Wednesday, 15 November 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 43

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: EMBRACING THE DAY WITH JOY

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 KJV

In this capsule we would look at the second Ingredient of a perfect day: Embracing the day with JOY ( for newcomers please checkout capsules 41 and 42). As previously stated this series requires a level of spiritual maturity, in reality the different ingredients are interwoven, I have broken them down only for the purpose of this format (ingredients still need to be blended together). The first ingredient we discussed, is Getting to grips with the day. In simple terms, it is getting to understand the day as a spiritual entity. Remember this, days make weeks, months and years, years make a life time, so the clue is in learning the ingredients to handle each day with its peculiarities. Again, no day ever comes as a perfect package, perfection is as a result of what you do. The lemon that sets the teeth of one person on edge, can also provide lemonade for another, wisdom is the difference (Ephesians 5:16-17, Psalms 90:12).

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5 KJV

To understand the essence of the next ingredient, I need to show you something. Contrary to human convention, God counts the day by nights, or to put it another way, every day starts the night before. Genesis chapter one (verses 5,8,13,19,23,31), documents the creation of the first six days. For each, 'the evening and the morning', made the day (not the other way round), for example under the Old Covenant, the sabbath was from sundown Friday to before sundown Saturday. This is God's pattern and there are good reasons for this, but a detailed explanation is for another day. Note this however, that in real essence God has designed it so that you are resting or asleep for the first half of the day (at least that is true for the majority).

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 KJV

Psalm 118:24, explains the second ingredient. It is in two parts, firstly God is the Maker and Author of the day, (Genesis 1:5). The significance of this, is that, He is your Father, it is His nature to be good (James 1:17, Genesis 1:31). The devil only tries to hijack the day if you allow him, he has not made the day and he is not capable . The devil's only interest is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10a), if you allow him, so don't. When you understand this, your corresponding conscious reaction should be to embrace the day with Joy. It is a gift from God, it is His nature to give good gifts (Luke 11:11-13, Psalms 84:11).

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5 KJV

Wake up expecting Joy, that is what the word has promised (Psalm 30:5), even if you went to bed with the most discouraging situation. Daylight will expose the work of darkness. Don't be afraid to get out of your bed and tackle the day, you have already gotten to grips with it. Joy is not dependent on what you see or hear, it is dependent on the truth, the word of God that endures and abides forever (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:16-18). Even those who don't know God would tell you 'it will be better in the morning'. Joy gives you the strength to walk through the day, it is the evidence that you have the victory already no matter what.

In the New Covenant, every day is of equal spiritual importance and significance, don't waste any or wait for any (Romans 14:5-6, Colossians 2:16). There is no Blue Monday or TGIF, these are subtle lies that has crept into our lexicon, designed to dent and modulate your Joy, resist and declare that everyday is a gift from God and you have the right to rejoice and be glad in it.

CONCLUSION
EVERYDAY IS A GIFT FROM GOD, SO EMBRACE IT WITH JOY

PS
We recently published a compilation of God's Pill (inception to late 2016), this would be handy for those without internet access. My guarantee is that you will find a PILL or CAPSULE for whatever ails you within the pages. Together, like the saying goes 'we ain't seen nothing yet'.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 9 November 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 42

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE DAY

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil..” Ephesians 5:14-16 KJV


Welcome back, in capsule 41. I gave some introduction for this series: INGREDIENTS OF PERFECT DAY, using Proverbs 4:18 as the index scripture. Essentially it is my belief (based on scriptures) that no day ever comes as a perfect package, it is the way we handle each day that matters (John 16:33). Ephesians 5:14-16 is an admonition to handle every day with conscious awareness, maximising every opportunity because the days 
are evil. Psalms 90:12, says if we realise how brief life is, we would apply wisdom to every day. This series requires some level of spiritual maturity otherwise it will be 'like water off the back of a duck'. Secondly, I am not proposing it as a formula, neither am I saying it is a must to succeed or get on in life. These are things that I have come to find out over a period of time and they work.

Everyone is aware that we have a limited time in this side of eternity, so there is that urge to add quality and leave a legacy. In reality we all have three days in symbolic terms: Yesterday, that is gone and is no longer under your influence or control. Tomorrow, that is still in your imagination, it requires preparation based on today, Lastly, Today, which is the only day you have direct access to, it requires your attention otherwise it will revert to the default, and slip away.


“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:16-17 KJV

The first ingredient is what I call, for want of a better description 'Getting to grips with the day'. Every day is a new day birth from the womb of eternity. It is also a spiritual entity that needs to be understood. No two days are identical, each day comes with its own peculiarities. Ephesians 5:17 says the wise thing is to understand the will of God for that day. God is not given to meaningless routine, He has called us to interact with Him in newness of spirit, He loves a two way communication (Romans 7:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14c). Note this, God is a Spirit and so are you, also as previously stated every day is a spiritual entity that needs to me tamed.

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 KJV

(This process is difficult to explain, but the results would be self evident as you put it to practice). This is the very first thing I do in the morning, even while still lying down with eyes shut and definitely before communicating with anybody, You are making a demand on the day to speak to you and meditating on the things that come through, speaking in other tongues softly. As you do this, relevant scriptures may drop into your consciousness, even spiritual songs, on occasions you might have visual 'glimpses' of events, you might even recall dreams and they take new meaning. Somehow you become more spiritually alert and switched on. As you go through the day you will get the impression of certain familiarity and almost instinctively you will know what to do. You will get an impression as you have walked through before.

I encourage you to go through the process before your personal devotion or joining a prayer line. It sets you up for the day, your actions become more meaningful, your appetite for the day is whet, at least that is my experience. This for me is the first ingredient of a perfect day, comparing Spiritual with spiritual.

CONCLUSION
DON'T RUSH INTO THE DAY, GET TO GRIPS WITH IT FIRST


PS
Most of the things we would be discussing and sharing in this series come from years of personal study and practice. I am still learning, green and growing. In the next capsule we would check out another ingredient. Please help spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 2 November 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 41

INGREDIENTS OF A PERFECT DAY

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18 KJV


Let me start by appreciating everyone for your feedback and support over the these years, I am grateful. A long time ago, I discovered that men might give award (which is temporary), but God rewards (which is permanent) Hebrews 6:10. Gradually, I see individuals now applying thoughts to their Christian life, in what they say, the way they pray and even the songs they sing.. This excites me, the message is getting through, we are raising Thinking Christians. Sometime in the future we will revisit some of the past titles and teach them with new insight, confidence and vigour, but not yet.


Introduction to Ingredients of a Perfect Day
For sometime now I had thought of teaching on this topic but felt we needed to build up to it. I have preached on this same topic in the past on a different platform but this is the time to teach and present it in capsule form. Our index scripture is Proverbs 4:18

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

The traditional interpretation of this scripture is that there is gradual progression to a point or a day when everything will be perfect or devoid of hassles or problems, a day that everything will just be 100% perfect . I believe this interpretation is inherently faulty, froth with danger and would invariably lead to frustration. We live in a fallen world and until Christ comes we will contend with one form of evil or the other everyday (Ephesians 5:16). Christ gave an insight into what to expect in John 16:33. There are other scriptures that talk of the same thing, 1 Peter 5:8-9. What makes a day perfect is the way you handle the day, no day ever comes perfect. This is a progressive thing in our Christian walk, with experiential revealed knowledge of the word and fellowship of the Holy Spirit!, we handle adversities of every day better, so that they don't break us, in fact they turn out for our good (Romans 8:26-28). Knowing this, on the flip side, despite all our successes we should remain humble and connected to God. So no matter the shade or shape of the day we can turn the imperfection to perfection progressively. We remain stable and established (1 Corinthians 15:58).

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
 Psalms 90:12 KJV

The way you handle each day has a cumulative effect, and perfection does no come in a day. But as revealed knowledge of the word of God shines on your path, spiritual skill to handle every day with whatever it has to offer, allows you to walk in the Liberty of the sons of God (Psalms 119:105). Your mind is renewed by this same word that shines more and more, which enables you to transform on the inside from a helpless, vulnerable caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly with wings, bringing into manifestation (prove) the perfect will of God in Health, Freedom from the condemnation of sin and its effects, Material wealth and Freedom from demonic oppression (Romans 12:2). In other words like a true New Creation.

I personally believe that there are certain INGREDIENTS which if we understand and are able to deploy every day will end in Joy or end perfectly. Not that we have not been challenged or face obstacles but that we remain inseparable from the love of God. These crucial ingredients are those that we would consider starting from capsule 42. This would be great fun, it would nourish and lead to your edification, get ready for Ingredients of a perfect day!


CONCLUSION
LEARN THE INGREDIENTS AND YOU WILL END WITH A PERFECT DAY


PS
This is new series that would challenge your belief and thought process. I would encourage you to check out the scriptural references. As always I would encourage to spread the word, somebody needs to hear and know the truth. Link MinDGyM to your social media sites.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Friday, 27 October 2017

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (6th Recording)🌡


TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (6th Recording) (BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES)
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”Psalms 103:7 KJV


Preamble
I am eternally grateful for the continued support and encouragement I get from different quarters. It is always refreshing to hear how lives have been touched by the weekly God's Pill. I am forever looking for ways to make the content available to a wider audience without 'dumping down' on the effectiveness.

Last series was particularly fulfilling, it was a shock to the system of quite a few of my partners. Most have not considered that there is a huge difference between Blessings and Miracles, and few still, knew that Blessings are God's preferred and original intention towards us. I would not be surprised if you do not agree with me in all things. I appreciate that most of the things we discuss in God's Pill are counter culture, although that it is not the intention. My foremost desire is to get you thinking, have a reason for what you believe, don't just go with the flow, (even a dead  fish can float down stream, it takes a live fish to swim up stream). Be a 'Thinking Christian', challenge the norm.

The purpose of Temperature and Pulse check is to monitor the individual's vital signs with respect to what we have learned in the series.

As always the questions look at the key points and serves as reminders, they even encourage you to take a second look at the capsules.

Blessings and Miracles: Definition and Difference 

1. Give a working definition of Blessings and Miracles? (Capsule 25) 
2. Which of the two came first? (Capsules 25, 26) 
3. What is the interplay between natural laws and Blessings? (Capsule 25) 
4. Give four differences between Blessings and Miracles? (Capsule 25-31) 
5. Explain Psalms 103:7 

Blessings and Miracles: The application 
1. With respect to Blessings, What are the basic difference between the Old and New Covenant? (Capsule 32)
2. Are Blessings spiritual or physical? (Capsule 32)
3. Discuss some of the things required to bring to manifestation our Blessings (Capsules 32-40)
4. Which is greater, Blessings or Curses?
5. How does bitterness stop the flow or manifestation of Blessings? (Capsules 38-39)
6. How does Luke 16:10, apply to our discussion?

Ps
We would start a new series from the next capsule. There are four areas that pertain to our salvation here on earth: Forgiveness of sin and freedom from its condemnation, Divine health and Healing, Freedom from demonic oppression and lastly, Material wealth or prosperity . Always keep these four areas in mind, they are the pillars that describes the Earthly aspect of our salvation.

Thank you for helping to spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 19 October 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 40

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : BE FAITHFUL IN LITTLE THINGS


“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Luke 16:10 KJV

This is the last capsule in this series, not that we do not have more to say, however it is important to keep your concentration and not drag things. In this capsule we would discuss the underpinning step to the previous ones. Because this step is often ignored, most people never really enjoy the benefits of all we have discussed so far. A quick recap of the series: Blessings and Miracles. Blessings form God's original and preferred option of dealing with us (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalms 103:7). Blessing is the spoken favour of God that makes the natural laws yield exponentially to our benefit. For the New Creation, we are not waiting to be blessed, we are already blessed. They are already encoded into our spiritual DNA, from 'ab iniitio', right from the second birth like it was for the first Adam (Genesis 1:26-28, 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, Ephesians 1:3). Blessings are spiritual, but we live in a physical world. So of necessity, that which is spiritual needs to be brought into the physical for it to benefit us. That is where the practical application comes into play (Ephesians 1:3, John 3:6)

The first step, is to be Committed to the truth that we are already blessed, and that the blessings are within you (1 Corinthians 3:21-22). The next step is to be able to draw them out into the physical by Faith (Philemon 1:6, Hebrews 4:2). Faith only takes hold of what you already know and believe is in you, that is why you must be committed to the truth that you are a New Creation, not a mere man. From healing to material prosperity or deliverance from demonic oppression, anything and everything that you will need is already in you as a 'seed blessing', faith will draw it out (Romans 8:11, Romans 10:6-10, 2 Peter 1:3-5). With all these been said, Bitterness, that comes from unforgiveness will defile you and rob you of the confidence based on love. Bitterness will scramble your spiritual antennae. God is faithful, when you ask He gives (2Corinthians 1:20, Matthew 7:7-8, 1John 5:14-15), but bitterness will stop you from receiving (Mark 11:24-25). Even though God loves unconditionally, where there is bitterness you will not have the tenderness of heart to love Him back (Galatians 5:6b).

The next step is aptly codified in a saying I came across several years ago, 'yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, it's a cinch'. Meaning you need to develop the spiritual habit of faithfulness in little things. Take healing for example, learn to bring your healing against headaches, flu, sore throats and any other common illness, so that when you are challenged by more dangerous diseases it would not take you by surprise. Nobody goes into the gym for the first time and tackle the fifty kilogram weight, we usually start with lesser weights. It is amazing how some live all their lives popping pills for every minor illness, then wake up one day to challenge diabetes, hypertension or even cancer. If you are are going to kill your Goliath, you must form the habit of defeating the bear and the lion (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Spiritual habits are not instinctive, they need to be learned. In Luke 16:10, Christ established this law. Learn to challenge the little things with what you've learned, don't go for the easy carnal option just because they are easily available, don't wait for something major before you put things into motion . Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh's baker and butler in the prison, when he had nothing at stake.(Genesis 40:12-19). This prepared him for Pharaoh's dream that would save the then known world. 1 Peter 2:24 is more than sufficient for common cold and cancer alike, the problem is never with the veracity of the word, the question is whether your heart is established in the truth by reason of use (Hebrew 5:12-14, Ephesians 3:20). Make a demand on the Blessings in you, your first instinct should not be to take a loan just because you can. Remember that God is able to make all grace abound towards you so that you have more than enough for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians4:19).

I am sure you now get the general picture. As previously discussed , every capsule is designed to be a pointer for what is possible and available. Nobody knows it all, certainly not me, I am still green and growing, I hope the same applies to you too. We are BLESSED beyond imagination and the possibilities are endless.


CONCLUSION
BE FAITHFUL IN THE LITTLE THINGS, IT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE BIG THINGS


Ps
We would consider the Temperature and Pulse check next. Till then keep shining and don't forget to spread the word through every means available to you, social media sites included.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 39

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION, DON'T HOLD GRUDGES

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”
Hebrews 12:15 KJV

For those joining us for the first time, this series is divided broadly into two sections. Capsules 25 to 31 focused on the difference between Blessings and Miracles. The purpose of this is to emphasis God's best for us as New Creations (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). From Capsule 32 we have been looking at the practical application. I honestly believe that if things discussed here are properly understood, it will take care of a lot of the 'Hocus, Pocus' introduced into Christianity by charlatans and exploiters.

Before we go any further in this capsule I would like to re-emphasis two points on Forgiveness/Bitterness. The first is that you benefit more when you forgive than the person being forgiven. It keeps your heart tender, free of the poison of bitterness that defiles. The second point is difficult for most people to grasp, 'Unforgiveness stops you from receiving what God has already given by grace', or putting it another way, 'Even though God has given by grace, unforgiveness/bitterness will not allow you to make the spiritual connection to receive (Hebrews 12:15, 2Corinthians 1:20). I pray God gives you understanding. I would like to end this capsule with two testimonies to show you what we have been discussing.

Every bible student knows the story of Joseph, how he was sold to slavery by his own brothers, thrown into the prison for doing the right thing and eventually ended up in the palace. In Genesis 45:1-5, we can see him comforting and expressing his forgiveness to his brothers. But the truth is that he had never been bitter towards them, in fact he had forgiven them long before then, there was no bitterness in him. He was not at any time praying the 'judgement of God' over them like some would teach. For example, in Genesis 40:6-7, Joseph was shocked that Pharaoh's Baker and Wine carrier were sad (remember they were in prison). For Joseph there was no reason to be sad or bitter even in prison. He lived without bitterness, so it was just a matter of time before the blessings manifested in his life.

As a young Christian, a great man of God who was also into manufacturing taught me a lesson along this line. There was a time his business was experiencing great difficulties. At this same time, there was a rift between a long time friend and himself. All his attempts at reconciliation failed. For sometime he felt bitter by the whole affair, however the Lord impressed on him to go and see this guy one more time and let go of any bitterness. To cut a long story short, despite this attempt his friend remained recalcitrant. But as he was about to leave, he met somebody who had been looking for him for some time to sign a contract that would rescue his failing business. As he was putting pen to paper that same day, and collecting the first cheque, the man across the table said he had planned to give the contact to an alternative provider at the end of that day. All of a sudden, it all made sense. All the while God had answered his prayer, he just did not receive because of the bitterness. This is true for every aspect of our Christian life, it does not matter whether it's healing, material wealth or freedom from demonic oppression. The blessings are already in you, all we need to do is release them (Ephesians chapter one)


CONCLUSION
A BLESSED MAN HAS GOT NO REASONS TO BE BITTER

PS
We are almost at the end of this series, I am particularly encouraged by the testimonies of changed lives and answered prayers that I have received, I am grateful to God.
Don't stop shinning, spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites, together we would heal the world, in Jesus name


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 38

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES : THE APPLICATION, DON'T HOLD GRUDGES

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32 KJV

In the last capsule we started the discussion on the place of genuine Forgiveness and reconciliation in manifestation of the Blessings that are already in us. It does not matter whether you are the offender or the offended (Romans 12:18). In Matthew 15:23-24 and Mark 11:25 we also found out that it has an impact on our ability to receive what we ask in prayer or it could act as a hindrance to our ability to receive (It is important that we know why this is so). In reality, I do not believe that it stops God from giving as it is often taught (remember 'all the promises of God in Christ, are yes and amen', 2 Corinthians 1:20). The problem is that, it stops you from receiving, even when the answer to your prayer has been released! This difference is confusing to most people, and I will confess it took me a long time to grasp this dynamics.

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
Hebrews 12:15 KJV

The positive effect of forgiveness is actually more beneficial to you than to the person being forgiven, that is why it has to be genuine, otherwise the impact is lost. Unforgiveness if allowed to stand, becomes deep seated and then leads to bitterness, that is the real problem. Hebrews 12:15, (my paraphrase), 'you should watch out, so that none fail to receive the provisions of grace (blessings). How? By allowing bitterness to take root and defile you'. To defile means to pollute or make unfit for purpose or damage.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV (context Philippians 4:4-8)

Bitterness makes you spiritually dull, it pollutes your spiritual antenna. It clogs your mind with distraction making it difficult for you to concentrate on the divine. It is a demonstration of tenderness of the heart (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13). Philippians 4:4-8, is a scriptural guide to receiving answers to your prayer. Verses 4-7 is anchored on verse 8, that is keeping your thoughts pure and positive. Bitterness will defile your thoughts, making sure it negates the articles listed in verse 8. The resultant effect is that even though God has released, you are not able to receive because, Galatians 5:6b, '......Faith works through Love'.

Once you understand this dynamics it gives you a positive reason to forgive even when it is undeserved (Ephesians 4:32). Your motivation is to keep your heart tender, and remain spiritually sensitive, and be able to manifest these blessings. In the next capsule I will wrap up this discussion on forgiveness and show you how to set it in motion.


CONCLUSION
KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL ANTENNAE CLEAN AND SENSITIVE< HOLD NO GRUDGES

PS
Remember to link MinDGyM to your social media sites.,

'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 37

BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES: THE APPLICATION, DON'T HOLD GRUDGES

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
  Romans 12:18 KJV

The purpose of discussing the application in this series is to ensure that we give expression to the Blessings that are already in us. Things must be made to flow from the spiritual into the physical. We have discussed the place of commitment and faith in the previous capsules. These two are to certain extent obvious, however they are not the only important steps. If you are to do well, you must avoid Holding Grudges. Romans 12:18, says as much as it depends on you, you should live in peace with all men. The dynamics is simple, when you live in a community there will always be reasons to disagree, so we need to provide room for genuine forgiveness and reconciliation (Luke 17:1). Most of the time we judge others by their actions, but we want them to judge us by our motives. That is an unbalanced scale.

“And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” Luke 17:4-5 KJV

In Luke Chapter 17, Christ told His disciples that there are no limits to the number of times we should forgive (brother here actually means those you interact with). The reaction of the disciples is instructive; they asked for help in the area of faith. Note two things from their response, firstly, the process of forgiveness might be simple, but not necessarily easy. The second point is that forgiveness is an act of faith, it is supernatural. In fact it will test and stretch your faith.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 KJV

In Mark 11:20-24, we are taught how to pray to remove any hindrance using our faith. In verse 25 there is a cautionary note on forgiveness. Let me put it another way, expression of faith demands the ability to forgive. That verse starts with 'and', meaning in addition to the above. There is good reason for this, which we would consider later.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift" Matthew 5:23-24 KJV

In Mark 11:25, when you are the offended, you should seek reconciliation. Mathew 5:23-24 (the passage above), demands you should do the same if you are the offender. On both occasions the onus is on you to seek reconciliation, not your brother (Romans 12:18). It's interesting to note that in both instances forgiveness is linked to prayer. Don't forget that the discussion is on the process of bringing the Blessings that are already in us into physical manifestation.

Before we close this capsule, the question always arise, 'what if the other party declines your offer of reconciliation despite all your attempts?'. Matthew 18:15-17, gives a step by step guide for genuine reconciliation in such cases. Romans 12:18, says 'If it be possible, as much as it depends on you.....' God has made adequate provision for such instances, so that we would not be under self condemnation when the other party in determined to pursue a negative line.

In the next capsule we would consider why there is so much emphasis on our capacity to forgive.


CONCLUSION
FORGIVENESS IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR OFFENCES

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, 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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