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essay: 10 PSD’s Explained

March 30, 2014

The 10 PSD’s Explained

 

(1) Naming a known sin: (Rebound), or use of 1Jn 1:9 This is particulate, occurring when you’re aware you have sinned. As a result, you are back on-line with the Holy Spirit, you are again able to truly learn Scripture accurately, and doctrine is circulating in your soul (else, only the semblance of learning/circulation is going on). NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: being offline with God, estranged from Him.
(2) Being Filled with the Holy Spirit. This is a static, unfelt condition, which is the status, when you are NOT carnal, of being on-line with the Holy Spirit, so you can think Doctrine and learn it. It only is available via #1, above. The second you are saved, you are (among other assets), Filled. The second you sin, whether you know it or not, you are carnal. #1 restores you to a Filled status. This is true whether you are a baby Christian, or an adult Christian, or a mature Christian — or anywhere in between. Spirituality is a status, is absolute, not relative (spiritual growth depends on being in a repeated status of spirituality). In short, #1 is a license to grow spiritually, via #2’s status — NOT a “license to sin”, as some baby Christians mistakenly think! NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: being stuck with mere, puny, human thinking-power.
(3) Faith-Rest. This is a big category. It includes believing promises, Doctrinal rationales, reasoning out promises, the actual function of believing teaching, and trusting God when you are in trouble, maligned, etc. — rather than trying to solve the problem yourself (think of Jacob’s-son-Joseph’s story). It’s an attitude of looking-to-God, the source of power and truth. Not reliance on self or externals (all of which are weak and disappointing).
(4) Grace thinking, which is ALWAYS AND ONLY FUELED BY FAITH-REST: included here would be your awareness of all grace concepts and how they apply to the circumstance, to the person(s), and or to life. This category is particulate in that way, but also, like faith-rest, an attitude which is manifest by a great deal of relaxation, the more you “grow” in it. NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: the tyranny of being stuck in right/wrong, tit-for-tat thinking. It doesn’t matter if others make mistakes, and it doesn’t matter if you do, either. What a joy, such freedom-to-fail!
(5) Doctrinal thinking: this is the cycling of truth per se. It is active. It is, for example, the comparing of various doctrines and verses quickly in the mind to reach a decision or doctrinal rationales, to figure out something’s nature, or role. This is going on all the time, like breathing, the more you grow. It increases in quantity, scope, and most of all, speed, comprehension! as you grow. It is like a language in which you gradually become fluent. NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: the tyranny of falsehood, of anti-grace, of i-deserve, of blaming, guilt, and the whole panoply of our Energizer-Bunny impulses, the sin nature. THIS IS THE BIGGEST AREA, and the one Christians lack the most. Due to Total Depravity, we have no ‘dots’ of truth, and no mechanism to connect any ‘dots’ we get. Doctrinal Thinking, which is Truth, not only consists of the right and true ‘dots’, but also forges the proper connections. Freedom from lies, at last! And the Truth is Gorgeous. So what results, when the Grace Thinking and Doctrinal Thinking team up and get coordinated, is..
(6) A Personal Sense of Destiny: an awareness of where you are in your spiritual life, and God’s will for you. This category is both active, and attitudinal. It is perspective, and an active intertwiner with all the foregoing and succeeding categories. NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: “Who am I, where am I, what should I think/do, where do I fit in with God, people, life?” You can’t do any works of value until you know the ‘fit’. This ‘filter’, as it were, sorts out your life. So, this category of Divine Thinking is not only something you habitually come to do, but it is a stage of spiritual growth: adulthood.
(7) Personal Love for God (the Godhead): this is attitudinal, like breathing. Naturally there will be many particular thoughts as well. It is a phenomenal category! Rules your life! and not emotional (emotions are way too small, for this). NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: Because you love God, you are less apt to want to sin, so temptations can’t hook you as often or as deeply. This Love begins in spiritual adulthood (until “Christ is formed in you” — which is that Personal Sense of Destiny stage, you don’t even know how to love God). Romans 8:28 begins to characterize your life at this point. It, too, is a spiritual stage (a maturing of spiritual adulthood).
(8) Impersonal Love for others: as a result of Personal Love for God, you develop via Bible Doctrine’s circulation a love for others irrespective of their worthiness or attractiveness. This is a static attitude (becomes such), as you grow. The closest secular concept to it is ‘honor’. Again, way way above emotion. Emotion is like an ant, by comparison. NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: differences with people are overcome, because you don’t NEED them to conform to your standards, in order to love them. It’s “impersonal”, in that sense. Loving God leads to an ‘overflow’ of loving people, unconditionally. So all that anger, hurt, irritation, etc., gradually fades away. Someone who really hurt you long ago — you bear them no grudge. For, you are now obeying the Royal Law (Lev 19:18, Jas 2:8, and all of 1Jn). You’ve matured in Love for God enough — so this is a stage, as well as an ongoing, supernaturally-natural Divine Thinking pattern. This was Christ’s Thinking Pattern on the Cross, the ULTIMATE in fulfilling the Royal Law..
(9) Sharing the Happiness of God: this is a static attitude. Circumstances, pain, pressure, all are progressively less able to penetrate your happiness, because this Happiness is God’s, and you have (by this point) been given enough doctrine to “share” in His Own Happiness (part of our legacy in Christ). You will come to recognize sharing God’s Own Happiness (versus the shallow human ideas of happiness, which are all external-dependent), when: 1) you begin to habitually conclude that nothing but Him matters, anymore; 2) when you begin to realize that nothing you have, don’t have, do, however trivial or painful/pressured, matters, because after all, “the Lord is my portion”. NOTICE THE PROBLEM SOLVED: in short, the RELATIONSHIP with Him just plain makes you happy, and everything else is but a way to be with Him. It’s a BEINGNESS, a TOGETHERNESS. Externals become progressively unable to penetrate your constant contentment. So…
(10) Mind-on-Christ: you become constantly occupied with Christ. Your thoughts are about Him personally, and as you grow the preponderance of your thinking will be related to His Person, directly, and your lifestyle will organize around Him personally. The closest analogy is like that of a husband for his wife, and vice versa. The idea is, everything is ASSOCIATED with Him, so you ‘see’ Him in everything. Everything which happens, whatever you are doing, ‘reminds’ you of Him in some way. Moreover, you seek to imbue every thought you have, every activity, with some toward-Him expression: ‘Just because’.