Thursday, 26 February 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 9

UNBELIEF: IGNORANCE AND DISBELIEF

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭29‬ KJV)

In capsule 8 we identified two types of fear that hinders when it comes to divine healing, Fear of failure and Fear of success. At the root of both, what fuels them is unbelief. Broadly speaking there are three types of Unbelief (ignorance, disbelief and what I call natural unbelief). In this capsule we will concentrate on the first two.

In Matthew 22:29 Christ made a startling statement which is revealing 'The reasons why mistakes are made is due to poor understanding of the scriptures and as a result they don't see the manifestation of the power of God.' In other words wrong belief get wrong result. There is no substitute to the word of God if you are going to walk in divine healing. Prayer, fasting and all other religious calisthenics will only be meaningful only if based on sound doctrines. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Roman 1:17), so ignorance or disbelief (that is wrong belief ) can only breed FEAR not FAITH.

IGNORANCE means to be bereft of knowledge, unfortunately ignorance is no excuse in life, what you don't know maybe killing you (Isaiah 5:13). Faith is only based on one thing and that is the 'entrance of God's word' (Romans 10:17). You must have it both in quantity and quality. You see knowledge builds confidence like no other can. Thank God ignorance has a cure, 'And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭32‬ KJV). The 'truth will give you freedom from fear'. Once you come in contact with the truth and you accept it, the rest is simple. Remember you can only have faith for what you know.

The other type of unbelief (aka DISBELIEF) is far more difficult to deal with. Many have been wrongly taught and this has become a deep seated tradition in their lives. Getting rid of wrong belief then takes double effort. It's like trying to write on a board with an existing text on it, If you don't wipe it clean, the new writing will not be easily read and understood. This is the situation with some people, in that they've been exposed so much,  for so long, to wrong teaching that they now have difficulty grasping the truth. As a matter of fact they are confused. This people will not make progress except you systematically get rid of their wrong beliefs, and this takes time and commitment on both sides, but it can be done (2 Timothy 2:15).
Remember, Christianity in the absence of sound doctrine, at the very best only leads to superstition and fear.


CONCLUSION 


WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW MAY BE KILLING YOU, WRONG BELIEF ONLY GETS WRONG RESULT


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 8

WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF, WHY ?

And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭28‬ KJV)

And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭28‬ AMP)

As promised in this capsule we would follow a natural progression of our previous discussions, asking, why are we so afraid to profess that a good God, who loves us so much, that He sacrificed Christ, wants us well all the time (3John 2, 2Corinthians 5:21). To compound matters every right thinking person wants good health. That is why all these big Pharmaceutical companies make big money, people take medications whose side effects are worse than the disease that they are trying to cure. We allow doctors to carry out mutilating operations even when the chance of a cure is slim. Even those who insist that sickness has some redemptive purpose would go to great lengths to secure treatment with western medicine, what a contradiction. People will go and see doctors over and over even when it is obvious that he or she is doing trial and error. So why is it we deny 3John 2 (at least conceptually) when we have this strong desire for health.

I have come to find out that despite all protestations to the contrary, at the root of it all is FEAR, in one shape or the other. Sickness or disease is an enemy not a friend, Philippians 1:28 says 'no matter what happens refuse to be terrified by your enemy (aka sickness or disease). What most of us don't realise is that fear is external, it wants to come in. To be terrified means to be driven or filled with fear. Don't let it drive or fill you.

The first and possibly the commonest reason why we are afraid to confess that God wants you well all the time is fear of failure. One of the commonest question people ask me is 'what if it doesn't work?' I understand what they are trying to say, they are worried about losing face. My response is simple 'what if it works?' I point at Romans 3:4. It is not your reputation that is at stake, that should take the weight off your shoulders. Because I have come to realise that God always wants me well, if I'm not getting results, it is comforting to know that the problem is never with God, He is not against me , so I am able to go back to Him to find out why, what am I doing wrong? (Matthew 17:19). I don't know anybody that gets it right all the time, this only tells me there are things I still need to know, and thank God we have His word and the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 16:13-15). People are quick to give examples of those who have tried and failed, why don't you focus on the successful ones and build yourself up.

The second type of fear is fear of success. This sounds strange but it is true. I have come to find out that people like to be pitied. They might not admit to it directly but when you listen to their testimony you will see that they enjoy a pity party. They hate to exert themselves and to make matters worse in a place like the Western world where there are all sorts of benefits for those with one form of chronic illness or the other what is the incentive? Free housing, free food, free health care and so on and so forth.

These 2 fears come in different shades and shapes but what fuels both is unbelief. This comes as either disbelief or ignorance. We would look at both and the antidotes, and subsequently go on to checkout the sources of sickness and disease in the next capsule.

CONCLUSION
FEAR IS EXTERNAL, IT CAN ONLY COME IN IF YOU ALLOW IT.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 7

DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE? (Part 5)

PAUL'S THORNY ISSUE AND OTHERS

In the last 4 capsules we've discussed that nagging question, 'Does God try us with sickness or disease or even refuse to heal us on certain occasions? Some might even say 'He does not try or refuse but allows it. I believe if we are true to the NT, the answer to all these, is a categorical NO! Tradition and sloppy interpretation of scriptures have crippled many. In this capsule I intend to bring to conclusion my discussion on 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 and wrap up with Galatians 4:13-15, 6:11.

.......My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (‭2 Corinthians ‭12‬:‭7-9‬ KJV) Please read in context the whole chapter.

Following on from capsule 6, in the above passage Paul said he would 'rather glory in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon him' . The word infirmities here have become a trap, people see this and say 'you see ! Paul was glad to be sick' what they are inferring is that having a form of chronic illness is a prerequisite for manifesting the power of of God (it might not be put so blatantly, but the intent is obvious). This is so contradictory that I really do not know how anybody would accept this line of thought. Nevertheless, let's consider it, the word infirmity I agree by common usage means sickness or disease, but that is not the only meaning. It is applied for any form of inadequacy or weakness. In Romans 8:26, the bible says the Holy Spirit helps our infirmity, why? So that we can pray effectively. In Hebrews 7:28, we are told that the law makes 'men with infirmity High Priest' . These are two instances that the word infirmity is used to describe inadequacy or weakness and it is translated as such in some other versions. Even in 2Corinthians 12, both words are used interchangeably and when you read the chapter in context Paul described the infirmities in the preceding chapter (2Corinthians 11:22-33). I hope you get the picture?
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. (‭Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭13-14‬ KJV)

In the above passage Paul speaking to the Galatians confirmed that he had physical infirmity which no doubt connotes some form of ailment or sickness , but what is often ignored is that at the time he was writing this letter this was no longer the case, that was why he used the phase 'at the first' . It's like saying 'when we first met I was sick'. This even confirms the power of divine healing. To help you understand this further, Galatia was a region in Asia Minor with cities like Lystra, Derbe and Iconium. Paul's first contact with them at Derbe is recorded in Acts 14:19-20, after been beaten within an inch of his life the day before, imagine the physical shape that he was in at their first contact. Those who believe that Paul had an incurable illness go further to justify this by referring to Galatians 4:15 and 6:11 claiming he had an incurable eye disease. I honestly believe that this conclusion is laughable. The first one is an expression of endearment that we even use up to this day. Nobody ever thinks of exchanging a body part if I say ' I would gladly give my right hand for so and so'. We all know we are being figurative!

Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬ KJV)

The word translated large in this verse above appears in only one other place in the NT, and it was translated 'great' (Hebrews 7:4), talking about the importance or significance. Paul usually would use a scribe or personal secretary to write his letters, but on this occasion he felt very strongly about it that he wrote the letter himself. Unlike the book of Romans that took a scholarly approach to the subject of Grace, the epistle to the Galatians deals with the same subject without mincing words because he felt let down by them , remember this was a church that he established and had spent time teaching them. For them to regress back to the works of the law was completely unacceptable (Galatians 3:1-6).

In these last five capsules I have used the scriptures to answer the question. But if you really think about it, you don't even need to be a bible scholar to appreciate that there is something deep wrong when people ascribe sickness or disease to God either directly or indirectly.

CONCLUSION
ITS ALL THORNS AND NO SICKNESS OR DISEASE

Ps
In the next few capsules I would try and look at why there is so much resistance to the assertion that God wants you well 'all the time'/sources of sickness and disease.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 5 February 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 6

DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE? (Part 4)

PAUL'S THORN, WHOSE THORN?

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭7-9‬ KJV) Please read in context the whole chapter.

We would discuss Paul's thorn in this capsule. Without a doubt this is the most commonly used scripture used by individuals to justify their view about their failure to manifest divine healing. Without going through any discussion yet, just think about it , if indeed this is true, that puts virtually everything God has promised on healing on a shakey ground , this cannot be true since the same Paul in the first chapter of the same epistle confirmed that 'all the promises of God, in Christ are yea and amen' (2 Corinthians 1:20) or that Paul was the exception to the rule! This too cannot be right because 'God is not a respecter of persons ' (Romans 2:11).

There are two other scriptures about Paul that have become snares but we will deal with them later. Coming back to 2 Corinthians 12, Paul stated that the reason he had this thorn is because of his abundance of revelations (read this in verse 1-4), some of these revelations were so great that he said it would be 'unlawful' to repeat them. Yet you will see all and sundry claiming they have the same thorn that is why they have remained sick, even people who for want of a better description have no clue about spiritual things. If you are going to claim 'thorn in the flesh' then you ought to have at least the same level of revelation comparable to that of Paul's.

This thorn was described as the messenger of satan. The word translated messenger was also translated angel 179 times in the NT. Notice that this was a messenger of satan , not a messenger from God . And the sole intent was to buffet Paul, that is make life difficult for him. One of the points that get people confused is the fact that God said 'My grace is sufficient for you' . From what we have discussed I believe that this thorn who is a messenger of satan is actually a person or an envoy of the devil persecuting Paul. The phrase 'thorn in the flesh' is used three times in the Old Testament and on each occasion referred to people or persons in the context of persecution (Numbers 33:35, Joshua 23:13, Judges 2:3)

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ KJV)

The above scripture is one that is often ignored in christian circles, but will not go away. Imagine if God kills all our persecutors like some would desire. We would never have had Saul turned to Apostle Paul who wrote more than half the NT. See Matthew 5:10-12 , if you are walking and working in the power of Christ expect persecution, expect opposition. If you don't bump against satan and his agents it might just be that you are both moving in the same direction. The grace of God, His uncommon favour is more than enough to take care of business. The grace of God will insulate you and act like Teflon. We are not delivered from persecution but we are promised protection from its damaging effects

CONCLUSION
WHOSE THORN? IT'S SATAN'S THORN

Ps
In the next capsule we will bring this discussion to conclusion by looking at the infirmities referred to in verse 9 and also consider the other two scriptures in Galatians 4:13-14, 6:11


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk