Wednesday, 31 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 21

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD, THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


CONCLUSION

ALWAYS REMIND YOURSELF OF THE GRACE AND LOVE


Ps
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 20

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 19

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

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

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



Part One

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

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

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


 Part 2

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

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

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

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

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


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


Ps
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 18

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE, LOVE, AND FELLOWSHIP

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


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




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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




'Femi Idowu
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