Wednesday, 28 December 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 50

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: VAIN PHILOSOPHY

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2:8 KJV

There is much to say, but very little time and space. I believe you have had a glorious year and a wonderful Christmas celebration, praise God for that. I believe whoever you are, your best days are ahead of you. This is the last capsule of this series let us make it count. I know that most of the things we discuss are counterculture and at times challenge the popular thought process, I have been there too. If you are to be the person God has made you to be, you must never, never allow your personal convictions, feelings and sentiments to get in the way of the Word of God. Remember that the primary strategy of the devil is to prevent you from being saved and now that you are saved, he will do everything possible to make you ineffective using the Tradition of men and Vain (empty) Philosophy (Mark 7:13, Colossians 2:8, Galatians 1:14)

In the last capsule, I showed you that wrong tradition or tradition of men is designed to neutralise the Word of God, both the Authority and the Power. It corrupts the Word such that it does not manifest (make visible to the senses) the power it contains. In this capsule we are going to consider the second part of the equation, VAIN PHILOSOPHY. Colossians 2:8 in part gives a strong warning, 'be careful don't allow anyone to SPOIL you through VAIN PHILOSOPHY.....' The word translated spoil is also translated cheat and capture in some other versions. That is, Vain Philosophy can spoil, cheat or capture you. The word philosophy literally means a way of thinking or to be in love with ones thought or a body of ideas. If you add the word vain, it suggest a way of thinking void or empty of the truth. Unlike tradition of men that is directed at the Word, Vain Philosophy is directed at the person, it captures, spoils or cheat you. In other words it renders you not fit for purpose, because it renders your thinking twisted and warped, remember as a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7a). It makes it difficult for you to differentiate good from bad, 'everything goes' (Isaiah 5:20).

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,”
Romans 1:20-22 NKJV

The question is what is VAIN PHILOSOPHY? I will suggest you take time to study Romans 1:20-22 and Ephesians 4:17-20. Before we do that, I will like to make an observation that you might consider controversial but I implore you to give it some thought. The unbridled constant access of information through the TV, internet, radio and such, have done untold damage to the modern way of thinking. We accept anything presented through the media as true without challenging it. This constant diet of falsehood in turn forms the basis on which many set their standards. Many pride themselves as being current on the latest News without sanitising it through the filter of the Word of God. Proverbs 4:23, 'Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life'. If you allow all the sewage of the world in, you will end up SPOILT by VAIN PHILOSOPHY. You need to be discerning, because the internet or the 6 O'clock says it does not mean it is true! Because the Government says it is acceptable or the latest population feedback or research say it is agreeable does not make it so. Remember you are an Ambassador for Christ, you are not part of the natives and you are not meant to think like them (Romans 12:1-2).

In summary Romans 1:20-22 and Ephesians 4:17-20 says, anytime you allow a thought process that does not glorify God, (that is put the highest value on the Word of God), your thinking process becomes futile, empty or vain and your heart becomes foolish and darkened. When something is darkened, it cannot emit light, In other words it makes you unfit for purpose. I implore you to develop a spiritual filter that comes with Word of God. As we end this capsule, I will like to make a observation that will help you understand the damage Vain Philosopy can cause. The set of Christians that I find ordinarily the most difficult to minister divine healing to, are those with some form of medical training (Doctors, Nurses etc). This resistance I have come to realise, is as a result of what we have been discussing. It is subtle, but potent and unrelenting. I wish you a glorious 2017, better and bigger things in Christ JESUS. Remember you are an Ambassador for Christ, you have the Name and the Word, the Authority and the Power. You don't have to know everything, just the knowledge of the TRUTH.

CONCLUSION
SAY IT LOUD, NOTHING BUT THE NAME AND THE WORD, WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

Ps
I really want to express my gratitude to each and everyone of you for your encouragement, we are just starting, the best is yet to come. To my partners, thank you for your tolerance, patience and generosity. To God, I give all the glory
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 49

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN:THE TRADITIONS OF MEN

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” Mark 7:13 KJV

In the last two capsules of this series, we would consider what I call THE TRADITIONS OF MEN. For you to get any lasting benefit from this series you need to pay close attention to and ponder seriously on these two capsules. I started this series by showing you that God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. We subsequently considered the TRUTH as the person of the Resurrected Christ, the NAME and the WORD. These are life changing truths, but as I have often said, it is not what you do with these truths today or tomorrow that matters, but that they become a living concept, an integral part of your daily life not just a short time excitement, you have to know them in your 'knower'. These last two capsules are designed to do just that, to give stability to your Christian experience (Ephesians 4:14).

As a background to what we are about to discuss, let me say this, the first and primary strategy of the Devil is to do everything possible to keep you from being Saved. If this fails he will do everything possible to render you ineffective as a Christian, using wiles, cunningness and all sorts of diversionary tactics. Probably one of the most potent but subtle is what I have titled the TRADITIONS OF MEN, subdivision

Traditions of Men
Vain philosophy

(These subdivision is not perfect. I am using it because it is convenient and serves the practical purpose in this discussion).
In Mark 7:13, Christ made a profound statement, He told the religious leader of His days, that through 'their traditions they have rendered the Word of God ineffective '. Note that He said the Word, not words. Remember in capsule 47 we found out that this is the foundational expression of the person of Christ, the second person of the God Head (John 1:1-3, 14). What this means is that wrong tradition has within itself the ability to neutralise the manifestation of the power of God (strong statement!). Anytime a tradition runs counter to the Word it stops the manifestation of the power of God. This was the greatest hindrance with the Pharisees in the time of the earthly walk of Christ and sad to say, nothing has changed. There is still a subtle but unrelenting campaign against the Word even within the Church. These are in different guises, strange terminology, emphasis on fear and works, instead of love and faith, and many other things (2 Corinthians 11:1-4). 

“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.” Luke 5:37-38 KJV

You might wonder why this is so, how can tradition neutralise the Word of God? In Luke 5:37-38, Christ explains and this parable shows why. A typical example is the attempt to bring Old Covenant practices into the New Covenant as epitomised in the parable of the New Wine in the Old Wine bottle, the wine is spilled, leading to waste. When you do that, in essence you are are saying the sacrifice of Christ to usher in the New Covenant is imperfect and incomplete, it needs something extra. This stifles the power in the Word, because nothing can be added to what He did. See verse 39, the appetite to draw back into the Old is always so strong. The books of Romans, Galatians and Hebrews were written to cure this. Wrong tradition is designed to counter the Word and even though you are SAVED, it does its very best to neutralise the Word that would manifest the power of God.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Galatians 3:1 KJV

As we close, tradition of men works like sorcery or demonic control. The Galatians in Paul's time, despite the fact that they have seen the power of God demonstrated in the Word, when left to their own devices, without guidance they reverted back to tradition. This was so frustrating to Paul that he described this act as foolishness and concluded that they must be under some form of spell or demonic control and cursed who ever is advocating such (Galatians 3:1-4, Galatians 1:6-9). That is what wrong tradition or tradition of men will do, it attacks the Word and renders it not fit for purpose. As AMBASSADORS for Christ you MUST put New Wine in New Wine bottle. ALWAYS remind yourself that you are an AMBASSADOR, don't imbibe the tradition of the natives otherwise you will ignore the power in the Word and would end up like them.

CONCLUSION
WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, NOT PART OF THE NATIVES

PS
We have discussed the effect of wrong tradition or TRADITIONS OF MEN on the Word, in the next capsule we would look at what VAIN PHILOSOPHY does.
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Thursday, 15 December 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 48

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: THE WORD (THE POWER) Part2

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 KJV

We have discussed so much in this series, there is no way a quick recap will do justice to it. I implore you to go over from the beginning, it is life changing.
In the last capsule I showed the significance of coupling the Name to the Word, meaning Authority and Power. Authority is only effective if backed up by Power, and Power is only useful if you have Authority to deploy it. It is so important that we appreciate this, for instance Angels have tremendous power, but they do not have the Authority to deploy it. They are messengers not AMBASSADORS (huge difference) Hebrews 1:14. It is only the redeemed man (aka born again, those in Christ, the New Creation) that has delegated Authority and Power because we are AMBASSADORS for Christ. In capsule 47, we considered the nature of the Word (please refer to the five conclusions listed).

Now let's look at the workings of the Word (always keep in view that this is the very essence of God, everything God has to offer). Hebrews 4:12 paints the picture and I would like you to use your imagination to put these elements together;

1. Quick and Powerful
2. Sharp and Piercing, meaning effective
3. Accurate and precise, meaning efficient
4. Able to discern and separate both the spiritual and physical, even thoughts/motive behind actions.

I know this is beyond imagination, but bear with me. On top of all these, verse 13, says everything is exposed and vulnerable to its actions. Selah!

