Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 93

Dearly Beloved,

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

1. When the faith that Christ Jesus came to author and finish; that was an emphasis in all epistles, somehow fails to be an emphasis to us or cannot be the source and power of unity among any community of believers, then; something else would definitely unite us; something that has a form of faith but lacks the divine power like we saw in the epistles; even conversations that entertain some form of compromise and measure of vanity “in the name of the Lord” (2Tim. 1:5, 1Cor. 6:12). The world is ok with such activities because it isn’t a threat to its fierce intent, wiles and dominion.

2. Anything done out of faith is sin (Rom. 14:23c). Anything done outside the walk of faith, hope and Charity, is based on the judgment of our natural eyes and is sin (2Cor. 5:7, Isa. 11:3b-c). Any conversation that the gospel of Christ (i.e. the power of God) can’t successfully influence, would give room for the influence or power of Satan and would bring us under the dominion of sin. Unknown to many, sin thrives anywhere the wisdom of this world is not being disobeyed headlong; or anytime the wisdom of faith is not being celebrated; or anytime Christ is given the back seat in our daily conversations (1Cor. 2:2,5).

3. While professionally seeking things that were in the interest of others, our Lord Jesus abounded in obedience; in His Charity and Love walk towards men, and thereby proved to us that doing likewise is a choice! We can chose to love at gut level like He did by remaining in the circumference of love; even while loving to the end, those who would betray us (1Cor. 13:5, Jn. 13:1). We can believe, hope for and endure all things or commandments that the Father has given or will give us concerning men (1Cor. 13:7). We can trust the Lord unto the end, while enduring with the infirmities of men; even until we thereby overcome in love (1Cor. 13:8a, SoS 8:6).

4. What limits us from truly looking for God like children in the Kingdom do, is something we have found or are looking for in this ageing world (Tit. 2:12-13, 1Jn. 2:15). We have to daily deny the three-fold lustful pull to adventure this world by adventuring the three-fold laws of life called faith, hope and Charity; even the conversations with the way, the truth and the life (1Jn. 2:16, 1Cor. 13:13, Jn. 14:6). Walking out on the world’s offers has been made easy! It is by these three purgatives, contained or conveyed via the word of Christ, that flushes out known or unknown lusts from our souls and prepares us to comprehend the word of God as we ought, or make us quick to understand love; even God (Col. 3:16a, Heb. 4:12, Isa. 11:3).

5. Faith, hope and Charity are dimensions in Christ where we break our agreements with this world and thereby fetch true riches. They are seasons of being empowered to understand Christ, through obedience to the Faith; until we are born as children in the Kingdom (Rom. 16:25-26, 1Jn. 2:12). Here, we fellowship with the things of the Son (of Faith or Christ), which prepares us for the fellowship of the Father (of Love or God) {1Cor. 1:9, 1Jn. 1:1-3}. By these triune feast in Christ, we can escape the corruption of this world and prepare to feast on God; to the last mystery that should see us inherit His divine nature (2Pet. 1:4, 2:20, Isa. 4:2b, Col 2:2, Rev. 10:7c).

6. What the world did to almost all men, was to (like a skilful fighter) corner us around the edge of the ring and punch us with divers lusts and with vain pleasures that inspires earthly pursuits in men (Eph. 2:2). The gospel came to our rescue: to prepare and empower us for a rematch; to unveil the techniques that Christ gathered over years and employed in overcoming the trinity of sin (this world), on the third round (Matt. 4:3-10). While doing so, we would have to be cornered, hedged around or policed via the trials of faith, hope and Charity; which would knock off lust from our souls and empower us to knock down the world in at least the third round (Job 3:23, Lam. 3:7, 1Jn. 5:4).


Tayo Fasan


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