Wednesday, 24 September 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 38

THE FAITH SERIES:8

FAITH AND WORKS

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭18‬ KJV)

I have been particularly encouraged by testimonies received since starting this weekly blog on divine healing, especially with this faith series. As previously stated somewhere else that the focus of God's pill might be divine healing but the application of the principles and doctrines is universal. So far I have tried to keep it simple, restricting the write ups to the meat of the matter. I appreciate the fact that some of the things being taught are counterculture and counter intuitive, to help those who really want to give further consideration or ask questions to clarify I would like to invite you to use the comments section or write me using my email below.

This week we would be looking at the interplay between FAITH and WORKS. What I have noticed is that those who are strong in their belief and understanding of the GRACE of God have difficulty in appreciating the place of works. What this does is that it breeds sloppiness and laziness. To be clear works as referred to in James chapter two is not referring to the works of the Law, but action based on your faith. This is what James 2:18 is referring to. In modern parlance we would say 'talk is cheap'. The way to show that you believe what you say you believe is to put 'motion to your notion'! Your action exposes what is in your heart.

We are saved by Grace through faith , but saving faith is never alone! Two things happen to your faith when it is followed by appropriate corresponding action

1. It makes your faith come alive.Your faith becomes vibrant and living        (James 2:20,26).

2. It perfects or makes your faith complete (James 2:22).

I really would have loved to explore and explain why this is so to help your understanding, however time and space would now allow in this forum

I have identified 3 types of actions from the scriptures (This is actually a Femiology or Femism). The first type of action that must always be present is what I call an Attitudinal Change. For your faith to be operative it demands that something should change in your attitude. You are not looking for anything or anybody to validate what you believe, it's like a quiet stubbornness, you just know in your knower. A good example is the Centurion in Luke 7:6-10. He was certain that the healing of his servant was a done deal so much so that the contrary did not cross his mind. This attitude made Christ marvel so much so that He commended it. This shows that the greatest action or work is not necessarily visible.

The second type of action suggest you do something. Exodus 14:13-16 is a good example, Moses assured the children of Israel that God was going to deliver them, but instead of moving forward he started crying to God. The response of God in verses 14-16 is interesting. What God expected him to do was to backup that confession with the corresponding action. Most of the time we say we are waiting on God, whereas the opposite is true. In John 5:8, Christ told a man that has been crippled for 38years to 'rise, take up your bed and walk'. Why? because 'Faith without work is dead!'

The third type of action is to 'stand' or resist. At times you've done all you know to do all that is left is to maintain your stance or resist the temptation to give up (James 4:7, Ephesians 6:13-14). The word resist means to actively fight against, to maintain your stance , refuse to give up or maintain gained ground..

None of these three form of action or work is passive. Some of the greatest healing or victory I have ever experienced came with just a change in attitude based on a firm conviction in my heart. Virtually all the Healing that happened with Christ demanded one or more of these three actions from the recipient, It might be subtle but if you look closely the action will be there, it's a Law of faith.

CONCLUSION
FAITH ALWAYS DEMAND A CORRESPONDING ACTION TO MAKE IT COMPLETE AND ALIVE

Ps
We would look at Faith and Hope next. Leave a comment or write me (femibidowu@yahoo.co.uk orfemibidowu@gmail.com)


Femi Idowu
MindGym

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 37

THE FAITH SERIES:7

FAITH AND GRACE

In the next few capsules I would like to show the interplay of faith with some other spiritual forces. This is important in order to work in strong faith without necessarily going into the extreme. Nothing stands alone. We would be starting with Grace.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭8-9‬ KJV)

One of the commonest statements we all have heard is 'faith moves God'! As right sounding as this statement might be, I believe it is wrong and gives a distorted impression of God. It is not God that needs to move, it is you, GOD MOVED 2000 years ago by faith when Christ paid the price (John 3:16). The day you accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour is the day you moved by faith to appropriate the provision of salvation that has always been waiting for you.

Let me make it simple, what God has provided through the New Covenant is GRACE, we call it unmerited favour because no man deserved or worked for it (Romans 11:6). Your positive response to Grace is Faith, or Faith only appropriates what God has already provided by Grace.

Often times I have heard somebody praying for healing and the result is not forth coming say 'I really don't know what else I can do, I have prayed and fasted yet I am still sick'. What they are actually saying is 'what do I do to get God to move or heal me?' The problem with this attitude is multifaceted .

1.You are more focused on what you have done not what God/Christ did already. This is work mentality, you are trying to earn what God
provided by grace, what you should do is receive it as a gift (Ephesians 2:8,9)

2. This attitude gives the impression that God is reluctant to heal you. This is anti-scripture. As far as God is concerned, He has already healed you, that is why 1Peter 2:24 is in past tense.

3. Your prayer and fasting may change you, but not God. Your prayer and fasting may make you love God more, God already loved you unconditionally (John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

I know this is counter culture , by all means we should pray like we've never prayed before, we should fast like we've never fasted before but we should do it with the right motive. Praying and fasting makes our heart tender and more sensitive to spiritual things hence we become more audacious in FAITH to access GRACE (Romans 5:1,2)

CONCLUSION
GRACE IS WHAT GOD DID, FAITH IS WHAT YOU DO IN RESPONSE


PS
We would consider the interplay of faith and work next. God loves you so do I.




'Femi Idowu
http://www.mindgym.org.uk/

Thursday, 11 September 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 36

THE FAITH SERIES 6

THE THREE INGREDIENTS OF FAITH: THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM

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)

Now we have come to the third ingredient of faith. It is my sincere hope that things are just a bit clearer and your understanding better. The spiritual can be taught and understood. The third ingredient talks about DILIGENTLY SEEKING GOD.

Anybody can seek God when their back is against the wall, but only few would make this a lifestyle and that is what separates the boys from the men. If you don't want to be a faith cripple you must exercise your faith muscle consistently and constantly, this is what pleases God. When you are in faith , it means you are constantly in touch with Him. There is no way you can fellowship with God except through faith because He is not accessible to the five physical senses.

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭38‬ KJV)

The same thought is seen in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Habakkuk 2:4. If we are to grow in grace we have to live by faith because spiritual things can only be accessed through faith (Romans 5:2). Don't forget that God is a Spirit and blessings are spiritual ( John 4:24 and Ephesians 1:3 respectively). Healing comes from the spirit , so living diligently by faith gives you ready access to divine health. You don't have to be sick , however if you fall sick you don't have to stay that way.(Capsules 9,11. Romans 8:11). The same applies for all the covenant promises and provision

To recap, those who come to God must believe that GOD is who He says He is, He rewards and wants us to be in constant fellowship with Him.

CONCLUSION
IF YOU ARE TO TALK THE TALK AND WALK THE WALK, YOU HAVE TO WALK AND LIVE BY FAITH

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.u

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 35

THE FAITH SERIES:5

THREE INGREDIENTS OF FAITH: GOD IS A REWARDER

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)

In Capsule 34 we started with the first of the three ingredients of faith 'when you come to God, you must believe that He is'. I took time to explain that there is no point coming to God if you don't have an irrefutable belief in both His person and integrity. As important as this step is it is not enough. In fact it won't get you much because that is what 'religion' preaches. Even demons believe that God exist. 'Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James‬ ‭2‬:‭19‬ KJV). This is probably one of the greatest put down in the word of God.


STEP 2 (Second Ingredient)

'.............for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder....(‭Hebrews ‭11‬:‭6 in part‬ KJV)

The second ingredient says when you come to God you do not only believe that He is, but also believe that He is a rewarder. This is the most crucial and delicate step, it goes deep into what the nature of who God is, His whole essence.....LOVE. This is where 'religion is completely different from Christianity'. There is a yearning in the heart of God, all His actions are expressed through love. See John 3:16, God loved the world so much that the way He expressed it was to give the best He had. Not only is God all powerful, the unique thing is His willingness to put it at your disposal, but your level of expectation is what limits Him (Ephesians 3:20).

This step is the one I regard as the most crucial , it seems to me the most difficult for majority of us to grasp. Somehow religion has robbed us of the joy of this step. We tend to act as if we need to beg and plead with God in order to earn His reward. We do not have any doubt that God is able to do what He has promised, the struggle we have is 'WILL HE DO IT FOR ME?'. This is usually more evident in cases where physical manifestation is needed like healing. Let's take our salvation for example, when we come to God and confess Christ as Lord, virtually everybody I know believed that God wiped away their sin subsequently and they are saved. We then expect the dividends of salvation to follow. The only reason for this, is that we believed that 'he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder...' Do you see my point? The same way when you come to God for healing , deliverance from demonic oppression or poverty , you must believe that He is a rewarder. (Colossians 2:6,7). This sounds simple, but it truly is, although it is not easy because religion wars against our mind. We keep asking ourselves 'have I done enough to merit it?' Think about it for a minute, if salvation which is the greatest miracle you will ever experience can be straight forward why should healing or deliverance be more difficulty?

Having the attitude that 'God is a rewarder' is important because it speaks of your expectation and also helps you to retain the manifestation of what you are expecting. The reason why some Christians pray and don't get the result they desire is because they are not sure of what they are expecting in the first instance. Let me put it this way, 'it is less than useless to pray if you are not expecting an answer (reward)' 1John 5:14-15, Matthews 7:7-9.

Lastly, you must not fall into the trap of thinking that somehow you've earned it, you need to constantly remind yourself that it is the faithfulness and grace of God (Romans 11:6). The joy of this is that it frees you from any condemnation and burden of performance. This helps to build and boost your confidence to walking in faith.

CONCLUSION
FAITH IS NOT GOD CAN OR EVEN GOD WILL, BUT GOD HAS DONE IT!!!

Ps
We will look at the third ingredient of faith in Capsule 36, don't go away.

'Femi Idowu
http://www.mindgym.org.uk/