Thursday, 24 December 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 51

THE GREAT INVITATION FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE Amen! 

Starting with first capsule this year I promised that we would keep things simple, in fact that capsule was captioned: KEEP IT SIMPLE (KIS): HEALTH AND WEALTH. I sincerely hope that I have stayed true to this. It is my firm belief that we over think the things of God, instead of taking Him at face value. We sometimes talk ourselves out of the Goodness and Kindness of God, and I wonder why? In the last 2 capsules of this year I would like to share 2 scriptures with you that I feel kind of encapsulate everything we have discussed this year and hopefully will set the tone for 2016.

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:27-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The first of these two scriptures is Matthew 11:27-30, and it has profoundly affected me, every verse comes with a cast iron guarantee. Verse 27 states that Christ is the mediator between God and man, no ifs or buts, the same thought is shared throughout the whole bible , in the OT we see this in a shadow and in the New Testament the real deal (1 Timothy 2:5-6, John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-3). Verse 28 is what I call the GREAT INVITATION, FOR THE GREAT EXCHANGE. The word ALL appears in both verses which tells me that you and I qualify. So what are we exchanging? Labour and Heavy Load for Rest! In previous capsules I have said it several times, that the Christian Life is not a changed life but an Exchange. There is no way or provision to improve any life outside Christ, you have to release it, let it go, relinquish it and receive the life of Christ (2Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20). 

The second point is that God (Christ) wants it for you more than you want it for yourself, that is why verse 28 starts with the invitation 'COME', so there is really no reason to beg or plead the way we have been taught in the past. All you have to do is receive it with a humble heart. This is what is called faith, a positive response to the grace (provision) of God, you cannot earn it, it's a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Now let's look at what is been exchanged. We are exchanging Labour/Heavy load for Rest. This is what is called salvation. To many people the term Labour/Heavy Load sounds so vague that it means nothing in practical every day living, so here it is: Sin, Demonic oppression, Material poverty and Sickness/Disease. You exchange all these for Rest which is Forgiveness of sin, Deliverance from demonic oppression, Material prosperity and Sound Health (John 10:10, Luke 4:18-19). This sounds like good news, really good news indeed for that matter, yes it is, that is why it is called the GOSPEL and what makes it better is that it is free!

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30 KJV

Look at verse 29, This tells you the dynamics for finding the rest. The yoke is a training implement and it constrains, If you are yoked to the devil it leads to Labour and Heavy Load, whereas if you are yoked to Christ, you will find Rest, the choice is yours. I don't need to spell it out but I will. Christ explicitly said His yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light, so let me put it this way, if it is not Easy and Light, then it is not from Christ.

CONCLUSION
DON'T COMPLICATE THINGS, IF IT'S FROM CHRIST, IT'S GOT TO BE EASY AND LIGHT

PS
In capsule 52 which is the last for this year we would look at the second scripture. Have a wonderful Christmas.


'Femi Idowu
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