The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter various thoughts from conversations under the sun, on another blessed day.
Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Christ’s Faith) – Part 41
- To journey to a place where we become friends of God, we have to, like Father Abraham, gain mastery of the art of taking our eyes off ourselves like he did when he considered not the state of his body or the deadness of Sarah’s womb; we also have to keep our eyes off men and their worldly expectations from us like he did with those who wondered how he was the father of many nations, and also keep our eyes off things – like he did when he dwelt in tents with his family. (Rom. 4:17, Heb. 11:8-10).
- Men desire and plan to give bountifully to the Lord, or to serve and partake of His grace and anointing; but hardly do men, unlike the Lord Jesus, earnestly desire, plan and use every opportunity to work towards becoming meek at heart.
- Any season of life where a believer falls short of desiring to appreciate in meekness and lowliness, is a season when and where coming to God has failed to be his priority. By not intensely seeking to be meek and lowly, we are seeking something far too less and inferior, and many have realised this when they got to heaven.
- No man can possess his soul, or do what pleases the Lord, if he hasn’t added patience to his faith, or if he hasn’t been brought into unfamiliar seasons, where, like Father Abraham, his soul is trained to hold unto words that flow ceaselessly from his spirit, while not necessarily knowing what God is up to or when He would show up. (Lk. 21:19, Col. 1:10, Heb. 10:36).
- We have memorized and recited Ps. 23 off hand, but unknown to many, in those verses are the experiences that should culture us into Christ’s image. In it is the roadmap of our pilgrimage into God; even the experiences and comfort of the person of the Holy Ghost, Son, and of the Father, which would ultimately give birth to the people of God. (Ps. 23)
- To set the soul of a believer free from the world is no joke! It entails fighting the same forces that have taken an oath to limit men from apprehending God’s life; or wrestling with fallen spirits that our Lord Jesus and His apostles fought before coming to a place of oath taking to keep God’s life (Acts 20:23-24).
- The Way that leads to Christ’s life, even into the economy of God’s power, has always been narrow because it never entertains the natural man, or his carnal conversations, or his previous manner of life. Rather, it trains us to keep confronting our ways and weighing our thoughts, until we become free enough to put on the new man – Christ Jesus. (Matt. 7:14, Eph. 4:20-24)
- No believer can conquer the world without, without firstly discerning and then conquering the world within him; without conquering the alien life within him that quietly rules his soul. So by always being busy with all sorts without us, and not quietly waiting on or learning the person of truth whom alone can give us dominion over this world, we actually fall pray of a scheme designed by the world. (Jn. 8:32)
- One proof that the hope of eternal life (God) is being well painted to us, or that the hope of this world is being daily displaced in our soul- is that, we would be content living a quiet and peaceable life. And we would rather esteem a lifestyle where the life and peace in Christ is always on the increase. (Tit. 1:1-2, 1Tim. 2:2, 2Pet. 1:3/5-7).
- Some go through tough times, yet remain focused and cheerful because they can see ahead of time, how tangible their expectation is, either in this world or in God. Not all expectations are truly precious and incorruptible; but when it is, it is always kept out of the sight and reach of men. (1Pet. 1:3-8, 1Cor. 4:9-13)
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