Thursday, 27 July 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 28

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE DIFFERENCE, TURKEYS AND EAGLES
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Psalms 103:7 KJV

The first three capsules in this series gave an introduction into this topic. By now it should be obvious that there are differences between BLESSINGS and MIRACLES. The working definitions we discussed in capsule one are crucial to the understanding of things. In summary Blessings are God's spoken favour over our lives that make the natural laws yield exponentially good results or work to our benefit (Genesis 26:12). Whereas Miracles suspend the natural laws to a desired purpose . For those joining us newly, I will advise you to go through the previous three capsules to have a full understanding of where we are. A lot has been said that requires pondering . I ended the last capsule on a personal note to prepare you for the next phase of our discussion.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” Psalms 103:7 KJV

Psalms 103:7 paints a vivid picture , it says God made His WAYS known to Moses and His ACTS to the children of Israel. Can you see the difference? Moses got to understand God's character, reasons for doing things and preferred method. But all the children of Israel saw were the acts or Miracles. This is a sad commentary on the children of Israel. This explains why they never grew spiritually, the reason why they murmured perpetually and eventually all the adults that left Egypt died in the wilderness. How can you explain it, people who have just seen God demonstrate His power with Ten plagues, the Red Sea parted for them but swallowed the greatest Army in existence then and yet at the first appearance of any obstacle would rather go back into slavery ?

The first consideration to note is that a constant desire for miracles is not only an evidence of immaturity and lack of understanding of God's order. It will also stifle and hinder your growth spiritually. You are like a child that can only handle processed food (milk) instead of the real deal (Hebrews 5:12-14). Miracles appeal to and gratify your carnality (your five senses) Matthew 12:39, 16:4. From our definition, by implication you are asking God to constantly suspend the workings of the natural laws, you have not taken time to understand His ways and learn to cooperate with them (Matthew 11:29, Isaiah 28:9). Whereas those who are walking in the blessings, have come to understand that He instituted the natural laws for a reason. They understand delayed gratification and Divine process. This difference is the dividing line between the TURKEYS and EAGLES . Everyone starts by desiring miracles all of the time and there is nothing wrong with that, the problem is when that is all you know and do not progress.

Like the children of Israel, constant dependence on miracles creates a high maintenance mentality and vulnerability. Invariably it leads to frustration and disappointment. There is danger for Church leaders who encourage this Miracle dependence mentality because it is attractive or that it draws crowd. In time, this same crowd would either wear you out or drag you down, because they are never satisfied. This was the reason Moses never got into the Promise land (Numbers 20:12). God is not always in the spectacular and not everything that appears supernatural is of God (1 King 19:11-13).

I sincerely hope that what we have discussed so far is of help, always remember that God created the Natural Laws from the foundation of the world and described them as very good (Genesis 1:31). He is not inclined to suspend them willy nilly, there are trigger factors that bring about miracles (we would consider some in the next capsule). If Sin/Evil had not entered the world there would not have been any need for miracles. We would consider further differences in the next few capsules, then the application. These are things that have had a drastic effect on my thinking and affected my life for good, it will do the same for you if you allow it.


CONCLUSION
DON'T BE A TURKEY. GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIS WAYS, NOT JUST HIS ACTS.

Ps
God's pill, smooth and small enough to swallow, easily digestible to release it's goodness. Strictly no side effects.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017: CAPSULE 27

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES

“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 1:3 KJV


I ended the last capsule on a cautionary note that despite the fact that God's preferred option is for us to learn to work in the Blessings, there will always be situations where only a Miracle will do. This is because we live in a fallen world and secondly there are things we ought to know but we don't. Spiritual maturity takes time and dedication to the things of God (1 Corinthians 13:11-12, Isaiah 28:9-10). To ensure that His ultimate plan comes to pass, He has made provision for temporary suspension of the Natural laws (that is Miracles) on those occasions when our backs are against the wall. Imagine what would have happened if the Red Sea did not part for the newly delivered nation of Israel (who were yet to know God) when Pharaoh showed up in hot pursuit. (Exodus 14:21-22). Or if there was no provision of manna in the wilderness when they did not have the time or land to plant and harvest (Exodus 16:13-15).

The modern Church have however gone to the extreme, preaching and teaching the constant desire for Miracles. This has perverted the order of things and the average Christian has developed this short cut mentality, wanting everything now! They would rather spend all their time praying without working, instead of praying over their work (Psalms 1:3 and 2 Thessalonians 3:10).
The implication and consequence of this misplaced and muddled thinking is huge. Most do not know how to nurture and walk in the blessing, creating unnecessary frustration. On the other hand however, it has given the devil in-roads into the church by way of inordinate desire for material wealth (1 Timothy 6:10). Virtually every Church bill board you see, is advertising one miracle service or the other, exploiting the ignorant and fuelling greed.

I would like to end this capsule on a personal note that would demonstrate what we have shared so far. About 23 years ago my wife and I were allocated an empty council flat, the problem was that we had no money to furnish it. As I pondered on what to do....? within minutes, a friend that we have not heard from for a long time called asking whether we knew of anybody that needed furnitures. One of her clients had relocated to Australia and they needed to clear the house. In addition they would provide transportation. The flat had virtually everything we needed, from brand new beds to gas cooker, some where still in their original wrappings. Within a day, from nothing, we had more than enough! we even had to give some things away.


Again, when I got my first job in Milton Keynes (after not working for two and a half years), while I was considering what to do (we lived in London and I didn't have enough money for transportation). That afternoon, without discussing with anybody, somebody volunteered to drive me down, when we got to Milton Keynes, he left the only car he had for me to use and took public transport back to London (things like these happened over and over, multiple times).

After a period of time I learnt how to walk in the blessings and it seem we had what we needed without any drama. Whilst meditating on this one day, I felt I was missing out on the drama of those early days and wondering why. I felt the Lord spoke to me, asking 'Which would I prefer, a life of constant supply without the drama or go back to those edgy days?'. I quickly repented, this is a better way to live, constant supply!
Now I am walking in the Blessings, I can go out and buy what I need without waiting for somebody else's cast away, also give away things without trepidation (2 Corinthians 9:8). Similarly, It is better to walk in divine health, without waiting to fall ill and looking for someone to lay hands on me. I walk free from the condemnation of sin and demonic oppression, instead of looking for somebody to minister 'deliverance'. It's a far better way to live when you are learning to cooperate with the blessing. The spoken favour of God, enhancing the natural laws to yield exponentially for my benefit (Proverbs 10:22, Ephesians 1:3).

I pray you are experiencing a stirring, there is much mediocrity being taught, fluff, when we should be reaching for the deeper things of God. From the next capsules we would take a closer look, compare and contrast Blessings and Miracles so that we can learn to receive God's best. These are things you might not have considered before or even heard before. As we discuss they will become clear, all you need to do is make the necessary mental adjustments (Romans 12:2)


CONCLUSION
WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED, ALL WE NEED IS ADJUSTED THINKING!

PS
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 26

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES

“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 1:3 KJV

This is the second capsule in this series BLESSINGS and MIRACLES. I would concede that this is not a catchy title, however my intention is to show you the difference between the two and lead you into God's best by proper application. In the introduction, I gave some working definitions. I would advise you to go through again. In brief, a Blessing is designed to enhance the natural laws, making them work better to your benefit. On the other hand, Miracles of necessity require the suspension of these natural laws. For some reason most people can identify a curse (the opposite of blessing) when in operation, the natural laws just refuse to produce (Genesis 3:17-19).

