The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. Most of what we learn of in various environments, seasons and occasions, that don’t make or leave us meek or that isn’t Christ-centered, actually end up endowing us with a confidence in our flesh, and competes with the premium we should place on becoming meek (Matt. 11:29, Phil. 3:3-6). Every learning we can fetch from the Lord Jesus, is pure and leaves us purer. It leaves us looking weak/meek before men, but truly strong in God’s sight (Ps. 19:8, 2Cor. 12:10).
2. When thoughts and imaginations that don’t emanate from above, comes our way and are carelessly admitted, our faith has been placed on trial, and on some occasions, an unnecessary battle has been entertained (Rom. 12:3, Jam. 1:14). The weightier they are, the weightier the trials, and the weightier the spoils of life we should fetch – if they successfully drive us to the Lord. Becoming victorious over such would entail prayerfully seeking the Lord’s mercy, comfort/deliverance (Lk. 22:31-32, Matt. 6:13).
3. The Lord has something to tell us about any thought, imagination or temptation that the devil brings our way; He has a right judgment/righteousness to whisper to our hearing, because He has been there before (Heb. 2:18). If we respond in meekness to what He has to say or says, it would not only lead to our deliverance/comfort, but would also raise in us, the capacity to comfort others who find themselves in such shoes (2Cor. 1:3-4).
4. You can’t get rid of unrighteousness or of your carnal thoughts on any given situation or season of life, without a commitment to only respond to what the Lord has to say about each thought that doesn’t come from above (Jn. 8:23). Thereby can we fight our wars within and fears without, and also fetch all the strength that emanates from a strong secret place experience with the Lord (2Cor. 7:5).
5. Many of the things that trouble our dear hearts, are things that mean nothing to the Lord; things that mean something to us because of the presence of darkness in us; even issues that linger because the words of the Lord concerning such things are yet to gain roots in our hearts (Ps. 18:28, Jn. 15:11). The New Testament is therefore a provision that keeps shining light to our darkness; even into our inward and hidden parts, until what concerns us – like David – would be what concerns the Lord (Ps. 51:6, Prov. 4:18, Ps. 27:4).
6. The Lord wants to bring us to a place where we can’t entertain any selfish thought about ourselves and about others; even thoughts that aren’t being streamed from the realm of good and perfect light, and that would entail being dead to or separated from the nature of sin that has previously informed all of such (2Pet. 1:19).
7. To accept who we really are, who we are not, and who we should become, is to accept the demands of putting off/on of the old/new man, or to embrace the commitment to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father (Eph. 4 :22, Matt. 4:4). It would involve a daily fight against thoughts and imaginations of who the world says we are and could be (in men’s sight); which involves a protracted fight against our millennia old inheritance called sin and death (Heb. 12:4).
May the gracious victories of Christ Faith, be our portion- going forward. Amen.