Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 67

Dearly Beloved,

The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.

1.     When, despite all the odds of this present life, what consoles us daily is more of the acquisition of God’s power/life, then the devil may accuse us but can’t successfully use economic pressures, cares and uncertainties, disappointments, deferred hopes or even unanswered prayers, to harass us. Blessed is that man who has journeyed to that place where what constrains him is the love of Christ. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord, for they are on course to ultimately inherit eternal life (Rom. 8:35, 2Cor. 5:14, Ps. 114:15).

2.    Times when we feel we can’t get the Lord to address our pressing desires or prayers, are times when He wants to use such occasion, among others, to stretch our threshold of patience and enlighten our darkness. That is when the Lord gets our attention like He never has, so He can reveal the true state of our souls to us, and get us to know Him intimately, and also enlighten us on the conversations (walk) that fashioned Him to become the Christ and to ultimately become the Son (fullness) of God. So blessed are we when we can employ the seeming delays and denials of life, to shed/trade our former life, for a brand new or eternally enduring one.

3.     One of the victories that the consistent unveiling/teaching of Christ promises to offer us, is an empowerment that enables us to forget the things that are past (behind), be it good (i.e. victories) or bad (i.e. failures), because we need every resource of our soul to seek Christ until we possess purified eyes/heart that can gradually begin the sighting comprehension of God (Phil. 3:13, Matt. 5:8). Nothing can weighs negatively on our ability to focus on our tomorrow or future, like our ignorance and even our past, whether favorable or not. We must be quick to give to God the spoils of our victories, and also quick to forgive ourselves and bury the pains of the past.

4.     While learning Christ, one of the frank truths that would dawn on us is that we weren’t actually looking for God until the enlightenment of the Faith of the Son unveiled to us what seeking God really means and entails. Because we lacked or still lack the eyes/judgment fetched only while walking by Christ’s Faith, what we sought/seek, even in the name of the Lord, are things that the sight of our eyes could comprehend or things outside what God really represents or expects (Ps. 14:2, Isa. 11:3). Anything we sought or can seek with unenlightened eyes, can’t lead us to the Lord, howbeit to God, though it may include the goal of “making it to heaven” (Eph. 1:18, Acts 26:18, Jn. 14:2-3).

5.    The greatest hope that a believer can/should have today, is that of inheriting God’s life or of bringing it into his flesh (Tit. 1:1-2/3:7, Rom. 5:2b). The greatest lifetime thanksgiving that should accompany this, is concerning the opportunity given to us to hear the voice of the Son of God on this so great inheritance. The absence of these is a proof of the presence of the hope of this world, which has given room to sin, to rob many of the freedom from idols and from ultimately coming into the fellowship of the Father, even as many as have a wrong attitude to the doctrine of Christ (2Cor. 6:16-18, 2Jn. 1:9).

6.     Every thought that is conceived by, or that originates from self or from the heart of a natural man, is unrighteous and therefore wicked or self-seeking in nature, however good or legitimate looking it is (Gen. 3:5-6, Jer. 17:9). It is governed by a light outside the light of God’s life, even a light called darkness (Jn. 3:19, Matt. 6:23b-c). Every inspired thought that originates from the formation of Christ in us, is powerful in nature – to the degree of that formation of Christ in us. Self in us or our narrow minded hearts, always react when the Lord orchestrates seasons to purge us of such. It fights not to let go of many vain pillars it holds unto, and it takes the good fight of faith to prevail against it.

7.     No man can successfully overcome his first and foremost enemy, even this world, without consistently despising every self-seeking thought that constituted his first nature, or those pursuits/values that limits Christ from being formed in us. Overcoming here entails being empowered by the gospel of Christ, even via the feasts of Christ’s Faith that peaks with Charity (2Cor. 10:5c, 1Tim. 1:5). No man can despise the god of this world or disown the imaginations that limits men from laying down their lives or that can limit even a son of faith from loving like Father Abraham foreshadowed on mount Moriah, who hasn’t received increased strength from God, by which we are called to engage and endure the soul-saving dealings of God’s love that leads to perfection (Jn. 12:25, Col. 1:10c-11).

8.     We can’t truly be at peace with God as we ought, if we haven’t journeyed to a place where we are at peace with men, or if our eyes haven’t been made single while placing them on the commandments warehoused in Christ, or if we haven’t traded with the sights that God’s righteousness has to offer us regarding the walk/conversations that raised Jesus to become the Christ (Heb. 12:14, Rom. 5:1, Matt. 6:22). The feasts of Christ’s Faith therefore peaks at Charity, and can positions us as a perfect man in Christ or empower us with a new nature or with a purified heart that isn’t easily provoked, forebears long, envies not, vaunts not itself, seeks not his own, thinks no evil of others, and is therefore truly at peace with God (1Tim. 1:5, Eph. 4:13c, 1Cor. 13:4-7).


Tayo Fasan


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