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 57
1. There is no way under heaven that believers can become whom the Lord is calling them to be without becoming as wise as serpent and as harmless as dove, and there is no way we can have these attributes of overcomers without being dead or fully separated from the nature that makes us take thought for our lives. The counsels/commandments of the Lord are non-negotiable; and by our response to them, He determines who really we are or what we love above what He loved/loves, and also called us to love (Matt. 10:16).
2. To prove who a believer really is or to determine what we love and to what degree we do; or to know where our hearts or treasures lie, the Lord simply needs to approve of some trials of faith where He would checks how we respond to things seen (present) and to things unseen (Jn. 16:13-15, Heb. 11:27). Heaven likes to know the choices we would make under certain temperature or pressure; and if we will choose to follow them at seasons, when like Job and our Lord Jesus, our rights are unattended to or when God seems untraceable (Job 13:15).
3. Have you seen a believer who despises the command of the Lord not to take thoughts for His life or for tomorrow, he will have a lot in common with unbelievers or with ungodly men; even daily conversations that would displease the Father. He will deny himself of using such a blessed prescription of the Lord to morph and become a sheep; and ultimately a lamb that can follow the Lamb of God until he sits on God’s throne.
4. When the Lord can’t succeed in and out of season to teach/train a believer on the lifelong syllabus of “how not to take thought for tomorrow or for his life”, or can’t wean him from his former walk by the Faith that resides in Christ Jesus, such a believer won’t gain the much needed entrance or partake of his lots in the New Testament. He would remain a stranger to the first blessing/rest called life (righteousness) and godliness, and to the last rest that should have seen him inherit God’s salvation/divine nature (Ps. 24:3-5, Matt. 11:28, 2Pet. 1:3-4)
5. Whenever we disobey the counsel of the Lord not to take thought for our lives or for tomorrow, we will be faced with a pool of divers hopes and unrest that always accompany what we are taking thought for; even a hope that can be influenced by this world, that always comes at the expense of the hope of the gospel or of eternal life. All of such hopes are prone to being deferred, to making our hearts sick and to, unlike the gospel’s, leaving its subscribers confounded/ashamed (Matt. 6:34, Job 14:14, Rom. 4:18, 5:1-5)
6. One primary commandment the devil disobeyed before his fall was that he took thought for His life (Ps. 103:20, Eze. 28:15-18). One primary commandment that our Lord Jesus kept until He finished His course at Gethsemane was that of taking no thought for His life or for tomorrow (Matt. 26:42, Jn. 5:20). One of the most ignored daily commandments among believers, whether popular or unpopular, is that of taking thoughts for their lives or for tomorrow; and nothing fuels our independence from God’s governance like this habit (Matt. 6:24-33, Lk. 12:13-34)
7. There are additions that heaven can’t bring our way, even things concerning our natural and spiritual lives/destiny, if they can’t get us to take our eyes off things that our carnal nature feeds on or things that get us anxious and fearful. So, we delay the Lord’s desire to bring increase our way because He won’t do so at the expense of what would help our souls to inch closer to being saved. If He truly is Lord over our lives, it has to be at His terms (Isa. 28:16, Jas. 4:1-4)
8. The dominion over sin is a dominion over thoughts we fall prey to because of what we openly or secretly, knowingly or unknowingly love, even this world (Jas. 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17). So if we don’t have victory by the minute over our thought life or if we don’t know how to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, we can’t complete the first lap of journey that should birth Christ in us, neither can we from thence proceed to the last lap that should birth God’s very nature in us (2 Cor. 10:3-5)
9. Unrighteousness is a large mass of thoughts designed for everyone who wants to keep or seek his own life or his own interests in this present life, which always comes at the expense of the life God is offering him. It is the count or expression of life outside Christ or every thought outside what God’s righteousness reveals; one that opposes everyone that wants to stop the habit of taking thoughts or his life or for tomorrow (Isa. 55:7-9).
10. When a believer has grace to love or do good to those who can pay back or reciprocate such gestures, he has hardly started. But if his heart would ever be enlarged and blessed enough to be a blessing to nations or to those tied to his loins spiritually, he will have to learn to love and serve (on behalf of the Lord), those who can’t pay him back or who can’t reciprocate such gestures, including those who would despitefully use him while doing so (Matt. 5:44-48, Lk. 14:12-14, 2Cor. 6:3-10)