Relaxed Mental Attitude,
No. 3 -
We continue this morning with our
study of what it means to
be a spiritually mature Christian. We
are looking particularly at the question of a relaxed mental attitude. Each of us may review our own situations to
see how we have done this week. How many
experiences we have had that demonstrated a relaxed attitude of mind. How much we have committed ourselves to the
Lord and trusted to Him, or how much we have taken over in ambitions on
own, and solutions of our own.
We have found that the
Christian’s defense against Satan’s
attack is the divine truth of the Bible in the form of Bible doctrine,
principals which guide his soul. Sound
doctrine is the basis for personal growth in spiritual maturity in
lead us into competent living and service within Satan’s world. We have observed five basic facets of
spiritual maturity and have noted that they combine to erect a pentagon
defense within our souls. We are looking
particularly at the facet of a relaxed mental attitude which is a mind
mental attitude sins and therefore a mind which is functioning on
viewpoint, and thus a mind which is willing to turn all of its problems
the Lord and let Him solve and move as He leads.
Now the technique we have observed for
relaxed mental attitude facet in the pentagon of our soul’s
defense we have
indicated is a technique which has been called the faith rest technique. Now faith, you remember, has no value in
itself. It is silly when some people
talk to others who are in some kind of stress, some pressure of life
and somebody comes along and says, “Well, dear brother, just have
faith.” Well faith (itself) is
totally meaningless, I
think you have already learned that faith is a non-meritorious thinking
way of gaining knowledge as a result of accepting some authority. Faith is believing somebody.
And we do this all the time all day long in
Now the value of faith lies only in
its object. In the case of a Christian the
value of faith
lies in Jesus Christ. That kind of faith
is productive of eternal life. For the
Christian, the value of your faith lies in the object of Bible doctrine
promises of the Word of God. That
produces spiritual results.
Now faith rest means faith in the
promises and the doctrines
of the Word of God which bring peace and rest to our souls. This is the way we solve problems as
Christians. Otherwise we run around in a
panic solving problems on human viewpoint in our own capacities.
So when somebody comes along and says,
“Have faith,” it’s
comparatively meaningless. As a matter
of fact, it isn’t too helpful to tell a person to have faith in
God… That isn’t (always)
helpful, while it is more
in the direction of truth. Yet if a
person doesn’t know the Word of god, he cannot have faith in God. You can’t see God, but you can see your
All of you sit here this morning with
some problems. You may deal with those
problems in a faith
rest technique only to the extent that you know about God as He has
Himself through the Word of God.
Otherwise the thing that you see is not God, but
your problems. God has revealed Himself,
so to have faith in
God means to have faith in the Word of God.
If you don’t know the Word of God, you
can’t have faith in it. If you
don’t know doctrine, you can’t trust
it. If you don’t know the promises,
can’t lean on them. If you
the prophetic word, you can’t have confidence in where history is
moving. The result is you cannot have
The example that we looked at last
week was Abram with his
relaxed mental attitude. You remember
that his nephew Lot had been taken captive by Chedorlaomer and his
Abram with his three allies, without rebuking Lot for his foolishness
in Sodom, pursued the enemy and freed Lot.
Abram’s relaxed mental attitude also freed him
from greed for the spoils
of the campaign which the king of Sodom offered to him.
It also enabled him not to impose his
convictions upon his three allies in reference to the spoils of war,
permitted them to take as they elected to.
Now victory, as is often the case, is
followed by a certain
spiritual letdown. This seems (to be)
what happened to Abram as we looked in Genesis 15, if you’ll turn
back there again. As we look at this
record, there are some
things that seem to stand out as concerning Abram.
One was his fear over retaliation by the
defeated Chedorlaomer. Also a certain
worry over the financial security that he lost when he rejected the
Sodom’s offer to take the spoils. But
God comes along and he reassures Abram with a promise to be his shield,
matter what Chedorlaomer may do in counterattack, and to be his reward,
matter what he may have lost—the vast sums that he may have lost
the spoils, so as not to detract from the glory of God.
Abram wasn’t going to allow the King of Sodom
to say, “I made Abram economically secure.”
That for Abram was an honor that belonged to God.
So Abram responded to God’s
promises of shield and reward
with the problem of his not having a son.
Almost as if he were saying, “What reward are
you going to give me? The rewards are all
dependent to me and my
posterity on my having a son, and I don’t have a son. All I have is my good steward Eleazar. He’s going to be my heir.
So the long range reward, Abram couldn’t see
how that was going to be fulfilled. So
God made a promise to Abram that he would indeed have a son from his
body—fifteen years later, as a matter of fact; and, for most of
years he was relaxed—accepting and leaning on the promise of God.
Now the promises of God then were
illustrated in such a way
as to call attention to the essence of God which is behind His promises. Because a promise is only as good as the
character of the one who makes it. So
back in Genesis 15:5, Abram is told to look abroad.
(God) takes (Abram) out of his tent and tells
him to look toward heaven and count the stars.
Now here is the fantastic star-spangled heavens, and
He calls his attention
to the fact that there are those stars, and his descendants will be as
Now in the process of using this
illustration, naturally the
essence of God is stressed here because of the fact that God made this
creation, He controls it, and it all works in a perfectly synchronized
manner. Now a god who is that powerful
can indeed solve Abram’s problems.
Then in verse 6 He told him about
salvation. Abram believed God and his
faith in what God
has said was counted to him for salvation.
Now the hardest thing that God had to do for us was
to save us. That was the most He could do
for us, and
He’s already done that. And Romans
says now that we’re His friends and His children, He will do much
more for us
than that. So that God is doing more
than the most for those of us who now belong to His family. Now that’s fantastic.
The third thing, in verse 7 we noted,
was that the
faithfulness of God was observed. God
who brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give him this land. And Abram had failed god many times but God
had never failed him. God is true to us
whether we’re true to God or not. Now
some of you still have the idea perhaps that as long as you’re
faithful to God,
He’s going to be faithful to you. So
forget it! And get yourself doctrinally
straight. God is a god who cannot deny
Himself even when you deny Him.
Now there was another divine solution. This is the divine solution of promises. That’s why we encourage you, the next
come to the Lord’s Supper service, have a good list of
promises—a couple or
three good promises that have become meaningful to you that you may
the congregation. Start making lists of
promises. Somebody has said (there are)
over 7,000 promises in the Bible, and they’re only good for this
life. And God says every one of them you
and they’re for you and your children.
But they’re worthless unless you know them.
Now the second divine solution for the
problem of Abram’s
anxieties and in order to provide the basis for resting by faith in God
solution of doctrine, and we have that in verses 8 through 11 here in
15. Abram is worried about his posterity
possessing the land of Canaan after him.
So he asks God for proof. Verse
says, “How shall I know that I shall inherit it?” And God proceeds to confirm this promise with
doctrine in the form of typology—pictures of doctrine through the
So Abram is told to bring five animals
in preparation for
the divine confirmation event and service.
He cuts the animals in two halves and he is told to
lay them out (with)
each half opposite the other, with a path between.
The birds are not killed. Now
in the ancient world, this was the way
two people who made an agreement signed on the dotted line. They didn’t sign a legal document. They put together this fashion of confirming
to one another that they were each going to keep their part of the
So they would lay out these animals
and sacrifice cut in
half, and then the two partners of the agreement would walk arm-in-arm
pathway between the two halves of the animals, thus indicating before
they were taking an oath on the basis of this sacrifice, and because of
these animals in sacrifice represented.
They were confirming that they would be true, teach
to the other, in
In Jeremiah 34:18 you have this
example: “And I will give the men
transgressed my covenant, who have not performed the word of the
they have made before me, when they cut the cut the calf in two and
between these parts.” Now in this
particular context in Jeremiah 34, there was an agreement about
certain slaves. They made an agreement
with God and they walked between the pieces of the covenant of the
that they would do it, and then they went back on their word, and
Jeremiah is speaking of here.
“And I will give the men who
have transgressed my covenant,
who have not performed the word of the covenant which they have made
when they cut the cut the calf in two and pass between these
parts.” This is a way of signing on
So now Abram says, “How do I
know that I’m going to have
this land?” God says,
“I’m going to show
it to you, a confirmation based upon doctrine.”
Now here are the doctrines portrayed:
First of all he is to take a heifer.
Now if you go back to the Levitical offering system,
you’ll find that
the heifer in Numbers 19 is comparable to 1 John 1:9.
The heifer was used to cleanse people from
uncleanness that they had contaminated in some way, like touching a
or being in a room when somebody died.
So it was a picture of the contamination of sin that
comes upon a
believer and that is washed away through confession of sin.
Now it’s necessary to confess
sin before you can act on
doctrine, before you can trust in promises, so it was fitting that
line here should have been the heifer.
So here’s the picture: God
“Cut this heifer in half. Put one
here, and one half here.” Then the
Christian whose sins have been judged for is in like manner restored
confessing to God what he has done. Now
the legalists among us want some human payment plan, some penance
system. But even in the Old Testament, the
the ashes of the heifer mixed with water represented the cleansing of 1
1:9, the confession of sin.
Then he was to put a she-goat, cut it
in half, put half here
and half here, leaving the pathway between them. Now
this, as we look in the Levitical
offerings, we find that the she-goat was used in the sin offering to
atonement for sin, and it was also used in the peace offering which
a person’s right relation with God.
So these offerings:
this one speaks of confession.
This one speaks of the reconciliation represented by
the sin offering
and the peace offering of being right with God.
These offerings are where God has removed the wall
that separated us
from Himself. The blocks have all been
removed—the block of sin, the block of the penalty of
sin—spiritual death, the
block of physical birth with an old sin nature, the block of the
the position in Adam. All of these have
been removed by the work of the Lord on the cross.
So Jesus Christ provided reconciliation
eternally for us. All we need to do now
is cross the line because the wall has been removed.
He’s free to meet our problem in time. And in the case of Abram this was represented
here by the she-goat.
Then the next animal was a ram. Again he was to take the ram, cut it in half,
put half here and half here, and leave a space between.
Now the ram in the Levitical system was used
in the trespass offering. The trespass
offering was to represent restitution when you had done injury to
person’s rights. This offering
God’s justice which had been offended by man’s sins. So the ram offering is a type of
the justice of God. A sovereign God
reaches a sovereign decision to deal with man’s sin in such a way
free to give us His love and free to give us His eternal life. Now God is holy so sin has to be paid for to
satisfy His justice and His righteousness.
Love can’t ignore God’s justice and
righteousness. His standards have to be
So the Father is satisfied now with
what Christ has done in
propitiation. That’s what the word
propitiation means—to satisfy. He is
free now to give us His maximum love. Now
the ram represented this in the Old Testament offerings.
Then he had two others.
He had a turtle dove and he had a young pigeon. These two spoke of the heavenly origin of the
Lord Jesus. These were not cut in
half. They were laid apparently one on
one side and one on the other. The
reason was that in scripture typology the turtle dove has been viewed
representing the deity of Christ, and the young pigeon His resurrected
humanity. The deity of Christ and the
resurrected humanity of Christ cannot die.
So it would have been unfitting to have cut these in
two. So the birds are not divided.
Now this is the kind of a person that
Jesus Christ is, and
this is the work that He has performed in our behalf.
These Old Testament offerings all stood for a
specific act on the part of the Lord Jesus Christ—n confession,
reconciliation, in propitiation, in His deity, in His humanity which
possible for we who are human to enter heaven and to live there forever.
Now there was a challenge to this
doctrine in typology in
verse 11. It says, “When the fowls
down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
Now the fowls are, in Scripture, a symbol for
satanic opposition. Satan was opposed to
Abram learning and responding
to what these doctrines represented. In
Matthew 13:4, 19, and 32 you have this picture of the birds used as
of Satan. Now the attack upon the
carcasses is, in type, again Satan’s attack on what these
represented doctrinally, and the seeking of Satan to disrupt
mental attitude by his failure to use doctrine.
Now this is Satan’s method.
This is how Satan approaches you.
He wants to destroy your relaxed mind in trusting
God by causing you to
break down in your dependence upon doctrine or your knowledge of
doctrine. This is his method.
1 Peter 5:7 and 11 will tell you about that
(as well as) 1 Timothy 4:1 and 16. But
Abram, with positive volition toward what these sacrifices represented,
and he drove the birds off. Thus keeping
with the picture here, he drove off the emissaries of Satan.
We have learned thus far that if you
want to develop the
faith rest technique, and it’s a technique for the Christian life. I don’t care if you don’t like
this term and you
want to find some other term—that’s all right.
I read in the paper recently that we don’t
have any great political
leaders in this country, or for that matter, any great real statesmen
world. The author observed that one of
the indications of that is that we no longer have leaders on the world
who have a facility with language. We no
longer have a Roosevelt who can come out with a statement like,
nothing to fear but fear itself,” that electrifies the
people. Or that “this generation has
with destiny” that fired up the emotion and the drive of people
of those days
of World War II. Or a Churchill who
could put words together in such a way that people were inspired in
darkest hours to rise up and resist.
Well that’s true. You
on the world scene, by and large, people who have capacity with
Dr. Chafer in seminary used to tell us
about the joys that
he experienced as he would struggle over trying to think up ways
his day and the way people were thinking that would reflect a doctrinal
truth. He was forever trying to think of
words that would create images and understanding in people’s
minds, just by
those sheer words, of some fact of doctrinal truth.
Well, when we speak about the techniques of
the Christian life, we’re trying to reduce your understanding to
the fact that
you live as a Christian by the fact that you are obedient to certain
relationships to the Lord that may be described as techniques.
One of them is confession of sin. If you don’t know about the confession
sin, and somebody said to me the other day, “It’s kind of
strange how much you
hear the same people who are zealous for telling people about the
they should be, are totally indifferent toward telling those same
confession of sin. You don’t hear
Christians and preachers talking about confession of sin, confession of
confession of sin. You wonder and you
realize that that is true. You stop and
you think about it you realize again why it is true—because Satan
functioning within local churches to depress key techniques of the
life. A Christian who does not confess
sin is a stumblebum spiritually. He is
out. He will never be a problem to
But the man or woman who is constantly
turning to God and
calling his sins by name, that is the man or woman that God uses. That is the man or woman who is effective in
the Lord’s work. These techniques
strategic, and we’re talking about one of them here which is the
technique. In order to develop this
facet of maturity of a relaxed attitude of mind. We
have learned thus far that if you’re going
to use this technique, you must learn and believe the promises of God. Two, if you’re going to function under
technique, you must learn and use Bible doctrine. Now
we’re going to add a third. You must
learn and use prophecy.
Now you don’t have to run your
eye and think over these
three and think very far to see what a night of darkness has descended
local church and upon Christendom. How
many places can you go where people are informed and encouraged to
learn the promises of God? How many
places can you go and sit in a service and come out and say, “I
about doctrine?” How many places can
go certainly and know something about prophecy in a concise
that you can use it and that you can relate it?
Well, who is going to be relaxed in
his mind? Who’s going to be
depending upon God for
solutions? If you don’t have a
mental attitude, you will not be very grace-oriented; neither will you
mastery of the details of life. That
of the details of life in itself is strongly dependent and interrelated
having a relaxed mental attitude. When
not relaxed in your mind, you’re hustling all the time to grasp
detail that you think is big. And
sometimes you don’t even think it is.
Are there any of you parents running
around with a lot of
pride in your heart because your kids make the honor roll?
Years ago I realized that here is one of the
most oppressive things upon a young person when his parents say,
“Hey, I want
you to make the honor roll.” I know
kid that made the honor roll all the time when he was in high school,
he got to college and he blew it. I
said, “What’s your trouble?” His
to me, “It’s pretty hard on a guy who has always been a big
wheel on the honor
roll in high school (and, of course, Irving High School too, you know)
to come along into college and he’s failing.”
I said, “You’re kidding. He’s
failing.” He said, “I mean it. He’s failing.”
And the kid himself said, “Well,
it’s ten times as
hard. It’s just too
discouraging.” And I knew what he
was saying. He had learned by his
parents’ training that
the wonderful thing was to be on the honor roll. That’s
a detail of life. If you go around telling
your children, “Oh,
it’s wonderful to be on the honor roll.
This is what you want to be. Get
on the honor roll. Maybe they’ll
letter and put it in the newspaper about you.”
And your children say, “Yeah.”
And they pick up a cruddy little detail of life like
that that becomes
supremely important to them.
Nobody is saying you should be a dummy
in school, but
whether you’re on the honor roll or not doesn’t make any
difference. It doesn’t count at all
in the kingdom of God
because God operates on totally different principals.
You can see here’s a kid who’s all tied
with this little detail of life. How is
he going to have a relaxed mental attitude?
How is he going to be open to what God is telling
him and leading him to
do. Now I don’t want this to be
as an encouragement to all you poor students.
Let’s keep the thing in perspective as to
where the real values
Alright, now here has been this
challenge to doctrine. Now we’re
going to go to this third one here
which is prophecy itself—the divine solution of prophecy in
verses 12 through
17. Abram now experiences a
nightmare. Verse 12 says, “And when
sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram.”
He has a relaxed mental attitude.
He has accepted the significance of these
promises and the significance of these doctrines typically presented to
and he relaxes. So he falls into a deep
sleep. The mentality of his soul is
Then it says, “And lo a horror
of great darkness fell upon
him.” What this is speaking of is
within Abram here as he falls asleep there comes upon him a nightmare. Now his subconscious apparently has a certain
worry in it that has been unresolved. If
you have worries, God did not make a human being to be able to live
tension. That’s psychologically true
sound. So if you’ve got an anxiety
you’ve got a problem that you keep fretting about and that
you’re worried about
in any realm of life, you can put that problem out of your mind. And when it goes out of your conscious mind,
it sinks right down into your subconscious mind and it eats away there. More people are driven nuts because of
eating away at them subconsciously than the thing that they’re
conscious of that’s
And apparently Abram had really been
worried about this
business of how are my children and their children and their children
possess this land. This thing had been
eating away and it was down in his subconscious. And
God is dealing with this question, this
challenge—how do I know? So
horror in the form of a nightmare that strikes him.
He has this problem in the past about securing
the land, and now it comes up from his subconscious to worry him here
How does God meet it?
Well he meets it with the reassurance of prophecy. He informs him about the future history of
his posterity in the land. Verse 13
says, “He said unto Abram, ‘Know of a surety that thy seed
shall be a sojourner
in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them and they shall
400 years.’” “Know of a
surety” is the
Hebrew word “jada” and it means, “to know.”
And here it is actually repeated twice.
Twice it has, “know… know.” The
first time it’s in the participle “knowing,” and the
second time it’s in the
future tense, “thou shalt know.” It’s
Hebrew idiom. It’s the Hebrew way of
saying that it’s absolutely certain of being fulfilled. What it is saying is, “knowing, thou
know.” Know for a certainty that
something is going to happen to your people.
And what is that?
Well this prophecy is going to be
another basis for faith
rest on the part of Abram. And he who
sees the Canaanites now possessing in strength, now possessing in
concerned about how this possession is going to take place in the face
a formidable foe. And Abram is concerned
about what’s going to happen if he dies before they secure the
land from the
Canaanites. He says, “Know of a
certainty that thy seed (which is the people of Israel) are to be
four hundred years in a country outside of Palestine (which
to be Egypt), and there will be years of nightmarish pressure under
taskmasters.” This prophecy is to be
basis of faith rest for the Jews for four hundred years.
They’re to survive their present trials in
Egypt on the basis of where the Word of God says history is moving for
them. So they were relaxed in the midst
of their trials. To be ignorant of the
prophetic word today creates a lot of worry for Christians in our
Then in verse 14 the Exodus is
predicted. “And also that nation
whom they shall serve
will I judge.” This is fulfilled in
ten plagues upon Egypt (Exodus 8:12-30).
“And afterward they shall come out with great
substance.” This was fulfilled in
Exodus 12:35-36 where
the panicked nerve-racked Egyptians gave them bon voyage gifts galore. Anything they asked the Egyptians gave them,
and they got a four hundred-year paycheck all in one check.
In verse 15 God said, “Now
I’m going to deal with your
death, Abram.” “And thou shall
go to thy
fathers in peace and shall be buried in a good old age.” “Go to thy fathers” means that
Abram will die
and he where go to where others who have died are living.
And “he will go in peace,” which is a
very interesting remark.
Abram’s going to die, and
he’s going to die in peace which
means that God is going to give him grace to die. I
guess we better stop there for a
minute. We love to talk about the grace
of God in reference to living, but some are going to have to die. When they have to face the subject of death,
there is a grace that God has provided for that. The
older you get, the more this subject
becomes important to you. Abram was told
that he would die in a good old age, 175 years-old as a matter of fact,
would die in peace—that God would give him grace to die.
Now God has a stated number of years
for each life, and he
hands out this to us one day at a time in a very deliberate manner. Let’s look at the divine control upon
death. It seems strange how many
Christians are not aware of how God controls the subject of death. Would you turn to Job chapter 5 for a
moment? Job 5:19. Job,
you remember, is suffering under intense
physical disaster. It seems, as a matter
of fact, that he’s dying. So one of
friends, Eliphaz, addresses himself to the subject of death. Under the divine inspiration of god the Holy
Spirit, he makes some statements concerning death that are very
us. Here is an area of doctrine that you
should understand. Dying with grace.
