Wednesday, 28 January 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 5

DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE? (Part 3)

In this capsule we would continue our theme, asking that same question 'Does God try us with sickness or disease or does He allow it?' To me the answer is a categorical NO! This point is settled in my mind and it has helped a great deal in simplifying and demystifying my approach when dealing with sickness and disease! It's the thief that has come to kill, steal and destroy...(John 10:10a). But I am also aware that the source of confusion and conflict in the minds of individuals is based on the interpretation of certain scriptures in the New Testament. I have over many years spent time meditating on these and would go through a few. Most pertain to Apostle Paul and his companions. The logic is that if this could happen to Paul, who are we to expect something different? In itself, this approach is destructive, we must not interpret or validate the scripture in the light of people's experience especially when they appear counter to the word of God, but that is a discussion for another day, another capsule.

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5‬:‭23‬ KJV)

Paul advised Timothy a close associate of his, to avoid drinking water but take small quantities of wine because of some stomach disease. But what this scripture does not say is that God gave Timothy the disease or that God refused to heal him or that He allowed it. This can be likened to you advising somebody who gets malaria often whenever they travel to an endemic area to take malarial prophylactic or take bottled water instead of tap water to avoid diarrhoea. I know a lot of people, mature Christians who have one health struggle or the other, whilst I encourage them to believe for divine healing, I have at no time condemned them for taking medication. We all have our struggles and we need to encourage and build each other up. It does not mean they should remain the same forever. Many Christians have given divine healing a bad name because they portray western medicine as evil, it is not! It's just a poor alternative to divine healing and health.

Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletus sick. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭20‬ KJV)

Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭25-28‬ KJV)

These are two examples of Paul's companions that were sick. One thing that is common to both is that they both overcame their sickness which to me is a great testimony to divine healing. You don't have to stay sick, the thief might come to kill, steal and destroy , choose life and life in abundance . Refuse to stay sick, yes sickness and disease might attack you, what is wrong is for you to accept that as final. When poverty or demons attack we fight and resist them, the same way you must stand your ground against sickness and disease. Somehow we have come to accept that sickness and disease are inevitable, it is not so. You don't even have to die of sickness or disease, you should die of old age that is what the scripture provides for. Moses a man of inferior covenant died free of sickness or disease, in fact God asked him to climb up a mountain when it was time for him to die, showing how full of vigour he was (Deuteronomy 34:7).

There are other scriptures that we could go through like the man that was born blind in John chapter 9 and many more but for space and time. I will devote the next capsule to Paul's thorn, this seems to be everybody's excuse.

CONCLUSION

WHEN IT'S TIME TO GO , CLIMB YOUR MOUNTAIN DON'T DESCEND INTO A VALLEY

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

GOD's PILL 2015: CAPSULE 4

DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE? (Part 2)

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (‭Galatians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ KJV)

Following capsule 3, I have received feedbacks and it seems the idea that God does not try or teach us with sickness or disease is a vexed one. There appears to be a stronghold in the minds of people that is so difficult to shift, but if we are going to make any headway this has to be debunked completely.

Broadly speaking there seems to be 2 areas of difficulty
1. The Old Covenant vs New Covenant
2. Misinterpretation of certain scriptures, particularly in the New Testament

I will attend to the first in this blog. For this, the clue is in the name. There is a reason why it is call Old Covenant, but this appears to be completely lost in the understanding of a lot of people. I wish I have the time and space to deal with this thoroughly, but alas the capsule is meant to be smooth to allow for swallowing and small enough for easy digestion.

In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭8‬:‭13‬ KJV).

