The following are musings fetched while ruminating around the only word that promises to raise many Kings of righteousness in our generation.
1. Knowing what is written in scriptures of truth concerning things present and things to come is a good place to start, but without a walk (or the trials of faith) that interpret what is written, we would lack the substance and assurance of faith that should empower us to frequently disobey sin (Ps. 105:19, Col. 2:6-7, Heb. 10:22). We would also lack the heart posture of humility, soberness and vigilance that we need to resist the devil in certain warfare against our soul; in contests that should see us increasingly deny the world until we can no more love it and thereby love the Father (1 Pet. 5:6-9, Tit. 2:12, 1 Jn. 2:15).
2. The most subtle way that the devil has scattered and devoured life from the soul of most men, is via the course of this world; via arrangements that address their ‘needs’ on one hand—but feed their soul with fear on the other hand. And the prescription in Christ for healing such souls is the pasture called Faith, Hope and Charity (Jer. 23:3-4, Eph. 2:2, 1Pet. 1:22).
3. Lust would remain an unknown secret or an untamed passion (that we mostly see in others), except the Lord arranges seasons and circumstances that would expose its affairs within (Jam. 1:14). It will continue to feed fat on our soul – as long as it can be accommodated around the legitimate cares of life, or as long as it can be given a ride on our own interpretation of biblical promises (Jam. 4:3). It strolls in as a thought and can hide around things we want to do for the Lord or in His name; as long as we would go about it in our own way, time and with our resources.
4. Nothing consumes the resources of our soul like being anxious about a legitimate request, desire or expectation; and nothing impairs our judgment or makes us strangers to the peace that the Lord gives like giving an undue attention to our needs or making a meditation out of cares that should have been constantly cast before the Lord (Phil 4:6, 1 Pet. 5:7, Ps. 55:22). Nothing limits us from living in faith (Christ) or by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father – like living in the past or trying to live in a future we haven’t been built for. And only by winning these warfare can we really live in the sight of the Lord (How. 6:2-3).
5. The primary program of God to utterly save our soul, make us look like Him or to have the arrest warrant issued against death effected, would suffer if the Lord can’t severally unveil God’s image to us; especially via the book of Hebrews – the book that details how Christ did so and how every saint with the formation of Christ can do likewise or attain unto perfection (Heb. 1:8-9/3:1-15/5-6). While doing so, the Lord – through His servants – would have to show us how corruption (death) works, how it was arrested and how that same warrant of arrest (against death) can be effected in our lives daily; even while learning God in an uninterruptedly manner (Heb. 5).
6. The primary job description of the gospel of Christ is to separate us (from the world and) unto the gospel that will utterly save or give us God – I.e the gospel of God (Acts 26:18, Heb. 7:25, Rom. 1:1). While doing so, it births the love of Christ in us by separating us from our past, from an unhealthy consciousness of ourselves, from the despairs of the present and from thoughts/imaginations of a future that doesn’t revolve round God (Eph. 3:19, Gal. 1:15, Rom. 8:35, Phil. 4:4-7). Only thereby can we desire and truly adventure the word of God, and then attain growth in eternal life or into God (1 Pet. 2:2, Heb. 4:12).
7. The Cross of Jesus is the only exemplary lifestyle that was documented for everyone who would end up pleasing God well (Heb. 13:21). It reveals the pattern for divine walk and service, for those who would ultimately attain the image of God (Col. 1:9-11, 2 Cor. 4:4-7). While beholding it, we would be empowered to crucify all our excuses to draw back from the faith; excuses that can limit us from finishing our course of faith and love (Heb. 10:38). Through it, our pains can become unspeakable points of joy, offenses should become avenues to overcome sin and the assaults of death should become an opportunity to cross into eternal gladness (Heb. 12:2). Daily access to the victories of the cross come as we carry our cross daily or as we glory in all that it represents (Lk. 9:23, Gal. 6:14).
May the righteousness of God become as tangible as sin was (or still is) to us. Amen
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