.. An Appraisal On How The Cares Of This Present Life Subtly Fights Faith!
Have you ever asked why every industry/field of professionalism is regulated by a body that defines the standards, preserves its values and demands accountability from its members/subjects, and why there are grave consequences for falling short of it?
Have you ever asked why the regulation surrounding the profession of journeying back to God was received by a body of elites who represented the counsel of heaven after professing faith with their feet/walk, or why God would someday refer to the sayings of Christ in the epistles of His apostles while judging men? (Rom. 2:16)
By journeying into Christ, and through Christ (Faith) into God (Love), these elites and fellows (i.e. the early apostles) saw beyond time and offered judgments of the kingdom that would enable us escape this world. They exposed how the world uses the promise of achievement, security, influence and affluence to carefully lure us over time to a place where we exalt the legitimate pursuits/cares of the present life above the promise of attaining divine power (i.e. life and godliness), and because this was done at the expense of faith (inheriting Christ), it was called idolatry.
- 1Tim. 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness (which is a dividend of divine power – 2Pet. 1:3) is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
So whenever we do things at the expense of Faith, we lose life and our walk (account) earns a deficit! Appreciating outwardly (in the present life) at the expense of appreciating in things to come (i.e. truth – Jn. 16:13) is another synonym for disobedience and that is a byproduct of deception (Eph. 2:2/Rev. 12:9).
A century-old bait that the devil uses to achieve this in our lives is the world – which very few believers are committed to fighting aggressively; from the place of hearing to that of walking – because known or unknown to many, they secretly or openly love this world and what it has to offer (1Jn. 2:15).
To fight the customized arrangements in this world that inspires many (especially in developed nations) to use their natural minds rather than their regenerated spirit (Rom. 8:5-8), we need all the illumination/eyes that the Faith that is in Christ (Acts 26:18e) offers. We need to esteem spiritual riches kept in Christ, which should reflect in the choices we make – of what proximity is it to God’s promise/inheritance (Heb. 11:9)? Of what cost is it to the outward man? (2Cor. 4:16)
- Gen. 13:10-12 And Lot lifted up his eyes (i.e. used his carnal mind at the expense of faith), and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere… Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east… Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
So nothing weakens believers like living by sight. The world consolidates daily to empower us to live by sight – so we don’t address the issue of our separation from God and thereby deny eternal life! Living by faith (i.e. esteeming the leading of the Spirit) on the contrary takes Christ’s power, which enables us to deny this present life.
What God is calling us to overcome is what we legitimately love above Him (Mk. 4:19/1Cor. 6:19), and the world compounds this love by calling it our life (Jn. 12:25)! This present life engages the same energy and devotion that we are meant to use in seeking God for eternal life, so many end up continue in an earthly race that is being fueled by messages from pulpits that limits believers from possessing their souls in patience (Heb. 12:1d/Lk. 21:19). So men end up offering God their old bones.
- 1Cor. 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (i.e. there is a power governing the present life/conversations and it takes the Faith of the Son/divine power to overcome it).
In a nutshell, the Lord has unresolved personal dispute(s) with any believer who is not employing His Faith to govern his daily affairs in this present life, and He is simply saying, “there is a superior way to go about the natural – lest we be enslaved by it”. Selah!