Wednesday, 4 January 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 1

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9:4 KJV

Happy New Year! If you recall, in the first capsule of 2016, I said that at the end of the year, we would have spiritually made so much progress if we remain steadfast, unmovable and abound in the work of God (1 Corinthians 15:58).
It was not a prophecy, it came with certainty of the Gospel (Good news). But wait, there is much more this year, much more! We would do greater things together this year so don't be distracted by the temporal things. Before we start the first series this year we need a DETOX capsule to cleanse our system, something to do a power flush, so that the system works efficiently and effectively.

Two things usually characterise this season (the end and beginning of the year) in any Christian group both small and large . The first is the Prophetic Word with respect to the New Year. This generally speaks positive messages of hope, backed by appropriate scriptures. Although they might come in different flavours, they all without exception are meant to edify and encourage. I sincerely believe that these reflect the heart of God, and they are true. God is LOVE, we are His children, so that is what we should expect, for me that is a 'no brainer' (James 1:17, Jeremiah 29:11, 3 John 1:2). The second thing, is a genuine desire to get close to God and know Him better. Hence, most of us start different bible reading plans, subscribe to bible devotionals, invest in Christian books, take up membership of different prayer/bible study groups and many other laudable endeavours. This also should and must be encouraged. However what is most important is for you at the end of each year to be able to take stock and assess progress made. This year for each and everyone of my partner I expect an explosion in your spiritual knowledge and capacity. This is not a prophecy, it is based on the certainty of the Gospel (Good news of the completed work of Christ). I have two keys to share that will help unlock the reward for your efforts in this capsule.

Don't be an Echo:

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts‬ ‭17:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The first thing is that 'you must know what you think you know'. In Acts 17:11-12, the scriptures described a unique set of people called the Berean Christians. Of all the groups Paul taught, what set them apart was that they received the teachings of Paul with an open mind. But more importantly they spent time to verify that the teachings were true. They were not concerned about the charisma, eloquence or oratory of Paul. Their sole interest was to find out whether it was the TRUTH. Verse 12, says they BELIEVED after they have verified these teachings as true. Notice that THEY were the ones who took the time and effort to 'search the scriptures daily'. This is huge! It always amazes me when I hear Christians say or do things that has no basis in scripture. What is more amazing is when you ask them why, and they cannot explain. They are like echoes, stuck in repeat mode. When you do what the Bereans did, few things happen. The first is that you are able to remove the wheat from the chaff and confirm the true heart of God (1 Thessalonians 5:21). That is why I implore, challenge and encourage MinDGyM partners to spend time and check the bible references we provide, there is no short cut (No man is infallible).
The second reason is that, you cannot live on another man's revelation, you need to meditate on it until it becomes your own! I have benefited immensely from different people and will continue to do so, but before I repeat something, it would have become a revealed knowledge to me.
Thirdly, Faith only flows when there is revealed knowledge or you can only exercise faith for what you KNOW (that is, what you have an intimate knowledge of), not what you know about . There is more to say but these will suffice for now.

What you do with what you KNOW:

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:” James‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭KJV

I concluded the last capsule for 2016, by saying 'You don't have to know everything, all you need is the knowledge of the TRUTH '. Allow me to go a step further by saying 'what you know matter, but what you do with what you know matters more'. In fact you are not sure of what you think you know until you can put it into practice and get the desired result, that is the litmus test. James 1:22 says if you fail to do what you know, the only person you are deceiving or cheating is yourself. But nobody really sets out to deceive his or herself, it happens by default .

The first and possibly the main reason this happens, is the fear of failure. How then do you know it works if you don't put it to practice? I see people quote the healing scriptures, but quick to take medication at the slightest headache or sniffle, then one day try to exercise their faith for diabetes or cancer and wonder why they are not getting results. Put what you have found to be true to use even in the small things, the results you get will qualify you for more. Let me be clear, it does not matter with God whether it is cough or cancer, the same sacrifice paid for all. The difference maker is your lack of spiritual capacity, if you have not exercised yourself in the little things (Jeremiah 12:5, 1 Samuel 17:34-37). Moreover, what is the purpose of God showing the big things when you have not put the small things to practice? The second reason, is what I call 'lack of joined up thinking'. With most, it's as if they cannot make the necessary connections in the word of God, they cannot see the practical application, there is an invisible compartmentalisation in their thinking, everything is muddled and not in the right order (I will explain this further when we start the series for the next capsule).

This year be determined not to take anything at face value, don't just accept it as the TRUTH until you have found it to be so. Don't get caught up in the hype, the noise and fashion, find out first. When you have done this, begin to apply it even in the very little things, don't wait for the perfect opportunity. Lastly, don't be perturbed when it 'appears' not to work, you can always ask the Holy Spirit why ?(John 14:26, John 16:12-15, Matthew 17:19).


CONCLUSION

BE SURE OF WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW, THEN DO IT


Ps
We would start a series on healing in the next capsule, it is so simple, you will ask yourself why you never thought of things that way. That is the purpose of God's Pill 'small enough to swallow, easily digestible to release all its goodness.

As always link this to your social media sites and encourage your friends to do the same, let's fill this Jerusalem with the doctrines of Christ.


Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk