Wednesday, 31 August 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 34

ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS

The Introduction 

In the last series, on more than one occasion I stressed that the scriptures must always be held superior to your experience. The fact that some time your personal experience in life is at variance with what the word of God promises is never a good reason to come up with some philosophical or extra scriptural answers. In fact that should be an incentive to find out why things are not working out as promised by the Word. None of us know it all, and if God is your father you should be confident enough to go back to Him and ask 'why?' (Matthew 5:6). A key ministry of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into all truths (John 16:13)

In the last last series, one of the scriptures we used in our conclusion is Luke 11:8-9. This scripture and the attendant parable was given by Christ immediately after He taught the disciples about prayer, as a demonstration of what to expect when we pray (Theory and Practice). Luke 11:8-9, Matthew 7:7-8 shuts out any argument, it's like belt and braces. If it was just “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you", we would have been justified to come up with some of the explanations that is common place about our individual exceptional circumstances. However the next verse “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" gives no wiggle room, makes no individual exception. Everyone means everyone period!, no 'Ifs' or 'Buts' or 'Maybes' or 'No'.

This is the theme all through the New Covenant, it's not just a one off deal. Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” This promise says God takes pleasure in fulfilling your needs. Matthew 6:7-8 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ask". This promise assures you that God knows what you need before you ask, so pretentious, tedious or vain repetition is not necessary (a few of these have crept into the pentecostal idiom). In other words God is not deaf and cannot be bullied. Isaiah 65:24 even prophesied about us “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” This is exactly what Christ alluded to in Luke 18:8a. God does not only want to answer us, He wants it done speedily! Matthew 6:24-34, counters a lot of our common fears, it is more or less saying 'DON'T PANIC, GOD HAS GOT IT COVERED'! (We would take a closer look at Matthew 6:33 later). These and many more scriptures leaves me in no doubt of the willingness of God and that the problem is never with God. Yet virtually everybody I know (myself included) can point at certain occasions when asking did not lead to receiving, seeking did not produce finding, and they knocked and could not find an opening! My prayer is that by the end of this series such situations will become less frequent (Proverbs 4:19)

“For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:3-4 KJV

Romans 3:3-4, is the litmus test! It will help simplify things for you, it will concentrate your mind and save you from philosophical explanations that are often peddled as the word of God, without basis in sound doctrine. In fact it will encourage you to go back to God and ask why your experience is at variance to what He promised. Over the years this has been my attitude, I never settle for NO or MAYBE, I find out why, so that I can receive what is promised! I cannot claim I have all the answers, not by a long stretch, far from it, in fact nobody has (1 Corinthians 13:9-11). My intention is to share some of the things I have found in the next few capsules. I intend to answer some nagging questions that seem to bug you and I.

CONCLUSION
LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN THAT SAYS CONTRARY BE A LIAR, IT'S THAT SIMPLE

PS
I believe with all my heart that this series will change lives like no other, be ready to engage and have your minds detoxed and transformed.
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK ( Third recording)

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (Third Recording)

Preamble


As promised this capsule will be devoted to TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK. This concept is just to take a snap look at our vital signs so to say with respect to the last body of teaching. Without a doubt the last series is definitely the longest we have had so far. At the beginning you will recall that I said my motivation was to try and codify things into few simple principles that would help sharpen your focus. I am well aware that in our discussions, I say somethings that go against the traditional teachings. I can assure you that these are carefully selected to help correct years of emotional teaching that has no root in sound doctrine.

I believe this concept of God's Pill is divinely inspired, I know it is a tool that would help in this drive to make the scriptures profitable unto all good works. The Temperature and Pulse check is based on the feedbacks received during the last series 'Walking in the Supernatural Supply of God: 1. God is my source, God is my only source 2. He anticipated and made a provision for my need before the need arose 3. The supply is always more abundant than the need 4. Everything I need has been provided by grace in my born again spirit 5. I can access the provision by faith 6. Blessed to be a blessing 7.Hold no Grudges 8.Praise; Attitude filled with gratitude. We capped it up with two parables from Christ (Luke 11:5-13, Luke 18:2-8). These are all joined up thought process.

