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Doctrine of Personal Sense of Destiny 1

December 1, 2015

DOCTRINE OF A PERSONAL SENSE OF DESTINY

A. Introduction.
1. The sixth problem solving device for the Church Age believer is a personal sense of destiny.
2. The personal sense of destiny is related to the omnipotence of God, Eph 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we keep asking for ourselves or think, on the basis of the power which keeps on working for us.”
a. God can do all He wills to do, but He may not will to do all He can do.
(1) This is one of the first principles that a personal sense of destiny discovers. The conditions under which He wills these things is the foundation for deploying on the FLOT line of your soul a personal sense of destiny. God is able to do whatever He wills to do in the way in which He wills it.
(2) God does not do anything contrary to His essence. Therefore God cannot deny Himself. Because God cannot deny Himself, He cannot deny the fantastic eternal blessings above and beyond the resurrection body to the winner believer who used his volition in time to glorify God.
(3) Divine omnipotence is always compatible with a right thing done in a right way. God’s infinite and eternal power is limitless; it functions under the control of His perfect righteousness, justice, and wisdom of God. In the function of His divine power, God is able to do anything, which is compatible with His perfect divine essence. God never used His omnipotence to make a right wrong or a wrong right. God never uses His power to cause the end to justify the means.
(4) God does not choose to do everything by the immediate agency of His own omnipotence, but He has delegated His power to intermediate agents. The intermediate agent of the Church Age is every believer. Although God determines some things to come to pass unconditionally, most events of human history are actually planned conditionally through the obedience of mankind or the permitted disobedience of mankind to the divine mandates. Such mandates include three categories: the laws of divine establishment, eternal salvation, and the execution of the protocol plan of God. In each category God provides blessing for positive volition and judgment for negative volition. God’s eternal purpose for human history is never frustrated by the negative volition of mankind.
(5) The protocol plan of God for the Church is the greatest demonstration in all of history of the function of the volition of the believer in relationship to God’s available power. One of the great principles of having a personal sense of destiny is that you finally learn to take the responsibility for your own decisions, the good ones and the bad ones. The protocol plan of God for the Church demands the utilization of antecedent grace in eternity past to become effective in and through the utilization of this divine power.
(6) God’s eternal purpose for human history is never frustrated by negative volition to the laws of divine establishment, negative volition to the gospel, or negative volition to the protocol plan. God’s eternal purpose for human history is never frustrated because God has permitted disobedience of mankind in order to resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict. He has also ordained consequences of positive volition.
(7) For the believer a personal sense of destiny is related to cognition of the plan and power of God.
(8) Principles.
(a) A personal sense of destiny requires cognition of Bible doctrine pertinent to the protocol plan of God for the Church.
(b) A personal sense of destiny demands the function of the three spiritual skills as the means of utilizing the power of God resulting in the glory of God.
(c) A personal sense of destiny focuses on becoming a winner believer through offensive action of the spiritual life.
(d) A personal sense of destiny assigns number one priority to Bible doctrine, which results in learning and using the power of God, i.e., the three spiritual skills.
(e) A personal sense of destiny lives by the power and provision of God rather than the foibles and failures of the arrogance skills that include a lust for power and the motivations of the sin nature.
(f) The issue in life is not environment or circumstances but your volition, which lines up with the sovereignty and omnipotence of God, resulting in a life beyond gnosis, which is parlayed into the life beyond expectation.
(g) The function of the arrogance skills in the life of the believer result in the miserable circumstances of unrealistic expectation, which is sowing to the wind and reaping the whirlwind.
(h) Unrealistic expectation is the futile function of arrogance. The life beyond expectation is the awareness of the power and grace of God combined with the spiritual skills to form that personal sense of destiny. The personal sense of destiny only comes through the function of the problem solving devices FLOT line of the soul applied to experience. Otherwise for the believer, life is unrealistic expectation.
(i) A personal sense of destiny depends on the grace provision of divine power rather than the cultivation of human dynamics motivated by human success standards created by unrealistic expectation and great frustration; for the only success that counts for the believer is the execution of the protocol plan of God and the conveyance of your escrow blessings for time.
(j) The frustration of unrealistic expectation is fortified by the arrogance skills, by human viewpoint, and by negative volition toward Bible doctrine. We cannot glorify God by the function of human power. God’s glory demands the utilization of divine power. Therefore, the importance of being filled with all the fullness of God.
(k) The strategic victory of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the hypostatic union establishes precedence for the use of divine power in the execution of the protocol plan of God and the greatest sense of a personal sense of destiny in all of human history. Without understanding this concept there is no personal sense of destiny. The humanity of Christ gave up the independent exercise of His own divine attributes in order to establish precedence for the function of the spiritual skills in the Church Age.
i. The humanity of Christ relied on the same power options, which have been given to you as a believer. He did not use His own divine power. Isa 11:2, 42:1; Mt 12:18; Jn 3:34; Lk 4:1, 14; Heb 9:14.
ii. The humanity of Christ used the same three spiritual skills which have been given to us as a part of our portfolio of invisible assets. In hypostatic union He possessed eternal, unchangeable glory in His deity and He acquired eternal, unchangeable glory in His humanity through the function of the same three spiritual skills, which now reside in our portfolio of invisible assets and are available to us. The availability of the spiritual skills in our portfolio provides unlimited options for glorifying God under the same pattern of precedence established by the humanity of Christ. Our Lord demonstrated that the three spiritual skills could handle greater problems than we would ever face in life. More pressure was put on the humanity of Christ than was ever before or ever again will be put on any member of the human race.
iii. Our Lord had a personal sense of destiny from the function of the three spiritual skills. From that personal sense of destiny came His personal love for God the Father in His humanity. Our Lord’s personal sense of destiny was manifest in all He endured prior to going to the Cross and while hanging on the Cross. He never reacted because He had a personal sense of destiny. Heb 12:2, “Be concentrating on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our doctrine, who because of His exhibited happiness He endured the Cross and disregarded the shame, then He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Our Lord did not react to the shame of being judged for us because He functioned under the same three spiritual skills that are available to you.
iv. With this divine power all Church Age believers have the option of either executing the protocol plan of God for the Church and being filled with all the fullness from God or becoming a loser, who will find happiness no matter what he has or does in this life.
v. The result of using this divine power and executing the protocol plan of God is the life beyond gnosis, which is described in Eph 3:19 as being filled with all the fullness from God and God being able to do infinitely more than all we ask for or think on the basis of the power that keeps on working for us, Eph 3:20.
(l) If you have not established Bible doctrine as your highest priority, then you do not have a personal sense of destiny. Every time you succeed in any acquisition of any lust in the soul related to any success standard or form of stimulation, it is going to increase your unhappiness. To miss occupation with Christ is to miss the greatest blessing this life has to offer.
(9) Having a personal sense of destiny is the beginning of spiritual adulthood. From the personal sense of destiny comes the greatest problem solving devices: personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ.
b. You have a far greater power and spiritual life than ever existed before or will ever exist after the Church Age. You have something far greater than miracles. You have equal privilege and opportunity to use the greatest availability of divine power ever made in history. Realizing this power is available to you and acting upon it in your thinking is part of your personal sense of destiny. The ordinary believer has power available to change the course of history through invisible heroship.
c. This verse describes the life beyond expectation.
(1) The life beyond expectation is described in two ways.
(a) Over and beyond anything for which we could ask for.
(b) Over and beyond anything we could anticipate in thinking or in imagination.
(2) The life beyond expectation is the offensive action through the function of the three spiritual skills, Eph 4:23-24.
(3) The life beyond expectation emphasizes the importance of the function of the two power options in the life of every believer.
(4) This is your spiritual life: the life beyond gnosis, Eph 3:19, and the life beyond expectation, Eph 3:20.
(5) Epignosis is the life beyond gnosis.
(6) Epignosis is the result of making Bible doctrine number one priority in your life.
(7) On each side of epignosis is the key to your spiritual life. On one side you have the filling of the Spirit, on the other side you have the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul: the filling of the Spirit plus operation Z (epignosis) plus problem solving devices equals execution of the protocol plan of God and glorification of God.
3. Eph 3:21, “to Him [God the Father] the glory by agency of the church and by agency of Christ Jesus with reference to all generations of this unique age of the ages. I believe it.”
a. The fulfillment of your spiritual life is the means of glorifying God. God is glorified by means of the Church in the life beyond gnosis and the life beyond expectation. The ultimate objective is to glorify God and the awareness of this objective reaches its peak at the point of having a personal sense of destiny.
b. The victory of the humanity of Christ fulfilled two great doctrinal concepts: historical victory–precedence for the modus operandi of the Christian way of life utilized by the humanity of Christ, eschatological victory–for the humanity of Christ as the son of David will return at the second Advent to fulfill the unconditional Davidic covenant. The strategic victory of Christ paves the way for the Church Age believer to enter into the tactical victory of your own spiritual life.
c. The issue in every generation of the Church Age is volition related to desire to known the will, plan, and purpose for your life, and having learned these things to use the spiritual skills to glorify God to resolve the prehistorical angelic conflict. The motivation to learn and execute the protocol plan of God must come from you.
d. As you learn doctrine, problem solving devices are developed in your soul. The problem solving devices become the basis for great blessing in your life. They prevent the outside pressures of adversity from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul, give you accurate and objective application of doctrine, provide motivation and soul environment for the attainment of spiritual capacity righteousness, and develop increasing motivation from right priorities and true spiritual values. The problem solving devices win the battles of the soul: stress, sin, false doctrine, wrong solutions, etc.
e. In every generation of Church history certain positive believers make Bible doctrine number one priority in their lives. They establish spiritual values through the application of metabolized doctrine to experience. The FLOT line of their soul becomes the staging area for offensive action of the spiritual skills and the basis for the most fantastic life God has ever given to anyone.

B. A personal sense of destiny is related to a fortiori and the elative conclusion.
1. A personal sense of destiny demands cognition of five great biblical principles.
a. A fortiori related to the elative conclusion.
b. The uniqueness of the Church Age.
c. Aposiopesis (breaking off what is being said, with sudden silence) in Rom 9:22-24.
d. Our portfolio of invisible assets, which are a part of the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past. Part of our portfolio includes: unique precedence of the spiritual life for the Church Age, the unique protocol plan of God, the equality and spiritual freedom factor, the unique power availability under two power options, the unique three spiritual skills which make up the spiritual life, the unique problem solving devices, unique commissions such as royal priesthood and ambassadorship, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of every member of the Trinity, the dispensation of invisible heroes, full time Christian service, and a dispensation of no prophecy.
e. The spiritual life of the believer is the only offensive action from the FLOT line of the soul. We are always on the defensive with regard to demons and Satan, Jam 4, 1 Pet 5, and depend on the function of the three spiritual skills. We are on the offensive with our spiritual life.
2. The A Fortiori of a Personal Sense of Destiny.
(1) The humanity of Christ died spiritually as a substitute for us, Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 11:24; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13.
(2) The a fortiori of a personal sense of destiny is introduced in Rom 8:31-32, “Therefore, with reference to these things to what conclusion are we forced? If God is for us, who shall be against us? He [God the Father] who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over to judgment as a substitute for all of us without exception, how shall He not with Him also graciously give to us the all things?”
(a) A fortiori is a Latin prepositional phrase (meaning “with stronger reason”) used as a system of ancient logic in which a greater is compared with a lesser and by comparison an inference is formed. A fortiori is a comparison of greater and lesser difficulty. A fortiori was used as a system of debate, which takes an accepted fact as a premise and by comparison produces an inescapable fact.
(b) The greater difficulty is Christ being judged on the Cross for our sins. The lesser difficulty is what Christ has provided for us in this dispensation only.
(c) The accepted fact is that God the Father imputed our sins to Christ on the Cross and judged every one of them. The inescapable fact is that God graciously gives to the believer the all things. This begins at the moment of salvation with forty things, continues at the point of spiritual maturity with escrow blessings for time, and concludes at the judgment seat of Christ with escrow blessings for eternity.
(d) If the most difficult was accomplished at the Cross, it follows a fortiori that the least difficult can be accomplished for each Church Age believer regarding his postsalvation experience. This a fortiori takes the greater difficulty of providing eternal salvation at the Cross and compares it to the lesser difficulty of divine provision for the spiritual life resulting in an inescapable conclusion–if God accomplished the greater at the Cross, it is obvious that He can accomplish the lesser in divine provision of the most fantastic spiritual life after our salvation.
3. The Elative Conclusion Related to a Personal Sense of Destiny.
a. Elative is a grammatical nomenclature for a grammatical system from fifth century B.C. Greek, a combination of a superlative adverb used with a comparative adverb to denote superiority through inclusion and exclusion. The superlative adverb denotes inclusion and superiority and the comparative adverb indicates the choice for what is the superior factor. The superlative adverb is used in an absolute sense to denote superiority of the absolute and inferiority of the relative concept found in the comparative adverb. The divine solution is the absolute and the only solution. The comparative adverb says the superlative is true and therefore eliminates human solutions.
b. The elative conclusion is found in 2 Cor 12:9 where Paul had the thorn in the flesh and prayed three times that it be taken away. But the thorn in the flesh demanded divine solution not human solution.
(1) The divine solution is “My grace has been and still is sufficient for you.” You have the three spiritual skills with the ten problem solving devices and do not need any human solution.
(2) “Most gladly therefore I would rather boast about my weakness that the power of Christ may reside in me.” Paul recognized that a part of a personal sense of destiny is that the divine solution is the only solution and human solution is no solution to certain problems in life.
(3) The divine initiative of grace permits the thorn in the flesh suffering for blessing and provides the divine solution, the grace solution in the problem solving devices.
(a) The elative conclusion emphasizes the absolutes of the spiritual life and excludes manmade relative solutions. Therefore the divine solution is the only solution.
(b) The grace solution glorifies God and therefore the elative conclusion perceives the absolutes of the divine solution as the grace solution related to the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.
(c) Since grace solutions are divine solutions, they exclude human solutions and human viewpoint–such as the misuse of prayer, psychology, philosophy, arrogance skills and defense mechanisms, legalism instead of grace, ignorance instead of cognition and gimmicks instead of doctrine.
c. The elative conclusion emphasizes the fact that the deployment of problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul provide the only accurate application of Bible doctrine to postsalvation experience. This application of Bible doctrine to experience through problem solving devices results in a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny as a problem solving device is founded on the absolutes of metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. When the believer begins with God’s grace, he ends up with God’s power–the two power options.
d. Illustration–Birds.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is based on fellowship with God.
(a) Ps 84:1-3, “How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of the armies! My soul longs and even yearns for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of the armies, My King and my God.” Your fellowship with God is based on your attitude toward doctrine.
(b) If birds have a destiny, it follows a fortiori that believers have a destiny. If God provides for birds, it follows a fortiori that God can provide for the Church Age believer.
(2) Mt 6:26-27, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by worrying can add eighteen inches to his height?”
(3) Because of the grace of God, even birds have a destiny, Mt 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. As a matter of fact the very hairs of your head are numbered. Therefore stop being afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
(4) A personal sense of destiny eliminates fear from your soul. Fear is failure of the believer to use the spiritual skills and no personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny plus the faith-rest drill is the function of the application of metabolized doctrine, which drives fear out of the soul. Fear adds disaster and stress to your life.
(a) The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.
(b) The extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater your capacity for fear.
(c) The greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life.
(d) The more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your failure to use the spiritual skills.
(e) Therefore fear eliminates the spiritual skills and manufactures the loser believer.
(f) This is how the believer sows to the wind and reaps the whirlwind.
(5) The application of the problem solving devices eliminates fear from the soul. For example: the faith-rest drill, Ps 56:3; the personal sense of destiny, Ps 23:4; virtue-love, 1 Jn 4:8; 2 Tim 1:7.

C. A personal sense of destiny is related to the protocol plan of God.
1. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand the plan of God. No one ever had a personal sense of destiny without a plan.
a. A personal sense of destiny is the predetermined course of events related to the protocol plan of God for the Church and related to the agency and power that determines the course of those events. A personal sense of destiny belongs to the believer who is consistent in the function of the power options and spiritual skills. A personal sense of destiny assigns number one priority to Bible doctrine from which we get both the source and mechanics of our spiritual life.
b. Never before in history has God provided so much for the ordinary believer. God is perfect and His plan is perfect. We are helpless to fulfill God’s plan without God’s perfect power and provision. The perfect plan of God is based on the divine policy of grace and functions only on divine power. The omnipotence of God provides everything necessary for the execution of the protocol plan for the Church in our portfolio of invisible assets. The power for the execution of the plan is the filling of the Holy Spirit.
c. Protocol is a rigid, long-established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.
(1) Protocol is a rigid, long-established code and procedure.
(a) The long-established code is God’s system of equality for the Church Age to make a winner out of every believer as a member of the royal family of God.
(b) This means every believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity for the fulfillment of this plan. There is no such thing as inequality in the plan of God. We have equality in election and predestination. Election is the expression of the sovereignty of God for every Church Age believer. Predestination is the provision of the sovereignty of God for every Church Age believer. Under election we all have equal privilege as members of the royal priesthood and equal opportunity under logistical grace because of the imputation of the perfect righteousness of God, which demands blessing. Under predestination we all have equal privilege because we are in union with Christ and equal opportunity because we have all been provided the same portfolio of invisible assets at the moment of salvation.
(c) God’s plan calls for God’s power, and God’s power is virtue. Virtue is the long-established procedure of God.
(d) The code defines the divine mandates to the Church Age believer, while the procedure describes how these mandates are executed. The issue is the volition of the believer. The code is the modus vivendi of the believer, while the procedure is the modus operandi of the believer.
(e) The rigidity of the code is based on the fact that God has only one way of doing a thing: a right thing must be done in a right way to be right. All Christian activism is outside of the plan of God. Under the protocol plan for the Church the end does not justify the means. Therefore, cause and effect, antecedent and procedure, means and end must comply with the divine standard mandated by the word of God. This means that while God is able to do whatever He wills to do in the way that He wills it, divine power functions under the perfect, eternal virtue of His holiness and in compatibility with His sovereignty plus the wisdom of His omniscience. Both the right thing and the right way are clearly defined in the infallible word of God.
(2) Protocol prescribes complete deference to superior rank and authority.
(a) The protocol plan of God has a system of authority, which must be followed for the fulfillment of this plan. The system of authority begins in heaven in eternity past and extends into history under two categories: the laws of divine establishment and your very own spiritual life.
(b) The believer with an authority problem cannot fulfill the protocol plan of God because of the greatest of all distractions that attends lack of authority orientation–the arrogance skills.
(c) Under the laws of divine establishment we have authority in the husband over the wife, the parents over the children, government over the citizen, the teacher over the student, the coach over the team, management over labor, officer over enlisted, the judicial system over the criminal.
(d) In the spiritual life the word of God has authority over the believer, the mandates of the Bible have authority over the believer, the pastor has authority over the congregation, and the function of the spiritual life of the royal priest over his own soul, i.e., his volition.
(3) Protocol is strict adherence to due order and precedence.
(a) Due order and precedence is the basis for establishing right priorities in life, which means a true scale of values based on Bible doctrine.
(b) Through the function of the power options and resultant spiritual skills due order and precedence identifies and establishes six priorities related to the protocol plan of God.
i. In God’s plan, Bible doctrine is first.
ii. In God’s authority, divine commands are first.
iii. In God’s policy, grace is first.
iv. In God’s objective, momentum is first.
v. In God’s system, virtue is first.
vi. In God’s purpose, occupation with Christ is first.
(c) Due order and precedence also emphasizes the source of the spiritual life in the protocol plan of God. All precedence for the Christian way of life comes from the function of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the hypostatic union or the first Advent.
(d) Due order and precedence stands as a wall between the believer and the Mosaic Law as far as the spiritual life is concerned. The humanity of Christ used the three spiritual skills in the fulfillment of the Father’s plan for the dispensation of the hypostatic union. Therefore the humanity of Christ pioneered the power options (filling of the Spirit and metabolization of doctrine) and spiritual skills during the Incarnation.
(e) Protocol is strict adherence to due order and precedence. The function of the two power options and three spiritual skills result in a personal sense of destiny.
(4) Protocol is precisely correct procedure.
(a) Precisely correct procedure combines the function of the two power options to deploy the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
(b) Precisely correct procedure is persistent in the use of the three spiritual skills to execute the protocol plan of God.
2. A personal sense of destiny is related to cognition of the plan and power of God.
a. A personal sense of destiny recognizes that God is able, that God can do all that He wills to do, but that He may not will to do all He can do. A personal sense of destiny never makes unrealistic demands on God.
b. God does not do anything contrary to His divine essence. Therefore God can never deny Himself. Anything that God promises the Church Age believer God will fulfill. This is the foundation of a personal sense of destiny.
c. God does not choose to do everything by the immediate agency of His own divine power (that would eliminate volition), but He delegates His divine power to intermediate agents, and every believer of the Church Age is a potential intermediate agent.
d. Here is where the functions of regenerate mankind enter into the picture historically under two concepts.
(1) The function of human volition.
(2) The function of a personal sense of destiny.
e. You are a potential intermediate agent of the Church Age.
(1) At the moment of salvation the believer receives his very own portfolio of invisible assets prepared for him by God the Father in eternity past.
(2) The portfolio includes the availability of the omnipotence of God for the execution of the protocol plan of God.
(3) The protocol plan of God is the greatest demonstration in history of the function of the Church Age believer in relationship to and utilization of divine power.
(4) The protocol plan of God provides each believer with two power options: the filling of the Holy Spirit and the power of doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
(5) By combining the two power options, the problem solving devices are deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.
(6) In this way the power of God brings three spiritual skills into the life of every believer.
(7) Cognition of these facts of doctrine plus consistent use of the spiritual skills results in a personal sense of destiny.
f. There are seven key words in understanding a personal sense of destiny.
(1) Grace. A personal sense of destiny depends on the grace provision of divine power in eternity past and the grace utilization of that divine power in time.
(2) Cognition. A personal sense of destiny requires cognition of pertinent Bible doctrine related to the dispensation of the Church.
(3) Priority. A personal sense of destiny assigns number one priority in life to Bible doctrine; its perception, its metabolization, its application. We are nothing without Bible doctrine.
(4) Volition. The issue in life is not environment or circumstances but volition, and volition lines up with the sovereignty and omnipotence of God related to the protocol plan. The sooner you learn to take the responsibility for your own decisions, the sooner you grow up.
(5) Function. A personal sense of destiny demands the function of the three spiritual skills on a consistent basis as the only means of executing the protocol plan of God, becoming a winner believer, and glorifying God as an invisible hero.
(6) Power. A personal sense of destiny lives by the power and grace provision of God rather than the insertion of human dynamics, arrogance skills, lust power, and motivation of the sin nature.
(7) Focus. A personal sense of destiny focuses on becoming a winner believer through unique offensive action of the spiritual life that belongs to the dispensation of the Church. A personal sense of destiny never looks back. A personal sense of destiny moves forward and looks forward. You have to look forward to see where you are going. To the extent to which you look back you are a failure.
g. A personal sense of destiny includes:
(1) The function of the two power options plus the three spiritual skills. It is the only way you can move forward in God’s plan.
(2) Contentment and tranquility of soul regardless of circumstances.
(3) Stability of mentality, which leads to stability of emotions. Stability of mentality comes from metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness.
(4) Composure and poise in adversity marked by self-assurance. You do not always have to understand why the adversity comes. Under a personal sense of destiny it does not make any difference why it comes; the point is to use that personal sense of destiny and advance through it.
(5) Grace orientation to life and doctrinal orientation to reality.
(6) Good decisions from a position of strength exceeding bad decisions from a position of weakness.
(7) Doctrinal inculcation in which the rate of learning exceeds the rate of forgetting; hence, divine viewpoint supersedes human viewpoint.
(8) Momentum accelerated in deployment of the last four problem solving devices (personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ) on the FLOT line of the soul.
(9) Following the colors and taking the high ground of the life beyond expectation.
h. The results of a personal sense of destiny include:
(1) Glorification of God.
(2) Becoming a winner believer.
(3) The dynamic impact of the invisible hero.

D. Definition and Description.
1. The English noun destiny has a triple connotation.
a. Destiny is a predetermined course of events.
b. Destiny is the power that determines the course of events.
c. Destiny is the agency that determines the course of events.
2. The predetermined course of events refers to the Church Age and the divine initiative of antecedent and eschatological grace.
3. There are two agencies, which determine the course of events: the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. The sovereignty of God and the free will of man coexist in the course of events of the Church Age. The power that determines the course of events in a personal sense of destiny are the two power options of the protocol plan and the consistent function of the three spiritual skills.
4. Definition.
a. A personal sense of destiny is self-orientation to the protocol plan of God for the Church.
b. A personal sense of destiny is absolute confidence in the absolutes of divine truth located in the infallible word of God.
c. A personal sense of destiny is cognition and application of Church Age doctrine in its metabolized form resulting in its continued application to postsalvation experience. The advanced problem solving devices deployed give you a maximum use of a personal sense of destiny and the most fantastic life.
d. A personal sense of destiny is the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood.
e. A personal sense of destiny is self-orientation to both living and dying grace. No one ever enters into a personal sense of destiny without grace orientation and doctrinal orientation.
5. Where does a personal sense of destiny begin? Rom 8:28, “Now we know that to those who love God He causes all things to work together for good, to those who are called on the basis of a predetermined plan.”
a. A personal sense of destiny begins when you can fulfill the first three words “Now we know.” This verse applies to only those who have reached a personal sense of destiny and no one else.
b. God only causes all things to work together for good for those who have reached a personal sense of destiny and no one else. All things are not working together for good for you if you have not reached that point.
6. Description.
a. Believers accept human self-esteem as a substitute for a personal sense of destiny.
b. Circumstances make no difference to a personal sense of destiny. Dying is the ultimate blessing in life for the believer who has everything from a personal sense of destiny to occupation with Christ.
c. A personal sense of destiny includes spiritual capacity righteousness. Spiritual capacity righteousness is in the process of being built by the first five problem solving devices. When you reach a personal sense of destiny you have spiritual capacity righteousness, which you need for the following or last four problem solving devices.
d. A personal sense of destiny with spiritual capacity righteousness has a longing, a desire for greater things from God.
e. A personal destiny includes self-motivation from the function of the spiritual skills as they are deployed on the FLOT line of the soul. The positive believer wants to know more about God, and this desire keeps on growing. As you deploy the problem solving devices and succeed in using them your capacity and your motivation keep up with each other. No one has to motivate you to come to Bible class; it is built in with a personal sense of destiny.
f. A personal sense of destiny establishes greater and greater values through the focus of the eternal future. The believer begins to deploy the adult problem solving devices. This is what truly changes the life experientially. You have the self-determination to move on in your life and fulfill God’s plan. The advanced problem solving devices are defined in terms of self-orientation resident in a personal sense of destiny.
g. A personal sense of destiny avoids the arrogance skills and functions in the sphere of true humility from the spiritual skills.
h. A personal sense of destiny is based on the doctrines of the uniqueness of the Church Age.

E. The Vocabulary for a Personal Sense of Destiny.
1. There are two words used for the concept of a personal sense of destiny.
a. PROSDOKAO, the verb, means to expect, to look for something, to look forward in a hopeful sense with confidence.
b. PROSDOKIA, the noun, means expectation.
2. The verb is found in 2 Pet 3:13-14 and has the connotation of the expectation of a personal sense of destiny. “But according to His promise we are looking forward with confidence to a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness lives. Therefore, beloved, since you are looking forward with confidence to these things, be self-motivated to be found by Him in a state of prosperity, spotless and blameless.”

F. A personal sense of destiny in action is illustrated from visible heroes of the Old Testament.
1. Abraham.
a. Abraham is the pattern for salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, Rom 4:9-10, “Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we contend, ‘Faith was credited to Abraham resulting in righteousness.’ Therefore, how was it imputed? When he was in the status of circumcision, or in the status of uncircumcision? Not in the status of circumcision, but in the status of uncircumcision.”
(1) Abraham received the imputation of divine righteousness and was justified by faith alone in Christ alone as a Gentile long before he became of Jew, Rom 4:1-10. The imputation of divine righteousness occurred when Abraham was an uncircumcised Gentile of the third dynasty of Ur. Abraham did not become a Jew when he was saved in Ur of the Chaldees but at age ninety-nine. At age ninety-nine Abraham attained his personal sense of destiny and deployed it on his own soul. Circumcision became the sign of Abraham’s personal sense of destiny.
(2) There came a point in the life of Abraham when his personal sense of destiny had been attained in the same way we attain it–through the use of the revealed word of God. When Abraham finally attained a personal sense of destiny, God ordered him to be circumcised, which is the ritual of a personal sense of destiny.
b. The Judaizers who followed Paul around confused the ritual of circumcision with the reality of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. The ritual belongs to Israel only as a memorial to the postsalvation experience of the attainment of a personal sense of destiny. Rom 4:11, “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness because of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, that he might become the father [pattern] of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them.”
(1) Abraham is the pattern of Old Testament salvation, which is faith alone in Christ alone. The result is the imputation of divine righteousness at salvation, which is called justification. Abraham believed in Jesus Christ as He was revealed then, just as we believe in Jesus Christ now. Circumcision is the ritual sign of a personal sense of destiny.
(2) Abraham used the faith-rest drill as a believer to enter into a personal sense of destiny at age ninety-nine under hopeless conditions of sexual death. Abraham had a very strong personal sense of destiny. The sign of Abraham’s personal sense of destiny and the new racial species was circumcision. From this personal sense of destiny he had the greatest confident expectation with regard to his heir through whom the promises of God would be extended.
(3) Abraham’s personal sense of destiny had to overcome the fact he and Sarah were both sexually dead. His personal sense of destiny believed the word of God above everything else in life. He was very cognizant of the word of God before the word of God had been committed to writing.
c. Rom 4:12, “and the pattern of circumcision to those who are not only from the source of circumcision, but those [Gentiles] who also follow the steps [pattern] of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.”
(1) This says that faith alone in Christ alone for eternal salvation is justification by faith. This faith is little more than no faith at all.
(2) Postsalvation function of the faith-rest drill resulted in a personal sense of destiny. This faith requires posting certain problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul available to Abraham.
d. Rom 4:13-15, “For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, neither is there violation.”
(1) No one is ever saved by keeping the Law or any system of works or any ritual like circumcision. Circumcision was the badge of attainment of a personal sense of destiny.
(2) We are saved by faith alone and we are mandated to live by faith thereafter.
e. Abraham’s personal sense of destiny is described in Rom 4:19-21, “And without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, he staggered not at the promise of God in unbelief, but grew strong in faith [faith-rest drill], giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able to perform.”
(1) Abraham and Sarah finally reached a personal sense of destiny and the first thing they encountered was a test–sexual death. A personal sense of destiny never looks at life from the standpoint of human failure or impossibility, because a personal sense of destiny is strong in claiming the promises of God. A personal sense of destiny is that status in which what the Bible says is always right no matter what.
(2) Abraham did not waver in unbelief. He no longer looked at the promise of God emotionally. God is glorified when the believer deploys and uses the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
(3) Loser believers do not understand the principle of a personal sense of destiny, because they fail to recognize that they never have to worry about God. God will do everything right and keep His word. What God has provided unconditionally, God will provide.
(4) In the sophisticated spiritual life Abraham began to have true fellowship with God. With a personal sense of destiny Abraham knew that God never works through dead things, therefore submitted willingly to circumcision.
(5) One day God gave a mandate to Abraham to be circumcised. The moment Abraham complied, God restored the sexual ability of Abraham and the womb of Sarah. Abraham’s spiritual heritage to Israel was in two great acts of faith. Both of them were the application of a personal sense of destiny. He staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief. He obeyed the command to be circumcised. Every circumcised male is a reminder of Abraham’s faith in Jesus Christ and personal sense of destiny. Circumcision was an act of a personal sense of destiny, which is the power of the faith-rest drill using doctrinal rationales.
(6) The heritage of Israel is regeneration through personal faith in Jesus Christ. God promised that in Isaac, Abraham’s progeny would be elected. True Israel is only those who believe in Christ. Circumcision is the sign of the purpose of Israel–to have a personal sense of destiny after salvation.
(7) The Church Age believer’s sign of a personal sense of destiny is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A personal sense of destiny opens the door to the sophisticated spiritual life.
f. Abraham’s personal sense of destiny looked forward to the divine initiative of eschatological grace related to living in a resurrection body and in a new earth and a new universe.
(1) Heb 11:1-2, “Now faith [what is believed–doctrine] is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by means of it [doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness] men of old attained approval.”
(2) Heb 11:9, “By means of doctrine he [Abraham] lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise.” What is this promise? The answer is found in the land grant covenant or promise, often called the Palestinian covenant and in the doctrine of resurrection. This promise included an eternal city.
(a) Gen 13:14-16, “And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your seed forever. And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your seed can also be numbered.’”
(b) Gen 15:18-21, “On that day the Lord cut the covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your seed I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”
(c) The eternal city is described in Rev 21:2, “And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out from heaven from God, made ready as a bride dressed for her husband.” Compare Rev 21:10. Abraham looked forward to this eternal city as part of his eternal estate, so that he continued to live in a tent rather than use his great wealth to build a city. Abraham’s life in a tent is another sign of his personal sense of destiny. Abraham’s security was not based on fortifications, but on the function of the problem solving devices stationed on the FLOT line of the soul.
(3) Heb 11:10, “for he himself kept waiting for a city which has foundations, whose architect and contractor is God.”
(a) A personal sense of destiny is an extension to the faith-rest drill. The only difference is the power available at the stage of a personal sense of destiny automatically moves in and utilizes doctrinal rationales in application to experience.
(b) Once you begin the sophisticated spiritual life you live by principle. Every great virtue is based on principle.
i. Take compassion as an example. There is a terrible pseudo compassion, which is irresponsible. Pseudo compassion is a part of the emotional complex of sins. The believer who lives outside of principle lives by his emotions and uses experience as his basis for relationship with God. That believer is a spiritual loser as long as he lives.
ii. When a believer reaches a personal sense of destiny, he lives by principle–the concepts of Bible doctrine metabolized in the soul and circulating in the stream of consciousness. The problem solving devices are the only means of applying principle to your experience. You were designed to live by principle.
(c) A personal sense of destiny is the status of the believer who is living by principle. The application of doctrine to experience establishes spiritual values, provides God-given spiritual environment for the soul, provides self-motivation for the fulfillment of the spiritual life, becomes a prerequisite for the fulfillment of God’s plan, and inevitably becomes the source of the greatest blessing and happiness you can have in this life.
(4) Heb 11:11, “By means of faith [doctrine] even Sarah herself received the power for laying down the seed [to ovulate], even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” She believed the same promise that was given to Abraham. She came to admire her husband. She had true fellowship with God, from which she had a personal sense of destiny. And from that personal sense of destiny she had capacity to love God based on principle–Bible doctrine. This gave her capacity to love a man she admired.
(5) Heb 11:12-13, “Therefore, also, there was born out from the source of one man, and he as good as dead in this status, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. All these died in doctrine, without receiving the promises, but having seen them from a distance and having saluted and embraced them, they also acknowledged that they were strangers and transients on the earth.”
(a) Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph died in doctrine without receiving the promises and were never disappointed because they believed in resurrection. They realized that God is fair and that they did not have the capacity to enjoy that eternal city without a resurrection body.
(b) How do you see from a distance? By having a personal sense of destiny. If you live by principle, sooner or later everything falls into place. You do not salute someone you cannot see. They all saw the One who would provide the blessings in eternity. They were occupied with Christ.
(c) They were transients on the earth because they had true fellowship with God. If you live by principle, you will salute or embrace Him who is invisible. The sophisticated spiritual life is a life based on principles of Bible doctrine, not how you feel.
(6) Abraham’s personal sense of destiny in spiritual maturity was related to resurrection. Heb 11:17-19, “By means of faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; even he who had received the promise offered up his uniquely born son; face to face with whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed will be called.’ He concluded that God [was] able to resurrect even from the dead; from which he also received him back in a parable.”
(a) The closer you get to spiritual maturity the greater becomes the testing.
(b) A personal sense of destiny was related in Abraham’s mind to resurrection. His personal sense of destiny was occupied into occupation with Christ.
(c) More than anything in life Abraham loved his son. Even though he was mandated to sacrifice his son, He knew that God had some reason for it that was beyond human reason. Human sacrifice was contrary to everything in his life. The test was: are you going to believe what God mandates, even though you do not understand it, or are you going to refuse and never make the final step in spiritual growth?
(d) Abraham did not become emotional about the Lord’s command to sacrifice Isaac. He thought about it and concluded that God keeps His word. God told him to use the knife on his own foreskin and again on Isaac. Abraham did not rationalize what God had told him to do and try to find an excuse for not offering his son. When emotion creeps in, you start to rationalize. Abraham came to a conclusion that led to action–to obey God.
(e) Only God could solve the problem because only God had the power to resurrect anyone. God was able to resurrect–an objective doctrinal conclusion with no emotion involved. Gen 22:5, “Stay here with the donkey and I and the lad with go yonder, and we will worship, and we will return.”
(f) The parable was the parable of a substitute sheep provided by God.
g. Abraham had to pass the test of sexual death, which demanded the application of doctrine from a personal sense of destiny. Abraham had to pass the test of offering Isaac, which demanded the application of doctrine from a personal sense of destiny.
h. This anticipates four concepts related to a personal sense of destiny in Phil 3:10, “that I may know Him [a personal sense of destiny parlayed into occupation with Christ], and the power of His resurrection [a personal sense of destiny related to the doctrine of resurrection] and the fellowship of His sufferings [a personal sense of destiny is related to true Christian fellowship as well as precedence for the Christian way of life], being made conformable to His death [a personal sense of destiny is related to both the power options and the spiritual skills].”
i. Our personal sense of destiny is related to resurrection just as Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
(1) Gen 50:24-26, “Now Joseph said to his brethren, ‘I am about to die, but God will surely concern Himself about you, so that He will take you up out of this land to the land which He has promised by an oath to Abraham [Gen 13:14-15], to Isaac [Gen 26:3] and to Jacob [Gen 35:12].’ Therefore Joseph made the sons of Israel take a solemn oath, saying, ‘God will surely come to your rescue, therefore you will carry my bones up out from this place.’ So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.”
(2) Heb 11:22, “By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.” Joseph’s coffin would remain unburied for 400 years as a testimony to God’s faithfulness. The eschatology of Israel for 400 years was Joseph’s coffin. God will rescue us in His timing. Joseph’s coffin continued to be a testimony of the faithfulness of God and the certainty of resurrection as the Jews followed it for forty years in the desert.
(3) When Joshua led the second generation of Israel into the Land, they had a testimony recorded in Josh 24:31-32, “And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the Lord which He had done for Israel. Then they buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem, in the piece of ground which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of Joseph’s sons.”
(4) Joseph understood that physical death of the believer is a matter of grace orientation and doctrinal cognition. While Joseph had control over his life while living, he had no control over the time, the manner, or the place of his death. The death of Joseph was a matter of the sovereign wisdom and integrity of God. Joseph was not buried until 475 years after his death as a testimony to the faithfulness of God, God’s timing and a memorial to the certainty of resurrection.
(5) Just as the believer has no control over the time, the manner, or the place of his death, so he has no control over the time, the manner, or the place of his resurrection. Resurrection is God’s victory because it is totally the work of God and includes every believer. Just as the grace policy of God has provided everything the believer needs for time, so the grace policy of God has provided everything the believer needs for resurrection and for all eternity.
2. Moses.
a. There are many men of genius that have had a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny in someone who is a genius is a very fragile thing. There are great frustrations in being a genius. Many people of genius are the object of hatred, vindictiveness, and vilification because they are so much smarter than others. The life of a genius is no fun. Moses was the greatest genius recorded in Old Testament times. Moses was a multi genius. He was a genius in music, the military, in engineering, in public speaking. The Bible says he was the most beautiful man who ever lived. He also had phenomenal strength. But most of all, he had a personal sense of destiny.
b. Moses grew up in the most beautiful palace in the ancient world–Egypt. He grew up as the adopted son of the queen of Egypt. There were two other children in the palace: the bastard son of pharaoh Thutmose II, who would one day be crowned Thutmose III, the greatest ruler in the history of Egypt, and Neferari, the daughter of queen Hatshepsut, who loved Moses. Thutmose II married Hatshepsut and lived until 1508 BC, leaving Hatshepsut as the queen regent after his death. Moses was the crown prince and heir apparent to the throne. Thutmose III was extremely jealous of Moses, hated him and Hatshepsut, and would do anything to get rid of him. When Moses came back to Egypt forty years later, he would face Amenhotep II, the son of Thutmose III and Neferari. Moses loved Neferari and was about to be named Pharaoh. At that moment he made a dramatic decision because of his personal sense of destiny.
c. Acts 7:22-29, “And Moses was educated in all the academics of the Egyptians, furthermore he was dynamic in his words and deeds. But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered into his right lobe to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance on the oppressor by striking down the Egyptian. Then he concluded that his brethren understood that God was giving them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. Then on the following day he appeared to them as they [the Jews] were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them for the purpose of peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You, do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ Then Moses fled at this remark, and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.”
(1) Whatever Moses did was better than anything anyone had done before him. Moses built the treasure cities of Egypt. He had a phenomenal knowledge of academics, but more importantly he learned doctrine. He was the number one man in the Egyptian empire at its peak.
(2) As a believer it was time for him to identify himself with the Jews, because God had revealed to him that he would be the founder of the Jewish nation in fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. Already he was planning how he would deliver them from slavery. Moses committed murder to deliver a fellow Jew.
(3) The fact that Moses concluded that God was giving the Jews deliverance through him was a personal sense of destiny in a born-again believer. Moses had a personal sense of destiny with a dilemma–the Jews did not understand he was to deliver them. Moses had the right personal sense of destiny but the wrong timing. God’s timing must always supersede man’s timing.
(4) Moses fled because God had revealed to him something that had given him a personal sense of destiny but it was not working out the way he thought it should. Moses, on Moses’ timing, had failed to deliver Israel because his timing was wrong. However there was nothing wrong with his personal sense of destiny.
(5) In the forty years that Moses was in Midian, the Jews had become ready for deliverance. It took his entire life, 120 years, for his personal sense of destiny to be fulfilled. Moses had to learn that human power and human dynamics cannot fulfill the plan of God in any dispensation. For forty years Moses had to go to the college of Bible doctrine and become occupied with Christ before he could be sent back to Egypt.
(6) Before Moses could take his family back into Egypt forty years later his personal sense of destiny demanded that he circumcise his two sons, since circumcision was the ritual sign of a personal sense of destiny. Moses could not give the message to Pharoah to let the Jews go or all the first-born males in Egypt would be slain by God, until Moses had first circumcised his own first-born son. Moses had been put under the sin unto death for failure to obey, Ex 4:24. His wife circumcised his son and then left him and took his sons with her. Moses had learned the lesson that when God makes a promise, it does not depend on man or upon the power of man. It always has to be God’s timing and God’s power, not man’s.
d. Every believer must learn the lesson of dependence on who and what God is. Every believer must understand the essence of God. The Lord will provide the power. It took Moses forty years to learn this lesson.
e. Heb 11:24-27, “By means of doctrine, when Moses had become great, he refused to be proclaimed the Pharaoh; and he choose to endure maltreatment with the people of God, rather than enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin; he concluded that reproach [insults, reviling, disgrace] for the sake of Christ greater value than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking ahead to his reward. By means of doctrine he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered, because he kept on seeing the invisible One.” Moses understood the fantastic blessings for eternity.
f. A personal sense of destiny establishes true spiritual values in time related to the spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny applies the divine initiative of eschatological grace to the eternal state. This is what Moses did.
g. Moses made his decision to give up the throne of Egypt as a celebrity, not as a failure in life. The decision was not subjective, emotional, acting out of guilt, impulsive, or based on bitterness and disillusion. Moses made his decision at the lowest ebb of Jewish history. So there was nothing to be gained by this decision. Moses made the decision when he was fully aware of the pleasures he would have if he remained in Egypt. Moses also had to choose between God’s plan for his life and the woman he loved. Moses reversed what Adam had done.
h. The dynamic decision of Moses was made under three legitimate motivations: metabolized doctrine circulating in his stream of consciousness, cognition of his future blessings in eternity, and occupation with the person of Christ.
i. Moses wrote in Ps 90:12, “So teach us to organize our days, That we may attain a heart of wisdom.”
j. A personal sense of destiny must be related always to divine power, never human genius, and never human dynamics. A legitimate personal sense of destiny can be destroyed through arrogance. While Moses had a personal sense of destiny, he was not yet ready to be promoted to the leadership of Israel. A personal sense of destiny must be reinforced with all the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul. The arrogance skills have no place in the fulfillment of God’s plan, and are, therefore, a distraction to the personal sense of destiny. Moses had made a great decision which required sacrifice on his part. Now he must learn to use divine power and never look back.
k. A personal sense of destiny is related to the dynamics of spiritual leadership. When Israel was trapped at the Red Sea, Moses said in Ex 14:13-14, “Do not fear! Take your stand and watch the deliverance of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you shut up.”
(1) Fear is incompatible with a personal sense of destiny.
(a) The only mandates for fear are used in the sense of respect or fellowship with God. A personal sense of destiny has eliminated fear from your life. Where fear dominates it eliminates the spiritual skills including the personal sense of destiny.
(b) Fear eliminates the functions of the spiritual skills, which includes a personal sense of destiny as a problem solving device. The loser believer cannot conquer fear in a crisis because he has no personal sense of destiny. This is why the Jews of the Exodus generation could not learn anything from Moses. Fear and a personal sense of destiny are mutually exclusive.
(c) Not only is leadership required to have a personal sense of destiny, but in the Christian way of life it is imperative that those who listen to the teaching of the word of God also have a personal sense of destiny.
(d) Fear of death will never prevent dying but it may prevent living. This is why the Exodus generation died in the desert.
(2) Whenever Moses taught the people, he made them stand. You take your stand when you stop being afraid. Taking your stand means utilizing the faith-rest drill, which was understood by them. Then you have the privilege of watching the Lord’s deliverance. No one ever succeeds in the spiritual life by trying to help God. A personal sense of destiny stands still and watches the deliverance of the Lord.
(3) A personal sense of destiny is living by principle. It provides leadership for the crisis. The Jews were delivered by the Lord through one mature believer with a personal sense of destiny. Fear sees the problem; a personal sense of destiny sees the solution.
(4) They had to shut up so they could drop their arrogance and watch the grace of God. There emotion had become a distraction and they needed to shut up, watch, and learn.
3. Joshua.
a. At the end of his life as a great leader Joshua said in a crisis of Jewish apostasy, Josh 24:14-15, “Now, therefore, respect the Lord and serve Him in integrity and doctrine; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River [Nile] and in Egypt, therefore serve the Lord. Furthermore if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites [the Phallic cult] in whose land you are living; but as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
(1) Serving the Lord in doctrine is the means of deploying the personal sense of destiny on the FLOT line of the soul.
(2) Joshua learned from Moses that you cannot force people into a course of action when it comes to doctrine.
b. Joshua was not only the leader of Israel but of his family.
c. Like Moses, Joshua had a personal sense of destiny and a life to match that personal sense of destiny.
d. A personal sense of destiny recognizes in grace that God does the work and we cannot help God. A personal sense of destiny never loses sight of the fact that God does the work.
4. David.
a. In 1 Sam 17:26 David said to the soldiers standing around him, “Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should ridicule the armies of the living God?’” David understood the meaning of Abraham’s circumcision as a sign of a personal sense of destiny.
b. David had a personal sense of destiny when he killed a lion and a bear to save his sheep. 1 Sam 17:36, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has ridiculed the armies of the living God.” David saw the solution, not the problem.
c. When Israel was being taunted by the Philistine Goliath, David said in 1 Sam 17:45-47, “Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of the armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have ridiculed. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. Then I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the vultures and the wild animals of the land, that all the land may know that there is a God is in Israel. Furthermore that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into my hands.” David paraphrased Moses “the Lord will fight for you today.”
d. A personal sense of destiny takes a stand against consensus human viewpoint. Consensus human viewpoint prevailed in the bivouac of Israel until David arrived. The entire army of Israel was afraid.
5. Jeremiah.
a. Jeremiah ministered for forty years, beginning with the thirteenth year of king Josiah in 626 B.C. and continued until 586 B.C. He taught the word of God under the last five kings of Judah. He taught three generations that were negative to doctrine just as Moses had done. The only response to Moses’ and Jeremiah’s ministries was from the young people.
b. Jeremiah understood the true significance of circumcision as a ritual related to Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. He parlayed a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ. He understood the relationship between the reality of a personal sense of destiny and its meaning in the ritual of circumcision.
c. Jer 4:4, “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My wrath go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds.”
(1) Jeremiah challenged the people to be circumcised, something they understood very well. The challenge was to use the doctrine in their souls to develop a personal sense of destiny and become occupied with Christ.
(2) The foreskins of their heart referred to the arrogance skills, scar tissue of the soul, and reversionism. It was never too late to recover as long as you are alive. But if you continue rejecting doctrine, you will completely cover your stream of consciousness with scar tissue of the soul. You will come to the point of Esau, who was circumcised but never believed in Christ. Therefore, his very own circumcision meant nothing because of the scar tissue of his soul.
(3) Jeremiah was remembering Moses’ message of Deut 30:6, “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your progeny, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” Circumcising the heart is a personal sense of destiny. Loving the Lord your God will all your heart is occupation with Christ.
d. Jer 6:10, “To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, And they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.”
(1) The uncircumcised ear refers to the negative volition to Bible doctrine at the point of hearing. People who enjoy doctrine are positive believers, even when they are rebuked. People who do not like doctrine never like to hear any message that rebukes them.
(2) When you reject doctrine you become a slave to something in your life. Your values change and you go back to being what you were before. You are far worse than what you were before because you have scar tissue of the soul. Once you have rejected Bible doctrine and become a slave to the humanistic values of life, you cannot listen to the word of God without reacting and despising doctrine. You can always tell if you are positive to doctrine, because you will enjoy the principles of the word of God even when they hit you right between the eyes.
(3) Believers who are at first positive to doctrine and then become negative fade as losers. They find neither comfort nor delight in the word of God for their very actions are condemned by it. People who leave Bible doctrine are subjective. They change by hearing Bible doctrine and reacting.
e. Jer 9:25, “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ decrees the Lord, ‘that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised–” They have ritual without reality from Bible doctrine. They know no doctrine, no values, no positive volition. Jeremiah taught the same thing that Moses taught in Deut 10:16, “Therefore circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.” When you have Bible doctrine circulating in the seven compartments of your stream of consciousness, then you have a circumcised heart.
6. Daniel. When Daniel and his friends were about to be killed, he said, Dan 2:20-21, “Daniel answered and said, ‘Let the name of the Lord be blessed forever and ever; for wisdom and power belong to Him. For it is He who changes the times and the dispensations; He removes rulers and establishes rulers; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to the knowers of doctrine.”
7. Summary.
a. Abraham’s personal sense of destiny was related to the power of the faith-rest drill, which he exploited to the maximum. He had a personal sense of destiny related to his circumcision and related to resurrection.
b. Joseph demonstrated in the fourth generation that the principle of a personal sense of destiny related to resurrection was still there.
c. Moses’ personal sense of destiny saw the solution while Israel could only see the problems. In testing, a personal sense of destiny concentrates on the solution. The divine solution is the only solution.
d. Joshua demonstrated that a personal sense of destiny does not need consensus. Instead of consensus Joshua had fellowship with God.
(1) Consensus does not determine right or wrong; the word of God does that in the thinking of the believer who has attained a personal sense of destiny.
(2) Therefore a personal sense of destiny is always on the side of the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
e. David demonstrated that a personal sense of destiny is constructed through the testing experience. David had the preparation of killing a lion and a bear, which had taken a lamb. The personal sense of destiny acknowledges that the only true hero for any crisis is our Lord Jesus Christ. A personal sense of destiny advances to occupation with Christ.
f. Daniel demonstrated that because of grace orientation a personal sense of destiny recognizes that God can handle every crisis in life, and that He has delegated to us the right mental attitude to go with that crisis.
g. Jeremiah kept teaching doctrine in spite of three generations rejecting his message. He watched the young men and women of his last Bible class go into slavery with a personal sense of destiny.
h. The four unconditional covenants should have given Israel a total personal sense of destiny.
i. The summary of circumcision was given by Stephen in his message to the men of Israel, among who stood Saul of Tarsus. Acts 7:51, “You men who are stiff-necked [the application of the three arrogance skills in the status of scar tissue of the soul] and uncircumcised of heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your ancestors did.” Resisting the Holy Spirit is ritual without reality. Acts 7:58, “And when they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.” The attitude of Saul at Stephen’s death is given in Acts 8:1a, “And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.” After his salvation, Paul would teach that circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the mandates of God, 1 Cor 7:19.
8. The Church Age believer who uses the two power options on a daily basis to deploy problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul has the potential to be greater than all these Old Testament visible heroes. Every Church Age believer has equal opportunity to attain a personal sense of destiny. God has provided for you your very own portfolio of invisible assets, so that you can have greater power from God, greater blessing, greater impact.
9. Principles.
a. Only metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness can be applied to experience. The vehicle for application of doctrine to experience is always the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul. If you do not have problem solving devices deployed, you do not have true solutions to the problems you face.
b. Therefore you will make bad decisions from a position of weakness. A personal sense of destiny heads off bad decisions in all areas of your life from a position of weakness.
c. A personal sense of destiny is the advanced application of metabolized Bible doctrine to experience. Your spiritual life really begins to move once you have a personal sense of destiny. If you do not reach a personal sense of destiny, your happiness all your life is dependent on things that man provides; some form of stimulation such as wealth, success, sex, and promotion. None of these things can cope with life.
d. A personal sense of destiny is spiritual orientation to the plan, will, and purpose of God in contrast to self-absorption. The more you justify yourself, the more you deceive yourself and the greater becomes your self-absorption. Self-absorption must continue to justify self.
e. A personal sense of destiny is objective viewpoint in contrast to self-absorption, which is subjective viewpoint. A personal sense of destiny begins to eliminate the human viewpoint in your life.
f. A personal sense of destiny is the maturity extension of the faith-rest drill as a major factor in the application of doctrine. There are three stages of the faith-rest drill.
(1) Faith mechanics begin with mixing the promises of God with faith and continue with the application of doctrinal rationales. The essence of God rationale, the plan of God rationale, the policy of God rationale, the a fortiori rationale.
(2) Faith functions include: faith perception of doctrine, the plaintiff function before the supreme court of heaven to resolve the problems of injustice, and faith correlation with other problem solving devices like a personal sense of destiny, sharing the happiness of God, or occupation with Christ.
(3) Faith execution include: the faith-rest drill as a coordinator of all the problem solving devices, the faith-rest drill is a source of great humility, the faith-rest drill is related to spiritual growth and divine promotion. Since the faith-rest drill is the basic problem solving device for the application of doctrine to experience, a personal sense of destiny takes over and becomes the advanced problem solving device for the application of doctrine to experience.
(a) Under the protocol plan of God every Church Age believer is given a destiny as a part of the divine initiative of grace. You have been given spiritual freedom and provision to fulfill your destiny.
(b) The believer must distinguish between having a destiny and fulfilling that destiny. All believers have a destiny; only positive believers fulfill it.
(c) This destiny is often called “the riches of His glory.” Rom 9:23, “In order that He might make known the riches of His glory on vessels of mercy which He has prepared in advance for His glory.” Eph 1:18, “That the eyes of your right lobe may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope [confidence] of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Eph 3:8, “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace has been given to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ.” Eph 3:16, “That He may give you on the basis of the riches of His glory to become strong by means of power through His Spirit in your inner being.” Col 2:2, “That their right lobes may be encouraged, having been knit together in virtue love and attaining to all the riches that come from the full assurance of understanding on the basis of epignosis knowledge of the mystery, that is, Christ.” Phil 4:19, “My God shall supply all of your needs on the basis of the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
g. A personal sense of destiny is an extension of the faith-rest drill into maturity. A personal sense of destiny is defined as the application of metabolized doctrine to the believer’s self-orientation. Self-orientation is the function of the spiritual skills (filling of the Spirit, metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, and the function of the ten problem solving devices) in contrast to the arrogance skills (self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption).
10. Principles.
a. God has provided in eternity past as a part of our portfolio of invisible assets our very own spiritual life. You and you alone are the only who can live that spiritual life.
b. The spiritual life functions under three spiritual skills: the filling of the Holy Spirit, metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, and the formation and function of the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
c. A personal sense of destiny is defined as maximum application of metabolized doctrine to the believer’s self-orientation, so that his life on this earth has meaning, purpose, and definition related to the protocol plan of God.
d. Our postsalvation experience revolves around our spiritual life.
e. Therefore, a personal sense of destiny as problem solving device number six is the advanced application of metabolized doctrine to the problems of life. God never puts on us more than we can bear, except in divine discipline. Your problem solving devices match your problems.
f. A personal sense of destiny is self-orientation to the protocol plan of God for your life based on the application of doctrine to your experience. Therefore, a personal sense of destiny is related to many doctrines you apply to your experience: the uniqueness of the Church Age, the content of your portfolio, the a fortiori of Rom 8:32. A personal sense of destiny avoids the complications involved in the function of the arrogance skills.
g. A personal sense of destiny is formed from other problem solving devices. It is formed from the filling of the Holy Spirit, metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. It becomes an extension of the faith-rest drill into more mature applications of doctrine to experience.

G. A Personal Sense From the Standpoint of its Future.
1. A personal sense of destiny looks forward, never backward. Therefore the self-orientation of your personal sense of destiny includes the reality of future prophetical events beyond the rapture of the Church.
2. Eschatological doctrine is a part of the believer’s spiritual life and related to a personal sense of destiny.
3. 2 Pet 3:10-14 is part of the believer’s eschatological challenge to a personal sense of destiny. In looking forward a personal sense of destiny fulfills the principle of living your life in the light of eternity.
a. The outline of this passage is as follows:
(1) 2 Pet 3:10–what survives the destruction of the universe establishes the only permanent values related to a personal sense of destiny and the highest priorities for us right now. A personal sense of destiny has nothing but permanent values and all other values are built around that.
(2) 2 Pet 3:11–the eschatological challenge to a personal sense of destiny is based on the destruction of the universe.
(3) 2 Pet 3:12–this verse relates a personal sense of destiny to permanent spiritual values.
(4) 2 Pet 3:13–a personal sense of destiny relates our spiritual life to the eternal state.
(5) 2 Pet 3:14–a personal sense of destiny relates our spiritual life to the rapture or resurrection of the Church.
b. A personal sense of destiny cannot be divorced from eschatology on the basis of the fact that a personal sense of destiny looks forward, never backward. Hence, a personal sense of destiny is the means of application of pertinent eschatological doctrine to self-orientation both in time and in the eternal state.
c. A personal sense of destiny is related to the divine initiative of eschatological grace.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is always related to dying grace, Ps 23:4. God has provided for each one of us our very own death shadowed valley as a part of the divine initiative of eschatological grace in time.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is related to the divine initiative of eschatological grace in the eternal state in 2 Pet 3:10-14. The future of the believer in the eternal state becomes a motivator once we reach the point of a personal sense of destiny. Once we attain this, our scale of values becomes quite different.
4. 2 Pet 3:10-14, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will disappear with a roar and the elements will be dissolved with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be incinerated. Since in this way all these things will be destroyed, what sort of person must you become in a dedicated to God lifestyle, that is to say, your very own spiritual life, while looking forward with confidence and hastening the coming day of God, in which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But on the basis of His promise we are looking forward with confidence to a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Since therefore, beloved, you are looking forward with confidence to these things, be self-motivated to be found by Him in a state of prosperity, spotless [having spiritual capacity righteousness] and blameless.”
a. At the end of human history the universe in which we live we be completely destroyed by our Lord Jesus Christ in a moment of time. Five things survive the destruction of the universe and therefore are of the highest value in life and become the content of a personal sense of destiny related to the eternal future.
(1) Eternal salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. Only the believer will survive the destruction of the universe at the end of history.
(2) The resurrection body survives the destruction of the universe to enter into the eternal state.
(3) The infallible word of God, Isa 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our Lord stands forever.” Mt 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”
(4) Escrow blessings for the eternal state. A personal sense of destiny accepts the challenge to use volition to attain escrow blessings, and is self-motivated to persevere in the three spiritual skills to fulfill the protocol plan of God and receive their escrow blessings.
(5) The historical records of the invisible hero survive the destruction of the universe. His name, his title, and his deeds are a part of the permanent historical record of the Church Age in the hall of records in heaven.
b. A personal sense of destiny includes living your life in the light of eternity or “looking forward with confidence.” A personal sense of destiny avoids the arrogant solution to the problems of life, which include the function of the three arrogant skills (self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption). Self-absorption is the antithesis of a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny anticipates the fulfillment of better things in the eternal state and lives on the basis of divine promises. It anticipates the fulfillment of the promise of better things in the eternal state.
c. A personal sense of destiny looks forward with confidence to the creation of a new heavens and a new earth. The new universe of the eternal state is prophesied in Isa 65:17, 66:22. It is the basis for a personal sense of destiny in both Rev 21:1 and 2 Pet 3:13. The righteousness, which dwells in the eternal state is the righteousness given by God the Father, which provides capacity for blessings in the eternal state. God will never bless you beyond your capacity; that would be cruel.
d. As a problem solving device a personal sense of destiny applies the divine initiative of eschatological grace to the believer in time. A personal sense of destiny functioning under both the power options and the spiritual skills lives with focus on the eternal state, and therefore lives in the light of eternity.
e. A personal sense of destiny is developed from the self-motivation produced through the metabolized doctrine circulating in your soul. When you reach a personal sense of destiny, you have reached the point of the self-motivation necessary to execute the protocol plan of God. Once you reach the point of a personal sense of destiny all of your motivation will come from yourself.
f. Spiritual capacity righteousness plus a personal sense of destiny understands the highest objective in time and becomes the ultimate objective of the eternal state. “Spotless” means “being filled with all the fullness from God” (Eph 3:19), “partners in the divine endowment” (2 Pet 1:4). Blameless means no shame at the judgment seat of Christ.
5. Principles.
a. There is a pseudo personal sense of destiny. It is related to the unbeliever’s life on this earth as illustrated by the apostle Paul’s success in Judaism, Phil 3:4-6.
b. The human achievement of a pseudo sense of destiny is a dead end. It provides no real happiness in time and the lake of fire for the eternal state. “So the glory of the world passes away.” What a tragedy to come to the reality of dying and to look back and to realize that everything you have attained that mankind calls success has no meaning in the eternal state. It is only what goes beyond the destruction of the universe that counts.
c. For the believer the consistent function of the spiritual skills results in a true personal sense of destiny, which is the source of the greatest self-motivation and the greatest blessing up to that time in his life.
d. The motivation for the personal sense of destiny is the attainment of the advanced problem solving devices. They are attained much more rapidly than the basic problem solving devices were.
e. The believer’s personal sense of destiny is related to the most fantastic blessings of living and dying grace. The personal sense of destiny provides a spiritual life, a divine initiative of grace in four categories:
(1) Antecedent grace of eternity past, the fulfillment of your very own portfolio of invisible assets.
(2) Antecedent grace in time, the function of the power options and the spiritual skills to execute the protocol plan of God. The impact that follows is invisible but it changes the course of history.
(3) Eschatological grace in dying, in which the believer journeys through his very own death-shadowed valley. For the believer who is a winner, dying is a far greater blessing than living, and the entrance into the presence of the Lord is far greater than anything that has ever occurred on this earth.
(4) Eschatological grace in the eternal state, in which the winner believer anticipates and receives the escrow blessings for the eternal state.
f. A personal sense of destiny cannot lack anything in living grace and cannot fear anything in dying grace. Therefore, a personal sense of destiny anticipates with confidence Phil 1:21, “For me living Christ, and dying profit.”
g. A personal sense of destiny is both self-motivated to persist in the function of the spiritual skills and the major system of application of metabolized doctrine to postsalvation experience.
h. The believer who becomes bogged down in the reality of their problems never seems to find equal reality in divine solutions. This is because of ignorance of the problem solving devices and how they are deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.
i. Divine solutions are the function of the third spiritual skill of the Christian way of life. The third spiritual skill is formed by the two power options–the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. The third spiritual skill is the ten divine problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul. Once the personal sense of destiny is in place in the soul, then you have total self-motivation for the final advance to maturity with the last four problem solving devices (personal love for God, impersonal love for God, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ).
j. Divine solutions to the problems of life exist in one sphere of Christian modus operandi–the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul. Human solutions are no solutions. Divine solutions are the only solutions. Divine solutions are the only system for the application of metabolized doctrine to experience.
k. Divine solutions originate from the consistent function of two power options, which become three spiritual skills.
l. The biblical use of the elative conclusion establishes an absolute, which eliminates all relatives in the spiritual life. The absolute is the divine solution. The relative is always the human solution.
m. Since problem solving is a major function of the spiritual life of the Church, all divine solutions are related to the deployment of these battalions on the FLOT line of your soul. You were designed to be spiritually independent of human solutions in life.
n. Metabolized doctrine or epignosis circulating in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness creates the divine solutions, the only legitimate and accurate system of application of Bible doctrine to experience.
o. God the Holy Spirit is both the teacher and the metabolizer of Bible doctrine. In turn, metabolized Bible doctrine creates its own solutions, the divine solutions to human problems.
p. The divine solutions form the third spiritual skill, which completes the structure of your very own spiritual life. The spiritual life of the Church Age believer is consistent only when all three spiritual skills are operational in your life. The result is the execution of the protocol plan of God.
6. A personal sense of destiny is both the means and the result of the application of doctrine to experience.
a. As a means of application of Bible doctrine, a personal sense of destiny applies the doctrinal principles and rationales to the problems of life.
b. As a result of the application of Bible doctrine, a personal sense of destiny motivates the continuation of the spiritual skills in the deployment of the advanced problem solving devices. This is how self-motivation in your soul reaches its peak. Self-motivation comes through the function or use of the spiritual skills. All three spiritual skills provide the only motivation that is legitimate in the advance of your spiritual life to the glorification of God.
c. The consistent function of three spiritual skills is offensive action resulting in victory in the spiritual life. We learn to execute God’s plan, not the plan of some legalistic group.
(1) The availability of the spiritual skills creates options for the spiritual life.
(2) A personal sense of destiny recognizes the importance of volition in the spiritual life.
(3) A personal sense of destiny deployed on the FLOT line of the soul establishes right priorities and true spiritual values.
(4) A personal sense of destiny deployed on the FLOT line of the soul creates the spiritual environment for the function of the advanced problem solving devices and causes us from the motivation of our soul to make right decisions daily to advance us to spiritual maturity.
(5) A personal sense of destiny deployed on the FLOT line of the soul provides self-motivation for perseverance in the function of the spiritual skills. All motivation must come from your soul. No pastor can force you or lead you into a course of action or into some system. The job of the pastor is to communicate the information.
(6) The advance includes moving forward through a barrage of momentum testing with full use of all the problem solving devices with emphasis on the advanced problem solving devices. A personal sense of destiny becomes the turning point in your spiritual life.
(7) It is a personal sense of destiny that applies metabolized doctrine to experience, winning the battles of the soul, including: the battle of stress in the soul, the battle of sin in the soul, the battle of false doctrine in the soul, the battle of false solutions. Adversity in many categories is a challenge to motivation and momentum of a personal sense of destiny. Adversity comes in many categories to frustrate momentum in that personal sense of destiny; for example: rejection from others, unjust treatment, a victim of vilification, loss of health, economic disaster, criminal disaster, weather disaster, historical disaster.
d. Problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul often are driven back and must counterattack.
(1) Adversity is the outside pressures of life. Stress is the inside pressure of the soul. Adversity is inevitable, but stress is optional. Adversity is what circumstances do to you; stress is what you do to yourself.
(2) When adversity attacks, you do not have to let it break through the defensive line of doctrine in your soul and create stress in your soul. Stress in the soul is damaging to the spiritual life.
(3) Often adversity is permitted by God as a part of momentum testing for your own spiritual advance. When the problem solving devices deal with adversity on the FLOT line of the soul, the believer is a winner. When adversity breaks through the FLOT line of the soul and becomes stress in the soul, it temporarily destroys your spiritual life.
(4) Stress in the soul means sin nature control of the soul. The command post of the stream of consciousness is put out of action and the believer suffers either temporary or permanent loss of spiritual life, depending on the believer’s use of the rebound technique to recover.
(5) Stress in the soul destroys the modus vivendi of the spiritual skills including the function of a personal sense of destiny. Only the rebound technique recovers fellowship with God and the restoration of the filling of the Spirit.
(6) When the sin nature takes control of the soul and there is no rebound, the spiritual life of the believer implodes and fragments into the function of the arrogance skills, the arrogance complex of sins, the emotional complex of sins, reversionism, moral degeneracy from legalism, immoral degeneracy from antinomianism.

H. Offensive Action in the Spiritual Life Related to A Personal Sense of Destiny.
1. The FLOT line of the believer’s soul (the place where problem solving devices are deployed as you learn doctrine) is designed for two kinds of action: defensive action against Satan and demons and offensive action through the function of the three spiritual skills.
a. Defensive action against Satan is described in the Greek verb ANTHISTEMI, which means “stand your ground,” Jam 4:7; 1 Pet 5:9; Eph 6:13. We are not to take offensive action against Satan and his demons.
(1) Legalism and Christian activism seeks to take offensive action against Satan, while grace orientation with the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul seeks to remain defensive against Satan, and therefore clear the field of fire for the power of God to be used from heaven.
(2) The believer’s defensive action against Satan allows the omnipotence of God to clear the field for God’s offensive action against Satan.
b. The protocol plan of God for the Church demands defensive action on the FLOT line of the soul against Satan and offensive action through the function of the spiritual skills.
2. The Principle of Objective.
a. The purpose of any military operation is to attain the objective assigned to a designated force. This is also true in the spiritual life.
b. The objective of the protocol plan of God for the Church is the glorification of God through the consistent function of the spiritual skills, which is offensive action from the FLOT line of the soul.
c. The objective constitutes a guide for the interpretation of orders, the formulation of decisions, the deployment of problem solving devices. The interpretation of orders demands that we use the two power options and the three spiritual skills. The formulation of decisions are the daily decisions we use with regard to the objective of the glorification of God. The purpose for the deployment of the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul is to attain the objective of becoming a winner believer and invisible hero. Deployment is based on the function of ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of your soul.
d. The principle of offensive action comes into focus with the objective of becoming a winner believer.
3. The Principle of Offensive Action.
a. Offensive action is the only action by which a decision is gained.
b. Offensive action brings victory compatible with the objective while defensive action simply avoids defeat. The purpose of offensive action is to win. God has assigned to us specific offensive action under divine mandates.
c. Christian offensive action is the utilization of the divine initiative of grace to become a winner believer. The winner believer is consistent in the function of the three spiritual skills, executes the protocol plan of God for the Church, and utilizes equal opportunity to execute the protocol plan; therefore, the winner believer utilizes the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past.
d. Offensive action uses the FLOT line of the soul as a staging area for the application of metabolized Bible doctrine to experience.
e. The ten problem solving devices take the offensive in the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God, resulting in being filled with all the fullness from God.
f. The problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul are the accurate and legitimate system for the application of Bible doctrine to postsalvation experience. Any application apart from these ten problem solving devices is false, erroneous, and leads to major spiritual disaster.
g. The problem solving devices are formed on the FLOT line of the soul from a combination of two power options: the filling of the Spirit and metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
4. 1 Cor 2:9-16, “But as it stands written, ‘What eye has not seen [empiricism] and the ear has not heard [rationalism], furthermore it has not entered into the right lobe of mankind, what God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But to us for our benefit God has revealed them [doctrines] through the Spirit; for the Spirit investigates all things, even the deep things from God. For who among men understands the thoughts of a man except the soul-life, which is in him? Even so the thoughts from God no one has known except the Spirit from God. But we have not received, a human I.Q. of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that He might make known to us the things which have been graciously given to us by God, which things we also do not communicate in words taught by human wisdom, but in doctrines taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to spiritual persons. But the soulish person [unbeliever] does not receive the things from the Spirit of God; for to him it is senseless. Furthermore he is not able to understand, because it [Bible doctrine] is discerned in a manner caused by the filling of the Spirit. But the spirit filled believer discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one. For who knows the thinking of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we keep on having the mind of Christ [the word of God].”
5. Why we are to have offensive action in the Christian life is taught in 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any one is in Christ, [he is] a new spiritual species; the old things have lost their power; behold, new things have come to pass.”
a. The baptism of the Spirit created the new spiritual species at the moment of salvation. There are two new species in history: the new racial species, Israel and the new spiritual species.
b. The new spiritual species is mentioned in Gal 6:15, “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new spiritual species.”
c. As a new spiritual species we have equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the protocol plan of God for the Church, which includes spiritual freedom.
(1) Jn 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
(2) Spiritual freedom existed in the Old Testament, Ps 119:45, “For I will walk in freedom; For I seek Your doctrines.”
(3) Spiritual freedom must be guarded, Gal 5:1, “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free; therefore keep standing fast and do not again become entangled in the yoke of slavery.” The yoke of slavery includes: sin nature control of the soul, the function of the arrogance skills, the function of the arrogance and emotional complex of sins and the trends which result from it, and the neurotic or psychotic believer.
d. The old things that have lost their power is spiritual death. 1 Cor 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” Human power has been replaced by divine power. The spiritual life runs on divine power rather than human power.
e. The new things that have come to pass refer to all the unique features of the Church Age: our portfolio of invisible assets, the forty things given to us at salvation, the unique characteristics of the Church Age.
6. The focal point of the spiritual life means the principal point of focus, which, after the attainment of a personal sense of destiny, emphasizes the sophistication of the spiritual life and offensive action of the Church Age believer. The focal point of the spiritual life of the Church Age believer is the function of the two power options and the three spiritual skills by which we execute the protocol plan of God for the Church.
a. Attainment of a personal sense of destiny is a landmark of the spiritual life. It is when we enter into the sophisticated spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny is the entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life.
b. A personal sense of destiny separates the winner believer from the loser believer.
c. A personal sense of destiny separates spiritual childhood from spiritual adulthood.
d. A personal sense of destiny adds sophistication to the spiritual life of the believer as he enters spiritual adulthood. Spiritual adulthood occurs in three categories.
(1) Spiritual self-esteem is cognitive self-confidence; hence, entrance into a sophisticated spiritual life. Cognition is the key to sophistication. Once you reach a personal sense of destiny you are now in spiritual self-esteem and have entered the sophisticated spiritual life.
(2) Spiritual autonomy is cognitive independence. This is added sophistication to the spiritual life.
(3) Spiritual maturity is cognitive invincibility. This is maximum sophistication of the spiritual life. Sophistication means advancing cognition of Bible doctrine, advancing metabolization of doctrine.
e. Each stage of sophisticated spiritual adulthood deploys problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul. Spiritual self-esteem deploys personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind on the FLOT line of the soul. Spiritual autonomy deploys sharing the happiness of God on the FLOT line of the soul. Spiritual maturity deploys occupation with Christ on the FLOT line of the soul.
f. For the first time in history the function of the spiritual life demands thought before action.
g. The sophistication of the spiritual life as related to a personal sense of destiny always has a focal point–spiritual skills must precede production skills for the performance of divine good. The focal point of the spiritual life occurs with the attainment of a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny with its maximum self-motivation enters into the sophisticated spiritual life. The sophisticated spiritual life is the highest motivation in any factor of spirituality. There is no greater self-motivation than that which comes from the sophisticated spiritual life. The initial focal point of the spiritual life is the function of the two power options, divine power replacing human dynamics. It advances to the three spiritual skills. But before it does divine power has replaced all human power.
h. Therefore offensive action of the three spiritual skills attains the objectives of the spiritual life.
(1) Continued offensive action of the three spiritual skills in the sophisticated spiritual life by which you become a winner.
(2) Effective Christian service.
(3) A winner believer.
(4) An invisible hero.
(5) Glorification of God.
i. A personal sense of destiny is key to offensive action in your spiritual life.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is the self-motivation to follow the colors and advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity. The personal sense of destiny opens the gates to the sophisticated spiritual life. Personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind make up the spiritually adult believer’s spiritual self-esteem. Sharing the happiness of God is spiritual autonomy. Occupation with Christ is spiritual maturity and the ultimate spiritual experience in the spiritual life.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood. A personal sense of destiny adds sophistication to the spiritual life.
(3) A personal sense of destiny is also the dividing between the believer and the unbeliever. No unbeliever has a personal sense of destiny like the one God the Father has provided for the believer.
(4) Sophistication related to the spiritual life is defined as changing the life of the believer through cognition, the utilization of the two power options (the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine circulating in the soul) and the three spiritual skills. Cognition always precedes action in the spiritual life.
(5) The key to the sophisticated spiritual life is cognition. Spiritual adulthood occurs in three categories: spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity. Fellowship with God finally opens up when the believer attains a personal sense of destiny. In spiritual self-esteem the believer has personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind. In spiritual autonomy the believer shares the happiness of God. In spiritual maturity the believer is occupied with Christ.
(6) Therefore, from a personal sense of destiny and the sophisticated spiritual life the invisible hero emerges to glorify God in time and forever in the eternal state.
(7) No wonder the sophisticated spiritual life is filled with human blessing beyond human description and fulfills the statement that God has done exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think.
(8) A personal sense of destiny is entrance into full realization that every aspect of the spiritual life functions on divine power provided by the divine initiative of antecedent grace.

I. A Personal Sense of Destiny and Mental Attitude.
1. The personal sense of destiny is the greatest and most unusual change in all of the Christian life. It is shifting gears from spiritual childhood to spiritual adulthood.
2. With a personal sense of destiny comes a phenomenal mental attitude, reflected in a number of passages in the word of God.
a. Eph 4:22-24, “With reference to your former lifestyle [as a loser believer] you yourself lay aside the old man which is being corrupted on the basis of the lusts of deceit and become renewed [refreshed] by means of the [Holy] Spirit by means of the way of your thinking, and clothe yourselves with the new man which on the basis of the will of God has been created by means of spiritual capacity righteousness and holiness toward God from doctrine.” The Greek verb ANANOEO means to be refreshed or renewed.
(1) The lusts of deceit are described in Gal 6:3, “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
(2) The lusts of deceit have to do with the lust pattern of the old sin nature as related to the second arrogance skill, self-deception.
(3) The greatest change in the viewpoint of life of any believer comes when that believer has finally attained a personal sense of destiny.
(4) “By means of the way of your thinking” refers to a maximum amount of metabolized doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness.
(5) A personal sense of destiny is a new way of objective thinking. The life of every believer has a great deal to do with how he thinks. Right thinking is a part of the spiritual life. Divine viewpoint mental attitude is a part of the greatest delegation of divine power in human history. This delegation of power is the grace provision of the omnipotence of God for the execution of His plan.
(6) “Clothing yourself with the new man” is the consistent function of the spiritual skills.
b. Eph 1:19-20, “and what is the surpassing greatness of the power given to us who have believed for the delegation of His superior power which He put into operation by means of Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” God has delegated His divine power to every Church Age believer in the provision of the spiritual skills. This delegation of divine power comes in the form of thought–Bible doctrine metabolized in the stream of consciousness.
c. 1 Cor 2:16, “But who has known the thinking of Christ that he should instruct him? We have the thinking of Christ.” Your spiritual life is what you are thinking, not what you are doing. The Bible doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness is the delegated power of God. The delegated power of God is the mental attitude divine viewpoint, which is applied through the problem solving devices.
d. Prov 23:7, “As a person thinks in his soul, that is what he is.”
(1) Mental attitude and motivation from divine viewpoint becomes a major factor as far as your spiritual life is concerned. This reaches its peak on entrance into a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny has to do with everything you have learned by way of metabolized doctrine circulating in your soul.
(2) Concentration is a matter of your priorities in life. All forms of worship are a concentration test and a reflection of your values, motives, mental attitude in life, your spiritual status quo and your personal sense of destiny in spiritual adulthood.
e. 1 Cor 10:12, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” Thinking has a great deal to do with failure or success in your spiritual life. Wrong thinking is the greatest distraction to your spiritual life.
f. Gal 6:3, “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Thinking becomes either the application of doctrine in the life or the application of arrogance and ignorance. Divine viewpoint requires all the thinking of Bible doctrine that can be accumulated in your stream of consciousness.
g. Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is divine good production, the well pleasing to God, and the mature status quo. For I say through the grace which has been given to me to every one who is among you stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what point you ought to think; but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
(1) Being conformed to this world means no doctrine in the stream of consciousness, no problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, human viewpoint thinking.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is the major sponsor of the changeover from human to divine viewpoint of life. Therefore a personal sense of destiny is a must in your life.
(3) A personal sense of destiny is the transitional problem solving device from spiritual childhood to spiritual adulthood.
(4) A personal sense of destiny is the major transformation from people fellowship to fellowship with God. Your spiritual life is not your interaction with people but your interaction with God, and is based on what you think.
(5) Your viewpoint of life is based on your emphasis in life, and you have a choice between social intercourse with people or fellowship with God.
(6) The believer must learn from the pastor, and once the doctrine is metabolized it forms problem solving devices deployed to apply divine viewpoint to every circumstance in life.
(7) A personal sense of destiny relates the life of the believer to divine viewpoint thinking resulting in the deployment of the four advanced problem solving devices. No one ever attains spiritual self-esteem without a major change in their thinking.
(a) Even the unbeliever Marcus Aurelius understood the principle of thinking, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” You are not how you act, it is what you are thinking, what is your attitude. The spiritual life is thinking, and the evil substitute used by people to think they are spiritual is emotion. Only with a personal sense of destiny can you think Bible doctrine under pressure.
(b) Isa 55:8-9, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Your ways reflect what you think or fail to think. Thinking always comes before doing.
(8) A personal sense of destiny cannot be faked. A personal sense of destiny cannot be developed apart from thought, divine viewpoint of life.
h. Phil 2:5, “Keep on having this mental attitude in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” The nature of Christ’s spiritual life was His mental attitude, His thinking. Your spiritual life is your thinking, your mental attitude; it is made up of words. Speech and action is an expression of your thinking. Therefore, what you say and do is what you think. Thinking and speaking is a reflection of your priorities in life.
i. Phil 3:15, “Therefore, as many as are mature [believers], let us continue objective thinking; furthermore if you have any different mental attitude in something, God will reveal that also to you.” The believer with a personal sense of destiny can be wrong but it is correctable. When you have a personal sense of destiny, you can correct your erroneous thinking.
j. Col 3:2, “Keep thinking objectively about above things [divine viewpoint] and not things on the earth [human viewpoint].”
(1) The more doctrine you learn, the more you think about God. There is no personal love for God until you have a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny and occupation with Christ combine to form the most marvelous life, because you are now having fellowship with God as a believer. You can only have fellowship with Christ by thinking the thoughts of Christ.
(2) Your spiritual life related to people is almost meaningless until you have impersonal love for all mankind. Why? Because your impersonal love for all mankind is a direct result of a personal sense of destiny.
(3) Your spiritual life is personal love for God, impersonal love for all mankind, and the ability to evaluate your own life from metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness.
(4) Learning doctrine is tantamount to thinking doctrine. Thinking doctrine is tantamount to a spiritual life. A spiritual life is tantamount to application of doctrine to your experience. You have to learn doctrine before you can think doctrine. You have to think doctrine before you can apply doctrine.
k. 2 Cor 10:4-5, “For the weapons with which we fight are not the weapons of this world, on the contrary they have divine power to demolish fortresses. We demolish speculations [by Bible doctrine circulating in our stream of consciousness] and every arrogant thing that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, even when we bring every thought into captivity to make it obedient to Christ.”
3. Lack of a personal sense of destiny produces evil thoughts.
a. Ps 56:5-6a, “All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. They stir up strife.”
b. Prov 12:5, “The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counseling of the wicked are deceitful.”
c. Ps 94:10-11, “He who instructs the nations, will He not punish, Even He who teaches man knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.”
d. Isa 59:7, “Their feet rush into sin, And they are swift to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are evil thoughts; Ruin and destruction are their path in life.”
e. Jer 4:14, “Oh Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil that you may be delivered. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?”
f. Jer 6:19, “Hear, O land: behold, I am going to bring disaster on this people, The production of their thoughts, Because they have not listened to My doctrines, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.”

J. A personal sense of destiny is related to the clothing analogy of the spiritual life.
1. Eph 4:23-24, “and that you be renewed by agency of the Spirit by means of your way of thinking, and clothe yourself with the new man [a personal sense of destiny], which on the basis of the will of God has been created by means of [spiritual capacity] righteousness and holiness of life [the utilization of the power options and spiritual skills] from the absolute truth [Bible doctrine].”
a. A personal sense of destiny is entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life of the Church Age believer.
b. A personal sense of destiny always looks forward, never backward. A personal sense of destiny concentrates on the objectives, never the distractions.
c. A personal sense of destiny recognizes absolute truth in the New Testament and is under the elative conclusion (the divine solutions are the only solutions because they are based on the absolutes).
d. Being renewed by the agency of the Spirit refers to the filling of the Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit is direct agency from heaven empowering you to execute the protocol plan of God. You cannot execute the plan of God without the filling of the Spirit. Indirect power from heaven is the power of doctrine transferred from the written page of Scripture to your soul.
e. Your way of thinking, when it is effective, indicates a personal sense of destiny deployed on the FLOT line of your soul and thereby entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life.
2. Sophistication is a new spiritual person. In this analogy the new man or new suit is located in a closet. The closet represents your very own portfolio of invisible assets and spiritual life. You have a new set of clothing, a new suit, hanging in the closet. We are to take this new suit (our personal sense of destiny) out of the closet, put it on, and wear it. Putting on the new set of clothing is a metaphor for the attainment of personal sense of destiny. To do this you have to use your volition. The sophisticated spiritual life demands sophisticated clothing. The sophisticated clothing is the life beyond gnosis (Eph 3:19), the life beyond expectation (Eph 3:20), and a personal sense of destiny.
3. The new man has two concepts: utilization of the two power options (filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolization of doctrine) and consistency in the function of the three spiritual skills. The new man in which we are clothed is the personal sense of destiny of the new spiritual life, the sophisticated spiritual life.
a. In your portfolio of invisible assets, which came from the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past, you were given your very own spiritual life.
b. Every believer has the closet–your very own portfolio of invisible assets. Your personal sense of destiny is hanging in your closet. Go in and get it and put it on.
c. Fulfilling the divine mandate to clothe or dress yourself with the new man is the divine command to deploy a personal sense of destiny on your FLOT line.
4. The loser believer never puts on the new clothing of the spiritual life. He is still running around in his old clothes–controlled by the old sin nature.
5. The personal sense of destiny (our new set of clothes) has been created for us by the sovereign will of God and is available only by the development of spiritual capacity righteousness through the function of the three spiritual skills. The blessing of the sophisticated spiritual life requires spiritual capacity righteousness, which has nothing to do with the circumstances of life.
6. The “cannot” principles of a personal sense of destiny.
a. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand the uniqueness of the Church Age with all of its grace assets.
b. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand and utilize the assets of your very own portfolio of invisible assets.
c. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past and all that has been provided for you right now.
d. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand the divine initiative of eschatological grace both in time and in the eternal future.
e. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny until you understand and consistently utilize the spiritual skills.
f. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you avoid the distraction of the arrogance skills.

K. Major passages on the personal sense of destiny.
1. 2 Cor 4.
a. 2 Cor 4:6, “For the God [Holy Spirit] who said, ‘Light shine out from the darkness.’ He is the One who has shined in our hearts face to face with the light [enlightenment] of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person [face] of Christ.”
(1) “God” here is a reference to God the Holy Spirit, the One who restored the earth for man’s occupancy and is quoted from Gen 1:3.
(2) God the Holy Spirit, the One who made light shine out of darkness, is the same One who makes Bible doctrine (“the light”) shine in the believer’s stream of consciousness. The Holy Spirit is the teacher of doctrine.
(3) God the Holy Spirit makes the Lord Jesus Christ shine forth in our right lobe. The modus operandi of the Christian way of life begins with knowledge of Christ, i.e., the function of His humanity during the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
b. 2 Cor 4:7-10, “Furthermore we have this treasure in jars of clay [human bodies], that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from the source of God and not from the source of ourselves; in every way we are under adversity, but not under stress; we are perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.”
(1) What is inside of your soul is a private matter between you and God and only becomes manifest as your spiritual life develops
(2) The “surpassing greatness of the power” is the fact that God has given us His power in our very own portfolio of invisible assets. The spiritual life functions only on divine power. It is the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
(3) We have outside pressures of adversity but are not under stress because of the deployment of the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul. When adversity breaks into the soul it becomes stress.
(a) Adversity is the outside pressure of life; stress is the inside pressure of life.
(b) Adversity is what circumstances do to you; stress is what you do to yourself. Stress is the result of too many bad decisions.
(c) Adversity is historical disaster, economic disaster, loss of freedom, victim of terrorism or revolution, defeat in warfare. Adversity is criminal disaster, the victim of rape, robbery, and abuse. Adversity is becoming the victim of vilification, maligning, gossip, slander, judging, the creation of a public lie. Adversity is loss of health, disease, pain, suffering. Adversity is the death of a loved one. Adversity includes weather disasters. Adversity includes loss of job. Adversity includes domestic problems. Adversity includes rejection.
(d) Adversity is inevitable; stress is optional.
(e) The function of the spiritual skills in the soul provides momentum in the spiritual life, but the function of stress in the soul destroys your spiritual life. The function of the problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul is the only accurate and legitimate solution to all problems and adverse circumstances in the life of the believer.
(4) Being perplexed is the status quo of the believer prior to having a personal sense of destiny. There are many things in his life he will not understand until he has attained a personal sense of destiny.
(5) “Persecuted, but not forsaken” is the status quo of a personal sense of destiny.
(6) The phrase “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus” refers to the fact that we carry the same power options and problem solving devices, that is, the same spiritual life in our body that He used to live a perfect life and die for our sins without sinning Himself.
(7) The phrase “that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body” means we carry in our bodies invisible Bible doctrine and the filling of the Spirit resulting in the invisible function of the three spiritual skills. Inside your body is a treasure–Bible doctrine circulating in your soul. We have in our clay jar the same great treasure–the spiritual life–that our Lord Jesus Christ carried in His body.
c. 2 Cor 4:13-14, “But having the same [spiritual] state of faith, on the basis of what is written [Ps 116:10], ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak; knowing that He who resurrected the Lord Jesus will also resurrect us [the apostles] in association with Jesus and will present us with you [Church Age believers at the rapture].”
(1) The doctrinal rationale in verse 14 relates the resurrection of Christ to the resurrection of the Church Age believer. A personal sense of destiny thinks in terms of doctrinal rationales.
(2) A personal sense of destiny never wavers from the principle that relationship with God is based exclusively on divine power, never on human power. This is illustrated from the doctrine of resurrection.
(a) The divine power of God the Father returned our Lord’s human spirit to His human body in the grave, Acts 2:24; Rom 6:4; Eph 1:20; Col 2:12; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Pet 1:21. The divine power of God the Holy Spirit returned our Lord’s human soul to His human body in the grave, Rom 1:4, 8:11; 1 Pet 3:18.
(b) The divine power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is now available to every Church Age believer, Eph 1:18-20. This power is found in your very own portfolio of invisible assets as the two power options–the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the direct power option and metabolized doctrine is delegated power.
(3) Therefore a personal sense of destiny recognizes the inclusion of divine power only in the spiritual life of the believer in the Church Age. To reject divine power is the greatest tragedy for the believer. A personal sense of destiny recognizes the exclusion of human power in the function of the spiritual skills. The spiritual life runs only on divine power. Your personal sense of destiny is aware of and uses available divine power. Divine power is an absolute and available through our portfolio of invisible assets. Human power is relative and totally unacceptable to God in the function of the spiritual skills.
(4) A personal sense of destiny not only recognizes the inclusion of divine power in the spiritual life but also recognizes the inclusion of divine power in the resurrection or rapture of the Church.
(5) 1 Cor 6:14, “Now God not only resurrected the Lord, but He will also resurrect us through His power.” The only power that counts in your life is divine power, and that same power will resurrect all believers.
(6) There can never be a personal sense of destiny on the FLOT line of your soul until you understand and apply the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
(7) A personal sense of destiny never departs from the absolute truth of Bible doctrine and the monopoly of divine power in the modus operandi of the spiritual life.
(a) Just as the dispensation of the hypostatic union terminated with resurrection–the function of divine power, so also the dispensation of the Church terminates with resurrection–the function of divine power.
(b) God is perfect, therefore His plan is perfect.
(c) The perfect plan of God for the Church can only function under divine power. Therefore a human power intrusion is a contradiction of the protocol plan of God for the Church and never a part of the spiritual life.
(d) In postsalvation experience the spiritual life of the Church Age believer excludes all power and energy of the flesh and functions totally on divine power in two categories: the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness.
(e) The same divine power available for your spiritual life is also involved in the resurrection or rapture of the Church.
d. 2 Cor 4:15-18, “For all things are for your benefit, that the grace impact which has increased through the agency of the many [invisible heroes] may cause the increase of thanksgiving resulting in the glory of God. Therefore we do not despair, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. For a momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
(1) A personal sense of destiny uses grace orientation to glorify God. Once you reach a personal sense of destiny you move into an entirely new spiritual life, called the sophisticated spiritual life, in which you use the advanced problem solving devices (personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God, and occupation with Christ). No believer reaches a personal sense of destiny without grace orientation.
(2) A personal sense of destiny separates the status of spiritual childhood from the status of spiritual adulthood. Therefore the personal sense of destiny is a landmark in the spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny must understand the divine objective and how the protocol plan glorifies God, in order to be motivated to continue utilizing the power options and the three spiritual skills.
(3) One of the greatest distractions to the spiritual life, outside of the function to the three arrogance skills, is to become discouraged or despondent. All things are for your benefit. You have no need to be discouraged or despondent. What you achieve in this life does not mean a thing when you are dying or think you are dying. Nothing is as important in this world as Bible doctrine. God has provided every problem solving device for every problem in life–all things are for your benefit. When you realize that Bible doctrine is important, you have real genuine change as you move into spiritual adulthood. You have true Christian fellowship and true spiritual change.
(4) A personal sense of destiny is not discouraged by any circumstance in life. The decaying body or jar of clay is not the significant thing in life, but the soul, i.e., the inner person, which continues to grow spiritually day by day. The continual weakening of physical power and energy does not diminish spiritual power when you have reached a personal sense of destiny. You have now locked in spiritual adulthood. Your momentum and motivation is far greater and far stronger than anything in life before that moment. The power of God advances even though physical power decreases with age. Your health is not an indicator of your spiritual status. You are renewed day by day through the consistent utilization of two power options and three spiritual skills.
(5) No matter how great the suffering of the physical body the power related to the spiritual life in the soul is infinitely greater than any adversity. This is why Paul calls all of his terrible suffering a momentary, light affliction. A personal sense of destiny always looks forward to the eternal weight of glory rather than the momentary, light affliction.
(6) A personal sense of destiny must always emphasize the eternal state. A personal sense of destiny lives in the light of eternity. A personal sense of destiny with its maximum self-motivation enters into the sophisticated spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny is the major offensive action of the sophisticated spiritual life.
e. Summary.
(1) A personal sense of destiny always has an objective.
(2) The objective of a personal sense of destiny is the execution of the protocol plan of God for the Church, resulting in the glorification of God, resulting in becoming a winner believer, an invisible hero. A personal sense of destiny has fellowship with God. Heb 11 gives us all the examples. Fellowship with God is a different kind of life. The execution of God’s plan in any dispensation is impossible without fellowship with God. A personal sense of destiny is the mechanics of fellowship with God.
(3) The means of fulfilling the objective is the utilization of God’s power. God’s plan was never designed to function on human power, human ability, human personality gimmicks, or anything else related to human dynamics. God called on you to utilize divine power. The means of fulfilling the objective is the consistent use of the two power options and the three spiritual skills. This is the only way of momentum in your spiritual life.
(4) A personal sense of destiny is constantly aware of the impact of the invisible hero.
(5) The impact of the invisible hero of the Church Age is related to five invisible categories.
(a) Personal impact, which is blessing by association to anyone related to the mature believer. Marriage, family, schools, the local church, where you work, etc. are blessed by association with the invisible hero. God provides for that organization what they cannot earn or deserve as long as that person is in that organization.
(b) Historical impact, which is blessing by association to a client nation. The nation is blessed by the pivot of mature believers within it. As goes the believer in the client nation to God, so goes that nation spiritually, historically, economically, socially, Rev 3:12.
(c) International impact, which is blessing by association with a non-client nation through a limited number of missionaries who have reached spiritual maturity. He is a blessing to the client nation from which he comes and to the non-client nation to which he goes. When a missionary becomes involved in the politics of the country to which he goes, he has been distracted from his mission. Other distractions include becoming involved in any form of Christian activism, interference with the culture of a non-client nation.
(d) Angelic impact, which is the impact of the winner believer as a witness for the Prosecution in the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial (which is coterminous with human history). This is accomplished through the attainment of spiritual maturity through the consistent function of the spiritual skills, and it becomes effective when the believer reaches spiritual self-esteem, the entrance into spiritual adulthood. Once you have a personal sense of destiny and reach spiritual self-esteem God’s purpose in permitting certain testing and suffering in your life is for evidence testing.
(e) Heritage impact, which is blessing by association with the mature believer after his death for those loved ones the invisible hero leaves behind. This explains why the wicked often prosper–they were the children or grandchildren of an invisible hero.
2. The second major passage on a personal sense of destiny is 2 Pet 3:11-14, “Since in this way all things will be destroyed, what sort of persons must you become in a dedicated-to-God lifestyle, that is to say, your very own spiritual life, while looking forward with confidence and hastening the coming day of God in which the heavens will be destroyed by burning and the elements will melt with an intense heat.”
a. A personal sense of destiny includes living your life in the light of eternity (verse 11). When you start looking forward to eternity with confidence, you have a personal sense of destiny and spiritual self-esteem.
b. A personal sense of destiny relates the spiritual life of the believer in time to his status in the eternal state (verse 13).
c. A personal sense of destiny relates the spiritual life of the believer to the Rapture and the judgment seat of Christ, which follows (verse 14).
3. Another major passage on a personal sense of destiny is Heb 11. Heb 11 is the story of those who had a personal sense of destiny and moved on from there to spiritual maturity. A personal sense of destiny is related to the reality of the doctrine of resurrection.

L. Distinction between Having a Destiny and the Fulfillment of Destiny.
1. Having a destiny is positional sanctification. This is related to the baptism of the Spirit, whereby we are entered into union with Christ and so we share the destiny of Christ.
2. Having a personal sense of destiny is experiential sanctification. This occurs through understanding God’s plan for your life.
3. The experience of cognitive self-confidence from maximum doctrine in the soul is classified as having a personal sense of destiny. Cognitive self-confidence results in the experience of a personal sense of destiny.
a. While every believer has a destiny under the protocol plan of God and the unique features of the Church Age, not every believer actually attains that destiny through the execution of the protocol plan of God.
b. Only through postsalvation epistemological rehabilitation and subsequent cognitive self-confidence related to your politeuma privileges can you have and enjoy, under all circumstances of life, a personal sense of destiny.
c. If you have been jilted in a romance, that doesn’t change the fact that you have a personal sense of destiny. If you have been treated unjustly, it doesn’t change the fact that you have a personal sense of destiny. If you’ve just lost out in your social group, lost your job, are lonely or isolated, these do not imply that you do not have a personal sense of destiny. All you have to do is ask: “Have I personally received Jesus Christ as my Savior?” If so, then you do have that sixth problem solving device in focus, i.e., the experience of having a personal sense of destiny.
d. So having a personal sense of destiny is a problem-solving device. It is designed for the perpetuation of spiritual momentum in your life. Continuation of momentum results in becoming a winner and an invisible hero where a personal sense of destiny receives its fulfillment.
e. Having a personal sense of destiny aids the believer in passing three categories of suffering for blessing in spiritual adulthood: providential preventative suffering, momentum testing, and evidence testing.
4. A personal sense of destiny is the experience of being a winner, an invisible hero, and a believer who has attained spiritual maturity. A personal sense of destiny is the thing that carries winners in times of great adversity and historical disaster.
5. Because of wrong priorities in the life of the Church Age believer as royal family, he does not have a personal sense of destiny. If your priorities are wrong, you will never have the experience of having a personal sense of destiny. Therefore, you will never fulfill your destiny in time.
6. Under the protocol plan of God, every believer still has a destiny. But to know it, understand it, and have the confidence that goes with it is the experience of having a personal sense of destiny.
7. The Fulfillment of Your Destiny.
a. There must be cognition of Bible doctrine for the fulfillment of your destiny, which is tantamount to execution of the protocol plan of God.
b. Under the protocol plan of God, every believer has a destiny. But rejection of doctrine or apathy toward doctrine, distraction or preoccupation with pleasure, destroy the possibility of ever fulfilling that destiny and therefore of having a personal sense of destiny.
c. Having a destiny is not enough. You must fulfill that destiny through consistent perception of Bible doctrine, out of which are manufactured invisible heroes. The believer must reside inside the divine dynasphere, under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, with momentum from metabolized doctrine.
d. Consistent positive volition toward doctrine results in the attainment of spiritual adulthood and the experience of having a personal sense of destiny. This means complete and consistent exposure to the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
e. Having a personal sense of destiny in spiritual adulthood is the prerequisite for the fulfillment of that destiny through the attainment of spiritual maturity.
(1) If God doesn’t promote you, you’re not promoted.
(2) God promotes the prepared believer.
(3) The prepared believer is promoted by being manufactured into an invisible hero. The material from which the invisible hero is manufactured is made up of metabolized doctrine.
(4) Part of being prepared is to have a personal sense of destiny from cognition of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
f. A personal sense of destiny comes through perception of Bible doctrine. The fulfillment of that destiny comes through the application of that doctrine after its metabolization.
g. The Church Age believer must learn the content of his portfolio of invisible assets, for you cannot use what you do not understand. You will never understand what God has provided for you apart from the mastery of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
h. The mystery doctrine of the Church Age orients the believer to God’s purpose, will, and plan for his life.
i. Having a personal sense of destiny requires that you understand what God has provided under logistical grace, the entire content of your portfolio of invisible assets, your politeuma privileges, your equal privileges and equal opportunities under God’s plan, and the problem solving devices.
j. Once you begin to utilize the nine problem solving devices, you begin to acquire a personal sense of destiny.
k. In time of historical disaster, a personal sense of destiny is a fantastic thing to apply to the daily circumstances of life.
l. A personal sense of destiny becomes motivation to be consistent in reception, retention, and recall of Bible doctrine.

M. A personal sense of destiny is related to the ten unique factors of the Church Age.
1. When you recall any factor related to the baptism of the Spirit, whether it’s being a new spiritual species or sharing everything our Lord has because you’re in union with Him, you can conclude in time of problems that you have a personal sense of destiny.
2. Or you can conclude that because of the unique protocol plan of God, “I have a destiny.”
3. Because of the unique equality factor of the protocol plan, you can say, “I have a destiny.”
4. You can conclude: “Because of my portfolio of invisible assets provided by God the Father for me in eternity past, I have a destiny.”
5. You can reflect: “Because of the two unique royal commissions, I have a destiny; both because I’m a royal priest and because I’m a royal ambassador.”
6. Or because of the unique mystery doctrine of the Church Age, you can say you have a destiny.
7. Or because of the indwelling of all three members of the Godhead, you can say, “I have a destiny.”
8. Or because of maximum availability of divine omnipotence, you can say, “I have a destiny.”
9. Or because of living in a dispensation of no prophecy but in a time of historical trends, you can say, “I have a destiny.”
10. Or, “Because I am commanded to advance to maturity and become a winner and an invisible hero, I have destiny.” There is no reason why you should not be aware of the fact that you have a destiny, and therefore enjoy the experience of having a personal sense of destiny.

M. Interim Summary.
1. A personal sense of destiny is related to the protocol plan of God for the Church. There is no personal sense of destiny understood by the believer until he understands God’s plan for his life. God gives all believers the same equal opportunity to execute His plan. Protocol is a rigid, long established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, and is followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence.
a. Our precedence for the Christian way of life comes from the humanity of Christ in His modus operandi in the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
b. Due order includes the utilization of two power options and three spiritual skills. The two power options are the filling of the Holy Spirit and the metabolization of Bible doctrine. The three spiritual skills include the two power options and the formation of the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
c. The rigidity of this code is based on the fact that God has one way of doing a thing, and that is the right way. A right thing must be done in a right way to be right. The end does not justify the means. While God is able to do whatever He will to do in the way He wills it, the omnipotence of God functions under perfect eternal virtue related to divine integrity. God is always fair. God never uses His divine power to cause the end to justify the means. God is never arbitrary in the administration of divine justice and the function of His divine power.
2. A personal sense of destiny is related to cognition of God’s plan and God’s power. He never leaves us in doubt.
a. A personal sense of destiny recognizes the absolute truth that God is able to do all He wills to do, but He may not will to do all He can do. This leaves room for the volition of the believer. The major issue of the Christian way of life is volition, not environment, not circumstances. God cannot deny Himself, and therefore, divine modus operandi is compatible with divine essence. God can never deny Himself, nor can He fail to reveal Himself to mankind. However, God does not choose to do everything by the immediate agency of His own divine power. Therefore, He delegates divine power to intermediate agents, including every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
b. This means that human volition becomes the issue in the historical phase of the angelic conflict. This means that every believer must take the responsibility for his own decisions in his postsalvation experience.
c. Immediately upon your salvation you have a destiny. The forty things we receive at salvation are a part of our personal sense of destiny. At the moment of resurrection your destiny shifts gears. As a part of our destiny there will be evaluation and great distinction between winners and loser believers.
d. In eternity past the divine initiative of antecedent grace provided for every believer his very own portfolio of invisible assets. Never before in history has the Trinity indwelt every believer. Never before in history has every believer been filled with the Holy Spirit. Never before has every believer been a priest and an ambassador. Since every Church Age believer has been provided with divine power to do God’s will, he cannot violate the grace policy of God by intruding with his own works, his crusades, or assigning spirituality to any system of human good, dead works, legalism, pseudo-compassion, or emotional experience.
3. A personal sense of destiny recognizes that contradictions cannot exist in the protocol plan of God for the Church. God can only create a perfect plan and provide perfect power for its fulfillment. Therefore God’s plan for the Church is perfect. However, we believers are far from perfect after salvation. This contradiction comes from those imperfect persons in a perfect plan.
a. Church Age believers cannot execute the protocol plan of God through any system of human power or ability. Either the believer will fulfill God’s plan through the utilization of divine power or he will continue rejection of God’s plan and walk away from His plan. Even though you walk away from His plan in time, you can never walk away from God. You belong to Him forever. You can commit no sin that will separate you from God as a believer. Every believer has equal opportunity and equal power to execute this plan.
b. A personal sense of destiny recognizes that contradictions cannot exist in the perfect plan of God, but contradictions exist in all those who are in the plan, because we are imperfect. Therefore, the believer must live by principle–Bible doctrine circulating in his own stream of consciousness.
c. When any human experience contradicts what the Bible says, the experience is false. There are no contradictions in God’s plan. The contradictions are all in us.
4. A personal sense of destiny cannot think, apply doctrine, or solve problems through the mind or thinking of another person. The believer who depends on counseling or guidance from others has failed to use the two power options and the three spiritual skills.
a. The believer who blames his bad decisions from a position of weakness on abuse or unjust treatment has never learned to take the responsibility for his own decisions and even come to grips with the overruling power of God. Therefore, the loser believer does not use his equal privilege, equal opportunity, and his priesthood to enter into the function of the two power options and the three spiritual skills.
b. Failure to utilize the power options and spiritual skills results in the function of the arrogance skills and often makes the loser believer far worse off than his unbeliever counterpart, because he has moved through more restraints. The result is wrong priorities in life followed by wrong modus vivendi and punitive suffering administered by the supreme court of heaven. We sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind.
c. Postsalvation decisions of the believer are based on his concept of volition and values. You make your decision on the basis of whatever values you have accumulated in your lifetime. Many of these values are erroneous. After salvation, if you continue to make decisions on the basis of false values, the decisions are false. This is one of the ways in which you walk away from God’s plan.
d. Therefore all decisions related to learning doctrine become the most important function of the believer’s life. Eventually you have to come to the point that Bible doctrine has number one priority in your life. All decisions related to the utilization of the power options and spiritual skills are designed to transfer Bible doctrine from the word of God to your soul, where it activates the function of your own FLOT line. In this way a personal sense of destiny can be parlayed into occupation with Christ. A personal sense of destiny then parlays spiritual maturity into maximum glorification of God.
5. A personal sense of destiny must be related to humility. Jam 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5 quote a verse from Prov 3:34 in the Septuagint, “God makes war against the arrogant believer, but He gives grace to the humble believer.”
a. The arrogant believer is involved in the arrogance skills and the arrogance complex of sins. A personal sense of destiny eliminates these things. But in this case the arrogant believer rejects the attainment of a personal sense of destiny.
b. The arrogance skills are eliminated in providential preventative suffering, which is suffering for blessing in spiritual self-esteem. When you move into spiritual autonomy, it has momentum testing as its suffering for blessing. Spiritual maturity has evidence testing as its suffering for blessing.
c. Humility is teachability. Jam 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will promote you.” Prov 15:33, 11:2, “With the humble is wisdom.” Prov 29:23; Ps 25:9, “He teaches the humble His way.”
6. A personal sense of destiny is always related to divine solutions to the problems of life.
a. Believers who become bogged down in the reality of their problems never seem to face divine solutions. The believer with a personal sense of destiny sees the solution, while others without a personal sense of destiny just see the problem. The solutions are the deployment of the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
b. When a believer has no cognition of these solutions, it is inevitable that he will opt for human viewpoint solutions. These human viewpoint solutions merely become a basis for divine discipline of the believer.
c. Divine solutions are the only solutions; human solutions are no solutions.
7. A personal sense of destiny is entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life (the adult spiritual life).
a. In the sophisticated spiritual life there are three stages: spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity.
b. Each of these stages is attained through a system of cognition of Bible doctrine. Spiritual self-esteem is cognitive self-confidence. Spiritual autonomy is cognitive independence. Spiritual maturity is cognitive invincibility.
c. Each of these stages has problem solving devices to overcome suffering for blessing. Spiritual self-esteem uses personal love for God and impersonal love for man to pass providential preventative suffering. Spiritual autonomy uses sharing the happiness of God to pass momentum testing. Spiritual maturity uses occupation with Christ to pass evidence testing.
d. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you understand the uniqueness of the Church Age, the grace policy of God, the objectives of the protocol plan of God–becoming a winner believer through the power options and spiritual skills. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny unless you have integrated your priorities and spiritual values into the mechanics of the protocol plan of God. You cannot have a personal sense of destiny apart from the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
8. A personal sense of destiny as problem solving device number six plays a major role in the execution of the protocol plan of God for the Church. A personal sense of destiny is a major agent in the glorification of God. The believer has the volition and values to attain a personal sense of destiny. The believer has equality with all other believers to attain a personal sense of destiny. Now it is a matter of decisions based on God’s values.

N. True and False Destiny, Phil 3.
1. Phil 3:4-8, “although I myself might be having confidence in the flesh. If anyone of the same category [religious and racial Jew] presumes to have confidence in the flesh [and they do], I more: circumcised on the eighth day, [born] out from the race of Israel and from the tribe of Benjamin, an outstanding Hebrew; with reference to the Law, a Pharisee; with reference to zeal, a persecutor of the church; with reference to righteousness [morality] which is by means of the Law, having become blameless. But whatever things [the norms and standards of Judaism] were advantages for my benefit, I have regarded these things as loss because of Christ. Not only this but more than this, I conclude all things [Paul’s presalvation celebrityship] to be loss because of the surpassing greatness of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, because of Whom I have suffered the loss of all things. In fact I regard them as dung that I might win for [profit from the source of] Christ.”
a. Paul was an unbeliever celebrity with a false personal sense of destiny. Paul was famous in the field of Judaism and was well trained in Hellenistic culture and a citizen of the Roman Empire. He became one of the greatest of the Pharisees at a young age.
(1) The presalvation celebrityship of Paul was the basis for a false personal sense of destiny in that when he finally understood a true personal sense of destiny, he went back under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to have explained the things that determine happiness in life: volition, decisions, and priorities in life.
(2) A false personal sense of destiny is constructed from the arrogance skills and relates to false standards which conflict with the spiritual life of the believer and contradicts the protocol plan of God for the Church.
(3) While a false personal sense of destiny generally is related to overt standards of human achievement, a true personal sense of destiny is the monopoly of the believer who uses the two power options and three spiritual skills on a consistent basis.
(4) A true personal sense of destiny must always be related to the basic status quo of the soul–genuine humility. A true personal sense of destiny is the monopoly of the sophisticated spiritual life.
(5) When a person believes in Christ and carries over into the spiritual life all of their presalvation success standards, they are handicapped in ever fulfilling the protocol plan of God because they want to use human power, human dynamics and the very thing that made them successful as an unbeliever. There is no place for human dynamics in the spiritual life. When success turns you away from the priorities of the spiritual life (the filling of the Spirit and Bible doctrine), you are a loser even though you are successful.
b. A false personal sense of destiny comes in two categories.
(1) The first category deals with the arrogance skills and unreality. Many people have a false personal sense of destiny because they are divorced from reality on the one hand and will not take the responsibility for their bad decisions on the other hand.
(2) The second category of a false personal sense of destiny is one in which the individual’s involved are associated with reality. They understand that they have achieved in some legitimate area of life and have a true sense of destiny only in the sense that they have achieved. But they have a false sense of destiny in that they have not related their achievement to the absolutes of life. Therefore they are living out their life under a pseudo sense of destiny, because, once they depart this life, they are forever separated from God.
c. As Saul of Tarsus, Paul considered himself far greater than any of the Jews of his day in the field of their religion and culture.
(1) The personal sense of destiny of Abraham was characterized by his circumcision. Paul realized that the baptism of the Holy Spirit had replaced circumcision as the sign of a personal sense of destiny. Compare how Paul’s values had changed now that he is a member of the royal family of God:
(a) 1 Cor 7:19, “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the mandates of God.” We all have equal privilege to advance to spiritual maturity. What is important is taking all the divine commands in the New Testament and obeying them. Ritual without reality is meaningless.
(b) Gal 3:26, 28, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gentiles in Galatia got carried away with a Jewish ritual activity. There are no racial distinctions in the royal family and social status or sex is not an issue in Christianity. You have equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the plan of God. The issue in the spiritual life is not environment or circumstances, but volition.
(c) Gal 5:2-4, “Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every person who receives circumcision that he is under obligation to keep the entire Law. You have been made non-operational from Christ, you who would be justified by the Law; you have drifted off course from grace.” Receiving circumcision here is entering into a system of ritual without reality and legalism. Even though you are in union with Christ you will not glorify Him. To become completely non-operational means failure to attain a personal sense of destiny and enter into the sophisticated spiritual life.
(d) Certain Jewish believers came to Antioch, where Paul was teaching, and claimed that circumcision was necessary for salvation, Act 15:1, “And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’”
(e) Paul not only rejected this false teaching but he redefined circumcision in terms of the protocol plan of God for the Church. He said in Phil 3:3, “For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.”
(f) Gal 5:6-9, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but doctrine working through virtue-love. You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion [salvation and spirituality by circumcision], did it come from Him who calls you? No. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” The infiltration of legalism turns the entire lifestyle of the believer into legalism.
(2) The tribe of Benjamin was the great warrior tribe, which stayed with Judah when Israel split into two nations.
(3) “A Hebrew of the Hebrews” is an idiom meaning an outstanding Jew. He is saying that he was the greatest Jew of his day. This is not arrogance on his part, but a fact.
(4) The fact he was a Pharisee indicates he was politically a conservative and recognized the Old Testament Scripture as the authority for Israel.
(5) The great oxymoron here is that Paul was both a violent persecutor of the Church and kept the Law perfectly and was a person of great morality. How could he be both a murderer and keep the Law perfectly? He was a person of high moral character, not virtue. “Zeal” denotes religious activism, the function of the arrogance skills. Paul was the greatest activist of his day before he became a believer.
(a) Paul was a very moral and righteous person. Any form of activism comes from a system of morality. Saul was the epitome of religious morality, and therefore, the quintessence of legalism. He was a celebrity in the field of morality and religious activism. The divine viewpoint of Paul’s presalvation activism, motivated by religious zeal and morality of the Law, classifies him in the infallible word of God as the worst sinner who ever lived.
(b) Another divine commentary on Paul as an unbeliever is given in 1 Tim 1:13-15, “even though I was formerly a blasphemer, and a persecutor, also a violent aggressor. And yet I was shown mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.” Paul murdered Christians in the name of religious morality and activism.
(c) Morality is not spirituality. Morality is adherence to a moral system, which produces a human righteousness. The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life, executed by the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. There is a great difference between the virtue produced by God the Holy Spirit and the morality produced by the Law. The virtue produced by God the Holy Spirit can only be produced through the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
(d) Prior to his salvation, Paul, as Saul of Tarsus, was the worst sinner who ever lived, because he murdered Christians in the name of religion. His self-righteousness motivated his violence.
d. After his salvation Paul became the greatest believer of the Church Age, because he was free from legalism, he utilized the power options to the maximum, and showed how far you can go in glorifying God, if you function consistently under the three spiritual skills.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is constructed exclusively from the spiritual skills. Therefore it is totally incompatible with the arrogance skills. A false personal sense of destiny is constructed from the arrogance skills related to false standards and false motivation, which conflicts with the spiritual life of the protocol plan of God.
(2) A true personal sense of destiny is the product of divine power functioning within the framework of the power options and the three spiritual skills.
(3) While a false personal sense of destiny is generally related to the overt standards of human achievement, a true personal sense of destiny is related to the invisible standards designed to use only divine power and glorify God. 2 Cor 4:18, “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
e. One of the most difficult handicaps in entering the spiritual life is to come in as a great person; as an achiever in some field; to be famous in some area. These believers depend on the priorities and standards which made them famous as unbelievers to be successful as believers and this will not work.
(1) Paul made the transition from the wrong priorities of human success standards to the right priorities of divine power, something most believers do not do, because they continue to function on human power after salvation.
(2) The whole point of suffering for blessing as an adult believer is to squeeze out the arrogance skills and emotional complex of sins, so that divine discipline comes down to a minimum. That is a part of sophistication of spiritual adulthood. Paul was in the process of squeezing out the things that distract from spiritual advance.
f. The SKUBALA metaphor.
(1) This is the one word by which Paul was able to point out to the world how his priorities had changed. Phil 3:8 is the only occurrence of the word in the New Testament. God the Holy Spirit directed Paul to use this word.
(2) This word is a metaphor. A metaphor is the application of a word (SKUBALA) or phrase to an object or a concept it does not literally denote, in order to suggest a comparison with another object or concept (“to be loss”). SKUBALA is a metaphor for rejection of human dynamics in the spiritual life. There is no place for human power, human ideas, human ability, human success standards, or human gimmicks in the spiritual life.
(a) The word ZEMIA means “loss” and is not strong enough.
(b) The word SKUBALA is the metaphor to bring out the strength of Paul’s concept.
(3) The word SKUBALA means “dung, human excrement.” It is a vulgar term. It does not mean scraps or left overs after a meal, nor does it mean garbage in general. Paul could identify all of his fantastic successes in human achievement as that which one flushes down the toilet. All legalism and asceticism is excrement as far as Paul is concerned. Paul turned his back on everything that had to do with human power.
(4) God provides the hearers and everything necessary for the ministry to be successful. It does not need human gimmicks. This is why God’s plan is perfect for imperfect believers. That is why imperfect believers must establish right priorities that relate to God’s power, not human ability.
(5) Human success has a tendency to produce a false personal sense of destiny. Human success contributes nothing to the advance of the spiritual life. Human success is dung when it comes to the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God. Paul is saying that the values of the unbeliever celebrity are human excrement. Paul concluded that all of his values as a human celebrity where nothing but piles of dung.
g. The Concept of Volition and Values.
(1) Volition is a major issue in your spiritual life, not environment and not your circumstances. The believer is responsible for all his decisions good or bad. You take responsibility for your bad decisions through rebound. You take responsibility for your good decisions through the function of the two power options and the three spiritual skills. You cannot blame bad decisions on bad environment or bad circumstances.
(2) The believer is responsible for the values he establishes in postsalvation experience.
(3) The most basic concept of the spiritual life of the believer is that the spiritual life functions on divine power only. Human power is excluded. Dung represents the use of human dynamics.
(4) All presalvation success standards and the attainment of human celebrityship are a part of human dynamics, human power, and human ability, which must be considered as loss in the postsalvation spiritual life. Do not let your celebrityship get in the way of your spiritual life.
(5) Human power and divine power are mutually exclusive. In fact the dung metaphor goes beyond this, establishing a principle of Bible doctrine–human power and the energy of the flesh contradict the spiritual life of the protocol plan of God. The very things that made you a celebrity are the very things that contradict the function of divine power in the spiritual life. You cannot use them in the spiritual life.
(6) The spiritual life of the Church Age combines two divine power options to form the spiritual skills. Therefore anything outside of divine power is not and cannot be part of the spiritual life of the Church. God does all things exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think on the basis of the divine power given to us.
(7) Human power is excluded in the utilization of the two power options. If you bring in any system of human talent or human dynamics to make them a part of the spiritual life, it destroys the function of the spiritual skills.
(8) Paul’s decision to regard his former celebrityship as dung is recorded in the infallible word of God to establish a permanent precedence for true values on which to make good decisions from a position of strength.
h. Therefore human dynamics have been often misconstrued in every generation as spirituality, and human success by human standards has been regarded as a sign or function of spirituality. There is no place in the spiritual life for the dung of human celebrityship or the regarding of human talent as spirituality.
(1) You are never on track with your spiritual life until your values are straightened out. If Bible doctrine is not number one in your life, you are not spiritual and never will be spiritual, because you do not have the information to be spiritual even if you wanted to be spiritual.
(2) Human success has a tendency to produce a false personal sense of destiny. Human success contributes nothing to the advance of your spiritual life. Human success is never a means of executing the spiritual life and often a distraction.
i. Principles.
(1) Human success and presalvation human celebrityship of Paul was the result of human dynamics, his genius, his religious activism, and the result of the tremendous political power he had in the Sanhedrin.
(2) As a result, Paul as an unbeliever had a false personal sense of destiny from his fantastic human achievements in Judaism. He was the worst of all sinners because he was perfectly moral and willing to wipe out the Church.
(3) Today the Judaism of Paul’s day is represented by legalism in all forms of Christian activism and the function of the arrogance skills, which distract and destroy the power of the spiritual life provided by God for every Church Age believer.
(4) Grace and legalism are mutually exclusive just as in the life of any human being the body and human excrement are mutually exclusive.
(5) The spiritual life of the believer originated from the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past.
(6) You have your very own spiritual life in your portfolio of invisible assets. This is why you and you alone are the only one who can live your spiritual life. You do not live it on the basis of others bullying you into systems of legalism or false doctrine. You live your spiritual life on the basis of what the word of God teaches.
(7) You may succeed as a result of your spiritual life in some human endeavor, but your success is neither the means nor the function of your spiritual life. In fact your success can often become a distraction. You may succeed as a result of your spiritual life in some human endeavor, but your success is never the means of your spiritual life. You may succeed as a result of being involved in Christian service, but your Christian service is not the means of your spiritual life.
j. There are two metaphors used in the New Testament that make an analogy to the believer: the body and dung. Both are one-word metaphors. Your spiritual life is related to the body metaphor. Human success and achievement standards are related to the dung metaphor. Values and decisions go together. You make your decisions on the basis of your values.
(1) The word body is used as a one word metaphor to explain some of the principles related to the Church.
(a) God the Holy Spirit as the active agent in the formation of the body is described in 1 Cor 12:11-12.
(b) The body is used as a metaphor for the function of spiritual gifts in the Church, 1 Cor 12:4-10.
(c) God the Father appointed the Lord Jesus Christ as the head of the body, Eph 1:22-23.
(d) All three persons of the Godhead are related to the Church under the body metaphor in Eph 4:3-6.
(e) The body metaphor is used for the spiritual growth of the Church in Eph 4:15-16; Col 2:19.
(f) The body metaphor is used to illustrate the principle of marriage, Eph 5:30-31.
(g) The body metaphor is established by many New Testament Scriptures as illustrated by the phrase “His body, which is the Church,” Col 1:24.
(2) The two metaphors are used in the Bible to emphasize a principle of doctrine. The human body is used to indicate the relationship between Christ and the Church. Dung is a metaphor for rejection of human success standards, which distract from the function of the spiritual life of the Church.
(3) The body metaphor helps to explain the dung metaphor; for just as dung is separated from the human body so human values, power, and standards of success and celebrityship are mandated to be separated from the Church. Good decisions are positive toward values related to the spiritual life. Good decisions are negative toward values related to distractions of the spiritual life, and a major distraction is the arrogance skills related to some form of human success.
(4) Therefore the decisions which must be made in the concept of volition and values are related to your spiritual life. Good decisions are positive toward values related to the spiritual life.
(5) Good decisions are negative toward the values related to human success standards, which distract the believer from the fulfillment of his spiritual life. Consequently they are regarded as dung–separated from the body without value. The principle applies to both those who have real fame and those who fantasize about fame and celebrityship.
(6) In the interpretation of the dung passage in Phil 3:8, human standards of success in the religion of Judaism were a part of Paul’s presalvation celebrityship. Paul recognized his presalvation celebrityship as a distraction to his relationship with the Lord and the function of his spiritual life, mandated for all Church Age believers. Paul recognized his presalvation fame as loss and now he considers it dung.
(a) Good decisions from a position of strength are positive toward the values related to the spiritual life. Good decisions from a position of strength are also negative toward the values related to human success standards when they become a distraction to the spiritual life.
(b) Paul’s presalvation celebrityship was a distraction. Therefore he regarded it as loss, and since loss is not strong enough, he had to use a metaphor. He separated himself from them forever just as dung is separated from the human body forever.
(c) For this reason, the success standards and celebrityship are regarded by the metaphor dung as separated from the body, without value.
(d) While the concept is dealing with success standards, which distract from the spiritual life, it has a wider application to any distraction to the function of the two power options and the three spiritual skills.
(e) Any distraction in the consistent function of the three spiritual skills has to be regarded as dung, if the believer is to become a winner and invisible hero. The believer rejects any distraction that might come along to keep him from making Bible doctrine number one priority in his life.
(f) Human solutions are no solutions, 2 Cor 12:10; Phil 3:18-19. Many believers through the function of the arrogant skills, through inordinate ambition and competition distract themselves from the spiritual life through their lust for power, success, fame, etc. There is nothing wrong with being famous or successful as an extension of the spiritual life. But when your desire, lust, and drive toward becoming famous or successful keep you from the teaching of the word of God, you are a loser.
(7) There is no substitute for the filling of the Spirit and the metabolization of doctrine. The filling of the Spirit is the teacher of the word of God and the power of the spiritual life. Without the filling of the Spirit everything is false, hypocritical, pseudo-spirituality, legalism, failure. Without the defensive function of rebound there is no offensive action in the spiritual life. It is a reminder that only divine power counts.
(8) Unless the believer understands the objectives of the spiritual life he will be confused and distracted by success based on human power and human talent and by all the distractions that come with entering into reversionism and degeneracy. The objective of your spiritual life is related to the execution of the protocol plan, which means becoming a winner believer and invisible hero, having a personal sense of destiny resulting in the fulfillment of the sophisticated spiritual life, and attaining the final objective–occupation with Christ.
(9) You cannot accomplish this objective with dung, the excrement of human celebrityship. Therefore, the final purpose clause of Phil 3:8 introduces the objectives of the spiritual life.
k. Phil 3:8, “that I might win for Christ.”
(1) This final purpose clause states the objectives of attaining a personal sense of destiny, then entering the sophisticated spiritual life, and then reaching the goal to win for Christ. Winning for Christ is equal to being filled with all the fullness of Christ in Eph 3:19.
(2) We profit from the source of Christ and win the tactical victory of the Christian way of life in the angelic conflict for Christ. To profit from the source of Christ is a reference to the precedence of the spiritual life of the Church Age believer derived from the modus operandi of the humanity of Christ in the dispensation of the hypostatic union. To win for Christ is a reference to the three stages of the sophisticated spiritual life: spiritual self-esteem, which is cognitive self-confidence, spiritual autonomy, which is cognitive independence, and spiritual maturity, which is cognitive invincibility.
(3) The purpose of a military operation is to attain the objective assigned to a designated force. We are the designated force by analogy. Every military operation must be directed toward a clearly defined, decisive, and attainable objective–to win for Christ. Offensive action is the spiritual life, the utilization of the two power options and three spiritual skills to execute the protocol plan of God. Defensive action is the function of the rebound technique. Offensive action is the function of the power options and spiritual skills.
(4) The military analogy of winning for Christ is related to the principle of objective, offensive, and defensive.
(a) There can be no offensive action until you have objectives clearly assigned. We are kept alive in the Devil’s world to fulfill the objectives which come from headquarters in heaven. All believers have equal privilege and opportunity to attain the objective–using our portfolio of invisible assets to live our own spiritual life. All believers can attain the objective. You have the right to succeed or fail on the basis of your values. If your values are wrong, then your decisions are wrong.
(b) The objective constitutes a guide for the interpretation of orders (the divine mandates that are taught to you), the formulation of decisions (the use of your volition), and the employment of means available (the use of the three spiritual skills). Just as every military operation must be directed toward a clearly defined, decisive and attainable objective, so every believer has been assigned a clearly defined objective to become a winner believer and an invisible hero.
(c) Offensive action is the only action by which a decision is gained. The only way you will ever glorify God is through offensive action. Defensive action simply avoids defeat. Offensive action is the utilization of two power options and the persistent function of the three spiritual skills. Offensive spiritual action increases your effectiveness as a believer, raises morale, and permits concentration of effort in the use of divine power and freedom of action.
(d) Defensive action should be used to assist offensive action, to gain time, and to compensate for weaknesses. Defensive action of the spiritual life is the rebound technique. The most important defensive action is the deployment of rebound on the FLOT line of the soul as problem solving device number one. Defensive action of the spiritual life is the function of the rebound technique. There is no offensive action spiritually without the defensive action of the rebound technique. Rebound is the only problem solving device that functions when the believer is in a state of sin. Rebound functions because you have your own priesthood, a private relationship between you and God. The function of rebound has three important results.
i. You recover the filling of the Holy Spirit, which is the divine power operational in your spiritual life, hence, recovery of offensive action.
ii. Restoration to fellowship with God, which is extremely important in reaching the two objectives of a personal sense of destiny and occupation with Christ.
iii. Living the sophisticated spiritual life.
(e) There are two categories of defensive action that avoid defeat: rebound and the defensive action against Satan and demons. We are never commanded to attack Satan and demons. Defensive action is mandated by Jam 4:7, “Stand your ground against the Devil and he will flee from you.” 1 Pet 5:9, “But resist him, firm in doctrine, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.” Eph 6:13, “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand your ground in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” The power of Satan is far greater than the power of human beings, but the power of God is infinitely greater than any creature, 1 Jn 4:4. A personal sense of destiny remains on the defensive against Satan by avoiding offensive action against him and is not distracted from the true objective.
2. Phil 3:9, “and that I may be found by Him, not having my own righteousness from the source of the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from the source of God at the point of faith,”
a. Paul understood his personal sense of destiny as an overriding factor in his life. For Paul came into Christianity recognizing the fact that he was the worst sinner who ever lived and had a great deal to overcome. Right from the start in Arabia Paul had the information that gave him a personal sense of destiny. Paul knew that to live your life as a believer without any regard for the eternal state is a great disaster. Always we should live our lives in terms of eternity. But you have to have a personal sense of destiny to do this.
b. “My own righteousness” refers to a moral self-righteousness as a success standard of Judaism. This was a strict system of morality inculcated in Paul since childhood. Paul kept the Law perfectly, Phil 3:6. The standards were overt; they are not inner standards that deal with the soul. It is easy to build up a facade of morality and have it become meaningless. The attack of Judaism on Christianity was that Christianity was wrong and needed fixing. Human morality cannot stand too much criticism and always enters into self-justification. Only virtue deals with the soul. Morality is a facade. There is no virtue in morality. Paul murdered Christians in the name of morality.
c. The comparison in this verse is of which Paul had keeping the Law as an unbeliever and the righteousness imputed to Paul at the point of salvation. It is not a comparison between the two different kinds of experiential righteousness. The only righteousness that counts is the righteousness from the source of God, which comes at the point (locative of time) of faith in Christ.
d. At the point of faith in Christ, God gave us His very own righteousness, which is infinitely greater than any system of morality and is totally apart from and exclusive of morality. If God can provide this for us at salvation, then it follows that God can provide everything we need to live the Christian life.
e. Principles.
(1) Human righteousness is relative and totally unacceptable to God. Only what is absolute is acceptable to God, Isa 64:6.
(2) Human righteousness or righteous deeds are totally unacceptable for salvation, Eph 2:8-9.
(3) Human righteousnesses are totally unacceptable at the Last Judgment, Rev 20:12-15.
(4) Human righteousness or righteous deeds are totally unacceptable as a part of the spiritual life of the believer. God has opened the door to the greatest possible virtue, a virtue related to the soul and what you think that starts in your inner being.
(5) There is no place for human righteousness where divine righteousness has been provided.
(6) There is no place for human power where divine power functions.
(7) The imputed righteousness of God does many things for the believer. It justifies us. It is the basis for logistical grace blessings. We become objects of God’s personal love. It gives us the capacity for blessing in lag time.
(8) After lag time, spiritual capacity righteousness is attained through the two power options and the three spiritual skills.
3. Phil 3:10, “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, for the purpose of being conformed to His death.”
a. “That I may know Him” refers to occupation with Christ. The purpose of a personal sense of destiny is to parlay that personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ. This is done through the function of the two power options and three spiritual skills as a part of the sophisticated spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny motivates the fulfillment of God’s plan. The motivation for occupation with Christ is found in the final phrase of Phil 3:8, “that I may win for Christ.” The result of occupation with Christ is stated in Eph 3:19, “and come to know the love for Christ which goes beyond gnosis that you may be filled with all the fullness from God.”
b. A personal sense of destiny is related to the divine power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
(1) No one reaches a personal sense of destiny without an understanding of God’s power. God’s perfect plan runs on God’s perfect power for imperfect persons because God is perfect. There are two power options: the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness of the soul. Human power does not execute God’s plan. Metabolized doctrine creates its own system of application of doctrine to experience. It deploys the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul to apply doctrine.
(2) The humanity of Jesus Christ did not use the essence of His deity to glorify Himself in any way. Instead He depended entirely on what God the Father provided. God the Father provided the same things for every Church Age believer as He provided for our Lord Jesus Christ. The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power available to every believer in the Church Age to execute the plan of God. This is the same power that will resurrect every Church Age believer.
(a) Eph 1:19-20, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power to us who have believed for the working of His superior power, which He made operational by means of Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in heavenly places.”
(b) 1 Cor 6:14, “Now God not only resurrected the Lord but He will also resurrect us through His power.”
(c) 2 Cor 4:14, “Knowing that He who resurrected the Lord Jesus will resurrect us in association with Jesus and He will present us with you at the rapture.”
(3) What is the power of our Lord’s resurrection? The direct power available to us in the filling of the Spirit and the indirect power available to us in metabolized doctrine circulating in our stream of consciousness. This power creates its own solutions in the Christian life–the ten problem solving devices, something infinitely greater than human morality.
c. “And the fellowship of His sufferings” means that a personal sense of destiny is related to precedence for the deployment and function of the problem solving devices.
(1) Epignosis doctrine establishes the FLOT line of the soul and at the same time it establishes the perfect set of circumstances, a perfect home for metabolized doctrine. The purpose of these problem solving devices defensively is to prevent stress in the soul and offensively to use the FLOT line of the soul as a staging area for the offensive action, such as the application of doctrine to your own experience.
(2) Spiritual wealth, the only true wealth in the world, is metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. There is nothing else like it in the world. Bible doctrine is the greatest value in the world. Do not be surprised when you are disappointed in people. When you place your values on relationships with others, you will be disappointed.
(3) The “fellowship of His sufferings” means that just as our Lord used the problem solving devices to handle sufferings, so we also do likewise. The “fellowship of His sufferings” is maximum function of the problem solving devices in the sophisticated spiritual life.
(4) The deployment of the problem solving devices performs pertinent functions:
(a) Application of metabolized doctrine to postsalvation experience.
(b) The accelerated momentum of the spiritual life.
(c) Fulfilling the concept of volition and values. Spiritual values are established by deploying the problem solving devices and become the basis for good decisions from a position of strength.
(d) Prevention of the outside pressures of adversity becoming the inside pressures of the soul.
d. The ultimate objective of a personal sense of destiny is the fulfillment of the first three lines of Phil 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.” This demands the understanding of the sophisticated spiritual life. You will always be disillusioned and disappointed in life as a believer unless you attain occupation with Christ.
e. “For the purpose of being conformed to His death,” indicates that our Lord’s humanity functioning under the power options and spiritual skills is the role model for Church Age believers. Being conformed to His death is the tactical victory of the angelic conflict.
f. The great principle of this verse is that ignorance is no excuse.
(1) God has provided equal privilege and opportunity for every believer to execute the protocol plan of God and fulfill the sophisticated spiritual life.
(2) Volition and values is the issue. Values related to the spiritual life are based on the utilization of the two power options and three spiritual skills. Volition is related to values.
(3) Good decisions in postsalvation experience are always based on cognition of Bible doctrine.
(4) Cognition is a major factor in the adult spiritual life. Each stage of spiritual adulthood has a cognitive status quo: cognitive self-confidence, cognitive independence, and cognitive invincibility.
(5) Every believer has the same equality and opportunity to attain a personal sense of destiny and parlay it into occupation with Christ through the function of the sophisticated spiritual life.
(6) Ignorance and failure is no excuse, either now or at the judgment seat of Christ. For each believer is responsible for his own failure.
(7) Because of the divine initiative of antecedent grace both in time and eternity past, ignorance is no excuse. God does not give you something and then hide it from you. God intends for you to use it and has revealed everything related to it. Parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ is open to every believer. It only requires volition, decisions that only you can make, decisions that no one can force you to make and decisions that you want to make, because those decisions will be tested. You can never make great decisions for God without them being tested. You will always have options and key points in your spiritual life where you can succeed or fail. Volition is the issue. Therefore, every believer is responsible for his own failure.
(8) Human I.Q. is an unequal genetic product beyond human control through physical birth, but spiritual I.Q. is the equal opportunity under divine control through spiritual birth and the filling of the Holy Spirit. The inequality of human I.Q. is overcome by the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past. God creates equality at the new birth through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The soul is the battlefield of your life. It is the function of the filling of the Holy Spirit to take the inequalities of human comprehension and provide equality for all believers to enter into doctrinal perception through the converting of human I.Q. into spiritual I.Q.
