Why do want to establish good habits of faith? Faith joins us to Christ that we may see clearly from His perspective.
What are we seeing clearly? Whatever we look upon. As when Enoch, Abraham, Isaiah, John, and Hermas were shown things in heavenly realms with angelic guides. What they saw needed explaining. What they looked upon required knowledge for understanding.
The thought occurred to me this morning that if we find ourselves asking scale questions like, "is this a good habit of faith" we end up with a disconnect. We end up saying, this is a habit of faith and that is just a habit not pertaining to faith... neither good nor evil. But being neither good nor evil doesn't make it good... the disconnect is in thinking that some choices sit on the fence and are therefore need not be measured on the scale of truth.
We are taught very early on in coming into covenant to establish new habits of faith... use the tools... to assist is in gaining experience with working cooperatively with the assisted ability of the Spirit. To assist us in gaining His perspective so we can stand in it.
So a better question would be, am I standing in God's perspective or do I have blind spots in my vision... places I refuse to look upon for fear of discovery? Like that closet door you hope your guests won't open after you made a hurried preparation for their visit.
Not all choices are choices of faith. But all our choices should be made while having the mind of Christ (which we gain by having established these good habits of faith keeping us joined to the access He provides to His grace and truth through His hub of stewardship.)
When we begin to separate some choices from godly examination, we begin to show evil favoredness. We begin to show partiality. We begin to say... this one doesn't need to go through security... it's a personal friend of mine... but we aren't ambassadors of our own kingdoms. We have given our power and authority over to Christ... who are we to be inviting our personal friends into His Temple?
Would you continue to employ a home monitoring service that didn't notify you of EVERY break-in? If you found out they were letting in some people because, "they looked alright to me." Of course not. So it is also with us as we are now standing as porters at the door of our conscience. To do this well we MUST stand in His Light... we might look into the shadows to investigate a problem but we must not stand in that shadow while trying to discern. We must step back out of the shadow and bring it under the clarity of the grace and truth.
In using the 5 steps as a tool in taking every thought captive, I've been noticing choices I make mindlessly that had been flying under the radar so to speak.
I'm beginning to recognize a pattern by observing this behavior and am seeking the Lord for assistance. I'm reminded of what Apostle Paul wrote:
1 Corinthians 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.
If I'm making mindless choices... There must be a power influencing my will other than grace. I'm beginning to recognize a distortion cloaked in natural daily choices.
As property of Christ, I cannot be caught off guard allowing unseen powers to gain free access to my will. I would look like a foolish guard caught sleeping on the job.
As Paul wrote, I will make sure all my choices are made with cognitive, sober minded, reason: stepping back from the familiar shadows to stand in the perspective of grace before making the choice.
This way, I know the powers influencing my will and none will be able to take advantage of blind spots.
So my scale question, "Am I standing in God's perspective or trying to discern again from the perspective of my first birth?"
What I want to remember today: Not all choices are choices of faith. But all our choices should be made while having the mind of Christ.