Relaxed Mental Attitude, No. 1
We would like this morning to give you a little briefing as
to what goes on here at Berean Memorial Church.
All of you here have three factors that you deal with within your being.
You have first of all a temperament.
A temperament consists of certain qualities you are born with. You
inherit these genetically from your parents.
determined by various factors on that level, of race, physical
structure, and other backgrounds. You
have these qualities of strengths and of weaknesses.
These remain with you all the years of your
Everybody here has a certain basic
There are about four basic
temperaments, and usually you’re a combination of some of
of the temperament comes a character. Your
character is the result of how your
temperament factors have been influenced by your education, by your
background, by the influence of the society in which you live, and the
to which you respond or to which you refuse to respond in that society. Now
this is the real you.
The character is
This consists of
your mind, your will, and
So it is the area
It is the
expression of your total
character is the real you, but your character is always
expressed in a personality.
personality is what other people see.
most people, the personality is an image which is not the
same as your character.
a Christian, the ideal is to come to a point where your personality is
as your character.
is the Word of God that influences these areas of your
soul, and this is what we’re interested in dealing with here
We are trying to
give you some
information so that we can give you guidance to think the way God
choose the way God chooses, and to feel the way that God feels about
And that comes
personality comes to
the point where you’re not an image, a front, a pretender,
but that you are a
genuine open personality in reference to the character that is within
this ministry it is our goal to help strip away the
personality and to enable you to stand before yourself in psychological
so that you can look at yourself, not in this image that you have
yourself, that you project to other people, but that you see yourself
respect to this character that you really are.
it is possible for you to sit in church where the Word
of God is taught, and there are scores and scores and hundreds of Bible
churches where you can sit and listen to the Word of God taught, but
never stripped of your personality so that you stand in psychological
you see yourself as you are.
The Word of
God is not projected so that you see yourself in the true light of your
Instead it is
such a way that you can walk in and feel really sweet and comfortable
yourself with the personality that you’re projecting, and
walk right out
feeling just as sweet and comfortable about that.
a church that is doing its job for the people of God and
is feeding the flock is working always on this personality. And
it is presenting the Word of God in such
a way that this (personality) is stripped away.
This is why Paul
says that they who will live godly, who will pursue a
life of godliness, will receive the most intense kind of opposition.
we have many people (who previously attended our
services) who are sitting in other churches in this town this morning
they were really happy and taken up with us while they were able to
their personality image that they wanted to project, which was a
the real character.
But when in the
course of the services, the Word was presented in such a way that all
personality business was stripped away from them, and they saw the
that they really were, and they knew that other people around them now
understood them as the characters as they really were, they had two
yourself a church where you can slip in with your
personality and they’ll accept that sweetness and light front
and that fake
presentation; or else change your character by Bible doctrine, and get
character where it’s in line with your personality, and your
line with your character, and get both in line with the image of Christ
us which God the Holy Spirit is there to create, through the expression
fruit of the spirit.
if you’re here this morning, this is what we’re
going to have to face the
fact that you have a temperament that you got from your parents and
stuck with it.
faced with the fact
that you have a certain character and that it expresses itself in a
And we want to
personality to present something to you so that you will deal with your
character on these major levels.
is the plan of God that each believer construct in his
soul, with Bible doctrine, his own pentagon—a five sided
defense structure, a
spiritual maturity structure.
speaks of this under the word “edification” in
a building, an
act of constructing, and a
This pentagon of
the soul is
designed to spearhead the Christian’s defense against satanic
We will probably
be following the spiritual
maturity structure study in the weeks immediately before us with an
study of the workings of Satan.
upon the people of God a strange depression concerning their attitude
Satan, and it is amazing, if you just keep your eyes open, how much you
there is a tremendous amount of satanic activity in our
And it is coming
The devil never
comes out to
present himself in open conflict in an open way. He
has to work as an undercover agent, or
No Christian in
mind is going to deal with the devil on an open basis.
yet, Satan is directing the minds of
He is directing
of the areas of their character—even Christians who
don’t think the devil can
get to them.
the devil is made to be kind of a cute character. There’s
a TV personality who has popularized
a phrase that says, “The devil made me do it.”
All of which
makes a very light-hearted attitude toward the devil.
devil made me do it.”
Right away you
don’t take him very
Christology and you
take God seriously.
