Thursday, 26 May 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016: CAPSULE 20

WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD:
'FAITH GIVES ACCESS TO WHAT GOD PROVIDED BY GRACE IN MY SPIRIT'.


“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2 KJV

Last week we had the Booster dose capsule! My prayer is that it will light your fire. One of the biggest hindrance with the present day Christian is inability to see the Big picture in creation. By this I mean people fail to understand how things relate with each other, there is so much compartmentalisation in our understanding and thought process, such that we fail to connect the dots. We fail to see the way truths relate to each other and don't have a contextual view of the bible. Unfortunately, this has allowed zealots with little knowledge but copious passion to use fear as a tool.

We are on the fifth principle, the first four have been 1. God is my source, God is my only source 2. God anticipated all my needs and made provision before the need arose 3. The supply is always more abundant than the need 4. I have all that I need or I am complete in my born again spirit ". In presenting most of these truths I try my very best to reduce the shock impact because I do not want it to be like water on the back of a duck, doing this can be a real struggle for me at times. 
The next and fifth principle is 'FAITH GIVES ACCESS TO WHAT GOD PROVIDED BY GRACE IN MY SPIRIT'. Everything we have discussed so far is logical and interrelated, but this fifth principle is pivotal to all, it's like the linchpin. Faith is what creates the current of flow from the inside to the outside. Faith is what converts the spiritual realities already in your spirit into the physical realities that you need in this world (Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV). Everything that you will ever need is already provided far abundantly in your born again spirit by grace, but the only way to ACCESS it is by faith, that in essence is what our index scripture Romans 5:1 is saying. In other words Grace is what God has done or His divine nature that is already available in our spirit, and Faith is your positive response to this provision or the process by which we draw them out.

The purpose of this capsule is not to do an exhaustive study on Faith ( there is neither the space or time). However, I would like to correct 3 misconceptions that I believe is necessary in the context of this capsule. The first is that Faith can only appropriate what has already been provided by grace. Faith is not confessing something to make it so, Faith is actually confessing what already exists in the spiritual, or Faith is confessing something because it is already so. This is the confidence of Faith, saying what you know already exist, It might not be visible to the naked eye, but is available (Hebrews 11:3). The second point, is that your faith will only be active by acknowledging that the finished work of grace is already in you, this is the strength of Faith (Philemon 1:6). In other words you have to switch it on so to say. Electric current will only flow when you switch it on, in the same way Faith is voice activated and demands action otherwise it remains dormant and latent (James 2:26). This is so simple you will need somebody to help you misunderstand it. “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” ‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭KJV.‬‬ In other words, the demonstration or release of your faith will be effective when you place premium on your identity in Christ. Unfortunately most don't have a clear knowledge of their identity in Christ, instead they would prefer to be like one of the OT prophets (Matthew 11:11, Romans 8:29), that is what I call spiritual regression.

In the context of this capsule the last misconception I would like to correct is the popular belief that 'Faith moves God! Unfortunately, this is wrong, the truth is that FAITH MOVES YOU, NOT GOD'. I know this one is hard to swallow, but it is absolutely true. The mantra 'Faith moves God' has been repeated so many times such that most Christians have not bordered to examine its veracity. God is not the one that is stuck, you are. God moved more than 2000 years ago, He has provided everything by grace, you are the one that needed to respond positively (Romans 5:6-10, Romans 10:6-10). Until you grasp this you will struggle, this is an important reason for some prayer failure. Yes, Faith pleases God because it is an acknowledgment of who He is and a positive response to His provisions (Capsules 15-18, 2016). It is not God that needs convincing, He has already executed the plan of redemption 2000 years ago, so you are the one that need to appropriate it by Faith.

As we close on this capsule, Romans 10:6-8 summaries everything :“But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach "

CONCLUSION
FAITH WILL ACCESS THE GRACE OF GOD IN YOUR SPIRIT


PS
This capsule is pivotal to your Christian walk, I pray that your eyes of understanding be enlightened in Jesus name' Amen.
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'Femi Idowu