Wednesday, 20 September 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 36

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION, THE REALITY OF FAITH (conclusion)

“......Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” Acts 10:34b KJV

From capsule 33 in the series we started on the reality of Faith in the process of bringing Blessings into manifestation. Again I would like to reiterate that, this is not an exhaustive discussion on faith. I have focused on its application with respect to this discussion. Secondly, I am concentrating on some of the areas that I feel are poorly taught and understood. There is much to say, but not enough space. The first overriding point I would like to make is that the spiritual is governed by laws. It is amazing how so many do not consider this. The Physical world is governed by physical laws, similarly the Spiritual world is governed by spiritual laws, it is that simple. This ought to be obvious, but somehow (especially in Pentecostal and charismatic setting) we have substituted emotional display for spiritual. The point I am trying to make, is that faith is governed by Laws. Laws are constant, they promote order and make outcomes predictable. The beauty of this, is that once you understand these laws, your faith will always produce the desired result, because God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34). There are many laws that govern faith, I do not claim to know all, otherwise I would get better results (but that is a topic for another day). My intention here is to share two principal Laws of faith that are well known but poorly understood and wrongly applied.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Philemon 1:6 KJV

Confession
Your faith rises or falls based on your confession, in fact that is the way you became born again (Romans 10:9-10), Faith is voice activated. The common perception in Christian circles is that, your confession 'makes things so, even when it is not'. For instance in healing, it is commonly taught that, if you confess 'by His stripe I was healed' several times, eventually you will become healed even though you are sick. Similarly for material prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9), freedom from demonic oppression (1 John 4:4) etc. This line of thought is faulty and does not have a firm scriptural foundation, in fact it is the reason why confession has acquired a bad name. You do not confess to make it so, rather you are confessing what is already so. Huge difference! the first approach is presumption, the second is faith. You are confessing what you know already exists in the spiritual. Abraham's confession did not make him father of many nations, his confession acknowledged the fact that God had already made him father of many nations (Genesis 17:5).This is what is described as mixing the word with faith in Hebrews 11:4.

Philemon 1:6 captures the essence, your confession makes your faith effective, when you are acknowledging all the good things that already exist in you (New Creation) in Christ. You are not making up story, you are telling the truth. All the healing that you need already exist in you (Romans 8:11). So when you say 'by His stripe I was healed' (1 Peter 2:24), you are not wishing it is so, you are acknowledging what is already so in the spiritual and making a draw on that deposit to manifest in the physical. This is the reason why commitment is the first step we dealt with in the application. It is futile confessing what you don't believe exist! It is a law of faith. God imparted every blessing the day you accepted Christ, they already exist in you and by faith (knowledge) you draw them out (2 Peter 1:3-5).

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 KJV

Your faith is fuelled by what you hear. I wish I had the right words to explain this. Romans 10:16, is a direct quote from Isaiah 53:1a, 'Who has believed our report?' Isaiah was saying things that did not have precedence in human experience, so the question arose, 'How would anybody believe this?'. Romans 10:17 gives the solution, 'Faith is activated by hearing the word of God continuously, or faith is energised by one thing and one thing only....the Word of God' (my paraphrase). The reason for this is simple, faith sees into the spiritual and the only reference for the spiritual is the Word of God (capsules 33,34). Note the phrasing, 'hearing, and hearing by the word of God'. Meaning for you to operate continuously in faith, you must give your ears constantly to the word of God. It is not a one time deal, and it has to be the word of God (Romans 1:17, Romans 14:23, 2 Corinthians 5:7). Interestingly, the reverse is true, doubt/unbelief comes through hearing the voice of the world (2Corinthians 4:4).

Every born again child of God has faith, the difference is in the level of operation (Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34, Romans 12:3). There are many more Laws of faith, the concept of a capsule, limits the volume of the discussion. These two laws are basic, understanding them would reveal more. I pray that your eyes of understanding will be enlightened. In the next capsule we would consider something else in the application of Blessings.


CONCLUSION
SET YOUR FAITH LOOSE BY HEARING AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE WORD OF GOD

Ps
The world has hijacked the social media, it is time to take it back. Let's raise an army of giants, link God's Pill to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 35

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION , THE REALITY OF FAITH (contd.)


“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63 KJV

A lot has been discussed in this series, starting from capsule 25. The initial point was to compare and contrast Blessings and Miracles with the view of showing that Blessings provide God's best. But knowing that Blessings are spiritual and we live in a physical world we need to know how to bring God's best into manifestation. The first step is the absolute and total commitment to the truth that we are already blessed (Ephesians chapter 1, 2 Peter 1:3-5). The next step is understanding the concept that we are faith beings (Romans 1:17, 2Corinthians 5:7). In this capsule, as promised we would consider that nagging question 'How does one look at the things that are not seen or how do you see the invisible?' (2 Corinthians 4:18). (Remember the different descriptions of faith in capsule 33 and 34).

'........the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63b KJV

The word of God gives you the window into the spiritual, it gives a perfect description of the spiritual world, the source of life. This is the commentary of what Christ said in John 6:63. We have allowed religion to over complicate things. Walking in the spirit means the ability to base your life on the revealed word of God which is the 'window or mirror' of the spirit. The Word of God coveys spiritual truths and with the help of the Holy Spirit it becomes revealed to your spirit, The New Creation (John 14:26, 16:13). You can see the spiritual World with your heart (that is your spirit ) through the word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
James 1:25 KJV (Context James 1:23-25).

James 1:25, is describing the whole process. It says 'whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty' this suggest two things, that it is a continuous process and there is a dimension that is not superficial, in fact it's a whole world. This is simply describing walking in the spirit, the Word describes the spiritual, you see it with your heart and when you follow through , the spiritual blessings will manifest in your actions. The Natural Laws will yield exponentially for you (capsule 25).

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations), before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:17-21 KJV

Romans 4:17-21 is the application of James 1:23-25. God by His Word showed Abram what was already done in the spiritual (The stars in the sky and The sands at his feet representing the numerous children, the cutting of the covenant, sealed with a name change from Abram to Abraham confirming his status in the spiritual). This spiritual picture was so real to Abraham, such that he walked in it and within 12 months from the change of name, Sarah had the promised child, Genesis 17:1-5 and Genesis 21:1-5. Once you get this application you can put it into motion in any area of your Christian life, bringing into manifestation any provision from the spirit to the physical. Whether it's Healing (1 Peter 2:24), Freedom from demonic oppression (1 John 4:4), Material prosperity (2 Corinthian 8:9). Whatever it is you need, as long as there is provision for it in the New Covenant.

As we close, remember we have a great edge over Abraham, because the Creator of All, lives on the inside of us by His Spirit, painting a better picture much more than Abraham could have (1 Corinthians 2:10,13).


CONCLUSION
WITH FAITH WE SEE AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT


Ps
In the next capsule we would discuss what to do to be strong in faith. We are all faith beings as long as you are born again! No one can experience the new birth except through faith. I will like to encourage you to keep spreading the word, it's the most power weapon in existence. Link your social media site to God's Pill.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 7 September 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 34

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION, THE REALITY OF FAITH (contd.)


While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

From capsule 32 we started on the practical application aspect of this series, the first step is commitment. In the last capsule we started on the reality of Faith in bringing to the physical the Blessings that are already made available by grace in the spiritual. Always remember that God is a Spirit, so Blessings are spiritual, you then need faith to bring them into the physical. That is the whole thrust of 2 Corinthians 4:18, the ability to see the spiritual or the intangible and then 'walk it' into the physical. The logical question then is, 'How do you look at the things that are not seen or how do you see the spiritual?' My intention is to demystify this question, I do believe it is not mysterious as most have made it. But before we do that I need to convince you beyond the shadow of a doubt that everything is ALREADY available in the spiritual world.

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Hebrews 11:3 KJV

Hebrews 11:3, is another scripture that shows we have two worlds , spiritual and physical. It says Faith gives us the understanding that the worlds were framed or made by the word of God. It is the word of God that made the worlds, what faith does is to give you the understanding of what has already been made. Part of the understanding is that everything physical comes from the spiritual (Hebrews 11:3b). Faith creates the currency that translates the spiritual things that are already in existence into the physical, tangible world.

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17KJV

Romans 4:17a (I have made thee a father of many nations) is a direct quotation from Genesis 17:5. Please follow me carefully as I use it to illustrate my point. In Genesis 17 when God appeared to Abram, He said, 'I have MADE you a father of many nations', (not that He will make him). God had already made him, that is Abram, father of many nations even when the physical child of promise, Isaac was yet to be born. It was already a done deal in the spiritual, waiting for the faith of Abram/Abraham to see that what is already available in the spiritual (Romans 4:18-21). As far back as Genesis 12 when God pronounced the Blessings over him, the spiritual provision had been made (we would come back to this later). Likewise for the New Creation, at birth (Romans 10:9-10, 2Corinthians 17-21) we have been blessed with ALL spiritual blessings, the spiritual provisions have already been made and like Abraham we need to bring them to this physical by faith. So, Faith is the positive response to what God has provided by grace or Faith gives us access to what God has provided by grace (Romans 5:1). Once you understand this, the influence of doubt to a significant extent is broken. If what you are after already exist and has been given to you (albeit in the spiritual), how can you doubt that you will get it?