In ending the last series, I encouraged you to go through the series in one fell swoop to clean up your system and detox your mind. In addition to this I cannot over emphasise the need to pay attention to the scriptural references, everything depends on this. This is what removes the teachings from the category of fine words to life changing concepts. It is important that you put these principles into practice and not just see them as theoretical. You need to work them, for them to work. The spiritual is real, tangible and can be taught/learned, it can be proven.


Questions

1. If God anticipated my need before it arose, why does He need my intervention? (Capsules 14-15, 20-21, 2016)
2. What is the difference between thanksgiving, praise and worship? (Capsule 26, 2016)
3. Does faith move God, if not, what is the purpose of faith? (Capsules 20-21, 2016)
4. Any thoughts about the statement 'weak in faith as opposed to weak faith? Which is more appropriate for the New Covenant?
5. What is the place of parables in the New Covenant, are they mysteries? (Capsules 30-31, 2016)


Ps
The next set of capsules will take a closer look at some of the reasons why your experience might be at variance with Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9.


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'Femi Idowu
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 32

WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD: THE WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE.

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8 KJV
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In capsule 30, I said your opinion of God matters! These two parables, indeed the whole bible particularly the epistles were given to us so we can have a proper understanding of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:1-3). What you think of God will always be evident in the way you pray, relate with Him and your expectations from Him. Where prayer is concerned, Christians take one of four different approaches depending on their mindset (by common observation ).

1. Those who concentrate on chasing demons, out of fear and insecurity
2. Those who beg in prayer, they are driven by uncertainty and timidity.
3. Those who fellowship and ask in prayer, they are driven by love and faith in the complete redemptive work of Christ
4.There is a curious fourth group that is confused and uncertain, hence they do a bit of everything, mixing the old and new wine.

The New Covenant Saints must be driven by the knowledge of love and faith in the complete redemption we have in Christ. We are not beggars and we have been raised with Christ far above principalities and powers, not only in this world but in that to come (Ephesians 1:21-23, Ephesians 2:6-7).

Now to the parable in Luke 18:2-8, I call it THE WIDOW and THE UNJUST JUDGE. Just like the parable in Luke 11:5-13, this is also used traditionally to teach persistence in prayer in reference to the statement, 'Men ought always to pray and not faint'. In this parable again the TRADITIONAL interpretation is that this judge represent God and the widow the person praying. The implication is that you need to wear God down before you can get the desired result. This interpretation is wrong, damaging and does not stand up to any form of intelligent scrutiny.
To start with, the judge does not fear God and has no regard for man, and was happy to affirm this truth about himself. His motivation is based on self preservation, not on any form of compassion. God on the other hand, is our father and He is motivated by love, this is His true nature and He has never changed (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). Secondly, unlike the judge, He never goes weary, in fact He does not sleep or slumber(Isaiah 40:28, Psalms 121:3-4)

This parable is another CONTRAST, Christ showed that if a reprobate judge offered help based on selfishness, we should expect God who is a loving father to respond with speed. To understand this parable you need to pay close attention to verses 6-8 (allow me to walk you through). In verse 6, Christ draws your attention to the confession of the judge in verse 5, clearly stating his motivation. In verse 7, Christ draws the conclusion that if this wicked judge could give this widow justice, don't you expect God to do better for His children unlike the judge that took a long time to respond? He answered His own question in verse 8 (The NLT version makes it clear). So the whole idea of begging is a fallacy which has been taught by men .

