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
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