You take the
of Jesus Christ seriously.
this congregation here in this auditorium there’s a lot of
We could put up a
this morning just by popping things that you could say right now and
listing them here on the scope.
not so sure that you are deeply conscious of the reality of the
Satan in your life.
conscious of the reality of the Lord’s presence, but
you’re not too conscious of Satan. You
pretty well forget him.
You almost went
all day yesterday without thinking about the devil once,
didn’t even blame him for anything. At
least you could have gone around saying,
“The devil made me do it.” That
have been something.
we’re going to get into this because this is a big
Because he is the
commander-in-chief of the attack upon your soul. And
we are in such a depressed ignorance of
the activities of this character and of his wiles that Paul says we are
be in ignorance of.
to know his
techniques so that you know what God expects you to do.
expects you to put Satan to flight, that
he would flee from you.
here’s the first step of that. If
you don’t have a pentagon of defense in
your soul in the form of a spiritual structure, you cannot meet the
battles that you will meet in the Lord’s service.
this structure is to spearhead your
defense and to spearhead your attack in the Lord’s service. This
structure is the reflected glory of God
in the believer.
are several facets, five of them that we are looking
at, in this pentagon structure, and that’s why we call it a
We have already
looked at grace orientation
which means that we move from the motivation that all that we are, all
do, and all that we have is by the kindness of God.
take the position as believers that we
live and we let live.
We have also
studied a mastery of the details of life.
The details of
life are the things of lesser importance in life. Master
means a control over the things of
lesser importance, and it is a position of putting doctrine first.
the third facet that we’re going to look at this morning
is the facet of a relaxed mental attitude.
we’re sandwiching it in between these two segments of the
structure because a relaxed mental attitude is hinged upon being grace
and upon having a mastery of the details of life. If
you are not a grace oriented Christian, I
can tell you right now that you’re not going to have a
And if you are
not a master of
the details of your life, you’re not going to have a relaxed
So these two are
on each side
as a structure supporting this particular facet.
believer who is out of phase with God will break down in
his temper, in his nerves, and in his health.
And we have an
awful lot of nervous Christians floating around the
people of God.
He has to
substitute, so he
goes to dope, to booze, and to sex, or to something else in order to
meet the problems
of a mind that’s all up-tight. Tense
people are a drag so we tend to avoid them.
you know what a tense person is. It’s
the kind of a guy who sits at a baseball
game, and if the catcher goes out to talk to the pitcher, he knows that
talking about him.
that’s the kind
of thing that we’re talking about in terms of a mental
attitude, that you are
in a situation where you cannot simply relax and flow with the
life about you, to take everything in stride.
When you have an
absence of a relaxed mental attitude, it’s evidenced in
a physical and an emotional strain. No
Christian should be an up-tight person.
The Lord has made
provision for us to be relaxed, and that provision, of
course is Bible doctrine, which is the foundation here of the pentagon
Doctrine in the
full knowledge of the Word of God—truth which you have
learned and you have
gone positive toward.
Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He
careth for you.”
God has made
for you to be relaxed.
The faith rest
technique has been provided.
rest technique teaches us that God has done the hardest thing in saving
The hardest thing
He has given us
Now there is
nothing He cannot take care of
beyond that point, and it is His intention to do it.
what do we mean by a relaxed mental attitude? A
mind which is dominated by divine
A mind which
pertinent doctrine, promises and principles, to a situation of life. It
is complete freedom, and here’s the core
A relaxed mental
complete freedom from mental attitude sins.
from mental attitude sins:
hatred, jealousy, envy, lust
for things, lust for power, or lust for praise.
These are all
mental attitude sins.
If these form
part of your thinking, you’re not going to have a relaxed
Romans 14:23, the apostle Paul refers to things which he
calls “not of faith.” These
too are a
type of mental attitude sin.
14:23 says, “And he that doubteth is condemned if he eat,
because he eateth not
for whatever is
not of faith
These are: worry—worry
is not of faith; self-pity is not
of faith; doubts; guilt feelings; unbelief; discontent; competition;
for position, and maneuvering around.
All of these are
not of faith.
God knows what we face in life.
He makes victory
possible, and that’s His
It is not His
we should fall in battle, but that we should stand.
