Month: March 2016

Part 5 (5 Part Series) – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose; Oneness with the Father

Jesus, One with Father- Part 5: Emmanuel “God with us”

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“Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 KJV)

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – RECONCILIATION OF MANKIND WITH GOD.

It was God’s love and concern for mankind which compelled Him to send Jesus, who is a revelation of “God with us”, Emmanuel. Jesus is the one who makes people holy through his suffering and death. He became one with or the “brother of” those who were bring sanctified by him. Jesus became like his brethren in his role as a merciful and faithful high priest able to help those tempted and make it possible for them to be reconciled with God.

“Jesus, who makes people holy, and all those who are made holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus isn’t ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil). In this way he would free those who were slaves all their lives because they were afraid of dying.   So Jesus helps Abraham’s descendants rather than helping angels. Therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters so that he could be merciful. He became like them so that he could serve as a faithful chief priest in God’s presence and make peace with God for their sins. Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.” (Heb.2:11, 14-18 NOG)

The Apostle John stated it simply as “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NOG)

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – A REVELATION THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT.

1God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;3[Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.4[There is] a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High.5God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early.”
(Psalm 46:1-5 KJV)

Jesus prayed for the Father to send his disciples (John 14:16) the Holy Spirit, who is depicted in New Testament scripture as living waters. Many including myself have a revelation of the “river” in Psalm 46 as the Holy Spirit. The “river, the streams whereof shall make glad” the people of God, who are His dwelling or “city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High” (KJV). The New Living translation of the bible states that the river “brings joy to the city of God”.

When one has the joy of the LORD, one has the life of God because His joy is an outflow of His life imparted to anyone who belongs to Him so that they can live and labour for Him.

God is with us through Christ. He is our refuge. Despite the rage of heathens and kingdoms against God’s people some of which are happening today, God always speaks into such situations and gives us peace or stillness in our hearts regardless of the situation (Ps.46:6-11 KJV). Nehemiah who was faced with continues intimidation and provocation from those opposing the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem was able to use words such as “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10) when addressing the people. When we read the account of the opposition Nehemiah went through, we can see that if but for the strength of God enabling him to administer wisdom and stay bold he would have easily backed down.

What “earthquakes” or shaking “mountains” are you experiencing in your life today? Let the joy of the Lord, from the River of Life be your strength. Stay in fellowship with God in the Spirit.

Jesus was the giver of life which includes joy in his ministry on earth and was determined to continue doing so as a Comforter or parent even after his ascension this is why he

1.Asked Father to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18 NIV)

2.Told His disciples to remain in His love (which is abiding in the life of God) and the way to do so is by obeying His command. This is how to have the joy of the LORD within.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11 NIV)

Jesus also said to his disciples
1.“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63 NLT).

This is why we must let the Word of God dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16). Living a Christ centered life means that the Word of God, the Bible is where we turn to for wisdom and how to live holy lives.

The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Prophecy”. He knows the mind and will of God and imparts it to us (1 Corinth 2) and also testified of Jesus, reminding us of his spoken words or teachings (Rev 19:10/John 14:25-26)

2.“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10 KJV).

Through Christ therefore, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…”  (Ps. 46:1-2) whatever the thief (Satan and his agents) comes to do. 

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – UNITY OF BELIEVERS  

One of Jesus’ missions which is to unite believers in him is the subject of his intercessory prayer to God on their behalf. The purpose of their unity is expressed in Jesus’ prayer (John 17:21):   I won’t be in the world much longer, but they are in the world, and I’m coming back to you. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name that you gave me, so that their unity may be like ours…I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me. (John 17:11, 21)

To conclude, let us give thanks and praise to God our Father that because He came in the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we have His abundant and eternal life. The coming of the Holy Spirit, the River of Life, to indwell believers in Christ on the day of Pentecost and thereafter is as though Jesus never left the earth. Through the Holy Spirit therefore, Jesus’ life as Emmanuel or “God with us” during his public ministry until his death, burial and resurrection still continues to this day and will continue until His Second Coming.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, be reminded that the Holy Spirit indwelling you means that God is with you. As part of the Body of Christ world wide “the City of God” a people with God in them, living lives together in christlikeness, you are called in unity with others and individually to be a testimony of the goodness of God or the blessings of the kingdom; “Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17 NIV).

