The knowledge of the total sovereignty of God is the foundation of your peace, not an excuse for slovenliness. You cannot sit around and mope just because God is bigger than you- you should have known this all along.
Finding that God is in control of all things does not give you license to throw up your hands in passive resignation. Spiritual lethargy will make you weak and vulnerable to spiritual disease. “It is the will of Allah,” has no place amongst Christian people. To the contrary, the appropriation of Sonship is a continuous battle, specially designed by God to develop the skills and wits of the warriors that will one day rule the creation. You are to grow into the same free will that you now see in Jesus Christ. This requires that you begin today to exercise your will, though it be in a training environment. You do not yet fully comprehend the final spiritual habitation that God has planned for you. You have not yet attained the perfection that he intends for you. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. From your limited earthly perspective, you can still miss out. I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Now you must strive with every fiber of your being to reach for the highest destiny that you can possibly imagine. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. You must commit your finest efforts and maximum zeal to the vision that God has given you, trusting that he will lead you to attain it. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Pass your time on earth in humility, never ceasing to do the right thing. Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. You must contend for your spiritual goal as though it all depends on you, all the while knowing that it all depends on God. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded. Armed with the understanding that all things work the love of God, go forth with boldness and meet your spiritual enemy. Throw yourself into the fray against fear and doubt, knowing all the while that your end is secure and your victory certain. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.
No matter how dark things may look, yet the wisdom of God has orchestrated all that you see. This knowledge of God’s sovereign directing care is a weapon of trusting confidence. Armed with this knowledge you can face all the evil of creation, and there you will be called upon to slay the greatest foes ever created by the mind of God. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. The battle of the maturing Sons of God is not for the eradication of evil from the earth. It is for the eradication of evil in you. Every thought in your mind must be brought into subjection to God’s wisdom. Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Evil on the earth is here by God’s design and it is sustained by his wisdom. Evil is here for a wonderful purpose. It exists so that you may overcome it, and eventually gain the character of your Heavenly Father. The office of evil in you is the carnal mind that you were given at birth. This mind is one of the two curses of Eden. It is the command center of rebellion that God placed into Adam and Eve when they ate of the tree of good and evil. . This mind is a self-centered, evil miscreant that hates God. Because of this carnality, the will of man is deranged. Men begin life on earth as the opposite of what God is. They are captivated by a suicidal depravity, as the slaves of folly. For this cause God governs all the affairs of men during their insanity, and this arrangement will continue until each person kills his own carnality. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. As you war against the evil within yourself, you will destroy your own carnal mind. And the process of eradicating this loathsome enemy is the same process that will accomplish the maturing of your spirit. Only an increasingly mature spirit can overcome the steady corruption of carnality. This is why you were given a carnal mind in the first place. By conquering this adversary in conflict and battle, your spirit will be made strong, healthy, and alive. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Your carnal mind is your constant enemy. It has two eyes, one that points toward good and another that points toward evil. This mind is addicted to the duality of good and evil. It cannot see God in charge of both. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. The warring process that destroys your carnal mind will terminate this duality within you, and leave in its stead a mature spirit who will possess the personal knowledge of God’s unlimited sovereignty. Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. This newly mature spirit will have the Mind of Christ, which is singly eyed. Like the mind of God, the Mind of Christ has deep within it the knowledge and experience of evil. But this evil is kept divinely incarcerated. It can escape only when wrapped within a greater purpose of goodness and lovingkindness. When the Mind of Christ is mature in you, you will see God in total control of all things, both good and evil. Then you will recognize the unified beauty of your Father’s plan. You will see wisdom in all his works, and every work in God. Then you will finally begin to see God as he truly is.
Your spiritual maturity, authority, and power, will be gained by the crucifixion of your carnality. Your human thinking and desires must be destroyed. The “evil” in your life must be sent away, the “good” must be sacrificed, and both of these experiences must come to be understood as emanating from the superior wisdom of God. The fiery light that streams from the pyre of good & evil in your life, will illumine your spirit with the knowledge that God is all and in all. The crucifixion of your carnal mind is instigated by the problems that God brings to your day. As painful riddles waiting to be solved, these afflictions are sent to develop the Mind of Christ in you. As you attack your fears, attributing them all to the love of God, you will slay your carnal thinking and eradicate the duality within you. When you are immersed in an environment of bewildering evil, faith is given an opportunity to operate. It is by this heartache that your desires are turned away from the visible realm. As your inadequacy grows into a taunting monster, confidence in your own abilities will dissolve as a vague deception. Then your hope will become fixed on the invisible purpose of God, and your spirit will irrevocably turn to desire his perfection. Your spirit grows to maturity as your physical eyes tell you of failure, and yet you stand in the power of God. This is an experience that will focus your spiritual sight upon the absolute sovereignty of your Heavenly Father’s actions. There you will face your worst fears, until you find God in them.
This is the death process. The death of your carnal mind provides the nutrients required for the growth and resurrection of your spirit. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. By accomplishing this warfare your spirit will grow in forgiveness, and eventually enter into the divinity of agape-love. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. From the time of your birth your fallen carnal mind has ruled your spirit with unbelief, fear, doubt, lust, greed, and ingratitude. The battle for spiritual maturity is the battle to destroy this purveyor of death. Now you must attack and slay this adversary, annihilating its erroneous and selfish thoughts. You must pick up the sword of truth and thrust it through the heart of your own self-centered malignity. You must stare into the face of bewildering travail, and call it the love of God. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.
When problems engulf your life, set aside every earthly goal and throw yourself into the fight for spiritual maturity. Fear nothing, and let nothing stand in your way, for the greatest treasure that can be obtained from earth is a spirit matured into the perfect character of Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. This battle for personal spiritual maturity is the path to your dreams. It is the process of overcoming, and the algorithm that leads to becoming a Son of God. By winning this fight of faith, your spirit will eventually obtain the same wisdom, power, and immortality that Jesus Christ now has. This is your only goal, to complete the process that leads to your own spiritual perfection. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Most Christians today are virtually oblivious to this internal war for personal spiritual maturity. Instead, they are utterly preoccupied with the evil in those around them. The battle against personal internal evil is the fight for “maturity.” The battle against external evil is called “ministry.” After pressing the battle for your own maturity each day, only then exhort your family and community to do likewise. By your example, urge them to crucify their own carnality. Show them by your victory that God is sovereign over all things. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
The soon coming ministry of the mature Sons of God will easily eradicate all the evil that now runs rampant upon the earth. Any present mortal efforts to this end can be considered a good work, but will not bear any lasting fruit. For the good & evil that are upon the earth today are doing the work of God. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight. If you would like to fix the evils of earth that are external to your own faithless carnality, bring forth first your own spiritual maturity, and then you will come to the ministry you seek. Having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. This is the fight of faith. It is not a smug proclamation of your magnificent free will. Rather, it is the slaying of your carnality, the growth of your spirit, and the conquering of permanent spiritual treasure through warfare.