LOOKING INWARD & OUTWARD (WITH THE GOGGLE OF FAITH)- PART 17

Dearly Beloved,

The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Christ’s Faith to weigh all conversation and filter all thoughts under the sun.

Graceful Reading!

The day we can seamlessly or naturally handle or overcome offense, preeminence, unforgiveness, losses, hurt and animosity, then can we say we have been converted from being ‘adults’ into becoming ‘little children’ who have gained entrance into the Kingdom. Then would we also be instrumental in strengthening and helping others (Matt. 18:2-3/Phil. 2:20/1Jn. 2:12/Lk. 22:31-32).

A prisoner of Christ living in Buckingham Palace with access to a Rolls Royce, and a prisoner of Christ living in a distant hut in a rural area, with access only to a 1985 model of bicycle are the same in God’s sight. As New Testament priests, they both enjoy the privileges of life (righteousness) and peace, and are both destined for the highest energy level of eternal life called Joy, if they don’t jail break. (1Cor. 6:12/10:23/Eph. 4:1-3/Mal. 2:4-7/Rom. 8:6b/Jn. 15:11/1Jn. 1:4)

A change of diet at forty, is as unnatural and difficult as being weaned from the mountain moving milk-faith provision in the Lord Jesus (Isa. 28:9/Mk. 11:23/Eph. 1:15), especially when we weren’t told from inception that the milk faith preeminent in the Church till date was only meant to prepare us for a truly enduring spiritual (meat) faith, even the Son of God (1Cor. 3:2/Gal.2:20/1Jn. 5:1a) that promises to prepare us for the final meal of our souls – the strong meat or meal of God’s Love that perfects our souls (Heb. 5:14/6:1b/1Jn. 5:1b).

When men depart into error, you can’t be closer to them anymore than they are to the Lord, but you can open up the bowels of your compassion and pray for their restoration, like the Lord Jesus still does (Jude 1:22-23).

Who said you have to go to heaven to experience or grasp heaven, or to experience the new heaven hid in God, or to eat of the tree of life like Adam was commanded and like Jesus and His apostles did eat (Gen. 2:16/Jn. 3:13/2Cor. 12:3-4)? Glorious angels in heaven desire to experience this high calling upon us, to partake of eternal life while on earth, but can’t (1Pet. 1:10-12/Heb. 2:3-5).

Heaven sanctions only one coup; only one regime change against sin and death, and its coup plotters must have been equipped over some decades through their uninterrupted coming to the waters of life, to eat with their ears as they hear of Christ’s Faith, until they have become empowered and emboldened to walk against the course of this world and cut a covenant of Mercy with God (Isa. 55:1-3/Eph. 2:2).

The simple reason for the distorted ‘extravagant grace’ teaching that has ravished campuses and ministries is because the truth was never received in those who peddle it, and in those who follow this erroneous teaching. They are not disciples of Christ neither have they been schooled in His cross, and as such, they remain in bondage under the elements of this world (Jude 1:4/1Jn. 1:8-9/Jn. 8:31-32/Gal. 4:3).

When a believer or a minister lacks discernment of this world or lacks the judgment that emanates from the Faith that overcomes this world, he would find himself on most occasions placing the dictates of his mind ahead of his heart, and dictates of his heart ahead of his recreated spirit. He would share a lot in common with unbelievers or with unbelieving believers, and would remain a stranger to the things (riches) of God in Christ Jesus.

The measure to which we daily discern and overcome the world can be deduced by the measure to which we daily esteem the dictates of our recreated human spirit above that of our heart and mind. The measure to which the contrary is the case is the measure to which we have been overtaken by the world and would remain servants of unrighteousness by so doing (1Cor. 2:11/Rom. 8:16/1Jn. 3:20/Jer. 17:9/Rom. 6:16-19).

One of the deceptions that has been entertained in our generation, is the assumption that we can successfully give God anything but our best; anything but our first or our all! Men who give God their old bones; their left overs or things that didn’t cost them anything significant, don’t later have the opportunity of telling those they left behind, how costly and detrimental it was doing so (Lk. 16:19-31).

Blessings!

Pst. Tayo Fasan

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