“The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Deut. 28:12 KJV (In context Verses 2-13)

Deuteronomy 28:12 gives a graphic example of how a blessing works, I call it the dynamics. See how the natural law is enhanced. God opens up His good treasure causing the Rain to fall at the right time on your land, ( the most appropriate time, not too early or too late), to bless the WORK OF YOUR HAND. The result is that you will then have so much abundance that you be able to lend out to others. Simply put, when this blessing is in operation, it makes you get an unusual high yield or reward for your effort. What this means is that those who refuse to work, despite being blessed would not receive this abundance. The reason is simple, they have either knowing or unknowingly refused to COOPERATE with this blessing (I would explain this later in the series). By refusing to work, you are actively working against this blessing, making it dormant instead of active (I really pray you grasp this).


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 1:3 KJV

For the New Creation or New Covenant, unlike in the Old Covenant we are blessed all around, in every facet and aspect of life, I call it 360 degrees. Christ by His redemptive work is the guarantor (Hebrews 7:24-25). Every aspect of our life is supposed to reflect maximum yield, from your health to your wealth. This includes soundness of mind because you are free from the condemnation of sin and free from demonic control (Romans 8:1, Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17-18), walk in divine health and healing (3John 1:2, Romans 8:11, 1Peter 2:24), have so much abundance that we abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:19, Psalms 35:27). God has catered for every aspect with blessings, making sure the laws of nature yield maximally, what we need to do is cooperate!. The fact that we are not experiencing it does not mean God has not made the 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. Again, I remind you that these natural laws were put in place by God from the very foundation of Creation, and God Himself describes their working as very good (Genesis 1:31). Not only that, He has set them in perpetuity for as long as the Earth remains (Genesis 8:22). This is God's first and preferred pattern.

The logical question then is, 'Why Miracles? Why does God suspend these natural laws on occasions to achieve His desired end?' (This might shock you, but give it serious consideration). God introduced Miracles because of Sin or the Fall and indirectly because of ignorance. Sin introduced perversion or evil into the world, such that it takes a Miracle (suspension of natural laws) on some occasions to stop the consequence of evil in its tracks. Secondly, ignorance could lead to unintended consequences except there is intervention in the form of Miracle. Miracles in a way recalibrate things and reinstate the equilibrium. (I am painting with broad strokes for now, in subsequent capsules we will go into details). The overriding nature of God is Love, that is the reason we have Miracles to stop evil and ignorance taking hold and wreaking havoc or subverting the ultimate goal of God (Jeremiah 29:11). I know that this might offend the established and conventional theology, but it is true and I intend to provide strong evidence in this series. Once you get it, it makes the Christian life so much better. You are no longer prey to the current fad or popular thoughts, you will wake up every morning full of vigour knowing the seed of the blessing to overcome all is already in you.

I will like to end this capsule with this cautionary note. Which ever way God brings deliverance I will take it and I encourage you to do the same. You will never get to the point where you will outgrow the need for a Miracle, it is important to note that. Nobody knows it all, we are all at different stages in our Christian walk, thank God for Miracles.




CONCLUSION

Thank God for Miracles but learn to cooperate with BLESSINGS

PS
I am really excited about this series, I believe somebody is about to be set free from the clutches of evil trend into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. This is not for the mainstream, it will challenge every sinew and fabric of what you think you know. I believe God will give you understanding

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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 25

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES

“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 1:3 KJV

The Introduction
This is a series that would challenge the established and conventional, it is only fair that I should state that from the get-go. However if you are patient with me, open minded and flexible to the truth, it will expand your capacity for success. In the fourth capsule of 2016, I hinted at the difference between Blessings and Miracles, but promised to deal with it at a later date, this is it. There is a deep seated general misunderstanding of the difference between BLESSINGS and MIRACLES, in fact I would refer to it as muddled thinking. To unravel this, we would need to go into some basic teaching in this introduction before we consider right applications, but first, we need some working definitions.

Blessing: This is the intrinsic spiritual ability to prosper imparted by God or God's spoken favour over the life of an individual, it could also apply to a process or group of people. (Curse is the opposite)

Miracle: This is the supernatural suspension of the physical or natural laws by God to bring to pass a desired end.

When God created the earth (Physical world), He instituted natural laws to keep it in perpetuity to maintain order. For example, in Genesis chapter one, He created the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night, everything brings forth according to its kind. At this stage, He made no provision for suspension of any of these laws, there was no need. As a matter of fact, in Genesis 1:31 (my paraphrase), God's assessment was that everything (that is the function of the natural laws) was VERY GOOD, or perfect. There was no need to suspend what was perfect. God then created Adam into this perfection. So the question is what brought about the need for Miracles or suspension of these natural laws at times? (We would answer that later).

In Genesis 1:26-28, God created man. Remember that man is a Spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body. By implication, one third part of man is subject to these natural laws, however not the real man or the part of him that matters, the spirit. 

In Genesis 1:22, God blessed every living thing, saying 'be fruitful and multiply'. This is the scope of the spoken favour of God over these natural laws that govern every living thing up to that point. However in Genesis 1:28, the scope of the blessing (that is God's spoken favour) over man is 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth'. In other words, natural laws are good but with the spoken favour of God over a man, these laws work better and become far enhanced in favour of an individual that is blessed. Blessings don't suspend natural laws but cause them to operate better. For a blessed man, natural laws yield exponential results.

“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
Proverbs 10:22 KJV


Proverbs 10:22, describes what we have been discussing. This is God's preferred pattern for an individual, process, or nation. Examples abound, from Abraham in Genesis 12, Isaac in Genesis 26, Jacob Genesis 27, or the Nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 28, we see this over and over again. The spoken favour of God, energising and enhancing the natural laws in the life of an individual making them work far better, (not opposing or suspending these laws). Lack of understanding of this basic precept is at the root of most of the problems faced by the modern Church. In fact, the 'nothing for something' culture that is so prevalent can be traced to the lack of understanding of this primary biblical concept.

Once you understand this order of things, it makes the Christian life far more productive and exciting, it will remove frustration. You will walk in divine health and healing, you will have freedom from lack and demonic control, in other words you will flourish. This is the way God designed it, this is His first and preferred pattern. This is the reason God always speaks His favour (blessing) over the chosen. The Church according to 1 Peter 2:9 is the chosen generation. Ephesians 1:3 says, we have been blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. In the next capsule we would discuss this further to further verify this concept.