We who believe are assured a place in paradise at the end of the age, meanwhile, may we obey Jesus’ new commandment:

Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. …34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:33-35 NLT)

 It is therefore worth keeping in mind the fact that it is not merely being a part of the Body of Christ or the Church that testifies that God is with us, but the act of unity and love for one another regardless of gender, race, nationality or social class status. This will prove to the world that we are indeed children of God and that indeed God is with and in us.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 15/12/2015

(posted on 15/12/2015 and 28/03/2016)

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Obedience: A key to being a true witness – to display God’s “wisdom & intelligence”

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Deut. 4:6

Something to grasp a hold of today; to be a true witness of God, it suffices to obey the commandments of God. When we obey God we display His “wisdom and intelligence” in all we do.

This is because we are bearing witness to who God is; His laws or doctrines confirm His  nature or attributes. When we obey God we are transformed so that our mindset, attitudes, and actions glorify God.

Moses said Israel would display their “wisdom and intelligence” (Deut. 4:6 NLT)  among the surrounding nations if they obeyed God’s commands just before they crossed into the promised land. Moses said the people who hear about Israel’s decrees will exclaim ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ (Deut.4:6 NLT).

Obedience to God by His people therefore makes a way for His “wisdom and intelligence” to be displayed through them and the world inevitably takes notice.

When we obey God, the words of our mouth also give Him glory because we seek to please Him in not only what we do but what we say.

Jesus glorified God not only by his actions but with his words. He was a true witness because he knew his purpose. How well do we know our purpose?

When Jesus spoke to the crowd and in the synagogues many were astonished at what he said, they said “he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29 KJV) also after he read from Isaiah 61, “they wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”.(Luke 4:22 KJV)

Jesus said that he only did what he saw the Father doing (John 5:19) and said only what the Father told him to say (John 12:49).

Jesus’ manner of teaching which was bold, as one with authority and with gracious words in the face of adversity reveal that he was an unrelenting prophetic channel of God for the fulfilment of God’s plans and purposes. Do we take a radical fearless stand against any attempts to derail us from our God given mission as Jesus did?

As Jesus, who made it possible for us, we are called to display the wisdom and intelligence of God in what we say and do because we have access to God directly and through His Word. We therefore know our calling as believers in Christ. Living as a witness for God through Christ should therefore be seen as a gift and a privilege because it is a product of the gift of salvation.

Exercising our authority over demonic control and possession, sickness and oppression as well as preaching, teaching and speaking boldly for Christ are all ways in which we are privileged to witness for Christ, do the works of Jesus and even greater works. Whatever we may call it, the truth of the matter is that we are individually playing our part in displaying the “wisdom and intelligence” of God as labourers of Christ in his harvest field.

Let us therefore remain obedient so as to continue being harvesters as well as making the fields all over the world ever ready for harvest.

In addition, let us also obey this call  to prayer: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”(Luke 10:2 NLT)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 25/03/2016

Part 4 of 5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose; Oneness with the Father

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Jesus, one with Father – Part 4: El Elyon, Most High God & Elohim, God “Builder of all things”

As I read the biblical book of Hebrews chapters 1-3, I noted the revelation of Jesus as El Elyon, (creator, possessor of the whole universe, the Most High God) was evident through the writer’s account. I could also see him as Elohim, the (God;”builder of all things”). I have written a discourse in this regard below incorporating other scriptures to affirm points I make, but Hebrews chapters 1 to 3 are the key scriptures.

A. EL ELYON (CREATOR, POSSESSOR OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE, MOST HIGH GOD)

1. Jesus and God are one;

“His Son is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of God’s being. He holds everything together through his powerful words. After he had cleansed people from their sins, he received the highest position, the one next to the Father in heaven.” (Heb.1:3 NOG)

In Hebrews Chapter one, God referred to Jesus as himself (Heb. 1:8) and also in another sentence as belonging to Him (Heb.1:9).

8 But God said about his Son, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter in your kingdom is a scepter for justice. 9 You have loved what is right and hated what is wrong. That is why God, your God, anointed you, rather than your companions, with the oil of joy.” (Heb. 8-9 NOG)

The above confirms what Jesus spoke about his deity, that
-Jesus and God are one (John 10:30)
-if his disciples have known & seen him, then this means they have known and seen the Father (John 14:7,9).

Paul said of Jesus “…God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity…
(2 Corinthians 5:19 NOG).

2. Jesus’s Character and what he does is descriptive of God’s character and what He does: Jesus’s character as one who loves righteousness and hates sin or iniquity is descriptive of that of God. (Heb.1:9)

3. In Hebrews chapters one and two, we read about the author of Hebrews reference to Jesus as creator and saviour in a manner that brings to mind the names of God; Adonai ( the Sovereign God of all) & El Elyon (Most high God, creator, Possessor of the whole universe):

God also said “Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth. With your own hands you made the heavens.(Heb.1:10 NOG)

“10 God is the one for whom and through whom everything exists. Therefore, while God was bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was the right time to bring Jesus, the source of their salvation, to the end of his work through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10 NOG)

The scriptures in Hebrews particularly Hebrews 1:3 and 2:10 resonate what is written in many biblical verses identifying Jesus as God, the creator, Saviour who manifests His presence and glory as the Light of the world to overcome a dark evil world.

Christ Jesus is God “Incarnate”, meaning that as the Son of God, Jesus took on bodily form but he did not stop being deity (John 1:1,14). He said of himself “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of the things I do. (John 14:11 NOG)

Other scriptures are as follows;

“The earth and everything it contains are God’s. The world and all who live in it are his. (Psalm 24:1 NOG)

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark.” (John 8:12 NOG)

“1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. 5 The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.” (John 1:1-5 NOG)

Jesus said of himself “All of God lives in Christ’s body, and God has made you complete in Christ. Christ is in charge of every ruler and authority.” (Col. 2:9-10 NOG)

B.ELOHIM (GOD; “THE BUILDER OF ALL THINGS)”

“Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Jesus, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God’s house. Jesus deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house. “ (Heb. 3:1-3 NOG)

Moses was faithful “ when he served in God’s house…” and “Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him” however “Jesus deserves more praise than Moses “ as he is the builder of the house of which Moses and his people are a part. (Heb.3:1-3). Jesus is the builder of the kingdom of God or the Church “House” because He is God.

“After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God.Moses was a faithful servant in God’s household. He told the people what God would say in the future. But Christ is a faithful son in charge of God’s household. We are his household if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.” (Heb. 3:4-6)

What should one do to belong to the House of Jesus, or God. vs 6 “if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.”

What does this mean? We are encouraged to
1. Be steadfast in faith or confidence as well as proud in having Jesus as our Lord and saviour.

2. Not live in unbelief which bears the fruit of disobedience or rebellion;
But rather to obey God’s voice so as to enter into His rest which is His plan for all believers.

Most of the Israelites who had left Egypt did not enter the promised land, but rather died in the wilderness because they hardened their hearts in unbelief and therefore disobeyed God (Heb. 3:15-19 ). We are advised that if we hear God’s voice, unlike these Israelites, we must not harden our hearts and rebel but rather we should receive His words with faith (Heb.3:7-11).

It is faith that compels us to obey. It is evident that God’s rest is not just about having His peace or a trouble free life but it is about allowing Him to guide us in our “wilderness” life-paths so as to “enter Canaan” or receive His promises.

My sincere prayer is that these Devotionals on Jesus’ oneness with Father God will enrich your Christian faith. Also that it would whet your appetite for further revelation and insight into the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as you abide in him and seek to know him more and more.

“7However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.8Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ. 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

“that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; 11if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:7-12 WEB)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 14/12/2015

(posted on 14/12/2015 & 24/03/2016)

PLAIN SPEAKING II: Gotcha! Traits of the Enemy within; Self Idolater, Idolater & Self-Dependent

 

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“23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.”
(James 1:23-24 NLT)

Ever get strong negative reactions to unfulfilled expectations of others? willingness to self examine or point the finger inwards to self, may result in surprising, but redemptive results as I personally discovered.