The above scripture is the conclusion of the first 8 chapters of the book of Hebrews. This same point was made in Hebrews 7:18-19. Galatians 3:24-25 gives an analogy, comparing the Old Covenant to a schoolmaster whose sole purpose is to bring us to Christ the Author of the New Covenant, and saying categorically that we are no longer under the control or operations of the schoolmaster, now that we have come to Christ. You cannot mix the two, that is the basis of the parable of the New wine in old wine bottle, it does not and can not work, as attractive as it might be (Luke 5:37-39). The coming of Christ and the atonement made the difference, He fulfilled and ended the law for everyone that believes in His atoning sacrifice (Matthew 5:17, Romans 10:4)


Even under the Old Covenant, in Deuteronomy 28, sickness and disease is listed as a curse, not as a blessing. Galatians 3:13 says Christ delivered us from the curse of the law ( The law was the instrument of operation of the Old Covenant, Grace is the mode of operation of the New Covenant). Ephesians 1:3 says we are blessed with all ( not some) spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. Sickness is a curse, Divine health is a blessing. You will have to decide which covenant applies to you but you cannot mix the two (Romans 11:6).

CONCLUSION
THE OLD IS GONE FOREVER, THE NEW HAS COME TO STAY. SO CRAWL OUT FROM UNDER THE OLD AND PUT ON THE NEW.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 15 January 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 3

DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE?

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ KJV)

In the next two capsules I will try to answer the question ' does God tempt us with sickness or disease or does He allow it?' There is so much confusion about this, I have seen it wreck people's faith. On one hand they believe God is good and He is the source of healing (capsules 1 and 2) on the other hand they've been taught that He uses disease or allows it to perfect them. This is what the scriptures call being 'double-minded'. This kind of theology will render your faith useless and kill you in a hurry (James 1:5-8).

Sad to say the reason why people reach this conclusion is due to poor understanding of the scriptures, so they end up parroting others. James chapter one is a case in view. In verse 2 it says 'count it joy or rejoice when you fall into diverse temptation' and in verse 12 it says there is a reward if you survive this temptation. People put this two together and reach their own conclusion . Without doing any deep study, it is obvious that neither of these scriptures say God is the source of your temptation, in fact verse 2 states that 'you' fell into it, (and this happens because of various reasons, some of which might be directly your fault). If temptation or trials or tests or tribulations alone perfects anyone, why do people suffer and die from them or why ain't the people who suffer the most the most healthy or perfected? To compound matter, people who believe this and teach it, seek some form of treatment when they are sick. If they truly accept this line of thought why don't they stay sick so that they can be perfected? If you read these scriptures in context, you only survive these tests, trials, temptations and tribulations, if you only have the faith of God. You need the word of God to avoid being a casualty.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ KJV)

In that same James 1 in verse 13, it states it clearly that it is wrong for anyone ( especially a New Testament believer) to say he is tempted of God. It goes further to say 'God cannot be tempted with evil neither does He tempt any man'. Sickness is evil , disease is evil, it cannot be clearer than that.... KIS! In fact verse 16 admonishes you not to make that mistake or be deceived that God can be tempted or tempt anyone with evil .

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭14-16‬ KJV)

Except you are clear in your mind and know beyond any contradiction that sickness or disease is never from God, you will struggle. You will not be able to fight with everything you've got, at best you will only give a token resistance because there will always be a nagging thought or an unanswered question in your heart 'Is this from God, is He trying to perfect me?


CONCLUSION
IF IT'S SICKNESS, IF IT'S DISEASE, THEN IT'S NOT FROM GOD.....KIS

Ps
In the next few capsules we would look at some more scriptures including 'Paul's thorn'


Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 2

AVOID ANALYSIS OF PARALYSIS

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (‭Acts‬ 10‬:‭38‬ KJV)

Remember, we are keeping it simple (KIS). As promised that will remain our theme or focus in the next few capsules....back to basics.


Acts 10:38 is a familiar scripture and the more I consider it the more I see a simple spiritual equation. Let's look at it, God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with HOLY GHOST and POWER so that He ( that is Jesus) can go everywhere to do GOOD. This GOOD is explained as HEALING. Now this HEALING is necessitated by the OPPRESSION that comes from the devil. This would mean the HEALING described as 'doing good' is from God and OPPRESSION which is sickness is from the devil.

