: Part 103 (Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith)
The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. The Christian Faith is so precious; that, when the design or pressures around this present world makes food and raiment the only thing constant or available, and leaves all other things (necessitates) as variables, a believer who is constantly being fed with the faith that is in Christ should be willing to hold unto that life and be fully purified by it until he crosses into the seasons where the hope of eternal life would be gradually made tangible to him (Ps. 110:3, 1Tim. 6:8, 1Pet. 1:22).
2. Unknown to many, the devil has long lived in fear; fear of that day when another believer or minister would resolve to follow the Lord even if what the Lord is guaranteeing in such seasons is only food and raiment (Isa. 4:1-2, 1 Tim. 6:8). He lives in fear of days when companies of believers would allow the Lord excercise His veto power over their lives; by determining what, when and how things present/natural – come their way, which would birth many trees of righteousness out of them, and empower them to give bread (Christ) to men rather than crumbs.
3. When the Lord keeps dangling various ‘carrots’ or truths of His life to us, He is actually preparing us for a change of season in the Spirit, which would bring about a change in the way things present relate with us and vice-versa (Ps. 67:6). He expects us to wholeheartedly hold unto His words when every other thing seem not to be working; even until we possess all of the life (power) of Christ. This would make things present that we previously sought like gentiles or unbelievers do, come seeking after us as additions because we are truly seeking after God’s Kingdom (Matt. 6:32-33).
4. When a believer wants to remain carnal in his pursuits or grass-like in the state of his souls; or wants to make a profession out of seeking God for things rather than seek Christ for God, the commandments of the Lord would seem grievous to him (1Jn. 5:3). But, for as many who seek to become like the precious stones that would be born out of Zion; who – like David – make His precepts their daily meditation, they would find God’s commandments as the new source of delight to their souls (Ps. 119:35/47).
5. When, in any given season, the Lord seems to withhold things natural or spiritual; even things that we legitimately desire from Him; then, He is actually teaching us what we cannot learn in any other way. He is preparing us to become a beloved of heaven by dealing with us as unto sons. It promises not to be joyful, until we decipher the great soul-saving wisdom at work behind the scenes in such seasons (Heb. 12:9-11).
6. There must be seasons in the life of anyone who would end up inheriting the life in Christ and ultimately the fulness of that life in God, where and when a believer should desire more of things to come (truth), rather than more of things present; or more of the life in Christ than more of anything an unbeliever or carnal believer can desire. The absence of such seasons where spiritual things don’t mean much more than natural things, is the absence of what should have lead to the formation and prosperity of Christ and God in the life of that believer.
May our daily lives and the hourly transactions of our hearts become refreshing in the Lord’s sight, and also be a source of concern/headache to the enemy and his cohorts. Amen
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