential sanctification.”

When you have that type of experiential knowledge (fellowship) of Christ, you also gain tremendous courage and encouragement to face the challenges of everyday life, Phil 2:1-2, 5.

Phil 2:1-2, 5, “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ (and there is), if there is any comfort from love (and there is), if there is any fellowship with the Spirit (and there is), if there is any affections and mercies (and there is); be filled with my happiness that you might be thinking the same things (Divine viewpoint), having the same virtue, united in soul, intent on one objective…. have this thinking in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

  • Occupation with Christ is the key to encouragement in Christ. It does not depend upon any emotionalism or any other human work. Encouragement in Christ comes from the Mystery Doctrine given to the Church Age believer.
  • Fellowship or Occupation with Christ is structured entirely upon your perception of Bible Doctrine. When you have suffering, disaster, shocks, and pressures, it is the Problem-Solving Devices that handle the problems and become encouragement in Christ.
  • People seek encouragement from many people for many reasons, but we are to seek encouragement from Christ. Your spiritual life depends upon encouragement in Christ.
  • At spiritual maturity, your dependence on people ceases to exist, your dependence is on God, and you have made a role model out of the person of Christ.
  • Once you attain Occupation with Christ, simultaneously you attain +H or Sharing the Happiness of God, so that you are prepared to meet and face any and every circumstance.
  • Occupation with Christ is often mentioned with Sharing the Happiness of God in Scripture. As long as God in His faithfulness keeps you on this earth, you will have a most fantastic life.

“Being of the same mind” means you are to think the same things as God thinks; for thought is the basis for happiness, love, and virtue. Thinking the same things is thinking Bible Doctrine, thinking the same things that the humanity of Christ thought during the Incarnation. But it must be accurate thought, i.e., metabolized Bible Doctrine.  Having the thinking of Christ results in pre-Occupation with Christ rather than pre-occupation with self or other people.

“United in soul” means you have reached the point of precedence; you think the same things in the operational Divine Power System that our Lord thought in the prototype Divine Power System. You have the same thinking that our Lord had in His soul.

Occupation with Christ results in God emphasis taking precedence over people emphasis. Fellowship with God is infinitely more important than fellowship with people. God must come first in your life in order for you to execute God’s plan for your life. This is only done by learning Bible Doctrine on a daily basis.

You cannot grow spiritually and execute the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God unless you have EPIGNOSIS circulating in your stream of consciousness.

Occupation with Christ versus Preoccupation with People, Eph 3:16-19 with Jer 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-6.

Eph 3:16-19, “ (I pray) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17so that Christ may dwell (be at home) in your hearts (right lobe) through faith (Bible Doctrine in your soul)and that you, being rooted and grounded in virtue-love, (personal love for Christ)18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

Christ is at home in your hearts (thinking) through Bible Doctrine being resident within your soul. Unfortunately, too many Christians are more occupied with themselves or other people that they miss out on the power of Problem Solving Device #11 and a fantastic relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The problem is stated in Jer 17:5, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mankind, and makes flesh his strength (who depends on people for his strength), and whose heart (right lobe) turns away from the Lord.’”

  • You may put your trust in man in many different relationships whether social, professional, romantic, marriage, or Christian fellowship.
  • There is nothing wrong with having relationships with people; that is not the issue. The issue is whether they are your number one priority.
  • We were designed from creation to put our trust in God, not in people. People have Old Sin Natures and varying moments of instability. People are always trying to change you, instead of changing themselves, so that you will conform to their unrealistic expectations. (e.g. Satan in the Garden trying to change the woman’s way of thinking, just as our media does today.)
  • To “depend on people for his strength” is approbation lust, which means that if you have to get your encouragement for the Christian life from fellowship with other Christians, from being told how wonderful you are and being pumped up, you are in trouble. In those cases, you are depending on people for strength, instead of depending on the Lord for strength.
  • The only way you will ever depend on God is through perception, metabolization, and application of the mystery Doctrine of the Church Age; i.e., consistent post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
  • If your “right lobe turns away from the Lord,” you have negative volition toward Doctrine. Inevitably, the more you depend on people, the more you turn away from Bible Doctrine. People turn away from the Lord when they are trying to change everyone else to comply with their expectations, instead of changing themselves.

For example:

  • Wives who complain that their husband is not around enough because of his job. Ladies, he has a destiny and responsibility from God, and you have to learn how to walk around his destiny just as the moon orbits the earth.
  • Likewise, husbands who are not weaned from their mamma, expect the wife to do things and treat him just like mamma did. He wants her to conform in many ways, telling her to do this and do that. He wants to be built up, while the woman looks desperately for something about him she can praise. In the meantime, she has her own problems, because he’s such a child.
  • In both cases, there is too much people emphasis on how you are treated and how you feel versus Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Unrealistic expectation is a very subtle but very powerful form of arrogance. We have no right to expect things from people. Remember you should not endeavor to change people to act and behave to your liking, so you are better off changing yourself with the Word of God resident in your soul, Occupation with Christ. You have to change yourself; that is realism.

Jer 17:6, “For he will be like a bush (tumbleweed) in the desert; he will not see prosperity when it comes, but he will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant (has no capacity for life).

A tumbleweed has no roots and blows wherever the wind carries it, just as the believer is carried about by all kinds of false Doctrines and worldly viewpoint without Doctrine in the soul.

God gives prosperity even to loser believers under logistical grace, but they do not see it. They do not have any capacity for it. People with unrealistic expectations have no capacity. If prosperity came and knocked on their door and declared, “I am prosperity,” they still would not recognize it. They cannot enjoy prosperity any more than adversity, because they have made an issue out of self.

A dried-up person is a negative personality with no Divine Good Production.

Jer 17:7, “’But happy is the man who trusts [BATACH – בָּטַח (baw-takh’)] in the Lord, whose confidence (MIBTACH – מִבְטָח (mib-tawkh’)) is in Him.’”

  • +H or Sharing the Happiness of God is the 10th of the 11 Problem Solving Devices.
  • God emphasis must precede people emphasis.
  • “Whose confidence is in Him” describes Occupation with Christ.
  • So, this verse teaches both Occupation with the Person of Christ and Personal Love for God the Father.