CONCLUSION
BLESSINGS REMOVE TOILING SO THAT THE NATURAL LAWS YIELD EXPONENTIALLY

Ps

This series will debunk a lot of commonly held views and straighten your thinking, it has changed mine. I will encourage you to give careful consideration to our discussion as we go along. Please always remember to link MinDGyM to your social media sites and follow us on @FBIMindgym

'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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



The Apostolic Benediction: Grace, Love and Fellowship
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4 KJV
  
Preamble 
We would be devoting this capsule to The Temperature and Pulse check from the last series. But I would like to make a few observations in this preamble. I hate to say this, but in the last few years charlatans and actors appear to have hijacked what is sacred. The current trend gives the impression that the only thing that matters in Christianity is material wealth. Virtually every teaching starts or ends with 'get all you can, can all you get and sit on your can'. The balance is lost and the dividing line between Divine prosperity and Greed has become blurred. There is no strong foundational teaching anymore, most do not know why they believe what they say they believe, it is a sorry state of affairs. This trend has encouraged the evil twins of Greed and Laziness especially among 'Christians'.
For the avoidance of doubt, I am a firm, unrepentant and unapologetic believer in financial freedom and abundance that is what the Word guarantees. In fact I believe the root word for salvation applies to 4 cardinal aspects of our lives: Forgiveness and freedom from condemnation of Sin, Deliverance from demonic control, Divine Health/healing and Material wealth. But the beauty is in the balance! I see a lot of confused and frustrated folks that have become prey, because they lack the fundamentals. This is not new, see 2 Timothy 4:2-4. We now have a generation that would prefer to be entertained than be edified; they get carried away by the melody and ignore the lyrics. But look at the antidote, 'Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine'. why? 'For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto FABLES' (myths and man-made fictions).
  
Unfortunately, this perversion has cheapened and adulterated the gospel and given the secular justification to make jest of what we hold dear and sacred. Why? Because it appears to them that despite the fine words, the bottom line is the same as theirs......Money! I say no, not so, we have much more to give, we are the New Creations (1 Peter 2:9). The fundamentals need to be taught. 
I sincerely hope these words have encouraged you. Now it's time to consider some simple questions with respect to our last series. 
Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ 
  • Can you remember the three cardinal points we discussed in the introduction?
  • Why do you think grace was the first functional expression?
  • Contrast the message of Christ with that of Moses (John 1:17)
  • Why is Grace the practical expression of love?

The Love of God, the Father
  • What is the Greek word for this Love?
  • Why do you think this Love never fails?(1Corinthians 13:8,13, 1 John 4:16)
  • Is this Love absolute (that is unconditional) or relative?
  • What is the interaction between Love and Faith? (Galatians 5:6)

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
  • What is the difference between the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the Old and the New Covenants? (John 14:16-17, 1 John 2:27, Hebrews 13:5)
  • Why did Christ refer to the Holy Spirit as 'another Comforter'? (John 14:16)
  • List some of the advantages of the Fellowship with Holy Spirit?
  • What are the three practical expressions of the Godhead? (2Corinthians 13:14)


I pray that the series on Apostolic Benediction has opened your eyes to something new. That these words will never be empty again, they will breathe the very life of God according to the original intention.
The preamble for this Temperature and Pulse check is intended to set the tone for the next series. I will like to put on record my appreciation to all our partners, God will reward your labour of love, work of faith and patience of hope. As always link your social media sites to MinDGyM, somebody needs to know the truth. Please follow up on twitter @FBImindgym. send your questions and comments to femibidowu@gmail.com




'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 24

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 3)

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” John 16:7-8 KJV

Welcome back, in this capsule we would conclude the discussion on the The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the third functional expression of The Apostolic Benediction. We have discussed a lot, it is practically impossible to do an adequate recap in the space available (I would plead with you to revisit the earlier capsules in this series). With that being said, let me summarise our discussion on the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with two cardinal statements. (Please bear with me this capsule will be long but worth it, this one is a 'keeper')

The first is that, without a working understanding of this Fellowship, you cannot be an EFFECTIVE Christian. Love and Grace would not be a practical experience. Despite the fact that you are a New Creation, your approach to life's challenges will be purely humanistic.

The second statement is that, God needs us to have this Fellowship to express Himself here on earth (Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38). For some reasons, religion has downplayed and undercut this crucial truth. Remember God is a Spirit, He requires a willing human vessel to operate here on earth. Spirits without a physical body don't have a legal right to operate here on earth! That is why the Holy Spirit is in us, on the flip side that is why demons always seek to possess people. This is so important, only entities with physical human body have authority here on earth, and that is one of the reasons why God had to come as man to redeem us (John 5, 1 Timothy 3:16, Genesis 1:28, Psalm 115:16)

“Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 16:9-11 KJV

As promised, let's turn our attention to John 16:7-11 as we end this series. In verses 7-8, Christ told the disciples that it is to their benefit that He should leave, explaining that this void would be filled by the Holy Spirit who will do three things, reproved the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement. Christ in order to avoid wrong interpretation and misunderstanding of these three aspects of the general ministry of the Holy Spirit explained each in the right context in verses 9-11.  

The first is that He would reprove the world of SIN, because THEY believe not on Christ. The two key words are Sin (singular, not sins) and They. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of one sin only, the sin of rejection of Christ, every other thing is secondary. That is the whole essence of redemption, hence the word They. Christians are not perfect but are redeemed, so this first aspect is directed towards unbelievers, They, not us!

The second aspect is directed at the New Creations. The Holy Spirit will remind us of our righteousness (right standing) with God, because He, Christ would no longer be there to do that. The primary job of Satan is to deceive us by bringing condemnation (Romans 8:1), the Holy Spirit counters by reminding us that we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Anytime you feel condemned, it is not the Holy Spirit, He encourages, comforts, Helps, intercedes and reminds us of our right standing with God.

Lastly, 'of judgment, because the prince of this world (Satan) is judged (past tense). This tells you that the fate of Satan is sealed, he is hell bound. Once you know this you can always remind him of his future in the lake fire. This is a silencer and he knows it.

There is so much more to discuss but we must bring this series to rest for now. My prayer is that the next time you confess the Apostolic Benediction it will have the freshness and vigour that is imbued in those three functional expression of the Triune God. It's a reminder that we are not ordinary, we are special people equip for success because we are never alone. We have Grace, the abundant provision of Christ. The unconditional Love of the Father and Fellowship with Holy Spirit always.

CONCLUSION
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOWARDS US IS ALWAYS POSITIVE
  
Ps
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 23

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 2)

“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:15 KJV


In the last capsule we had an introduction into the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the third functional expression of the God head. Some of what we discussed show that through this Fellowship we have an unparalleled advantage as New Creation. Through this Fellowship we have an understanding into the deep things of God, which subsequently makes us fit for purpose and service.

Contrary to common logic, Christ told the disciples that they had more to gain through this Fellowship, than with His own physical presence (I wish I had space to explain this). John 16:15, puts everything in a nutshell, Christ, redeemed us and made Grace available. The Holy Spirit enables us to partake of this provision of Grace. Now you see why this Fellowship is mentioned last in the Apostolic Benediction. Grace is the product of Love, which we can now enjoy through the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Remember that for the New Creation, the presence of the Holy Spirit is woven into our spiritual DNA. The Holy Spirit is WITHUS, IN US, FOREVER, we are anointed and this anointing abides! (1 John 2:27, John 14:16, Hebrews 13:5). What we need to do is walk in the consciousness and awareness, that is what is called KOINONIA: Fellowship, Partnership, Communion, Intercourse. Again, this cannot be exhaustive, but please follow me closely.

