“Christmas Without Christ”
The passage of Christmas is only for a short span of time. Most, believers and non-believers, glimpse this holiday as time for gifts, abundance of food and debt. A time to play with the spirits to excess. Often, this time of the year leads to, dyscontrol. It will enforce emotional abuse, creating a depressive disorder. Thought derailment can and does produce, an empty shadow within their own imagination. Truth is recognized, accepted and applied, but to the few. Those not accepting the truth, remain unwilling to remove the tattered veil or deception that blinds their eyes or encloses the heart. Unfortunately, the mind of mankind will become a prisoner to error, before it will acquire the courage to approach the truth. The cause of this is not hidden in some obscure form, unperceptable to others. Those that chose to remain in error, have miserably tame performances that will become pale and overshadowed. It becomes an open display resulting from internal causes. These outward displays are seen by all that are present. It becomes observational fact, not a poorly created image, formed to present a false, fatal shadow of what was or could have been. Is your Christmas without Christ? Are you one of the many that feels that it is easier to accept falsity rather than to work or reason to acquire truth? If you are, Christ is not in your Christmas. What do you have without Christ in your Christmas? …MAS, (Mental Attitude Sins.) The lessons that are to follow will explore these sins that devastate man and the details in his life. There are ten of these sins listed from God’s word, which is the Mind of Christ. They are as follows: 1. Envy, 2. Jealousy, 3. Arrogance, 4. Bitterness, 5. Vindictiveness, 6. Implacability, 7. Hatred, 8. Anger, 9. Guilt reaction, 10. Self-pity. Next week, beginning with lesson two, each of these sins shall be presented in an in-depth study, as to definition, it’s application and the resulting impact that is seen by others, whether Christian proper or improper. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of CHRIST. To leave the birthday guest out of His celebration is an empty actuality. The lessons are constitutive of your perception as you begin to study, metabolize, and apply the truths therein. The last three lessons will explain what you can have with Christ in your Christmas and your life. May God’s Holy Spirit become your mentor as he has mentored me these many fruitful years. Daily, we at Thefishersnet, pray for your growth, for your freedom and the quest of the, Super Grace Life.
In lesson one we presented a typical mind set of the Christian (improper), that has chosen to remain in error. The error is the person’s responsibility, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) God gave you the freedom to think and the freedom of choice. It is the mental attitude that will and does form or influence your behavior and actions. Human viewpoint is the error. It is a satanic system of thinking. This form is in direct opposition unto God, divine viewpoint, and the values proper to God. This negation of divine viewpoint is the motivation for the Mental Attitude Sins. The first of these sins is envy, followed by jealousy. These two dysfunctions feed one upon the other. These sins and the eight to follow are corrupted emotion. With-in these two reside patterns of overt behavior promoting lust. The lust for power, influence, status, social standing, materialism, and pleasure becomes the frantic search for happiness. The void in the soul seeks restitution for the loss of true happiness. Without Christ, you become a victim to envy and jealousy. Hedonism takes precedence over, Occupation with Christ. Hedonism is the devotion to pleasure regardless of the pain or loss unto others to acquire the pleasure or satisfaction desired. Pleasure is the overwhelming ambition for the loser believer. Envy then becomes a norm for the Christian (improper.) Always desirous of other’s material possessions, position or identity. As with all sin against God, this believer fragments. He or she has become the reversionistic, loser believer. As the MAS, and lust patterns become resident in the soul, emotional revolt becomes motivation . Envy now has a cohort, Jealousy. Not only are you coveting the winner believer’s possessions, now you become jealous of any success, or prosperity that he or she may gain. You are in the stage of inordinate completion. Always competing to gain that which does not belong to you. It is easier to steal, malign, or discredit than to stand up and occupy one’s self with Christ. To become occupied with Christ requires you to expose yourself for whom you are. An antagonist towards God and His SOP (standard operating procedure). You are seeking to become an identity that you are not. Christmas is to a time to honor Christ, however as a failed, reversionistic Christian, you would rather honor self and personal gain, (1Tim 6:9). To seek riches, position or status apart from God, temptation will snare you through many, many meaningless and adverse desires, that destroys and plunges you into the sin unto death. Jeremiah 9:5 – 9:9; Tells us that as we cheat or deceive our neighbor, speak lies against them, strength fails. That living under this behavior, God is no longer acknowledged. Under this influence of evil, God stated in verse 9, “Shall I not punish them for these things? Shall I not avenge Myself?” He will avenge Himself. Your soul will undergo a blackout. Scar tissue will form on your soul and you will implode into a shell of your former self. Your in-itself is consumed by the new, evil influenced self you by your open rebellion created. Now, Arrogance is your new alley. Next week, Arrogance and it’s partner in evil, bitterness, will become the subject of lesson three. May God bless your journey into the truth. Until next week, this is Senior Pastor/Teacher Ben Reeves Praying God’s best for you and yours.
Arrogance is the primary motivator for the dysfunctional, and the operational platform of the Mental Attitude Sins. The first sin on earth was, Arrogance. Satan’s desire to raise his throne above the stars of God, (Isa.14:12-14; Ezek.28:14-17), placed man in harm’s way. This Mental Attitude Sin, Arrogance, a stimulus in the fragmented soul leads to, Antinomianism. That is, the unrestrained rebellion in which the lust for self-gratification takes priority over service or devotion unto God and His word (the Mind of Christ). The reversionistic believer makes great strides to improve self and position in life, regardless of the fellow believers(Proper), that must be eliminated or hurt. Under arrogance , it becomes a no holds barred encounter to accomplish the coveted goal. In other words, a lover of self rather than God, (2 Tim.3:4). Arrogance can never stand as an isolated sin. Normal contingency exposes itself through another corresponding sin, as all mental attitude sins emanates within clusters. This cluster is either mental, verbal or overt. Stress is the stimulus in which arrogance will raise it’s threatening endeavor to undermine or belittle the inferred opposition. Cowardice and fear are only two dysfunctions associated with arrogance. These two injurious, combative performances are the most prevalent dysfunctions resident in the soul of the, Reversionistic, loser believer. Without Christ in the Christmas of the reverted believer, the stress of Christmas and related activities, will multiply the mental sins resident in his or her soul. As protection for the self-image fabricated by the tortured mind of this type Christian (improper),he or she will retaliate against anyone that effects a threat to the image portrayed. Slander, gossip, judging, maligning, and often vengeance, are deployed. “Men will love themselves, love money, become boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient, ungrateful and unholy, (2 Tim. 3:2). It is these emotional disturbances that becomes the main determinate in the psychopathology associated with the rebellious improper Christian. His or her heart is lifted up. His or her mind is hardened in pride,(Dan.5:20). This becomes a pattern of self-perception wherein, the individual reacts to others. It is not reality-based. Rather, it is, ”fantastic personifications.” It is the unrealistic perception as seen through the eyes of the dysfunctional loser believer. He or she becomes fearful, believing that his or her identity is negated by those Christians (proper), that out shines them. They become devoid of honor and integrity. In this manner of life. Cowardice is part of the norm. These are cowards for remaining in dysfunction. In that, it requires a strength to stand in order to gain the victory at the end of the race. To remain lazy, not run the race, but ride the honor of others is the cowards pattern. These feel safer to tear down rather that exert energy to build up. His or her deranged reaction towards winner believers masks the search for happiness, that eludes this inadequate non-entity. The pride, fear, and cowardice brings, shame, not only on self, but on those close at hand,(Pro.11:2). The Lord will break his or her power,(“Lev. 26:19). He will become low and alone,(Pro.29:23). Destruction shall be his or her fate,(Pro.16:18). This creates a need not filled. Envy again enters, bringing with it, bitterness. Everything desired is impeded by this selfish behavior. No happiness is found, rather a complaining, miserable, angry, being of discontent is now loose in society. As a stalking animal, seeking it’s next prey. Now comes, Vindictiveness and Implacability. These two dysfunctions are the subject of lesson four, appearing next week. May God provide you and yours wisdom, knowledge and the capacity to apply these to the details of your life. Senior Pastor/Teacher Ben Reeves praying daily for your growth and victory. God bless you for your time and application of our teachings. “Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”
As you can see, each of the ten MAS, (mental attitude sins), promote each other. Indeed, it does form a chain of misery and loss. The purpose of this life is not happiness, but the knowledge of God takes supremacy over the details of life. Because God does exist, His existence does not imply that man’s purpose is happiness apart from His system of protocol. Happiness is, “Eudiamonia.” It is not satisfaction derived from pleasure, but rather it is an aspect of well-being, of excellence and skill of life. These three must have a mentor to teach and operate under God’s plan for man. The mentor is the, Holy Spirit. “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,“ John 14:26. It is here in this statement that Christ identifies the MENTOR for the Christian proper. You must become occupied with Christ to receive the mentorship of the Holy spirit. Otherwise, Mas is occupied with you. Evil becomes your shadow. Life allows or presents many evils which from the revernsionist’s viewpoint, (human -viewpoint), is not of his or her undertaking, but rather it is the conduct of the opposing winner believer. Self-induced misery and suffering accrues from this mind-set. God’s SOP (standard operating procedure), is interrupted allowing more dysfunction to enlarge. Arrogant pride displaces the weakness within this reversionist, allowing bitterness to germinate into, Vindictiveness and Implacability. These two dysfunctions are a reaction towards winner believers because they by your judgment have neutralized or have failed to complete your unrealistic, hallucinatory expectations. You are in an emotional revolt. First, you were envious of the Christian proper. Then jealousy cast it’s lot producing arrogance. The more you rebelled the deeper bitterness dug into your tormented soul and mind. This frustration drives to you action from your position of weakness. Now, in your own weakness, you attack the victim from the platform of, vindictiveness. That is, aggression. You have chosen to hurt or degrade the source of your inordinate desire. You make war on the winner believer in an attempt to show that he or she is not worthy of the position held or the recognition received, thus making self appear more pious, more worthy or more acceptable unto God. Becoming vindictive defiles your existence. The word used for defiled, is “Miaino.” In the cities of biblical periods sewage was collected in pots. Disposal was simple. It was dumped from upper windows onto the street below. A person or persons passing at the time, was drenched. This victim or victims were pronounced , “Miaino,” defiled. This is the nature of the failed Christian seeking revenge on those that are occupied with Christ. The utter ignorance of these deliberate falsifications ensures that ignorance is their Lord of devotion. Under this overt, rebellious behavior learning is denounced and becomes an affront to truth. Nothing is pleasing to this failed believer. Now, Implacability takes charge. Complain, complain, complain. Nothing is accepted to placate this drive to become number one. He or she serving Satan’s cosmic system of evil, as a reversionist, exists in flickering shadows and stagnant images. They will tear down every vestige of promise and erect nothing, contaminating ,corrupting righteousness and degrading the intellect. Unable to acquire that which is pursued, hatred and anger join the war within the tortured mind of the reversionist. Under these powerful emotions unabated hardness of the heart will execute discipline from the Lord. Next week, lesson five will define, expose and disclose the function of hatred and anger. The discipline from God is expounded. Until next week, Study to gain all from God and His word which is Christ Jesus.. This is senior pastor/teacher Ben Reeves making intercession for you daily unto our Lord.