Caution: This is likely to convict, challenge or cause you to break out in sweat!!

Have you ever reacted furiously or angrily when people have not fulfilled your expectations of them. I have a few times and the last time, the Lord ministered to me profoundly in a manner for which I am eternally grateful. You see, if you regularly react furiously or angrily when people do not fulfill your expectations of them, then it is time to sit back and think: why do I often have these emotions well up in me, what is wrong with me? It is as if there is a persona foreign to you within who is triggered negatively when your expectations are not met.

There could be many reasons why you behave in this manner, one being that these people have always given you the impression that they want to meet your needs and another one is that you have a subconscious deep-set belief that they are the gender who have to do this or that particular thing so that if they do not, you become like the untamed devouring Rottweiler in your thoughts and woe be to them if those thoughts translate into action!

Whatever you think that they owe you or humanity that propels you to want them to meet these expectations, the basic truth is that they owe you or humanity nothing at all. Anyone who is in Christ should know that it is against the will of God to impose unreasonable expectations on others, but we at times fall short of this truth. Spouses have certain expectations of one another which we all understand are normal and it is normal to have some expectations of immediate family members, close friends, a courting partner and work colleagues. Expectations of one another are the essence of relationships and parties in contractual agreements.

However if even in those relationships as in our casual ones there are recurring feelings of anger or contention when we feel let down, rather than always pointing of the finger outwards and blaming others, as Christians if we honestly point the finger towards ourselves for a change, we will be surprised but relieved at what we will discover. The problem may not be from the other person at all or not entirely, as the saying goes “there is no smoke without fire”.

If we choose to humble ourselves by examining our hearts before the LORD, God’s grace will abound for His grace responds to our humility. God’s grace results in the conviction of the Holy Spirit which we are ready to receive when we set out pointing the finger inward. It is not a deliberate attempt to blame ourselves for such things, it is simply a self examination exercise which is good for the soul. In this place, we are enlightened to the hidden and presumptuous sins that only God can reveal to us when we seek him sincerely.

David who became the king of Israel engaged in the self examination exercise regularly if not he would not have prayed as follows: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:12-14)

If we are honest with ourselves we can easily be honest before God in prayer and therefore receive answers to our prayers. In my personal situation, during worship in church a couple of days after the incident happened, I was thinking “although I thought what I expected was reasonable, perhaps my reactions over the course of time meant I did not handle the person’s failure to comply very well”. I then sensed strongly the LORD was saying the following in response “actually Deborah, your emotional reaction and at times your utterances in this incident and similar ones in the past reveal
1. Self-idolatry (Controlling)
2. Idolatry
3. Self dependence

It was like a great knock on my head to hear that. Initially I was shocked and wondered whether it was God speaking to me. But I knew deep within that those words were true. In relation to that particular incident and similar ones in the past, the LORD began to give me further insight then and some time after church how these three flawed characteristics can manifest in a Christian’s life to varying degrees.

1. Self-idolatry (Controlling)
I sensed the LORD saying “You were not vocalising it plainly to others but the message your unreasonable emotional reactions conveyed is the following in words “each time I desire something and ask you, I want you to comply or do as I say. If you do not then I will not be happy with you and it will adversely affect my relationship with you”. Although you don’t realise it consciously, you are seeking to be elevated and therefore worshipped. You say you worship me, but in that situation, you are seeking others to ascribe worship to you!

The LORD showed me that in such situations, “most people at the receiving end (victims) react by either
a) becoming fearful and do what you want so as to live in peace with you or appease you to make you happy.
b) doing as you request but increasingly resent you with every fibre of their being because they discern that their obedience to your will is the only way they can receive your approval or live in peace with you.
c) shunning you permanently because they immediately become offended and want nothing to do with you.”

2. Idolatry
I sensed the following explanation from the LORD “This is when you have expectations of people and they do not fulfill them, and you find that your reactions are recurrently rage-filled or filled with disappointment. Your reactions reveal a deep-set feeling of being let down and even rejected so that you decide to have nothing to do with them. Such a reaction means that you place unreasonably great weight on their response as if your life depends on it. You make those people idols as well as whatever it is they failed to do”.

