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