Wednesday, 24 February 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 8

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: BLESSED BEYOND A CURSE

“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23:21-23‬ ‭KJV

We have come to the third plank of this discussion, I really would like to bless the name of the Lord for the opportunity to share these things with you, I do not take it for granted. There is so much about the salvation in Christ Jesus, but ignorance and laziness have robbed us. We started this year looking at the blessings of the Lord, and to make things easily understandable I have divided it into Truly Blessed, Blessed and Highly Favoured and Blessed beyond a curse. These are highly charged topics, and of the three, Blessed beyond a curse is probably the most contentious and least understood. This is the one that people find most difficult to wholly accept. I can understand why, (especially considering the occultic background of most of us) but I am fully persuaded to say and assert based on the veracity of the scriptures that we are blessed beyond a curse. Just as a born again Christian might lead an ordinary life despite the fact that God has already blessed and highly favoured us. Similarly he can live under the bondage and deception of a curse despite the fact that this should not be, knowledge makes all the difference. You need to be well grounded in what we have discussed so that you can handle this. I promise you once you know it in your 'knower', you will never be the same. Please be patient with me, I will need to go slowly to demystify some things.

In capsule 2, I defined BLESSING as 'the Intrinsic spiritual ability to prosper imparted by God, and it comes by spoken words. I also showed that it comes through Christ or through the generational line of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:3). A curse is likewise a spiritual design to do the opposite, and it also comes through the spoken word. It's like an unseen cloud that stays with the individual to kill, steal and destroy. Like the Blessings of the Lord, it could be generational or through the Adamic line (1 Corinthians 15:22, Ephesians 2:3). By common observation, it would appear that curses are more apparent and the effects are rife, whereas the Blessings of the Lord require exercise of faith. I would agree 100% with this observation, however the reason is that the natural default mode in this world is for things to go from good to bad because we live in a fallen world. It takes spiritual effort called faith to tap into the spiritual provision called grace. 2 Corinthians 4:4, tells us that Satan is the God of this world, so the default mode is to kill, steal and destroy, these three elements when mixed with lack of knowledge provides a rich environment for curses to operate (Hosea 4:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Therefore it is possible for a Christian to operate under a curse even though this should not be. But the good news is there is no curse that cannot be broken! The blessing of the Lord is much more potent and can reverse, break and destroy the operation of any curse. In fact The Blessings of the Lord are designed to do just that, to protect you from the destructive effect of curses. You only need to know what to do particularly for a New Testament Believer (or not to do). People who disagree that we are blessed beyond a curse would usually use the OT as examples, but I believe this is a poor interpretation of scripture. To start with the OT is a shadow that must always be understood from the NT perspective. I intend to show you that even the OT prophesied it.

Before we end this capsule I will recommend you read Numbers 21-23, then meditate on our index scripture Numbers 23:21-23. Do you know that this is a NT prophecy? Look at verse 21, It says God did not see iniquity in Jacob, or perverseness in Israel, How can this be? Because Christ paid the price for both! That is why enchantment, sorcery or divination do not have any legal grounds. This was a parable, oracle, figurative discuss or prophecy pointing to the NT saints (2 Corinthians 5:19).

CONCLUSION
IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST, ENCHANTMENTS, SORCERIES OR DIVINATIONS HAVE NO LEGS TO STAND ON.

Ps
That was the introduction, we would explore this concept from the OT perspective in the next capsule before we go into what obtains now.
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 7

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED (Part 3)

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:52‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I would like to wrap up BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED in this capsule, my intention is to bring two things that are usually ignored to your attention and by the grace of God they will encourage and put some balance to your knowledge. These things are not mere theory, they are not what you just try, you have to believe and live it. I never allow anybody to talk me down, everywhere I go, I expect goodness and mercy to follow me as a matter of course; why you ask? Because I am blessed and Highly Favoured! Like anybody I meet with obstacles in life, situations that appear difficult, and unpalatable. But I always know they won't last; why? Because I am blessed and highly favoured (1 John 4:4).

To kick off this capsule, as promised I will provide you with a working definition of favour which I think encapsulates what we have discussed so far.

Definition: Favour is the supernatural preference amongst many or to be singled out for undeserved honour.

