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