Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 99
The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. Offence is inevitable – as long as the world remains (Matt. 18:7). It would be triggered by darkness in men or unlocked by others; even as they reach out to the darkness within us. We must give room to be knowingly or unknowingly hurt by the actions, words or inaction of others. By doing otherwise, we are actually giving room for the devil to inspire us with wrath or to get us to close our hearts against a course or a person that should have actually been a lifetime of blessing to us (Matt. 11:2-6).
2. One of the packages that comes alongside seeking and defending the gospel by our walk/daily conversations; like Jesus and His apostles did, is to be evil spoken about be men/fellow believers; which would always inspire offence in a unique way (Matt. 5:11). Anyone that is holding unto an earthly course that doesn’t threaten unrighteousness (i.e. sin), would always feel threatened or insecure by an unusual commitment to seek God’s righteousness or the faith that is in Christ.
3. We really don’t know those who are on the same page with us in confronting darkness (sin) within, so it is unwise to compare ourselves with others because we would find ourselves doing so with those who are yet to start confronting their darkness, or who have long gone ahead of us in doing do (2Cor. 10:12). Our previous romance with darkness was customized for us by the world, so heaven has to customize experiences that will deal with the darkness within us.
4. One primary way that heaven enlarges the narrowness of the human heart/mind, is by taking us through seasons and experiences where we would be taught to delightfully serve and seek things that are in the interest of others (2Cor. 6:3-13). So a believer who hasn’t gone through such, or who isn’t seeking to be faithful in handling another man’s business, or who isn’t consistently seeking things that are on the interest of others, would naturally retain his narrow-minded heart (Lk. 16:12).
5. Our weightiest exploits of humility in the sight of the Father, are hardly carried out in the public place, but like Jesus; in the secret place or closets of our heart; when we are hardly seen by those whom we wouldn’t have minded they see and commend us (Matt. 6:1-6, Jhn 12:42-43. Those are when we have the opportunity to deal a blow to hypocrisy and when our deeds do align with our words (1Pet. 2:1c, 1Jn. 3:18).
6. There are many thing we can do with scriptures that are historically and literally accurate, but the best thing to do with those that are prophetically accurate or that interprets prophecy, is to confront darkness within us (2Pet. 1:9) They are meant to guide us in decision making on any occasion where our carnal nature/flesh has something to say in our selfish interest, so that our souls can profit with the corrections, doctrine, reproof etc., that is conveys (2Tim. 3:16).
May our lives increasingly give a clearer interpretation of scriptures/prophecy, Amen.
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