Thursday, 31 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 52

THE POWER IS IN THE GOSPEL

Welcome back, I believe you had a wonderful Christmas and like me you are expecting great things in the New Year. We thank God for His goodness this year but we believe that 2016 will be BETTER, BIGGER, BOLDER AND BRIGHTER just like the path of the just (Proverbs 4:18). When we started the weekly Capsule (God's Pill) in January 2014, I can truthfully say it was a challenge God put to me, and I responded, knowing that He that has called me is faithful. My sincere prayer is that it has affected your life for good.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In capsule 51, I shared one of two scriptures that I believe present a 'nutshell' view of all that we have shared this year. Matthew 11: 27-30 presents the invitation to the Christian life and what it has to offer. It makes bold claims and back them up with the integrity of God. However, despite these assurances you have to understand the dynamics of how things work. Let me give you an analogy, when you read the brochure for a fancy new car that you desire and can afford, to enjoy the full benefits of what that car has got to offer, either of two things is assumed , that you know how to drive (which is the preferred option) or you have somebody to drive it for you. Matthew 11:27-30 is the car, Romans 1:16-17 is the skill and knowledge to drive it, without it the car will gather dust and rust. There is no point sitting in the car and saying 'bbrrrrmmmm' expecting something to happen, because nothing will. Do you get the picture?

Romans 1:16-17 shows you how to actualise Matthew 11:27-30. The reason why Apostle Paul declared that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ is because in his days people made funny of the whole concept of THE GOOD NEWS (Gospel), they felt it was just too good and simple to be true, so they rejected it. They wanted something more complex, more intellectual, convoluted and demanding (1 Corinthians 1:18; 22-24). The same is happening today, that is why a lot of people fall prey to charlatans. Anything outside the gospel of grace is absolute gimmickry, a waste of time and resources.

The word salvation is the Greek word 'sozo' which is the all encompassing word for: Forgiveness of sin, Deliverance from demonic oppression, Healing and Material wealth which we know is the REST that was promised in Matthew 11:27-30. So what Romans 1:16 means, is that the Gospel of Christ holds the power to produce REST. So if you understand what the gospel of Christ is and accept it, you will release the power that 'effortlessly' produce rest. Don't forget that Gospel means good news and if it is news it means it has already happened. So if it has already happened, you do not need to struggle for it, that is why it is called REST.

'For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

Verse 17 says, The totality of God's righteousness, everything God has to offer is revealed in this gospel of Christ, no where else , or it is the Blueprint of how God has made us right with Himself and it is accomplished from start to finish by faith. The last part of the jigsaw is that 'the just shall live by faith' or you have to appropriate it by faith or accept it by faith. Faith as I have explained in the past is your positive response to grace. Let me connect the dots for you. The Good news of Christ called the gospel of grace has in it the power to produce REST if you accept it as a gift and live by it.

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:9-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

CONCLUSION
GOSPEL PLUS FAITH = SALVATION.OR REST. ANY OTHER THING IS A GIMMICK.


Gratitude
I owe a lot to a lot of people, the wonderful people who make it happen every week (WR and M), who give me the nudge at the right time, my leaders and mentors, the ever growing readership, both the silent and vocal, you are special. My wife and our children who I love dearly and of course the Almighty God to whom we owe all . My challenge to all is, let's rise up and take 2016 by the scruff of the neck and make it the year of the Gospel of grace, good news of Christ and not be ashamed to proclaim.

'Femi Idowu'
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 24 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 51

THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE Amen! 

Starting with first capsule this year I promised that we would keep things simple, in fact that capsule was captioned: KEEP IT SIMPLE (KIS): HEALTH AND WEALTH. I sincerely hope that I have stayed true to this. It is my firm belief that we over think the things of God, instead of taking Him at face value. We sometimes talk ourselves out of the Goodness and Kindness of God, and I wonder why? In the last 2 capsules of this year I would like to share 2 scriptures with you that I feel kind of encapsulate everything we have discussed this year and hopefully will set the tone for 2016.

“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. 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 ‭11:27-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The first of these two scriptures is Matthew 11:27-30, and it has profoundly affected me, every verse comes with a cast iron guarantee. Verse 27 states that Christ is the mediator between God and man, no ifs or buts, the same thought is shared throughout the whole bible , in the OT we see this in a shadow and in the New Testament the real deal (1 Timothy 2:5-6, John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-3). Verse 28 is what I call the GREAT INVITATION, FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE. The word ALL appears in both verses which tells me that you and I qualify. So what are we exchanging? Labour and Heavy Load for Rest! In previous capsules I have said it several times, that the Christian Life is not a changed life but an Exchange. There is no way or provision to improve any life outside Christ, you have to release it, let it go, relinquish it and receive the life of Christ (2Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20). 

The second point is that God (Christ) wants it for you more than you want it for yourself, that is why verse 28 starts with the invitation 'COME', so there is really no reason to beg or plead the way we have been taught in the past. All you have to do is receive it with a humble heart. This is what is called faith, a positive response to the grace (provision) of God, you cannot earn it, it's a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Now let's look at what is been exchanged. We are exchanging Labour/Heavy load for Rest. This is what is called salvation. To many people the term Labour/Heavy Load sounds so vague that it means nothing in practical every day living, so here it is: Sin, Demonic oppression, Material poverty and Sickness/Disease. You exchange all these for Rest which is Forgiveness of sin, Deliverance from demonic oppression, Material prosperity and Sound Health (John 10:10, Luke 4:18-19). This sounds like good news, really good news indeed for that matter, yes it is, that is why it is called the GOSPEL and what makes it better is that it is free!

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 11:29-30 KJV

Look at verse 29, This tells you the dynamics for finding the rest. The yoke is a training implement and it constrains, If you are yoked to the devil it leads to Labour and Heavy Load, whereas if you are yoked to Christ, you will find Rest, the choice is yours. I don't need to spell it out but I will. Christ explicitly said His yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light, so let me put it this way, if it is not Easy and Light, then it is not from Christ.

CONCLUSION
DON'T COMPLICATE THINGS, IF IT'S FROM CHRIST, IT'S GOT TO BE EASY AND LIGHT

PS
In capsule 52 which is the last for this year we would look at the second scripture. Have a wonderful Christmas.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 50

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 6
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES contd.

With this capsule I intend to conclude my teaching on speaking in new tongues for now. I sincerely pray that it has affected you the way it has affected me. I know change is difficult for a lot of us, so the best investment you can make is to make change pay dividends. Don't be a 'follow, follow Christian ' it's time to stand out and be different. When you became born again God made provision for everything that you will ever need in your spirit, when you became baptised in the Holy Spirit and speak in new tongues, He gave you the tool to explore and draw them out into the physical, natural world.

In John 16:7, Christ told the disciples that it is to their advantage that He is leaving them because that would allow the Holy Spirit to come to them. In Acts 1:8, He commanded them not to go anywhere until they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In 2Corinthians 13:14, He admonished the Church in Corinth to cultivate fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Outside of studying and meditating on the Word of God, when you speak in new tongues in your devotional time you strengthen your fellowship with the third person of the God-head, the Holy Spirit. Note in John 14:16-17, before Christ left He promised that the Holy Spirit when He comes He will dwell in and with us FOREVER! One of the tragedies of the modern church is that we have not come to appreciate this reality. We treat the Holy Spirit as someone that comes and goes, instead of a constant companion. Again I want to encourage you to spend a significant part of your personal devotional prayer time praying in tongues, it is far more productive instead of asking for 'this and that', try it, you will find out that things would work out better. One of the reason why we run around looking for somebody to prophesy for us is because we have not spent time listening to the Holy Spirit, believe me, in things concerning you, God prefers to speak directly to you (Romans 8:16).

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jude 1:20, says when you pray in new tongues, you build yourself up, in other words your life becomes spiritually stable, strengthened and established (Ephesians 3:16). Have you ever considered what this means? Can you imagine it? I will try and break it down for you, like Christ did. When you pray in new tongues

1. John 14:16, He teaches you ALL things, and bring ALL things to your remembrance,
whatsoever Christ has taught (1 John 2:20,27)

2. John 16:13a, He guides you into ALL truth, that is you will avoid error

3. John 16:13b, He show you things to come, nothing will take you by surprise. You will be in the know so to say.

4. Jude 1:21, He would establish you in the love of God. You will come to really understand what God's UNCONDITIONAL love means (Romans 5:5, Ephesians 3:16-19). The reason why Faith is such a struggle, is because there is a lack of understanding of the love of God (Galatians 5:6)

We have discussed and shared a lot and I guarantee you, if you will put it to practice, your life will never be the same, the word of God will open up to you like never before, you will remember the things of God like never before, you will have the boldness to enter and walk in the NEW and LIVING way (Hebrews 10:19-20).

