Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 89

Dearly Beloved,

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

1.    There are thoughts that would trouble you as long as you are alive to them; as long as the commandments of faith and love governing them hasn’t been successfully kept or hasn’t fully separated us unto the Lord (Ps. 119:165). When such thoughts (about cares, our fears/ambition/successes or failures) linger on or aren’t cast down on time, they constitute weights upon our hearts; even such that would easily beset or limit us from walking where we have only been able to crawl, or running where we have only been able to walk, or – like eagles – soar in the Spirit where we have only been able to run (2Cor. 10:5, Heb. 12:1).

2.    There are well-dressed selfish thoughts that have a lot to say to us and about our future; thoughts that won’t leave us alone until we grow over them; even over the spirits regulating them, until we arrive at a place of peace where our mind would naturally rest on the Lord (Eph. 6:11-13, Isa. 26:3). By settling for the commandments of faith/love governing such temptations, we wrestle with the spirits supervising them; spirits with a resolve to stop our being built or our coming into the liberty that’s found only in Christ Jesus (Ps. 119:98). When we successfully arrest them all or take them as captives of Christ, the carnal nature/mind in us loses its grip over our lives and the mind of Christ would resurrect in replacement (2Cor. 10:5c, 1Cor. 2:16).

3.    One beautiful thing that the faith of the Son of God does, even as we keep the commandments that governs the Kingdom lifestyle of faith, is that: it helps us to discern and stop the intake of wrongly inspired thoughts and, also, stop the admittance of polluted thoughts that emanate from this world. It also goes ahead to purge us of corrupt thoughts that have already found their way into our souls, so we to escape their pollutions (2Pet. 2:20). The righteousness judgments surrounding this faith, also help us to undress all thoughts; to see through their motives and discern those that want to snatch life from us on one hand, while offering us worldly sweets/dainties on the other hand.

4.    The devil can, and has effortlessly used anything outside the promise of God’s life: to trouble the souls of men: to waste their time and resources, and to steal life from man; even things that are or look legitimate. But there is only one thing he has been clueless about, that gets him confused: the choice of a believer to be content – above all – with the promise of God’s life; even as many as make it their meditation all day long (Tit. 1:1-2, Ps. 119:97)! He loses his composure whenever we come to that same junction in the Spirit that Paul got to; where we chose to count all gains outside godliness as loss, while seeking to attain the fellowship of the Son/of God (Phil. 3:7-9).

5.    Nothing endears us to the Lord like our selfless response to thoughts that should have been fetched by Adam, from that blessed tree in Eden; and nothing separates us from God like our selfish response to those thoughts that once and still originates from that other worldly tree. Nothing fights/dismantles the wisdom of this world in men like the revelation of God’s righteousness; and nothing fights God’s righteousness (things) like the thoughts/things of man (Rom. 1:17, 1Cor. 2:11a). But as God’s righteousness becomes our daily mediation: this world would lose its value in our sight; the carnal life(style) in us would expire, and Christ would gradually arise in our hearts; even until (true) life and peace becomes our daily priestly lifestyle (Rom. 8:6, Mal. 2:5).


Tayo Fasan


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