As we close, I know that still leaves us with that all important question 'How do you see the spiritual or how can you look at the things that are not seen? We would devote the next capsule to that, and demystify the concept, it will be fun as we connect the dots.


CONCLUSION
FAITH SEES THE INTANGIBLE AND CONVERTS IT INTO THE TANGIBLE

Ps
I pray that these teachings are impacting you the way they should. Please spend quality time considering and meditating on these truths until they become revealed. Spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites. Till next week don't stop shinning



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 33

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION


“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

From capsule 32, we started on the second part of this series BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES: THE APPLICATION. To get the best out of the series you will need to start from capsule 25. In capsule 32, we discussed the first step in the Application. It is one thing to appreciate the difference between Blessings and Miracles, the actual benefit is in the application, how to get this truth to manifest in your life. The first step as discussed in capsule 32, is Commitment, meaning you believe and place premium on the truth that you are already blessed (Genesis 14:22-23, 30:28).

Most of the examples I have used come from the Old Covenant (Old Testament), however it is important for you to realise that things are completely different in the New Covenant. The two Covenants cannot be mixed, examples cannot just be juxtaposed from one to the other without making the necessary adjustments, otherwise it leads to confusion (Luke 5:36-39). In our discussions, I have tried to emphasise this, my prayer is that I would have the opportunity to do a systematic teaching some day, showing the marked difference between the two. They are like chalk and cheese, the Old Covenant was temporary, imperfect and was completely annulled, whereas the New Covenant is permanent, perfect and currently relevant, in fact there is a constant reminder on the right hand of God the Father (Galatians 3:22-25, Hebrews 7:11-18, 25 Hebrews 8:13). The New Creation was birth from the New Covenant, there is no comparison. Just like the operations of the Old Covenant is different from the New, so it is for the New Creation. Always bear this in mind even when we are discussing BLESSINGS.

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

The reality of Faith

It is not sufficient to know that we are blessed, we need to understand how to bring to physical manifestation these blessings. You will recall that in capsule 25, I explained that Blessings are spiritual, not physical (Ephesians 1:3). The dilemma is that we live in a physical world, hence we need to know the process and dynamics that get the spiritual to the physical realm, that is where faith comes in. In my personal opinion the concept of FAITH is poorly understood and taught in the modern church. (I would not be able to do any in-depth discussion here, please refer to some of the earlier capsules)

The most commonly made mistake is the belief that faith is what you do to make God respond to you. You will commonly hear statements like, 'faith is what moves God' or 'faith create things'. (There are different versions of this statement). Unfortunately this thought process is not scriptural, it is wrong and often leads to frustration. It completely destroys the notion of Grace.

In 2 Corinthians 4:18 (my paraphrase), Paul says we do not look at the things that are visible (or physical), but at the things that are invisible (or spiritual). The visible (physical) is temporary but the invisible (spiritual) is permanent. Simply put, everything is already in existence, they are either physical or spiritual. The physical is temporary but the spiritual is permanent. But the intriguing thing is the ability to see the spiritual since they are not visible to the naked eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:7, says (my paraphrase) FAITH is the ability to see the things that are 'not seen, or the spiritual things'.

As we close this capsule, remember Blessings are spiritual, they already exist by grace. Faith is then the ability to see and bring them into the physical manifestation. This is completely different from what is popularly taught. Understanding this , takes the pressure away from you. You are not making God do anything, He has already done everything by grace, everything you will ever need is already available (2 Peter 1:3-4, 1 Peter 2:24). They exist in the spiritual because God is a Spirit and the real you, the New Creation is a spirit. The physical eye sees physical things, Faith sees the spiritual things (for example Blessings). To be continued.....


CONCLUSION
WE NEED TO SEE THE INTANGIBLE AND BRING IT INTO TANGIBILITY


Ps
I know that this is a parallax shift for many, but I plead with you to stick with me and give it some deep thought, it'll change everything for you forever.
As always I am grateful for the commitment, the comments and your help in spreading the word via your social media sites . Follow on MinDGyM, twitter @FBIMindgym.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 32

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION.

