Wednesday, 28 September 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 38

God's Pill Capsule 38

ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS: ALŁOW PATIENCE TO PERFECT THE WORK (Part 2)

I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to those who have partnered with us in spreading the goodness of God by linking each capsule to your social media sites. The great testimonies and feedbacks we are getting is in part due to your efforts, God will not forget your labour of love.
Going against the grain of years of traditional and emotional teachings is never easy but the tide is changing, minds are being renewed! Don't be weary in doing good, for the reward will come if we remain true and consistent and not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

In this series, we are discussing answers to that nagging question that bugs all of us, 'Why am I not getting the results as promised in Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9?' So far we have considered two reasons (Making the main thing, the main thing' and 'Don't ask for anything outside the New Covenant provisions'). These are vital to improving your spiritual experience. We started on the third reason 'ALLOW PATIENCE TO PERFECT THE WORK'. I would suggest you go through all we have discussed so far, the thought process cannot be compartmentalised, they are joined up. The summary of the third reason so far is that, Patience when coupled with Faith makes you complete, entire, lacking nothing. From the last capsule it is obvious that this PATIENCE as described in the gospel is dynamic and enduring, quite different from the ordinary, so we need to know the source of this patience and how it works.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24 KJV
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Let's continue, Mark 11:24, the above passage is the conclusion to Mark 11:22-23, that is why it is prefixed with the word 'therefore'. It says 'what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe you RECEIVE them, (present) and you shall HAVE them' (future). (What we are about to discuss is of crucial importance so please pay very close attention), This, if properly understood is saying:-

1. Receiving is different from Having
2. Receiving precedes Having (Mark 11:24, Mark 16:18)
3. Receiving presupposes that It has already been Given (Matthew 7:7, 2Peter 1:2-3)

Let me simplify this: when you Ask, God gives, first you must Receive before you can Have. In the New Covenant, He has already GIVEN (2Peter 1:3-4, Ephesians 1:3, 1Corinthians 2:12), so in the actual sense we are dealing with the 'RECEIVING and HAVING'. RECEIVING is when you take ownership of whatever it is in its spiritual form. HAVING refers to the physical manifestation. To understand this you must remember always that, God is a Spirit, and you are a spirit (John 2:24, Hebrews 12:9). The answer is released in its spiritual form that is why you Believe you have Received (that is taking ownership). The time space between this and Having is bridged by THE WORK OF PATIENCE (James 1:2-4, Hebrews 6:12, Hebrews 10:35-36, Luke 8:15). Between AMEN and THERE IT IS. That is where most of the battle is lost and won, except you understand what is required in Patience and how to put it to work. This patience is not idle, or indolent and it does not necessarily mean unproductive activities (It can be described as watchful waiting with action when necessary). To know what to do in different circumstances requires wisdom, hence the admonition in James 1:5. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” There is no one size fits all, you need absolute reliance on the Holy Spirit, that is why you need to make the main thing, the main thing. The question that is usually asked is 'how long do I have to wait? The answer is as long as it takes. Certain things of necessity demand time to mature, particularly where others are involved, a typical example is Ministry. For others the length of time is largely due to you! God has already given, but your receiving might be faulty or there is a hindrance to the manifestation. This could be as simple as a wrong mindset on your part or some form of demonic hindrance. Whatever might be the reason you will need the wisdom of God, this will give spiritual insight and what step is needed to move from RECEIVING to HAVING.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 KJV

As we close in this capsule, it is important to make clear that this PATIENCE (watchful waiting with necessary action) is bred and nurtured through the scriptures, nowhere else. In the next capsule we would look at an Old Covenant story that illustrates this and make a New Covenant application of how to shorten the time between AMEN and THERE IT IS, or RECEIVING and HAVING, that is, how the wisdom of God impacts PATIENCE. What we have discussed so far might sound technical and deep, but in actual fact it isn't. When you start putting it to practice, you will wonder why you never saw things this way before. I pray that your eyes of understanding will be enlightened in Jesus name, amen.

CONCLUSION
PATIENCE GIVES ENDURANCE TO YOUR FAITH SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU RECEIVED.

Ps
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 37

ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS: ALŁOW PATIENCE TO PERFECT THE WORK

“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:11-12 KJV

In this series, we are discussing answers to that nagging question 'Why am I not getting the results as promised in Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9?' This is a legitimate question to ask and we have considered two of the reasons so far, 'Making the main thing the main thing', 'Don't make requests that are outside the New Covenant provision'. I will suggest that you go over these again because they are fundamental to a successful Christian life.