So as AMBASSADORS for Christ, the Authority we have in His Name is backed by the Power of the Word as described above. Now as an Ambassador, you have to know and believe in the Authority and Power imbued in you otherwise it is of no use. That is the whole message of 1Timothy 2:4, God wants you SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. We are representing the Most important Person that ever walked on the earth, the Resurrected Christ! This is what gives us the confidence to walk into the throne of Grace in His Name and with the Word and expect a positive response from the Father (Hebrews 4:16, John 16:24). The Authority and Power stops every manifestation of hell (Mark 16:17-18). With this Name and Word, men are translated from darkness to light, they are reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). The Name and the Word are both perfect. The reason we don't get perfect results is because we have limited knowledge and understanding of what we have, we are limited by our Word content (Ephesians 1:17-23, Ephesians 3:20).

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 KJV

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 KJV

In rounding up, I would like you to take cognisance of the two scriptures above, Proverbs 18:21 and Matthew 16:19.
In Matthew 16:17, The Incarnate Christ made a promise to the disciples that He will give them the KEYS of the Kingdom (note that this was a promise for the future, He had not yet Resurrected). These keys would enable them to replicate heaven here on earth by deciding what is disallowed and what is allowed. In other words, whatever happens to and around them will be by their consent. They can have heaven here on earth if they want. When He Resurrected, He delivered on that promise (He gave them the keys of the Kingdom ) that is the Authority that comes with His Name (Philippians 2:9-11) and Power in the Word (Romans 1:17). In other words they became His AMBASSADORS.

Now all we need to do, is what we see in Proverbs 18:21, use our tongue to administer death or life, bind or loose, disallow or allow. This is simple, as AMBASSADORS, we can curse, cast out or disallow any and every work of darkness from sickness and disease to poverty or demonic oppression. Correspondingly, we can loose or allow healing, prosperity, soundness of mind and every manifestation of light. The reason we struggle despite the fact that we are SAVED, is because we have neglected the second part of the equation which is 'the knowledge of the TRUTH'

CONCLUSION
AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST EQUIPPED WITH AUTHORITY AND POWER

PS
In capsule 49, we will consider the 3rd facet of our discussion 'Tradition of Men'.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 47

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: THE WORD (THE POWER)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3 KJV

1Timothy 2:4, God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. In my postscript for Capsule 46, I stated that this is Christianity 101, correction, this is Christianity, period!
To help us come to the knowledge of the TRUTH, we considered the significance of the Name, the incomparable Authority it carries and that we are AMBASSADORS for that Name in the three spheres: Heaven, On Earth and under the Earth, that is the privilege. As with all privileges, there are responsibilities. In this, we have unfettered access to the Throne Room of grace (Hebrews 4:16), With this Name we reconcile men to God, translating them from the kingdom of darkness to light (2 Corinthians 5:20). When we decree in this Name we cast out devils and every manifestation of death (Mark 16:17-18).

In this capsule we would consider the knowledge of the the TRUTH, that is the person of the Resurrected Christ, from the angle of the Word (this is not an exhaustive study of the word, it is important that we remain in context and not get carried away). Let me try and lay down the premise to help keep our focus. In Luke 9:1, when Christ sent the twelve disciples out to preach the Kingdom, He gave them two things, POWER and AUTHORITY. The reason is simple, Authority is only effective if there is Power to back it up, Power is only useful if you have the Authority to deploy it. From our discussion so far, we know the Name signifies the Authority, we need to know the Power the Authority is coupled to.
The knowledge of the Resurrected Christ as the Word, 'for in Him dwells the fullness of God' that is, 'The Resurrected Christ carry in His person the complete agency of God permanently ' and we are AMBASSADORS for Christ (my paraphrase). Colossians 1:19, 2 Corinthians 5:20. Let us now consider the Word, the nature and the workings.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 KJV

It is important that we understand the nature of the Word. John 1:1-3, 14, unveils the WORD as the very essence of God, even before His manifestation as the Son or the Resurrected Christ. The totality of God is expressed in the Word, that is the full expression of everything that God is. Every other expression is a shadow or type. What this means is that a revealed knowledge of the Word should be the ultimate desire . You cannot be more spiritual than your Word content (those who try to be spiritual outside the word end in error, this is the root of the deception in white garment churches and those that practice spiritism). I know this might be difficult for some to swallow, so I will spend time to validate it. In Psalm 138:2, God Himself magnified His Word above His Name (please consider all we have discussed about the Authority in the name of Jesus Christ, then check out the dictionary meaning of magnify and above). With this in mind, Christ speaking, John 4:24, 'God is a Spirit', John 6:63, ' The words that I speak they are spirit and they are life'. Even to the uneducated but honest mind, there is only one conclusion, God manifest Himself (that is makes Himself visible to the five senses) through His Word.(John 1:1-3, 14).