“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 KJV

In ending the interpretation, Christ pointed out the hindrance, He wondered whether there would be people to believe and act in the simplicity of faith to ASK and expect to RECEIVE; SEEK and expect to FIND; KNOCK and expect it to OPEN, 'shall he find faith on the earth?' (Luke 18:8b)
Are we going to believe that He has given, so that we can receive or doubt and do without? These are the two choices! These 2 parables bring into focus all that we have discussed in 'WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD'. The explanation, interpretation and application does not require any deep insight, all we need is to take Him at His word.. As I have previously stated our individual experiences might not reflect these truths 100%, (you are not alone), but that is never a good reason to come up with answers that are outside the bible. You need to go back to God with a humble heart and ask why......? and He will reveal. I hope to share some insights into this, but I believe this series has gone on long enough, we need to do a TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK in the next capsule!
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CONCLUSION
WHEN YOU ASK, HE GIVES, YOU RECEIVE!

PS
I challenge you to go through the whole of this series again (capsules 14-32, 2016). It will cleanup your system and detox your mind. Questions and comments tohttp://www.mindgym.org.uk,/ femibidowu@gmail.com
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'Femi Idowu
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 31

 WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD: THE THREE AMIGO

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 KJV (Please, please read Luke 11:5-13 in context)

We discussed parables in general in capsule 30, and I sincerely pray that it has made a difference to the way you see things. Most of the difficulties we have are based on the fact that we do not stick to the word of God. We allow tradition or personal experience to dictate things for us and unfortunately, these are two powerful neutralisers that can make the word of God of no effect (Romans 3:3, Mark 7:13)
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Now let's look at the parable. Christ narrated this parable after teaching the disciples how to pray as an illustration of God's attitude and response to prayer. In other words, this is what to expect after you have prayed. Up to this point the disciples have never prayed intelligently before, so this makes the interpretation of this parable crucial. The TRADITIONAL interpretation of this parable is that God is like the friend who had bread, and that we need to persist, beg, badger and stay on Him because He is not likely to do what we ask at the first instance, but only with continued disturbance would He eventually yield just to get us off His case. (There are different variations, but the theme is the same).
I will like to submit to you that this interpretation is not correct because it violates the context, goes against the nature of God in so many ways and instead of boldness it makes you fearful and uncertain (Hebrews 4:16, Luke 12:32)

To start with, the generosity of this man is not based on love for his 'friend'. As far as he was concerned, the man was a nuisance that he needed to get rid of. God on the other hand is motivated by love (John 3:16).
Secondly, this man had his family with him, the relationship he had with the one begging, at best is casual. Remember we are to pray to our father!
Thirdly, the New Covenant Saints are not beggars, we are Joint heirs with Christ (Romans8:17, Romans 8:32). These are just few of the reasons why the traditional interpretation is so wrong. In this parable, Christ was not comparing this man with God, Christ was making a CONTRAST. The whole gist was that if this man who was not a good friend (because friends don't behave that way to one another) still gave, although not motivated by love, we should expect God who is our father to do much more and better. You will understand this when you read from verse 7-13.

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:7
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Verse 7 is in direct contrast to the man with the bread in the parable. In case you have any lingering doubts, verse 8 makes it crystal clear. Christ went ahead and re-emphasised that this applies to EVERYONE (ask/receive, seek/find, knock/open). Also Matthew 7:7-8. This might not be our experience all the time, but it is not a good reason to impose our experience on the word of God, in fact it is dangerous! (Romans 3:4). There are few reasons why your experience might differ from what the word promised, but don't make the word say something else to suit and soothe your theology. Instead, find out why your experience is not complying, that is one of the functions of the Holy Spirit. (I will show you some of the reasons in the next capsule ). To emphasise this truth, Christ even went further to say earthly fathers who are evil give good gifts to their children how much more God, and to top it up He mentioned the most important gift any man can ask for, the Holy Spirit.

The purpose of the parable was to build up the confidence of the disciples in approaching God in prayer, to show the generosity and open handedness of God in His plan and love for us (capsules 14-18, 2016). To show them what joy it is to pray, the certainty of ASKING and RECEIVING, SEEKING and FINDING, KNOCKING and OPENING. But somehow men have twisted things.

CONCLUSION
WE ARE NOT BEGGARS, WHEN WE ASK, WE RECEIVE, WHEN WE SEEK, WE FIND AND WHEN WE KNOCK IT IS OPENED

PS
I know what we have shared might be a shock to your system, but I pray you are open minded enough to consider the truths. Like most people my experience is not 100% compliant, and that is what drives me to find out WHY, so that I can make the corrections necessary (1 Timothy 3:16). We will look at Luke 18:2-8 in the next capsule.
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 30

WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD: THE TWO PARABLES

“This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them" - John 10:6 KJV

Praise God! I sincerely hope you have found these capsules helpful and life changing.
The primary purpose of God's Pill is to help correct mindsets or if you like 'detox' mindsets. There are so many assumptions among Christians and in my opinion a significant percentage of these are wrong, this then leads to conflict in our minds. At times we notice a disparity between what the word says and our experience, but we are too afraid, shy or ashamed to ask or find out why. If you are not careful, you run the risk of then trying to interpret the word by your experience. You must never do this, the word is immutable, it is the eternal evidence, the plumb line (I know all these, because I have been there before). Nobody can claim to have arrived, but let us head in the right direction. You can only be confident about what you know, your opinion or impression of God matters, in fact a lot depends on it (discussion for another day).

My intention is to wrap up this series with two parables of Christ that demonstrates what we have learnt so far (Luke 11:5-13, Luke 18:2-8). Proper understanding of these two parables will show you why a change in mindset is germane to 'Walking in the supernatural supply of God'. This will open up the better things that accompany SALVATION : Forgiveness of Sin, Freedom from demonic oppression, Material wealth and Divine Health (Hebrews 6:9). Again I will like to stress that in presenting these truths, I am not claiming to have it all together. I am still green and growing, there is so much I don't know, but I feel compelled to share what I know. I would implore you to be patient with me, because this might require a 180 degrees turn to what you have come to accept.

A word about parables. Parables (synonym: Proverbs) are earthly stories meant to convey spiritual truths. They are what you call allegory, in other words within them are hidden truths that needs to be interpreted carefully otherwise the meaning is lost. They are used where the recipients lack the spiritual capacity to receive the spiritual truth in it's plain form. They form a shadow of what the actual truth is and what is real. They are vehicles or tools whereby people under the Old Covenant could be taught the way The Kingdom of God operates. People under the Old Covenant were natural men and the Kingdom of God is spiritual.

Paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 2:14 'the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, he considers them as foolishness and cannot know them, because they are spiritually discerned'. Hence they need this crude, watered down approach for communication of these truths to them. In Matthew 13 when the disciples wonder why Christ taught in parables, He explained that their hearts were waxed gross and ears were dull of hearing, so that they could not perceive spiritual truths, meaning that they lack the spiritual capacity. Even the parables to be of use to them Christ needed to interpret most of the time. Despite the association with the physical Christ, even the disciples were not exempt, although He expected better from them (Mark 4:11, 13).

“This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.” John 10:6 KJV

“These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.” John‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

These two scriptures are instructive, John 10:6 describes things before the DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION of Christ. John 16:25 paints the picture of what will happen after. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, our spirits came alive and we have within us the capacity to receive spiritual truths , so there is no need for things to be conveyed in parables, proverbs or allegories. This is the reason you will hardly find such from Acts to Revelation. God speaks to us through His word and Spirit expressly because we can compare 'spiritual with spiritual ' or in other words, Spirit can communicate with spirit intelligently . (1 Timothy 4:1, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, 1 Peter 1:10-12, please study these references). When you understand this, it changes your mindset. It will open up all the parables, because onto us it is GIVEN to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom. The day I understood this, my heart raced and jumped for joy, I started seeing the parables in a completely different light , it was like somebody flipped the switch on. With this key you can demystify every parable without exception and is what we are about to do .

CONCLUSION
ONTO US IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM.

Ps - We would consider Luke 11:5-13 in the next capsule. Let's call it the THREE AMIGOS.
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'Femi Idowu
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