It may interest you to know that there are as many unhealthy assumptions among God’s people of what the enemy actually stole from mankind as there are presumptions about what God primarily restored to man through Christ and this is why Satan is always encouraged when believers REST after receiving what is termed ‘BREAKTHROUGH’.
I thank God for breakthroughs i.e. the supernatural manifestations of God’s hand that excites our minds when we see such on a crusade grounds or in our physical life! I’ve experienced it and still trust God for it but we can confirm from Matt. 6:30-34/7:7 that it was never God’s ordination for man to SEEK what is called ‘Breakthroughs’ today! God only gave provision for men to ASK in faith for ‘Breakthroughs’ while the Soul was meant to SEEK only what we originally lost i.e. Things Eternal/The Spiritual/Things Above! Col. 3:2
2 Cor. 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal
- The Lord knew that Satan has an edge in the physical by virtue of his internal constitution (Eze. 28:12-14) which makes him brighter than multitudes of men, so He designed a path where he can blindly stray into and have his wisdom crucified by the Faith to Faith walk of believer (1 Jn. 5:4)
- The Lord therefore used a wisdom that Satan never understood before his fall to ordain A Walk of Faith that would enable men to locate and inherit what they lost through Adam!
- The Lord then explained through his Holy Apostles that The Art of Seeking is the exclusive destiny of the Soul whereby it would ultimately Inherit The Spiritual.
- The Lord knew that believers would ‘get to heaven’ without this understanding but they would do so with a stunted spiritual growth that would give a legal right to the accuser of the brethren to brag about those three elements of the world that he couldn’t find in Jesus or in the early apostles like he bragged against Job, so He left Christians without an excuse by documenting the Instructions For Living Above The Wisdom of This World in the Epistles!
1 Jn. 2:16 ‘For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world’.
Jn. 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for The Prince of This World cometh, and has nothing in me. (i.e. the 3 elements of the world in 1 Jn. 2:16 were absent in Jesus)
The effect of the fall of man through Adam is therefore still holding sway because we have not lavished the energies of our soul in seeking what Sons with Spiritual Statures like Abraham, Enoch, Moses, Job, Zachariah, John The Baptist, The Apostles, remnant of the early Church or even Balaam (before he erred) celebrated as breakthrough! These old faithful went from Faith to Faith through those raw trials that enabled them to wrestle against The Course/Wisdom of This World.
While many primarily seek to inherit The Physical which has been further exalted by pulpits today, those old faithful sought to Overcome The Natural By Capturing The Spiritual through A Walk of Faith after the order of Knowledge (the wisdom/operation of his face) and not just The Initial Walk of Faith after the order of Believing (the blessing/operation of his hands). They began as Believers but ended up as ‘Knowers’ and with such Knowledge of The Holy, they caused the kingdom of God to advance.
Num. 24:16-17 …Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said…which heard the words of God, and knew the KNOWLEDGE of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance…I shall see him, but not now…
Our generation would come and go without the kingdom truly advancing if we don’t press into the stature of faith that the Lord/his Apostles experienced because our ministrations would only attend to our physical insatiable needs while God’s Needs which can only be met when Sons arise would consciously or unconsciously be despised!
So, those old faithful/Sons earlier mentioned primarily graduated in their Faith to Faith Walk where they ultimately discerned the reign of Spiritual Life (Dominion) which they inherited via conversations characterized by Dying To Self Daily! They discerned the perverted priestly wisdom by which Satan weaved/packaged The Carnal Life in very enticing manners and therefore despised it! Rom. 5:17
As we compare spiritual with spiritual, we would then discern a hard truth from the bible i.e. “What the Gospel has come to give a believer is not primarily Miracles”! Moses wrought miracles before children/unbelievers around but he personally desired to experience The Face of The Lord that was later revealed in the New Testament! Miracles were described as children’s bread in Mark 7:26 because through those physical exploits, something higher is being advertised i.e. The Spiritual!
Exo. 33:18/20 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory…. and he said, Thou canst not see my face
2 Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory (face) of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Num. 14:22 “Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice”
We are therefore called to seek something far higher than miracles/the works of His Hand! We are called to Seek the ministration of Christ Face/Hidden Wisdom (2Cor.3:18/4:4) where the power to change us like into the soul state attained by the Apostles is resident!
Dan. 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever (i.e. not a new birth experience but a turning of the heart that would bring about the salvation of the Soul -)
Most of The Gospel Paul preached was addressing believers who needed to be saved in their Soul by a Walk from Faith to Faith like they have been saved in their Spirit i.e. The Salvation of The Soul!
Rom. 1:16-17 ‘For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the Power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes (i.e. believers are not yet initially saved in their Souls)…For therein is the Righteousness of God (not miracles but a revealed knowledge) revealed from Faith To Faith
The Gospel of Christ, which Apostle Paul preached is therefore a Power that carries out a Spiritual work on The Soul by x-raying and communicating the substances of God’s Righteousness - a Spiritual Knowledge!
My prayer is that even though The Faith of The Son/Salvation of The Soul message is one that the doors of saints or Churches would not easily be opened to, may we be humble enough to allow God confront some individual theology that promises to limit our willingness to seek things beyond Faith Toward God i.e. The Revelations of Christ by which we can only be built up to become an habitation for The Father & The Son like we currently are for His Spirit! Jn. 14:23