“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

From Capsule 25 to 31, in this wonderful series we have considered the basic differences between BLESSINGS and MIRACLES. I would suggest you refresh your memory by going through them again. This foundational teaching is necessary to give perspective to what we are about to focus on for the rest of the series (Psalms 11:3). Now that we are clear on the definitions, differences and know God's preferred method, it is important we consider the APPLICATION. Ephesians 1:3 that has served us so well, tells us that unlike in the Old Covenant, the New Creation is already blessed. One of my partners describes it as being 'genetically and spiritually designed for success in all things'. 


Commitment

To a certain extent, each one of us agree with Ephesians 1:3, but the difference is that few consider it a concept to live by. There is a disconnect between what we know is true and the way we conduct ourselves. It is not enough to pay lip service to, you must drill it into your consciousness and be committed to it and believe in its potency.

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 KJV

Numbers 23:19, affirms God's commitment to the Blessings over the children of Israel, not that they deserve it. Three times Balaam tried to get God to change His mind without succeeding. He (Balaam) concluded, “Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” (Numbers 23: 20).

If this was true for people of an inferior covenant, Ephesians 1:3, promises something far better, sealed externally in the precious blood of Christ. It seems to me, this is the same commitment and awareness displayed by anyone who has ever brought the working of blessings into manifestation. Abram was so sure that he had all he needed in the Blessings, such that he didn't want any confusion about it (Genesis 14:22-23). Contrary to natural wisdom, Isaac's commitment to the blessings over his life was total, he stayed in a land with raging famine while others embarked on economic migration and within a year he became spectacularly rich (Genesis 26).

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

In Genesis 30:28, Laban asked Jacob to name his price, he was desperate to keep him. The reason is simple, see what he said in verse 27, '.....for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.” Laban was ready to pay any price to bootleg of Jacob's blessings. Of course, Jacob knew he was blessed, he knew what happened when his father pronounced those solemn words over him in Genesis 27:27-29. He rejected the temporary offer, knowing that 'the blessings of the Lord will produce much more', it was just a matter of time (Proverbs 10:22). I can give you examples from bible times to this present day, every one that has ever walked in the manifestation of the blessings, did so because they were aware that they are blessed and put a premium on it. Not only that, they had a complete commitment to the veracity of the blessing. They refused to be intimidated by anything external because they have come to realise that the Blessings from the inside, will cause the natural laws to work in their favour, and yield exponentially.

“And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.” Romans 15:29 KJV

Paul in his epistle to the Romans, chapter 15 verse 29, said he was SURE, that when he comes to visit them it will be in the FULLNESS of the blessing. He had no doubt that he was blessed to the fullest. That should be the testimony of every New Creation, that we are blessed to the full. This is the first step we need if we are going to manifest the blessings that is already in us. Knowing that the Physical and Natural laws will respond to the spoken favour of God in us (because we are in Christ) yielding exponentially. Like most of my partners, I might not be experiencing it the way I ought, but I am determined and committed to this goal and nothing will stop me. The same is available for everyone that is born again! In the next capsule we would look at the next step.


CONCLUSION
BE COMMITTED, IT'S TIME TO START WALKING IN THE FULLNESS OF THE BLESSINGS!

Ps
In writing the capsules for this series, there is a wellspring building on the inside of me, like a tidal wave. It has touched me more than I can put into words, watch out something spectacular is about to happen. I would encourage you to partner with me in this glorious journey....spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017: CAPSULE 31

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE DIFFERENCE

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


For those who are just joining us, we are discussing the difference between Blessings and Miracles, with the intention of identifying God's preferred pattern. Understanding this will help mature you in your Christian walk and make life more productive and rewarding. For a full explanation, I would suggest you start from capsule 25, paying particular attention to our working definitions for Blessings and Miracles. In summary, those who are stuck on miracles remain immature, whereas the dynamics of blessings take you into deeper dimensions in the things of God. Crisis give birth to Miracles, whilst Blessings to a large extent will prevent crisis. Every Miracle is temporary, with an inbuilt expiry date, Blessings on the other hand are permanent, unending, producing more and more and can be passed from one generation to another .

“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

In all our discussions, never lose sight of the truth that you are a New Creation, operating under a better covenant. We are not waiting to be Blessed, based on the complete work of redemption by Christ, we have the spoken favour of God that covers every aspect of life (Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:2-4). What we need is knowledge of how to put things in motion and get the best out of what is already ours. Unfortunately a lot of slogans, and gimmicks in the modern church have diluted this and led to muddled thinking. We would consider this in depth when we come to the application, for now let's take a look at a few more of the differences in this capsule.

“Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” Numbers 23:20 KJV

Blessing when properly understood will prevent and even reverse a curse. Let me repeat that, Blessings are designed to prevent or reverse curses. In fact there is great danger for those who try to curse you. For some reason most Christians find this difficult to accept. However a quick study of Genesis 12:3, 27:29, and the curious story of Balaam and Balak in Numbers 22-24 should help correct your theology. A Blessed person would have to reject the operation of the blessing either intentionally or through ignorance for any curse to have a chance (Ecclesiastes 10:8). This truth is even more so for the New Creation, those who are in Christ. There is an impenetrable double shield around you (Colossians 3:3, Galatians 3:13). What you need to do is maintain a conscious awareness of your place in Christ, in your thought life, actions and words. This is the reason why a New Creation cannot afford to coast, continuously we must labour to enter into the rest of God (Hebrews 4:11).

This might surprise you, to a large extent, even in crisis the occurrence of Miracle is not guaranteed. There is a bit of unpredictability about miracles, there is danger staking everything on miracles. If you have been following the series this should be obvious, whereas the opposite is true for blessings. Blessings are spiritual seeds that are guaranteed to produce when activated based on divine knowledge. Imagine the confidence Jacob displayed in Genesis 30:27-34 or Abram in Genesis 13:9-11, and again in Genesis 14:21-23. There is that audacity, that quiet confidence that comes when you are blessed and you know it. This is where every New Creation should be, we have something far superior than these Old Covenant saints (Matthew 11:11, Hebrews 8:6-7). Lastly, there is a continuous abundance and variety that comes with Blessings that Miracles cannot match. God told the first Adam to be fruitful, multiply, subdue and have dominion! (Genesis 1:28). How do you match such variety? The New Creation is Blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in Christ! That is how you do it. Talk about matchless variety and abundance, yet the modern church has failed to capitalise on what we have. 

As we close this capsule let me leave you with this thought. By common observation it seems to me that people that have learnt to walk in the Blessings also enjoy the best of Miracles (I believe there is a valid scriptural reason for this). Take a close look, from Bible times to this present day . Learn to walk in the Blessings and Miracles will show up to fill the gaps when needed .


CONCLUSION
LEARN TO WALK IN THE BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES WILL WILL FILL THE GAPS

PS
It is my earnest desire to hear from you, comments are always welcome. My intention as always is to cause a stirring and get my partners thinking. It is of utmost importance that you go through the scriptural references and find more. We would start looking at the application from next capsule.

Don't forget to spread the word, link your social media sites with MinDGyM.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 30

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE DIFFERENCE, TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT

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



We are discussing one of the basic fundamentals of sound Christian living: Blessings and Miracle, The difference and Application. This is one of the things the Lord showed me early in my walk with Him and has completely changed my thinking for the better. Once you understand this basic truth, it will affect virtually every aspect of your life. For example in the last capsule we saw that Crisis is the precursor for a Miracle, whilst Blessings would prevent Crisis. If you apply this to Health for instance, 'Would you rather be sick, then receive healing or Walk in Divine Health and not be sick?' It's that simple. I could apply this to prayer, material prosperity and much more, I am sure you get the gist.

As you walk in and work the blessings, you become mature and stable with roots that go deep. Whereas those who live on Miracles, move from one crusade to another, one prayer ground to the other, moving from crisis to crisis looking for the dramatic. They remain immature, self focused and end up frustrated. They make themselves prey to charlatans and impostors.

“And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” Joshua 5:12KJV

Miracles are always TEMPORARY, but Blessings are PERMANENT! This should be obvious, especially if you consider the definitions of miracles and blessings (Capsule 25, 2017). God will not suspend the natural/physical laws permanently. Every miracle has an expiry date. The longest lasting miracle in history was the provision of manna. Even this was temporary. Firstly, it was a daily provision except for the day before sabbath when it lasted 48 hours. Any attempt to keep manna, beyond this stipulated time, bred worms (Exodus 16). Secondly, as soon as the children of Israel got to the Promised Land, manna ceased completely. Why? Because God expected them to plant and harvest (Joshua 5:12). A Miracle will only come to neutralise a specific crisis and no more. This is the nature of miracles from bible times to this present day.