For the purpose of our discussion and from all the above it is important to list a few conclusions about the Nature of the Word

The Word is unchanging or immutable or perfect. It cannot be improved on, it is constant , it does not mutate. Isaiah 40:8
The Word is the power of God, or No Word of God is without power. Luke 1:37, Romans 1:17
The Word of God is eternal, that is, it transcends time and space, but works through time. Psalm 119:89
The Word is Spirit, it carries the signature and DNA of God. That is, God does not do anything outside the Word John 6:63
The Word is a Seed. 1 Peter 1:23

As we round up this capsule please keep these conclusions (of the nature of the Word ) in mind, they are vital to our discussion and understanding of the workings of the Word. In the next capsule we would look at what happens when the Word is deployed through the Name. This would simplify yet make your life and actions more meaningful, it will purify your spiritual language. Just the Name and the Word, the Authority and the Power, that is all you need, because we are AMBASSADORS for Christ.


CONCLUSION
WE ARE AMBASSADORS, WE HAVE AUTHORITY AND POWER


Ps- The reason we teach is so that we can with words, describe and make visible what is not visible. Providing a vivid image of the unseen. (We would expand on this in the next capsule).
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 46

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: THE NAME; DELEGATED AUTHORITY (THE RESPONSIBILITIES)

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 KJV

1Timothy 2:4, makes it clear that God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the Truth. In this series, we have found out that the Resurrected Christ is the Truth personified. A study of this through His name revealed that the Name carries absolute Authority in Heaven, on Earth and under the Earth (Philippians 2:9-11). This authority in all its ramifications has been delegated to us, making us AMBASSADORS for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). This is an unprecedented, unparalleled Privilege, but with it comes incomparable Responsibilities! Always keep in mind that, when you speak or act through that Name, in the spiritual, it is Christ that is seen not the individual (Galatians 2:20), this reality must be a living concept. Let's have a quick tour through the three spheres.

“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”John 16:23-24 KJV

The night before His crucifixion, Christ introduced a completely new concept in prayer to His disciples. No longer would they have to approach God through their individual merit which is flawed, but by and through His name. This was a complete shift in paradigm, a huge wrinkle in their thought process. At best they have couched their works with the names of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now it was time to junk this pathetic ineffective approach and come boldly to the throne of grace in the Name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Not only that, they should expect God to respond positively 'whatsoever' they requested (please refer to capsule 36, 2016), just like He responded to Christ during His earthly walk. Up till then nobody had this privilege, this was to become the new and living way to approach God the Father. They were no longer beggars, now they access through Christ (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Why? Because God has given Him a name above all names and we are AMBASSADORS for that name. (Please bear with me, this is mind bending, I am having to condense a lot of things).

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV

Acts 4:12, says there is no other name under heaven that guarantees salvation. This is pretty self explanatory, in fact it is a no brainier. Romans 10:9 (my paraphrase) says if you will confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. You acknowledge with your mouth the commitment in your heart. Christianity is the only faith body that has a saviour, the reason for this is simple, God gave Christ a name that is above All on the earth and we are AMBASSADORS for that name. So that through that Name we can reconcile men to God through the birth in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19). People who are dead in spirit, come alive and are reconnected to connect through justification by that Name (Ephesians 2:1-5).

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” Mark 16:17 KJV

Colossians 2:15 paints a vivid picture of the sorry state of Satan and his cohorts: Conquered, defeated and paraded openly. What he has left are lies and deceit. Over and over the defeat of Satan is repeated throughout the Gospel. Hebrews 2:14-15, Christ assumed the form of man so that He can through death destroy Satan through his own weapon, death. Verse 15, by so doing, Christ released us from the fear and bondage of death. Knowing this, any demonic operation, both direct and indirect, from sickness/disease, to frank demonic possession is based on deception and at the name of Christ loses its grip because He, God the Father has given Him a Name above ALL names in heaven, on earth (that is among men) and under the earth (that is over Satan and his works). This might shock you but it is the absolute truth, every or any work of darkness in your life exist because you allow it (directly or indirectly). Nothing can stand against the Name of Jesus deployed from a believing heart (Mark 16:17-18)

This Name gives us access to the Throne Room, with this Name we reconcile men to God, translating them from the kingdom of darkness to light. When we decree in this Name we cast out devils and every manifestation of death.

CONCLUSION
AS AMBASSADORS, WE HAVE AUTHORITY THAT DEMANDS A RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH HIS NAME.

PS
I promised you this series would challenge you, I hope it's doing just that. This is Christianity 101, the basics. We would consider the next.
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'Femi Idowu
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