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