Doctrine of the indwelling Christ part 9. The conclusion to the defense mechanisms.

Class Outline:

Title: Doctrine of the indwelling Christ part 9. The conclusion to the defense mechanisms.


/(14)  Devaluation is a defense mechanism where the person attributes exaggerated negative qualities to self and others.\


This type of person is always putting self and or others down...other wise known as a pessimist. Debbie Downer.


1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,


1 Cor 13:5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,


1 Cor 13:6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;


1 Cor 13:7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


1 Cor 13:8Love never fails;


/PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind would solve this problem.\


/(15) Displacement is a defense mechanism which attaches to a neutral object mental consents which were originally attached to someone or something else.\


This is when a person starts falling in love with their boat or their car or their animals because they were hurt by someone else!


Luke 12:16 And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a certain rich man was very productive.


Luke 12:17"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'


Luke 12:18"And he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.


Luke 12:19'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'


Luke 12:20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'


Luke 12:21"So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."


/PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, would solve this problem.\


 /(16) Hypochondria is a defense mechanism where the person becomes preoccupied with physical symptoms disproportionate to any actual physical disturbance.\


The pain can even be very real to these people.


A lot of people use this when they're simply tired and do not want to function their mental attitude actually makes them sick, or at least they think they are.


The greatest thing you can do for your health is the fall in love with God and have a healthy mental attitude.


The Bible is clear that what a person thinks does in fact affect them physically.


Prov 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.


Prov 3:8 It will be healing to your body,

And refreshment to your bones.


Prov 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.


Prov 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries up the bones.


/PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #7, Personal love for God the Father, PSD #10, Occupation with Christ as the priority solution to life would solve this problem.\


/(17) Therefore, the seventeenth defense mechanism is direct attack which is a defense mechanism in which anger is used as a solution to the problems and frustrations of life.\


This type solves problems by such things like temper tantrums, but unlike acting out, which is not necessarily targeted towards someone, direct attack is directed at the object of your anger.


When they make wrong decisions and are caught in the act, instead of admitting their wrong, they begin to attack others to try and switch the blame.


They get on the offensive and attack because they don't know how to handle their mistakes.


This is a total state of irresponsibility by refusing to take responsibility for one's problems and failures.


Direct attack has three objectives.


/a. The satisfaction of approbation lust by focusing attention on self.\


This is when an individual who is not being recognized will attack someone who is.


/b. The second objective of direct attack is the satisfaction of power lust by controlling the people in your vicinity.\


This is the abuse of authority and taking advantage of those who are inferior, or in your opinion, stupid!


/c. The third objective is the gratification of inferior feelings by getting even under revenge.\


I’ve seen this in action in the high school several times usually from mentally weak boys and sometimes girls.


Direct attack happened to the Lord in His very own hometown of Nazareth when the people couldn’t stand His teaching that He was the Messiah.


Luke 4:28 And all in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things;


Luke 4:29and they rose up and cast Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.


Luke 4:30But passing through their midst, He went His way.


Many believer's end up in direct attack because they have revenge motivation.


They hate!


They may not reveal their hatred with words or actions, but their hatred is in the mental attitude of their soul.


Remember that you are not always what you appear to be on the surface. 


For mankind can hide his thoughts and become a master at the practice of hypocrisy.


Therefore, the real you is the thought content of your soul. 


PRO 23:7 "As he thinks within himself, so he is.  He says to you, `eat and drink,' but in his right lobe [thinking] he is not with you."


This verse uses hypocrisy as an illustration of the fact that we are what we think, not what we do, and not necessarily what we say.


And a person who hates will end up somehow causing strife;


PRO 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions. 


A person who hates also will lie about the object of their hatred;


PRO 10:18 He who conceals hatred {has} lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool. 


The word of God states that a hater is a guilty as a murderer.


1 John 3:13 Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you.


1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.


1 John 3:15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


1 John 3:16We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.


1 John 3:17But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?


1 John 3:18Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.


/PSD #4, Grace orientation, PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation, PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny and PSD #8, Impersonal love for all mankind would solve this problem.\


I hope you realize that the first two problem solving devices are involved in all of these because the PSD 8-10 cannot function without rebound and the filling of the Spirit.


/(18) Sublimation is the human viewpoint thinking of finding a new outlet, hobby, system of entertainment,  etc., as a new drive or outlet for one's frustration.\


This mechanism is employed in the place of dealing with one's problems.


The key word here is always something "NEW".


Hence, people become attached to things. As my pastor teaches, “more stuff” as a distraction to reality and the reality of God’s plan for their lives.


Mark 10:17 And as He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and began asking Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"


Mark 10:18And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.


Mark 10:19"You know the commandments, 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'"


Mark 10:20And he said to Him, "Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up."


Mark 10:21And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 


Mark 10:22But at these words his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property.


This lifestyle will reach a maximum during the Tribulation.


Matt 24:37 "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.


Matt 24:38"For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,


Matt 24:39and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.


The fulfillment of this prophecy:


REV 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality."


REV 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning,


REV 18:10standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying,' Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'


REV 18:11"And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more;


REV 18:12cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble,


REV 18:13and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives.


REV 18:14"And the fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.


/PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny, PSD #9, +H or sharing the happiness of God would solve this problem.\


/(19) Subjectivity is the defense mechanism which involves self-pity in that you assume no-one loves you and you feel left out and depressed, for example, Elijah in 1KI 19:3-4.\


1 Kings 19:1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.


1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."


1 Kings 19:3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.


1 Kings 19:4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."


1 Kings 19:9 Then he came there to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"


1 Kings 19:10And he said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, torn down Thine altars and killed Thy prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."


This type of believer has no capacity for life, love and happiness and so sublimates by becoming a slave to some detail of life,   thereby ending up a loser!


They're always feeling sorry for themselves and feel like the weight of the world is upon their shoulders. It is the ultimate in self-absorption.


Do you realize that people do not think about you near as much as you think they do? Get over yourself. God has a plan for your life. TLJC indwells your body and you are the holy temple of God.


So what if things go wrong. They go wrong for everybody. Hike up your skirt and get to Bible class.


/PSD #3, The faith-rest drill, PSD #4, Grace orientation

PSD #5, Doctrinal orientation and PSD #6, A personal sense of destiny would solve this problem.\


 /(20) Undoing is a defense mechanism in which the person engages in behavior designed to symbolically make amends for or negate previous thoughts, feelings or actions.\


This is a function of guilt and the false idea that if amends are made then the guilt will be gone.


And God does not want you to make it up.....He wants to you to rebound and recover.


Ps 51:1 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions.


Ps 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin.


Ps 51:3For I know my transgressions,

And my sin is ever before me.


Ps 51:4Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned,

And done what is evil in Thy sight,

So that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak,

And blameless when Thou dost judge.


If people don’t forgive you then they are in the wrong. Guilt is a failure to believe in the finished work of Christ.


/EPH 4:32

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. \


The Lord did not recommend carrying a grudge since there is always discipline involved.


Matt 18:21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"


Matt 18:22Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


Matt 18:23"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a certain king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.


Matt 18:24"And when he had begun to settle them, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents.


Matt 18:25"But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.


Matt 18:26"The slave therefore falling down, prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you everything.'


Matt 18:27"And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.


Matt 18:28"But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.'


Matt 18:29"So his fellow slave fell down and began to entreat him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you.'


Matt 18:30"He was unwilling however, but went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.


Matt 18:31"So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.


Matt 18:32"Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you entreated me.


Matt 18:33'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?'


Matt 18:34"And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.


Matt 18:35"So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."


/PSD #1, Rebound technique, PSD #2, The filling of the Spirit would solve this problem.\


Now, the point is that all of these defense mechanisms are the function of human volition or your own free will choosing to use them. 


And they are not going to solve your problems.


/The spiritual life that God has provided just for you has all the solutions to every single problem you will ever face.\


Solutions that are not only designed to solve your problems but to make you a better person as well!