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 KJV (in context 1 Corinthians 2:9-16)


Remember our discussions on the New Creation. Always keep in view that God is a Spirit and He desires to communicate with you, Spirit (Holy Spirit) to spirit (John 4:24, John 3:6). This principle is re-emphasised in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11. Verse 12 says the reason why we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit is that ' We MIGHT KNOW the things that have been freely given to us of God'. God wants us to know even the deep things but He can only do it Spirit to spirit when we Fellowship with Him. In other words, the Holy Spirit receives these things and then download them into our spirit through Fellowship. Let's look at some of these things

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 KJV

The New Creation is designed to know all things and even when we forget, the Holy Spirit brings it to our remembrance (1John 2:20, 27). This sounds far fetched but it is true and we need to reach for it. The spiritual is governed by laws. We are not meant to be confused or fearful, faith always flow when there is knowledge (Romans 10:17).

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 KJV

When we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the future is not scary. Things should not take us by surprise (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4). We are not supposed to act on instinct alone, that is the low life. Our actions and way of life should be based on knowledge.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27 KJV (in context Romans 8:26-28)

Praying based on head knowledge (or human understanding) only, has its limitations! When we Fellowship in prayer with the Holy Spirit these inadequacy are dealt with through the intercession of the Holy Spirit because He knows the perfect will of the God Head (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 1 Corinthians 14:2). In other words the Holy Spirit takes hold within us to move us from the visible to the invisible realm, this makes prayer efficient and effective. (Romans 8:28 is contingent on the two previous verses and must never be taken out of context). This is what Paul describes as praying the mysteries in 1 Corinthians 14:2.

Lastly as we close, those who complain of boredom have not come to appreciate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I like to submit that idleness is at the root of most mischief among Christians. There is much that can be made available to us if only we know how to cultivate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We will wrap everything up in the next capsule, and in rounding up, I hope to discuss John 14:8-11, it will completely change your thinking.

CONCLUSION
THE FELLOWSHIP WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTHS, SHOW US THINGS TO COME AND BRING THEM TO OUR REMEMBRANCE.

Ps
I will encourage you to always spend time to consider the bible references, you will be glad you did. They make everything come alive in your spirit. Continue to spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites.
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 22

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” 1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV





We have now come to the third functional expression of The Godhead as seen in the APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION.

A quick recap however, in the introduction I shared three cardinal thoughts. The first is that you should maintain the original intent and potency of the pronouncement, don't add MAY, it is unnecessary, unhelpful and redundant. The Apostolic Benediction is a reminder of what we have available always, so there is no reason to feel alone or exposed, never! Lastly, it helps to comprehend the working of the different manifestations of the Trinity. Please go through the four previous capsules to bring yourself up to date or refresh your mind. The most common feedback, I have received so far is that some modern translations of the bible have MAY in 2 Corinthians 13:14. This is an over translation, you will not find it in the original Greek text. I generally do not pass comments on the individual's preference of version (bible translation) in an open forum, but I will be happy to do so with a closed audience. However, as a general comment some of the modern translations indulge in over translation and paraphrasing, hence I would not recommend them as your primary study bible. In this capsule we will start our discussion on the FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:12-13 KJV

If Grace is the practical demonstration of the Love of the Father, Fellowship of the Holy Spirit reveals the true meaning of Grace and Love. It is impossible, I repeat impossible to understand the word of God without the help and inspiration of the Holy (1 Corinthians 12:3). The primary function of the Holy Spirit is to bring into manifestation the intentions of the Triune God (Luke 1:35-37). In John 16:12, Christ said there were things He would have loved to teach His disciples but without the guidance of the Holy Spirit they could not understand. In Verse 7 of the same chapter, He said it was to their advantage that He was leaving. Why? Because it will give them access to the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4-5, Christ instructed them to wait for the Holy Spirit before commencing the spread of the gospel. These are profound statements that underpin the place of the Holy Spirit in the life of New Creation.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV

In 2 Corinthians 13:14, the Greek word 'koinonia' is translated fellowship or communion (partnership, joint participation and intercourse). So what Paul was describing was a very intimate process and you need to have a good grasp of this. He wanted the Church at Corinth to realise that their individual relationships with the Holy Spirit does not stop after the service. In other words they have the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, this is what is called the anointing (Acts 10:38a). We would take a closer look at the benefits of this Fellowship in the next capsule. But for now let me say this, Fellowship of the Holy Spirit gives you an unparalleled advantage (John 16:7), Gives you understanding into the deep things of Christ, that is, the provisions of Grace (John 16:12, John 15:26) and Makes you fit for service (Acts 1:4-5, Acts 10:38).

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
John 14:17 KJV

Unlike in the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit is with us and in us because we are supposed to maintain intimate contact. In addition, He is with us forever (John 14:16). This is a concept that is not emphasised enough even among Pentecostals and Charismatics. In the Apostolic Benediction, Paul wanted the Corinthians to have a constant awareness of this fellowship. In the modern church, you often hear invitations to attend an anointed service. In my estimation, this turn of phrase is wrong and unfortunate. Any service or gathering is anointed because of the anointing (presence of the Holy Spirit) in Us (those attending the service). Not the other way round (1John 2:27, John 14:16). We carry the anointing in us, increased focus on fellowship with the Holy Spirit when we gather together makes us more sensitive to His presence and subsequent manifestations. Understanding this makes all the difference, it makes you realise that the Holy Spirit is available for fellowship always. The implication of this is huge, we would discuss the practical implications in the next capsules.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16KJV

As we close this capsule I would like to leave you with these important thoughts from John 14:16. Christ called the Holy Spirit, 'another Comforter', meaning that Christ had been the comforter up till then. The Greek word 'parakletos' is translated comforter, helper, advocate. When you cultivate the fellowship of the Holy Spirit you have constant source of comfort, help and someone who is ready to plead your case better than you can, just like the disciples had with the man Jesus, even BETTER (another Comforter). Think about that till we meet next week.


CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A COMFORTER, HELPER AND ADVOCATE. WE SHOULD FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM



PS
I sincerely hope you are encouraged. We need this more than ever, you must never lose heart or be fretful, keep your focus on the Word . Don't forget to link MinDGyM with your social media sites. You can also follow on @FBIMindgym on twitter.





'Femi Idowu 




Wednesday, 31 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 21

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD, THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV

In the last capsule we started our discussion on the second functional expression of The Trinity, God's kind of Love. Never make the mistake of trying to find an analogy to God's kind of Love, nothing in ordinary human dealings is comparable. Instead meditate on the product of God's kind of Love, 'Grace', (the unearned, unmerited favour of God), this will provide all the insight you need. Grace is God's Love displayed. Secondly, if you are born again, know that this Love has already been imparted to you, in the New Creation (Romans 5:5). Once you understand this, expect it to manifest in your life as you mature (Galatians 5:22). Praying for it is actually counter productive because it presupposes that you don't have it. That contradicts the word of God. God has already commended and imparted His Love to us, it flows through us and it is for us.


Faith and Fear
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 KJV

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6 KJV

Consider these two scriptures. As you allow the Love of God to flow through you, fear loses it grip on your life simultaneously. Fear is born out of uncertainty, so of necessity it disappears when you begin to grasp the reality of God's unconditional Love. Likewise, Faith is a byproduct of Love, think about it, we don't have doubts about God power. What we struggle with is the feeling that we might not be worthy enough. Prayers becoming a long tedious repetition, thinking you need to convince God. When you understand this unconditional Love you are able to accept the free gift of Grace with joy. Love makes you realise that His goodness is at your disposal and faith then ceases to be a struggle.


