The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. To have a heart after God is to have a heart that fights other alternative plans for life – if God doesn’t show up; plans that would always compete with or limit us from truly looking up to God and not to men (Gen. 16:1-4, 1Sam. 13:8-11, Ps. 73:25-26, Jer. 17:5-8). Such a heart is always well-watered with a cry for mercy; a cry that the cares of this present life might interrupt but can’t puncture; a cry that would cause us to fetch new songs of deliverance or salvation (Ps. 32:7, 40:1-3/118:14).
2. The Lord loves to move in mercy over our lives and cause a change of spiritual season or climate over us; but He firstly has to expose an activity of darkness that has been feeding known and unknown sins in us (Eph. 5:11-14). He keeps shining light (truth) upon us; hoping we would go against our darkness and, someday, commit to a lifetime of seeking His mercies until we become new owners of His life (Jude 1:21, Rom. 2:7, 1Jn. 5:12). As we thoroughly repent of our ways: the stronghold(s) of sin in us gets weakened, and we would also appreciate in our anger against sin or habits that feed it (2Cor. 7:10-11).
3. One way we can appraise new victories or growth in the Spirit is when we are dead or unresponsive to things, cares and or thoughts that we were previously alive to; or when we are separated from things that used to bother us or disturb the peace of our hearts (2Cor. 10:5c-6). This amounts to being separated from a sphere of ignorance or darkness; or to overcoming an activity of unbelief; having conceived the word of truth concerning some life issues. A new trust in God is born; and we can then naturally believe things we once struggled to believe.
4. One main job description of the power of darkness is to ensure we don’t get to know or see the true state of our souls! To break this yoke, we need to take upon ourselves, the yoke called the power of God (Christ), which would usher us into the path of righteousness; where our soul would be turned from darkness to light, and our sins remitted (Ps. 23:3, Acts 26:18e/Eph. 1:7, 1Jn. 2:12). This is how we can inherit the name (Faith) of the Son of God, or bring the conversations of that faith (power) – into our flesh (Acts 26:18e, Matt. 28:19d, Gal. 2:20).
5. Whenever the enlightenment of the gospel invades our hearts or journeys into the recesses of our hearts, we would begin to see ourselves, men and also see things differently. We would appreciate in our reverence for the commandments of the Lord, for the leading of the Spirit and we would be better equipped to disobey this world and would live supernaturally.
6. Many be they that will hear the true publications of God’s own life; even of the good tidings that can make a soul good in God’s sight, but few be that will esteem it: more than their necessary food; above their previous walk and thereby seek it in a way that it can be found (Job 23:12, Matt. 7:14). Few be they whom the Lord would be able to make His prisoners, change their taste bud and also train to seek first a life and dominion that has been hid in Christ. Few be those – who like David – won’t explain away the need to commit to the demands that accompany seeking the word of righteousness; who would sheepish follow it until it becomes the central or sole pursuit of their souls.
7. Every man who had a romance with this world or that ever loved her things, partook of a false sense of peace or security that can only be exposed when their boats are rocked. No man can imagine how refreshing the peace Jesus came to give – really is, or sleep like a baby would in a stormy season of life, except his waters (initial soulish arrangement) have been troubled (Jn. 14:27). So, blessed is that believer whom the Lord comes to rock his boat; to expose his fears and to shake things in his soul that can be shaken. He would see the true state of his soul and realise he wasn’t really in possession of it (Heb. 12:27, Lk. 21:19).
8. Becoming truly spiritual or having a nature that is born out of the prophetic life in Christ is a blessed expectation made available under the New Testament economy for believers (1Cor. 14:37). Falling short of this expectation of the Godhead is a choice that is mostly born out of our attitude to the commandments of the Lord – firstly through His servant (Paul), who placed an emphasis on the Faith He authored and authorised for use in mortal flesh, so we can hate the world and love the Father (1Jn. 2:15-16). We won’t be given the opportunity to face or confront a fallen prophet (the devil), without firstly using this Faith to confront or overcome the world (1Cor. 14:37, Gal. 2:20, 1Jn. 2:15 or 5:4-5).
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