… AN APPRAISAL ON THE CAPTIVITY THAT ARISES AS A RESULT OF NOT LETTING GO OF OUR SECRET LOVE FOR THE WORLD.
Have you ever seen someone tenaciously looking for what actually was not lost, or someone trying to keep what really isn’t his? Have you ever seen folks emptying today of its strength while trying to solve tomorrow’s problem? Have you ever seen believers react to a seemingly “legitimate need” like Saul did, and thereafter lost his kingdom? Have you ever wondered why after over 6000 years, the church is yet to produce a critical mass of 144,000 believers that will simultaneously overcome fear like our Lord Jesus and His the early apostles did?
- Heb. 2:14-15 … that through death he (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (fear of death here isn’t physical but speaks of the captivity that is as a results of not dying to what we sensually and secretly love; the world – Heb. 11:24)
Heb. 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin (Egypt) for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt
The fear of tomorrow lingered in the life of Abham until he began to walk in the consciousness of his changed name/identify – Abraham. Fear is an unarmed robber that daily preys on any believer that hasn’t begun to hear what Jesus heard from the father in the days of his flesh.
Fear was the first and only pseudo “gospel” that the serpent preached to Adam in Eden. The fear of losing what should never have been a possession caused Adam to trade his birthright and mortgage that of posterity. Fear is the reaction of any soul, at any given time “T”, to any given opportunity where God expects us to lay down our corrupt-prone life (desires/love), and sheepishly follow God until our souls lay hold of resurrection power.
Most of the thoughts or counsels we react to, hardly ever emanate from the Holy Spirit, through our regenerated spirit! Our recreated spirit that’s seated with Christ in heavenly places will never inspire us to “use our brain” while making a decision that bothers on our destiny in God. Most of such philosophies that motivate believers are worldly and sensual (Col. 2:8/Jam. 3:15). When a believer feeds on such wind of doctrines that emanates from Grecian wisdom, they become dull of hearing the very truth that should reveal Christ unto them (1Cor. 1:22b/Matt. 13:15/Heb. 5:11). All of such “brain waves” can never close the gap between God and man!
1 Cor. 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man (his inheritance/things of God’s Glory –vs. 7), save the spirit of man (not the mind) which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
Most of the thoughts or counsels we don’t respond to, are such that demand we wait – while not necessarily knowing when God will show up! That is God’s wisdom that should make us lose the strange life (nature) we inherited from Adam, so we can gradually inherit our true life (Christ).
History, our Lord Jesus, and even the devil, all confirm that “we have control over our choices (decisions and indecision), but we don’t have control over the consequences of our choices, which will always affect posterity either positively or negatively.
The biblical provision to overcome the fear of tomorrow is not the faith that gave birth to the good reports of Heb. 11:1-39b. Rather, it’s the faith of Heb. 11:39c/Titus 1:2 that was authored and perfected through the victorious walk of our Lord Jesus.
Not a few believers over generations have “gone to heaven” without overcoming the fear of death, but a generation that will “make it to the father” are currently being born anew (Jn. 13:3/14:3/1Pet. 1:23/Jam. 1:21). God NEVER approved of the former, but of the latter. It’s our lot – let’s selflessly embrace it!
Nothing that happens AROUND US should be compared with what should be happening WITHIN US!
Thank you pastor. May this word become my reality.
Sir , how do u combat the flow of thought that constantly come. And how do u different that some thought are from the Spirit
By sieving such thoughts the with the word of God or by weighing it on the scale of what scriptures say about it (what is written concerning such thought or issue)
Also, most thoughts that come from the Spirit always come at a cost to your carnal preferences or to the carnal mind. The Spirit is always at war against the flesh (and vice versa).
Another litmus test to ascertain the source of a thought is to ask what would be the response of an unbeliever (or carnal believer) to such a thought? Our response should mostly be to the contrary (to theirs)