CONCLUSION
SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES, LET YOUR SPIRIT PRAY THE WISDOM OF GOD ORDAINED FOR US BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH.

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 10 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 49

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 5
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES contd.

From capsule 47 we have engaged in the discussion on speaking in new tongues as part of the larger topic of prayer and as usual I have tried to correct some mainstream misconception. Over the last week, I have been meditating and reflecting on the capsules since the beginning of the year, the set from capsule 36 up to date have profoundly affected me. This is hard for me to explain, ordinarily I can only teach things that I have experienced and tested, even then these set of capsules have blessed me so much that on occasions I struggle with what to leave out. My prayer is that the same would happen to you.

Back to our current discussion, in 1 Corinthians 14:18-19, Apostle Paul made a staggering statement, 'saying he spoke in tongues more than the whole church in Corinth put together in his devotional time'. Can you imagine what this means?. In Galatians 1:17, we found that after the conversion experience, he spent 3 years in Arabia without conferring with anybody. This same man who unlike the other Apostles never had contact with Christ whilst He was on earth, had the most In-depth revelation of the risen Lord, so much so that Peter attested to it (2Peter 3:15-16). He had so much revelation of the grace of God that he wrote half of the books in the New Testament. Remember that 1 Corinthians 14:2, 2:7 describe speaking in new tongues as conversation with God, speaking mysteries or the wisdom of God ordained by Him for our glory(benefit) before the world began. In 1 Corinthians 14:14a Paul says when you pray in unknown tongue it is your spirit that is praying. So what all these mean is that when you are praying in unknown tongues, your spirit is praying the mysteries of God or wisdom of God which He has ordained from the beginning of the world for our benefits or glory concerning that situation. 1 Corinthians 14:14b says your understanding is unfruitful when you are praying in tongues! This is a safety mechanism that God has put in place to keep out doubt, fear, unbelief and every other negative thoughts which are products of the mind, so that your spirit can flow unhindered.

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Look at the scripture above, this is exactly what happens when you are praying in new tongues. The Holy Spirit transfers the deep things of God to our spirit so that we might know the things that are freely given unto us. Note that 'these things have already been freely given, they are waiting to be transferred....it's like when you download somethings that is already available in your computer so that you can access it and make use of it. The document is already there, what you are doing is downloading it so that you can make use of it. Except you know how to do this you remain helpless and frustrated. In the last few years that I have come to realise this, I spend virtually all my private devotional time praying in tongues. For me this is a zillion times more profitable, there is so much that God wants to show you, but He can only do it Spirit to spirit (John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:13). If you appreciate this you will understand the reason why Paul prayed in new or unknown tongues more than the whole church in Corinth. No wonder he said he was shown somethings by God that words could not express and it was unlawful to tell any other man, wow! Do you know what that means? Paul virtually became a custodian of God's secrets, a confidant of God !(Psalm 119:18, Ephesians 1:17-18).

I know a lot of what I have said here might be completely out of scale for the majority, that is because you have not previously given it thought and consideration or you have never been taught before. I feel compelled to make some assertions and I pray you will see the sincerity behind such. From my own personal experience and observation of others, unless you are baptised in the Holy Spirit, speak in new tongues and understand it's purpose, you will always struggle to transition from the OT to the NT completely; somehow you will keep mixing the two together, the OT will have a strong attraction for you (Galatians 3:24-25, Luke 5:36-39), and the concept of 'Grace versus the Law' would at best be a theory not a functional concept by which you relate with God and live (Luke 9:54-56, Romans 5:13, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19) In the next capsule I will validate this further and I guarantee you your understanding of the scriptures and Christian life will never be the same again if you accept these truths and put them into practise (James 1:22-25)

CONCLUSION
IT IS TIME TO COMPARE SPIRITUAL WITH SPIRITUAL! (John 3:6, 1 Corinthians 2:13)


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 3 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 48

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 5
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES contd.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” ‭Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In capsule 47 we started on the preamble for the all important subject of speaking in new tongues, I hope you spent time meditating on 1 Corinthians 2:7-17. All along I have premised the discussions on understanding the truth that the New Covenant is hinged on knowing that 'God has already with the new birth given us all that we would ever need for life and godliness'. This generally provokes the question that, 'if this is true, why do we need to pray at all?' As I have said in the past, this is the wrong question to ask. The right question should be , 'how do I lay hold or receive all these spiritual provisions, so that they can manifest in the physical?' This is the frustration most Christians face which eventually lead to desperation. The spiritual world is governed by laws, once you understand this, all you need is to find out what those laws are and apply them, it then becomes like drawing water out of a well, '“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

To do the above, praying in new tongues is central. Before we go into it,  I would like to clarify a popular misconception. The primary use of speaking in tongues is not to fight the devil, no not at all, It has more to do with you (Jude 1:19-20, Romans 8:25-28). To be certain when you are speaking in new tongues, Satan and the demonic host can't have a look in, they are locked out, but that is 'as a result of ' not ' the primary reason why' . Let me put it another way, the primary reason why you pray or speak in new tongues is to edify or build yourself up . As a consequence of this the devil is shut out during the process. Another way of putting it is, you are tuning into a superior spiritual frequency/wavelength, and as you do that, it cuts out the nuisance, demonic frequency/wavelengths. But your primary purpose and focus is the former not the latter. Your aim is to access and draw on the mysteries in your born again spirit through the help of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians chapter 3, 1Corinthians 2:7-17, Romans 8:25-28). So your focus is not on the devil, but on accessing the mind of God. Except you understand this fundamental, you will be expending spiritual energy purposelessly and pointlessly.

“But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:25-28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Romans 8:25-28 explains this like no other. There are 4 parts to it. Verse 25 sets the scene. Hope is seeing that which does not exist in the physical but you know it exists. Verse 26 says the Holy Spiritual comes to our aid because of this inadequacy or weakness. (The weakness or inadequacy is the difficulty we have with bringing the invisible to the visible . How to bring what we hope for into this present reality, since it already exists in the spiritual world). The word translated 'helpeth' from Greek literarily means 'to lay hold with us' or 'join up with us' to overcome this inadequacy. So as you open your mouth and make the utterance, the Holy Spirit who understands the mind of God perfectly takes over, searching and accessing the mind of God for that situation, making all the necessary course correction, standing as a bridge, that is what intercession is all about . As the Holy Spirit does this intercession by groaning, you begin to speak mysteries according to 1 Corinthians 14:2. The resultant effect is a 'downloading' process (please refer to 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 for more explanation), this is the third part. Then all things start to fall into there right places, the wisdom of God for that situation starts to flow, insight into complex issues or whatever it is you desire, as long as it is in line with the New Covenant. The summary of these 4 parts is well encapsulated in Jude 1:20-21, there is an edification or building up (1 Corinthians 14:4a, Jude 1:20), followed by manifestation or assurance or realisation of the love of God (Romans 5:5, Jude 1:21). It sounds all so complex, but really it is simple. As you do this, things begin to shift from the spiritual to the physical.

I have for the purposes of explanation and teaching divided the process into parts but in reality, it is actually a continuum , but except you know what to expect it becomes a ritual and tedium. Lastly, it is the Holy Spirit that groans in you and it happens spontaneously and involuntarily it is not something you make happen, your part is to cooperate with Him.

CONCLUSION
HE THAT SPEAKS IN UNKNOWN TONGUES, SPEAKS MYSTERIES, THE WISDOM OF GOD!

Ps
In capsule 49 we would consider this further

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 47

God's Pill Capsule 47

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 5
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES


“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So far we have dealt with the primary purpose of prayer, that is having fellowship with God, getting to know Him instead of knowing about Him. We then discussed what I term prayer to change things and as part of this we considered what confession of faith is and in the last two capsules we discussed the doctrine of laying of hands particularly when ministering healing. The key to all these is that you must put them into practice (James 1:22-25), don't just pay lip service, things will only work if you work them.