Motivation for Holy living and Service
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:” 2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 KJV

Motivation for holiness and service must never be based on fear or sense of duty. These two are slave masters, they torment and will sap your energy. You will get 'found out' and eventually 'burn out' (1 John 4:18). You must always allow the Love of God to be the motivation behind all that you do. It takes the pressure away from you, because it's God working and flowing through you (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). 


The other side of Love
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:9 KJV

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 KJV (context Romans 12:19-21).

Hebrews 1:9, describes a balance to God's kind of Love that most do not pay attention to. If it's God's kind of Love, it will demonstrate unconditional distaste and perfect hatred for every work of the evil one (1John 3:8b). Acts 10:38 (my paraphrase) 'Christ, went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil'.

Secondly, those who spend time cursing their 'enemies' either have a shallow understanding of God's kind of Love or do not trust Him to fulfil His word (take a look at Romans 12:19-21).

As we close, I hope you are beginning to see why the APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION is such a powerful pronouncement. The priceless GRACE of Christ and the unconditional LOVE of the Father brings stability and confidence, if that is what you focus on. This will cure all your carnal excesses. Hold on, there is more, because in the last two capsules we would look at the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.


CONCLUSION

ALWAYS REMIND YOURSELF OF THE GRACE AND LOVE


Ps
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'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 20

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD


“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV

Amen! Thank you for joining us, we are discussing the all important subject of The Apostolic Benediction, popularly referred to as The Grace. I have received so many encouraging feedbacks. One of my partners said this teaching, just after two capsules switched on a light in him. I am eternally grateful to God for the inspiration. Remember that the Apostolic Benediction is suppose to be an anchor to keep your mind focused and steady on the functional presence of God in your life at all times. In the last capsule we looked at 'The Grace' (The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ). The UNEARNED. UNMERITED favour of God, which you must and can only receive as a gift (Romans 11:6). Understanding Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist (Romans 5:1). Unlike what most believe, Grace set you free from sin, it does not set you free to sin (Romans 6:1-3). In this capsule, we would start on the second functional expression of the God head, the LOVE of God the Father. Again we cannot do an exhaustive study, the intention is to show you some practical applications.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- John 3:16 KJV

The Greek word Agape is translated 'The Love of God' or 'God's kind of Love'. This word was introduced into the Greek lexicon to describe this unique concept. It is virtually impossible to adequately describe it. Grace comes first in the three functional expression for a good reason. It gives you the practical demonstration of what Love, (Agape) is all about . The best way to study or understand God's kind of Love, is to pay attention to its product... Grace. From John 3:16, you can see that it is UNCONDITIONAL, ABSOLUTE, LAVISHED, ACTIVE and a DONE DEAL . Ephesians 3:18, says it is MULTIDIMENSIONAL and much more. For me it is probably one of the most difficult concept to teach or explain . To start with, 1 John 4:18 says 'God is Love'. My question is, how does one explain God? Secondly, because it is often mentioned in the church settings, a lot of people assume they know what it means . But the horrible things they ignorantly attribute to God is diametrically opposite to what Love is. Thirdly, it does not have an appropriate or comparable analogy, virtually every other human response is conditional and reciprocal. This concept of unconditional Love exceeds the ordinary human imagination. So again I say to understand the Love of God, look at Grace, His unearned, unmerited favour!

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5 KJV

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
- Galatians 5:16 KJV

With all these been said, if you are born again, the Love of God is already in you. What you need is the knowledge to help you understand and give it expression in and through you. Romans 5:5 says it has already been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that is, poured into us in immeasurable quantity. Galatians 5:22, describes it as the fruit of your regenerated spirit. Plants produce their fruit as they mature, it is not something they acquire, (Praying that God should give you love is a waste of time, because He already did). This is the reason why the Apostolic Benediction is an affirmative statement. This Love is not an 'act' that you put on, it is the nature of God in you and it should be allowed to flow through you. It is the spiritual instinct of the New Creation. As you make God your focus it will express itself, stop struggling (Galatians 5:16)

In this first capsule on the LOVE OF GOD, what we have done is to dispel some myths and give necessary insight. In the next capsule we would consider the practical applications. Keep in focus the original intention of Paul, the Apostolic Benediction was a seal of Authority to the church at Corinth. Something to take their focus away from the sin and behavioural problem they had. Something to keep them walking in the Spirit, so that sin would not dominate them (Galatians 5:16). We need to constantly remind ourselves that we have access by faith to the UNEARNED, UNMERITED FAVOUR and LOVE that gave birth to it.


CONCLUSION
WITH CHRIST WE HAVE GRACE, BUT LOVE GAVE BIRTH TO IT

Ps
In the next capsule we would look at the practical applications of God's kind of LOVE.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 19

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17 KJV

For those joining us for the first time, we started on the subject of The Apostolic Benediction from capsule 18. This is commonly quoted but the significance is not commonly understood. The feedback I have received, confirms that this teaching is timely and appropriate. In the introduction we shared a few foundational thoughts. Paul, in his second letter to the church at Corinth meant this to be an affirmation, a statement of certainty. The addition of 'MAY' at the beginning as is often the practice in the modern church, removes the Authority necessary to enforce compliance in the spiritual. Secondly, if we live in constant awareness of this declaration, 'even when we are alone physically, spiritually, we are not really alone'. Lastly, unlike in the Old Covenant where the revelation of the divine is limited to God the Father. The Apostolic Benediction, gives a perfect functional expression of the Godhead in the life of a New Covenant saint.
Starting from this capsule, we would consider these functional expressions individually. We cannot do an exhaustive study, what I intend to do is show practical applications.



Part One

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 KJV

John 1:17, says it all. Moses brought the law with all its harshness and punitive measures. Christ brought the UNMERITED, UNEARNED FAVOUR and TRUE NATURE of God. What a startling contrast! Starting from the very first step of salvation, everything we enjoy is the product of the sacrifice of Christ. This is the true definition of grace, to make you cease from toiling, stop you from trying to 'EARN' God's favour but receive it as a GIFT (Romans 11:6). The concept of grace was scarce before Christ, it was not freely available, with trickles here and there (Genesis 6:7-8). But see John 1:16 'and of the fullness of Christ we have received grace upon grace, meaning, Christ came to lavish grace on us (my paraphrase). The result of redemption is, Grace in abundance like the world has never known: Freedom from the condemnation of sin, freedom from demonic oppression, freedom from poverty with divine health and healing on top. This is what it means to have a savior.

Paul wanted The Corinthians to focus on such magnificent resources. Can you imagine the peace of mind if we only believe this? It would not matter whether you are in the crowd or alone. Faith will no longer be a struggle, because you know what you have access to. Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist.
 


 Part 2

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12KJV

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Romans 6:1-2 KJV

An in depth study of the two epistles to the church at Corinth would show you that they struggled with sinful and unruly behaviour. The cure for sin is; understanding what Grace truly means.