Hebrews 2:18, the Holy Spirit says, “For
in that He Himself (the Lord Jesus) has suffered, being tempted, He is
help them that are tempted.” Hebrews
4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest who cannot be
touched with the
feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we
problems with temptation, with sins, with disappointments, and with
God’s plan is for us to
expresses that spirit when he says, “Come unto me all ye that
labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon
you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart,
and ye shall find rest in your souls.”
we’re trying to talk about this particular phase of our
character—our mind, and having a relaxed quality in that mind. The
apostle Paul is an excellent example of
what we’re talking about. In
the book of
Acts, near the end of the book in chapter 20, in verse 24, Paul
of the things that he has experienced in his ministry, and his attitude
In Acts 20:24
Paul says, “But none
of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so
might finish my course with joy; and the ministry which I have received
Lord Jesus to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
that’s a great thing to say after this list of things
that he lists here that he has suffered and gone through, and say,
these things move me.” He’s
about the attitude of his mind.
three years after Paul’s conversion, he lived in the Arabian
functioning under the grace system
that God has provided for perception of spiritual truth through the
doctrine, and this by direct revelation to him.
He was not
receiving this out of the written Scriptures yet, but by
For three years
was taught directly, and on the basis of the doctrine he received, he
pentagon of a spiritual maturity structure in his soul.
he went to Jerusalem.
1:18-19, after this period of developing maturity, for
three years after his conversion, he goes to Jerusalem.
1:18 says, “And after three years I
went up to Jerusalem and bode with him fifteen days.
other of the apostles saw I none except
James and the Lord’s brother.” Now
response, you remember, was something less than enthusiast on the part
When Paul showed
up, the Christians were guilty of a breakdown in their relaxed mental
because they were guilty of the sins of fear and of doubt.
9:26 says, “And when Saul was come to
Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples (to the Christians
local congregation), but they were all afraid of him, and believed not
was a disciple.
here’s Paul who has gone through some very dramatic
experiences; realized how completely wrong he was; and that he who was
zealously religious was opposing God himself.
Now he has come
to a knowledge of the truth.
He goes out into
the desert and he gets
intense Bible doctrine training. He
comes back with a mature spiritual structure in his soul, and he
leaders of the local assembly in Jerusalem, the headquarters of the
He tries to
with the local believers and they reject him.
he knows an awful lot of the Word of God. You
want to remember that it was to the
apostle that the basic truth concerning the church was revealed, as
well as the
basic truth concerning.
Now the others
knew about grace and the others knew about church, but they
didn’t know the
full blossomed truth concerning the grace of God in this age, nor did
the full picture on the role of the church in this age of grace. This
revelation was given to Paul.
he came with something that none of the rest of them
had, and instead they’re cruel toward him.
reserved toward him.
how should he react?
respond with indignation or a spirit of getting even.
he left the cool saints in the Lord’s
Now the Lord sent
him a grace
person named Barnabas.
We read that
Barnabas took Paul and he introduced him to the saints, and to the
And the relaxed
of Barnabas and of Paul together, we read, caused people to glorify God.
1:23-24 says, “But they had heard only he who
persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he
and they glorified God in me.” Even
though they knew his reputation, as a result of Barnabas’s
commendation, because Barnabas had a relaxed mental attitude toward
persecutor, he was brought into the place where, because of Paul, God
(there is an) alternative to a relaxed mental attitude
when people reject you.
You have been
rejected, you have been rebuffed, and you have come with something that
really had to offer.
You have come
insights and understandings to people who were actually dunderheads
came to spiritual things.
You move all
the time with people who are big church activity members someplace. They
don’t know what’s up from down.
one lady said to me the other day. She
had gone through a sad experience in her
no idea how Bible doctrine
would stand me in good stead, but it carried me through this thing that
you know what you’re dealing with. Yet
when you come to people and say, “I want
to show you something.
I want to open
doors to you,” you’re rebuffed. Well
you don’t have a relaxed mental attitude, you sit down and
Anybody here ever
cry about being
You really did
You had something
to offer, and they turned
their nose up you, and you cried. Any
here this morning?
Anybody pout? Anybody
get a poochy lower lip because
somebody rejected you?
Any of you ever
plan to get
even with these dunderheads?
Any of you
ever tell them, “OK, if you don’t want to hear the
gospel, you go to hell.
It serves you
you’re kind of glad they’re going
without a relaxed mental attitude, that’s what
going to come up with, and you’ll probably say it to them
just about like
Without a relaxed
mental attitude you
will respond with hostility.
expresses itself in two ways.
violence, such that you’re punching somebody in the nose. Or
it expresses itself by withdrawal. You
You isolate him. You
it’s hostile in both senses. It
has open expression or withdrawal. Anybody
who’s cooling, freezing, or isolating
has got a fracture in his relaxed mental attitude or he
wouldn’t be doing
The facet of a
attitude causes others to look upon God and glorify Him when they see
Barnabas and Pau, because of their attitudes, very
naturally struck up a working team. And
we know from the Word of God that they spent a year teaching doctrine
And the church,
grew numerically because God was getting ready now to expand
He was expanding that particular local church in great numerical
men were brought down to Jerusalem to clarify a big
Some people had
slipped into the
Jerusalem church, and they were telling the Gentile Christians,
“If you people
want to go to heaven, you not only have to believe the gospel, but you
start living under the Jewish law system.
So the sent Paul
and Barnabas down to say, “Now listen, we’re going
tell you how this is,” and to teach some doctrine of grace,
because Paul was
the repository for the full concept of grace.
The result was
that they clarified this issue in Acts 15—their clarification
on the place of salvation by grace without living by any Jewish law
in Acts 13, we’re told that the two men teamed up in
order to go out on the first missionary tour.
They took an
associate with them, a nephew of Barnabas, named John
beginning at verse
they ministered to the Lord and
fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Saul
for the work unto
which I have called them.’ And
had fasted and prayed, they laid hands on them and sent them away. So
they being sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
departed unto Cilicia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.” Verse
5 says, “And when they were at Salamis,
they preached the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they
John (that is, John Mark) as their helper.
they got to Pamphylia, in Acts 13:13: “Now
when Paul and his company loosed from
Paphos and they came to Perga and Pamphylia, and John, departed from
returned to Jerusalem.” When
they got to
Pamphylia, John Mark had had enough of this missionary touring, and he
and went back home to Jerusalem. Now
when that happened, the apostle Paul lost his relaxed mental attitude,
should not have.
But he did. He
lost his attitude of mind that he could
not leave with the Lord, and in the Lord’s hands, this
traitorous act on the
part of John Mark.
was a deserter.
There was no
doubt about it.
should not have left them.
have stayed with the company.
He should have
man of honor and kept his word, and have continued through the
whatever it took in completing this tour of duty, but he
And Paul, on the
other hand, should have left
him in the Lord’s hands. But
in Acts 15:38,
we read that when it came time to revisit these churches on the second
missionary journey, Barnabas again wanted to take Mark, and Mark was
But verse 38
says, “But Paul thought
it not good to take him with them who departed from them from Pamphylia
went not with them to the work.”
(there is something that) is not uncommon for
Christians, for reasons of personal weakness of temperament (that they
born with), which has then been influenced by a variety of backgrounds
their own experience in their own lives, had created a
Christians have certain flaws of character which have not been
corrected by a
positive response to the truth of the Word of God.
that they have personality problems that
are the reflex of character problems.
Therefore it is
not uncommon for Christians who are in the Lord’s
service to come to a point where they phase out. And
it is very difficult to see somebody who
is an old workhorse to phase out, and for people to accept the fact
they have come to circumstances in their life, or certain weaknesses in
temperament, are taking over.
disappearing from the operation, and they’re popping
up, like John Mark did, someplace else. They’re
leaving one church and they’re going to another church. And
instead of taking a relaxed mental
attitude, and recognizing that they’re dealing with the
weaknesses of their own
temperament, and that they must be left in the Lord’s hands,
we tend to get
very uptight about it, and we have a temptation to write them off. That’s
what Paul did with Mark.
that God may lead them through
some hard times and they may come back to their senses.
that they may come into a different
structure of service where God again can use them.
a relaxed mental attitude will keep the doors of service
(opportunities for service) open to Christians who are disoriented in
It is not
Christians who have been active to get way off in left field and get
disoriented in their thinking and to cut out to go someplace else. And
you must let them go with a relaxed
attitude of God’s blessing upon them, hopeful that, like
Mark, they may yet
prove to be useful to the Lord in some capacity.
the team was to revisit the churches that they had
established on the first missionary tour.
became very great between Barnabas and Paul over
It seemed that
had forgotten the relaxed mental attitude that Barnabas had exercised
him when the Jerusalem Christians were rejecting a man in whom alone
the knowledge of the grace of God and of the full truth about the
in Acts 15:39-40 we read about the team splitting
was so sharp between
them that “they departed asunder one from the other.
Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus,
and Saul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren unto
grace of God.”
So you have the
of the team being split up.
was the team split up?
Here was a
winning team that had gone on the first missionary journey
and had established Christianity all over the area of the Roman Empire
they had traveled through.
It was the
lack of a relaxed mental attitude on the part of the apostle Paul that
In many groups,
effective teams of Christian workers are broken up because somebody on
breaks down in this facet of his maturity.
maturity facet of a relaxed mental attitude breaks down
and he flakes off.
winning, functioning team, and Satan says, “I’m at
want to tell you something just in preview here about the
He can affect
this area of your
soul—your will, and he can affect your emotions very
dramatically, but he
cannot get at your mind unless us say, “Let’s
Your mentality is
the freewill decision of
your own being.
He cannot enter
cannot take hold of the mind until you are receptive to him through
Satan is shooting at.
He is forever
after your mind.
attitude sins are the worst kind of sins, because that’s
where he’s functioning,
and this is what destroys everything else about you.
is Satan who is after the relaxed mental
attitude of Christians who will permit him to strike at their mind
Christian who loses his relaxed mental attitude is going to fragment
the Lord’s people.
He is going to
himself some place where the weaknesses of his temperament are
the weaknesses of his character find expression. There
are many Christians who have sat in
Berean Memorial Church and they have been held in check for many years
certain areas of their weaknesses because they had vested interests
children coming along, or something else.
But once that was
removed, they could fragment off and move off in the
direction that they never conquered within the weaknesses of their own
and found themselves a place where they could be comfortable with that
and with that temperament flaw.
in the case of the apostle Paul, I’m happy to say that
he returned to a relaxed mental attitude.
1 Corinthians 9:5
tells us that he served effectively in an unmarried
He accepted this
as God’s plan
for him though it was his right to get married.
It was not in the
providence of God for him.
He had the
relaxed mental attitude to view
God’s work as his wife, and his converts as his family.
faced dangers and hardships and persecutions, but he held
no grudges for all of this.
Corinthians 11:23-28 gives you the list of the things that he suffered
hands of his friends and at the hands of his enemies. But through it
was no bitterness.
of mind carried him through.
2 Timothy 2:9 – 4:18
was imprisoned and he was chained unjustly. It
was a sad thing for this man, who was so energetic
and active, to be chained and to be imprisoned unjustly.
yet, again, his relaxed mental attitude
In 2 Timothy 2:9
he says, “For
which I suffered trouble as an evildoer even unto bonds, but the Word
of God is
that while he
was in chains, the Word was not in chains.
Some of the
greatest books we have in the Bible came out of the times of
imprisonment for the apostle Paul
was no self-pity.
There were no
outcries of injustice because he saw all of this as
In Romans 8:18,
Paul says, “For
I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be
to the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
doctrine and he knew that the world does not like a person
that pursues godliness.
In 2 Timothy
3:12, Paul says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ
way of saying that is that all who will strip the personality
front that people put on themselves and get down to the real structure
souls, whether there is a maturity or not, these will despise you. These
will react against you.
These are the
people who sit in church and
gnash their teeth in negative volition toward what they have heard from
Word of God.
with the Word, they start attacking the preacher. Even
if he is the crummiest character in the
world, that has nothing to do with the objectivity of the Word of truth. If
it is God’s Word, and if it is confirmed
as God’s Word, then it stands, no matter where it came from.
Paul knew doctrine, and he knew that the world didn’t
like it and that carnal Christians don’t like it.
had a relaxed mental attitude in the midst
of suffering for Godliness but he looked forward to the eternity in
His attitude was
belonged to the Lord, so any suffering he experienced was the
as for Romans 8:28 of all things working together for divine good.
faced execution under the imprisonment by Nero. In
2 Timothy 4:6-7, Paul says, “For I am now
ready to be offered.
The time of my
departure is at hand.
I have fought a
I have finished
I have kept the
Those are not the
words of a man who is
screaming, “Injustice!” or who is screaming
complaints of how he is being mistreated. That’s
the expression of a man with a relaxed
mental attitude right in the face of death itself.
took the attitude that when and how he was
to die was the Lord’s business. 2
Timothy 4:8 says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me that day, not to
but to all them that love His appearing.”
relaxed mental attitude enabled him to accept the
fact that his friends were deserting him, and it also enabled him to
John Mark to service with him.
Timothy 4:10-11 says, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having
loved this present
world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus
Only Luke is with
Take Mark, and
bring him with thee:
for he is
profitable to me for the ministry.”
your friends desert you and your former deserters come
back on the team, it takes a relaxed mental attitude to deal with both. When
people dealt him ill like the dirty
dealings of Alexander the coppersmith, the apostle Paul, because of his
mental attitude, took the dirty dealings of Alexander and committed him
Lord, which was the worst thing he could have done as far as Alexander
concerned because God could get at him where Paul could not.
Timothy 1:20 says, “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander;
whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to
Then, 2 Timothy
4:14, concerning this
Alexander, says, “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the
Lord reward him according to his works.” So
in 2 Timothy, he warned the believers, “Keep
an eye out for Alexander the coppersmith.
do you in as a Christian.” He
warned the believers while maintaining a relaxed mental attitude toward
God deal with him.
prayed for the people who deserted him during his
In 2 Timothy 4:16
Paul says, “At
my first defense, no man stood with me, but all men forsook me, and I
that it may not be laid to their charge.”
That takes an
attitude of a relaxed mind to say, “I’ll pray for
who should have stood by me but they deserted me in the face of the
government of Nero when I needed them on that court day.
took a relaxed mental attitude for him to rely on the
Lord for strength during the trial. In
Timothy 4:17-18 he says, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with
me (when the
others had deserted) him, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching
be fully known, that all the Gentiles might hear: and
I was delivered out of the mouth of the
And the Lord
shall deliver me from
every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to
whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
His last letter
never to leave the imprisonment or to see freedom
life was carried by his
relaxed mental attitude.
what Paul was saying in effect, dear Christian, is, “Why
should you as a Christian have an attitude of mind that’s
uptight instead of
one that’s relaxed with perfect peace?”
says it for him:
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And
the peace of God which passeth all
understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
talking about having a quality of peace in your being
so that all of life is taken in stride.
All of life is a
victorious situation for you.
All of life fits
together because you leave
it in the Lord’s hands to put it together.
So are you out
meeting the issues of your daily living by sweating it
How much are you
sweating out, and
that’s the way you meet life—by sweating it out? Where’s
that youthful exuberance and joy of
living that you once knew?
Do you sadly
look back and say, “Boy, there was a time when there was a
joy of living that was my experience and I don’t have it
When did God ever
tell you that the time was
to come in your life when you were no longer to have exuberant joyful
in the days of your youth?
would commend that you move rapidly toward creating what
is going to be an eternal equality in you someday, and that is a
And that you
pentagon of defense in your soul as quickly as possible because this is
only way that life is worth living—with a relaxed mental
If you have an
orientation to grace, and you
have mastered the details of your life, and doctrine takes the proper
where there is a foundation to build on, you can go to a relaxed mental
there is much more to say about this than we have
This is a very
of the pentagon.
But I have to
with you to go from there.
how Paul demonstrated again and again how he failed at one point
because of his
mind being uptight, and how he conquered most of the time because of
God has done the
hardest thing for you.
He will now do
the best for you in His plan.
can rest by faith in that.
basis of a relaxed mental attitude.
you’re not a Christian here this morning, you’re
in a world that’s surrounded by tension, by pent up emotions,
by rebellion, by
frustrations, by crime, and by dope addition.
living in short in a world that has gone mad. And
people choose to be ignorant of the plan
that God has for them.
You enter the
plan of God at the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3:16 tells us that God so loved the
world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in
His death is spiritual death on the cross for us, shall not perish but
In John 3:36 we
that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth
Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth in him.
the question is, “Have you believed the Son or do you
say, ‘He’s a liar?’” If
you believe what
Christ has done on that cross for you, you have entered eternal life,
have the basis for a relaxed mental attitude.
If you reject it,
your life is going to be guilt.
going to be frustration.
going to be sublimation.
going to be competition.
going to be all the tensions and all the
conflicts that the world experiences.
But if you
believe the gospel this morning, you will remove defeatism as
an attitude from your living as well as from your dying.
remember that God’s grace covers not
only our living but He gives us grace to die by. And
a relaxed mental attitude is the first
step to get ready to die.
But it is the
foundation of exuberant youthful living in the meantime—grace
mastery of the details of life expressed through a relaxed mental
John E. Danish, 1971
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