(a) Carnality causes the grieving and quenching of the Holy Spirit. When the believer sins, the filling of the Spirit as the first power option is lost to him in the sense that the Holy Spirit is quenched or squelched, 1 Thes 5:19. The believer is said to grieve the Holy Spirit in Eph 4:30. Every time we sin we are grieving the Holy Spirit and no longer have the power that runs the spiritual life.
(b) Even though we become carnal or out of fellowship with God when we sin, we still have eternal security, because we are still sealed by the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30. There are four signature guarantees of the Holy Spirit that guarantee your eternal relationship with God: efficacious grace, regeneration, eternal security, and your portfolio of invisible assets.
(c) Without rebound there is no spiritual life. Eph 4:23, “and become renewed by means of the Spirit by means of your thinking, and put on the new man, which on the basis of grace provision from God has been created in righteousness and the divine viewpoint of doctrine.”
i. The filling of the Spirit is the divine power that causes the spiritual life of the believer to function.
ii. The second power option, Operation Z, cannot function apart from the filling of the Spirit, because we have an inequality problem in the six thinking skills of human I.Q. But that is completely overcome by the filling of the Holy Spirit. The mechanics of the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit to the human spirit is mentioned in Rom 8:16; 1 Cor 2:10, 12-13. The teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit is the basis of the existence of the three spiritual skills, Jn 14:26, 16:12-14; 1 Cor 2:9-16.
(d) The filling of the Spirit plus Operation Z provides your true spiritual values. Your true spiritual values determine the function of your volition. If you make Bible doctrine number one in your life, then your decisions are going to function around that value. Values related to the spiritual life which are not based on the utilization of the two power options and three spiritual skills explain why so many believers get out of fellowship, never recover, and cannot be distinguished from their unbeliever counterpart.
(e) The divine power of God the Holy Spirit recognizes the function of human positive volition in three areas of life: at God-consciousness, at gospel hearing, and in the modus operandi and modus vivendi of the spiritual life. Therefore it is the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit that converts the inequalities of human I.Q. into completely equal spiritual I.Q. God the Holy Spirit provides equality in comprehension, memory center, problem solving, decision making, creativity, and awareness.
(9) Under the principle of equality of all believers, every believer has the same opportunity to reach the first and second objective of the protocol plan of God and fulfill the two stages of glorification of God. The first objective of the protocol plan and the first stage in glorification of God is to reach a personal sense of destiny. The second objective of the protocol plan of God and second stage in the glorification of God is to reach spiritual maturity.
4. A personal sense of destiny lives in the light of eternity. Phil 3:11, “and so by some means I shall advance to the exit-resurrection which is out from the dead.”
a. This verse begins with an Attic Greek idiom that emphasizes the status quo of Paul at the thought of the resurrection of the Church. Paul is a mature believer headed toward evidence testing with the happiness of God and occupation with Christ deployed on the FLOT line of his soul. He understands the doctrine of the imminency of the Rapture. Paul will accomplish the two strategic objectives of the protocol plan of God: parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ and spiritual maturity parlayed into maximum glorification of God.
(1) The idiom does not function as an indirect question of self-reflection, but is a statement of absolute confidence and expectation from a personal sense of destiny. It is a classical Greek idiom of dogmatic expectation. Paul understands the imminency of the Rapture and is wondering, which will occur first, his physical death or the Rapture of the Church? Whichever way it goes, it is alright with Paul, because he is a mature believer and will arrive on time at the Rapture. The implication of the verb is that every believer will arrive on time at the Rapture.
(2) The purpose of this idiom is to remind us that regardless of our status related to the spiritual life (winners or losers) and regardless of our status as human beings (dead or alive) these are variables which are solved by knowing an absolute doctrine–that the resurrection of the Church terminates the dispensation of the Church and all believers will be involved in the Rapture. After the Rapture, the Church will never again return to the earth except in a resurrection body.
(3) The purpose of this idiom is to show that a personal sense of destiny emphasizes the future and therefore lives in the light of eternity. A personal sense of destiny can forget what has been wrong about the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future.
(4) There is one thing your volition can never accomplish: the resurrection of the Church. God brings the resurrection to you. You do not bring the Rapture to history. The final goal or objective of God’s plan for all Church Age believers comes to us. At the right time God brings it to us. While achievement in the fulfillment of our spiritual life is a matter of our volition and values, the time of the resurrection is a matter of divine volition and action of God. It is the sovereign decision of God.
(5) There are two walls that enclose the Church Age: the dispensation of the hypostatic union and the Rapture of the Church. The dispensation of the Church is governed by historical trends since there is no prophecy during the Church Age.
(a) The humanity of Christ pioneered the utilization of the two power options and the function of the three spiritual skills to establish precedence for a spiritual life that never occurred before the Church Age and will never occur after the Rapture, Heb 12:2, “Be concentrating on Jesus, the pioneer and author of our doctrine, who because of the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross, having disregarded the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(b) All precedence for the Christian way of life does not come from the Old Testament but from the modus operandi and modus vivendi of the humanity of Christ during the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
(6) Therefore the Rapture is imminent–it can occur at any time during the Church Age. A personal sense of destiny reflects on the two possibilities at the Rapture–mortal [believers alive at the Rapture] can take on immortal or corruption [dead believers at the Rapture] can take on incorruption.
(7) A personal sense of destiny knows dogmatically that the resurrection will occur, and a personal sense of destiny does not care whether you are dead or alive when it occurs. If Paul dies it is profit, Phil 1:21. Once you reach a personal sense of destiny, you do not look at the variables around you and panic, but keep on concentrating on the absolutes. When you have deployed on the FLOT line of your soul a personal sense of destiny, the variables of your life are not the issue. When you have no political freedom left, you still have a personal sense of destiny related to the absolutes. The absolutes always resolve the true variables somewhere in the Scripture (here by 1 Cor 15:53-54). A false variable would be a statement such as “If you live a good life, you will be at the resurrection of the Church.” That statement is a lie, a false variable and is resolved by the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
(8) A personal sense of destiny has five functions.
(a) It is the first tactical objective of the spiritual life.
(b) It is the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood.
(c) It is the entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life.
(d) It is confidence, producing spiritual self-esteem.
(e) It is the enhancement of the basic problem solving devices to a higher level of operation.
b. The believer cannot make the resurrection happen; only God can make it happen. The Greek verb KATANTAO is the future active indicative (the particle EI takes the indicative mood) not the aorist subjunctive and means to reach a final goal or objective, to reach a goal set for a person. However, the correct connotation in this idiom is not that you come to something but that something comes to you so that you can possess it. The sovereignty of God brings the resurrection to us.
(1) The connotation in context is that the believer does not come to the resurrection or attain the goal of the resurrection, but is that the resurrection comes to him. Only God can make the resurrection come. Therefore, when it occurs is not the issue. A personal sense of destiny says it is going to happen and it does not matter when it happens.
(2) We do not arrive at the resurrection because of any decision we make, but because God brings the resurrection to us. We reach a goal provided by God. The believer comes to attain the goal of the Rapture, because the resurrection comes to him or her. The final goal of the Church is not a matter of volition. God does not allow the Church to cause the resurrection by anything it does.
(3) The absolute (the Rapture of the Church) removes the problem of the variables (being a loser or winner, being dead or alive) for all believers involved. All believers regardless of status will be at the resurrection on time at the same time in a resurrection body. The variables are not an issue in having a resurrection body forever and do not hinder the believer from being at the resurrection of the Church.
(4) When you come to realize that neither winner or loser can deserve the Rapture, you have enhanced grace orientation to the point where you begin to appreciate the essence and character of God as the source of all blessing, and this is the beginning of true humility. True humility comes by recognizing how and what variables actually adhere to the absolute. True humility is coming to the place where you understand that everything is grace and that you have done nothing apart from the power of God.
c. The Rapture is an exit-resurrection (EXANASTASIS) by which the royal family exits from the earth. Every death of a believer in the Church Age is a victory because of what God has done.
(1) 1 Cor 15:54, “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death has been swallowed up as a result of victory.’”
(2) When the Rapture takes place, the Church will exit from the earth and not return until the second advent of Christ, and then not again until after the Lord creates a new universe. The exit-resurrection is the final goal of the Church Age and God provides it en toto. Mankind cannot cause or make to come to pass either the Rapture of the Church or the second advent of Christ. Mankind cannot convert the world and cause Christ to come back. God’s timing does not have anything to do with the volition of man. The sovereignty, wisdom, and power of God bring the Rapture to the Church.
d. There are two categories of variables related to the Rapture: the human life variables (being dead before the Rapture occurs or being alive when it occurs) and the spiritual life variables (being a winner or a loser when it occurs). Metabolized doctrine deals with all the true variables and all the false variables in life. True variables include the fact that some believers will be alive at the Rapture and that most believers will be dead at the Rapture. True variables include the fact that some believers will be winners and some believers will be losers at the Rapture. A personal sense of destiny rejects false variables; for they neither adhere nor relate to the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is not controlled by variables but always by the absolutes of Bible doctrine. The absolutes resolve all variables in life.
(2) A personal sense of destiny resolves all problems related to variables through the application of the absolute–metabolized Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the only way you will ever have any absolutes in your soul. You need the filling of the Spirit to metabolize doctrine in your soul. Metabolized doctrine is the absolute origin of problem solving devices.
(a) While an absolute may be defined as something that is not dependent on external conditions but is independent of any conditions or restrictions; a variable is liable to vary and to change. The key to variables is often the function of human volition where deviation from the absolutes may or may not occur.
(b) Variables that involve volition can be true or false, but the variables related to the Rapture are related to two categories, both of which are true. There is a soul status variable, which finds believers who have already died and their souls are in heaven and believers who are alive at the Rapture. There is a spiritual life variable, which finds both winners and loser believers at the Rapture.
e. The variables are reconciled through the application of the absolutes. All variables in life are settled by Bible doctrine.
(1) True variables are reconciled to the absolute; false variables are rejected. Therefore, variables related to human status quo (being alive or dead) and to the spiritual life (being a winner or loser) are true variables and reconciled to the absolute truth of Bible doctrine. All true variables gravitate to an absolute of Bible doctrine and are resolved by that doctrine. Bible doctrine rejects all false variables, like setting a date for the Rapture.
(2) All Church Age believers in time have the same equal opportunity to execute the protocol plan of God. At the judgment seat of Christ loser believers for the first time will take responsibility for their own decisions.
(3) All Church Age believers will be resurrected regardless of the variables, evaluated, and then live forever in the eternal state. Spiritual freedom gives every believer equal opportunity to succeed or to fail.
(4) Being a winner believer is a matter of volition and values. Therefore, there is no excuse for being a loser believer. Volition and values is the issue, not circumstances, and never environment. The believer has to come eventually to establishing a system of values. The highest value has to come from Bible doctrine in your life.
(5) The Rapture is not a matter of human volition; God brings the exit-resurrection to all believers regardless of their status quo. This is an exclusive resurrection for just the Church. Only the sovereignty of God brings this final objective. Therefore, a personal sense of destiny concentrates on the absolutes of Bible doctrine, and by so doing resolves all problems related to the variables. True variables are related to doctrine and false variables, which are in conflict with Bible doctrine, are rejected.
f. The role of a personal sense of destiny.
(1) A personal sense of destiny concentrates on the absolutes of Bible doctrine, and by so doing resolves all problems of the variables, orienting to the ones that are pertinent and rejecting the ones that are false.
(2) Through a personal sense of destiny the absolutes of Bible doctrine resolve all problems related to variables.
(3) Through a personal sense of destiny variables that adhere to an absolute are resolved, while variables that conflict with an absolute are rejected.
(4) Therefore a personal sense of destiny is not controlled by the variables but by the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
(5) Cognition and metabolization of the absolutes of Bible doctrine make it possible for right application through the function of a personal sense of destiny. As a system of application, the personal sense of destiny must be kept clean.
(6) A personal sense of destiny plus enhancement from the basic problem solving devices and the deployment of the advanced problem solving devices accomplishes two magnificent advances in the spiritual life. True variables are reconciled to pertinent absolutes. False variables are rejected by pertinent absolutes. The problem with most Christians is that they have false variables clinging to them and they suffer from distraction, disillusion and reaction.
(7) A personal sense of destiny uses enhancement of basic problem solving devices for advancement to advanced problem solving devices. In the sophisticated spiritual life all basic problem solving devices are enhanced and upgraded to meet the challenge of taking the high ground of spiritual maturity. The second challenge of the problem solving devices is the attainment of the advanced problem solving devices.
g. Another case of the absolutes is found in 2 Pet 3:10-14, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will disappear with a roar and the elements will be dissolved with intense heat, and the earth and its works [human good and evil] will be incinerated. Since in this way all things must be destroyed, what sort of person must you become in a dedicated to God lifestyle, that is to say, your spiritual life, while looking forward with confidence and the hastening of the coming of the day of God, in which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But on the basis of His promise [of better things in the eternal state] we are looking forward with confidence to a new heavens and a new earth in which perfect righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since we are looking forward with confidence for these things, be self-motivated to be found in Him in a state of tranquility, spotless [the execution of the spiritual life with emphasis on capacity] and blameless [the result of fulfillment of the spiritual life].”
(1) The destruction of the universe at the end of human history is an absolute Bible doctrine. The “end of the world” is a fact of the future. Before the end of the world we must complete the Church Age, the Tribulation, Second Advent of Christ and His millennial reign.
(2) There are five things which survive the destruction of the universe: salvation–anyone who believes in Christ, your resurrection body, Bible doctrine, your escrow blessings, and the historical records of the invisible hero. These things are permanent values and absolutes. Each of these has variables. True variables gravitate to the absolutes, while false variables are rejected by the absolutes.
(a) Salvation is a permanent value, which survives the destruction of the universe. The variable that gravitates to it is faith alone in Christ alone.
(b) The second permanent value is a resurrection body. The variable that gravitates to it is all believers, whether living or dead, winner or loser will receive a resurrection body. The false variable is setting a date for the resurrection of the Church.
(c) The third permanent value is the infallible word of God, which survives the destruction of the universe. The true variable that gravitates to this permanent value is positive volition to doctrine. The false variable is rejection of doctrine.
(d) The fourth permanent value is escrow blessings. The true variable that gravitates to it is receiving your escrow blessings for eternity. The false variable is the believer’s rejection of his escrow blessings by negative volition to doctrine.
(e) The fifth permanent value is the historical impact of the invisible hero. The true variable that gravitates to it is the invisible hero’s impact on history. The false variable is the believer’s rejection of historical impact by negative volition.
(3) The challenge of the absolutes is found in the question, “Since in this way all things must be destroyed, what sort of person must you become in a dedicated to God lifestyle, that is to say, your spiritual life?” Your lifestyle is not what you do; it is what you think. There is nothing in this universe worth keeping for the eternal state except the five permanent values. You have a spiritual life as a part of your portfolio of invisible assets. Whether or not it becomes operational depends on your values, your volition related to values. You have to be self-motivated to ever live the spiritual life that you have in your portfolio.
(4) Absolutes and variables focus on a personal sense of destiny as the objective of the spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny divides the spiritual life from childhood to adulthood. A personal sense of destiny is entrance into spiritual adulthood or the sophisticated spiritual life.
(5) All absolutes are covered by the grace of God, so that you can learn the absolutes, attain the four objectives (a personal sense of destiny, spiritual maturity, occupation with Christ, and maximum glorification of God), and stand at the judgment seat of Christ as a winner with no regrets.
(6) The verb PROSDOKAO (used in verse 12, 13, and 14) means to look forward with confidence or future expectation and describes a personal sense of destiny. Verse 12 states the fact of having a personal sense of destiny. Verse 13 states the function of a personal sense of destiny. Verse 14 states the result of having a personal sense of destiny. When you arrive at a personal sense of destiny, the use of problem solving devices one through five only enhance your personal sense of destiny and your personal sense of destiny makes your use of problem solving devices one through five more effective. For example, a personal sense of destiny is not distracted by past failures, but rebounds and keeps moving; the faith-rest drill takes on new meaning.
h. Principles.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is the first tactical objective of the spiritual life. Under the doctrine of enhancement, a personal sense of destiny derives its initial strength from the first five problem solving devices.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is parlayed into occupation with Christ as the first strategic objective. Spiritual maturity is the second tactical objective and is parlayed into maximum glorification of God as the second strategic objective of the Christian life.
(3) A personal sense of destiny is only the entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny does not come alone into the sophisticated spiritual life; it comes with five well-developed problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.
(4) A personal sense of destiny is a major transformation from people orientation to fellowship with God. When fellowship with God is straightened out, then you can handle people orientation. Personal love for God comes before impersonal love for all mankind.
(5) A personal sense of destiny is a major sponsor of the changeover from human to divine viewpoint, from spiritual childhood to spiritual adulthood. A personal sense of destiny is a major transformation from people orientation to fellowship with God.
(6) A personal sense of destiny always related the true variables to their proper absolutes. In so doing, a personal sense of destiny rejects all false variables. A personal sense of destiny is not controlled by variables, but by the absolutes of Bible doctrine. A personal sense of destiny resolves all problems related to variables through the application of the absolutes (metabolized doctrine). True variables are reconciled to absolutes. False variables are rejected by the absolute.
(7) A personal sense of destiny understands the objectives of the spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny raises to a higher level of function all of the basic problem solving devices–the principle of enhancement.
(a) The filling of the Holy Spirit and doctrinal orientation intensify the sophisticated spiritual life and give fantastic self-motivation and momentum. Grace orientation is extended into the sophisticated spiritual life to include impersonal love for all mankind. Doctrinal orientation is extended into the sophisticated spiritual life to emphasize Christian fellowship as love for God. In the sophisticated spiritual life rebound awareness leads to a more rapid recovery of fellowship with God and the ability to spot more unusual sins that you were not aware of before.
(b) The enhancement factor includes the fact that the believer in the sophisticated spiritual life is more aware of the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, resulting in the intensification of metabolized doctrine. Awareness and love for God the Holy Spirit result in spirituality sensitivity; total dependence on the power of the Spirit and total appreciation of divine power in the fulfillment of the spiritual life. The result is sharing the happiness of God and occupation with Christ.
(8) The absolute–the Rapture of the Church–resolves the variables. The application is made through the problem solving devices with emphasis on a personal sense of destiny.
(9) No group of Church Age believers can make the exit-resurrection happen. The Rapture is the decision of the sovereignty of God and the function of the power of God. No one is left out.
(10) The believer cannot make the resurrection happen. Only the sovereignty of God can accomplish it. Under a personal sense of destiny the believer begins to realize that neither winner nor loser, neither dead nor alive can deserve the final objective of the Church Age. The Rapture is neither earned nor deserved by the best of believers, and the worst of believers are not excluded. This is the enhancement principle of grace orientation.
i. A personal sense of destiny is never controlled by variables but by the absolutes of Bible doctrine. This is emphasizes in the Christian way of life. The absolutes solve the problems of the variables through three functions: enhancement of the basic problem solving devices, a personal sense of destiny, which becomes the enhancer, and the fulfillment of the sophisticated spiritual life. You are never protected from false variables until you have absolutes circulating in your stream of consciousness.
5. The outline for Phil 3:12-15.
a. The objectivity of spiritual maturity, verse 12.
b. The true motivation of spiritual maturity, verse 13.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is objective self-evaluation, 13a.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is objective self-motivation, 13b.
c. A personal sense of destiny is objective self-momentum in spiritual maturity, verse 14.
d. The thinking of spiritual maturity, verse 15.
6. Phil 3:12, “Not that I have already received [the exit-resurrection], nor have I already accomplished [the protocol plan], but I keep advancing toward the objective, in order that I may truly understand that purpose for which I was also truly understood by Christ Jesus.”
a. The first two phrases are talking about two different things. They are separated by the Greek disjunctive particle, which separates opposites.
(1) Paul has not already received his exit-resurrection. He recognizes the reality of the resurrection of the Church and the immanency of the resurrection. Because the Church Age is a dispensation of historical trends rather than prophetic events, that makes it much more difficult to live a spiritual life. This is why we have been given far greater assets than were given to the Old Testament believers. A personal sense of destiny has total confidence with regard to the eternal future. Therefore, a personal sense of destiny always lives in the light of eternity.
(2) Nor has Paul already accomplished, finished, or completed his very own spiritual life. He had attained three out of four objectives of the spiritual life, but had not finished or accomplished the spiritual life.
(a) This is Paul applying an absolute to his personal experience. This is Paul’s objective application of his status in time with reference to his spiritual life.
(b) The personal sense of destiny is always objective in all of the areas of evaluation–objective in evaluation of relationship with self, God, and others. A personal sense of destiny understands its status in the protocol plan of God. A personal sense of destiny has objective and accurate cognition of the status quo of the sophisticated spiritual life. Paul looks objectively into the mirror of the word of God and sees the status of his own soul.
(c) Before the Rapture occurs you should be fulfilling, accomplishing, completing the spiritual life for the Church through the use of the three spiritual skills. In the dispensation of the hypostatic union the humanity of Jesus Christ pioneered the two power options, the three spiritual skills, the problem solving devices. He did not depend on His deity. He pioneered this fantastic life and has given it to all believers of the Church Age. Our Lord proved that the plan was absolutely perfect and that anyone who used it would have a fantastic life.
b. You do not relax when you become a winner believer, but continue to advance with offensive action from the FLOT line of the soul. Offensive action allows freedom of action. Offensive action is the only means by which we can win the spiritual battle.
(1) We have four objectives in the spiritual life–two tactical (a personal sense of destiny and spiritual maturity) and two strategic (parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ and spiritual maturity into maximum glorification of God).
(2) We have greater objectives than ever before in history. Therefore we have greater assets to attain those objectives. The objectives demand the utilization of the two power options and three spiritual skills.
(3) Our mandates in Scripture are always interpreted on the basis of the fact that we have these four objectives. Our objectives are clearly defined and attainable. The purpose of offensive action is designed to produce winner believers. Offensive action always raises morale, permits concentration of effort, and gives freedom of action–equal privilege and equal opportunity of the spiritual life.
(4) There are two categories of the spiritual life–rebound and all dealings with Satan. The FLOT line of the soul is designed for both offensive and defensive action. We do not have the power to take offensive action against Satan. Dealing with demons is a digression from the spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny always remains on defensive against Satan by avoiding offensive action against Satan and demons.
c. The attainment of a personal sense of destiny is always accompanied by a tremendous ability to think. The ability to think requires inculcation, which requires repetition.
(1) Phil 2:5, “Keep on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
(a) Thinking is not emotion, not bodily stimulation, not the functions of the sin nature. The thinking values (Bible doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness) are the issue. Your happiness depends on the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness being filled with Bible doctrine. “Keep on thinking this in you” demands the function of the two power options and the three spiritual skills.
(b) The command of Phil 2:5 establishes precedence for our spiritual life. The precedence for our spiritual life comes from the spiritual life, which our Lord lived. Bible doctrine must be number one in your life if you are ever going to establish the spiritual life that God gave you. This requires thinking. The spiritual life is a system of thinking. Every facet of the spiritual life is related to thought.
(2) Eph 4:23, “and become renewed through the agency of the Spirit by means of your thinking.” The life of every believer is his mental attitude. You are not spiritual by what you are doing, but by what you are thinking. Your spiritual life is your thinking. Thinking requires three spheres of the spiritual life.
(a) Your utilization of the two power options.
(b) Your consistent function of the three spiritual skills.
(c) Your application of Bible doctrine through the ten problem solving devices. False application occurs when the problem solving devices are not deployed on the FLOT line of your soul. False applications become false variables, which are incompatible with the absolutes of Bible doctrine. False variables are related to: the arrogance skills and arrogance complex of sins and emotional complex of sins, unrealistic expectation, role model arrogance, psychological solutions substituted for the absolutes of the word of God, false concepts of love in friendship and marriage, false emphasis on Christian fellowship.
(3) 1 Cor 2:9-10,16, “But just as it stands written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.’ For to us God has revealed them [Bible doctrine] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things from God. For who has known the thinking of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the thinking of Christ.” The thinking of Christ given to us is the delegation of divine power in the form of the two power options and three spiritual skills. The delegated power of God is thinking Bible doctrine.
(4) Thinking is a battlefield of the soul. A thought can make or break you at any time. Prov 23:7, “As a person thinks in his soul, that is what he is.” Prov 2:10, “For wisdom will enter the heart and knowledge of doctrine will be pleasant to your soul.” Divine viewpoint of life requires three thinking functions:
(a) Cognition–both the act and process of cognition, the inculcation of Bible doctrine.
(b) Thinking–the application of what you have learned.
(c) Solving–understanding and using the problem solving devices. Any doctrine you have in your own right lobe creates its own system of application. You cannot apply what you do not understand.
(5) The three arrogance skills hinder the function of divine viewpoint thinking. This is why God makes war against the arrogant believer, but gives grace to the humble believer, Jam 4:6.
(6) The challenge is found in Rom 12:2-3, “And stop being conformed to this world [human viewpoint thinking], but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is: the divine good production, the well-pleasing to God, and the mature status quo. For I say through the grace which has been given to me to every one who is among you stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think; but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
(7) Your viewpoint in life is based on your emphasis in life–social intercourse with people or fellowship with God. It is your thinking that determines your way of life.
(8) 2 Cor 10:4-5, “for the weapons with which we fight are not weapons of this world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish fortifications [problems in your life]. We demolish speculations and every lofty thing that sets itself above the knowledge of God, even when we bring every thought into captivity to make it obedient to Christ.”
d. Precedence plus power equals protocol.
(1) The Precedence Premise. In the dispensation of the hypostatic union the humanity of Christ pioneered two power options, three spiritual skills, and eight of the problem solving devices to establish precedence for the unique spiritual life of the protocol plan of God in this dispensation of the Church.
(a) Our Lord functioned in His humanity and did not depend upon His deity to execute the spiritual life, which He pioneered. He depended on power options, spiritual skills, and problem solving devices rather than His deity.
(b) Our Lord pioneered the problem solving devices: grace orientation–Jn 1:14, sharing God’s happiness and doctrinal orientation–Jn 15:11, Heb 12:2, and the filling of the Spirit–Heb 9:14.
(c) Our Lord pioneered every aspect of the spiritual life, which has now been given to us. He proved the spiritual life will hold up magnificently under the greatest adversity.
(d) Our Lord’s humanity pioneered the sophisticated spiritual life. In the sophisticated spiritual life the advanced problem solving devices function on a consistent basic. In the advance to the sophisticated spiritual life they only function sporadically.
(2) The Power Premise. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the power for and the key to the fulfillment of the spiritual life for the Church Age.
(a) The divine mandate for spirituality is found in Eph 5:18. The mandate for the spiritual life is found in Gal 5:16.
(b) The transferring of the thoughts from the Scripture to your soul is strictly the power of God the Holy Spirit. The power that sustained Christ during His first Advent and that raised Him from the dead is the same power available to us during the Church Age. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that runs the spiritual life.
(c) Our Lord explained the importance of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age, Jn 14:16-17, 26. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because they neither see nor know Him, but you know Him because He lives with you, and will be in you.” “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and cause you to remember all that I have said to you.” Our Lord’s unfinished messages are mentioned in Jn 16:12-14, “I have many more things to say to you, but you are not able to sustain them in your frame of reference now. However when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; because He shall receive from Me [My messages], and He shall report it back to you.”
i. God the Holy Spirit receives the finished message to the Church from our Lord in heaven and reports that message back to us through the apostles, who write it down. The Holy Spirit reveals the plan of God the Father and the thinking of our Lord under verbal plenary inspiration. In the dispensation of the Church God the Holy Spirit reveals to the human authors of the New Testament the rest of our Lord’s unfinished message. It is the function of the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher to communicate what has been written in the infallible New Testament canon, so that our Lord’s messages are presented to every generation of the Church Age.
ii. The New Testament is the finished message of Jesus Christ completed through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to human authors. This is why 2 Tim 3:16 uses the word THEOPNEUSTOS, meaning “God-breathed.” “All Scripture is God-breathed.”
(d) God the Holy Spirit is involved in all areas of transmission of God’s message to the Church Age believer.
(3) The Perception Premise. Human I.Q. is the unequal genetic product beyond human control through physical birth, but spiritual I.Q. is equal opportunity under divine control through spiritual birth at salvation through faith in Christ and the filling of the Holy Spirit. We all have the same qualifications for spiritual thinking. There is no handicap from mentality; the issue is your own volition and motivation.
(4) The Protocol Premise.
(a) The protocol plan of God is a rigid, long established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to divine authority both direct and delegated, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.
(b) A wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong. A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong. A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong. Only a right thing done in a right way is right. A right thing done in a right way demands the utilization of two power options, the function of three spiritual skills, and the application of ten problem solving devices.
(c) The power of volition and values of the protocol plan of God and its spiritual life gives you options; options which often determine variables; variables which adhere to absolutes. Skills, competent excellence, and right mechanics of the spiritual life fulfill the premise of a right thing done in a right way as being right.
(d) Devices are the divine design for working purposes of the spiritual life. The working modus operandi of the spiritual life are the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul.
(e) From the protocol premise originates both the absolutes of Bible doctrine and the variables related to the volition of the believer. There are always options, such as the option to become a winner or loser believer. Options are based on volition and values. When the values of life give number one priority to Bible doctrine, the believer establishes an option base for becoming a winner and must learn the mechanics of the spiritual life.
(f) There are four volitional objectives of the spiritual life.
i. There are two tactical objectives: attaining a personal sense of destiny and the advance to spiritual maturity through the sophisticated spiritual life. Each of the tactical objectives sets up the principle of the strategic objectives for the spiritual life.
ii. There are two strategic objectives: parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ and parlaying spiritual maturity into maximum glorification of God.
(g) There is one non-volitional objective of the spiritual life–the exit-resurrection of the Church from planet earth.
(5) The Equality Premise. Every believer of the Church Age has equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute the protocol plan of God. This means that every believer has the same equality to function in the three spiritual skills. The equality premise is based on the forty things we received at salvation, the uniqueness of the Church, and equal privilege and equal opportunity under election and predestination.
(a) Equal privilege under election is our very own priesthood. Equal opportunity under election is our logistical grace blessings.
(b) Equal privilege under predestination is our union with Christ, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Equal opportunity under predestination is our two power options, three spiritual skills, and ten problem solving devices. There is an inequality roadblock–human I.Q., an unequal genetic factor. Spiritual I.Q. is equal opportunity under divine control through the spiritual birth and the filling of the Holy Spirit.
e. There are seven functions of a personal sense of destiny.
(1) A personal sense of destiny is problem solving device number six deployed on the FLOT line of the soul to solve problems. A personal sense of destiny is an extension of the faith-rest drill in that it makes application of doctrinal rationales to the experience of the believer.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood.
(3) A personal sense of destiny provides self-motivation for continued momentum in the spiritual life of the Church Age believer.
(4) A personal sense of destiny is entrance into the sophisticated spiritual life. The sophisticated spiritual life has three stages: spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity. A personal sense of destiny and spiritual self-esteem are exactly the same thing.
(5) A personal sense of destiny enhances the function of the basic problem solving devices (rebound, the filling of the Spirit, the faith-rest drill, grace orientation, and doctrinal orientation), so that they can be compatible with the sophisticated spiritual life.
(6) A personal sense of destiny is the first tactical objective of the spiritual life and is parlayed into the first strategic objective–occupation with Christ.
(7) A personal sense of destiny provides the true definition of “hope” as a confident expectation in relationship to eternal life and the resurrection of the Church. A personal sense of destiny provides absolute confidence about the future, such as the Rapture of the Church and the believer’s reception of a resurrection body.
(a) Col 1:27, “To whom God willed to reveal to the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery [your portfolio], which is Christ in you, the confidence [hope] of glory.” The indwelling of Christ provides absolute confidence, a personal sense of destiny, that we will glorify God.
(b) Tit 2:13, “looking for that blessed hope, that is, the appearing of the glory of the great God, even our Savior, Christ Jesus.” Our personal sense of destiny gives us absolute confidence about our resurrection.
(c) 1 Pet 1:13, “Therefore, gird up your minds for action, be constantly stabilized and oriented, fix your confidence [hope] on the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ is the resurrection body. You are to have absolute confidence in the fact you will receive a resurrection body.
(d) Hope is a part of the absolute confidence of a personal sense of destiny. The first hope or absolute confidence is that you have eternal life at the point of faith alone in Christ alone. The second hope or absolute confidence is that you will receive your escrow blessings for time at the point of reaching spiritual maturity. The third hope or absolute confidence is that you will receive your escrow blessings for eternity at the judgment seat of Christ and glorify God to the maximum. Hope is the confidence of a personal sense of destiny related to the spiritual life.
(e) Heb 6:18-19, “In order that by means of two immutable things [escrow blessings for time and eternity], in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge might have strong motivation to seize the hope that is set before us, which hope [personal sense of destiny regarding our escrow blessings for time and eternity] we have as an anchor [problem solving device] of the soul, both stabilized and reliable, in fact a hope which has entered inside the veil.” “Inside the veil” is the demonstration that Jesus Christ, the Shekinah Glory, is the escrow officer who conveys our escrow blessings for time and eternity. The indwelling of Jesus Christ inside of all Church Age believers is a guarantee that the escrow blessings for time and eternity are available. This was prophesied by our Lord in Jn 14:20, 17:22-23; and is fulfilled in the Church Age according to Rom 8:10; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 2:20b; Col 1:27; 1 Jn 2:24.
f. One of the meanings of the verb KATALAMBANO is to truly understand something (and to attain an objective, which is how it will be used in the next verse). Paul truly understands what he has achieved spiritually and where he has to go spiritually to finish his course.
(1) He has attained a personal sense of destiny and parlayed it into occupation with Christ. Doctrine helps you to see yourself in the mirror of the word of God just as Jesus Christ saw you in eternity past in His omniscience. You know yourself, your successes and your failures, better than anyone else. Knowing all about you in eternity past, God still provided everything for you. This is grace and excludes anything we could do to earn or deserve anything from God. Looking at your own soul from the doctrinal viewpoint is the only way you can ever make corrections.
(2) Paul uses a personal sense of destiny in self-evaluation. From that self-evaluation comes accurate self-motivation. From accurate self-motivation comes accurate self-momentum.
(3) Because the omniscience of our Lord fully understood every Church Age believer in eternity past, He gave each one of us our very own portfolio of invisible assets. This was the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past. Our portfolio gives us the opportunity to have a true relationship with God, which is the beginning of having true honesty in ourselves.
7. Phil 3:13, “Brethren, I do not evaluate myself to have attained the objective; but one thing I do, on the one hand disregarding those things which are behind, but on the other hand sprinting toward those things which are ahead,”
a. A personal sense of destiny includes objective self-evaluation. This is self-evaluation, which produces self-motivation to keep moving in the spiritual life.
(1) Paul challenges us to the fact we must have a mirror in the soul and evaluate ourselves. You never see yourself as you appear to God until you have metabolized doctrine as a mirror in your soul. Most believers do not have mirrors in their souls. The problem solving devices not only look outward from the FLOT line of the soul but inward at the mirror in the soul. Without the advance in cognition there is no self-evaluation. If you do not have metabolized doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness, you have no mirror in your soul.
(2) Accurate self-evaluation requires: genuine humility, cognition of the facts, spiritual growth, a personal sense of destiny, and understanding the final objectives (a personal sense of destiny, spiritual maturity, parlaying a personal sense of destiny into occupation with Christ, and parlaying spiritual maturity into maximum glorification of God). You must not choke up as you face the final test of maximum glorification of God.
(3) Human prosperity is not the key to the final advance in the spiritual life. While prosperity is not an accurate barometer for self-evaluation, suffering for blessing carries a far greater precision. Without advance in cognition there is no self-evaluation. A personal sense of destiny is both accurate and objective in self-evaluation. From self-evaluation comes self-motivation, and from self-motivation comes self-determination, and from self-determination comes self-momentum. There are three sources of true prosperity from the standpoint of the spiritual life.
(a) We have blessing by association in which the spiritual status of the recipient of blessing is unknown.
(b) Logistical grace blessings in which the believer can be a winner or loser.
(c) Conveyance of escrow blessings for time in which the believer has attained spiritual maturity.
(4) One of the most dangerous times in your life is when you finally reach a personal sense of destiny and have spiritual self-esteem. If spiritual self-esteem does not pass providential preventative suffering, then you are going to be one of the most arrogant, bitter, vindictive people in the world. The arrogance skills are not eliminated from your life. You are pinned down by your own failure. When you react with any mental attitude sin to providential preventative suffering, you become a loser. You must get up and move forward.
(5) The cognitive self-confidence of spiritual self-esteem recognizes providential preventative suffering and distinguishes it from punitive suffering. Once you have a personal sense of destiny you have the ability to recognize suffering for blessing and distinguish it from punitive suffering. Cognitive independence of spiritual autonomy recognizes the four categories of momentum testing and distinguishes it from punitive suffering. Cognitive invincibility of spiritual maturity recognizes the two categories of evidence testing and distinguishes them from punitive suffering.
(6) Prosperity can be deceptive; it is never happiness. Therefore objective reality must reside in cognition. If you do not have the problem solving devices operational in your stream of consciousness, you will be a loser on a continual daily basis.
(7) A personal sense of destiny is both accurate and objective in self-evaluation. Once you can accurately and objectively evaluate yourself, then you can accurately and objectively evaluate any adversity that comes into your life and welcome it, because out of adversity will come an advance in happiness. When you come out of adversity as a winner believer through the use of the problem solving devices, you will have increased happiness.
b. A personal sense of destiny includes objective self-motivation. The one thing Paul does covers the next three verses and begins with disregarding past failures. You rebound and keep moving. You do not let anything in the past keep you from moving forward.
(1) The Greek word EPILANTHANOMAI, translated “forgetting,” does not mean to forget something that is important. It means to disregard silly things, things that are really not important in life, things that are distracting, petty, unjust, and evil. It means do not be distracted by your past success or by your past failures. True happiness is concentration on things that are important. You do not forget the bad things that happen to you as a part of suffering for blessing as you advance to maturity, but you disregard them and do not let them become a distraction through the reaction of bitterness, self-pity, vindictiveness, implacability, etc. It does not really mean forgetting those things, which are behind, but disregarding those things good or bad in your past, which distract you from God’s plan for your life.
(2) A personal sense of destiny never handicaps self with past sins, failures, unjust treatment, or anything that can cause reaction. Objectivity in the spiritual life begins with rebound, in order to set aside anything that could be distracting through personal failure. But here its major problem is that the more believers advance in the spiritual life the more they are going to be misunderstood and ridiculed by the stupid, petty people who really do not have a clue to what life is all about.
(3) Past failure must never interfere with present momentum. Past self-induced misery and divine discipline must never be confused with suffering for blessing. Paul is not distracted by the past in any way as he concentrates and focuses on his objective of maximum glorification of God. You have to be able to distinguish punitive action from God with suffering for blessing. Past failures must never distract you from taking the high ground of spiritual maturity.
(4) Do not allow past failures to become present distractions. As long as you are alive God has a plan and purpose for your life. Therefore, rebound and keep moving. Past failures (skeletons in the closet) must never interfere with present spiritual momentum.
(5) Morbid brooding over past failures or reaction through projection–the transfer of your flaws and failures to others–can only produce a confused mess of the sins of the arrogance complex and emotional complex of sins. Transferring the blame to others for your own bad decisions and sins not only avoids reality but also is a retreat from a personal sense of destiny.
(6) All of this results in the substituting of the arrogance skills for the spiritual skills–a major and sometimes permanent distraction from the mechanics of the spiritual life.
(7) Either God the Holy Spirit is your mentor or the old sin nature is your mentor. Either you are filled with the Spirit or controlled by the sin nature.
(8) 1 Jn 1:8-10, “If we say that we have no sin [self-justification], we are deceiving ourselves [self-deception], and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just with the result that He forgives us our sins and purifies us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
(9) The alternative to using rebound is a lifetime of functioning under the arrogance skills, a life of evil and irrationality. A believer out of fellowship will never know any happiness in this life. He will be the recipient of the three categories of divine discipline. He will be used by God to provide people testing to positive believers.
c. A personal sense of destiny continues self-momentum.
(1) A personal sense of destiny applies the faith-rest drill in enhanced form to the past and is not distracted by past failures or past successes. Both past failures and past successes can distract you from God’s plan. You have to disregard past success or failure in the sense of not being distracted by past success or failure. If you are going to move forward, you cannot be distracted. You will always remember past failures, but you must not be distracted by them.
(2) If you live in the past with regard to past successes, you get into an approbation lust area that is very distracting to your spiritual momentum.
(3) Heb 12:2, “Be concentrating on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our doctrine, who because of His exhibited happiness, having disregarded the shame, He endured the cross and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The Greek word KATAPHRONEO is a synonym for EPILANTHANOMAI and means to disregard something. Jesus Christ disregarded the shame as God the Father judged our sins in Him on the Cross.
(4) In the advance toward the objectives of the spiritual life we must disregard past failures and past successes, achievements, fame, or greatness in some category. You can lose your momentum by assuming that all suffering in your life is punitive suffering from God for past failures. The spiritual life is not designed to be haunted by past failures or past success. Job did not allow the immediate past to haunt him: the loss of his children, the terrible vindictiveness of his wife, or the judgmental arrogance of his three closest friends.
(5) In the advance of your spiritual life the rebound technique becomes a major function of your royal priesthood dealing with your sins and failures. In the advance of your spiritual life the spiritual skills become a major factor in the avoidance of distraction by past successes or fame. If you persist in being haunted by failures and inflated by past successes, you will be completely distracted and recover the function of the arrogance skills. The arrogance skills feed on past achievements and present approbation from others. True humility keeps you focused on the objective of maximum glorification of God.
(6) The farther you go in your spiritual life the more sophisticated becomes the experiences that you face. You will easily misjudge those experiences, if you are haunted by past failure or successes. Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of [fails to reach] the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes you trouble [distracts you], and by your distraction many receive pollution.” When you fail, those in your periphery are covered with excrement. There is always someone else who gets hurt when you fail. You cannot live in the past and fulfill God’s objective in the present or near future.
(7) Disregarding those things which are behind includes not being distracted by unjust treatment, so that you react with revenge motivation and revenge modus operandi.
d. Paul’s Athletic Analogy.
(1) A metaphor is the application of a word or a phrase to an object or concept it does not literally denote, in order to suggest an analogy. A mixed metaphor is the use of the same expression of two metaphors that are incongruous or illogical in combination, such as military and athletic, but both establish either one or two analogies that relate to each other in a given verse. This is very close to a simile, which is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared.
(2) Worship and love for the body in the Greek states led to extreme physical culture. The Romans inherited the Greek’s love for athletic events and had games everywhere. The games included boxing, wrestling, and track competition. The multitude of athletic metaphors in Paul’s epistles imply that Paul had a spectacular knowledge of the games.
(3) The professional athletes had to go through a rigorous system of training, which included self-discipline and obedience to authority.
(a) The athlete had to be a citizen. He entered into the training program of the gymnasium for ten months and disqualified from competing if he broke any of the rules. He had a specific diet, no wine, no contact with women, and trained together in a group without any clothing regardless of the weather.
(b) If they made it to the end of the ten-month training period, they were considered honored people and were allowed to compete in the games.
(4) 2 Tim 2:5, “And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” If you do not follow the two power options, three spiritual skills, and ten problem solving devices, you have no way of executing the protocol plan of God for the Church. There are rules in your spiritual life and you are not qualified to be a winner unless you recognize the authority of the Holy Spirit as your mentor. A perfect plan demands we use divine power.
(5) 1 Tim 4:7-8, “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, exercise yourself for the function of the spiritual life; for physical exercise is profitable for a short time, but the spiritual life is profitable for all things, since it has promise for the present life and for the life which is about to come.” There is no honor for the believer unless he utilizes the wonderful invisible assets given to each of us. If you won the victory, then you were one of the most highly honored citizens of your city.
(6) 1 Cor 9:24-27, “Do you not know that those who run in a stadium all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-discipline in all things. Therefore they do it in order that they might receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. Therefore I keep running in this manner, not aimlessly; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I impose strict discipline on my body and make it my slave, lest having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”
(a) Every believer has the same equal privilege and opportunity to become a winner in the plan of God, but so few believers make it. Running in such a way that you may win means doing a right thing in a right way. Self-discipline means you are responsible before the Lord for your own decisions. God created equality and spiritual freedom, so that there is no excuse for any believer not becoming a winner at the judgment seat of Christ.
(b) In the ancient world, boxing was quite different. There were no rounds, and the men kept fighting until one gave up or was knocked out. An apostle or minister can be disqualified from escrow blessings just as quickly as any other believer.
(7) 2 Tim 2:4-5, “No soldier on active service entangles himself in the affairs of civilian life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive a winner’s crown unless he trains according to the rules.” Paul mixed a military metaphor with an athletic metaphor because they both have in common the values of self-discipline and respect for authority.
(a) The crown of righteousness is awarded for the execution of the protocol plan of God through the function of the mechanics of spiritual life, 2 Tim 4:7-8.
(b) The crown of life is awarded for utilization of the problem solving devices to overcome all testing categories of the sophisticated spiritual life with emphasis on maximum glorification of God. The crown of life is always related to suffering for blessing, as in Jam 1:12; Rev 2:10.
(c) The crown of glory is awarded to pastors who are faithful in teaching doctrine to their congregations, 1 Pet 5:2,4.
(d) There is warning and encouragement to us from many passages, Heb 10:35-36, “Therefore, do not throw away as worthless your confidence, which keeps on having rich distribution of blessings. For you keep on having need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the deposit which was promised.”
e. If the believer persists in being haunted by past failure or inflated by past success and attainment, he will be completely distracted from the spiritual life by the function of the arrogance skills. When a believer persists in being haunted by past failure or inflated by past successes, he develops and cultivates the arrogance skills. Humility and grace orientation are destroyed. The three spiritual skills deteriorate. Spiritual advance becomes a spiritual retreat. The believer is distracted from spiritual orientation and his spiritual life suffers defeat.
8. A personal sense of destiny motivates self-momentum in the spiritual life. Phil 3:14, “I keep advancing to the objective for the winner’s prize of that upward call from God in Christ Jesus.”
a. This advance is based on the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. “I keep advancing to the objective” is a change of metaphor from the athletic to the military. The mentorship of God the Holy Spirit is described by:
(1) Eph 4:23, “Then become reinvigorated [renewed, refreshed] by the agency of the Holy Spirit by means of your way of thinking.”
(2) Eph 3:16, “That He may give to you on the basis of the riches of His glory to become strong by means of the power through His Spirit in your inner being.”
(3) 1 Cor 2:9-16, “but as it stands written, ‘What the eye has not seen and ear has not heard, in fact it has not entered into the heart of mankind, what God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But to us for our benefit God has revealed them through the agency of the Spirit; for the Spirit investigates all things, even the deep things [our portfolio of invisible assets] from God. For who among homo sapiens understands the thoughts of mankind except the soul [PNEUMA] that is in him? Even so the message from God no one has known except the Holy Spirit from God. But we have not received the human I.Q. of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things which have been graciously given to us by God, which things we also do communicate in words taught by human wisdom, but in doctrines taught by the agency of the Spirit, interpreting spiritual doctrines to spiritual persons. But the soulish person does not receive the things from the Spirit of God; because to him it is senseless, furthermore he is not able to understand it [Bible doctrine and the spirit filled life], because it is investigated in a manner caused by [filling of the] Spirit. But the spirit filled believer investigates all things [pertaining to doctrine], but he himself is investigated by no one [privacy of the priesthood]. For who knows the thinking of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we keep on having the thinking of Christ.”
b. Spiritual momentum can only occur through the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. Unless God the Holy Spirit is your mentor there is no spiritual advance. There is no happiness for the believer who is not living under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. If you reject the Holy Spirit as your mentor, you cannot execute the protocol plan of God through the spiritual mechanics. You sow to the wind and you reap the whirlwind. Spiritual life mechanics can only be fulfilled by God the Holy Spirit. The key to spiritual life mechanics is in the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. You cannot advance under your Mentor and ever be distracted by past failures or past successes.
c. The upward call of God is the invitation by God to believe in Christ. Efficacious grace never works on the will or volition but makes the decision of the spiritually dead person effective for salvation. God does not coerce volition through efficacious grace to cause a person to believe in Christ. That is a heresy of hypercalvinism. The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit is the divine confirmation of efficacious grace, the guarantee of eternal life, the guarantee of eternal security, the guarantee of your portfolio of invisible assets, and the availability of the Holy Spirit as your mentor.
d. The Lordship of Christ Issue.
(1) The Principle.
(a) Being in Christ, that is, union with Christ, means that Jesus as KURIOS is the Lord of every believer whether that believer ever knows it or not.
(b) While there is no such thing as lordship salvation, as a result of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone and the subsequent baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is the Lord of every believer whether or not he ever knows it or not.
(c) The spiritually dead unbeliever simply believes in Christ for eternal salvation. When he believes in Christ, then God the Holy Spirit makes Christ Lord. This is a prementorship function of God the Holy Spirit called efficacious grace. A spiritually dead person cannot invite Christ into his heart or into his life. No one is saved that way.
(d) The spiritually dead person can only believe in Christ. It is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in efficacious grace that makes the faith of the spiritually dead person effective for salvation.
(e) Efficacious grace is one of seven things the Holy Spirit does at salvation. Our Mentor makes Christ Lord through positional sanctification.
(f) Christ is Lord of all believers at the moment of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. Positional sanctification makes Christ our Lord, not faith. There are three concepts related to positional sanctification all stated in one verse, Eph 4:5, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Jesus Christ is our Lord as a result of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. One faith means the only way to be saved is through faith alone in Christ alone. One baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Positional sanctification means Christ is the Lord of all believers.
(2) The Experiential Concept of Lordship.
(a) No believer recognizes Jesus as Lord except through the mentorship of the Holy Spirit (primarily the filling of the Spirit). 1 Cor 12:3, “Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the agency of the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus is accursed’; furthermore no one is able to say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Therefore to try to make Jesus Lord at the moment of salvation by anything you can do is blasphemy, heresy, and counter-productive.
(b) The mentorship of God the Holy Spirit results in learning about the lordship of Christ–that Jesus Christ is our Lord and that He became our Lord at the moment of salvation.
(c) This fulfills the prophecy of the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. He teaches us that at the moment of faith in Christ He entered us into union with Christ after salvation.
(d) Experientially no Church Age believer can recognize Jesus as Lord apart from the mentorship of the Holy Spirit.
(e) Experientially the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit is based on the fulfillment of two divine mandates: be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) and walk by means of the Spirit (Gal 5:16).
(f) This emphasizes the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit through the first power option–the filling of the Holy Spirit.
(g) The mentorship of God the Holy Spirit results in the function of the three spiritual skills.
(h) This means that the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit provides the only power to fulfill the sophisticated spiritual life.
(i) This means the loser believer does not utilize the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. The loser believer has no cognition of the doctrine of the lordship of Christ either positionally or experientially.
(3) Failure to Understand the Lordship Doctrine.
(a) Failure to distinguish between positional and experiential sanctification results in the heresy of lordship salvation.
(b) The unbeliever, being spiritually dead from birth (Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22), cannot make Christ Lord. He can only believe in Christ, so that God the Holy Spirit can take faith and make it effective for salvation. Lordship salvation is works.
(c) Positionally Christ is Lord at the moment of salvation. Experientially Jesus Christ only is Lord when God the Holy Spirit controls the soul of the believer.
(d) Failure to understand the lordship of Christ is a doctrine that is hurting witnessing; evangelism in all forms, and is a complete and total distraction to the mentorship ministry of God the Holy Spirit in your spiritual life.
(e) Only at the Rapture of the Church will all Church Age believers acknowledge the lordship of Christ. The doctrine of the lordship of Christ will not be universally accepted until the Rapture of the Church. The loser believers will join the winner believers in public acknowledgement of the lordship of Christ.
i. Phil 2:9-11, “Therefore also God [the Father] has exalted Him to the maximum, and gave Him the name [rank, royalty] which is above every name, that in the presence of the name [rank] of Jesus every knee of heaven will bow, both on the earth [believer alive at the Rapture], and under the earth [the dead in Christ at the Rapture], and every tongue will openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Who acknowledges the lordship of Christ? Every Church Age believer at the Rapture.
ii. Rom 14:10-11, “But you there, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall openly acknowledge to God.’” The context indicates this statement refers to the Rapture and the same verb [EXOMOLOGEO] is used as in Phil 2:11.
(f) Only under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit does the believer in time recognize the lordship of Christ. Only a few believers in every generation who execute the protocol plan of God through the spiritual skills recognize the lordship of Christ.
(4) In positional sanctification God the Holy Spirit makes Christ the Lord of every believer. Through the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit believers filled with the Spirit in experiential sanctification become cognizant of the lordship of Christ. In ultimate sanctification every believer will openly acknowledge the lordship of Christ.
(5) Gal 3:26-28, “For all of you are the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who have been baptized into Christ put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
e. The Winner’s Prize.
(1) Every believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity to receive the winner’s prize. But only a few believers are qualified for the winner’s prize. The average believer is so distracted by his own self-importance and lust for pleasure that he or she disqualify themselves from the winner’s prize.
(a) To qualify for the winner’s prize, you must be under the mentorship of the Holy Spirit. Most believers are not under the mentorship of the Holy Spirit.
(b) 1 Cor 3:1-3, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual persons, but as to fleshly, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are still not able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly [under the control of the sin nature], in fact are you not walking like unbelievers?” (c) If you do not use rebound, God the Holy Spirit will never be your mentor and you will follow the trends of your sin nature. You will live your entire spiritual life with the Holy Spirit still indwelling your body but having no control over your soul. You will spend your life squelching, stifling, extinguishing, restraining, and suppressing the Holy Spirit. You will be a loser all your life and have shame at the judgment seat of Christ.
(2) What God has provided in the future is beyond our comprehension, and so can only be stated in terms of metaphors related to our frame of reference. The winner’s prize for the mature believer is so fantastic it cannot be described by human language.
(a) In the metaphor the winner’s prize refers to the rewards given to the athlete who won a contest in one of the Roman games.
(b) The prize given at the games was a rather insignificant crown or wreath made out of certain kinds of leaves. However, that simple crown of leaves represented a new life for that person. Upon returning home he was given a great procession, money for the rest of his life, a poem commemorating the victory, a public statue, his children fed and educated at public expense, a lifetime pass to the games, a new home, and exemption from taxes for the rest of his life.
(c) The crown is analogous to the conveyance of our escrow blessings for time. The rewards that followed are analogous to the eternal rewards of the eternal state in a resurrection body. The emphasis in the Christian life is always on receiving our eternal rewards and blessings.
(3) We associate great blessing with many things here on earth like wealth, success, sex, approbation, etc. But the great blessings we will receive will come after we go home after the judgment seat of Christ. A lot of believers expect to be rich and successful in time because they have been “good” Christians. They have forgotten the importance of the invisible hero. Your happiness is not dependent on circumstances or the gratification of your lust pattern. Your motivation to advance in the spiritual life is not the motivation of arrogance, inordinate ambition, inordinate competition, or having the approbation of others. Arrogance thinks, “I’ve been good, God, now do something for me.”
(4) The winner’s prize is open and available to every believer in every generation of the Church Age. The winner’s prize is given at the judgment seat of Christ. The issue is not sin, but what you accomplish under the mentorship of the Holy Spirit versus worthless human works. If you are not responding to Bible doctrine, what you do in the form of Christian works is worthless. God the Holy Spirit must control your soul for your works to be worth anything in God’s eyes. The only heroes in this world are those who will receive the winner’s prize.
(5) The confidence of the winner believer at the judgment seat of Christ is mentioned in:
(a) 1 Jn 2:28, “And now, my children, stay in fellowship with Him, that if He should appear, we may have confidence and not be put to shame at His coming.”
(b) Gal 5:5, “For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the confident expectation of righteousness [capacity righteousness from God for rewards in the eternal state].”
(c) Rom 5:5, “And confident expectation makes us not ashamed, because the love for God has been poured out in our hearts by the agency of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
(d) 2 Tim 2:15, “Be motivated to present yourself approved by God, a person evaluated as a hero who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”
(e) Phil 1:20, “on the basis of my earnest expectation and confidence, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but with all confidence, Christ shall even now, as always, be glorified in my body, whether by life or by death.”
(6) The warning to the Church Age believer is given in:
(a) 1 Cor 15:34, “Come to your senses righteously [spiritual capacity righteousness provided through the spiritual mechanics of the protocol plan with emphasis on the filling of the Spirit], and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
(b) Phil 3:19, “[the loser believer] whose end is destruction [the sin unto death], whose god is their emotion, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” The shame of the loser believer in time becomes the shame of the loser believer in a resurrection body.
(c) Rev 3:11, “I will come suddenly; attain what you have [your portfolio], so that no one may take away your crown.”
(7) The winner’s prize is illustrated by metaphors and analogies in Scripture. The winner’s prize is called the “fullness of God” in the New Testament.
(a) The crown of righteousness, 2 Tim 4:7-8, which is awarded to those who execute the protocol plan of God and go through the three stages of the sophisticated spiritual life. Winner believers have a crown of righteousness, which is capacity for the eternal state. The loser believer will have the imputed righteousness of God, which gives him capacity for what he has, but not for what the winner believer has. There will be great distinctions between the winner and loser believer in heaven.
(b) The crown of life is awarded for the utilization of the problem solving devices to overcome all the categories of testing, especially in the sophisticated spiritual life. Spiritual self-esteem with cognitive self-confidence adds personal love for God the Father and impersonal love for all mankind to pass providential preventative suffering, designed to destroy the power of the three arrogance skills (self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption), and reach spiritual autonomy. Spiritual autonomy with cognitive independence adds the problem solving device of sharing the happiness of God to pass momentum testing and reach spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity with cognitive invincibility plus occupation with Christ faces and passes evidence testing to glorify God to the maximum. The crown of life is given for passing three categories of suffering for blessing. Rev 2:10, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Note that the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have special persecution ten times. Keep on being faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Jam 1:12, “Happy is the person who perseveres under trial; for once he has passed the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
(c) Eph 1:3, “Worthy of praise and glorification is the God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in [or by the agency of] Christ.” God knows what would be the greatest blessing in each of our lives. The farther you advance in the spiritual life, the stronger your faith. The stronger your faith, the more you trust in the Lord for whatever the blessings are. You are not positive to doctrine for what you think blessing is, but for what God thinks blessing is.
(d) 2 Pet 1:2-4, “May grace and prosperity be multiplied to you by means of epignosis about God and Jesus our Lord; because His divine power has given to us all things with reference to [spiritual] life even your spiritual life, through epignosis knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and virtue. Through which things He has given to us His most valuable and very great promises, that by them you may become partners in the divine endowment, when you have escaped from the degeneracy [the sin nature] in the world by lust.”
i. Grace and prosperity is multiplied to you in your soul by means of doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness.
ii. The result of the mentorship of the Holy Spirit is glorification of God and virtue.
iii. Degeneracy in the world is lust. When the sin nature is in control, the lust drive takes over. This is why the believer cannot be distinguished from an unbeliever. The believer under the control of the lust pattern of the sin nature is prone to moral and immoral degeneracy.
(e) Heb 10:35-36, “Therefore, do not throw away as worthless your confidence, which keeps on having distribution of blessing. For you keep on having need for perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may carry off the deposit which was promised.”
i. Confidence here is a personal sense of destiny, cognizant of the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit as the only means of fulfilling the protocol plan of God, which results in maximum glorification of God. You will throw it away, if there is no doctrine metabolized in your stream of consciousness. Scar tissue of the soul will wipe it out.
ii. A personal sense of destiny is when God opens up certain kinds of blessings, because under the confidence of a personal sense of destiny you have the capacity for those blessings.
iii. The deposit that was promised is the conveyance of escrow blessings for time. So great are certain blessings in time and eternity that they can only be described as “the fullness from God.”
9. Phil 3:15, “Therefore, as many as [have become] mature believers, let us keep on thinking objectively this way; and if you think differently on some point, God will reveal even this to you for your benefit;”
a. Introduction.
(1) Spirituality is not what you do; spirituality is what you think. The spiritual life is objective thinking. Thinking in the human soul is the most important function of the spiritual life.
(2) There are three categories of divine knowledge: self-knowledge, omniscience, and foreknowledge. God’s knowledge is in control at all times. His knowledge is never irrational. It is never theoretical or speculative. God’s knowledge is absolute and simultaneous from eternity past. His knowledge cannot be changed or inaccurate.
(3) The spiritual life of the Church Age believer does not originate through genetics, but from God. No sin is the result of genetics. The weaknesses come from the sin nature, not from genetics.
(4) This means that the spiritual life is in the soul, not in the body. This means that the real you is not what others see, but the private you–what goes on in your soul. Your soul is immortal; your body is subject to death. At the point of faith in Christ your soul is saved, not your body. Your soul has eternal life, not your body. Your soul is made up of your mentality, your self-consciousness, your emotions, and your volition. You cannot have a relationship with God or people on the basis of emotion. God deals in thought and absolutes.
(5) The only doctrine that gets into your soul is epignosis doctrine. If you do not believe Bible doctrine at the point of teaching, then there is no epignosis in your soul, and you cannot be distinguished from an unbeliever.
(6) The spiritual life is a system of thinking: thinking divine viewpoint of life, understanding the absolutes of life, learning to know God, solving problems from the resources of doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness through the filling of the Spirit.
(7) Prov 23:7, “As a person thinks in his soul, so he is.” If the Holy Spirit controls your soul, then you have the capability of thinking divine viewpoint. If the sin nature controls your soul, then you cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever under the same conditions. Spirituality is a system of thought related to maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the seven compartments of the stream of consciousness, resulting in a mirror being formed in your soul and a FLOT line on your soul made up of the ten problem solving devices.
(8) Divine integrity is not cancelled because some members of the human race reject Jesus Christ as savior or because some believers fail to execute the protocol plan of God. The integrity of God is not maintained by the self-righteousness of mankind.
b. How God Solves Problems.
(1) Introductory Principles.
(a) God isolates our problems in eternity past. He can do this because of His omniscience. We never face a problem that was not known to God in eternity past and a solution was provided.
(b) God provided the solution to our problems in time. The solution includes metabolized doctrine circulating in our stream of consciousness. Metabolized doctrine creates two systems for the isolation of our problems–the mirror of metabolized doctrine in the soul and the ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, which solve the problems. The mechanics of the spiritual life not only overcome our problems but accomplish two additional functions–living by principle rather than instincts and emotion and spiritual momentum by which we fulfill the very purpose of the spiritual life to glorify God to the maximum through the four objectives of the spiritual life.
(c) Therefore God gives every Church Age believer options in time–the option to accept the divine solutions or the option to reject them.
(2) There are two categories of divine solutions–direct solutions and indirect solutions.
(a) A direct solution involves the sovereignty of God only.
i. Our portfolio of invisible assets provided by the divine initiative of antecedent grace in eternity past is strictly the function of the sovereignty of God.
ii. A second function of the sovereignty of God is the divine provision of equality for all believers to execute the protocol plan. Only God can create equality. Equality is related to the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit as our Paraclete-Helper.
iii. In election we have the expression of the sovereignty of God to every Church Age believer. This results in equal privilege (our royal priesthood) and equal opportunity (logistical grace). Equality is also related to predestination. Equal privilege in predestination comes in the form of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which provides equality for all believers. Equal opportunity in predestination comes in the mechanics of the spiritual life related to two power options, three spiritual skills, ten problem solving devices, and the three stages of the sophisticated spiritual life.
(b) Indirect solutions involve the human response to divine solutions. Eternal salvation is the perfect example. Indirect solutions occur in time when we express our options. In presalvation experience our response to the gospel is faith alone in Christ alone. In postsalvation response we have cognition of divine solutions in time, utilization of divine solutions in time, and perpetuation of divine solutions in time. You have to understand divine solutions before you can use them. After you understand the divine solutions, you have to perpetuate their use.
(3) Divine solutions are always related to the soul, never to the body. The body is related to genetic function; the soul came from God. Since God is the author of all true solutions, all true solutions are related to the function of your soul.
(4) Solutions must start with self-motivation. All self-motivation comes from self-evaluation. If you do not know yourself, you do not know what you need. You have no values. Self-motivation comes from the mirror of doctrine in your soul. If you do not have maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness, you do have a mirror in the soul. You do not even know what you look like from God’s viewpoint. Therefore you do not even know the problem. If you do not know the problem, you do not know the solution. One of the greatest problems is mental laziness.
(5) Problem solving devices deployed on the FLOT line of the soul result in objective and accurate application of metabolized doctrine. That is the only system for problem solving. Anything else is just lust for attention. You were designed at salvation to solve your own problems in the privacy of your priesthood without anyone else being involved. We all have victims of our sin nature.
(6) Solutions are always in the soul, where God the Holy Spirit must have control. When the sin nature has control, you have problems. The issue is: who controls your soul, God the Holy Spirit or the old sin nature? Once the sin nature controls the soul of the believer, he goes through the trends of the sin nature and the lust pattern of the sin nature.
(7) Spirituality is an absolute; the spiritual life is relative. All problem solving devices are designed to function under the filling of the Spirit except the rebound technique. All problem solving devices are designed to function in the privacy of your priesthood.
(8) How does the Church Age believer solve problems?
(a) We isolate the problem through metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. Metabolized doctrine creates a mirror in the soul. Self-evaluation from the mirror of the soul demands that you go to the FLOT line for your solutions. When you go to the FLOT line for your solution, you do so from self-motivation.
(b) Through metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness you have deployed the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul. Metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness creates that FLOT line of the soul. Deployment of the problem solving devices means utilization. Utilization of the problem solving devices means solving your own problems totally apart from any human help, advice, or any human system.
c. “Therefore as many as [have become] mature believers” is a hiatus (a break or interruption into the continuity of the sentence or thought) to indicate that Paul is rising to a crescendo in his presentation. God the Holy Spirit has used the style of Paul to place an emphasis on thinking as the spiritual life. The spiritual life from the standpoint of your experience is thinking under the filling of the Holy Spirit.
(1) A personal sense of destiny demands powerful mental attitude dynamics, especially as you advance toward the high ground of maximum glorification of God. “As many as” indicates a small, powerful group of believers reaching toward maximum glorification of God. When a personal sense of destiny enters into the sophisticated spiritual life, the invisible hero emerges to glorify God both in time and in the eternal state.
(2) A personal sense of destiny is the dividing line between our spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood. The greatest tests in the spiritual life occur when the believer has attained a personal sense of destiny. A personal sense of destiny is the undergirding stability for spiritual adulthood. Most of your suffering is suffering for blessing and you have capacity to handle these problems.
(3) The sophisticated spiritual life occurs in three graduated stages (spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity) and eventuates in following the colors to take the high ground of spiritual maturity.
(4) How do you get to spiritual maturity?
(a) God the Holy Spirit provides the basis for thinking in the soul. All divine solutions are found in the thinking of the soul. Human solutions are related to the body (getting more sleep, eating right, etc.). The spiritual life is a system of thinking.
(b) The sophisticated spiritual life cannot be divorced from thinking in terms of principles of metabolized doctrine. This is the major issue in your spiritual life.
(5) A personal sense of destiny thinks in terms of principle, that is, in terms of Bible doctrine.
d. “Let us keep on thinking objectively this way.”
(1) It does not take any thought to trigger emotion. God designed emotion to respond to good things. Emotional sins are irrational.
(2) Thought requires energy. Spiritual energy is metabolized doctrine circulating in your stream of consciousness.
(3) What you really are what your soul is, what you think. What you really are is not what others see on the outside. The real you–your soul–was created by God at physical birth and has nothing to do with genetics. God created your soul at physical birth so that you became a human being.
(4) The spiritual life of the Church Age involves two basic functions: the filling of the Holy Spirit and thinking in the sphere of metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
(5) The divine mandate to thinking is stated in Eph 4:23, “then become refreshed through the agency of the Spirit by means of your thinking.” The spiritual life is a system of thinking. Emotion is not a part of the advance of the spiritual life.
(6) God provided in eternity past solutions to every problem. Those solutions are given to every believer and function in the soul. There is no solution to the problems of life directly related to the body. Spiritual life requires thinking in three spheres: the two power options, the three spiritual skills, and the ten problem solving devices.
(7) Scripture.
(a) Precedence for thinking in your spiritual life is mentioned in Phil 2:5, “Keep on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
(b) 1 Cor 2:16, “For who has known the thinking of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the thinking of Christ.”
(c) Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking, that you may prove what the will of God is, namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement, the well-pleasing to God, and the mature status quo. For I say through the grace which has been given to me to every one who is among you, stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think; but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
i. Your spiritual life is the will of God. The greatest production you will ever have is invisible, becoming an invisible hero. The Christian way of life functions inside your soul, not on outward production.
ii. When you react to others, you have failed completely in the spiritual life. Reacting to others is thinking of self in terms of arrogance. If you have capacity for love and capacity for happiness, then you will avoid all the dangers of reaction.
(8) The spiritual life is a system of thinking under the tutelage of your mentor–God the Holy Spirit. If you cannot think beyond the limits of your body, then you have no capacity for life, love, and happiness. Therefore you have no capacity for problem solving devices. If you have no capacity for problem solving, you have no way to advance spiritually.
(a) When you reach a certain point, God provides some kind of a pressure situation so you can advance and build up spiritual strength in your soul. You cannot pass people testing without capacity for love in your soul. People testing is always connected with thought testing. Personal love for God, impersonal love for mankind, and occupation with Christ are the basis for capacity for love. Sharing the happiness of God is the basis for capacity for happiness.
(b) All four advanced problem solving devices are necessary to pass providential preventative suffering, momentum testing, and evidence testing.
(c) The spiritual life demands that you live by principle to produce capacity in the soul. Capacity is the stabilizer and strength in the soul. Capacity comes from Bible doctrine. The ten problem solving devices all provide capacity. Thought has a capacity.
(9) A personal sense of destiny thinks in terms of the absolutes of doctrine. Spiritual wealth is measured in terms of Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. A personal sense of destiny crystallizes this objective thinking in the stream of consciousness.
e. See the Doctrine of the Evil Obsession. Evil obsession is the dominance of one’s thoughts and feelings with malice or the lust to inflict injury in the function of iconoclastic arrogance.
f. “And if you keep on thinking differently on some point, God will reveal even this to you for your benefit.”
(1) Certain believers throughout the Church Age will flunk both people and thought testing and be vulnerable to the aberrations, which destroy the spiritual life. Thinking differently on just one point will distract you from the spiritual life. The major problem is thinking in the sphere of the three arrogance skills.
(2) Why would any believer think differently on some point?
(a) Lack of volition and values related to the importance of Bible doctrine inevitably causes the thinking of the believer to go in the opposite direction from Bible doctrine.
(b) The function of the arrogance skills cause the believer to think differently from Bible doctrine.
(c) Inconsistency in the cognition and the modus operandi of the spiritual mechanics cause the believer to think differently from Bible doctrine. Ignorance, rejection or failure to rebound when you sin is how believers begin to think differently. This failure means the sin nature continues to control the soul.
(d) Believers think differently on some point of doctrine because the thinking of doctrine is replaced by something else. Emotional revolt of the soul reacts to the teaching of doctrine and causes the believer to think differently. The passive role of emotion in the soul can respond to normal things, but when the emotion takes an active role, it reacts to doctrine and you set aside the function of your spiritual life, which is thinking.
(e) When you begin to think differently, then your experience begins to attack the FLOT line of the soul and creates a system of thinking compatible with the ruler of this world. Your thinking is sponsored by emotion. Emotional reaction blinds the mind to the truth of Bible doctrine. Experience creating thought which is contrary to doctrine is how we begin to get scar tissue of the soul.
(f) How does Satan destroy the testimony of millions of Church Age believers? The easiest way is to reverse emotion from its passive role in the soul to an active role in the soul. Once you reverse emotion, so that you have emotional revolt of the soul, it leads to a brand of thinking that is irrational and contrary to the doctrine of the word of God.
(3) Exposure to doctrine can correct the situation, but there has to be the rebound technique for the filling of the Holy Spirit to make doctrine understandable.
(4) The advantage (“for your benefit”) comes from the function of the rebound technique. The advantage is preceded by motivation of self-evaluation from looking into the mirror of Bible doctrine in your soul.
(5) The spiritual life is a system of two power options, which result in thinking metabolized doctrine and applying that thought. Metabolized doctrine deploys problem solving devices. Then the doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness is applied to your experience through those problem solving devices. The spiritual life is a system of thinking. For example, both salvation and rebound demand a thinking solution, never an emotional solution. The divine solution is the only solution; the human solution is no solution.
(6) When the believer adds emotion and carnality to the plan of God, he is said in this passage to be “thinking differently.” Eventually he becomes a loser believer. The only recovery from being a loser believer is the rebound technique, which does not include any emotion. There is neither good or bad emotion in the divine solution. Divine solutions are minus emotions. There is good emotional response after the divine solution is adopted. Bad emotion complicates the spiritual life with confusion and compromise of the spiritual mechanics and results in wrong or different thinking which ruins the believer.
g. When the believer enters the sophisticated spiritual life and attains a personal sense of destiny, this is the greatest danger area for being distracted from your spiritual life by the arrogance skills and becoming a loser believer.
(1) As the believer advances to spiritual maturity the vulnerability factor should normally decrease. However, the advancing believer is not free from the danger of entering perpetual carnality and becoming a loser believer.
(2) The tragedy is the fact that the adult believer distorts truth and error into a system from which the strongest loser believers cannot extract themselves. All too often the adult believer adopts emotion both as the criterion and the modus operandi of the spiritual life. The strong believer begins his decline by applying experience and emotion to doctrine. This is the reverse of using the problem solving devices. The greater sign that the adult believer is about to fail and become a loser believer is when emotion becomes the criterion for the spiritual life. Emotion becomes a pseudo problem solving device. God has never given us any solution to any problem related to emotion.
(3) Rebound by emotion or false rebound creates the loser believer. Vulnerability to distraction, failure, and arrogance continues as long as we live on planet earth. Once the believer starts using the arrogance skills, God makes war against the arrogant believer. The only recovery is humility and the proper use of rebound.
(4) There are two major distractions to the spiritual life of the believer. Both have a high risk rate as the believer enters spiritual adulthood. The first is emotion as the criterion for the spiritual life, when it is obvious that the spiritual life is a system of thinking. The second is trying to solve a problem by adding to it another problem instead of the true function of your problem solving devices. For example, using emotion to solve the problem of sin and adding it to rebound.
(5) How does an adult believer become a loser believer?
(a) He enters into some sin, like jealousy.
(b) Instead of solving the problem by rebound, he adds another sin to it, like bitterness, and intensifies the problem.
(c) Instead of solving the problem by true rebound, he adds the false rebound of feeling sorry for the sin or ignoring rebound. This continues to intensify the problem and leads to greater sinning.
(d) Instead of solving the problem, he adds the three arrogance skills, further intensifying the problem. Perpetuated carnality guarantees the loss of everything you have gained in the spiritual life.
(e) Adult believers peel off from thinking doctrine. They think differently on some point of doctrine through negative volition or mental attitude sins or the arrogance skills and lack of function of the rebound technique. God reveals this to the adult believer through divine discipline.
h. “To think differently” is the intrusion of no Bible doctrine or the infiltration of false doctrine into the soul. What you do is eventually always a result of what you think.
10. Phil 3:16, “however, as a result of what we have attained, let us keep advancing in ranks by the same system.”
a. This is a continuation of the sentence begun in verse 15. “What we have attained” refers to adult believers who have attained a personal sense of destiny and now enter into the adult stage of the spiritual life.
(1) At the same time, we have entered into the greatest sphere of vulnerability to failure we will ever face. There is more failure among believers who attain spiritual adulthood than any other sphere of the spiritual life. You cannot afford to ignore rebound or add emotion to it.
(2) The entrance into spiritual adulthood is the most dangerous status quo because of the tendency to become arrogant about knowledge of doctrine. The great danger is the infiltration of the arrogance skills. You overthink and add emotion as a criterion to the spiritual life. Arrogance plus emotion results in the irrational dilemma of trying to solve problems with problems.
(3) There are three dangers to the spiritually adult believer: arrogance, emotion, and incompetent problem solving.
(a) You cannot solve a problem with another problem. You can only solve a problem with a divine solution.
(b) When you attempt to solve a problem with a problem, you simply intensify the original problem to the point of irrationality and impossibility.
(c) Solving a problem with another problem multiplies your problems while subtracting your solutions.
(d) Sometimes the intensification of problems results in emotional irrationality and despair, which even denies the existence of a problem.
(e) Without the deployment of the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul there is no divine solution. Instead there is the intensification of stress in your soul. Until rebound is used, there is no removal of the stress in the soul.
(4) In eternity past, God isolated every problem you would ever have and provided the solution in the ten problem solving devices. Only metabolized doctrine deploying problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul results in clarity of thought, tranquility of soul, and wisdom of application.
b. Sometimes there is great danger in advancing too far too fast. When you advance to the first stage of the adult spiritual life, you are vulnerable to arrogance, emotion, and incompetent problem solving because of cognitive self-confidence from all the doctrine in your stream of consciousness.
(1) “Advancing in ranks by the same system” means perseverance in the function of the spiritual mechanics plus rebound when necessary. It means the utilization of two power options, the function of three spiritual skills, the deployment of ten problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, and the execution of the three stages of the adult spiritual life. It means doctrinal orientation creating a mirror in the soul; the advance in application of metabolized doctrine to oneself in self-evaluation. It also means perseverance in doctrinal orientation through the establishment of a FLOT line in the soul from which problem solving devices originate. This is the advance in application of metabolized doctrine to postsalvation circumstances.
(2) You must consolidate your advance into spiritual adulthood by bringing the basic problem solving devices up to date. You have to be careful to rebound faithfully and accurately. You have to be careful to use the faith-rest drill and grace orientation. The highest casualty list among believers is among former spiritually adult believers.
(3) The three ranks in which we are commanded to advance are spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity.
(a) The whole objective of spiritual self-esteem is to use the necessary metabolized doctrine so that you realize that you do not need arrogance to live. Most people think they need arrogance to live. They use arrogance to lie, to impress others, and to impress themselves.
(b) In spiritual adulthood, you cannot make it without humility. Lack of humility is the reason why spiritual self-esteem is the most vulnerable stage of the spiritual life. Cognitive self-confidence is a system of humility based on doctrine. You have confidence in doctrine rather than your arrogance skills. You stop deceiving yourself and excusing yourself.
(c) The important thing about reaching a personal sense of destiny is that now the way is clear for you to encounter suffering for blessing as a means of momentum.
(d) If you cannot level with yourself and see yourself as you really are, you never get beyond spiritual self-esteem because arrogance will cause you to fail every time.
(e) If you do not have spiritual self-esteem in your stream of consciousness, you are never going to love God. Emotional response is not love; integrity and virtue is love. The sin nature is the enemy of capacity for love, because the sin nature has lust and temptation. The sin nature has no capacity for love. Capacity for life, love, and happiness in the unbeliever is virtue. Never think that love is an emotion.
(f) You are never an adult believer through time in grade. You are not an adult believer just because you have been a believer for a long time.
c. Principles.
(1) The entrance into the adult spiritual life is the greatest sphere of vulnerability to that state of retrogression classified as the loser believer.
(2) Arrogance plus emotion results in the irrational dilemma of trying to solve a problem with a problem, which results in becoming a casualty to perpetual carnality, the modus operandi of the ineptazoid believer.
(3) Rebound is distorted into legalism through arrogance and emotion, so that the believer who is a casualty becomes an ineptazoid believer.
(4) In the context of this verse, the believer has attained spiritual adulthood and has entered into the first stage of the adult spiritual life.
(5) This is the most vulnerable status quo of the spiritual life because of the tendency to become arrogant about knowledge of doctrine, so that you overthink, and overthinking adds emotion as a criterion for the spiritual life.
(6) You cannot solve a problem with a problem. You can only solve a problem with a divine solution. When you attempt to solve a problem with a problem, you simply intensify the original problem to the point of irrationality and confusion. Irrationality plus confusion is emotional frustration.
d. A majority of these believers had attained spiritual adulthood. A personal sense of destiny is entrance into the adult spiritual life. A personal sense of destiny is tantamount to spiritual self-esteem.
e. Advancing in ranks by the same system means persistence in the function of the spiritual mechanics with emphasis on rebound when necessary.
f. Advancing in ranks is a military metaphor that emphasizes staying within the boundaries of the spiritual life as mandated by the word of God. The danger is having some great spiritual experience that results in arrogance, emotional control of the soul, or applying experience to doctrine. Emotion becomes the criterion for the spiritual life, so that the believer becomes incompetent in the function of rebound. The believer minus rebound has persistent carnality. Persistent carnality means the believer becomes a loser.
g. The Road From Victory to Vulnerability.
(1) Arrogance plus emotion results in the irrational dilemma of trying to solve a problem with a problem. This causes the adult believer to become a loser believer. Incompetent problem solving inserts both arrogance and emotion into problem solving, which halts the advance of the believer. The three arrogance skills manifest themselves in all sorts of mental attitude and verbal sins.
(2) Problems must be faced in virtue. The base for dealing with your problems is never to enter into another sin.
(3) The spiritual life is a system of thinking metabolized doctrine through the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit. The adult believer who develops emotional dependency withdraws into a system of pseudo-spirituality which includes: making emotion the criterion for the spiritual life, making emotion a part of problem solving devices including rebound, hence, problem solving incompetency which adds problems to problems to solve problems.
(4) The irrationality of false criterion results in the function of arrogance skills and arrogance sins interacting with emotional sins, bringing ruin to the spiritual life.
(5) The believer who attains spiritual adulthood cannot advance beyond the first stage of the sophisticated spiritual life until he passes the test of providential preventative suffering. Providential preventative suffering is designed to eliminate the function of the three arrogance skills, the arrogance complex of sins, and the emotional complex of sins (the three loser believer functions) which hinder any further advance into the adult spiritual life.
(a) A person who feels threatened by someone else will never recognize his own limitations.
(b) A person who knows his limitations never feels threatened by others.
(c) True humility is knowing your limitations and living with them in contentment.
(d) Contentment is problem solving device number nine (sharing the happiness of God) deployed on the FLOT line of the soul.
(e) Sharing the happiness of God belongs to every believer who fulfills the second stage of the adult spiritual life. The believer who fails to recognize the danger of vulnerability to failure in the first stage of the spiritual skills enters into thinking privation. Thinking privation is characterized by adding philosophy, psychology, human viewpoints of life to the spiritual life, so that the adult believer begins to think only in terms of earthly things.
(f) Not knowing your limitations also leads to inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, which means it is impossible to pass providential preventative suffering. The person who feels threatened by others will never know his limitations or understand his rapid decline from the adult to the loser believer. This is because the believer who feels threatened by people or circumstances lives in the status of the arrogance of unhappiness through perpetual carnality and never knows his own limitations. Therefore, he never relates his limitations to problem solving devices.
(g) Knowing your limitations transfers your dependency on self to dependence on the grace of God. Not knowing your limitations breeds arrogance, inordinate ambition related to the devil’s world and inordinate competition related to legalism and self-absorption. Not knowing your limitations leads to emotional dependency and distraction from the protocol plan of God, which becomes the tragic flaw of the adult believer.
(6) The believer who feels threatened by someone else will never know his own limitations or understand his rapid decline from adult spiritual life to loser believer. The adult believer is vulnerable to the most subtle and powerful temptations to become distracted from God’s will, plan, and purpose. The distraction failure of the adult believer becomes the rapid decline to the loser believer.
h. An advancing believer is most threatened when he enters the salient of spiritual advance to the first stage of spiritual adulthood. The road from an adult believer to a loser believer is traveled very rapidly. So great is the danger of becoming a loser believer that Paul trumpets a strong warning to keep advancing in ranks.
i. He is a winner who perseveres in the function of the two power options, perseveres in the modus operandi of the three spiritual skills, perseveres in the deployment of the problem solving devices, and perseveres in moving through the three stages of the adult spiritual life. He who does not go forward goes backward.