Grace sets you free from sin, (not to sin) because it teaches holy living, it makes sin distasteful (Titus 2:11-12). This is the flip side of grace, it creates such contentment when you know the depth of what you have in Christ. When you truly appreciate what you have, sin loses it's attraction because you are secure. The reason why Eve fell for the subtlety of the serpent was because she did not have a perfect understanding of her status, (none of us do perfectly, that is why we still sin to different degrees). Compare that with the three temptations of Christ and His responses. People sin because they think they are missing out, but if we truly appreciate the abundant provision of grace, you will go through 'the lean, mean times to reach the fat, rich times' (Philippians 4:12-13). This is something I constantly remind myself, because that is the purpose of the Apostolic Benediction. I hope you can see why there must not be any hesitancy if you are to maintain focus. Grace is the antidote to sin which leads to holy living (this requires a bit more explanation which we don't have space for here) Romans 6:1-2.

In the next capsule we would look at the second functional expression, LOVE. The two fits in very snugly. You cannot comprehend the unconditional LOVE of God in a practical way, until you taste the unmerited, unearned favour called Grace. No wonder it comes first in the Apostolic Benediction.


CONCLUSION
REMEMBER, IT IS 'THE GRACE........'!, AND NOT 'MAY THE GRACE......'


Ps
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 18

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE, LOVE, AND FELLOWSHIP

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV


INTRODUCTION
For quite sometime I have felt the need to teach on this important subject, but only recently felt the release to do so. In this series we would look at what is commonly referred to as 'The Grace' in Christian gatherings. A more appropriate description is THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION. Virtually every Christian I know can quote this by heart, and tradition dictates that the service is not complete without it. Unfortunately, like most things we do, because we have not taken time to meditate on its significance, it has lost its meaning and potency, it has become another ritual. Even the embellishment that is often added is unhelpful. Honestly, it is not my intention to ruffle any feathers but there really is no easy way to kill a sacred cow. To most people this is just some set of words put together. I pray and believe that by the end of this series, you will gain a better understanding such that you will walk in the reality of these life giving words called 'The Apostolic Benediction', Amen.




Affirmation
In this introduction, the first thing I would like to observe is that this is a statement of affirmation, an emphatic declaration, and it is intended to be so. Paul ended his second letter to the Corinthians with this benediction as a seal to all he has said to them before. By adding the word 'may' as we commonly do, it removes the emphatic tone and intent, it becomes a suggestion. It introduces an unnecessary hesitance or contingency (lack of certainty) to what should be an audacious pronunciation. This sounds like something innocuous (innocent), but in the spiritual, words mean everything. Paul was not suggesting, no not at all.

The second point is that although this pronouncement is made at the end of the service and rightly so. The intention is for it to be food for thought when we are not together. To remind you and help you walk in the consciousness of who you are in Christ when there is nobody around to encourage you. A confession to keep you steady, 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with me'. It tells you what you have available even when you are alone. The reason why some might be filled with trepidation when they visit their 'village' or some other place is because they feel alone and exposed. When you have the revelation of the Apostolic Benediction, you will realise you are never alone. It gives you a peep into the spiritual atmosphere surrounding you, like Elisha asking God to open the eyes of his servant (2 Kings 6:17)


“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:9-10 KJV


The third point to note, (which we would go into details in the rest of the series) is that, it confirms the completeness of who we are in Christ. Often we struggle to explain the reality of the Godhead (Trinity). I believe that we see the perfect functional expression of the Triune God in the Apostolic Benediction. We understand and appreciate the person of the risen Christ through the grace He made available to us by His death and resurrection (Romans 5:15). The perfect expression of the Father is the Love that He has bestowed on us because that is who He is (1 John 4:8, John 3:16). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and help through fellowship, He is in us and with us (John 14:16-17). Can you now see what Paul was alluding to? The Apostolic Benediction is not just something you tag to the end of a service, it is a reminder of what you should walk in the consciousness of after the service.

As we close this introduction, I hope we have laid the foundation to get you thinking. There is good reason why Paul brought this three elements together in closing his letter to the Corinthians. David declared that even when he walked in the 'valley of the shadow of death' he will fear NO EVIL, because God's rod and staff gives him comfort. (Psalms 23:4). If David who had an inferior covenant could say that. Imagine the victory we have when we are in constant awareness that we have GRACE, LOVE and FELLOWSHIP, the functional presence of the God Head with us always. The problem is most don't know and those of us that know easily forget. In the next few capsules, we will take a closer look and remind ourselves, let's release those life giving words.


CONCLUSION
THERE IS NO HESITATION, IT IS A CONSTANT REALITY: WE HAVE GRACE, LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP

Ps
I say thank you for you faithfulness, encouragement and support, it means a lot to me. Thankfully one of my partners have dragged me into the 21st century, expect some twits, it will be good.
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Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV


Preamble
You will recall we introduced the concept of TEMPERATURE and PULSE check sometime ago as a means of checking that the salient points in the immediate past series are recognised and digested. In my experience most Christians find the Teaching Ministry as the least attractive. We are in a microwave age, we want it fast and now! Unfortunately, this trait has led to stunted growth in most, making them prone to deception. Things just don't happen by accident, there is always a spiritual law that guides everything. We know that about the physical world, but somehow we just assume it is different for the spiritual world , not so. If anything, there is more order in the spiritual world

Our index scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15 says it all. We need to be patient, we need to be taught, and we need to be ready to be taught so that we can have a firm basis for everything we do. Again, I say the spiritual can be taught, and it should be, welcome to the Fourth Temperature and Pulse Check. We would be looking at the last three series:

The Word, The Name and Traditions of Men
Healing under three different dispensations
In His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature

As you might recall, I suggested that these three should be taken together for maximum impact, I hope you did. In fact they form a continuum.

Questions
Concerning 'The Word, The Name and Tradition of Men
Can you remember our key scripture for the series? Can you give two or more other examples?
Did you learn something new or gain insight into something you already know?
What does the Word and the Name signify? Any scriptures to back these up.
Which scripture describes us as Ambassadors for Christ. What does it mean?
Do you remember the significance of Mark 7:13, Colossians 2:8

Concerning 'Healing under three different dispensations '
What are the key differences between healing under the Old and New Covenants?
Of what use is the Old Covenant to the Church?
How is the New Creation different from the Homo Sapien ?
What are the other synonyms for the New Creation?
Is 3 John1:2 describing healing or divine health?

Concerning 'In His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature
What is the difference between Divinity and Deity?
How is the Incarnate Christ different from the Resurrected Christ
Why is Christ referred to as the Last Adam and not the second Adam?
Give your thoughts on the terms 'Only Begotten ', First Begotten ', First born'
Is it true that the New Creation is made in the image of the Father, after His Likeness and have His Divine Nature?


I hope you find these questions stimulating enough to get you to go back through the series once again. God bless you and don't forget to spread the word and link to your social media sites




'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 17

 IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 1:27 KJV

We would bring this series to a close with this capsule. I know that we have discussed quite a few things that might have challenged mainstream theology. But I have no doubt that on balance of the evidence, they are settled truths (Psalms 119:89). My core desire is to help individuals come to the place of spiritual security through knowledge (Ephesians 4:11-14). The Christian life is finding out who we are, what we have and then walking in it (Matthew 11:28-30, Ephesians 1:17-23, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 3:16-20). 

Our main focus of discussion in this series, is to show that, we are made in HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. Imagine for a moment the possibilities, if we truly believe that! (Mark 9:23).

I cannot do a comprehensive recap so to understand and flow in what we have been discussing, you need to start from capsule 10 at the very least (as a matter of fact you will recall that I said at the beginning that this and the preceding two series should be taken together). Nevertheless, we now know that Christ, the Resurrected Lord is the exact image and representation of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Colossians 1:15). 