The preamble
Starting with this capsule we would look at 'speaking or praying in new tongues'. This is the second in the list of five cardinal signs promised the believer in Mark 16:17-18. This comes with baptism of the Spirit, a separate experience that comes after salvation. Praying or speaking in new tongues is different from the gift of the spirit 'diverse kind of tongues' as found in 1Corinthians12:10, and they should not be confused. They serve different purpose. The discussion here is not intended to go into any deep analysis of the differences between the two, but suffice to say that the gift of diverse tongues, is like the name suggests a 'ministry gift', prophetic in purpose, and requires a corresponding gift of interpretation of tongues for it to be effective. Whereas praying in new tongues is available to all believers (Mark 16:17), it is a devotional language and does not require interpretation so to say (I will explain this later)

Before we look at the what, why, how and when of speaking in new tongues in the next few capsules I would like to challenge your thinking and possibly put somethings straight. The born again Christian life is not a changed life, it is an exchanged life, (Galatians 2:20, 2Corinthians 5:17, 2 Peter 1:2-4), except you understand and appreciate this in its fullness, not only will you struggle, it will be frustrating and nigh impossible life to live. At the Cross there was a complete and total exchange, the Old Covenant ended, expired and faded away (Hebrews 8:13) and the New Covenant was established, this is what Hebrews 10:19-20 describe as a NEW AND LIVING WAY (Hebrews 10:19-20). The pivotal problem that a lot of us struggle with is that we are unable to transition from the Old to the New, like Colossians 2:16-17 describes it, the Old Covenant is a shadow, not the real deal, we need to let go. Everything changed , our relationship with God the father changed completely, His divine nature, the very essence of God became the fabric of our spirit, molecule for molecule, atom for atom. 


Everything that we would ever need became available in the hidden man of the heart, yes I repeat everything! I know it sounds unbelievable but it is absolutely true (2 Peter 1:2-4, Ephesians 1:3,6, 1 John 4:17, Ephesians 2:10). Oh how I wish I have words to explain this. The Christian life is not that of begging and pleading with God to do something, on the contrary it is that of finding out what He has done for us already and learning to deploy them (Ephesians 1:17-20), it is not that of asking but receiving. Understanding this will open up a wealth of dimension that would take a life time to explore. We don't need more power, what we need is knowledge of the power we already have (Acts 1:8, John 1:16). When you understand this it makes the Christian life more interesting and frustration is banished.

This is a mystery that we can only get to grips with the help of the Holy Spirit and is where praying or speaking in tongues come in. I will like to leave you with a scripture to meditate on (please don't assume you know it, spend time meditating on it, study it in as many versions and I pray God gives understanding)

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:7-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

CONCLUSION
IT'S NOT A CHANGED LIFE, IT'S AN EXCHANGED LIFE

PS
This is just a preamble, we would go into the what, why, when and how of praying in new tongues from capsule 48

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 46

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: 
SO WHY PRAY? PART 4

DOCTRINE OF THE LAYING OF HANDS FOR MINISTRATION OF HEALING
OR PROTECTION

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭KJV

I would like to start by thanking everyone for your support and encouragement, I thank God and am indebted to Him for salvation and comfort of the spirit, revelation of the mysteries and assurance of hope. We introduced the Temperature and Pulse check last week as part of the progressive development to God's pill and to the glory of God it received a warm reception, some even said it was long overdue, there it is (Mark 1:45).

As a reminder we are discussing Prayer, and as I said at the beginning , my intention is not to be exhaustive or traditional in approach. We are looking to add to what you already know and or present a different perspective, something to make you think and become more effective. Like I have said in the past everything that I teach against, I have done in the past myself, but thank God I know better now (Isaiah 28:9-11). In capsule 45 we started on the doctrine of LAYING ON OF HANDS. The origin is in the OT, but this has two main applications in the NT

1. Affirmation or Confirmation of Calling during ordination
2. To effectively minister healing or protection

Please refer to Capsule 45 for the first part. In Mark 16:17-18, five cardinal signs are listed as hallmarks of a believer, the last on the list is '.......they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover '. In other words if you are a believer (notice it did not say Pastor, Apostle, Reverend etc), just a standard, properly born again believing Christian, if you lay hands on the sick they should recover. But to do it effectively you need knowledge. When you lay hands on the sick, what you are doing is transmitting spiritual healing or anointing for healing or virtue from your own spirit into their body where the sickness is (Matthew 8:3). The interesting thing is that the person who is sick can also initiate this process, what is important is a willingness to the demand made. The typical example is the lady with the issue of blood in Mark 5. Laying of hands is purely a spiritual act and some level of faith is needed between the person ministering the healing and the recipient.

In Mark 5, Christ was walking through a crowd, so it's reasonable to assume that many people were making physical contact with Him, but it was only the woman with the issue of blood that made the necessary spiritual connection by faith. This should show you that its definitely more than making physical connection. The best analogy is when you jump start a flat battery with another, the function of the cable is to carry the current from the live, vibrant battery to the flat battery. Exactly the same thing happens when you lay hands. To be effective this has got to be deliberate and you need to 'command' the healing to flow. How can you do that? I hear you say! Yes you can and should!

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:28-30‬ ‭KJV‬

In Mark 5:28-30, if you read it carefully, you will see that the lady command the healing to flow. The passive cooperation of Christ is assumed (Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38), so please do not go about grabbing people without their permission or consent. Mark 8:22-25, is another good example, Christ laid hands on the man twice for good measure. Lastly, it is important to stress that the passage in Mark 16:18 says '.... they shall recover' meaning future tense. When you lay hands on someone for healing and you have done it properly, it is important to know that the healing anointing has been transmitted and is at work. The result can be instantaneous, but on occasion the physical manifestation might take some time. It is important to stand in faith and not back down, even if you have to do it more than once as long as you are not invalidating the original process, it is ok. Secondly, it really does not matter whether the recipient falls down or not. I have seen cases where people fall and it was all emotional, nothing has actually happened, and other instances where there is no emotional outpouring but great things followed. I have found it more effective to anchor this process with the spoken word, after all the word is the seed!

CONCLUSION
WE SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (first recording)

The Background 

We started the weekly blog, God's Pill almost two years ago and if you will recall the inspiration behind it is to raise 'Thinking Christians', people who can through the veracity and integrity of the scriptures stand on their own two feet. The capsules most times ran counter to the traditional teachings, not because I want to, but it was necessary if purpose was to be served (Mark 7:13). However every assertion had scriptural backing and spiritual logic. It was necessary to encourage dialogue by feedback, but these were few compared to the size of the audience.

Over a period of time I have been inquiring of the Lord on the next step of development for God's Pill whilst staying true to the original inspiration. Two events within 4 weeks of each other nudged me in this direction. The first was a very good friend of mine attended a spiritual leadership seminar and during the discussions the teacher asked some questions. She eventually was able to give near satisfactory insight, her only regret was that she wished she had paid more attention to the weekly capsules, God's Pill. By her own admission all the answers were there, these were issues that had be thoroughly dealt with in different capsules.

The second event, happened shortly after the first. I also was present at a meeting where the same teacher taught on the dynamics between faith and unbelief, and the purpose of prayer and fasting. This topic has always been of interest to me and in actual fact it was the subject of GOD'S PILL: 2014 CAPSULES 40-42 (published about 12 months ago). I was delighted to see that this concept was becoming mainstream and that a lot of people were blessed. It shows that traditional beliefs and teachings can always be trumped by the truth of the word of God. I reminded two of my friends when we came out of the meeting. Yes, it occurred to them during the meeting but only vaguely, to my surprise some avid followers of God's pill did not remember at all, this bothered me, it ought not to be so. I was convinced that when the emotion and euphoria of the moment wear out they would soon forget and it will not be a concept which they live by. A few days later one of my friends suggested the idea of GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK! and here it is.

The purpose of 'God's pill: Temperature and Pulse check' is to purse quarterly to check the vital signs of the readers. Ask questions, deal with feedback and generally stir up things a little bit more and check that the capsules have been well absolved, and consider whether we need to adjust the dosage, so to say, after all 'God's pill, is meant to be smooth and small enough to swallow, easily digestible to release it's goodness. Strictly no side effects.'



The Concept 

We would like to encourage as many as possible to help assist in this next phase. There is nothing wrong in asking questions, in fact answers bring further clarity and help clarify thorny issues when they are asked without prejudice (Mark 4:10, Matthew 17:19, Luke 1:34-37, John 3:4). In fact I say this, don't trust any teacher that does no encourage inquisitiveness or who is afraid to say I don't know (Acts 1:7). We have used the work book format as this is familiar to most people.

