The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter various thoughts, in the course of another blessed day.
Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 46
1. One painful reality that is known to angels and to the Godhead, but unknown to most believers over generations, is the act of taking far too little out of trying times and seasons, or of not truly profiting with a trial of faith which is always meant to birth something enduring and eternal in us (Jam. 1:3-4, Heb. 10:34). This is mostly because, like the children of Israel in the wilderness, our eyes are focused on the wrong things or on something less and inferior; on things inferior that won’t adorn our hearts to a place where we can partake into the adoption of the Kingdom called praise, honor and glory (1Pet. 1:7, Rom. 8:6).
2. For believers who have been called to seek and receive the life of God (Christ); and to thereby seek to lay hold on eternal life, the Lord in His mercy and wisdom won’t answer some of their selfless looking, bible referenceable prayers—as long as the answer to such prayers won’t help them humble themselves to a place where they would attain the meekness of Christ or the meek and lowly heart of the Father (Jn. 20:31, Phil. 1:12, Matt. 11:28-29).
3. The same pull that Adam fell for is the same pull before us all today; even that of settling for that which outwardly looks less demanding and promising – from a worldly point of view. So the Faith of the Son; even the faith that leads to the tree of life – was designed to empower us to take our eyes off the things and off glories hyped by this world – like our Lord Jesus did. Only then can we truly place our eyes on the on the commandments that emanates from the tree of life (Christ Jesus), and live (Matt. 4:3-10, Lk. 4:3-12).
4. The laws of sin and death would continue to feed fat on our fears of tomorrow, as long as we haven’t been equipped by the Faith of the Son to take our eyes off men, off things and off ourselves. And until then, we won’t be able to live as free as the birds of the air do (Matt. 6:24-34, Gal. 2:20, Jn. 8:32).
5. Having the various definitions and a fair grasp of the person of Christ – is a good place to start. But it must be followed with commitments to keep learning Christ (like angels or Kings and righteous men old old would have) until we own Him (Matt. 13:17, Eph. 4:20). And only thereby would we truly learn and stop doing things at the expense of inheriting Him.
6. For a believer who has enrolled in the school of Christ’s Faith, being content with food and raiment means being content with the allocation of grace upon their natural affairs, so that they can focus on seeking to be godly above everything else. Without this approach and attitude, believers in this generation would end up being strangers to life in the spirit or to living by the dominion of grace (Isa. 4:1-2, 1Tim. 6:6-8).
7. When you see a believer or minister who once subjected his flesh to the leading of the Spirit of God, now kicking against the Faith or against the Way that Christ constructed over three decades of unblemished walk, he must have been offered an irresistible relief package after taking his eyes off the Faith or off Christ. He must have succumbed to well packaged thoughts and images of tomorrow, which always come from the tree (promise) without life.
8. When we wholeheartedly commit to the life that the Faith of the Son offers, we would face quiet reactions from believers, relatives and even ministers – as long as Christ hasn’t become the passion of their soul, or as long as overcoming this world and it’s god hasn’t become their primary goal in life (2Tim. 3:12, Heb. 10:32-33).
9. One thing that fights the first and last prophecy in the New Testament called Christ’s Faith and God’s love, is the false prophecy called sin and death. The latter, like the roaring of a lion, always inspires fear. But the former, which is actually from the roarings of the lion of the tribe of Judah, always inspires men to receive the dividends of life called power, love and a sound mind; through which we would confront known and unknown fears, or cast them out (1Jn. 4:18).
10. Almost all believers would initially wrestle to adjust to the Spirit-led lifestyle that accompanies the Faith of the Son of God, until they come to terms with it or are at peace with the demands of this Faith. But as we do so, we’ll realize that this faith is actually a heavenly profession that can be brought into our daily conversations; one that empowers men to judge all things from the point of view of a spiritual man; Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 2:15).
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