... AN APPRAISAL ON WHY OUR DEFINITIONS MUST CHANGE SO WE CAN BECOME STAKEHOLDERS OF GOD'S PEACE
Over the years, I have come to agree with the Lord that A FREE MAN IS SOMEONE TO WHOM IT HAS BECOME CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT HIS LIFE AND PEACE SHOULD NOT BE DEFINED OR REGULATED BY EXCITING HAPPENINGS OR DISAPPOINTMENTS THAT RESIDES UNDER THE SUN. (Rom. 8:6/Mal. 2:5/Eccl. 1:8-9)
SO BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE CHIEF ASSET IS A FREEDOM THAT IS BORN FROM ABOVE BY TRUTH (Jn. 3:31/8:32), WHOSE DEFINITIONS OF GOD’S GOODNESS AND FAITHFULNESS RUNS CONTRARY TO THAT OF MANY OTHER BELIEVERS OR CARNAL MINDS. Such a believer would gradually experience the IVORY PALACES IN CHRIST JESUS (Ps. 45:7-8/Eph. 1:3) where he would naturally LIVE BY FAITH (1Pet. 1:23/Heb. 10:38). Ultimately, he would experience GOD’S ETERNAL DWELLING PLACE (Ps. 90:1) where he would naturally ABIDE IN LOVE (1Pet. 1:23/1Jn. 2:10/14/17/3:6)
1Pet. 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible (seed/word), by the word of God (two edged – Heb. 4:12), which liveth (faith) and abideth (love) forever.
True freedom has a synonym called the peace of God and it can become the inheritance of those who choose to despise (hate) the peace being offered by the world (Jn. 14:27/12:25). By default, our natural well educated mind is a friend of this world and at enmity with God (Job. 22:21-23/Rom. 8:7/Jam. 4:4), and as such it can’t understand the subtlety of the peace being offered by the world. So our judgement (ways/thoughts) has to be overhauled/changed.
God’s provision to address this enmity (obstacle) is the provision of His Faith - the faith of the new creature; the faith of the world to come. As we learn of him and walk in him (Matt. 11:29/Col. 2:6), we would come into many justifications of the Spirit like the Lord did (Matt. 3:17/17:5) and become SHAREHOLDERS OF GOD’S PEACE. We would unlearn sin and receive the prescription of change that Jesus gave in 2Cor. 3:18. Like it is with our recreated human spirit, our souls would also come to a place where it can witness to the fact that “WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD”. (2Cor. 5:21)
· 2Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
· 2Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made (a future tense/expectation) the righteousness of God in him
So, a very crucial activity that is currently going on is that of God raising men that would be made free enough to disobey Satan and all that he represents! Like our Lord Jesus and his apostles, these communities of saints would be empowered by the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1/1:16) to disown every pseudo peace that the world offers men at a hidden cost (Jn. 14:27/Matt. 16:26). Their material comfort (which can be a form of pseudo peace) would not be esteemed at the expense of walking in love toward the saints (Eph. 1:15c/Gal. 6:2/6:10/1Pet. 1:22/2Cor. 8:2)
Our first or second degrees (which doesn’t give us an edge over God’s enemies) cost us some discipline and qualitative investment of time and resources. So it is with the profession of faith (1Tim. 6:12/Heb. 3:1). Hearing the tutorials of God’s righteousness and mixing it with unfeigned faith in our hearts should cost us much more (Rom. 1:16/10:17/Heb. 4:2). Through this shortcut, the definition of the Christian faith as a religion would be expired in us and we would give this generation the right interpretation of the Christian faith as a lifestyle of adventuring truth.
Our generation must seek God for God, not just for things that perish with the use! We must not hold back from seeking the Lord with all our hearts, soul, strength and mind. As we do, Christ Jesus as the prince of peace would come and indwell our hearts by His Faith (Eph. 3:17/Jn. 14:21), and would tarry in us until he finds our hearts comfortable enough for him to beacon to the father to join him (i.e. “relocate” from heaven) so they can both indwell us together (2Cor. 6:16/Isa. 66:1-2/Jn. 14:23/Rev. 21:3).
This is how we would hasten the timeframe in which the enemies of the true church would be judged (Rev. 6:14/12:9/Ps. 110:1), so that this age can to be shut down and the world to come unveiled, Amen. (Heb. 1:10-12/2Pet. 3:13/Rev. 21:1-2)
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