Please go through God's Pill : 2014 Capsules 40-42 (This is best accessed through the blog site, click on 2014 and scroll down to capsule 40) and let's have the first 'Temperature and Pulse check'. I have no doubt that we would modify it as we go along. This is also your opportunity to introduce the blog to a wider audience.
I have carefully selected some questions to capture the essence of the teaching. They are meant to encourage you to consider and ponder. The answers are signposted just to assist the whole process, the best part is you get to mark your own answers (I will be happy to include suggestions in future modifications)


Questions

1. Is 'belief ' the answer to all things or if I believe can something else hinder me?
(The answer is in Capsule 40, 2014)

2. Is doubt and unbelief the same thing? (The answer is in capsule 41, 2014)

3. Christ, referring to the unbelief, said 'this kind.......',(Matthew 17: 21) suggesting that there are different types of 'unbeliefs'? (The answer is in capsule 42, 2014)

4. What makes faith great? (Matthew 15:28, Luke 7:9). Is it the size or purity?
(Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:6) (The answer is in capsule 40).

5. What is the role of praying and fasting? Does it affect God or demons?
(The answer is in Capsules 40 and 42)


Next capsule

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 4
DOCTRINE OF THE LAYING OF HANDS FOR MINISTRATION OF HEALING
OR PROTECTION 



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 5 November 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 45

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: 
SO WHY PRAY? PART 4
DOCTRINE OF THE LAYING OF HANDS


“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

For those of you who have followed God's pills weekly, I thank you and pray that indeed they have impacted your spiritual lives in no small measure and for people who joined recently, please take time and go through past capsules, they will bless you and enhance your spiritual fabric. I call them past but they are actually current and relevant. I personally believe these are life changing, they will bring stability to your Christian walk. I try to be as simple as possible because I always believe once the basics are fully understood you can build on them. Don't ever put premium on mediocrity or ignorance (Matthew 22:29). Starting from capsule 36 we have been discussing prayer. This is one thing virtually every Christian do, but it can be frustrating if you are not getting the desired results. One reason why people move from church to church, attend crusades by every visiting Evangelist, move from one prayer meeting to the another is that they are after positive results. But like Romans 10:6-8 says 'don't search too far and wide, what will save you is already in your custody' (my paraphrase).

Concerning prayer we have come to realise the primary and main purpose is to fellowship with God, and get to know Him intimately, this and only this makes every other thing worthwhile. We then looked at prayer to change things, followed by confession of faith. In this capsule we would look at the doctrine of laying of hands. In fact both confession of faith and laying of hands enhance prayer to change things.

In Hebrews 6:1-2 above, the writer list the doctrine of laying of hands (LOH) as one of the six elementary principles. He considered it so basic such that the assumption is that every Christian should have a good grasp of it. Sad to say, I didn't until a few years ago and this challenged me, and by observation I realise I am not alone. Most times empty hands are been laid on empty heads. If it is so basic why is it that it is not properly understood? Like all spiritual truths there is a godly logic behind it and until this is understood, the benefits behind it is lost and what is meant for good can do the opposite. All through the ministry of Christ , this was something He practiced and in Mark 16:16, it is mentioned as one of the tools available for believers to minister effectively. In Paul's ministry it was practised and he also taught Timothy its essence and even warned against its misuse. The NT teaches two main reasons why we Lay Hands in prayer

1. For the impartation or acknowledgement of ministry gifts during ordination (Act 13:3)
2. For ministration of healing or protection (Mark 16:16)

The basic spiritual dynamics behind the two is the same, they are just different in purpose and application. To understand, you must always keep in view that we are spirits, we live in a body and have a soul. God has designed us so that His goodness should flow from the spirit, through the soul to the external. So when you lay hands , there is a spiritual currency flowing (virtue, unction) from your spirit through to the other person or object, and this is done by faith. In Acts 13:3, we see the ordination of Paul and Barnabas in Antioch before the official commencement of their ministry . Don't forget that Christ called Paul already in Acts 9 on the way to Damascus, yet the Holy Spirit requested they be ordained . The best way I can explain this is like when you flip on the switch of an engine. You cannot make the car or engine do anything apart from what it has been designed to do, but it needs to be kick started to get it going or let me put it his way , you cannot put in what God left out. But once it's started it can run in perpetuity if the fuel supply is maintained, hence the admonition not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Paul reminded Timothy of his ordination in 2Timothy 1:6, and advised him to keep the experience fresh otherwise things could stall. You need to stir things up otherwise they will settle to the bottom and become dregs.

In ending this capsule, there is a cautionary note. LOH is so significant such that the person laying hands must be of the right authority or the recipient could be exposing themselves unduly. On the flip side the person laying hands is not without exposure. There is need on their part to be discerning, otherwise they run some real risk (1Timothy 5:22). In other words don't feel compelled to lay hands on anybody and don't feel compelled to allow just anybody to lay hands on you! Enough of the scary stuff, we would look at LOH to effect healing in the next capsule.


CONCLUSION
DON'T BE IN A RUSH, BE DISCERNING


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 29 October 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015: CAPSULE 44

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 3

CONFESSION OF FAITH

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In capsule 43 we started on the discussion 'Confession of faith' as part of your prayer life. In case this is your first capsule, we have looked at the primary purpose of prayer, then prayer to change things and now confession of faith or what some people call positive confession. I have sometimes been accused of being too technical in some of my explanation, I suppose there is some truth in that. My intention always is to get people to understand that things just don't happen randomly, as some try to portray. There is a reason some people get better results than others, passion must be based on knowledge. There is always spiritual order.

Confession of faith is only acknowledging what is already in the spiritual world and unless you know that, you are no better than people who practice eastern religion and go about chanting. It gives substance, depth and meaning to your confession when you know that what you are calling into being already exist in the spiritual world and all you are doing is creating a faith bridge into the physical world (Hebrews 11:3) and if you hold fast without wavering, that spiritual reality will impose itself and become a physical reality, confession of faith makes it so.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The next point I would like to enunciate is seen in Hebrews 4:1-2, it paints the picture of two groups of people who where exposed to the same truths, one group benefited whilst the other didn't. The difference maker was that the group that benefited mixed the word they heard with faith. But how do you mix the word with faith so that you get a perfect blend that profits? The answer is your tongue, and the mixing bowl is your heart. When you are doing it correctly, that is what is called confession of faith. Look at Joshua 1:8. Can you see what I mean? The ingredient is the 'book of the law' or the word, which must be in your mouth and heart. When you do it day and night, that is what is called holding fast without wavering. I agree with people who say it is not essential to do it over and over, of course, you don't, if you can do it once and get results. But the truth is most of us are so far from that level of spiritual reality, hence you will need to stick with it until it becomes a habit.

“My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭45:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

When you know the efficacy of confession of faith, your tongue will become like the pen of a ready writer. The spiritual realities that has marinated in your heart will well out of your tongue accurately like the pen of a ready writer, your confession will lead to manifestation and possession. Most of Us are far from attaining this, but I know I am heading in the right direction. The picture of the spiritual that I see in the word of God which is a perfect reflection is what I confess with my mouth (Romans 10:9-10)

CONCLUSION
TAKE THE WORD, USE YOUR TONGUE AND MIX IT WITH FAITH

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 43

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: 
SO WHY PRAY? PART 3
CONFESSION OF FAITH

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬


In this capsule we would continue with our discussion on prayer. Remember that the whole premises is based on the fact that we already believe the truth that 'God has given us ALL that we would ever need for life and godliness' in other words He has anticipated the need and made more than enough provision for whatever it is we need, through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question most people would then ask is 'if this is true why bother to pray?'. If you will recall I said this is the wrong question to ask. If I tell you that a provision has been made for you in a will of a dead relative, you will definitely want to know how to gain access to it so that you can benefit from it. Similarly, the provisions of God are spiritual, you need to know how to manifest them in the physical realm if they are going to benefit you, and that is where prayer comes in. Unfortunately, there is a gross misuse of prayer and that is what we have been addressing from capsule 36 . The primary purpose of prayer is to fellowship with God, this should be central to your prayer life, if you can assimilate this truth, every other thing will fall in line. We looked at 'prayer to change things' in the preceding capsules, I hope it blessed you ? We would like to look at the place of confession in prayer, starting with this capsule, so buckle up and let's enjoy the ride. Again I am likely to say somethings that are not mainstream, but I promise you they are valid and true.


By definition, confession simply means 'to agree with or acknowledge ' and even in Christianity this is the basis of it's usage. So when you are confessing, it might be that you are agreeing with God as in Amos 3:3 which is a confession of faith or on the flip side you acknowledge your sin when you transgress again Him, as in 1John 1:8-9, the purpose of which is to also agree with God and in addition to shut the door against the devil (Romans 6:16). Now this is where I believe you need to be careful and I also disagree with what is commonly taught and practiced. Please understand me, there is nothing wrong with confession of sin, in fact it is important, however if not properly handled it could create a condemnation consciousness in your spiritual psyche and this in turn will make you develop a sense of unworthiness. This is not commonly taught but I believe if you are going to get anywhere in the things of God you will need to understand this. To really grasp what I am trying to convey here you will need to spend time studying and meditating on the book of Romans and Hebrews, particularly Romans Chapter 8, Hebrews Chapters 7-10, look at Hebrews 10:2. Again, I am not devaluing confession of sin, my concern is that the emphasis and perspective need balancing, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will help you into the glorious liberty of the children of God. I do not claim to walk in this perfectly or as much as I should, but I am heading in that direction. If the devil cannot condemn you, he would be happy if you do it for him. Enough said, the rest of our discussion on confession as a form of prayer will be on what I call CONFESSION OF FAITH.


Unlike confession of sin, you should live in constant consciousness of CONFESSION OF FAITH WITHOUT WAVERING! (Hebrews 4:14, 10:23). This means it should become a way of life, however for it to be meaningful you need to know what you are doing , why you are doing it and how to do it properly. This is good stuff, it would help you.


“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Hebrews 4:14, tells you the reason why you should hold fast your confession. Christ is the eternal High Priest of your confession. If He is eternal, that is, living forever, without end, then you have every reason to agree with Him . More importantly He is in the heavens, the source of everything spiritual and godly. If you understand this , Ephesians 1:3 and Hebrews 7:24 will make more meaning to you. The question 'will God answer my prayer?' becomes redundant. There are two worlds, the spiritual and the physical (Hebrews 11:3), and everything in the physical is birth by the spiritual. When you make a confession of faith, you're are not saying it to make it so, you are confessing it because it is already so in the spiritual. The purpose of your confession is an acknowledgement of what is in the spiritual. Don't forget that we already discussed the fact that your voice (spoken word) is conduit to the physical (Mark 11:21-24). Let's look at a typical example, Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭KJV


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
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Christ paid the price for your salvation more than 2000 years ago, that is an irrefutable, irrevocable and immutable spiritual truth, but it only becomes a reality the day you agree or acknowledge this by your confession of faith. You are not confessing it to get Christ to pay the price for your salvation, no, not at all, He has already done it, all your confession is doing is to acknowledge and receive it. This is so simple, that you will need somebody to help you misunderstand it, unfortunately religion has done just that! We've made what is simple and straightforward complex. We create an impression that it's your confession that would convince God to do it, instead of teaching them that all your confession will do is lead to manifestation of what God has already done. The two sound and look alike but they are completely different. Until you grasp this, your confession means nothing. Usually when I use Romans 10:9-10 as example, the response is that you can only do this with salvation , what we fail to understand is that salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin, it's the total package.


“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Look at 1 Peter 2:24, did you notice that it's written in past tense? What this suggests is that your healing is already accomplished by Christ, whether it becomes manifested in your body depends on your confession of faith. The whole of the Epistle to the Ephesians is based on this premises. For instance Ephesians 1:3, makes the point that we are already blessed, Ephesians 1:6 is saying we are already highly favoured ( the word translated 'accepted in the beloved' is the same word used for ' highly favoured ' in Luke 1:28). But this will only become real in your life if your confession of faith aligns with it and that is what we would consider in the next capsule.



CONCLUSION
CONFESS WHAT IS TRUE, NOT WHAT YOU HAVE

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 42

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 2  (PRAYER TO EFFECT A CHANGE contd.) 

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭KJV‬

Praise God! Capsules 38 to 42, is a compound capsule, take them all together as one. There is much more I would have loved to say about 'prayer to change things' but I sincerely believe that we have spent enough time and space so I will try and round-up with a couple of essential ingredients in this capsule. Before we do that, I will always encourage you to study the bible references that come with the capsules, in fact my words mean nothing without them, they form the anchor. Secondly, I am able to make some things clearer in the comments I receive and my response to them, so I will encourage you to read them. Like I said in capsule 41, I don't say or do anything perfectly, never have done, that is why I am open to all sincere comments and that is why I am given to repeating myself. Virtually everything I teach against, l probably have done in the past myself. Everything I teach and recommend are things that I have proven many times over in my own life and that of others, so don't be afraid to make mistakeS, as long as they are intelligent ones.

In capsules 38 and 39, we found out that there are 3 'dramatis personae' when you are praying to change things. God who is love, wants you to have life and have it in abundance, You who is doing the asking, seeking and knocking, and lastly Satan who wants to kill, steal and destroy and would do anything to stop it happening. You need to know how to respond to God and that is what we have spent considerable time and space doing (Ephesians 3:20, 1 Peter 5:7) You need to know who you are in Christ and see yourself in the right perspective, we have also spent time and space on this (2 Corinthians 5:17, Philemon 1:6) and lastly you need to have the right attitude and what to do against the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9). Most Christians appreciate this interplay, but unfortunately it is not a concept by which they live, they do not have a practical experiential knowledge of it, to them it's just lip service. Until you make up your mind to draw a line in the sand and commit to it , it will remain just a fanciful theory. We would deal with the third arm of this interplay in this capsule. Don't think because God has given you everything that pertain to life and godliness that the devil will not oppose you.

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

There are roughly 3 things to consider, the first and probably most important is that the devil is a defeated foe, you must get this into your spiritual psyche and never forget it. Christ paid the price for your sin and descended into hell (the devil's stronghold) and defeated him there . The defeat for the devil is total and complete (Colossians 2:15, Ephesians 4:8-9). Your responsibility is to enforce and apply this victory through knowledge . Consider this, if he could not stop you from receiving salvation when he had full control over you, surely then he does not in reality have the power to stop you from living the life that comes with . He might not have the power but he is full of guile and wiles.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This brings me to the second thing you need to know about the devil. 1 Peter 5:8-9 is instructive. Verse 8, says 'he goes about seeking'. Have you asked yourself why he needs to 'seek', if he is as powerful as some people believe, why doesn't he just devour all and any? The reason is simple, he can't, that is why he needs to seek the ignorant (those without the knowledge of who they are in Christ, those with the wrong perception of God) by giving them a wrong impression of themselves and their situation. Verse 9 says 'you should resist steadfast in faith'. To resist steadfastly, means to actively fight against without giving any ground, but you must do it in faith, that is in the knowledge of who you are in Christ, not in your own strength ( Ephesians 6:10). You have the authority in the name of Jesus and the power that comes with the Holy Spirit to break the hold of Satan . James 4:7 says exactly the same thing, so does Philippians 1:28. When you know and do this , I double guarantee you that the devil will know that he has met more than his match. The hindrance to this is unforgiveness, it gives the devil legitimacy at your expense (Mark 11:25, Romans 6:16)

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:24 KJV

Lastly, it is important to know that you must first 'receive' (present) what you desire, then you shall (future)have it. I really do not have enough space here to go into details like I would love to . Briefly, receiving is in spiritual, having it is the physical manifestation. There was space of time between when Christ cursed the fig tree and the fig tree appeared dead to the physical senses. As soon as He spoke, it died, but it took 24 hours to show up in the physical. This is where most battles of 'prayer to change things' are won or lost. If you don't know this it will lead to frustration (Hebrews 10:35-38).The key to overcoming this is, learn to walk in the spirit ( refer to capsule 14).


CONCLUSION
“............THEY SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY 'SHALL' RECOVER


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 41

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 2 (PRAYER TO EFFECT A CHANGE contd.) 

“A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” - Proverbs‬ ‭18:20-21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As previously advised, you will need to refresh your understanding with capsules 38,39 and 40. Better still start from capsule 36 which is the beginning of our discussion on prayer, it will give you a good grounding. I personally believe that prayer is one of the most misunderstood and misused privileges we have as Christians. We have discussed the primary purpose of prayer and currently on what I have termed 'prayer to change things'. Our key scriptures are Mark 4:39-41, Luke 4:36, John 6:63, Matthew 16:19, Mark 11:21-25. I don't want you to just read the capsules only, it is important that you 'prove' them. Recently, somebody contacted me and wanted us to agree in prayer concerning a specific health issue. He was a bit disappointed when I referred him to the relevant capsules before we pray (I often do this just to fan the flame of faith) he reluctantly agreed. I called him after a couple of days to find out how he was doing, I was blessed when he told me that the problem had disappeared. Apparently, he took up the challenge and applied the things he found out after studying the capsules and he really did not need me to agree or pray with him again. I was so impressed it brought tears of joy to my eyes! This would work for 'whosoever' (Mark 11:23), they are not just nice words cobbled together to tickle your fancy.

