Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 34

THE FAITH SERIES: 5

THE THREE INGREDIENTS OF FAITH: BELIEVE THAT GOD IS

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭6‬ KJV)

To continue our discussion on faith it will be useful to look at what I have titled the ingredients of faith, they are three in all, you could call them steps or parts it really does not matter. These three must be present for you to walk in the God kind of faith.

Hebrew 11:6 is crucial to our study. It starts with 'But without faith it is impossible to please God..' Meaning there is no substitute to walking in faith if you want to please God, period!
Anything we do if it is to have acceptance before God, it has to be done in faith (Romans 14:23). God has an 'obsession' to be believed because He is a Spirit ( see Romans 8:8, Hebrews 11:3)

The primary desire of any right thinking Christian should and must be to please God (Revelations 4:11). Since that is the case it becomes imperative that we get it right. The beauty of Hebrews 11:6 is that the B part explains why this is so and how to achieve this objective. It gives the three parts that produces the kind of faith that pleases God.

'.......for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭6‬b KJV)

These are the three steps of faith, they all have to be present, 2 out of 3 would not do. If these three parts are present it will produce healing, joy, peace, wisdom, deliverance, material possession or whatever it is you need that is promised in the covenant.

The first step is that you must BELIEVE THAT GOD IS! What this means is that you must believe that God exist and He is who He says He is. This is the starting point. There is no point coming to Him if you have any doubts about His existence and the veracity of His word. Every word of His is sustained by the integrity of His person. So when you come to Him you must believe that He can backup everything that He has said (Hebrews 1:3, Titus 1:2)

A practical example is when you are sick and you come to Him, you must believe'.......by whose stripes ye were healed'. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ in part KJV). This verse implies that what you are asking for is already done. The type or severity of the sickness makes no difference with God. This applies to every aspect of our Christianity as long as there is provision for it in the new covenant. This is the first step of faith, it cannot be circumvented, if this step or ingredient is missing or skipped every other thing is a waste of time. You must first settle in your mind and BELIEVE THAT HE IS.

As important as this step is, it is not enough, you need two more to make it effective, it's like a gun, you need to load it with a bullet, then cork it, take your aim before you fire.

CONCLUSION
THOSE THAT COME TO HIM MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS

Thursday, 21 August 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 33

THE FAITH SERIES:4

FAITH IS A TWO WAY STREET

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:23, 24 KJV)


In the preceding capsule I tried to explain that faith is resident in each and everyone of us born again child of God, we now know it's the sensory organ of the born again spirit. The challenge we have is the need to consciously deploy it and not allow it to stay dormant. When we walk in faith God is pleased because it shows we are His children, God is a God of faith.

Knowing that God is a faith being is one thing, He really wants us to respond back in faith. In Mark 9: 23-24, the father of the boy must have done everything that he knew to do but Christ was trying to refocus his endeavour In verse 22 the father of the boy was putting all the responsibility on Christ, however in verse 23 Christ would not allow him to do that. He told the boy's father that he had a role to play, in other words 'faith is a two way street'!

Often times when it comes to healing, the sick needs to believe, deploy their faith to whatever extent they are able so that when you minister to them the sickness will disappear and the healing will manifest . (There are several reasons why this is so, unfortunately we do not have enough space to go into these).

In Mark 6:5-6, Christ could not perform the supernatural in His hometown . Notice that the passage says 'Christ COULD NOT DO' not that He wouldn't do. The reason why this happened is found in verse 6....'because of their unbelief'. Still in the same chapter verse 56 the direct opposite happened.

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (‭Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬ KJV)

In Matthew 8 the Centurion deployed his faith so much so that he made Christ marvel. All the Centurion wanted was for Christ to agree with him in words, he knew that faith is 'a two way street.'

Lastly, not everybody can express the same level of faith. What is important is that some level of expression must be present, evident and pure. That is why Christ said even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed it can move mountain (i.e. huge long standing problems). The Centurion was so active in faith all he needed was for Christ to say the word (Luke 7:7), in Mark 5:22-43, the woman with the menstrual problem needed to make physical contact to activate her faith, whereas Jairus was not strong enough to do either of these but believed enough that if Christ could get to his house his daughter would be healed. The three had to 'cooperate' the best way they can with Christ to get the job done. That is the message of Amos 3:3


CONCLUSION

IT TAKES TWO TO WALK THE STREET OF FAITH

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 32

THE FAITH SERIES:3

FAITH COMES

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.(Romans 12:3 KJV)

In this series we have discussed the importance of faith in the life of a Christian and gone further to identify the kind of faith we are talking about specifically. Probably one of the greatest challenge we have is believing that we have the God kind of faith (GKF), faith that is able to reach into the invisible and bring things into the physical realm. I hear people all the time say 'if only I have faith to do this or that..' This is an unfortunate statement because it goes counter to the word of God. To start with no man can become born again without the God kind of faith (Ephesians 2:8).

