1. No believer can see the spiritual estate (or nakedness) of a developed nation for example, without being enrolled by heaven as a prisoner of Christ; without being hedged around by the Lord, with a daily routine or lifestyle that daily starves the world (sin) (Gen. 14:21-24, Eph. 3:1, Tit. 2:12).
2. After overcoming over some occasions or seasons, the pull around things that don’t last forever, we can still be tempted to love such things—as long as we haven’t completed the curriculum of hating it (1Jn. 2:15-17, Rev. 3:17-18). The everlasting gospel was therefore given to help us perfect the act and art of hating this world, even as we completely love the truth that is in the Father (Heb. 5:14, 1Jn. 5:4-5, 2Jn. 1:1-4).
3. As long as we cannot cover a multitude of sins, we can’t claim to have fervent Charity or to have perfected it, and the strength to do so comes as we journey from loving not the world to hating it; hating those lusts that accompany things that pass away; things that aren’t incorruptible; things that limit us from loving the invincible (the will of God) (1 Pet. 4:8, Gal. 6:14, 1 Jn. 2:15-17).
4. There are pulls, expressions and temptations from the world that only show up when we have been financially empowered or have acquired privileges, graces and gifts above others (Deut. 32:15-16, Rev. 3:16-17, 1Tim. 6:17). And such are the seasons when the everlasting Father, through fathers in possession of the divine nature, will warn us not to love the world; to seal our overcoming it by hating it (1John. 2:15; 5: 4-5, 1Cor. 7:31).
5. Developed nations welcome those who want to make money out of her, or have a big ministry and become citizens of their country, but they all have a god who hates those who will strive to see her (spiritual) nakedness ( Rev. 18:2 -3, Isa. 14:15-17). Those who will do so will first have to keep loving not the world until they see how she captivates men and seduce servants of God. And only then can we hate her, keep loving the Father until we can hate the god of this world, and ultimately, inherit everlasting life (Rev. 2:20, Isa. 7:15, 1 Jn. 2:15).
6. To humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God is to do things that will confront that independent spirit within us; things that will make us of no reputation before ourselves—and even men (1Pet. 5:6, Isa. 14:12-14, Phil. 2:7). While doing so, we would find ourselves laying down those rights that we can always defend from the letters of the scriptures, assert while holding unto our will, and justify by our natural mind; even by a spiritual mind that is not yet divine (Matt. 4:6-7, 1Cor. 2:14-16).
7. The measure of healing that the soul of a believer has experienced, and the measure of fear that we have been made free from, can always be traced to how well the Holy Spirit has been able to lead us while handling money (or the goods of this world), and how well we have also been selfless in relating with the grace, gifting or anointing of God upon our lives (Ps. 103:3, Lk. 1:74, Phil. 2:21).
8. Most things that God does or doesn’t do in our lives in some seasons are because He wants to expose or deal with either of the two expressions of vanity called sin and death, or hell and death (iniquity) (Rom. 8:28,2, Rev. 1:18). And so, when a delay, denial, or increase comes our way, or when we increase in material and spiritual blessings, there is a bigger picture behind it, which is to use a new commandment that the Lord would give in that season, to overcome something vain that we didn’t previously overcome (Jas. 1:2-5, Eph. 4:7).
9. However faithful and wise we have previously been to the Lord, the world will always wait for that moment or occasion when we would act outside the grace we have or do anything that has an iota of ambition in it (1Pet. 5:8, Jn. 8:50). It recalls that was how Jesus kept overcoming it until nothing of her was found in Him; how He didn’t fall for any of the rewards or offerings that accompany things that can gratify our imperfect soul, and so she is waiting for those who would do otherwise (Jn. 16:33; 14:30, Lk. 4:6-13, Jd. 11).
10. A new man (Christ) who has been raised by the gospel of power (Christ) has to behold all things of God to be reconciled back to God, and so, we still have to acknowledge all the glorious truths that have been kept in the gospel of glory (God), to become glorious (2Cor. 5:17-18, Tit. 1:1, 1Tim. 1:11). So, by being victorious over our previous love for the (old) things that are in this world (lust of the flesh/eyes and the pride of life), we can behold the glory kept in the glorious gospel, even until we are empowered like Jesus was, to hate this world (1Jn. 2:15, 2Cor. 3:18, Jn. 12:30).
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