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