The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. The true gains of the previous year in the sight of the Lord are things that imparted on the state of our souls; even things that are incomparable with what the ungodly can brand as gain (Isa. 55:10-11, Mal. 3:18). They are the gains that accompanies being godly and content with the promise of eternal life (1Tim. 6:6, Tit. 2:12-13). The Lord like never before, is set to favour the stones of Zion with another allocation of enduring gains, even with new entrance(s) into His Kingdom that would be administered to as many souls (stones) who would press further and keep His commandments (Ps. 102:13, 2Pet. 1:5-11). For some, that, among others, would include being meek enough to be despised by men and praying for all men like they never really did (Lk 6:27-30, 1Thes. 5:18, 1Tim. 2:1-4).
2. When the gospel of the kingdom can’t unlock the best of our passion, or earn the finest devotion of our hearts, or have the best investment of our resources, then something else that is inferior has quietly done so at, unfortunately at a cost to our souls! Such things are the idols of men’s soul, supervised by the god of this world. They are things that ultimately limit men from coming under God as a god, judge or a son of God (Lk. 16:13, Ps. 82:1, Dan. 7:22). The gospel would be responsible for closing this age and for unveiling eternity, so now is the time to look for it – with our all, and like we never truly have (Matt. 24:14, 2Pet. 3:13, Mk. 12:30).
3. We can only become prosperous in time and eternity like our Lord Jesus, by excelling in the art and act of keeping the commandments that govern all relationships; be it between a husband and a wife, a master and a servant, friends and enemies, the young and old, the rich and poor, saints and brethren, or with those in positions of authority (Lk. 2:52, Eph. 5:21-6-5, 1Tim. 2:1). There is no better shortcut to attaining prosperity in our souls like keeping the laws of God constituted in Christ Jesus (Ps. 19:7-11, 3Jn. 1:2). Also, nothing exposes and helps us overcome unknown loads of offense within or dismembers the laws of sin in us, like hearkening to God-given, Spirit-inspired commandments (Ps. 119:165).
4. For believers to journey to a place where they don’t lack a constant cry before the Lord, concerning their desire to know and serve Him in greater capacities, is a sign of being blessed with a measure of Christ (Ps. 24:6, 27:4. 63:1-8). However, when the Lord seems not to respond to our selfless-looking prayers/cry, it’s because those prayers aren’t really as selfless as we think or they are lacking in some components of His will. He has much more in store for us than we anticipate; and requires some more patience from us to perfect the process of bringing it to pass. So before we reach our breaking point, our cry mustn’t lack the anthem “Lord, not my will but thine”, lest we may constrain Him to give us what we want and, thereby, settle for much less than what He has (Prov. 20:18, Matt. 6:10, 26:39, Jas. 4:1-3).
5. A believer does not really come into a working knowledge of the person/essence of Christ or of the secrets that raised Jesus to become the Christ, just because he is born again, studious or zealous. There must be an activity of God’s mercy to share His secrets with as many that would gather unto His Son’s name, in places where He is consistently being lifted from the earth (Rom. 9:16; Jn. 12:32). It’s a lifetime honour to truly know Christ! It promises to make sin cease to be a master and become a slave; it prepares us to engage seasons ahead where death would be become a prey; even a monstrous hunter that would be hunted down by overcomers (1Cor. 15:54, Rom. 5:21, Prov. 9:1-2, Rev. 12:11).
6. Many have anointed excuses that limit them from getting their God-ordained life-priority right; or from truly seeking first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness (Lk. 14:16-20, Matt. 6:33). Many are still under the spell of this world; of an appealing ancient worldly tree (life) that led to Adam being walked out of Eden; a spiritual system that operates smoothly in Churches, installed while souls adventured its pleasures, which are designed to limit men from accessing the life of God (Rev. 17:1-6/19:3/11-14). Many have, like Solomon, only realised in their old age, the true colour of vanity and what it has done to their souls (Lk. 17:28, 1Cor. 10:7). Paul therefore counselled, “Is there any man among you that seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise” (1Cor. 3:18).
7. One crucial hour when the formation of Christ takes place in us is while waiting on or holding unto the actual word of Faith, in the face of lingering contradictions, pressures and seemingly unanswered prayers (Ps. 119:71). It is this formation that would make us wiser than our enemies, empower us to respond to the devil according to what has been written in our heart during such trying moments; and, therefore, cause us to prevail against the gates of hell or against their wiles/schemes to get us to deny the faith (Ps. 119:98, Rev. 2:13d).
8. The word of (Christ’s) faith, when preached like the early apostles did, would help us understand the anatomy of Christ (Rom. 10:8). Through it, we are to keep fetching the counsels of God’s righteousness that would align the confessions of our mouth with that of our heart. So by the grace of God, we would be prevailing like never before this year, from (one lesson of) faith to (another lesson of) faith, until our conversations align with that of the new man (Christ) or until we are born of God (Rom. 1:17/10:9-10, 1Jn. 5:1a). We are a generation being offered the honour to do (the works of) righteousness; even in Christ, so we can ultimately do (the works of) salvation, or of a saved soul, or of a soul that has inherited God (1Jn. 2:29, Jn. 6:28, Rev. 2-3).
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