Secondly, Christ is the firstborn or first begotten, meaning in our born again spirit (the New Creation) we are in the image of Christ (Romans 8:29, 1John 4:17, Hebrews 2:11). With these two planks, I hope you can now connect the dots? The greatest hindrance we have is that this is not visible to the naked eye. The word of God however paints a perfect picture, if you will allow it. 
The disciples walked with Christ in human form for three and half years, but on one occasion in Matthew Chapter 17 on the Mount of Transfiguration, three of them saw Him with the veil of the flesh pulled aside (John had a similar experience in Revelation Chapter 1:12-16, on the Isle of Patmos. They saw the Image of the Father in Him. 

Now consider this, if all what we have been discussing is true, (and indeed they are), and if we can somehow look inside us and see our spirit, I am persuaded that we would see something similar, (after all we bare the same image and likeness) , this is the narrative of 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (please study this in many versions). We need to see beyond the veil of our flesh. Knowing this changes everything, the emphasis is no longer on what we can see outside, but on what is on the inside of us. A lifetime is not enough to discover what we have, in fact (in my personal opinion) no one has ever come close, but just imagine what it would be like to release a fraction of what is on the inside, we would lack nothing (Ephesians 1:17-21, Ephesians 2:17-20, Romans 8:11). 

As we round up, remember that the plan right from the foundation of creation was for us to be in God's Image and after His Likeness (Genesis 1:26-28). That has always been the design and intention of God but the fall polluted the Image of God in us, so of necessity the whole of redemption is to restore us back to the original state, but better. I say better because we now have knowledge and authority over the adversary. We know who we are, we are the Image of God, created after God's Likeness and have God's Divine Nature. 
Eve had an identity crisis, she was chasing after what she had already. Think about it, if you truly know and believe that through His Divine Nature that is already in you, you have everything that pertains to life and godliness, you will never feel inadequate. 

Lastly, this knowledge will keep you anchored to God almost effortlessly, because He is your source, and not just your source but your only source (Capsule 15, 2016). After all, what else do you need outside of this? You are already made in the Image of the Father, in His Likeness, and have His Divine Nature, just like the First Begotten, heir and joint-heirs! The only thing left is the knowledge to bring this to bare (2 Peter 1:2-4)


CONCLUSION : FATHER, FIRST BEGOTTEN AND THE JOINT HEIRS: SAME IMAGE, LIKENESS AND DIVINE NATURE 


Ps
I want to thank each and everyone for your patience. I challenge you to put these truths to test and prove them, break away from the mould of mediocrity and live the life. Like I have said several times, I can sense a change in tone, these truths will become common place very soon let us give things a push together. Spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites


'Femi Idowu 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 16

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: RESURRECTED CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN IN THE FAMILY

“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Hebrews 1:6 KJV

Reading and studying this series, I hope your faith is quickened? These things are settled truths. They are not just aspirations, God already made them available, all you and I need to do, is walk in them, simple. Colossians 3:10, 'Put on the NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him'. The popular concept that is often taught, is that by confessing these truths they will become so. This line of thought is wrong in every sense and the source of a huge hindrance to many. The reason we confess these truths is because they already exist, we are just appropriating what has already been provided (Hebrews 11:3). Let me put it another way, and this might shock you. Faith does not create anything, what faith does is to bring what already exist in the spirit realm into physical manifestation (there is huge difference between the two) . If you ever grasp this, it will remove struggle from your faith walk, your prayer life will become more meaningful and interesting. From the preceding capsules, we know Christ is the exact image of the Father, and we are made in the image of Christ the Resurrected Lord who is the firstborn (Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:18).

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 KJV (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 in context)

In the last capsule, I showed you the difference between the incarnate Christ who is the only begotten Son, and the Last Adam or the Resurrected Christ who became First among many brethren. This is pivotal to your understanding of who we are. In Hebrews 1:6, you will notice that the writer refers to Christ as the FIRST-BEGOTTEN, meaning He is no longer the only begotten, but first of many 'begotten'! This is the whole essence of redemption (to return to the original ownership following full payment). God did not redeem us from slavery to the Devil, to make us slaves again, no not at all (Galatians 5:1). 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (my paraphrase), the Holy Spirit provides an atmosphere of liberty, removes the veil from our eyes so that we can see properly who we really are, like in a mirror and be transformed into His Image, from glory to glory.

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 KJV

Look at this wonderful passage. When you understand that Christ is the first among many, one of which you are. This is evidence that God's love for us is perfect love, it gives us confidence or boldness even in the day of judgement. The reason for this is simple, even right now, in this present time, as Christ is, so are we. We are New Creations, Children of the Kingdom. I cannot overemphasise this, these are not metaphors or cliches, these are completed work. You don't need to beg, scratch or plead for them, they already belong to us. Identity Crisis born out of ignorance is what is keeping most from enjoying these benefits. Imagine the confidence you will have in prayer, if you truly believe that Christ is the firstborn, but you also have a number in the family? Faith then becomes spontaneous, not something you wind yourself up for.

Remember, that our focus of discussion is that we are MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. For those of you who have followed the discussion from the beginning, hopefully there is a parallax shift in your thinking. We would conclude this series in the next capsule, there is just one more thing to show you before we conclude.

CONCLUSION
WE HAVE BOLDNESS, BECAUSE AS CHRIST IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD

Ps
I feel a quickening in the spirit, these truths that we are sharing are about to become common place. I can hear a change in tone of many, the message is gradually getting through. Help spread the word, be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 15

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified". Romans 8:30 KJV

I will urge those joining us for the first time, to at the very least, start from the beginning of this series. What we have been discussing requires sequential and logical reasoning. Not that it is difficult to understand, but it is counter culture.
The sole aim of the discussion is to verify beyond the shadow of a doubt to the open minded that, we are, 'Made in the Image and after the Likeness of God, and have His Divine nature'. This is not a feel good cliche, it is a settled eternal truth. The question then is ‘whether you will embrace it and live the life’?

The first point we discussed is to show that the whole of the scriptures primarily paints the image of Christ, even the work of the Holy Spirit is to point towards Christ (John 15:26). The reason for this is simple, nobody has ever seen or can see God because He is a Spirit. (John1:18, John 4:24, 1Timothy 6:16).
The exception to this is Christ, not only is Christ the exception, He is the exact image and perfect representation of the Father (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3). So the clearer you see Christ, the better you see the image of the Father, His person and true nature. The reason why a lot of prayer is misdirected is because we do not know the person and true nature of God.

A
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

B
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 KJV

To the casual scholar of the word, reconciling John 3:16 and Romans 8:29 will be problematic. The first (John 3:16) says Christ is the only begotten Son, whilst Romans 8:29 says Christ is the firstborn among many brethren. Both are absolute truths that compliment each other.

The incarnate Christ as seen in the gospels is the original Seed or pattern after which we are formed. The incarnate Christ, as the only begotten, was crucified and buried but He rose as the Resurrected Lord or last Adam to give birth to the NEW CREATION. This was what the incarnate Christ was referencing in John 12:24. This explains 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Resurrected Christ became the first among many brethren. Colossians 1:18 describes Him as the Firstborn from the dead, because when He rose from the dead we rose with Him in the new birth. A seed of corn when planted (buried), brings forth multiple corn that are exact replica and of the same quality! (John 12:24).

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” Hebrews 2:10-11 KJV

Look at Hebrews 2:10-11, verse 11 says Christ that sanctifies and those that are sanctified (that is the New Creations) are one and the same, that is the reason why Christ is not ashamed to call us brothers because we now have the same Father. The only begotten has now made all of us begotten of God! The inferiority complex suffered by the church is self imposed. The Captain of our salvation says we are one, He gave birth to us. Ephesians 1:6 says we have been accepted in the beloved. God sees us in Christ. When you come to understand this, John 14:12 will make sense to you. It is important you grasp this, because your success or failure depends on it. This legitimises your approach to God as a son. This is the reason why we are called HEIRS of God, JOINT-HEIRS with Christ (Romans 8:17).
The reason why we struggle with the concept of faith is because we have not believed what we are and what we have!

As we close, I hope the picture is becoming clearer? The scriptures paint the image of Christ, so we can see the Father, His Image, likeness and Divine Nature. Christ, the risen Lord is the first of many brethren (the New Creation) and we are made in His image and joint-heirs with Him. I will pursue this point further in the next capsule and completely clear the cobweb.

CONCLUSION
CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN AND WE ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH HIM

PS
I am persuaded that these truths will become commonplace in the near future, they cannot remain hidden, the whole creation is waiting for our unveiling. Be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 6 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 14

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: GOD IS A SPIRIT, CHRIST IS THE PERFECT IMAGE OF THE FATHER.

“God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV)

To make a success out of your Christian life, you must learn to believe what you know. Belief means you have taken ownership and it is now a concept that drives you, you live by it. Until you are able to do this, you will be double minded at decision points, your prayers would be loud but not ring true, you will say one thing but mean something else. A quick recap, we are 'Made in the image of God, after His likeness and have His Divine Nature'. You might find this difficult to conceptualise, it is true in its entirety, not because I say so, but because that is what God says (Genesis 1:26-28, 2Peter 1-4). To really understand this, everything hinges on being able to see Christ clearly in the scriptures. You cannot skip this step, not only should you see His image in prophecy, it must dawn in your heart like day star in the the Gospels and Epistles. The reason is simple, no man has seen God at any time or can see Him, the exception to the rule is Christ (John 1:18, 1Timothy 6:16). The good news is that Christ and the Father are one and the same. So the clearer you see Christ, the better you grasp the Image of God, His likeness and Divine nature.

'Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person....' Hebrews 1:2-3a

Hebrews 1:1-3, the passage above is like no other passage. In paraphrase: 'it says, in the past, God communicated His person through the Old Testament prophets using different methods. However, in these last days, He has spoken directly to us through Christ'.

Now see the qualifications for Christ, 'brightness of God's glory', 'express image of God's person'. These two expressions taken together means Christ is the perfect representation of God the Father, down to the molecular level. What this means is that Christ is the only person that can communicate God, His person and true nature perfectly. The singular desire of any properly schooled Christian should be to know Christ, period! Everything else is secondary at best, or redundant (Philippians 3:10). This cannot be over emphasised.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV

2 Corinthians 4:3-4, says the strategy of the devil to keep people from knowing God (salvation), is to ensure that Christ remains hidden to them. Why? Because Christ is the image of God, this is central point. This is so straightforward, I honestly don't know how we miss it? I hope you are making the connection between our topic of discussion? The modern church has developed all sorts of unnecessary gimmicks that serves no useful long term purpose. 

In the next capsule, we would start considering the third link. The whole purpose of these teachings is to move you from just knowledge to believing what you know, that is called revealed knowledge or revelation. We are not like everyone else, we are made in the Image of God, after His likeness and have His Divine nature. We are New Creations, God possessed. Stop belittling what you have, don't be afraid to acknowledge it.


CONCLUSION
THE IMAGE OF CHRIST IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER
Ps
I am persuaded that these truths will gain ground and become commonplace soon. We would see the end of wishy-washy, bamby-pamby christianity, Truth always prevails. Let's hasten the process, link MinDGyM to your social media sites. Somebody is waiting to hear this.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 13

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE : GOD IS A SPIRIT 

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
John 1:18 KJV

In the last two capsules we established the truth that the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi paints the Image of the Messiah, the redemption and the second coming. You might wonder why this is so important to  the subject matter, 'that we are made in the Image of God, created after His likeness and have His Divine Nature?' Have patience, in this capsule, we would look at the second step in the link and connect the dots further. It is important to always  have a sound scriptural grounding in whatever we believe. There is so much proliferation of fluff in the modern day Church, take time to interrogate what you are taught

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18 KJV

John 1:18, the passage above makes two fundamental assertions that a serious scholar of the word should not ignore. The first part, says NOBODY at ANYTIME has ever seen God! Consider that for a moment, all the prophets both major and minor, ALL inclusive of Abraham who was the only person described as the friend of God in the Old Testament, Moses who mediated the Law, David the King and psalmist, not even Isaiah that said he saw the Lord (Isaiah 6:1), none of them ever saw God. What they had were  impressions of Him or at best, encounter with angels (Exodus 33:20, Galatians 3:19).

“Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16 KJV

Paul, repeats this same assertion in 1Timothy 6:16.  Not only has no man seen God, he went further to say 'nor can see'. Meaning the same thing still applies. The reason for this is simple, 'God is a Spirit' (John 4:24a), He cannot be perceived by the five senses, He is a Spirit.

The second assertion in John 1:18, is that Christ is the exception to the rule. He is the only one who has seen the Father, hence the only Person that can communicate the image and person of God  flawlessly. Until Christ came  the image and impression of God was not perfectly understood. The implication of this is pivotal. God as a Father desires to reveal Himself to us, not through impressions or shadows or patterns (John 17:3). 

To avoid mixed messages, He does it only through Christ who is the only person who has seen Him. If you grasp this, then John 14:6,  makes a lot of sense. This is so important because if we are are to know exactly what we have in His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature we need to be able to see Him beyond mere impressions, because impressions are not perfect

“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 14:7 KJV

So that we might have a perfect image and understanding of God, He presents Himself through Christ (the only person who has seen Him). Let me put it another way, the clearer you see Christ, the better you see the Father (His Image, His Likeness and Divine Nature). Because they are one and the same......John 14:7, John 10:38, John 14:10-11. Just to be clear we are not talking about the physical form, because God is a Spirit. Now you see why it is paramount to be able to see the image of Christ through the scriptures and His very essence including the manifestation of His person in the Gospels/ Epistles. There is no way you can get to understand who the Father is outside of Christ. This was the central problem the Pharisees had (Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 1:23). I hope you are are beginning to see the connection? In the next capsule we will verify this further, my intention is to make each of my partner think, not just go with the flow. When you understand these things you will give up the low life, your actions will not be based on the latest Christian vogue or fashion. You will be secure, your actions will be based on knowledge and not on fickle emotions. 

CONCLUSION 
CHRIST IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER

PS
I will encourage you to take this capsule in conjunction with the previous three to make sure you are current with the discussion. These things are really not difficult to understand for those ready to exert themselves. I pray your eyes of understanding will be enlighten

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'Femi Idowu 
 www.mindgym.org.uk