Concentration is required in learning and metabolizing doctrine, but is required to an even greater extent when applying doctrine under a pressure situation. Adversity, suffering, stress, and disaster all have the ability to destroy concentration and this causes your fears to take the place of what you have learned. The suddenness or intensity of a disaster hinders the believer from concentrating on doctrine that God has already provided and he has already metabolized. Because of this, there are many Biblical commands about fear. "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you" (DEU 31:6). "And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed." (DEU 31:8)
Believers in all stages of spiritual growth can find themselves suddenly in the fear‑panic ploy of the cosmic system from some sudden disaster. Every believer must be prepared for this. Faith always selects something (a promise from God, or a doctrine) that is stronger than the pressure that comes from sudden adversity. The solution to the fear-panic ploy is found in the faith‑rest drill, where the believer claims a promise to stabilize the mind. The faith-rest drill, however, requires spiritual strength from maximum doctrine in the soul to function properly. Faith must be mixed with the doctrine that has been learned. That your faith should not be in the wisdom of man [human viewpoint], but in the power from God [Bible doctrine in the soul] (1CO 2:5).
The ability to deploy the problem solving devices prevent the outside pressures of adversity from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul. Adversity is the outside pressure of life. Stress is the inside pressure of life, like fear, worry, or anxiety. Adversity is what life does to us; stress is what we do to ourselves. When there are no problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, adversity turns into stress, and stress overruns the command post of the soul, putting the spiritual life out of action.
The principle is that adversity is inevitable, even necessary; stress is optional, it is never necessary. That is because when you deploy the problem solving devices, stress is eliminated. You deal with your own problems in the privacy of your soul and thus avoid the reactions of panic, fear, and arrogance. God gives you spiritual freedom and human freedom so you can make your own choices and learn to take responsibility for your own decisions. People who live in fear are intimidated by life. Just because someone is alive does not mean that know how to live. When fear is eliminated by Bible doctrine the believer will have confidence in God and courage towards mankind developing great capacity for life, happiness, and most of all love. Therefore fear is a self induced misery that is removed by Bible doctrine:
Fear does not exist in virtue-love; but virtue-love drives out fear, because fear has self-punishment, and the one who fears has not been matured by means of virtue-love. (1JO 4:18)
Virtue-love is an absolute of Bible doctrine which removes fear. The absolute standard drives out the false variable by means of the power of Bible doctrine. Therefore, virtue-love is the absolute that destroys fear in the life.
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