Wednesday, 17 January 2018

GOD'S PILL 2018 : CAPSULE 3

THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”
Matthew 11:27 KJV

In the last capsule we looked at the way God interacted with man in the garden of Eden, and saw that it was never His intention that there should be any barrier or protocols to observe. This all changed following the Fall and even more so with the introduction of the Law of Moses. However with the ransomed payment and redemptive work of Christ, something better than the original was restored (Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 10:19-20). This is not just academic or theory, understanding this change in dynamics is fundamental to the New Creation realities. Once you get a good grasp of this it will affect every aspect of your Christian life (Romans 8:15-17).

Before we begin to consider the invitation in Matthew 11:28, it is important to check out the declaration of Christ in the verse before. The worth of any invitation is based on two things; the integrity of the person offering it and the quality of what is being offered.

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”
Matthew 11:27 KJV


In Matthew 11:27 Christ leaves us in no doubt that He is the sole custodian of everything God has to offer, and even more crucial, that nobody can truly know God the Father except He (Christ) reveals Him (Father). Christ is the only one that can reveal the true nature of God, no one else. The Great Invitation in Matthew 28 is rooted and watered in this knowledge. Colossians 2:9, says (my paraphrase) He is the embodiment of the agency of the Trinity here on Earth, everything good and Godly is through Him. That is the resume of He who is giving the INVITATION, so it is vital that we take such invitation seriously.

“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
John 6:28-29 KJV (bold letters mine)

Most of the time we are consumed with the need to get things right with God. In this attempt, we often complicate what God has made simple. There is only one thing that God requires of us and this is to believe Christ! John 6:28-29. This gives life to everything that we do, it raises this invitation to another level, it becomes The great INVITATION . This is the way back to Eden; back to the tree of Life, back to the abundant provisions and back to having Fellowship without restrictions or protocol with God through His Spirit.

CONCLUSION
IT'S TIME TO TAKE UP THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE

Additional Readings: Genesis 2:1-17, Genesis 3:22-24, John 5:19-47


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

GOD'S PILL 2018 : CAPSULE 2

THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 KJV

Introduction
As I have informed a few of my partners this year we intend to be bold and courageous, and with this first series we would look at two things that cut through the bible from Genesis to Revelation. Two things that define God's intention for man and Creation in general. It is my considered opinion that when we understand these two themes it will help clear most of the confusion the modern church is grappling with. There are different teachings on Curses, Tithes/offerings, deliverance from demonic control, healing and health, poverty/prosperity, forgiveness of sin/sins, the list is endless. My belief is that at the root of the confusion is a fundamental misinformation and misunderstanding about the true nature of God. These two planks are, what is God's attitude to us as New Creations and secondly what does God want for us?

There is a clear distinction, a wide gap between the Old and New Covenants that is often ignored. The bible must always be translated in the light and revelation of the redemption work of Christ, otherwise we run into error. I have titled this series THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE.

The Preamble

At the end of Genesis chapter 3, after the fall, we see God driving Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden and placing cherubims at the entrance to prevent them from coming back. Ever since then there has been a yearning in the heart of man to find his way back to God and to Eden. Unfortunately anything based on human effort is really not acceptable to God, hence the destruction of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). Man cannot by himself find his way back to God, he can only do so by the provision and invitation from God (John 6:44)

Even when the Old Covenant was instituted it was couched with laws of performance and sacrifices such that contact with God was tedious and onerous. There were strict checks and conditions, it was even restricted to a few (High Priests and Prophets). But there is a deep need in everyone to find the way back to Eden, because in Eden there was the Tree of life (healing and health), the abundant material provision and Fellowship with God like Adam had in the cool of the evening (Genesis chapters 2 and 3). In Eden there were no protocols to observe, God Fellowshiped with man unfettered, not so in the Old Covenant, those who approached God uninvited got struck down. No wonder Paul calls it the ministration of death (2 Corinthians 3:7)

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” Hebrews 10:19-20 KJV

The way back to God, (back to Eden, the word of life, abundant provision and fellowship with the Holy Spirit) has now been provided by Christ. There are no Cherubims with flaming swords to prevent us like they did to Adam and Evil after the Fall (Genesis 3:24), or to the children of Israel in the Tabernacle at the Mercy seat. It's a new and living way back home. Hebrews 10:19 says unlike in the Old Testament we should come boldly, that is confidently without fear or any sense of condemnation. What a contrast to what they experienced under the law. Unlike Adam we have the word, we know who we are, we are not suffering identity crisis, we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) we ought not be tempted by what is already ours and we have access to.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV


Unlike in the Old Covenant where all they had was restricted access to the Mercy seat, we have an open invitation to the throne of Grace. On the way we even obtain mercy which takes care of all our inadequacy, so that there is no sense of condemnation (remember that High Priest in the Old Covenant appeared before God with fear and trembling). Hebrews 4:16 says we will find grace to help in time of need. This is the New and Living way better than what we lost in Eden.


CONCLUSION
IT'S TIME TO TAKE UP THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE THE GREAT EXCHANGE


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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 4 January 2018

GOD'S PILL 2018, CAPSULE 1

IT IS TIME TO DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD

Happy New Year!
It is a great time to be alive, I believe you had a wonderful Christmas and if you are like me, you should expect better things this year. That is really not a prophecy, but the Gospel truth, the good news that comes with salvation. It is that time of the year that most Christians endeavour to whip their spiritual lives into shape. In other to do that, we set different spiritual goals; start various bible study plans, subscribe to different prayer groups and the highly motivated among us might even go on a long fast. The reason for this, is because, we all know that things cannot be business as usual, there is that urge to push for the divine. We instinctively know that we are designed and destined for much more (Ephesians 2:10). But for the majority, these lofty ideals don't last! The reason is simple, fads don't last, only habits do. For you to see the long lasting change you desire, you need to develop self sustaining spiritual habits. In this first capsule of the year, I intend to show you a simple way to solve this conundrum.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4 KJV

Psalms 37 verse 4 is the antidote. It says 'delight yourself in the Lord, then He (that is God) will give you the desires of your heart. This passage is traditionally interpreted as, when you delight yourself in God, whatever you desire He will fulfill or give it to you. If this is your interpretation, then it won't take long before you become frustrated.

This interpretation is fundamentally flawed. It presupposes that you can manipulate God to do your bidding. This way of thinking is the reason a significant percentage of 'prayer seems unanswered', it shows you don't understand the true nature of God. Psalms 37:4, is an admonition to make delighting God your sole and primary purpose; to want to know Him intimately and intricately. When you make this your sole purpose, it will get to a point where what God desires would become your desire. In other words, your desires would no longer be yours but what God has put there. You are not seeking to do your own thing, you don't have a personal agenda (John 4:34). When this happens you become a channel for His wisdom, prayer becomes a delight not a chore, your thoughts are one with God, it takes the pressure away from you, because what God has started He will complete (Philippians 1:6).

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20 KJV

The truth is that God wants you to succeed better than you can imagine. Think about it, after all He is the one that saved you and promised you abundant life (John 10:10, 3John 
1:2, Luke 12:32). He wants you Well, Free from demonic oppression or condemnation of Sin and Free from material lack. When you delight yourself in God, the very life of God will flow from the inside out, you will not be bothered by what other people around you are doing because you know you are on the right track. The goals you set will not come from you, but from your delight in Him.

“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.”
1 Samuel 13:14 KJV (Bold letters mine).

In the above scripture, the phrase 'man after His own heart', means someone after God's thought. David never planned to be King, he never set it as a goal, all he was interested in was to know the thoughts of God. It was God who was busy planning things, David just delighted himself in God (2 Samuel 5:12). David's main goal was to delight himself in God.

Whatever your goals are this year, you need an overriding goal, IT IS TIME TO DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD. You need to make the main thing, the main thing. Develop this spiritual habit, it will stand the test of time, in fact you will not need to change it. Don't drive yourself, be driven of God, it makes the ride less stressful, more enjoyable and you will achieve more 'effortlessly'. Again, Happy New Year! Expect a BIGGER, BRIGHTER, BETTER and BOLDER 2018.

CONCLUSION
MAKE THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING, CONCENTRATE ON DELIGHTING YOURSELF IN THE LORD.


PS
We would start a fresh series in the next capsule, it has a direct correlation with our last series: Ingredients of a perfect day. I expect all the teachings of the last four years to yield exponential dividends this year. We have sowed, we are growing , it is time to harvest. Don't stop teaching or spreading the word....facebook, twitter etc.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 49

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: REST WITHOUT ANXIETY

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalms 127:1-2 KJV (bold letters mine)

Thank God for a glorious year, as always God has been faithful to His Word, He has kept and increase us (Isaiah 60:22). We are believing Him for greater things for the future, and wish the same for you. This is the last ingredient for a perfect day and it is in no way inferior to the other six. A quick recap, we started with Getting to grips with the day; Embracing it with Joy, and Expect supernatural favour. Own and shape the day, Diligence comes next, then Give thanks and show appreciation.

Soul and Body
The seventh Ingredient of perfect day is the ability to rest or sleep without anxiety. I wish I have a better way of putting this. All the other ingredients will fail if this one is not fully grasped. As I have said in many other places, the real you is your spirit but to function here on earth we have a soul and live in a body. Your body is designed to have a period of rest at regular intervals for it to recharge itself, otherwise it will breakdown and become diseased. Likewise your mind (thinking apparatus) is not designed for constant anxiety or worry otherwise it leads to mental illness. Psalms 127:1-2 captures these two thoughts very clearly and there are many more, Philippians 4:6, Luke 10:41. Please do not misunderstand me, this is not an excuse for laziness, no not at all. Anxiety and worry are different from concern, God will grant you understanding to differentiate. Every day must be capped with rest, a period when mind and body go to sleep. This is a declaration that you have done all you can for today, tomorrow is another day (Matthew 6:34). Sleep is a gift from God don't waste it (Psalm 127:2)

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” - Matthew 6:30 KJV

Expression of Faith
The ability to rest or sleep away from anxiety or worry is an expression of your faith in God. Matthew 6:30 says, the fact that God pays so much attention to temporary things should give you the confidence that your needs are taken care of. Psalms 121:3-4, implies that you should rest and go to sleep because God is awake on your behalf anyway, so what good will it do for both of you to stay up? Worry and anxiety negates the good work of faith.

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;” Genesis 2:21 KJV


God's best works
In Genesis 2:18-23, Adam had a crucial need of a 'help meet', despite his best efforts in verses 19-20 he could not achieve this. What he struggled with, God did while he was asleep, albeit forced. Sometimes, God's best work is done when you are asleep or resting. This because a lot of the time God is trying to communicate with us but we are too busy to listen, a good sleep will quiet your mind and body so that your spirit can hear. Always remember we are human beings, not human doings. The need for rest is the earliest lesson God taught man, He created Adam on the sixth day so that his first experience will be day of rest (7th day). The sabbath day under Mosaic law was symbolic of this and as New Creations, He ushered us into our rest in Christ. When you've done all you know how to do, it's time to sleep and rest, so that God can do all He has promised to do, that is the 7th Ingredient for a perfect day! Rest is like gift wrapping the day and returning it back to God, saying I trust You.
We close this year with this capsule, of this wonderful series that has the potential to completely change the way you live. I pray that the little we have shared will be simplified and enlarged in your hearts by the Holy Spirit. I believe you had a wonderful Christmas. God has in store for you a bigger, bolder and brighter 2018.