See Romans 12:3, this verse ends by saying that 'God hath dealt to everyone the measure of faith'. This is pretty straight forward, at the new birth it took the faith imparted by God to everyone of us to become born again. In fact being born again is the greatest miracle that would happen to you and it would have been impossible without you reaching for it without the God Kind of faith (GKF). The issue we have is that once we become born again we forget how we got here in the first place.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7 KJV)


Colossians 2:6-7, explains it, that the same way we received Christ through faith is the same way we should continue, subsequently your faith will become established. In other words we should develop the faith habit. The tendency is to revert to the old ways once we become born again.

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? ((Galatians 3:1-3)

This problem is so prevalent and longstanding that the Apostle Paul devoted a whole epistle to counter it. In fact he likened it to operating under a spell. This is probably one of the greatest deception of Satan, if he cannot stop you from the new birth , he would keep you under the deception that you have no faith, that is the reason Paul described it as 'spell' or bewitchment'

So how do we overcome this great challenge? You can only deploy your faith for what you know has been made available by grace. That is why Romans 10:7 says 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.' The word of God is the mirror of the spiritual world, it acquaints you with what is provided in the new covenant. You can't physically see, touch, smell, feel or taste the spiritual world but the word of God presents a perfect representation so that faith (GKF) the sense organ of your spirit can see (Read capsule 30).

Lastly, there is nothing inferior about your faith, this ought to be obvious, we were all born again through the same process. In fact the Apostle Peter said we all have the same precious faith (2 Peter 1:1), what more do you want ? What we lack is the faith habit.


CONCLUSION


YES FAITH COMES, SO USE IT

PS
In capsule 33, you will see that faith is a two way street , Amos 3:3



Wednesday, 6 August 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 31

THE FAITH SERIES 2


THREE KINDS OF FAITH

And Jesus answering saith to them, 'Have faith of God' (Mark 11:22 YLT)

In the first capsule of this series I started by emphasising the importance of faith and to be fair majority of Christians do appreciate this fact, unfortunately this has led to another set of problems.

1John 5:4 says 'For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith'

The scripture above says faith always guarantee your victory, however this is not the experience of the vast majority. We try everything we know to do and if it does not work we become confused because our experiences have not matched the scripture. The question is, which kind of faith?

In Mark 11:22 Christ answered the question by saying 'have faith in God' or in the literal Hebrew 'have faith of God' that is the God kind of faith. In my study of the word, personal experience and interaction with other Christians, I have come to identify three entities that on the surface might look alike but are vastly different when people talk about faith.

The first of this is what I call the Natural Human Faith or faith based on the five physical senses. This comes from knowledge accumulated through the physical senses and experience, if we are not careful we can confuse it with the God kind of faith. An expression of this is seen in the way we interact with things and people based on our previous experience. For instance we buy a flight ticket expecting to get to our destination once we board the plane. We drive through the traffic light when it turns green believing that others will stop, we sit on a four legged chair putting all our weight on it believing it will not collapse, the examples are endless. At the root of it all is the knowledge we have gathered from experiences based on physical senses. This faith is based on sense knowledge and limited, it will get you some things but not a miracle or the supernatural. Everybody have access to this faith even non-Christians.

The second type of faith is Mental Assent. This is where a vast majority of Christians find themselves. This faith give assent to the power of the gospel, agrees with all the promises mentally, all outward actions and confession suggest total agreement but in their heart there is a persistent nagging question that invalidates and disqualifies. The question is 'will God do it for me?' This question might never be spoken out, but it's there deep seated in the heart causing paralysing fear. This kind of faith is empty and non productive, it is full of empty confessions. Romans 10:10 'for with the heart we believe unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation '

Lastly, the God kind of faith. This is the real deal, this is the faith the Just must live by, it is the faith that Christ is referring to in Mark 11:22. Unlike the natural human faith, this faith 'call things that be not as if they were or in modern English, it acknowledges the existence of what the physical sense cannot perceive. Everything exist in two forms, the spiritual and the physical. God kind of faith have access to the spiritual form and is able to bring it into the physical realm, that is what we call the 'supernatural or miracle'. For the purpose of our blog, healing is already available in the spiritual form or realm. God kind of faith transfers it from the spiritual realm into your body which is in the physical realm. The natural human faith stays in the physical realm, mental assent peeps into the spiritual realm but is too timid to go in. If you want to enjoy the supernatural (that is outside of the natural) you will have to reach for it beyond the physical realm into the spiritual realm and bring it into the physical where you are, You can only do this with the God kind of Faith.

Let me encourage you with this, there is nothing wrong with the natural human faith as long as you appreciate it's limitations , in fact you can't do without it. God has given you your five physical senses for a reason, what we need to appreciate is that they constitute half the story, there is a spiritual world and it is more superior.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ KJV)

CONCLUSION
IF YOU ARE NOT REACHING FOR THE SUPERNATURAL, YOU ARE SUPERFICIAL.

PS
Watch out for Capsule 32......


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