In capsule 40 I stressed the need to address whatever it is directly in an audible, articulate speech (1 Corinthians 14:9), believing that your words will convey the power and authority necessary to get the job done or to rephrase, the delegated authority and power in you, is voice activated and transmitted as long as you believe. In this capsule we would explore this further.

Proverbs 18:20-21 is very instructive, in modern day parlance, it says 'what you say is what you get, you can kill with your tongue and you can heal with your tongue'. Note that it says your tongue does only two things kill or heal ( that is give life). The skill is in knowing when and what to kill, and similarly when and what to give life. There are times that all you need to do is pronounce judgement on a thing or situation like Christ did with the fig tree. On other occasions what you want is life, a typical example is what God asked Ezekiel to do in the valley of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37). Still on other occasions you might need to do both, that is why you need reliance on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and prompting (John 14:26, 16:13). I personally have found it more effective especially when ministering to the sick , to curse the disease, germ , cancer or whatever it is first, then command recovery. A good example is diabetes, I will take authority over the disease call it by name and ask it to leave the body, then following this I will speak to the pancreas to be healed and produce insulin like it ought to. This is very important because you don't want to encourage any redundancy or leave a vacuum (Please see Matthew 12:43-45). We would discuss this more when we come to praying in other tongues.

The second point I want to stress in this capsule is that , there is nothing wrong in cursing something or the situation more than once. For a long time I thought this was exhibiting a lack of faith. No it isn't,  if you know what you are doing, as long as you don't doubt in your heart . Remember you already believe God has done His part, what you are doing is enforcing the victory. In Mark 8:22-25, Christ ministered sight twice to a blind man. It is important you understand this, there is a huge difference between asking God to do something over and over, compared to taking your stand and commanding what you already believe is done to manifest and refusing to give up. The first is unbelief, the second is taking spiritual initiative. They sound and appear similar but are completely different. This is what is called holding fast to your confession of faith without wavering. At times when I agree with people in prayer and the manifestation is not readily available, I teach them how to speak continuously to the situation. Some trees will fall with a single stroke of your axe , others might require several strokes. One thing is sure no matter how thick the tree is, it will fall if your axe is sharp and the strokes are unrelenting (I hope you understand the analogy). Don't let it bother you if it appears you have not done everything perfectly, l have personally never done anything perfectly in my life and the truth is, I am yet to meet anybody who has.

Lastly, you don't have to wait for sickness to come before you speak life to your body, you don't even have to accept what they call age related sickness or disease, you have the very life of God in your spirit (Romans 8:11). I do it all the time, I command all my organs to work in perfection. As I mature I command specific organs to be filled with the life of Christ that is in me. I command my sight to remain sharp (Deuteronomy 34:7). my heart to remain strong and vibrant, without being crude, the possibilities are endless. I tell my body that 'as thy days, so is the strength available ' (Deuteronomy 33:25). Again I want to stress that you can apply this dynamics to anything that stands against your living in victory, remember God has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4).


CONCLUSION
WITH YOUR WORDS HEAL THE SICK, CAST OUT DEVILS, RAISE THE DEAD AND CLEANSE THE LEPER

ps
We would look at the final basic ingredients in prayer to change things in the next capsule, we would subsequently consider others like why and when to lay hand, speaking in tongues, the place of confession etc. It will be fun!

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 40

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 2 (PRAYER TO EFFECT A CHANGE contd.)

And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” - Mark‬ ‭11:21-25 ‭KJV‬‬

This is a continuation of capsules 38 and 39, for a full understanding you will need to go back and study those two if you are to flow with it even if you've been tracking with me. I am spending quite some space in discussing 'prayer to change things' hoping that if we have a good grasp of the dynamics we would not fall prey to the 'prayer merchants' that always seek to exploit the ignorant (Ephesians 4:14, 2 Timothy 3:6). Let me repeat it, the primary purpose of prayer is to fellowship with God and know Him, this cannot be over stressed (John 17:3). It will save you a lot of time once you come to appreciate this, your need to pray for things will decrease exponentially the more you fellowship with God ( there are several reasons for this, unfortunately we do not have space to discuss them).

Back to our discussion using Luke 4:36, Mark 4:39-41 and Mark 11:21-25. To recap, when you are praying to effect a change you must do it in full awareness of the authority and power you have in Christ, secondly, it is your responsibility to speak directly to the situation. It does not matter what it is. Do not ask God to do it for you, He has already delegated the power and authority to you (Genesis 1:26-28, Mark 16:17-18, Matthew 16:19). We started on the dynamics in capsule 39 where Christ took the disciples through the masterclass in Mark 11:21-25. Christ attested to the simplicity of the process by the prefix 'verily or truly' and we know what happened was not exclusively to Christ because He said, ' whosoever ' or 'anybody '. The next few steps are crucial and I would encourage you to follow carefully.

Five times between verses 23 and 24 , Christ emphasised the need to speak or address by speech directly whatever it is you want changed. He did not ask you to think about it, but to speak directly to it. In other words your desire must be audible, well articulated in words and have a focus. In this instance it was the mountain, it could as well be cancer or hypertension, diabetes or an empty/red bank balance. The reason for this is simple, words are the vehicle that conveys the power and authority from your born again spirit. Remember in John 6:63, Christ said '“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”. Until you say it, you have not released the power backed by the authority in the name of Jesus. That is why the centurion in Luke 7:7 asked Christ to 'say in a word and my servant shall be healed'. Words are the vehicles that convey authority and power. Proverbs 18:21, shows that with words you can kill and with words you can give life. Everything comes into being and is set in motion by faith filled words (Hebrews 11:3).

Secondly, note the phrase 'and shall not doubt in his heart '. This means your words are only as good as what is in your spirit (heart). In other words you need to have the revelation knowledge of the authority and power in your born again spirit for your words to be meaningful. Salvation only comes when you confess what you believe in your heart (Romans 10:9-10). You need to believe and have an expectation of result firmly rooted in your heart and mind for the words you speak to convey the power and authority necessary for performance. That is why two individuals can say the same thing but get different results.

In this passage you will notice that Christ curse the fig tree, however in His explanation He used the mountain as the object of discussion. The mountain just signifies the obstacle that you want removed, it does not matter what it is. You can apply it to sickness, disease, poverty, demonic oppression, pain, occupational failure, lack of productivity, confusion, the list is endless. In the reverse you can command life with your words, You can quicken or give life to a hopeless situation (John 6:63). For example you can curse cancer, command it to die, then follow up by speaking healing and life to the tissue, commanding it to become vibrant 'death and life are in power of your tongue' (Proverbs 18:21)
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CONCLUSION
SAY IN A WORD, AND DO NOT DOUBT IN YOUR HEART



'Femi Idowu

Thursday, 24 September 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 39

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 2
(PRAYER TO EFECT A CHANGE contd.)

This is a continuation of Capsule 39, 'praying to effect a change', I say this so that you can appreciate the train of thought and discussion. One of the things I stress all the time is that you cannot take a capsule in isolation from the others, everything and everything is joined up. In capsule 38, we found out that there are basically three 'dramatis personae' when praying to effect a change, God,  who is loving and always faithful (James 1:17), You, that wants the change manifested (Matthew 7:7), and the Devil, your adversary, that is out to kill, steal or destroy (John 10:10). Whether you experience the desired result is largely dependent on you! It does not matter if it's healing, deliverance from demonic oppression or poverty that you are after, the principle is the same. God has given it to you, you desire it and the devil will fight you every which way he can (1 Peter 5:8).

In capsule 38 we looked at Luke 4:36 and Mark 4:39-41, to establish some basic principles. Firstly, you must approach things from the position of who you are in Christ, you have the authority and power (Philemon 1:6, Acts 3:6), God has fulfilled His own part of the deal. He has made you an ambassador for Christ and given you the Holy Spirit. Secondly, it is in bad taste to ask God to do for you what He asked you to do. In other words it is your responsibility to speak to whatever it is, it does not matter whether it's sickness or disease or poverty. Do not ask God to talk to the situation for you. This is so important, it is the reason why there are a lot of prayer failures. This is a dividing line between the OT and NT. God has given you the authority and power, until you realise this your prayer will be beggarly, weak, feebly and ineffective. (These are strong words but true, I have been guilty of the same in past so it's really not a criticism of anyone but myself). I will like to show you an interplay of all we've learnt and take it further.

“And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:21-25 ‭KJV‬‬

Mark 11:21-25 is a classic example, in the preceding verses Christ had pronounced judgement on a fig tree and within 24 hours it was dead. In verse 21, Peter, one of the disciples that was present the day before, when Christ cursed the fig tree was shocked to find out that it had died hence the expression 'Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away'. To make matters more relevant to you, he could have said 'Master, see the sickness or disease or poverty etc that you cursed.......' I hope you follow my reasoning, it just happens to be the fig tree it could have been something else. What Peter actually wanted to know was how Christ effected the change. 'Master, how did you effect this change , you spoke to the fig tree and it withered'? The response that Christ gave was shocking, illuminating and comforting. This is a master class, I hope you get it (so we will approach it methodically, it might take 2 or 3 capsules but it will be worth it).

The first statement Christ made was 'Have faith in God' or 'Have the God kind of faith. In short, this is an admonition to have confidence in God, believe that He is faithful. Believe that He is able and willing to back up everything He has promised. If He says that you have the power and authority, agree with Him, trust that He has anticipated the problem before it ever happened and made more than enough provision for it in your born again spirit (1John4:4, Mark 9:23). The problem might have taken you by surprise, but not God. Subsequently, Christ explained the dynamics of what has happened, how He managed to effect the change.

Before ending this capsule I would like us to consider two things that are often ignored. The phrase 'verily I say unto you' and 'whosoever ', these two are pivotal. It was necessary for Him to prefix what He was about to teach with 'Verily or assuredly or of a truth or truly' because the dynamics was so 'mind blowing ' in it's simplicity such that they might dismiss it. It's like saying ' although it sound so simple, it is important you believe and pay attention '. Unfortunately, despite this admonition the vast majority has managed to complicate things. Secondly, when I try to teach this principle of how to effect a change by using biblical examples the response I get is, 'it was simple because it was Christ who did it'. To counter this Christ Himself said, 'whosoever shall say...' meaning it is not exclusive to Christ, you too can as long as you are born again (2 Corinthians 5:17, 1John 4:17). So in essence Christ said, 'what I am about to say is simple and straightforward, but it's the truth and anybody (born again Christian) can do it !! This is absolutely mind blowing, if it's simple then it can be easily understood and as long as you are in Christ, you qualify. To be continued......

CONCLUSION
ITS SIMPLE, BUT ITS THE TRUTH AND YOU QUALIFY, IF CHRIST BE IN YOU.

PS
In my experience as a Christian, I have come to realise that because something is simple does not mean it is easy (2Timothy 2:15). If it's easy everybody will be doing it.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 17 September 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 38

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: 
SO WHY PRAY?  - PART 2

(PRAYER TO EFFECT A CHANGE contd.)

Always keep in view that God has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness, and you will never go wrong. God is never the problem. In the last capsule I laid the template and prerequisite to praying with confidence when you want to effect a change. Unfortunately, these are never stressed enough. Briefly, never ask for something that is not promised in the new covenant, you will be praying outside the will of God. He cannot and will not answer such. Secondly, God is always seeking to influence and inspire you, remember I told you 95% of prayer is fellowship with God.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭KJV‬

With all that we have said in mind when you pray a prayer to change things, there are three people involved. The first is God, who loves you and has promised and is always faithful, then there is you who is doing the asking, seeking and knocking, and there is the devil who is doing the resisting and is out to kill, steal and destroy (This is an oversimplification but absolutely right and it must be the foundation of your understanding otherwise you will open yourself to deceit). Now follow the dynamics.

“And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:36‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark‬ ‭4:39-41‬ ‭KJV‬

I would like to use the above two scriptures to illustrate a few things. When you are praying to effect a change as previously stated and repeated on numerous occasions, it is important to know that God is not your problem, He wants you to have it manifested in your life more than you want, it does not matter whether it's healing, deliverance from demonic oppression or poverty. The second point to know is that you must approach whatever it is from the stand point of the supernatural in you. You are a new creature, Christ is in you and you are in Christ. There is nothing ordinary about you, one third of you is wall to wall Holy Ghost. In Luke 4:36, Christ spoke words based on the knowledge of the power and authority in Him. The same is true of you (John 14:12-14, 1John 4:17) Until you know this you will not be confident in your prayer, your words will be weak, you will pray wishing something will happen instead of expecting and knowing that something has got to happen. Christ gave us authority to use His name and endowed us with power through the Holy Spirit (Luke 9:1, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 1:8). Even those who operated under an inferior covenant (OT) demonstrated a shadow of this knowledge.

The third point is seen in Mark 4:39-41, Christ spoke to the problem, not God. Let me put it another way, God has given you the power and authority to address your problem, it is ineffective for you to ask God to do what He has asked and equipped you to do. Don't speak to God about your problem, He already knows, that is why He gave you the power and authority to overcome it. Talk to your problem about He that is in you (1John 4:4). In the next capsule we would follow this dynamics further.


CONCLUSION
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE POWER AND AUTHORITY


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

GOD'S PILLS 2015 : CAPSULE 37

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS:
SO WHY PRAY? PART 2
(PRAYER TO EFFECT A CHANGE)

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” ‭James‬ ‭4:3 ‭KJV‬‬

In capsule 36 we discussed the primary reason or purpose for prayer , which is to commune or fellowship with God, to know Him spirit to Spirit . I stressed that in my estimation this should constitute 95% or more of our prayer life (John 17:3). A few of my readers felt that I have overemphasised it and that my submission even bordered on arrogance on my part. Far from it! this is something I constantly need to remind myself too. Consider this, God has a deep need to be believed (Hebrews 11:6), but how do you believe 'Somebody' you do not know intimately, and how do you know "Somebody' you do not fellowship or spend time with? It's really simple when you really think about it, even in the natural we are more confident and relaxed with people we know well (John 4:22-24).

As promised, we would look at 'Prayer or praying to effect a change' starting from this capsule. I would like to approach this systematically and it might take a few capsules (even though it will not be exhaustive). We all have needs/desires and God has made more than enough provisions to meet them. Knowing this, our prayers should not be based on desperation or anxiety (Philippians 4:6, Matthew 7:7-11)

To start with I would like to draw your attention to James 4:2-3, but let us start from verse 3. It says the reason why you ask and don't receive is because you ask amiss or you ask with the wrong motive, and this wrong motive is based on lust or self-centredness. I know this sounds very deep, but honestly it is not. Verse 2 tells you why lust is an obstacle. Lust does either of two things, it either destroys you or somebody else according to James 4:2, can you see that? So let me make this submission, it is not God who is not answering your prayer, you are the one asking amiss based on wrong motives or let me put it in another way, it is not God saying No to your prayer, you are the one praying amiss (there is a big difference between the two, God will give you understanding). This leads to another question, 'How do I know whether I am asking amiss or driven by lust?' There are two principal ways to ensure this,

“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭89:34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The first step is, you must know that God will not answer any prayer outside His covenant. He has made no provision for such exigencies, it's a law . In fact it is dangerous to make such requests (I don't have enough room here to explain why). Every request, desire or prayer must pass this test. The will of God is found in His covenant, no where elsewhere.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭KJV‬

The second is that the inspiration for your desire must come from God and the best way to ensure this is if you continually fellowship and delight yourself in Him. As you spend time with God, some pure desires would be inspired in you (Philippians 2:13). Whatever God authors, He will finish (Hebrews 12:2a), we would talk more about this when we come to praying in tongues. 


These two steps are crucial if you want to pray to effect changes effectively. The first step is universal, the second step you will learn by experience. Once you appreciate the importance of these two steps we can discuss the dynamics and that is what we will do in the next few capsules.


CONCLUSION
WHAT GOD INSPIRES , HE FINISHES

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 36

GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY?