Jer 17:8, “For he will be like a tree planted by the water (Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ), that extends its roots by a stream (your spiritual nourishment is the Word of God) and will not fear when the heat comes (faith rest and confidence in the Lord); but its leaves will be green (Divine Good Production), and it will not be anxious in a year of drought (Underserved Suffering) nor cease to yield fruit (Personal Sense of Destiny).”

  • “For he will be like a tree planted by the water.” The “water” is the Word of God which is the mind of Christ; therefore, this believer is Occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word being resident within their soul.
  • “That extends its roots by a stream.” The positive believer’s spiritual nourishment is the Word of God and not people, places, or things. When you are occupied with Christ, you will continue to develop your personal relationship with Him on a daily basis.
  • “Will not fear when the heat comes.” This is faith resting and confidence in the Lord in times of adversity.
  • “But its leaves will be green.” Even in times of adversity, you continue to be Occupied with Christ, and therefore have Divine Good Production.
  • It will not be anxious in a year of drought.” In times of great adversity and underserved suffering, you will continue to faith rest in God, being occupied with the Person of Jesus Christ.
  • “Nor cease to yield fruit.” Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ causes you to have a Personal Sense of Destiny, where you are never deterred from the Plan of God for your life with the result of maximum Divine Good Production.

The Pattern and Mechanics for Occupation with Christ.

Priority number one (P1), equals:

  • Concentration on your number one priority (C1), plus
  • Organizing your life around your number one priority (OL), plus
  • Organizing your thinking around priority number one (OT), plus
  • Concentration on Christ (CC), equals Occupation with Christ (OC).

P= C+ O+ O+ CC = OC

Occupation with Christ Begins in Spiritual Self-Esteem (SSE).

Occupation with Christ begins in Spiritual Self-Esteem, the status of cognitive self-confidence.  Cognitive self-confidence cannot exist apart from Occupation with Christ.

Spiritual Self-Esteem is the first time in your life when you stop competing with people, when you stop undermining people. You stop slandering, gossiping, maligning, and judging other people. When you start using impersonal love toward other people, that is when you have finally attained Occupation with the person of Jesus Christ.

The Scripture which describes Occupation with Christ in Spiritual Self-Esteem is found in Gal 4:19.

Gal 4:19, “My Children with whom I am again in labor, [ODINO – ὠδίνω (o-dee’-no) = birth pains], until Christ is formed in you.”

  • This means Christ will be formed in your thinking. He will have precedence at all times in your thinking.
  • This means that for the first time in your life, no one can do anything to hurt you. People can undermine you, turn against you, but you are no longer disappointed or hurt by people when you become Occupied with Christ. This is called Providential Preventative Suffering (PPS). When you pass PPS, you become impervious to all the things people do in this life that can hurt you.
  • Usually when people are hurt, they become subjective, arrogant, feeling sorry for themselves. That no longer happens when you reach Spiritual Self-Esteem and start to use Occupation with Christ.
  • This does not mean you merely grit your teeth and carry on as if nothing happened. It means you really are totally relaxed, totally happy, and you have a Personal Sense of Destiny in spite of any abuse you take from people, in spite of maltreatment under PPS.
  • Paul was rough with these Irish Galatians. Therefore, he said he would be “bearing with them,” (in labor) throughout until they grew up, because they were too impulsive.
  • This means Christ becomes formed in your thinking, when you become Occupied with Christ by learning the pertinent Doctrines related to Him, so that you come to love Him above everything else. Then you relate grace and grace functions to Him.

With Bible Doctrine as the number one priority in your life, you finally come to the point of having Personal Love for God the Father and Occupation with Christ. The result is 2 Cor 5:14, “The love for Christ motivates.”

Occupation with Christ Increases in Spiritual Autonomy (SA).

Spiritual Autonomy is characterized by cognitive independence in this second stage of spiritual adulthood.

  • Cognitive independence is when you stop leaning on people for advice and counsel, and you start using the Problem-Solving Devices in an independent way, so that your problems remain your own.
  • You should never build a friendship on counseling. Sooner or later you must throw away your crutches. You must eventually come to the point in your spiritual life when you are resolving your own problems via the Problem-Solving Devices.
  • At this point, you do not have the incessant need to discuss your problems with other people. You do not seek counsel. You learn to keep your problems to yourself and grow up. You find the answers in the Word of God.

Eph 3:17, “That Christ may be at home in your hearts (right lobes) through faith (Bible Doctrine) when you have been rooted and established in virtue-love (personal love for Christ).”

Once Christ is formed in you (SSE), you advance when Christ is at home in your right lobe (SA).

Your number one priority is the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age plus Occupation with Christ. Bible Doctrine, as the written Word, becomes the means of causing Jesus Christ, the living Word, to become #1 priority in your life.

You cannot start out in ignorance of Jesus Christ and give Him a priority status. First you must know Him, which requires perception of His Word. This #1 priority is established through perception, metabolization, and application (PMA) of Bible Doctrine (or wisdom) inside God’s Power System (GPS).

You concentrate on this #1 priority through the application of Doctrine. You also concentrate on the Problem-Solving Devices as you learn them and use them. It takes concentration to use a Problem-Solving Devices. The key to life is concentration. Your concentration expands from learning Doctrine into the utilization of the Problem-Solving Devices.

You organize your life around your #1 priority in the reception, retention, and recall of the Mystery Doctrine, so that you continue under Spiritual Autonomy to learn Doctrine from your right Pastor/Teacher and to actually use those Problem-Solving Devices in Momentum Testing (MT). Once you have an organized life in Spiritual Autonomy, you will face the five parts of MT.

  • Thought Testing
  • People Testing
  • System Testing
  • Disaster Testing
  • Prosperity Testing

You organize your thinking so that Occupation with Christ is both a Problem-Solving Devices, as well as a basis for your worship. This is how you use those Problem-Solving Devices to pass Momentum Testing. Therefore, you concentrate on Occupation with Christ, as per Heb 12:2, so that He is the focus of your life, the priority solution, the motivation, and the basis for worship, as in communion.

In Spiritual Autonomy, you have a very high area of focus and motivation. You concentrate on Jesus Christ through metabolized Doctrine in your right lobe, so that Occupation with Christ continues as the motivation and focus of your life.

Occupation with Christ becomes a major Problem-Solving Devices in passing Momentum Testing and advancing to Spiritual Maturity. Occupation with Christ causes all the other Problem-Solving Devices to function smoothly in your life.

Spiritual Autonomy is a wonderful place to be. In Spiritual Autonomy, nothing in your life depends on outside influence. You depend entirely upon the fantastic accumulation of Doctrine you have in your right lobe. The result is stated in 1 Peter 3:15, “Sanctify the Lord Christ in your heart (right lobes).” Read 1 Peter 3:13-16.

Occupation with Christ Reaches its Peak in Spiritual Maturity.

Spiritual Maturity, the status of the winner and the invisible hero, is characterized by cognitive invincibility, Phil 1:20.

Phil 1:20, “On the basis of my earnest expectation (APOKARADOKIA – strained expectancy), and hope (ELPIS – confident expectation), that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but with all boldness (PARRESIA – confidence of speech, boldness, courage, fearlessness), Christ shall even now as always be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

The ultimate in Occupation with Christ is when He is exalted in your body, whether you are in a state of living or in a state of dying.

Notice the advance. First, Christ is formed in your soul (SSE). Then, He is at home in your right lobe (SA). Now, He moves from your soul to your life. Now, He moves from your thinking to application to life, from the right lobe to a fantastic modus operandi. Now, Christ is “exalted in your body,” meaning in all your functions (SM). For now, the body is being controlled by the soul, not the soul by the body. No longer are you a slave to your body and its every lust. The soul controls your body through Occupation with Christ.

Again, Bible Doctrine as the written Word becomes the means of causing Jesus Christ, the living Word, to become #1 priority in your life. At this point, you have a dual #1 priority: Bible Doctrine and Jesus Christ; i.e., the written Word and the living Word.

  • This dual #1 priority is established through continual PMA of Bible Doctrine (wisdom), inside your very own palace, God’s operational-type Power System (GPS).
  • Therefore, you concentrate on this dual #1 priority of Bible Doctrine and Jesus Christ. This concentration is stronger now than it was in Spiritual Self-Esteem and in Spiritual Autonomy, because you have passed testing. Therefore, you now have the ability to concentrate on what is important in the midst of the greatest pressures in life. You are now qualified to pass Evidence Testing (ET), which requires the ultimate in concentration on Doctrine in adverse experiences of life.
  • You organize your life around this dual priority so that you continue to learn Doctrine from your right Pastor/Teacher. This is necessary to pass Evidence Testing. At this point, you may think you do not need organization any longer. But Evidence Testing and even Momentum Testing provide a lot of confusion in the life. Therefore, you have a stronger confusion pattern around you in the periphery of your life. All kinds of things are falling apart. Therefore, you must concentrate through that confusion. To do so, you not only have to organize your life, but your thinking as well.
  • Therefore, you organize your thinking so that Occupation with Christ becomes the basis for passing evidence testing as the function of an invisible hero. Organizing your thinking is like loading up your weapon, in order that you can actually deal with the tremendous testings involved in Evidence Testing.
  • Therefore, you concentrate on Jesus Christ through metabolized Doctrine so that Occupation with the person of Christ in the midst of Evidence Testing becomes both the motivation and focus of your life.

This priority solution becomes the mechanics for glorifying God to the maximum in the Christian way of life. Furthermore, this is the only way the communion service will ever be meaningful to you. It is easy to concentrate on Christ then, since He is already your #1 priority, since you have organized your life, your time and your thinking around Bible Doctrine and the person of Christ. Therefore, you can fulfill the mandate to remember Him.

You concentrate on sanctifying the Lord Christ in your right lobe (1 Peter 3:15) so that there is maximum invisible impact in your life. At this point, Occupation with Christ equates living with dying, as per, Phil 1:21. 

Phil 1:21, “For me, living is Christ and dying is profit.”

With Occupation with Christ, the experience of dying is the greatest experience in life. Dying isolates you from normal living. But with Occupation with Christ, dying is profit.

Occupation with Christ Related to Suffering for Blessing, 1 Peter 1:6-9.

1 Peter 1:6-9, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”

As noted above, there are three stages of Underserved Suffering for Blessing that may come to the believer who reaches the three stages of spiritual adulthood. They include:

Providential Preventative Suffering is the challenge for Spiritual Self-Esteem as the warm-up for Momentum Testing. There are five categories of testing; people testing, system testing, thought testing, prosperity testing, and disaster testing.

Momentum Testing is the challenge to Spiritual Autonomy and the means of attaining Spiritual Maturity. The same five categories of testing apply yet with intensity: people testing, system testing, thought testing, prosperity testing, and disaster testing.

Evidence Testing is the challenge to Spiritual Maturity, and the means of becoming a witness for the Prosecution in the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial in the historic stage of the Angelic Conflict.

God never administers PPS until the believer has attained SSE. God never administers MT until the believer has reached SA. God never administers ET until the believer has reached SM. That is because God will never test you beyond what you are able to handle, 1 Cor 10:13.

1 Cor 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

Therefore, having grown to any one of the three stages of spiritual adulthood means that due to past Occupation with Christ, you have stored up in the heart, (right lobe) of your soul, large amounts of Bible Doctrine. That Doctrine, stimulated by the application of the 11 Problem Solving Devices, coupled with the Filling of God the Holy Spirit which provide you with the necessary power to overcome the category of Undeserved Suffering you are facing. When you apply that Doctrine, you continue to be Occupied with Christ by flexing your spiritual muscles in order to be an overcomer / winner believer.

Eph 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

When you are truly occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ, you have inner invincibility to face any challenges that life throws at you.

In Mat 11:28-30, we have an exhortation and promise from our Lord in regard to being occupied with Him.

Mat 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

To be “yoked to Christ” is to be Occupied with Christ, which begins at salvation and continues throughout your spiritual walk when you are in fellowship with Him.

Jesus is saying these things in contrast to the legalistic religion of that day and the religions of our day too. Legalism, (salvation by works), and a ritualistic worship is a heavy burden on the believer. It is made up entirely of human works and effort that leads to nothing. Yet in contrast, when we are occupied with Christ, He is working by our side, and we are in “lock step” with Him as we face the various challenges of life.

In contrast to the teachings of Pharisees and religion, Jesus’ yoke and burden is easy and light. That is, for those who are occupied with Christ, living the spiritual way of life is not a hardship, because you are not relying on yourself to solve your problems and provide for yourself or your family. You instead are relying upon God.

We have a twofold invitation here followed by a promise. In vs. 28, the invitation is to the unbeliever. In vs. 29, the invitation is to the believer. This is followed by a promise in vs. 30. This great invitation is extended to all and is threefold:

Verse 28, “Come to Me,” [DEUTE – δεῦτε (dyoo’-teh)] is a command to all to believe on Jesus Christ for their salvation. It is an invitation to the unbeliever. It is the strongest possible invitation. Jesus is saying, in the strongest possible way, the importance of coming to Him. This is the first step of being Occupied with Christ.

He is calling out specifically to those who are caught up in the works of religion, “all who are weary and heavy-laden,” is better translated, “all who are weary from labor and heavily burdened.”

  • “Weary” [KOPIAO – κοπιάω (kop-ee-ah’-o)]) is a Present, Active, Participle that means, “to have worked to the point of exhaustion in trying to save yourself.” This is a perfect invitation to the Jew, because they were working to the point of exhaustion for salvation.
  • “And are heavily burdened” [PHORTIZO – φορτίζω (for-tid’-zo)] is a reference to the tremendous load of religion that they are carrying.

It is in the Perfect Tense: They have been burdened down with this religious load in the past, and it is about to break their backs.

  • “And I will give you rest” – This is the rest of salvation, eternal security based upon faith in the saving work of Christ on the Cross, which is the first step necessary to be Occupied with the Person of Jesus Christ, as opposed to the heavy weight of religion and its works for salvation program.

Verse 29, “Take My yoke…and learn from Me.” An invitation to the believer to be Occupied with Christ in the perception of Bible Doctrine, which is academic discipleship that leads to the Faith Rest life, “you shall find rest.” You have to know His Word before you can serve Him.

Verse 30, “My yoke is easy.” The yoke is service in phase two. This is the service we enter into each day. Being Occupied with Christ means that serving God is not a difficulty to us.

“My burden [PHORTION –  φορτίον (for-tee’-on)] is light.” The burden is opposition, suffering; underserved suffering that we encounter every day.

“The burden is light,” easy to carry; Jesus is saying that when you get into fellowship with Him, it is the greatest thing that could ever happen. The fact is, we all have underserved suffering as believers, but our Lord is telling us that it is going to be wonderful.

Christ offers a yoke that is easy in contrast to the grinding, binding yoke of the law and religion, Acts 15:10.

Note the double use of the word “rest” in these passages; “I will give you rest,” this is the peace with God that comes with salvation, “You will find rest,” this is the peace of God that comes with surrender, Phil. 4:6-9.

To be yoked to Christ is the greatest blessing possible.

This is a promise from God and the reality of living the unique spiritual life of the Church Age; therefore, how petty it is when we complain about our burdens!

Oswald Chambers has put together an interesting piece called “Inner Invincibility,” from His book “My Utmost for His Highest.” Below are several principles adapted from that piece.

When you achieve spiritual adulthood, our Lord has brought you to the point where you can have fellowship with Him, yet many times, He only hears you moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!”

Jesus is asking you to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that you can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

So, the question is, “Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that?” If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you, moving you forward when going through trials and tribulation.

In Isa 40:29, He says, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.”

This means that God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, (if we let Him), and then our complaining will turn into a hymn of praise.

The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him. Likewise, in Neh 8:10, it says, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

So, ask yourself, “Where do the saints get their joy?” If you did not know some Christians well, you might think from just observing them that they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light, and the joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well.

The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and not the burden that produced it.

No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.

If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out. It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength.

Occupation with Christ Related to the Time Line of Christ’s Suffering, Death, and Resurrection.

Jesus Time Line of the cross Jewish Festivals

For the dates of the Jewish feasts read Lev 23:4-14.

Occupation with Christ Related to the Seven Sayings of Jesus Christ While on the Cross.

1st Phrase

Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Regarding all those involved in His crucifixion, this sums up the reason for the Cross, the forgiveness of our sins.

Our Lord is using the 9th Problem Solving Device of Impersonal Unconditional love for all mankind, and calling on the Father to honor the 1st PSD, the forgiveness of confessed sins (Rebound).

This love is based upon the subject (Jesus Christ) not the object (them – mankind).

Forgiveness of Sin is the reason for the crucifixion as promised by God in Jer 31:34.

Jer 31:34, “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Rom 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own impersonal unconditional love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died (spiritually) for us.”

Forgiveness of sin is the attitude we must have towards repentant believers.

Mat 18:21-22, “Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (490)”.”

Luke 17:3-4, “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

Our Lord was exercising this love from His own integrity and Doctrine resident in His human soul.

These people that He is impersonally and unconditionally loving had just beaten Him up, spit on Him, mocked Him, and crucified Him. He did not get bitter but utilized this Problem-Solving Device.

Heb 12:3, “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.”

This type of love does not try to get people back for hurting you. It does not seek to gain revenge. It is patient, it is kind, and will endure all types of suffering.

2nd Phrase

Luke 23:43, “Truly, I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

This is the promise to all that believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus is replying to the thief who had come to the realization that Jesus was the Christ. Jesus promised him that they would be reunited in Paradise that very day, once they both had died.

Paradise is one of two compartments in Hades (Greek term) / Sheol (Hebrew term, Gen 37:35), which is inside planet earth: Luke 16:19-31; Eph 4:8.

The other compartment is called “the place of torments” based on Luke 16:23. Torments is the place where all unbelievers go upon death, until the Great White Throne Judgment of Rev 20-11-15, where they will then be thrown into the Eternal Lake of Fire, (because of their rejection of Jesus as their Savior), along with Satan and all of the fallen angels.

Paradise was the place Old Testament believers went to upon death until the resurrection of Jesus. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all believers in Paradise were brought to heaven, Eph 4:8, and all subsequent believers who die go directly to Heaven; as will the Rapture generation, 2 Cor 12:4; Rev 2:7.

When our Lord died physically, His human soul went into Hades to the compartment of Paradise, Luke 23:43; Acts 2:27, 31; Eph. 4:9.

It is interesting to note that this thief had just believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. Previously, he was like the rest of the crowd hurling insults at Him, Mat 27:44; Mark 15:32. He could do nothing but believe, because he was hanging on a cross dying. He could do nothing physically but hang there. He could NOT perform any “good works” to save himself or be baptized in water. Therefore, faith alone in Christ alone as the way to salvation is confirmed.

3rd Phrase

John 19:25-26, “Therefore the soldiers did these things.  But there were standing by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple (John) whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household.”

Jesus kept every detail of the Law as the perfect sacrifice, He was without spot or blemish. Our Lord was obeying the commandment to, “honor your father and mother,” Ex 20:12. Even though our Lord was going through tremendous suffering, He did not forget the commandments of God.

He had all his faculties. He was cycling Bible Doctrine through the heart, (right lobe) of His soul, all the time while on the Cross. He was careful to keep every point of the Mosaic Law, which He was fulfilling down to the very jot and tittle, Mat 5:17.

Just as we are to be careful in our lives to perceive, metabolize, and apply Bible Doctrine on a daily basis, Eph 5:15-17; 2 Tim 2:14-26, and walk in it. Compare with Gal 6:2.

4th Phrase

Mark 15:34, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” (See also Mat 27:46; Mark 15:33.)

Jesus received the judgment and penalty for our sins which was separation from the Father in His humanity. This phrase noted in Mat 27:46, Mark 15:33 and prophesized in Psa 22:1 was literally screamed. Here our Lord stated a rhetorical question to God the Father. He knew why He was being forsaken, because He was being judged for the sins of the entire world, Rom 5:12-20; 6:2, 10.

The penalty for the judgment of our sins was His spiritual death, which is separation from God. He was separated in His humanity not in His deity as God is One and cannot be separated, Deut 6:4. In addition, deity cannot die, only humanity can die physically and more importantly spiritually.

This was the reason for the Incarnation. God the Son became man, entered into the human race, so that He could suffer spiritual death on our behalf. So, our Lord’s humanity suffered the penalty for our sins in Spiritual Death separation from God the Father, which was more painful to Him than all of the physical torture He had endured.

Rom 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own impersonal unconditional love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died (spiritually) for us.”

This is also noted when comparing the 6th phrase, “it is finished,” that means the payment of sin was completed. Therefore, it was not His physical death or the literal shedding of His blood that paid for our sins. Likewise, the 7th phrase indicates that spiritual death came before physical death.

5th Phrase

John 19:28, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished (salvation plan for mankind, the Plan of God for His life, fulfillment of the Mosaic Law), in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I am thirsty’.”

Jesus stresses the fact of His humanity. This was done in fulfillment of the prophecy found in Psa 69:21, as was John 19:24 (dividing up His outer garment), and John 19:31-37, (not breaking His bones and piercing Him).

In addition, this gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ condition in His humanity. Remember that deity does not get thirsty, only humanity can. Jesus is reminding us that He is a man. God promised David that he would have a Son who would reign forever. This demanded that God take upon Himself humanity. Therefore, Jesus is the Son of God, but He is also the Son of Man. He is the promised son of David who would be King.

His humanity does for us several things.

  • It provided us with a King; He is the Son of David. He is our Royal High Priest.
  • It provided us with a mediator before God. A mediator must be equal to both parties. 1 Tim. 2:5
  • It provided us with a High Priest who represents us to God and God to us. Heb 6:20
  • It provided for us a Savior through His sacrifice of being like kind to mankind. Rev 5:5

We too must have an attitude of sacrifice to fulfill God’s Plan for our lives.

Mat 10:42, “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

6th Phrase

John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head, and gave up His human spirit.”

The Plan of the Father for the forgiveness of sins for the entire world was now complete. The phrase, “It is finished,” refers to the judgment of our sins which provides for our salvation. In other words, the work for salvation was completed once and for all time.

This tells us that God’s Plan for salvation is complete and that God has done all the work for us.

  • The Son of God received the penalty for our sins.
  • God the Father judged our sins in the body of Jesus Christ.
  • God the Holy Spirit sustained the humanity of Jesus Christ throughout the entire process of the trials and the Cross, Heb 9:14.

Therefore, God gets all the credit for our salvation.

This means that we can add nothing to salvation. To add anything to salvation is blasphemy. It is like saying that our Lord’s work on the Cross was not enough and is not complete and perfect.

This phrase also reveals that the sin problem has been resolved. Sin is no longer an issue with God. The dividing barrier of sin that stood between God and man has been torn down, signified by the veil in the temple being torn in two, Mat 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45.

Now the issue is your volition. What do you think of Christ? Will you believe in Him or will you reject Him?

Because sin has been paid for, the unbeliever will not be judged for his or her sins but according to their works, Rev 20:11-13. The unbeliever foolishly relies upon his own good works to get him into heaven.

The only “work” for salvation that God wants from us is to, “Believe in His Son Jesus Christ.” John 6:28-29, which is a non-meritorious act of faith.

John 6:28, “Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent”.”

The 6th phrase, “it is finished,” means that the payment of the penalty for our sins was completed once and for all time. The Greek verb TETELESTAI is in the Perfect Tense and Indicative Mood, which means an action has been completed in the past action, where the results continue forever. The Third Person, Passive Voice tells us that “it,” God’s Plan for our salvation, received the action of completion based upon Jesus being judged for our sins.

Therefore, it was not His physical death or the literal shedding of His blood that paid for our sins, but it was His spiritual sacrifice that paid the penalty for our sins. “It is finished.”

7th Phrase

Luke 23:46, “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My (human) spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.” (Although not quoted, it is eluded to in Mat 27:50 and Mark 15:37.)

He was entrusting His eternal spirit to the Father, just as we all should. The Lord Jesus Christ died voluntarily, John 10:17-18. The work of salvation had been completed at this point. His work had been accomplished for which He had been sent.

The 7th phrase indicates that physical death came after His spiritual death, (the payment for the penalty of our sins). Therefore, the blood of Christ that saves is analogous to His spiritual death on the Cross not His physical blood.  The blood of Christ that saves is not representative or literally His physical blood which He shed on the Cross.

His literal blood or the representative of His literal blood called the Communion or Eucharist wine will never save anyone. The Eucharist is only a memorial or “thanksgiving” ceremony of His Spiritual death on the Cross. You can only be saved by believing that Jesus paid for your sins while on the Cross, (His spiritual death on the Cross). You are not saved, nor are you indwelt by Jesus, when you partake of the communion elements.

God had seen Jesus through the entire process. The Spirit worked within His soul to keep Him from sinning. The Father kept His body intact as the sins of the world were ripping apart His body and soul.

God sustained Him so that He could fulfill the work. We too must trust in God to sustain us to fulfill His work in us. And when that work is completed, trust Him all the way home just as Jesus did… “into your hands I commit My spirit,” Psa 31:1-5.

So, Jesus voluntarily gave up His life and committed His spirit into the hands of the One that had sustained it in life. Upon giving up His spirit, His spirit went into the 3rd heaven, God’s throne room, where God the Father dwells, Luke 23:46.

Our Lord’s saving work on the cross:

  • Propitiated God the Father.
  • Redeemed us from the slave market of sin.
  • Reconciled us to God.

Resurrection:  After 3 days and 3 nights in the grave, He rose from the dead, Mat 12:39-40.

Our Lord:

  • Rose from the dead
  • Ascended into heaven
  • Is now Seated at the right hand of God the Father

Our Lord has 3 Royal Titles:

  • Son of God” – His Royalty as a member of the Trinity!
  • Son of David” – Ruler of Israel
  • King of kings and Lord of lords” – Ruler of the Church

Occupation with Christ as a Foundation or Basis.

  • It is the basis by which the mature believer contributes to national blessing, Deut 30:1516, 20.
  • It produces combat courage and victory in battle, Joshua 23:10‑11.
  • It is the basis for preservation in testing, Psa 31:23‑24.
  • It is the basis of stability and great happiness, Psa 16:8‑9.

Psa 16:8-9, “I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely.”

  • It results in supergrace escrow blessings, Psa 37:1-11.
  • It is the basis for strength under pressure, Hab 3:19; 2 Cor 1:8-10; Eph 1:19; 6:10; Heb 11:27; 1 Peter 4:11.
  • It avoids soul fatigue, Isa 40:30-31; Gal 6:9-10; Heb 12:3.
  • It is both the basis for support and the motivation to pass suffering for blessing tests, (PPS and MT), and it even intensifies during Evidence Testing, Phil 3:7-10.

Characteristics of Occupation with the Person of Christ.

  • Since Christ is the manifest person of the Godhead, maximum love toward the second person of the Trinity is called Occupation with Christ.
  • Occupation with Christ is the maximum expression of category one love toward God, the objective of all believers in every dispensation.

Deut 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart (right lobe).”  It is Bible Doctrine in the right lobe of the soul that gives you the ability to love the Lord. See also Mat 23:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27.

  • Occupation with Christ in maturity becomes the means of great decisions and great dynamics in history.

Heb 11:27, “Moses gave up the crown of Egypt. He became strong under pressure, for he kept on seeing the invisible One.”

  • Occupation with Christ and +H sustained Moses as he moved through Momentum Testing and Evidence Testing. Our Lord demonstrated the same strength as His Occupation with the Father carried Him to the Cross.

Luke 22:42, “…yet not My will but Yours be done…”, with Heb 12:2, “…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…”

  • Occupation with Christ begins with the believer’s entrance into spiritual adulthood, Col 3:15-17.
  • Occupation with Christ glorifies Christ, Eph 3:1921.
  • The means of Occupation with Christ is the daily metabolization of Bible Doctrine inside God’s Power system, Jer 9:2324; Eph 3:18‑19.
  • Occupation with Christ eliminates the superficialities of human celebrityship, Phil 3:7‑8.
  • Occupation with Christ motivates the pastor to communicate Doctrine so that the royal priesthood reaches maturity, Heb 6:10.

Heb 6:10, “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.”

  • Perception, Metabolization, and application of Bible Doctrine by means of the Filling of the Holy Spirit is the mechanics which produce Occupation with Christ, James 1:19-25, 2:20‑23.
  • An illustration of Occupation with Christ is given in the New Testament under the principle of romantic love and marriage, Eph 5:2533.
  • Occupation with Christ is related to the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict, Col 1:13-20 with 3:1‑17.

The Pattern of “Loser Believer” who is not Occupied with Christ.

Loser believers are defined as those believers in Jesus Christ who are negative toward Bible Doctrine and fail to execute the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God.

  • He is described in Gal 5:1-6 as, “You have been alienated from Christ, you have drifted off course from grace.”
  • He is described in Heb 12:15 as, “coming short of the grace of God.”
  • He is described as a psychotic or neurotic believer, Deut 28:28; James 1:5-8; 4:8-16.
  • He is described as “the lukewarm believer” in Rev 3:15-16. The lukewarm believer was once hot but has cooled down.
  • He is described as “a shipwrecked believer” in 1 Tim 1:19, “Having Doctrine and a good conscience, which some believers have pushed aside, in fact they have become shipwrecked concerning their faith.”
  • He is described as “the flawed believer” in James 1:23-24.

The Nomenclature for Christian Losers.

  • The carnal (fleshly) believer, Rom 8:7-8; 1 Cor 3:1‑3.
  • Prisoner to the law of sin, Rom 7:23.
  • A wretched believer, Rom 7:24.
  • Grieving the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30.
  • Quenching the Spirit, 1 Thes 5:19.
  • The enemy of the Cross, Phil 3:18.
  • The enemy of God, James 4:4.
  • The hearer of the Word but not a doer, James 1:23-24.

The loser has wrong priorities, and therefore he cannot fulfill the mechanics which produce Occupation with the person of Christ.

  • The loser’s wrong priorities place Christian fellowship and Christian service above learning Bible Doctrine.
  • Whether legalism or antinomianism, wrong priorities can include emphasis on Christian fellowship, romance, money, sex, pleasure, promotion, social life, friends, material things, or status symbols related to either Christian service or materialistic possessions. Not all these are wrong or necessarily sinful. But if you put something before Bible Doctrine, it can never be a source of happiness for you; it will in fact be a source of misery to you.
  • Therefore, losers have unrealistic expectations. The loser is not loved the way he thinks he ought to be loved, and he is not treated the way he thinks he ought to be treated. Therefore, the loser concentrates on his wrong priorities to the exclusion of Bible Doctrine. The loser organizes his life around wrong priorities so that he fails to fulfill God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life.
  • Losers reject post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. They become indifferent to or neglect Bible Doctrine.
  • The loser organizes his thinking in the sphere of Satan’s cosmic system so that the arrogance complex becomes his way of operation.
  • Wrong priorities in life exclude Bible Doctrine. Therefore, the loser fails to function under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. He organizes his thinking around wrong priorities so that he is no longer motivated to be consistent in his exposure to Bible Doctrine.
  • Occupation with the wrong priorities in life results in preoccupation with self to the exclusion of metabolized Doctrine in the right lobe. The loser concentrates on wrong priorities so that he becomes a loser in the protocol plan of God.

Therefore, the loser cannot use this wonderful Problem-Solving Device of Occupation with Christ. You cannot be Occupied with Christ and at the same time be involved in the arrogance complex.  Occupation with Christ demands maximum perception of the mystery Doctrine of the Church Age.

As a loser, he becomes a cosmic Christian involved in blackout of the soul, emotional revolt of the soul, scar tissue of the soul, cosmic involvement, and reverse-process reversionism.

The loser does not lose his salvation, but he fails to become an invisible hero and glorify God. As a result, he loses out on his escrow blessings for time and eternity, 1 Cor 3:15-20.

The loser does not have a Personal Sense of Destiny, Personal Love for God, Impersonal Love for all Mankind, nor Occupation with the person of Christ. The loser may have -H (minus happiness) but he does not have +H (God’s happiness).

Heb 10:35-36 – Gives the warning to loser believers.

Heb 10:35, “Therefore, do not throw away as worthless your confidence which keeps on having rich distribution of blessing (escrow blessing). But you keep on having need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the deposit (escrow blessings for time) which was promised.”

Confidence is what you have as a result of making Doctrine your #1 priority in life. It becomes the basis of your concentration, so that you organize your life and your thinking around Doctrine, so that your concentration on Doctrine becomes the focus and motivation of your life. This is the priority solution to life.

But you can throw all that away by having the wrong priorities. Do not throw away your confidence, which is the importance of Bible Doctrine in your life.

When Doctrine is #1 priority, you are going to persevere through all kinds of Bible classes, whether they are of interest to you or not, whether you are tired or alert.

  • Perseverance means residence, function, and momentum inside God’s Power System. Perseverance means to keep on taking in Doctrine on a consistent basis.

The Romans said, WINQIT QUI PATITUR, translated, “He is a winner who perseveres.”

To do the will of God means to persevere to the point of Occupation with Christ, carrying you through the three stages of spiritual adulthood, with the three stages of Underserved Suffering resulting in the execution of the Plan of God for your life.

So, the warning to the loser is this:  Do not make anything else but Bible Doctrine the #1 priority in your life.

2 John 8-9, “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching (Bible Doctrine), he has (fellowship with) both the Father and the Son.”

Conclusion.

Occupation with Christ is the ultimate function and perspective of the Christian way of life. Occupation with Christ is the only answer to unrealistic expectations in life, which include not being treated the way you think you should be treated, and not being loved the way you think you should be loved. Out of the Eleven Problem Solving Devices of the God’s Protocol Plan for your life, Occupation with Christ is the ultimate experience. Phil 3:7-10.

Phil 3:7, “Whatever things were gain to me, I have concluded them loss for the sake of Christ.”

Occupation with Christ straightens out your priorities. Many people have inordinate ambition and are looking for success.

Phil 3:8, “I conclude all things to be loss because of the surpassing greatness of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord, because I have suffered the loss of all things, and I now conclude them dung in order that I may gain Christ.”

This is love for Christ and Occupation with Christ. Paul as a visible hero had reached the peak of human success and achievement in Judaism.

Phil 3:9, “And that I may be demonstrated in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that righteousness which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God at the point of faith in Christ.”

What is the demonstration of our positional sanctification?  It is Occupation with Christ.  Most believers think morality is the Christian life. But because of their self-righteous arrogance and legalism, they fail completely.

What experience demonstrates that you are in Christ, since that is an unseen accomplishment since the day of your salvation?  Your use of the Problem-Solving Devices. In view here is Occupation with the Person of Jesus Christ.

We depend upon the imputed righteousness of God at salvation to be good enough to live with God forever. We cannot improve on God’s righteousness. God intends for us to develop virtue, something much higher than the morality produced by keeping the law. Morality inevitably produces arrogance in the subject.

No one can be saved by keeping the Law; no one can be spiritual by keeping the Law.

Phil 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Christ with reference to His death.”

This verse is a complete statement of Occupation with Christ. Note that the verse begins with, “I may know Him.” This means you come to understand who and what Christ is by putting together all the Doctrine you have ever learned.

The dynamics of Occupation with Christ are given in the next phrase, “and the power of His resurrection.”

Two categories of Divine power were used in the resurrection of Christ.

  • The omnipotence of the Father restored our Lord’s human spirit in heaven to His body in the grave, and thereby became an agent in the resurrection, Acts 2:24; Rom 6:4; Eph 1:20; Col 2:12; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Pet 1:21.
  • The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit restored our Lord’s human soul from Hades to His body in the grave, and thereby became an agent in the resurrection, Rom 1:4, 8:11; 1 Peter 3:18.

Jesus Christ could have also restored His own soul and spirit, according to John 10:17-18. He could have raised Himself from the dead by His own divine power. But that would have violated the principle of KENOSIS, in which He was solely dependent upon the power of the Father and Holy Spirit during the Hypostatic Union on earth.

During His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus Christ did not use His omnipotence to benefit Himself, to provide for Himself, to raise Himself from the dead, nor to glorify Himself. Under the Doctrine of KENOSIS, Jesus Christ did not use His Divine attributes to function independently of the Father’s plan.

However, during His First Advent, our Lord’s omnipotence did continue to hold the universe together and perpetuate human history, Col 1:16; Heb 1:3.

The same Divine power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is now available to every Church Age believer to execute the Plan of God for their lives.

  • The omnipotence of God the Father is related to our Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
  • The omnipotence of God the Son is related to the preservation and perpetuation of human history.
  • The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is related to residence, function, and momentum inside God’s Power System.

The utilization of Divine omnipotence during the Church Age is the basis for the manufacture of invisible heroes, and is also the basis for coming to the point of Occupation with the Person of Christ.

“Being conformed to His death” is tantamount to using the Problem-Solving Devices of God’s Plan while under maximum pressure in life. The key to doing so is Occupation with the Person of Christ.

Occupation with Christ means waiting imminently for His Second Coming:  Imminency means impending or threatening to occur immediately. It does not mean immediately.

The term Rapture is a theological technically term describing the Resurrection of the Church, (the Body of Christ), at the conclusion of the Church Age, 1 Cor 15:20, 23-24, 51-57; 1 Thes 4:13-18.

No prophecy has to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs. The Rapture will occur when the last member of the body of Christ is saved. The Church Age is the only dispensation in which there are historical trends and no prophecy. The Church Age began with an event prophesied:  The baptism of the Spirit. Our Lord prophesied this in the Upper Room Discourse and just before He ascended. The Church Age terminates with the Rapture, which was also prophesied. There is no prophecy related to the Church between these two events. This is the dispensation of the Mystery Doctrine.

No prophecy between the baptism of the Spirit and the Rapture means that the Rapture is imminent. It could occur at any time; no one knows the day or the hour.

The resurrection of the Church is totally beyond our control, because resurrection is the Lord’s victory. 1 Cor 15:57, “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

While the Rapture is imminent, the Second Advent is not. Before the Second Advent occurs, there are many prophecies which must occur, e.g., the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Seal, Bowl, and Trumpet Judgments, the Judgment Seat of Christ, etc., Rev 6-19.

The Second Advent is part of the overall prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. In vs 25-26, we saw the prophecy of our Lord’s First Advent, and when compared with Nehemiah 2:4-8, we have the beginning of the 69-week prophecy where we have its conclusion of Christ being “cut off” (rejected), which occurred on the “Palm Sunday,” prior to our Lord’s crucifixion.

Therefore, there is now (1) week of prophecy yet to be fulfilled regarding our Lord’s Second Advent. Remember this is a prophecy for the completion of the Age of Israel and not a prophecy for the Church. Since we have a succinct prophecy of the timeline for our Lord’s First Advent, it makes sense that there would be one for His Second Advent.

Our Lord’s Second Advent occurs at the end of the seven-year Tribulation which is noted in Dan 9:27. Between the cutting off of Messiah and the seven-year tribulation culminating in His Second Advent, the Church Age was inserted. Once the Church Age is complete, then the Rapture of the Church will occur and the seven-year Tribulation will begin soon after.

The potential time line for our Lord’s Second Advent is found in Ezekiel 4:4-8, while the whole of Chapters 4 & 5 gives us explanation about this prophecy that clearly relates it to the Tribulation.

Ezekiel prophesizes a total number of days for Israel to be under discipline at 430. As is common in prophecy 1 day = 1 year; therefore, we have a total of 430 years. They were under Babylonian Captivity 70 years, so 430 – 70 = 360 years left in the prophecy.

Lev 26:18, 21, 24, 28 tells us that because of disobedience, the discipline is multiplied times 7. Therefore, 360 x 7 = 2,520 yrs. To convert the years into days we multiply 2,520 x 360 days in the Jewish calendar which equals a total of 907,200 days left of discipline.

From the Spring 536 BC, (when Cyrus decrees Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple lifting them from the Babylonian exile), to May 18, 1948 is a total of 907,200 days, which is the end of discipline and exile. May 18, 1948 just happens to be the day Israel’s Declaration of Independence came into effect post World War II.

Mat 24:32-34, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” See also Mark 13:28.

A generation in scripture can be 40 years, (wandering in the wilderness), 70 years (especially associated with Jerusalem), or 100 years, (age of Abraham when Isaac was born).

We also know from our study of the Seven Feasts of Israel that Christ fulfilled the first four Feasts during His First Advent, and that He will fulfill the last three during His Second Coming, beginning with the Rapture of the Church, coinciding with the next Feast on the Jewish calendar, the Feast of Trumpets known as Rosh Hashanah today.

Nevertheless, the early Church anticipated the Rapture under the concept of imminency, 1 Cor 1:4-8. “I always thank my God concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched by Him by all the Doctrine and all the knowledge, even as the testimony concerning you was confirmed among you. You were not lacking any of the spiritual gifts. You should be eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rapture), who will strengthen you to the end (of Church Age), blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

To be “strengthened to the end” refers not to the end of their lives, but to the end of the Church Age.

So, while the Rapture is imminent, no one really knows when it will occur. Three times in Revelation is the phrase, “I am coming soon” – Rev 22:7, 12, 20. Remember that to the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years as a day, 2 Peter 3:8. This statement was made in A.D. 96, and this is now A.D. 2015. Therefore, “soon” connotes imminency, not immediacy.

Titus 2:13, “Waiting with keen anticipation for that blessed hope (Rapture), even the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.”

How do you wait with keen anticipation? You wait through thinking; you wait with patience, which is the application of Bible Doctrine. You know the Rapture is coming. It may not occur in your lifetime, but you still know it is coming. In this way, you apply Doctrine, are Occupied with the Person of Jesus Christ, utilize +H, virtue-love, hope 2 and hope 3, so that you have a wonderful life and death.

The Imminency of the Rapture is a Doctrine for mature believers only. A mature believer is eager for the Rapture to occur, not as part of escapism from the problems and details of life, but to eagerly serve Him with great expectation each and every day, because he is so Occupied with Christ. Yet, only the Trinity knows when the Rapture is going to occur.

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Part 3 of the Gospel of John 16 encompasses:

Vs. 7-15, The Promise of the Holy Spirit and His Office.

Three-fold “Convicting” Ministries of God the Holy Spirit Concerning Sin, Righteousness, and Judgment.

Grace, the Doctrine of Spiritual I.Q. & the Doctrine of Bible Teaching.

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