Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 82

Dearly Beloved,

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

1.    The way and lifestyle of a spiritual believer is different from that of a carnal believer or of an unbeliever (1Cor. 2:14-16, 2Cor. 6:14-15). We can start up by sharing a lot in common with them, which in such seasons makes us carnal believers, but as we become born by the Spirit, we learn to live by the power of God (Christ), and we would journey to a place where we share nothing in common(2Cor. 6:14-18, Jn. 3:6). The Church was instituted to stop carnality; but, unfortunately, hasn’t been able to really do so. However, that order is gradually changing.

2.    The Lord Jesus actually expects every believer that isn’t ashamed of the gospel to go about walking in the obedience of the faith; in a manner that carries the spirit of the epistle: that affects the Church and inspires almost every carnal believer (that have crossed their paths) to get out of their disobedience. (2Cor. 7:8-11, Heb. 10:24). So, the indifference of a believer who has been exposed to the faith resident in Christ, comes at a cost/negative impact to himself and to others. It makes the Christian faith look like other religions because that indifference is a sign that our faith lacks power (1Cor. 1:18/2:5/4:20, 2Tim. 1:8).

3.    We are being unrealistic in our expectation(s), when we expect believers who aren’t at peace with themselves or those who are unserious or passive about the faith and love commandments – that always accompany every true ministration of the New Testament – to live at peace with us or with others. There is a peace that surpasses all human understanding; that causes known and unknown wars within to cease; and we can only partake of this peace as we seek, fetch and keep the commandments that usually accompany the true ministration of Christ and Him crucified (Ps. 46:9, 1Cor. 2.1-2).

4.    The faithful day that 3,000 believers believed in the early Church, 3000 carnally minded, spiritually unwise, fleshly-confident believers whose souls weren’t at peace with God (yet ordained to inherit God life) only believed but never knew whom they had believed in (Acts 13:48, 2Tim. 1:12c, Jn. 8:31-32). They were added to the Church (Acts 2:47) because heaven has instituted the Church, however weak she looks, as the only ground in the Spirit where truth should be taught, until men are baptized (immersed) with the name (essence or nature) of the Spirit, Son and Father; and thereby, inherit eternal life (1Tim. 3:15, Matt. 28:18).

5.    There are sufferings that are supervised by the Holy Spirit; that come against our carnal nature; which God has ordained for every New Testament believer that would ever cease from sin and inherit God’s life (1Pet. 4:1). Heaven approves of such experiences when a believer needs to be helped from his carnal status and given the new status of a new man called Christ. At such seasons, believers would not get what they want, when and how they want such things, because the Lord is busy behind the scene, teaching us to put away childish ways of thinking, understanding and speaking; so we can acquire an age in the Spirit called Christ, whom we need to relate with God (1Cor. 13:11, Tit. 2:12-13, Heb. 5:14).

6.    No believer, however long they have been around the Christian faith, or however gifted and anointed they are, can discern how to overcome the world, express the life in Christ or be content with becoming godly, who hasn’t been helped or blessed through the process whereby their carnal nature would be subjected to Spirit-supervised sufferings that cause Christ to be formed in a soul (2Pet. 1:5-7). No believer can afterwards have the honour of experiencing the sufferings of Christ that births a son of God or be crowned with the glory of God, who hasn’t bonded with the process that guarantees such (1Pet. 1:11/5:1).

7.    There is something that brethren of our Lord Jesus, even every believer who has consistently overcome the world in various contests, would have in common with one another. They would have a resume that is rich in sufferings that embossed or formed Christ in their souls. They would willfully embrace the dealings that would rid their souls of unknown lusts and pride, and their backs won’t lack “scars” that are usually received while warring with fallen spirits (1Pet. 1:6-7, Gal. 6:17, Eph. 6:11-12). Their initial sufferings will lead to the final sufferings of Christ that those who have become Christ must ensure; even those who have mounted Zion – who are engaging the final lap of obedience; where they would be made perfect (1Pet. 5:11, Heb. 5:8).

8.    Innocent children-at-heart grow to become adults-at-heart, the day or season when they are wrongly enlightened not to live a day at a time (like Adam and Eve were). Adults, who would become children in the Kingdom, would have to be taught in the righteousness of faith, to turn from or arrest and heal that wrong growth in them; until they can naturally or delightfully live a day at a time. They would have to, thereby, starve various cravings of their flesh, acquire a new age in the Spirit and journey back to a realm of life in God called ‘the beginning’ (Jn. 1:1, 1Jn. 1:1/2:13).

9.    To serve or love the Lord with all our hearts, mind, strength and might, means to do so with our life and thereby lay it down too, so we can fetch the life of Christ, which in turn should someday empower us to come into the fullness of that life or fetch the very life of God (Deu. 10:12, 2Pet. 1:3-4, Rev. 12:11). Doing otherwise would always lead to serving a sinful, earthly or corrupt life that leaves everyone who subscribers to it inheriting degrees of this world and disinheriting the Lord whom God offered man.


Tayo Fasan


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