“And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.” Genesis 27:33 KJV

Blessings by design are permanent. In Genesis 27 we see the story of how Isaac blessed Jacob thinking he was Esau. The reaction of Isaac when he found out his mistake is instructive. Genesis 27:33, he trembled exceedingly, this showed the significance of his mistake. But look at his conclusion 'have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed'. In other words once a blessing has been released, it cannot be taken back, it is in perpetuity or permanent. The workings of a blessing lead to continuous production, unending. In Genesis 12:1-3, Abram started with nothing except the blessing (the spoken favour of God), in Genesis 13:1-2, he was rich in cattle, silver and gold, in Genesis 24:1 he had everything. But do you know that the blessing of Abraham is still in operation up to this present day? (Genesis 12:3, 15:5, Galatians 3:29). Similarly with Isaac in Genesis 26:13-14.

“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 New Creation has something far better than the examples I have given so far. Ephesians 1:3 says we are already blessed with ALL spiritual blessings secured in Christ. We have a better covenant based on better promises. God's spoken favour that makes the natural laws yield exponentially is already available to us. The question then is why are we not seeing the manifestation? Good question, that is the purpose of our discussion, to show you what is God's preferred and original pattern. In the next capsule we would look at a few more of the differences between Miracles and Blessings, then go into the applications and how to set things in motion.


CONCLUSION

DON'T GET HOOKED ON THE TEMPORARY , THERE IS SOMETHING
PERMANENT

PS
My sincere prayer is that you will gain understanding. We need to spread the word, knowledge is the antidote for mediocrity. Thank you for partnering with MinDGyM.
Please link it with your social media sites.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 3 August 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 29

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE DIFFERENCE: CRISIS, WHAT CRISIS?

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

We are discussing BLESSINGS and MIRACLES. The whole purpose of the discussion is to show that they are not the same. The difference between them is not just superficial but fundamental to the way we walk with and receive from God. I know teachings like this are not particularly fashionable or trendy, but for those who really want to make progress as a New Creation it is imperative.

In the last capsule, we started looking at the differences between the two, once this is properly understood, effective application becomes simple (not necessarily easy). Psalms 103:7, gave us insight into the dividing line between those who know and those who don't. Those who expect to live by miracles all their lives, remain immature, spiritually retarded, require high maintenance and sooner or later become frustrated. As opposed to those who have learnt to walk in God's best...Blessings. This is what separates EAGLES from TURKEYS (Hebrews 5:12-14). We also noted that leaders who unwittingly encourage unhealthy dependence on miracles, need to be careful, because there are consequences to what we teach (Numbers20:12)

“And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.” Exodus14:10 KJV

The working definitions we gave in the first capsule is crucial to the discussion of the next difference. As a reminder, Blessing is the spoken favour of God over the life of an individual that makes the physical laws yield better results. Whereas miracles require suspension of the physical laws so that a desired end can be achieved (capsule 25, 2017). Crisis brings about the need for a miracle or for a miracle to occur you need a crisis. In Exodus chapter 14, the children of Israel had the Army of Pharaoh behind them, the Red Sea before them, mountains surrounding them, they could only look up, that was a perfect crisis. Crisis birth miracles, that was why God provided manna in the wilderness because starvation was the only other alternative (Exodus 16). Every time you see a Miracle it has been preceded by a crisis, take a close look from the parting of the Red Sea to this present day. The implication is that those who want to live constantly on miracles will move from one crisis to another. This is not sustainable, that is not the way the New Creation is supposed to live (Isaiah 32:17, Matthew 11:28)

On the other hand a proper understanding of Blessings and how to walk in them will prevent crisis. Remember that with blessings there is a synergy, that is producing effectively and efficiently more than the ordinary. Needs are anticipated and nullified by abundance. What ever you lay your hands on prosper, because there is a spoken favour over your life and you know it (Psalms 1:3, Ephesians 1:3). It might not be dramatic but it encourages stability and growth. Time is always working in your favour not against you, because what started as a seed becomes the harvest in time. With blessing the seed of everything you need is already in your 'born again' spirit, from divine health to material prosperity, all you need is the knowledge to deplore it (we would discuss this when we come to application). Whilst those who are Miracle dependent, are almost always focused on themselves, the blessed man is a blessing and help to others (Genesis 12:2).

Again the purpose of this series is to encourage growth and stability in our Christian walk. Everyone at one point or the other will require a Miracle, we live in a fallen world and we don't know as much as we ought to. So which ever way God brings your deliverance be grateful. We would explore the content of the series further in the next capsule.


CONCLUSION
BLESSINGS; CRISIS, WHAT CRISIS ?

Ps
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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
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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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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

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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




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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
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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
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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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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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