Looking Inward and Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 79

Dearly Beloved,

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

1.    Biology tells you that you are unique; that you have a dentition and fingerprint that no one on earth has. The Lord tells us (believers) that we are unique and in possession of a soul that – if fully built up – can become a habitation for Himself and the Father (Isa. 66:1-2, Jn. 14:23, Eph. 2:20-22). But as long as we don’t understand the import of such truths, the devil can also deceive us by telling us we are unique; or counsel us to seek to be unique or independent – like he once successfully did with angels of the first or second heaven, and with king Adam.

2.    There is no way our motive in life can be right, if – unlike God – our motivation in life isn’t to ultimately make known God’s power and glory (Exo. 9:16, Ps. 106:8, Isa. 43:7, Matt. 6:13e). Every inferior or vain pursuit of our souls is always accompanied by an inferior motive that would somehow drive this world and birth conversations that are vain in the Lord’s sight (1Pet. 1:18). But as we frequently ruminate on the instructions of righteousness in the epistles, we would place our motive in check and also place a limitation on our flesh; even the devil (2Tim. 3:16-17).

3.    Those who really enjoy the power-backed lifestyle of the Christian faith are those who die to sin daily and thereby naturalize with the wisdom of taking no thought for tomorrow (1Cor. 15:31, Matt. 6:34). Their immunity from corruption stems from living on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father (Job 23:13, Matt. 4:4). They are constantly at war with their sinful nature; and do so by striving to place the dictates of their spirit above that of their natural mind (1Cor. 9:25-27, Gal. 5:16-25). By their unflinching resolve to obey the Father’s commandment that all nations (souls) should obey His Son’s Faith, they are destined to make a slave out of sin (Rom. 6:19-22 or 16:25-26).

4.   One thing that the power of God would always do (when consistently administered through the revelations of the gospel) is to birth or ignite in us, the very meditations concerning the new man (Christ) who alone can inherit God’s glory (Rom. 1:16b, Acts 26:18c, Col. 1:27). It conveys inspirations that always go against every inferior or contrary meditation of ours that shouldn’t be admitted into our hearts for a minute (Eph. 4:27). It also helps us to discern and arrest thoughts that don’t emanate from above and it kindles upon our hearts, the musings of Christ’s faith that help to drive away or neutralize the activities of lusts or wishful thinking (2Cor. 10:5c, Jn. 8:23).

5.    Whenever the Lord is dealing with us as unto spiritual, the way and pace in which He approves of additions around this present life changes and becomes subject to us coming to terms with the commandments governing such things: be it a spouse, job, house or things or goods. Then, waiting on Him – and not for things – becomes the new clause to be applied before approving of many natural additions, because that is how we can be purged of the world and also amass more of (His) life (1Cor. 2:6, Jn. 12:50). Otherwise, we would end up falling short of being raised into a new man called Christ; who alone can look unto God for eternal salvation or perfection (Tit. 2:13, Heb. 6:1b/10:14). 

6.    Anxieties are thoughts or cares; which, when not laid down at the Lord’s feet, would cause men to age in their soul (Prov. 12:25, 1Pet. 5:7). They are born and nursed (at the cost of the peace of our hearts and mind) whenever we carelessly take thought for our lives or for tomorrow, or when we make a long term carnal or spiritual goal into a short-term goal (Phil. 4:6-7, Matt. 6:25). Through it, the resources of our souls get clogged up and our mind gets engaged in wasteful meditations. Days, months, years and decades have been either wasted or un-maximized as a result of this home-grown soul disease (Ps. 103:3).

7.    There is a refreshing adventure and a gain that our souls can’t experience in seasons when we haven’t hoped for eternal life (Tit. 1:1-2). Such are the seasons when the hope for things (that would pass away with time) or for legitimate aspirations that we can share in common with unbelievers or carnal believers, remains a strong competition to the true hope for man’s soul (1Tim. 4:8). But as the eyes of our heart gets truly enlightened, we would begin a journey that should see us adventure the righteousness, peace and joy of God’s Kingdom; and, thereby, truly enjoy life – in its truest meaning (Eph. 1:18, Jn. 3:5).

8.    When the weight upon (or meditation of) our heart is such that always considers what people are thinking (or would think) about us, rather than what has the Lord has said; we are still earthly or carnally minded. By so doing, many live in the thoughts of others; in futility, they try to please themselves and or men, rather than the Lord. Lack of proper milk (faith in the Lord Jesus) or of submission to the demands of the next meal (meat-faith or Christ) is a proven root-cause of this, and the balm for such soulish infirmities remains present in the introductory or main curriculum of the gospel or doctrine of Christ (Isa. 28:9, 1Cor. 3:1-2).


Tayo Fasan


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