CONCLUSION
WISDOM DICTATES THAT YOU REST TO CROWN A PERFECT DAY


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 48

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: GIVE THANKS, SHOW APPRECIATION (PART 2)

In capsule 47 we started on the sixth ingredient of a perfect day, 'Giving thanks to God always', this is the second part of the same ingredient. This is a compound ingredient with two inseparable components, the first part is the vertical expression. In this capsule, we will discuss the horizontal, ‘Showing appreciation to people.’ Everyday is a spiritual gift from the womb of eternity, it needs to be understood, so that we can maximise it. No day ever comes perfect, but with the right ingredients, and knowledge to apply them, we end up with a perfect day (Proverbs 4:18, Ephesians 5:15-17)

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs18:24 KJV

SHOW APPRECIATION TO PEOPLE
We cannot survive without the presence of God in our lives, it is also true that you need help from the right people to have a meaningful day. We are designed for Fellowship and interaction with others. You will wear yourself thin and out, if this ingredient is lacking. Whether you know it or not, your attitude is either attracting people to you or pushing them away. When you show appreciation, it is evidence that you have placed premium on their worth. We all have the tendency to go where we are celebrated, not where we are tolerated. The Apostle Paul ended all his epistle recognising and appreciating his partners in ministry, he mentioned them by name. The letter to the Philippians is a thank you note in its entirety. It is a godly attitude to recognise the contributions of others, you will get more that way. This is especially true of those of your household (both the physical and household of faith).

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Psalms 119:165 KJV

I have come to realise that there is some form of tenderness that come with spiritual maturity, the ability to get along with people. In Acts 15:59, Paul separated from John Mark, however just before the end of his life in 2 Timothy 4:11, the same Mark was one of the few left that he could depend on. Never use the yardstick of yesterday to measure people today.

“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:1-2 KJV

It is one thing to recognise and appreciate those who you know, however make it a habit to be kind to strangers. Smile when you see strangers, go out of your way to be helpful. Abraham and Sarah did this in Genesis 18, and they received the final word of prophesy concerning Isaac. Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you. None of us do this perfectly, but all of us can do it more. Christ went out of His way to chat the Samaritan woman and she brought the whole village to Him, what a reward! So never stop giving thanks to God, show appreciation to people, that is the sixth ingredient of a perfect day.

CONCLUSION
THANKSGIVING AND APPRECIATION LEADS TO MULTIPLICATION

PS
The next capsule will be the 7th and the Last ingredient of a perfect day. From all of us at MinDGyM we wish you a great time this Christmas. Spread the Word and reap the world


Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

GOD'S PILL: 2017 : CAPSULE 47

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: GIVE THANKS, SHOW APPRECIATION

This is the sixth Ingredient of a perfect day. If you are just joining us, I would suggest you take in the first five capsules in this series for maximum effect. The first five days of Creation was devoted by God to providing the things Man would require for meaningful existence here on earth. On the sixth day God created man, with the express command to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion over those things that came before (Genesis 1:28). My submission is that, to do that perfectly, you need to be in control of each day. Instinctively we all know that, hence the expression 'having a good or bad day'. What we are discussing here are the ingredients you need to have a perfect day.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV


GIVE THANKS
There are two sides to the sixth ingredient, the first is that you need to be Thankful to God always, the second is that you must Show appreciation to people. 1Thessalonians 5:18 (my paraphrase), 'whatever the circumstances, give thanks, or don't stop being thankful, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you'. In other words, don't allow situations or circumstances to dictate your disposition towards God, it is His will that you remain thankful (Psalm 34:1). What you see is temporary, but God remains faithful, so should you (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). There are good reasons why it is to your benefit to remain thankful whatever the day throws at you, let's consider a few of them.

The very first thing you notice when you maintain an attitude of gratitude, is that it stops you from murmuring. You cannot be truly thankful and murmur at the same time, they are mutually exclusive. Murmuring is an act of rebellion, an expression of ingratitude (read the account of the children of Israel in the wilderness). It is evidence that you have accepted a negative situation, disgruntled and you are helpless. Leaders don't murmur! Followers that murmur never become leaders.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 KJV


When you continue in thanksgiving all day long, it makes you rooted and established in God, it is evidence that you are focused on the solution. In fact true thanksgiving only comes from a believing heart, it makes your faith complete. It is evidence that you know that there is only one God and you are not Him (Colossians 2:6-7). Psalms 22 verse 3 declares that the manifest presence of God is seen when you articulate your thanks in praise. Murmuring does the reverse. In the spiritual, murmuring attracts demonic influence, just like bad odour attracts flies in the physical. Praise and thanksgiving are what attracts ministering angels, that is the familiar sound of heaven (Revelation 4:10-11).

“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand.” Psalms 149:6 KJV


There is something about praise and thanksgiving that stops evil in its tracks, and infuses the day with positive energy. Psalms 149 espouses praise, it says it is like a two edge sword, that the devil and his cohorts cannot stand. Thanksgiving is the ingredient that disinfects the day of all unwanted influences, it keeps your focus on the job at hand, and provides the first part of that essential sixth ingredient that is needed for a perfect day. In the next capsule we would look at the second part of the sixth ingredient. Being thankful to God should be coupled to showing appreciation to people for it to be effective. It is like sodium and chloride, when joined together, becomes sodium chloride, something that season and add flavour to your day.

CONCLUSION
A PERFECT DAY REQUIRES CONTINUOUS INFUSION OF THANKSGIVING

Ps
There is much more to life than following meaningless routine, everyday comes with its own unique peculiarities. That is the reason why we need to learn and apply the ingredients to perfect each day. Please continue to spread the word, link MinDGyM with your social media sites.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 46

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: BE DILIGENT, DON'T SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29 KJV

We are on the fifth ingredient of a perfect day. Everyday matters, time is like a currency, once spent, you cannot get it back. The intention is to get the best out of everyday because nobody can live in yesterday, today and tomorrow are still part of your future. My sincere intention is to present these ingredients in a way that would enhance you and ensure you end up with a perfect day. Remember no day comes as a perfect package, but with the right ingredients, we could make it so. On a cautionary note, I am not trying to present myself as someone who has got it all sorted, there are still things that I am grappling with. We started with Getting to grips with the day, then Embracing the day with Joy, followed by Expecting supernatural favour as we walk through the day, with these you can own and shape the day.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29 KJV

Proverbs 22:23 is a favourite of mine and it ought to be that of any spiritually switched-on person. This should be a no brainer, unfortunately, the western culture and the prevalent welfare mentality (wanting something for nothing) that comes with it has done a lot of damage. It has unconsciously encouraged laziness. With all the benefits and opportunities the day offers, with all the power and authority at our disposal, every New Creation should desire to standout, we should crave excellence in output. Our index scripture says, diligence will make you standout, and ultimately lead to great reward (Proverb 12:24). Let me be blunt, laziness is wasteful and ungodly. I challenge you to go through the scriptures, every man or woman ever used by God, was busy doing something before the call. Even Adam was commanded by God to cultivate and dress garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). Diligence means to show care and conscientiousness in your work, to show excellence in what you do.

“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” Romans 12:11 KJV

Diligence does not necessarily mean working hard, it is an attitude, a positive response to appropriate all the benefits the day has to offer. God demands fervency if we are to inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). The day is a spiritual entity that will only yield to those who make the necessary demand through spirit of excellence.

“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” Proverbs 12:27 KJV

Proverbs 12:27 says, lazy people fail to add value to their product, but the diligent considers what he owns as precious. We all have 24 hours in a day, with diligence things that appear impossible end up as possible, and unveil new opportunities. In my early Christian walk I knew a brother who had abundance when it came to the prophetic, unfortunately his lack of diligence stunted everything. Wake up everyday with enthusiasm to put in your best and you will be surprised that it will open up to you. It does not matter whether you own the business or you work for somebody. What you make happen for someone, God will make happen for you. There is someone observing you, add diligence to your day, standout from the crowd, it's an essential ingredient for a perfect day.

CONCLUSION
THE FIRST FOUR ARE NOT ENOUGH, YOU NEED DILIGENCE

Ps
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk