Wednesday, 29 October 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 43

FAITH AND LOVE

THE FAITH SERIES:11

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (‭1Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭13‬ KJV)

Welcome back! In this capsule we would discuss the interplay and interaction between love and faith. For me this is the granddaddy of them all. Let's put it this way, everything , absolutely everything works through the love of God. Love must always be your motive, if it isn't, your faith is fake, useless and you will struggle and run out of steam (1Corinthians 13:1-7). However if you are motivated by love, expect results (1Corinthians 13:8). Now, I will have to assume that you know or at least understand the LOVE I am talking about, because there is not enough space in this blog, suffice it to say GOD = LOVE, LOVE = GOD. So I say the more revealed knowledge of love you have, the more of God you can express or manifest. I am not talking about the wishy washy, mamby pamby....Hollywood stuff, of course you know what I mean. I am talking about agape, the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE of God (Romans 5:6-10)

The reason why people are fearful is not because we have any doubt in the power of God, the nagging question is 'Does God love me enough?' They then become fearful. The reason why a lot of people don't have confidence that when they pray for healing for themselves or others is because they have this question in their hearts 'does God love me enough to do it for me, have I done enough to deserve it? This poor self image is due to the fact that they don't understand the love of God (1John 5:14-15). When you understand the love of God, when you have a revealed knowledge of what it is, faith becomes a by product.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (‭1John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ KJV)

1John 4:18 says the antidote for fear is the love of God, in fact it chases out the fear or torment or doubt about any ifs or buts that you may have, subsequently this breeds uncommon confidence. Where there is no fear faith will flourish . The more you appreciate the love of God the more you walk in faith, this is the whole thrust of Ephesians 3:17-20 that is often quoted.
Usually when I give testimonies about healing, it gets people excited, but once you ask them to lay hands on somebody who is sick and command healing in the name of Jesus , their excitement turn into dread, why? Because they don't know that God loves all of us equally, He is not a respecter of persons .

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬ KJV)

The second part of Galatians 5:6 says 'faith works by love'. In my own experience , when I'm struggling in the area of faith concerning certain issue, I spend time and meditate on the Love of God, as this swells in my heart, faith rises automatically (Romans 5:5). When you are backed into a corner and it seems there is no place to go and you feel all alone, shut every other voice out and remember God, the almighty God, Creator of the heavens and Earth and everything in between Loves you unconditionally, meditate on it and faith will rise like Incredible Hulk in your heart!

CONCLUSION
BELIEVE THE LOVE AND FAITH WOULD FLOW

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 42

FAITH AND UNBELIEF


THE FAITH SERIES: 10c

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭19-21‬ KJV)

As promised we would conclude the discussion of the interplay between faith and unbelief in this capsule but I would implore you to go through capsules 40 and 41 over and over again. Understanding this concept have radicalised my thinking and really helped in ministering healing although it applies to all aspects of the faith walk. By now I believe you are looking at the scripture in Matthew 17:19-21 differently. I intend to shed some light by the grace of God on the reason why Christ said 'Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.'


This caveat would suggest that there are more than one type of 'unbelief' otherwise Christ would not have said 'this type'. In my study of the scripture and from discussions with other Christians I have come to identify three types of 'unbeliefs' ( I confess this is essentially a Femiology or Femism). The First type is what I call unbelief due to ignorance or lack of knowledge. This is the type Christ referred to in Matthew 22:29, the only way to deal with this is to expose yourself to the word of God (this is over simplification, but will suffice for now). The other type of unbelief is what I called disbelief. This is usually due to wrong teaching or tradition, this is the one Christ referred to in Mark 7:13. This type is a lot more difficult to deal with. Its like wanting to write on a blackboard that's already been used, you will have to first get rid of what has already been written or clean it off otherwise the struggle is unending. Once you've been taught wrong , it takes extra effort and commitment to accept the truth, however the antidote is also the word of God. The type of unbelief referred to in Matthew 17:19-21 is completely different from these two and for want of a better name I will call it 'natural unbelief'. This type of unbelief is based on the physical senses. I personally think this is the most difficult one to shift, it is something we must constantly deal with.

The disciples commanded the demon to come out of the boy and contrary to there expectation things got worse, 'he foamed in the mouth and convulsed', apparently things got worse instead of getting better. This will rock anybody except you know what is happening. In practical terms when you minister healing to somebody and instead of healing the Doctor tells you the disease is worse and they present you with medical report showing you that the cancer has spread further, how do you deal with this ? How do you maintain your stand in faith when the physical evidence is to the contrary? How do you stop this 'natural unbelief from overwhelming your faith? The answer is 'this type of unbelief does not go away except by prayer and fasting'.

This will be an abbreviated explanation. Prayer and fasting are both purely spiritual (John 4:24, Romans 8:6). When you are praying, for your payer to be effective you must believe in God that you cannot see yet He exists. The implication is that you come to a place where your physical senses must accept that there is an unseen world which is superior to the physical world, because you are expecting the solution to the physical problem to come from the spiritual (Hebrews 11:3). If you understand this properly then you must know that it's not how loud or how hard you pray but what you believe. Similarly when you fast, after sometime your physical senses become quiet and you are more aware of the spiritual (Matthew 4:2-3, Luke 4:2-3). The net effect of these is that when you are standing in faith and you see something contrary to what you are expecting in the physical, because you have trained your senses to know that there is a spiritual world that trumps the physical, you are then able to resist the 'natural unbelief' so that it does not weaken or contaminate your faith (Hebrews 5:14).

I have seen this over and over again, there are instances when you pray for somebody to be healed, they call you the next day that the disease is worse. I once agreed in prayer with a Christian brother concerning his pregnant wife, that she would not have a surgical intervention, the next day things took a turn for the worse, but because I understood what was going on, I encouraged him and we stood firm, refusing to change our confession, we won. Prayer and fasting sensitises you to the spiritual like no other.

CONCLUSION
THIS TYPE OF UNBELIEF WILL NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING

‭‭‭'Femi Idowu

Thursday, 16 October 2014

GOD'S PILL CAPSULE 41

FAITH AND UNBELIEF

THE FAITH SERIES: 10b


Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭19-21‬ KJV)

In the last capsule we started the discussion on the interplay between faith and unbelief, this is the continuation. This concept is not commonly appreciated, the generally accepted concept is that faith and unbelief are mutually exclusive, this is not so. I will suggest you go through capsule 40 to grasp a full flavour of the discussion.

I intend to go further in this capsule and show you several other instances where this was in play.

1. In Mark 11, this is the popular fig tree story, Christ said 'Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭22-23‬ KJV)

Why would Christ say 'have faith in God' and doubt not in your heart'. The reason is simple, because you can have faith and yet doubt at the same time. Your faith can be counterbalance by doubt or unbelief. Most of the time we emphasise on the faith whilst ignoring the unbelief thinking that it will go away. All we need is faith as the size of a mustard seed (referring to the size), as long as it is not contaminated by unbelief it will move mountains. In case you think I am playing tricks with scriptures, see the same story in Matthew 21'Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭21‬ KJV)

2. Matthew 14, this is another popular passage, where Peter walked on water for a short distance then began to sink. 'And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?' (‭Matthew‬ ‭14‬:‭31‬ KJV)

Christ said Peter had little faith, but that was not the problem. The problem was that he doubted, which subsequently counteracted the faith. Remember, he walked on water with the little faith and that would have been enough if he did not mix it with unbelief . Peter had faith that was why he could work on water, but when he looked at the boisterous wind he let in unbelief and doubt. Did you notice that Peter did not sink all at once which is what one would expect, but the bible states 'beginning to sink' (strange turn of phrase suggesting that it did not happen suddenly). To my mind this means, the more the unbelief the more he sank...wow!! can you see that?

Examples of doubt counteracting faith are rife throughout the scriptures, other examples for you to consider are James 1:8, James 4:8, Luke 8:50. But back to our index text Matthew 17:19-21, Christ was specific that this type of UNBELIEF does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Meaning there are different types of Unbeliefs and that is what we are going to look at in the next capsule. How to overcome it by prayer and fasting.


CONCLUSION
THIS TYPE OF UNBELIEF DOES NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 9 October 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 40

FAITH AND UNBELIEF

THE FAITH SERIES: 10a

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭19-21‬ KJV)

In this capsule we would look at the interplay between faith and unbelief. This is a concept that is not commonly appreciated, we are taught that faith and unbelief cannot co-exist, however that is not what the scriptures teach. The truth is that they can coexist and counterbalance each other so much so that it makes your faith of no effect. Imagine a tug of war where the forces pulling on either sides are equal and opposite, the net effect results in no movement either way. I can almost hear you say 'how can this be, to have belief and unbelief at the same time? Because this seems so far out it will take 2 or 3 capsules of God's pills to debunk the commonly held view that faith and unbelief are mutually exclusive.

We would use Matthew 17:14-21 as our text, this is probably one of the most misunderstood and misapplied text in the bible (at least in my own estimation). The popular teaching is that Christ was showing that there are some demons that you can only get rid off by only by prayer and fasting. Let me just quickly say this, prayer and fasting affects only you, it neither affect God or demons. If a demon does not respond to the name of Christ spoken in faith. It definitely will not respond to any prayer and fasting (Mark 16:17, Philippians 2:9-11).

In Matthew 17:14-21, a curious thing happened to the disciples, try as they may, they could not cast out a demon from a boy. This is particularly significant if you remember that in Matthew 10 Christ had sent them out to preach the gospel and their testimony was that even the demons obeyed them. Against this background they were shocked when they could not get rid of the demon in the boy. The fact that they were shocked that the demon did not leave speaks loads. This was not their expectation because they knew they had faith. Consider this, those who don't have faith would not be surprised if the status quo remain, they would just shrug their shoulders and move on. But these disciples knew that they believed but something had prevented the desired result hence they wanted to know what it was that was hindering the deliverance.

In verse 19 they asked the question 'Why could not we cast him out?. In verse 20 Christ told them the reason 'Because of your unbelief'. He told them the reason they could not cast out the demon was because of their UNBELIEF period! Not that this demon requires prayer and fasting. In fact to emphasise His point He went ahead to stress that even if their faith is as small as a mustard seed it will get the job done as long as there is no unbelief. So what they need to get rid of is their unbelief and this type of unbelief can only be resolved by prayer and fasting! In case you are still in doubt and need clarification check the same story in Mark 9:17-29, in verse 23, Christ said 'If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth' See the response of the father of the boy in verse 24 'Lord, I BELIEVE, help thou mine UNBELIEF'. This shows that there is an unbelief counteracting his belief and he needed help with this.

Except you understand and grasp this concept there will be occasions when you will lose the battle of faith that you ought not to. We all have seen instances when we know the individual is in faith and yet died of sickness, this might be the reason why......to be continued

CONCLUSION
THIS TYPE OF UNBELIEF DOES NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

GOD'S PILL: CAPSULE 39

FAITH AND HOPE

THE FAITH SERIES:9

As promised we would consider the interplay between Hope and Faith this week. In my estimation it would appear that Hope is one of the most underrated and overlooked spiritual force in Christiandorm. I believe this is unfortunate and has led to a lot of faith cripples. The scripture rates Hope highly, probably only second to Love... which is the nature of God.

1 Corinthians 13:13 say:
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭13‬ KJV)

Consider this, if Love is the greatest of the three, logic would suggest that hope is next in line if you consider the way they are arranged... FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY (ie God kind of Love). Secondly, the arrangement and study of scriptures will suggest that Hope is some sort of intermediary between Faith and love (Romans 5:1-5). It took me a long time to appreciate the place of hope in exercising strong Faith, try and follow me, without strong Hope there is no strong Faith. We need to take a closer look at Hope

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ KJV)

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Looking at the above popular passage in both translations, it seems to me that Hope is referencing the future while Faith is active in the present. It also suggest that Hope must first be in place before Faith can show up. In other words Hope must be transformed to Faith to be of any use. But how does this happen? What if I say 'faith puts substance to hope, or makes hope tangible, and provides the evidence for what cannot be seen by the naked eyes'.

What this means is that without Hope there is no Faith, because Hope has got to exist in order for Faith to add substance to it. Hope is then the skeleton on which the muscle of faith is added. If the skeleton is poor the whole structure becomes suspect. Another example is to compare Hope to the blueprint of a house and Faith as the house itself. If the blueprint is faulty then the house will be faulty. Just like Hope refers to the future the same with the blueprint, it gives guidance, structure and scope. What Faith does is to bring those things that are in the spiritual realm (realm of hope) into physical reality.

So we need Hope to fire our imagination through the word of God, once we can see it through the eyes of Hope it's only a matter of time before Faith will bring it into reality. It is impossible to have Faith when you see your situation as hopeless. This is what meditation in the word of God does (Joshua 1:8).

That is why we encourage sick people to meditate on healing scriptures, once they see it on the inside and become full of Hope, Faith comes along and wraps it with substance to make the health manifest in your body. It may not be easy. but it's that simple

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ KJV)

CONCLUSION

STRONG HOPE + SUBSTANCE = STRONG FAITH

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk