The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter thoughts from various conversations under the sun, on another blessed day.
Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 55
1. In the eyes of the world or of worldly men, the likes of Moses, Abraham and our Lord Jesus were wasting their time in the course of the decades when they served men or submitted to God’s dealing over their lives, which was the crucible God used to make them meek. But unknown to such men, any exploit that will affect other generations involves such process of waiting/being faithful with the things of others. “The true test of the strength of a man is in his ability to wait,” says one of the wisest men I have ever met (Lk. 16:12, Prov. 19:2, Lk. 21:19).
2. The gospel has an ulterior motive, which is to expose every tie of friendship with this world in us, after which the Lord would watch our response to such revelations. A positive response from us will always lead to the creation of an enmity in us against the world, even in areas where we are unequally yoked with those who carry its lustful program. Only then would the enmity in us against the life in God be healed and only then would we truly become friends of God – like Abraham later became (Jam. 4:4/2:23, Rom. 8:7, 1Cor. 15:33).
3. The most accepted and most loved enemy by men in every generation is the world; and one bait it uses is the cares or things we use our eyes to carelessly caress or wander about until we unlock thresholds of uncontrollable desires in us. So a believer, however anointed and vast in the scriptures, who isn’t fetching the daily enlightenment surrounding the Faith of the Son of God, would only draw nigh unto the Lord with his lips but would remain a good prey for the world (Lk. 8:14, Matt. 15:8, 1Pet. 5:8).
4. When a believer finally decides to take seriously the keeping of commandments that surround the Faith of the New Testament and thereby begins the course of coming to God, the first reactions that the devil will use to fight back will come from things within him; from the laws of sin and death that arranges the world in men, or the ways and thoughts he acquired during his previous walk/romance with it (Heb. 11:6, 1Pet. 2:11, Eph. 2:3). Overcoming this will require him to count as a loss, things (habits/values) that previously was a gain to the world, so he can come into the gains of faith, even of life and godliness (1Jn. 3:18, Phil. 3:7-8, 2Pet. 1:3).
5. The world has a reputation for getting the best of man’s time and resources, even from as many as have a definition of life contrary to that which resides in Christ Jesus. It used various expressions and promises of greatness over centuries to create a system that makes men give God their spare time and resources until it met Christ Jesus, who demonstrated that the key to being truly great in time and eternity is by investing the best of our time and resources into the gospel of God, which will firstly beget Christ in you, and, in turn, enables us to (hope for or) love He that begot Him, even God (1Jn. 5:1a-b, Col. 1:27).
6. There are graces or blessings that God gives, even concerning our natural and spiritual endeavors; and He does so in accordance with His program to save our souls. There are also graces we are meant to come into, which we would fall short of if we have a wrong attitude to the commandments of Faith and Love in Christ Jesus, which are meant to govern various seasons and facets of our lives. We are where we are spiritually, and are holding the measure of life we have, because of the commandments we have or haven’t kept (Jn. 12:50).
7. What makes the devil wicked is not his ability to kill men physically but his ability to do so spiritually. It is his ability to keep separating men from life while making his victims enjoy the process and seasons of doing so. It is his possession of the power of darkness, through which men see darkness as light and death (or disobedience) as life (obedience), which leaves most men not living (by faith) for a day in God’s sight, while many who do otherwise don’t end up finishing their course of faith. It is his ability to cultivate a love for the world in men that empowered generations of believers to remain like a seed placed on a table, rather than in the soil. (Jn. 12:24).
8. To journey to a place where a believer realizes that the best thing he can do with the rest of his life or the best way he can deal with the works of the devil within; even the works of sin and death, is to truly offer it to the Lord by striving to keep the commandments that Christ kept while on earth. This is a fruit of the mercy of the New Testament and of the intercession of our great high priest, Christ Jesus (2Cor. 5:15).
9. What once made and still makes many believers carnal or sensual at any given season of life, is a conformation carried out by the world because of the absence of the Faith that should have gracefully repelled it away. Correcting this anomaly would lead to the gathering of our souls from every country where they have wandered to or were scattered to by the vain dainties of this world. Then would believers, like the prodigal son, regain possession of their minds and then their hearts and be received by the Father (Eze. 20:41, Jer. 23:1-8). Then would we realize that there is a difference between “promises” and “the promise”, “blessings” and “the blessing”, “an inheritance” and “the inheritance”, “an anointed life” (i.e. the world) and “the anointed life” (i.e. Christ) – Heb. 11:39-40, 1Jn. 2:25, Ps. 24:5a, Acts 26:18e.
10. 1Tim. 1:5 and 1Cor. 13:4-7, among others, give us the portrait of a believer who will come to the end of the commandment of faith; or one in whom Christ will be formed and received after journeying from faith to Charity – where our heart would be made pure, and our conscience made good or washed and sprinkled with life. Christ in us (His new nature) would enable us to: suffer long while receiving and giving life to men, envy no one ahead of us, seek the things or interest of others, think no evil – even of evil men and also unusually rejoice in the truth and in its furtherance (1Cor. 13:4-7).
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