The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. Following Jesus includes following His footsteps that saw Him use: the warmth; imperfections; weaknesses; forwardness; wickedness and folly of different men to grow up spiritually and then divinely; such that He became the Christ and then the Son of God (Lk. 2:52, Matt. 16:16). It entails following the same commandments that governed His relationships with all men: His parents; clients; relatives; friends or disciples or strangers, and most importantly – His enemies (Matt. 5:44). As long as we are unlike Him in this regard, we can’t claim to be following Him or to be spiritually growing up (Eph. 4:15, 2Pet. 3:18).
2. The more free we are from anxieties or from taking thoughts for tomorrow, the more free we are to expressly fetch fresh promptings from the Spirit of God; and the freer we would be to live in God’s sight or to live by His power – like truly powerful men really do (Matt. 6:34, 2Cor. 13:4). Divers things have been arranged by the world to daily birth anxieties in us so that our hearts would always lack perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). Anxieties accompanies most search for breakthroughs; and can secretly latch unto even our desire for spiritual growth or for a new spiritual season. Through it, we take thoughts for all sorts, and activate the world daily. (1 Tim. 6:8-12, 1 John 2:15-17)
3. Most thoughts that trouble us or cause us to lose our peace or that make most men to hustle in life and ministry are in themselves, empty. They have no expression or form of reality in the realm of truth (light)! They are either born: while our minds are toiling in realms outside truth; or while our cares become the meditation of our hearts. Such thoughts always ferment when we make a ministry out of seeking our own thing, which always comes at the expense of the peace that accompanies the seeking of the things of others (Phil. 2:2-4).
4. We can’t address our indebtedness to our generation or prove to it that this world is a big well-fed fat lie, except we can use or faithfully handle unrighteous mammon and the things of this world – in a way that unbelievers and carnal believers can’t. The light in the epistles remains our only guarantee of freedom from the grip of money and from the influence of the arrangement of this world. By it, we would learn how to selflessly use vanity; how to use it to fetch reality or how we can use it to trade out known and unknown darkness in our souls.
5. There is a wholesome and wholesale fellowship with God’s life that actually or primarily starts after a deadly blow has been dealt to corruption; after incorruption has been sought with our very life or after we have – through the Faith to Faith route – escaped from its sphere of influence (Isa. 4:1-2, 2Cor. 5:1-4). Heaven expects us to employ the program of wisdom in the Faith of the Son of God, for our deliverance from the hands or reach of our enemy (2Tim. 3:15, Lk. 1:71-74). Through it, we can live above its reach, grow out of its sight and also acquire the liberty to seek God’s divine nature (2Pet. 1:3-4).
6. The day Heaven chooses to expose the secret of their life or nature to a believer is the day they assume oversight over his or her case. That believer would end up having no tenable excise for falling short of their offer of living like Christ did; and, thereby, inheriting God’s throne. So, as many today – who are being policed via the dealings or the leading of the Spirit of the Lord (which is meant to culminate in the leading of the Spirit of God) – are as many as should be born as the sons of God (2Cor. 3:17-18, Rom. 8:14). The sin of assumption, above all, has limited us from getting and aligning our priorities aright; from diligently keeping the commandments that should regulate and birth us into Christ and God (Pro. 16:9, 1Jn. 5:1/18).
7. No believer, whom heaven hasn’t policed or discipled by the Spirit through God-raised men; or who haven’t learnt to be content with God’s promise or offer of His life, can ever truly desire the Kingdom or have his sins remitted or peradventure gain the least measure of entrance into it (Jn. 3:5-8, 1Cor. 1:22-23) Every biblical great (including Hebrew 11 faithful) were all policed by heaven; and some (like John the Baptist, Samuel etc.) from their teenage years. The devil carries out his policing through the lustful spirit of this world, while the Lord carries out His, through the spirit of faith, love and of a sound mind (1Cor. 2:12, 2Tim. 1:7).
8. A dead man: has no rival; no competitor, and, amongst others, isn’t bothered whether his estate is being well managed or not. He is simply dead to a realm and alive to another! He can no more take thought for his life, but – like Jesus – can only do one thing; nothing (Jn. 5:19/30). This was why our Lord Jesus’ could of Himself do nothing, because through His obedience to the curriculum of life; even of Faith and Love in God, He became separated from or dead to this world and to the god of this world. This was how and why His life (walk) remained a mystery to sin and death; and this is how ours also can be. (Heb. 2:9-10, 5:8-9)
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