Dying With Grace
Verse 19 says, “He shall deliver
thee in six troubles, yea
in seven there shall no evil touch thee.”
By the context, this word “evil” has to
do with death, and the situation
of Job’s case where he apparently seems to be dying.
Verse 20 says, “In famine he shall redeem
thee from death.” While God has a
purpose for your life, you will survive even in time of national
disaster. The way things are going in
the United States today, that may be a great comfort in itself to you. You will survive in times of great economic
as long as God has purpose for your life.
“And in war from the power of the sword.” You will be preserved through battle
Verse 21 says, “Thou shalt be
hidden from the scourge of the
tongue.” You’ll be protected
social disaster about somebody gossiping and maligning against you, and
vocal vengeance. A lady last week said
to me. We had mentioned a family whose
little two-year-old son was dying. The
lady who spoke to me said, “I have another friend who is a friend
family. (As a matter of fact, it was a
third lady who gave me this story.) She
said, “The other friend of the family, long before we ever came
to Berean, had
been bad-mouthing Berean Memorial Church, and even bad-mouthing
you.” And it’s just hard for
me to believe that
anybody would bad-mouth me. Now some of
you I can believe it that they would.
Anyhow, I said, “Has she ever been here?” She said, “No.”
I said, “Does she know me?”
She said, “No.” I
said, “Where did she get it?” She
said, “Oh, you know, from your friends in
other churches here in Irving.”
And she said, “It was strange. This lady comes to me and says, ‘What
Dr. Danish say to this family who are in real despair?
All they’re getting is preacher visits, but
they’re in real despair over this child.’”
She said, “And then that lady came and talked
to you as an emissary of
that family. You told her what could
happen if this child lived. You told her
what God was going to do, where this child was going to go, and where
Christian parents were someday going to go in reference to this child,
whole picture of the grace of God for dying.”
She said, “I took that back to those parents,
and they got on their
knees and they committed that child to the Lord, and they’ve had
the fact that this baby is apparently doomed to die at this point. And now,” she said, “they’re
no longer torn
up.” And she said, “How ironic
very lady who was bad-mouthing you should be the agent of bringing
Berean Memorial Church to that family.”
Now that’s what this verse is
talking about. When you go around
bad-mouthing somebody, you’d
better be careful because God may let you have the bitter pill of
blessing from the very one that your mouth has been bad-mouthing. God says, “I’ll protect you from
from the social disaster of people who like to run around talking who
know what they’re talking about, who are cock-eyed fools, and
viewpoint about something they don’t understand, and somebody who
stripped them of their psychological fronts, so they stand there
their real character and they don’t like it.
Because they don’t like what they see any more
than we like what we see,
but they don’t want to change and make it right.
Verse 21 says, “Neither shalt
thou be afraid of destruction
when it cometh,” which refers to the fear of death.
Verse 22 says, “At destruction and famine
shalt thou laugh.” Now this is not a
hilarious picnic that he’s talking about laughing.
This is not arrogant contempt toward death,
but it’s a relaxed inner joy. Whether
death is sudden or prolonged for you, it will be met with a relaxed
inner joy. “Neither shalt thou be
afraid of the beasts
of the earth.” That is, the sources
death in the Old Testament times, the beasts of the field.
In our day, we would convert that, “Thou
shalt not be afraid of riding on an airplane, of driving on the
of going on hunting trips with your near-sighted friends.” Because God will stand in your stead, and you
will be protected as long as He has purpose for you.
Verse 23 says, “For thou shalt
be in league with the stones
of the field: and the beasts of the
field shall be at peace with thee.” The
dangerous things in life can’t touch you until the Lord allows. Verse 24 says, “And thou shalt know that
tabernacle shall be in peace.” Your
human body—the tent that you’re living in that’s
going to wear out. And you shall be in
peace at the time of
death because God will give you grace for your moment of dying. “And thou shalt visit they habitation
(heaven), and shalt not sin.” Because
you’ll visit heaven without your old sin nature, and you will
sanctification. A lot of kookie people
are running around and trying to achieve ultimate sanctification today,
the Word of God tells you when you’ll get it—when you visit
habitation, because your old sin nature is the source of your evil and
Verse 25 says, “Thou shalt know
also that thy seed shall be
great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.” Here is reference to your posterity when you
have died—grace to them to go on living after the funeral service. Abnormal grief can ruin a life.