It is one thing to know that you are blessed of the Lord and be ready to draw on it by faith, we need the stage or opportunity to present itself. With this in mind what it means is that God has not only blessed us, He has provided the opportunity for the blessing to flourish. Consider this, Mary was not the only virgin in Israel but she was blessed and highly favoured that made all the difference. Daniel knew he was blessed with the gift of solving enigmas but all he needed was the outlet. In Daniel chapter 1:7, he made up his mind and decided to challenge the blessings in him, see what happened in verse 8

“Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”

You will see this over and over, favour broke the protocol of the Laws of Medes and Persia for Esther, Joseph found favour with Potiphar, Keeper of the prison and Pharaoh, Jacob with Laban, just to list a few. Favour will set the stage for your blessings to shine, make you look good without trying. Everybody needs favour even the Lord Jesus in His earthly walk. What you probably don't know is that favour can grow or gain momentum .

Luke 2:52 says, 'Christ increased in stature, wisdom and in FAVOUR with man and God. 1 Samuel 2:2 describes a similar situation '“And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the LORD and man'. You won't need to struggle for the opportunity to give outlets to the blessings of God, as you walk in them by faith God will single you out for preferential treatment with uncommon frequency. It will gain and gather momentum, it will become progressive. The reason why people struggle to 'make it happen' is because it is not based on the blessing of the Lord. What this means in actual fact is that as you grow and mature, the favour you need to express the blessings will not lag behind, it will not shrink in size, it will match your stature and size, it will be fit for purpose.

“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 KJV

The second point I would like to show you, is that high favour and blessings come with persecution, you cannot escape it, it's a law. If you don't know this when it happens you will give up, it will make you question your intentions, you will shrink and be timid (2Timothy 1: 6-7). Nobody likes to be criticised or persecuted (if you do, there is something wrong with you), that is why you need to understand the purpose of the blessings of the Lord, it helps to purify your intentions and stay humble . Persecution comes with the territory, Joseph's brothers misunderstood and envied him. In Genesis 26, Abimelech envied Isaac when the blessings showed through, forgetting that he stayed when others went, David's own brothers thought he was over reaching himself when he wanted to take on Goliath even though they were present when Samuel anointed him (1 Samuel 16 and 17). The Pharisees and scribes could not tolerate the successes of Christ. There is a special persecution that comes when you are truly blessed but, don't be distracted, the problem is with those who envy you (Psalm 119:165, Matthew 5:10-2)
As we end this capsule, I want you to consider what it means to be blessed and HIGHLY FAVOURED. Not just favoured but highly favoured, it means for every blessing you have favour that is beyond imagination.

CONCLUSION
PERSECUTION WILL COME, BUT THEY CANNOT PUT A BLESSED MAN DOWN.
THE BLESSINGS WILL SHINE THROUGH
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Ps
There is much more I would have loved to say! We would be looking at the highly contentious BLESSED BEYOND A CURSE from the next capsule. I double guarantee you it will be fun, it will bring so much joy and freedom, so share the link in your Facebook, Twitter etc or write me at femibidowu@gmail.com


'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016: CAPSULE 6

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED (Part 2)

“And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As promised in this capsule we would consider what it means to be highly favoured. It is one thing to be blessed, to have high favour in addition is almost excessive one think? I can assure you it isn't, there is a perfect spiritual logic to this which we would see, God is all wise. Before we go into this I would like to encourage you to comeback to me if you need further clarity or explanation. I am conscious of the fact that I don't say everything perfectly and at times it is difficult to portray the picture I see in my heart. I know some do not want to leave comments available to the public, I have included my email address below. Secondly, I would like to encourage you to use your social media pages as a link for these messages, I believe with all my heart that great things will happen.

Back to this capsule, the question is why do you need favour when you are already blessed? Favour is the catalyst that exposes the blessing of God in your life, it's like the outlet needed. Like most things spiritual there is always a balance between grace and faith. The fact that we are already blessed with all spiritual blessings is based on the grace of God, you cannot earn it, however if we are to receive the full benefit, it requires a response of faith on your part. Favour only comes when you respond in obedience and faith.

The night God delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, God gave them several instructions, but probably the most absurd or apparently difficult was the fact that He asked them to go to their oppressors to ask for silver and gold. But did you know that it takes uncommon faith to do this? Exodus 12:35-36 says 'they did what God asked them to do and God gave them FAVOUR in the sight of the Egyptians such that they acquiesced to the demand'. Favour unlocks the door for the blessings to come through, but it takes faith ! You see this over and over. This is what transforms the latent blessing into its active form, what brings the spiritual into the physical. Another typical example is in 1Kings 17:4, God spoke the blessing of provision to Elijah. He however told Elijah to go THERE, the same thing in verse 8. Where is THERE you ask? There is always a place called THERE that unlocks the favour to make your blessings come through, it takes obedience through faith. There is always a place where favour reacts with the blessings of God. For Elijah it was the brook Cherith and Zarephath . Joseph could never have become Prime Minister of Egypt if he stayed in his fathers house. Whereas In Genesis 26, favour activated the Blessings over the life of Isaac because he responded in faith and stayed THERE. Favour is based on active obedience called faith, you have to positively respond to the blessings that are already in you, otherwise they would stay dormant. But let me say this, if you are fully persuaded that the blessings are already in you, to obey in faith is not that difficult. I really would love to go into these examples in great details, but I believe the Holy Spirit will enlighten you much more than what I can ever do. Consider this, If favour activates the blessings, imagine what high favour can do! (Ephesians 3:20).

I sincerely hope you are tracking with me, you need to walk in this consciousness that God the Creator of heaven and earth, and all it contains has blessed you with all spiritual blessings through Christ and highly favoured you. When you truly understand this, it becomes less of a struggle to respond in faith. This is the reason why I encourage my readers to spend time meditating on the Word of God, it converts the soul (Psalm 19:7). Let me leave you with this, you are the most important person that you need to convince for you to see these things come alive. I hope you catch that? Once you are able to talk yourself out of unbelief, you will act. In the next capsule I will share with you a working definition of favour and put some balance to things. I assure you it will enrich your spiritual fabric.

CONCLUSION
BELIEVE IN THE BLESSINGS, WALK IN IT AND HIGH FAVOUR WILL OPEN THE DOORS

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 5

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD: BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED 

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6 KJV

In this capsule we would consider what it means to be 'BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED'. You see we are not just blessed, but Blessed and Highly favoured, and that is not just a Pentecostal cliche. With all the blessings come high favour, and there is a spiritual reason and logic to this which I will show you. A quick recap of our study so far show we are already blessed, and based on the perfect sacrifice and our inheritance is eternal. We have also considered what a blessing is and the purpose, that is,  God qualifies the called and does not call the qualified. Let me show you an OT example, in Exodus chapter 4 when God commissioned Moses, He started with the rod of Moses in verse 2, by verse 20 it had become THE ROD OF GOD , in addition God had given him a 'HAND, a MOUTH and made him god (read the whole of Exodus chapter 4). God qualifies the called!

“To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:27-28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In Luke chapter 1 above when Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he demonstrated what we have and are about to discuss. Again the grammatical tense is in the past tense. The Angel called her Blessed and highly Favoured, even though Mary was not aware of it yet, this is keeping with what we have learned so far. There is so much in these two verses. The word translated from Greek to highly favoured is the word 'charitoo' (strong' concordance 5487). This word appears in only one other place in the New Testament, translated as 'made us accepted ' as found in Ephesians 1:6. For clarity we could rephrase Ephesians 1:6 as

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath 'highly favoured' us in the beloved.”

Now don't forget that in Ephesians 1:3, we already know that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings, so when you put these two together, not only are we blessed, we are highly favoured and loved. The day I saw this and understood what this means, I drew a line in the sand and promised myself that from henceforth, no matter what it takes sickness and disease, demonic oppression, poverty and sin will never win in my life again, never ! I don't care what any other person say or do. The truth is that you can do the same! It is one thing to suffer when you are ignorant, but the day you come into the reality of this knowledge, you have no excuse anymore. Before we end this capsule, I will like to show you something in that same verse. Did you notice that it says that God is the one who initiated the whole process and accepted us. Do you know what this means? It means God, He did it with pleasure, it pleased Him. He is not just tolerating us. He is actually excited to bless and highly favour us. This was His plan from the beginning and He succeeded in doing it. This should cure you of all inferiority complex and timidity, the Creator of heaven and earth has accepted you in the beloved, you're blessed and highly favoured, there is absolutely no reason to settle for less (Hebrews 4:16, 2 Timothy 1:7).

CONCLUSION
WE ARE BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED.

Ps
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'Femi Idowu
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