There is so much error being peddled even amongst Pentecostal/Charismatic settings and unfortunately it has gone on so long that those who are not rigorous have accepted such. As powerful as the gospel is, you can neutralise and make it of no effect through wrong tradition (Mark 7:13).
In the next two or more capsules we would consider PATIENCE. Again, I have come to realise that this needs to be properly understood to avoid frustration. However, before we go into the nitty gritty, I would like to recommend that you study the Epistle of James. This book defends the reputation of God in a clear and concise manner more than any other, it will help you get rid of confusion in so many areas, it brings so much clarity to the New Covenant understanding of the nature of God. God has not changed, He remains the same (Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6), but the sacrifice of Christ brought a new relationship because we changed (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Hebrews 7:12, Hebrews 10:14-20). I personally find the epistle of James exhilarating and liberating, it will make you examine yourself and your beliefs about God. At some point we would look at what it means to be double-minded.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4 KJV
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This passage above says a lot about what the bible calls patience. In life, temptations and trials will come your way whether you like it or not, this is inevitable because we live in a fallen world. In the natural course of things they (that is trials and temptations) are designed to shake your confidence, put fear into you and steal your joy. Once the devil can steal your joy, he will steal your goods because you will lack the strength or confidence to resist him (Nehemiah 8:10, Isaiah 12:3, Psalm 16:11).
James in the above passage, gives the antidote, hold onto your joy, don't let go, instead see these trials and temptations as an opportunity to put PATIENCE to work. James 1:13, shows the source of trials and temptations, contrary to what is commonly erroneously taught, it is not God (Matthew 13:21). This confusion about the source of trials, temptations, persecution etc is what has caused a lot of damage to the spiritual health of the gullible. When you put PATIENCE (as described in James 1:2-4, Hebrews 6:11-12) to work, it gives stability to your faith and protect you from being a casualty. If you do this the right way the result is that you become perfect, complete without any lack, similar to what is described in 2 Timothy 3:16. Before we end this capsule I will like to crystallise a few things

1. Trials and Temptations are inevitable, but they are not from God. They don't make you perfect or complete, In fact they are designed to attack you and destroy your confidence in the word of God.(Matthew 13:21, James 1:13)

2. Faith when coupled with PATIENCE is the antidote to Trials, Temptations, Afflictions, persecutions, etc (James 1:2-4).

3. PATIENCE is not passive or weak, it is strong and dynamic (Hebrews 6:12, James 1:2-4)

4. PATIENCE is the spiritual entity between 'receiving' and 'having' it. (I will explain in the next capsule)

In the next capsule we would take a closer look at PATIENCE, how to discern and deploy it. It's place in asking and receiving, seeking and finding, knocking and open.

CONCLUSION: PATIENCE IS THE ENDURANCE OF FAITH

Ps
Great things are happening, Lives are changing, I am thrilled by the testimonies that I have received since the beginning of this series, we are getting through, there is much more to come, I am excited, praise GOD!!! If this series does not light your fire, check your wood, it must be wet. 
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 36

ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS: DON'T ASK FOR THINGS OUTSIDE THE NEW COVENANT PROVISION

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV

In the last capsule we discussed what I consider the most important reason in answering the nagging question 'Why am I not getting the results as promised in Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9?' This is a legitimate question which demands intelligent answers, not some philosophical explanation. The fundamental reason in my estimation is because majority have failed to understand the primary purpose of prayer, which is to fellowship with God. This is MAKING THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING. I cannot over emphasise this, and in conclusion we touched on Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" which is often quoted by many but poorly understood in context. There are two kinds of 'RIGHTEOUSNESS', that based on the works of the LAW and that which is received by faith based on Grace.
The first is the one you are trying to earn by your efforts. But the RIGHTEOUSNESS being referred to here is the one imparted by God according to 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Matthew 6:33, is referring to the second one (note the phrase 'and His righteousness'). The implication is that once you are able to understand this Righteousness (that is your right standing with God through Christ) your expression of faith is no longer a struggle (Romans 1:17).

“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:19-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The second reason in answering that nagging question is seen in 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 , the passage above. This passage is saying exactly the same thing as Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9, but clarifies it much more. Everything that God has provided in the redemptive work of Christ, comes with a guaranteed YES when you ask! You can only get what has been paid for by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, nothing more, nothing less. Here is where the problem is, the vast majority do not know what has been promised in the New Covenant because they do not fellowship with God, all their interaction with God is limited to asking . Their prayer basically is a monologue of demands, not conversation, they have never enjoyed a father-son relationship with Him. They have based their understanding of God on what they see others do, not on the word.
Asking for things not promised in the New Covenant, apart from being wrong, is fraught with grave danger because the devil can take advantage of your ignorance and answer. The commonest example of this is when people ask for destruction of their 'enemy', there is no provision for this in the redemptive work of Christ. God will protect you from your 'enemies'.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Ephesians 1:3KJV

Another scripture that helps to clarify this is Ephesians 1:3. You will note that when it refers to all spiritual blessings, it qualifies it as those in Christ. I tell colleagues and friends all the time that the bible is complete and it runs a commentary on itself, all you need is to apply a little bit of intelligence. 1 Corinthians 2:12, God gave us His Spirit so that we might know THE THINGS that have been freely given on to us by God (1 Corinthians 2:9-16 in context). You should not be asking for things that are outside of these provisions. The New Covenant takes care of everything that you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). So when Mark 11:24 says '“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them'', the bible expect you to know that the 'what things so ever Ye desire' should be within the confines of the promises in the New Covenant.