It is sinful to carry on and to shriek and
cry as if we had no hope. As 1
Corinthians 4:13 says, we are not to act as those who have no hope, and
not to sorrow as they do. Faith rest
teaches us to deliver our loved ones to heaven’s rest and to
heaven’s joy with
grace. We miss them. Our
tears are legitimate, and next Sunday
morning we’re going to talk about crying.
There are some times when it is downright sinful to
be weeping, and
there are some times when it is absolutely in order, whether
you’re a man or a
woman, to be weeping, because there are a lot of people who don’t
they should cry and when they should knock it off and get with it. But God says that our seed shall be great
after us. The people who are living go
on living, and they prosper. They are
not bitter and hysterical and self-destructive.
Verse 26 says, “Thou shall come
to thy grave in full age.” That
doesn’t mean as an old man. It means
“at the right time.” There is
no virtue in living a long
life. God has a perfect right time for
each of us to go to heaven. He gives us
grace at that time to go.
I remember when my father died, I was
speaking to a man, and
the man said to me, “Well, he has lived his life.” And I thought to myself at the time,
a dumb statement. The man is 58 years
and he died, and he’s lived his life?”
But I was wrong. This
man was not
even a Christian, but he spoke words of truth.
If you die at 58, it’s because in the
providence of God you have lived
your life, and that’s what this verse says.
That is your full age. “Like
shock of grain cometh in in its season.”
A shock of grain comes to a point when it’s
ripe, and that’s the
time. It doesn’t have a very long
but when it’s ripe, that’s the time to take it in.
Now god has set up a pattern for your
life. There is a pattern for you to come
you are ripe, and that’s when God takes you in.
Do you feel qualified to want to take over and make
this decision as to
when you’re ripe and ready to go? Do
want to take over and make the decision that you know when it is right
children to go? So let this mind be in
you, dear friends, and relax. I would
caution you to beware of the sin unto death which 1 John 5:16 says, and
which brings what Ecclesiastes 7:17 says about dying before your time. You can propel yourself to the point where
you have built up callouses upon your soul to the point where you are
completely insulated and clogged up from any expression toward God and
man. When that happens, your soul is in
such total darkness that God will take you home to heaven.
That’s the sin unto death.
You can propel yourself to die before your
Now there is a season, and it’s
the right time for our
death. So it’s sinful to tamper with
that right time with suicide incidentally.
Anybody who is tampering with his life with suicide
is way out of line
because you’re presuming to take upon yourself when the grain is
ready to be
Verse 27 says, “Lo this, we have
searched it (or researched
it—so it is, it’s really true), so it is; hear it
(that’s listening to the Word
and getting it into your mentality through the filling of the Holy
then it says) “know thou it for thy good.”
That’s knowing it by positive volition so that
you can use if from your
Now back to Genesis 15:16.
On this background, God has made some very dramatic
Abram concerning his death. You’re
to go to your fathers. You’ll go
grace and peace, and you’ll be buried in a good old age. But Israel is to return from Egypt to possess
the land, but in the fourth generation they shall come hither again
15:16), for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
A generation at this time was 100 years. In the fourth generation, that was fourth
from Abram, that was Levi, Kohath, Amram, and Moses—in the fourth
100 years each, they would leave Egypt.
Now the Amorites were a group of
people who were in Canaan,
and apparently at this time Abram’s testimony seems to have
reached them, so
that they were converted so they had national protection because of
response to the Word of God. But in 400
years, the Amorites had descended into the phallic cults, the sex
cults, into the bestiality, sex with animals, into sacrificing of
fire, and into the most degenerate practices imaginable.
So by the time the Israelites came back out
of Egypt, the Amorites were ripe for being exterminated.
almost indicates that when a majority of citizens in a nation have
toward God, have doctrine in their souls, that nation is protected. But when a majority no longer has perspective
toward god, when a majority have become so calloused in spiritual
they’re clogged off, then a nation is lost, and destruction comes.
God made clear to Abram that all that
He promised him was
going to be done unconditionally. When
that smoking furnace and that pillar of fire went through those pieces
offering which had been laid out, it was indicative that God alone,
Abram walking with God between those pieces, God alone would perform
He had promised. So it wasn’t
upon Abram. That’s grace. All of God’s promises to us are
upon Him and not on us.
John E. Danish, 1971
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