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-19‬ ‭KJV‬

I am excited! From capsule 24 when we started our discussion on spirit, soul and body (ssb) to capsule 33 where we concluded that God has given us everything that we need for life and godliness or that God anticipated every need and made more than enough provision to meet those needs and on our part what we require is to respond by faith to access these provisions. Moreover, these provisions are already in our born again spirit. This sounds counter culture, a complete oxymoron to the traditional belief where we've been taught that there is an inherent reluctance on God's part that we would need to overcome by begging and pleading. Whilst this might be true in the OT (to certain extent), this is not so at all in the NT. Nobody deserves the goodness of God, it cannot be earned, it can only be received freely as a gift, that is what grace means. With all these been said, a logical question is 'If this is true, why do we need to pray or pray in tongues, confess the promises of God, fast or do anything at all for that matter? If we have everything, why bother to do anything? As good and logical as this question is, it is the wrong question. The right question should be 'I believe, but how do I discover, access, draw and bring out what is already in me?' Or How do I manifest these things that pertain to life and godliness that has already been given to me? Or How can I manifest these spiritual realities in the physical realm? After all if I tell you that there is gold or any treasure for that matter buried in your garden, if you believe, that would be your response.

From this capsule that is what we would tackle. We would start with prayer, this would not be an exhaustive discussion on prayer. We would look at the primary purpose of prayer and also prayer to change things. Like in previous times I am likely to say things that you might consider out of the main stream, but I believe they are true and scriptural. All I ask is that you exercise patience with me and check whether these things are right. Once you grasp the primary purpose of prayer, it would put a different perspective on things and prayer to change things follows almost effortlessly.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The primary purpose of prayer is to fellowship and commune with, to get to know Him spirit to Spirit intimately (John 17:3). Thanking, praising, worshipping, having conversation, asking for wisdom and just loving Him, examples abound in the psalms . This was Paul's admonition in Ephesians 5:19-20. Every other use of prayer is incidental and secondary, until you understand and appreciate this you will struggle. If you don't develop this attitude and foster it, your prayer and prayer life will be strained , lacklustre and devoid of faith because you are praying to 'Somebody' you don't know, you are not familiar with, a complete strange. You will notice that in Genesis God created man with all his needs already met, yet God spent a reasonable part of the day in the company of Adam and Eve. Think about it for a minute, the Almighty God always took time out every evening to enjoy their company (Genesis 3:8a). These were people who had all their needs already met. They had no demon to bind, no marital problems to resolve, no wayward children to pray for, no material requests, no sickness or disease yet they spent quality time with God.

When you understand that the primary reason for prayer is to commune with God, then 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 and Luke 18:1, make a lot of sense. When you realise that fellowship with God is the primary purpose of prayer, it makes you more spiritually sensitive and you will not treat prayer as a monologue. Unfortunately, prayer the way it's taught is purely based on needs, that is why prayer meetings form an easy attraction and a crowd puller. Most need based prayer is evidence of deficiency in our fellowship with God. Have you ever wondered why 'Man' was created in the image of God and after His likeness? (Genesis 1:26-28) or Why God forbade Adam from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ?(Genes 2:17). Both point at God's deep need for fellowship with man. But somehow we have missed this glaring sign posts. The more you fellowship with God, the more you become aware of your self as a spirit and the more you know those things that has been freely given unto us (John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16) and the less insecure and needy you are (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)


CONCLUSION
PRAYER SHOULD BE 95% FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, LESS THAN 5% NEED BASED

Ps
You need to be conversant with the preceding capsules to fully understand capsule 36 (Isaiah 28:9-10, Proverbs 4:18). Again I would like to stress that this is not an exhaustive teaching on prayer. We would look at prayer to effect a change next (there are many other forms of prayer Ephesians 6:18a)


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 35

ALL WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS (Part 2)

We are back on this subject of 'all we need for life and godliness ' or 'inside out'. Of all the teachings that I give, it seems to me that this is the one most people have difficulty grasping. Somehow people think I am teaching passivity, far from it! This is the whole message of the NT, 'Knowing that Christ is already inside of you, not out there; that is the only hope that you have to live a glorious life' (Colossians 1:20). The glory of Christ is not out there, it is inside of us. In the OT God lived in temples made of bricks and mortar, in the NT He is on the inside of you and I. What we need to do is let Him out. It is amazing how we fail to see this, it took me a long time to come to this realisation. What really frustrates me is, even when people say they get it, there is still this reluctance to live it as a concept., they don't have an experiential knowledge of it. This is obvious the way they pray , it is as if we are trying to convince God to do what He says He has already done, there is a begging and timidity in their approach, some form of uncertainty that you can almost palpate instead of a godly boldness (Hebrews 4:16)

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:10-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Romans 8: 10-11 illustrates this. Look at it, remember that this is referring to born again Christians. Verse 10 says if you agree that Christ is in you, then despite the fact that your body is dead because of sin, your spirit is alive because of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now look at verse 11, the spirit of Christ that is in your born again spirit, or the resurrection power that is already in you is able to give life to your body and make it come alive. The only way this would ever happen is if you recognise the fact that this resurrection power is already in you and then release it by faith. Not by shouting or screaming ( not that there is anything wrong with shouting or screaming, as long as it is appropriately directed and done in faith). You will need to grasp this and know it in your knower, especially when it comes to ministering to the sick. This does not happen automatically. The same thought is expressed in Galatians 2:20; This is such a practical scripture, it helps to remove the burden and tedium that we at times get ourselves into. When you understand this, it puts the rituals of religion to shame. Prayer, fasting, meditation, studying the word of God would make more sense, will be a lot more rewarding and fun. The reason for this is because you're not doing them to get God to do anything, you are doing them to understand how to access, receive or release what He has already done and placed on the inside of you.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭KJV‬

Don't face life like a human being, but a supernatural Human being, you must remind yourself and keep in view that thought, you are more than what meets the eyes, you are a thousand times bigger on the inside, infinitely bigger!!


CONCLUSION
INFINITELY BIGGER, ON THE INSIDE


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 34

ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I thank everybody who has given feedback, particularly in the last few capsules, (even when it seemed critical) the point is, you care enough to want clarification, to understand and that is the most important thing. These feedbacks are crucial to what we are trying to do. We are exploring ways of publishing them hence I will encourage you to use the comments section on the blog page. I am limited by space, so I try to be succinct and again most of the traditions that I am trying to dispel are things I have been guilty of in the past myself and some I am still struggling with. Moreover, I don't know everything and sometimes my explanation and analogies don't fit perfectly but they fit.

Now, let's get back to the concept of INSIDE OUT, I promised in the last Capsule that I will explain it in several ways. 2 Peter 1:2-4 is a thought provoking scripture as we've already seen, it says God has provided and given us ALL that we need for life and godliness in order that we might live like Him. This is mind blowing, we have been given this endowment , not that He is going to. However, there are two caveats, the first is that you can only access them through knowledge and the second is that they are in promises (that is in spiritual form). Think about it for a minute, a promise is an undertaking to make something available on demand. It is important you understand this because we would return to this thought later..

In the first creation God envisaged everything Adam would ever need and provided for them before He ever created him (Genesis chapter 1), God did it perfectly such that every living thing had the ability to reproduce after their kind so that there would not be any future lack. Even in chapter 2 it was God who anticipated the need for 'a companion comparable to Adam' and He went ahead and provided for it in form of Eve. So we can say He provided all Adam would ever need for life and godliness. Adam never needed to beg or plead with God , all he did was responded to these provision and accepted them as gift. This truth also obtains in this present dispensation.

In the new creation similarly, God provided a Saviour even when we did not know we needed one. Christ came paid the price for Sin, went to hell, spoilt the kingdom of darkness, rose on the third day, gave us the authority, sent the Holy Spirit (as if this is not enough), He is seated on the right hand of God interceding for us right now... that is Grace. All we have to do is respond positively to this...that is Faith. In the first creation, God put Adam in the midst of the garden with all the provision, in the new creation, everything that you need for life and godliness it's deposited in your born again spirit, all you need to do is access it by faith and manifest it in the physical realm (I pray you understand this). These provisions in the new creation are all in your born again spirit and you can access or make a demand on them by faith (remember the definition of promise). Whatever you and I may need God has anticipated it before the need arose and is your born again spirit, healing, peace, joy, love, wisdom, material wealth etc, if it is necessary for your spiritual and physical well being, it's there (1Peter 2:24, Galatians 5:22, Romans 5:1,5; 2 Corinthians 8:9). This is good news that is why it is called the GOSPEL or God's pill

CONCLUSION
GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS


Ps
God's pill, smooth and small enough to swallow, easily digestible to release it's goodness. Strictly no side effects.



'Femi Idowu
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