As we close on this capsule I pray that things are becoming clearer to you, but this is not all, there is more to it and we would be considering a few of the answers to that nagging question in subsequent capsule. I would like to encourage you that we are all learning and everything that I now teach against I did in the past that is why I am passionate. Stick to what is provided in Christ, then ask and expect to receive, seeking leads to finding, when you knock it opens with greater frequency in Jesus name, amen!

CONCLUSION
IN HIM ALL PROMISES ARE GUARANTEED, AMEN!

Ps
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 8 September 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 35

ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS: MAKING THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING

“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Starting with this capsule, by the grace of God, I hope to share with you some of the answers to that nagging question 'Why am I not getting the results as promised in Matthew 7:7-8 or Luke 11:8-9? This is a potent question every born again child of God should ask and expect answers. Don't explain it away, you will be doing yourself a disfavour and this will invariably lead to frustration.
However, before we start, I would like to put some disclaimers on record. I do not claim to have all the answers, but I can guarantee you that the things we are going to share will definitely improve your experience and answers to your prayers.

Secondly, everything that I will counter or teach against, I have done in the past but by the grace of God I now know better.

Thirdly, these truths will cut across and can be applied in the 4 cardinal areas of Forgiveness of Sin, Freedom from demonic oppression, Divine Health/Healing, and Material prosperity. Indeed it will nourish and fertilise your Christian experience.

The first and probably the most important reason is failure to 'MAKE THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING'. To understand this, we would consider the interaction between Christ and the Samaritan Woman in John chapter 4. In verse 22, Christ said in part to her (my translation), 'you are worshiping God who you don't know or who you don't understand'. This is a damning assessment of her spiritual life and understanding. Unfortunately, this also applies to a sizeable proportion of people in church today! For some reasons we have completely misunderstood the purpose of prayer. Virtually most times prayer is taught, it is about how to get something from God or to get Him to do something. While there is a place for this, it is really a small fraction. I know this might be difficult for a lot of people to accept, especially because we are daily pressed on every side by needs. But ask yourself, 'Are you aware of any healthy relationship were those involved don't know each other well?' If you are going to be truthful, the answer is an unqualified No! Prayer is primarily a means of communicating, and fellowshipping with God. When this is done based and premised on the word, the result is that we get to know Him intimately and from this flows TRUST. Trust is a by product of your knowledge of God, there is no other way. (This ought to be obvious?) Hebrews 11:6. It is impossible to trust God who you do not know, and how can you know Him if all your interactions with Him is based solely on NEED and demand. It is virtually impossible to behave with confidence or properly towards God except you know Him. See the contrast between the Old and New Covenant saints, one was a nation of servants who had no real interaction with God except through Laws, the other is a family made of 'sons' in whom God dwells (That is the commentary and picture painted by Hebrew 12:18-24). God has called us to know and fellowship with Him, absolutely every other thing derives from this (John 4:24, John 17:3)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto ". Matthew 6:33 KJV

In Matthew 6:24-34, Christ listed the different needs that causes anxiety and more or less dismissed them saying, God is aware of all of them and has already made provision for us so there is no good justification for us to panic or be anxious like people who don't know God (that is the Gentiles). As an antidote to any form of anxiety, He prescribed verse 33 'But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto"! Unfortunately, despite the fact that this verse is commonly quoted, in my estimation it is often misinterpreted! This verse in context is simply saying 'your main focus should be to understand the person of God and His ways of doing things and everything you need will follow effortlessly' in other words knowing God is the main thing, your needs will be taken care of.

I sincerely pray that you are assimilating this truth, the other reasons we would touch on are just practical applications of this. God has an intense desire to fellowship with His family, that is why He gave us the scriptures, resides in us by His Spirit, gave us an open invitation to hang out with Him constantly (2Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 13:5). We have a strong relationship with Him because we trust Him. We trust Him because we know Him. We know Him because we fellowship and communicate with Him, Paul describes it as the FELLOWSHIP or COMMUNION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (2 Corinthians 13:14). This is making 'THE MAIN THING' THE MAIN THING! Once you understand this and it becomes a living concept, asking and receiving, seeking and finding, knocking and 'open' will happen increasingly.

CONCLUSION
FIRST MAKE THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING

PS
In the next capsules we would touch on the other reasons, don't worry,  expect things to fall into place. God has got it covered!
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk