UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF CHRIST

UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF CHRIST

Sometime ago, there was a book which made the Best Seller’s list in many countries. It was called The Secret. It tried to unlock the secrets behind achieving wealth and happiness in life. Unsurprisingly, I, being young, impressionable and eager for success early in life, bought a copy with the hope of adopting those mystical methods.

In the end, I found out that the main tenant of the book was this; you need to think positive so that you project positive energy into the cosmos. And when you project positive energy into the cosmos, positive things will come back to you. For example, if you wanted health, you needed to think ‘I want health’ instead of ‘I don’t want to be sick’; because the cosmos, as brilliant as it is, could not understand statements in the negative. It could only pick out ‘keywords’. So in the statement ‘I don’t want to be sick’, it could only pick out ‘sick’. It did not understand that ‘don’t’ negated ‘sick’. Simply put, it did not understand the word ‘no’.

But am I the only one who sees a problem with this logic? One of the first things they teach you in programming school is the use of the AND, NOT, NOR, NAND, OR and XOR gates. And between them all, you could easily program in keyword negation. So I find it difficult to accept that the cosmos, the one who was supposed to give me all that I wished for through my projections of positive energy, could not program into its algorithm a simple keyword negation.

And if we are honest, that is really how we approach our Father’s promises sometimes, isn’t it? We ‘miss the point’ and focus our skeptical minds on the nitty gritty, choosing to find reasons to disbelieve, rather than believe.

But if we do that, how can we ever hope to benefit from our Father’s provision? Just like I am sure that those who wholeheartedly believed in The Secret’s message and methods must have benefited from it, (actually I don’t believe that one bit), I never did benefit because I never did believe.

It’s a bit like this. It’s Monday and you promise to bring your little boy to the zoo, Saturday morning. Now on Friday night, he accepts an invitation from his friend for a weekend sleep over because he just doesn’t believe that you are going to bring him to the zoo. So guess who’s not going to the zoo on Saturday morning?

And so it is the same for us. When we view our Father’s promises and Jesus’ words with skepticism and make alternative plans for ourselves because we don’t believe Them, is it little wonder then why the blessings never come?

Yet, there’s just no getting past the elephant in the room, is there? How do we muster up enough faith to know that what He says will happen? Yes, alright, we can commit verses like these to memory.

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

And when we look back on our lives, we see His provision and protection. We know He is real. We know He is there. But all that is scarce cause for comfort when we are stuck in the middle of our rut.

Well, beloved, remember when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den?

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” Daniel 6:10

That is all he did. He had no complaints and no fear. He was absolutely calm and he did nothing more than what he would have ordinarily done. Why was he able to be so confident that our Father would deliver Him?

And remember these three musketeers? Look at how calmly they answered the king when threatened to be thrown into the fire for not paying worship tribute to the king.

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”” Daniel 3:16-18

This was not some school yard dare. This was a proper execution. Yet, even in the face of death, they were supremely confident in the deliverance of our Father. Why?

“but just as it is written [in Scripture],
“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”
For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding].” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 [AMP]

The truth of His love, the truth of His provision, the truth of His protection, all that He has prepared for those who love Him, all these intangible things, they had a revelation of them through the Spirit.

Now, this is certainly not something that is easy to accept. It is, after all, delving into the realm of the spiritual, so it is only to be expected that

“…the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters].” 1 Corinthians 2:14 [AMP]

Simply put, “The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 [MSG]

This is why there is always this skeptical side of us that can never really allow us to jump head-long into a full and complete trust in our Father. For

“Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.” 1 Corinthians 2:15 [MSG]

But “The spiritual man, on the other hand, has an insight into the meaning of everything, though his insight may baffle the man of the world. This is because the former is sharing in God’s wisdom, and ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?’ Incredible as it may sound, we who are spiritual have the very thoughts of Christ!” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 [PHILLIPS]

We have the very thoughts of Christ, because when we answered this call,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

Jesus came into our lives and is dining with us. And as He is doing all that, He is revealing to us just what He is doing in our lives and He is revealing to us the plans He has for our lives; because

“…the marvellous thing is this, that we now receive not the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God himself, so that we can actually understand something of God’s generosity towards us.” 1 Corinthians 2:12 [PHILLIPS]

Or put more eloquently,

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12 [AMP]

For isn’t it true that,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

You know, beloved, you actually know the secrets that Jesus has in store for you. Those are the very things that you know, in your heart of hearts, are true. Those are the things you know you heard the Spirit say are going to happen for you. But because they may sound outlandish, because they sound too good to be true, because it hasn’t happened yet, after so long; trust and faith becomes a commodity more scarce than diamonds.

Yet, we shouldn’t be surprised with outlandish promises. After all, He did show Joseph that his father and brothers would one day bow down to him. And we should never think that our Father’s promises are too good to be true. After all, our Father did promise Abraham at the age of 90 that his descendants would equal the number of stars in the sky.

As long as we continue to “…gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed” (1 Corinthians 2:9 [AMP]) we will be able to be just like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were, stalwart in our faith and know that what the Spirits shares with us about the plans that our Father has for us will happen.

You know, beloved, with Jesus, there is no need to look for the miracle key to unlock His secrets, for His secrets have already been unlocked, and it is this,

“…Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.” Colossians 1:27 [MSG]

There are no cartwheels you need to turn, no quest that you need to go on, no dragons you need to slay; in order for you to get in on our Father’s plans for you. The Spirit is always with you and is constantly revealing His plans for you, even though they may be beyond human comprehension.

And you can rest assured that as long as it prospers you, gives you hope and a future, it is from our Father. For He did say,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So rejoice for the secret has already been unveiled to you. Therefore go, believe and enjoy.

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