Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 68

Dearly Beloved,

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

1. A carnal or earthly mind is resident in anyone who is more interested in the good things of this present life that God can give, rather than in the good of the gospel, even things with an eternal origin – that God wants to teach him and thereby cause him to ultimately inherit His nature/throne (Matt. 6:33, Tit. 2:11-13). Such a mind would remain carnal, as long as its affection/gaze remains on things on earth rather than on things above; or as long as it doesn’t allow the gospel to wean, enlighten, establish or redeem his/her soul from among men and from a corrupted earth (Isa. 28:9, Rom. 16:25, Rev. 14:3-4).

2.    Sin isn’t perturbed by any principle or thought that emanate from, or that can be understood by the academic world or by any other realm/sphere of influence whose reference is inferior to that of the principle of life and light found in Christ Jesus (Jn. 1:5). Sin, even this world, has a good record of how the best of principles and initiatives of men that aimed at helping or advancing the course of man/humanity, became a servant or tool in its hand; but it has no comprehension of the intelligence that runs faith that is in Christ Jesus. So if that faith is resident in us, then sin shouldn’t be able to predict or comprehend us. Selah (Eph. 3:17; Rom. 6:14, 1Cor. 2:7-8).

3.    One of the best places to find a true, enduring and rich love and social life is among communities of believers where the doctrine of men is no substitute for the doctrine/commandment of Christ. (Matt. 15:9, 2Jn. 1:1-6/2:1-6). A place where spiritual order is well acknowledged, where the goal of believing believers present is to seek things that are in the interest of others and to esteem others as better than themselves. Such are atmospheres where many can afford to have things in common, because unfeigned faith prevails (1Pet. 1:22, 1Tim. 1:5).

4.    No Christian gathering or environment under the sun, however intense the spectacular activities there are, can be free from a competitive spirit or from various degrees of malice and/or guile, and/or hypocrisies, and/or envies, and/or evil speaking, except one where teachings that bother on eternal life is being skillfully taught and embraced. We all fetched these soulish infirmities during our brief or protracted romance with the world and only by the feasts of faith even unto Charity, can we be cleansed and prepared for the fellowship of eternal life (1Pet. 1:22-2:1-2).

5.    What men/believers who are involved in the rat race on the earth – share in common, is a burden gifted or given to them by the world and not the Lord, some of which can be fetched from what we want to do for the Lord, though not called, prepared and duly equipped for such (Matt. 11:28-30, Jn. 6:28). The yoke and burden of the Lord is such that makes those who bear it while learning of Him, free from running every other race that carefully steal or wear out strength and life from the soul, until they possess back their soul in patience (Ps. 62:9, Lk. 21:19, Heb. 12:1d/6:12).

6.    One key to being free from the undue, ever increasing pressure or unachievable quest to please men and self is by coming into the realization that you are actually nobody in yourself, and that by amassing the life of Christ, you can become much more than what or who the world calls somebody (Gal. 6:3, 1Cor. 3:18). Christ is the man carrying God’s approval and eternal blessing, so the degree to which we have been tried and have partaken of His life and light, is the degree to which we have become precious in God’s sight (1Pet. 1:7).

7.    Anxiety can become a frequent unarmed robber of life and ultimately a quiet and deadly soul disease. It sets in whenever a believer despises the wisdom of living a day at a time, it has been responsible for the delay in conception by many women and also in many who are meant to have conceived in their soul, the knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2Pet. 1:8). By striving to be anxious for nothing, our souls begin to function properly and live in God’s sight. By frequently meditating on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and virtuous, even on the walk of Christ, we can be made free from this soul infirmity (Phil. 4:6-8).

8.    The beauty of gold or precious stones is seen/known when passed through fire. No fire, no beauty! In like manner, the actual beauty of the true Christian faith can only be seen/known, after our souls have passed through seasons of adversary, faith trials or of the leading of the Spirit – where we are purified from our spots, wrinkles and blemishes, and become sons of God (Eph. 5:27, Rom. 8:14). No Spirit-supervised trials, no beauty! More kingdom oriented trials, more beauty! Trials perfected – beauty perfected! Because the shinning forth of God would have been fully entertained, and a believer would have morphed into a soul state called praise, into honor and unto Glory (Ps. 50:2, 1Pet. 1:7). 


Tayo Fasan


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