The above is so straight forward I am not sure how we managed to complicate things. John 10:10 says exactly the same thing. Sickness kills, steals and destroys, they all come from the thief (that is the devil). Sickness is death in slow motion. Christ came to give life and life in abundance. This means that He came to provide life generously, so that we would not run short of it, that is what abundance means. Now think about it if you have life in abundance why should you tolerate sickness in any form?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ KJV)

James 1:17 says every good gift ( not some) and every perfect gift comes from God. This helps you discern what is from God, it has to be good and perfect, sickness or disease is neither good nor perfect. People with clumsy theology would say on occasion God use diseases to perfect us. Look at the B part of James 1:17, it says with God there is no variableness or shadow of turning or like the NLT puts it 'He does not change or cast shifting shadow'. What this means is that God is constant. This gladdens my heart, it tells me that if I am sick it is not from God and gives me the boldness to kick it out....KIS! Most of the memorable healing I have had on a personal basis revolves around knowing this. I never for one nanosecond doubt the fact that healing is good and it comes from God always and sickness is bad and it comes from the devil......this is the New Covenant reality written and engraved with the blood of JESUS CHRIST.

So when I am ministering healing either for myself or for somebody else I have come to know that my problem is not with God, it's either my unbelief or the devil. I don't go into deep analysis because therein lies paralysis.


CONCLUSION
'KIS' AND YOU WILL AVOID ANALYSIS THAT LEADS TO PARALYSIS


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 1 January 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 1

KEEP IT SIMPLE :HEALTH AND WEALTH 

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (‭2 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ KJV)

Happy New year, I wish you wealth and health in 2015 ( it sounds like a cliché, but it isn't). This year lets start from the basics. I have come to realise that what trips us in life are the simple things (the big ones are obvious enough). If only we would pay attention to the word of God and accept it at face value, our struggles will be less. We are always reading hidden meaning to things, which eventually complicate them. The above scripture is expressing the same sentiment, keep it simple! With that in mind let's consider

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (‭3 John‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬ KJV)

The above scripture is straight forward and needs virtually no explanation or interpretation. What is obvious here is that left to God alone , two things will be 'constant' in our lives;  1. Good Health and 2. Prosperity. 

In fact the scripture says they top God's wish list for us. Unfortunately the level to which we enjoy them is governed by us or more accurately by the direction of our thinking (...as your soul prospers). I am convinced that if we truly understand and grasp the depth of this scripture the need to pray for both will be minimal or almost none existent. I know this sounds far-fetched, but let me show you. Have you noticed that people who have revealed knowledge (revelation) of material prosperity and how to walk in it hardly ever have to pray for money? The reason is simple, they have come to accept the first part of the scripture. If this is the case, why is divine health a struggle or why is it different, when both form part of what that scripture promises? The reason is simple they have spent time meditating on the new covenant promises involving material prosperity such that their minds have become renewed in this area.(Hebrews 8:6).

In the early sixties Christians actually thought it was godly to be poor, then came the outpouring of teachings and revelation knowledge about material prosperity such that we all now believe for it. The same will happen with divine healing, because 2 John 3, that promises material wealth also guarantee divine health.

One of the most damaging way to end prayer for divine healing is to say 'if it be thy will'. It is so damaging, it kills the flow of your faith in this direction because you are not sure of what you are asking for (Hebrews 11:6). I know it sounds humble but this type of 'humbility' will keep you sick, it's a wrong attitude and makes mockery of the 3 John 2. I find it most frustrating when people come to me to agree with them in prayer for healing and they are not sure whether God wants them well. It is virtually useless to pray such prayer because we are not in agreement. If we are to walk in divine health we would have to keep it simple.

CONCLUSION
KEEP IT SIMPLE! GOD WANTS YOU WELL. LET'S WALK IN DIVINE HEALTH AND WEALTH, PERIOD!

PS
In the next few capsules this will be our focus, we need to uncomplicate things before we move into the dynamics.

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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk