The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. God the Father reserves the right to, and His infinite wisdom, won’t allow some believers come into any substantial material increase because it’s clear to Him that, like the young rich man, they won’t keep the commandments meant to enable them secure a good foundation called Christ thereby, and therefore would fall short of laying hold on eternal life (Matt. 19:22-24, 1Tim. 6:19). Some would be snared and become high minded, others would keep hoarding things (goods) until they end up trusting in uncertain riches. So, for all such believers, it is safer in God’s sight for their souls not to miss the Kingdom because of financial increase/prosperity (Matt. 6:19, 1Tim. 6:17).
2. While coming to God or seeking to give Christ His rightful abode in our hearts, we would face clouds of discouragements that can stop the fight of faith; clouds that are pregnant with fears, anxieties and unbelief; clouds that would only disappear when the only thing we can do is to hold unto the faith (Heb. 11:6, 1Tim. 1:19, 1Pet. 1:9).
3. One of the most difficult things for a believer to do at some critical season of life is to, like father Abraham, believe in hope against hope or to keep believing when the dividends of doing so would take many years to come forth; or to dare to always trust the Lord when all the odds are against doing so, even when the devil is using all he can lay hold on to fight them from continuing (Jer. 17:7-8, Ps. 40:4). But blessed are those who always rise after each fall – by the spirit of faith – and dare to become all that God has called them to be, even sons of God (Prov. 24:16a). They would not only laugh last but also attain unto the fellowship of the Father, and their walk would be celebrated by the born and unborn generations (1Jn. 1:3) Selah.
4. God the Father knows the end of every man and gives to all an opportunity to know who they really are by bringing them into seasons of trials/pressure where they would either lose or gain life – by virtue of their attitude to the faith. By right responses, we would realize that the primary adventure for our soul is to look for or chase after God – like David once did (Ps. 33:4-6, Tit. 2:13, 2Pet. 3:13). By selfish responses that gratify our flesh and spare it of paying any price that would have shaken our carnal arrangement, we choose not to live by faith and to live after the flesh – thereby gradually dying or appreciating in being earthly (2Cor. 5:7, Rom. 8:13, Eze. 18:4).
5. The kingly natures of our flesh, even our carnal appetites, when brought under the searchlight of truth, would, like king Agar, always cry for mercy to be spared. It would offer us things we can’t resist if the eyes of our hearts aren’t well focused on the hope of the gospel or if we are not rooted and grounded, in a good measure, in the Faith that is in Christ Jesus (1Sam. 15:19-23, Col. 2:6-7). Our human nature thrives on the eyes that were wrongly opened or enlightened with darkness in Eden. So, rending those eyes blind is the goal of the epistles and this takes place as we feed our souls with the same commandments of life that the first Adam fell short of; or that the last Adam, Christ Jesus, fulfilled.
6. One key wisdom behind waiting on the Lord is to starve the carnal nature/earthly arrangement in our hearts and mind! By an enlightened resolve, we can wait on the Lord, even on truths that pertain to life and godliness; on matters tangible or intangible, little or great, personal or non-personal – until we can do nothing else but wait. Thereby, we would keep receiving His secrets, which would lead to the formation of a new man (Christ) in us. So, blessed is that man, who strives of himself to do nothing, whose frame has been tampered with – to put his spirit ahead of this mind (1Cor. 2:10-11)! He would trap and inherit things-to-come in his flesh, even truths that would see him journey into the Son and Father (Jn. 5:30, 2Jn. 1:1-6)
7. Our fleshy/carnal nature delights in being fed with no other delicacy like doing our own thing, seeking a course that isn’t primarily in the interest of others or building contrary to how and with what Christ was built. To checkmate this hourly trend and tendency, every believer must someday place a very high demand on the feasts of Christ, from that of His Faith until we can maturely handle the conversations of Charity, where the eyes of our hearts would be made pure enough to see/comprehend God like Christ kept doing until He became the Son of God (Matt. 5:8, Lk. 3:6, 1Pet. 1:22, Jn. 5:22).
8. The world passes away and the lusts thereof, and only those who have been built up by the word of His grace or who hold unto the mystery of faith can survive not passing away or perishing with it (Act. 20:32, 1Jn. 2:16-17, Jn. 3:16c, 2Cor. 4:4). Doing the will of God starts by doing what pleases Him or doing the works of Christ from faith to Charity, from whence we can attain fellowship with eternal life (1Tim. 1:5, Rev. 2:19). So, no man has done the will of God or pleased Him according to the New Testament economy, who hasn’t brought this faith into his flesh (Gal. 2:20). Hereby would we change from entities likable to the flower of the grass, into abiding beings like the stones of Zion, who, through the word of God, would endure forever and ever (1Jn. 2:15-17, 1Pet. 1:23-25).
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