Dearly Beloved Saint,
The following are inspired thoughts I found grace to fetch, while acknowledging truths that confront my flesh; that disrespect sin and celebrate the word of righteousness.
- The soul acquires spiritual immunity by spiritual understanding; by understanding what the Lord has said or is saying (1Cor. 14:20, Col. 1:9-10). While doing so, we would realize we have no past that isn’t useful in God’s hand, no teething present challenge that isn’t worth rejoicing about and that we have a future inheritance in God – that He actually presides over (Rom. 8:33, Isa. 43:29)! His words or sayings are those of great comfort from the realm of glory – to those meant to inherit glory; they are faithful sayings from the realm where some would be adopted into the fellowship of the Father; words that promises to make us comforters to men and nations (Heb. 2:10, 1Jn. 1:2-3, Isa. 32:2).
- The Lord knows the daily lessons and seasonal trials that won’t save our souls; and He knows those that would (Gen. 12-22). He, therefore, customizes our trials in ways that would see us being able to confront the life in our soul (I.e. sin), so we can end up slaying that beast (Prov. 9:1-2). He knows what to withhold that would get us seeking after Him (like Hannah once did); even until His need becomes ours or until we are overtaken by His purpose. And when we find mercy not to despise or escape our tailor-made faith trainings – and live on the words governing such seasons, we would not only live in His sight but would find mercy to know Him as a competent Saviour (Hos. 6:1-3, Ps. 40:1-3).
- God the Father foreknew the catalogue of mistakes we would make over decades; and allocated mercy well ahead of them; mercies that can do more than it did with the mistakes of Old Testament faithful; mercy that we must acquire skills to seek – like David did – until He cuts an everlasting covenant with us (Isa. 55:3). So, God saw the mistakes we could avoid and how costly such would be to us – like it was to David, Abraham etc. He saw that such mistakes would delay the timing in which we end up fetching life (i.e Christ) and of doing so, abundantly (i.e. inheriting God); but saw that it shouldn’t ultimately limit us from attaining our inheritance . Only our unwillingness to cry out to Him for help can do so(Ps. 110:3/18:1-50).
- The best way to kit our heart from unedifying worldly thoughts and from imaginations that flows from the god of this world, is to expose it to the ministration of righteousness – and to keep doing so until we can bear (or put on) the breastplate of faith and love (2Cor. 10:5/3:9b, 1Thes. 5:8, Eph. 6:14). While doing so, the righteousness (of faith) that unveils the way of faith in Christ – would prepare and equip us for forthcoming seasons of holiness in God (Rom. 3:22/6:19-23). It would thereby keep us unto salvation; until we inherit or know the God of our salvation (Ps. 74:12, 1Pet. 1:5).
- The first goal of sin is to limit man from entering the Kingdom and from doing so abundantly. It inspires us severally not to take God at His word and to keep taking thoughts for our life (Jn. 10:10, Matt. 6:31-34). The first goal of the word of the Lord (or of Christ) was therefore designed to limit sin or to empower us not to take thoughts for our life; but rather – to keep taking the revealed thoughts of God’s righteousness until it becomes our soul’s most prized possession (1Pet. 1:22-2:2). Thereby would we win Christ or receive the enablement needed to relate with seasons of eternal life (Phil. 3:7-12).
- The honour of laying down our life couldn’t be received when we got born again – because we couldn’t bear the demands and disciple of hearing, keeping or doing God’s righteousness (1Cor. 3:1-2, Rom. 1:16-17). But when it begins to come our way, we receive the power to do so; to despise or lay down our first life (sin), and to thereby gain Christ (1Tim. 1:5, 1Cor. 9:24-27). So, by hearing and understanding God’s righteousness, we are baptized into seasons of formation in Christ; from faith through hope unto Charity – where we would be adequately strengthened to lay down the world (our first love/sin); and receive our true life – Christ (2Pet. 1:5-7, Eph. 3:17).
- Sin is more stubborn than the Taliban in Afghanistan. So, if we think we would only fight it for 19 years like America has fought the Taliban, we are as unrealistic as America was when they set out to fight those who don’t count their physical life dear to themselves. We must be prepared to count not our lives dear to us; and we must have a bigger fight within than that of sin, to prevail against it. Only by not counting our lives dear to ourselves or living like those who ended up inheriting eternal life – can we end up being victorious against it or not negotiate with it along the way (1Cor. 15, Acts 20:24, Lk. 14:31-32).
You may kindly share if you have been inspired by this latest edition.