3.Self dependent “I always want my own way” syndrome
The tendency to be a self idolater /controller of people and situations as well an idolater in varying degrees even as a Christian, is basically a product of the fundamental “I always want my way” syndrome of the adamic sin or carnal nature. A truly committed or born again Christian does not deliberately scheme to act in any of these ways, but while they are being perfected in the sanctification process of gracious Father God, the old nature under the control of Satan (formerly called Lucifer) at times manifests. The source of this “I always want my own way” syndrome is Satan.This is why it is important to have a lifestyle of self examination as King David so as to honestly acknowledge one’s sins and seek God for cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

A key scripture which expresses God’s desire that we refrain from being self dependent and rather to depend on him always is Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV):
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

After God rebuked me and got me thinking about all the aforementioned, there was no sense of condemnation but I felt convicted by the Holy Spirit and a profound feeling of being loved by Father to the extent that he would not only highlight the sinful nature that was so hidden, but he would include some teaching as well. He revealed to redeem and I accepted what he showed me about my sinful nature which led me to ask for forgiveness. Together we had nipped that flaw in my nature in the bud and I had received much teaching as well!

I am currently very conscious that no one has to do what I require of them even if they promise me they will. If they do not meet my expectations and disappoint me, I have developed the fruit of self control in relation to my emotions, rather than let my emotions run wild and let my mouth be an outlet of ungodly expression, I have learnt to quickly vocalise to myself the decision I choose to take which is to forgive them. I then quickly ask the Lord to heal my emotions from the disappointment or any anguish caused.

Doing this quickly really helps to prevent a welling up in me of negative emotions; exaggerated, violent reactions often have little to do with the situation in hand but more to do with unresolved past similar offenses, the emotions of which are triggered by the similar situation in hand. When we know our weaknesses, we must choose to partner with God in the right way to be free from temptation to sin so that we remain overcomers in Christ (Romans 8:37). I am not yet perfected, but I am getting there with God’s daily help.

When we study the life of King David, we note that he had cultivated the lifestyle of sustaining intimacy with God. Being quick to ensure his heart condition was right before God was key to his success at remaining the Apple of God’s eye. He was quick to forgive (i.e. Saul) and quick to repent, for instance in relation to his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband (Psalm 51).

Exposure of sin is lethal to satan’s kingdom only if the redeemed respond in the right manner because they are cleansed from all unrighteousness connected with that sin so that satan no longer has a foothold in their lives.

Following that incident which brought about this ministration, I recalled how I used to regularly and fervently pray for God to renew my mind (Romans 12:1-3) and also for the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), and for my heart issues but then I grew complacent and only did so very sparingly, while I prayed often for other things in my life and for others. I praise God that He used that incident to remind me that one of the worst things a Christian can do is to stop praying regularly and fervently for protection of their heart, renewal of mind, fruit of the Spirit and Spiritual gifts as well as what they are struggling with.We must not take God’s grace and protection for granted, Satan as a devouring lion does us no favours and is always ready to pounce at every given opportunity!

Thank you LORD that you reveal to redeem!

“Plain Speaking & Counsel” Series : Blunt, to the point narrative (not mincing words so to speak!) & counsel relating to a moral matter or subject requiring our attention as children of God. Click for
PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL I : The question of failures/affliction – is it always the fault of the devil, me or both?
PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL II: The question of friendships; Acquaintance, close/inner circle friend or none of the above!

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 19/03/2016

Part 3 of 5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose; Oneness with the Father

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Jesus, One with Father- Part 3: The Bread of Life, Jehovah Jireh

Is there something you lack? I have a message for you today, while you may not have everything you want our Heavenly Father gives you all that you need. What you need is necessary for your survival or can determine whether you will live or die whereas what you want is not necessarily a priority or a matter of life or death. God is more concerned about giving you all that you need as a priority than what you want. Our God is Jehovah Jireh, the only one who can provide you with what you need and in this context I will emphasis on God as a giver of provision, Jehovah Jireh in the Old and New Testament.

Abraham was obedient to God when God told him to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22). He started preparing to kill Isaac and had the fire and wood ready, he bound up Isaac and placed him on the altar. Just before he used the knife on his son, God gave him a ram as a substitute. Abraham called that place “The LORD will provide..and to this day it is said ‘on the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’ (Gen. 22:14 NIV).

God’s instruction was just a test (Gen. 22:1) which Abraham passed “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.” (Gen. 22:12 KJV)

Can we honestly say that we live a life as Abraham did understanding the ways of God to the point that when we are in the midst of a crisis in which God requires us to sacrifice something we really love:

1.We call the act of sacrifice worship? Abraham told his servants to wait for him and Isaac while they went up the mountain to worship the Lord (Gen. 22:5).

2. Follow through with sacrificing what we feel God is calling us to however hard it is knowing that God has a glorious plan through it?

Did Abraham discern this command to kill his son was a test and so was determined to pass it by following through with the process of starting a fire and then raising his knife to kill Isaac?

I believe so. Abraham had so much faith in God supernaturally intervening in this act of “worship” he even told the servants “we will come back to you” (Gen. 22:5) note the “we” not “I”.

As Abraham may we always be on the “mountain of the Lord”, that place of intimacy with Him such that everything we do in obedience to Him is an act of worship unto Him.

May we also have the following attitude: if whatever I give up is returned to me by the Lord then “praise the Lord”, if it is not then I still say “praise the Lord”, for God is in absolute control and knows what I need and what is best for me for the fulfillment of His plans and purposes for my life.

There are spiritual and natural blessings and rewards God will release only after we have proved ourselves to be obedient to His commands.

Jehovah Jireh provides us with what we need. God provided Isaac to Abraham as a means to ensure His promise to Abraham to make him a father of many nations or a means through whom nations will be blessed would come to pass.

Isaac was the promised son given to the world from God through Abraham. Likewise Jesus is the promised son given to the world from God through Abraham’s descendants Mary and Joseph, specifically the God chosen royal lineage of David which Joseph is a descendant of.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God was grieved that His most favoured creation, created for fellowship with Him would desert Him through disobedience.

God our merciful Father, even when He pronounced punishment on Adam and Eve for their disobedience to Him (read Genesis 3) also pronounced a means of escape. This means of escape was Jesus Christ, God called him (Genesis 3:15) the “seed of the woman” that will crush the head of the serpent (Satan).

Here we see that at the beginning when all things were created the seed of the woman, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is spoken of as being already victorious in spiritual warfare for the sake of mankind. He was destined to arise on earth to overcome or defeat anything birthed by Satan.

Let us meditate on the following: Jesus is written of as being the Word who was in existence and with God “in the beginning” of creation and came to dwell among men on earth (John 1:1-14). By and for him things were created and “he is before all things” (Col. 1:16/17). Another evidence that Jesus existed before the foundations of the earth was that he was the Lamb that was slain by whose blood the heavenly warriors in God’s camp (Michael and the Angels) overcame Lucifer the fallen angel and his hordes (Rev 12:11).

Jesus Christ the Messiah is the provision descendants of Adam and Eve need to make peace with God through reconciliation to a place of fellowship with Him. This is why Jehovah Jireh who knows and desires to meet the needs of His beloved creation sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of the world (John 3:16).

JESUS WAS BROKEN FOR MANY, SO WE WOULD LIKEWISE BE BROKEN FOR MANY.

Jesus told the men who were seeking him (John 6:24-29) after he performed the miracle of multiplication of loaves and fishes not to labour for “meat” that perishes but for the meat that endures unto eternal life which he, Christ would give them.

He was speaking this way because he knew their motives, they were not seeking him because of the miracles of God, but because of the food he gave them to eat. Jesus however wanted them to understand the futility of life without God; He is the provision “meat” they needed for eternal life or their salvation. In order to do the works of God they needed to believe in him whom God sent.

That we will always say and be instruments of God to lead others to say what the crowd replied “Lord always give us this bread” (John 6:34 KJV).

Jesus said that Manna, the food God gave to the Israelites when they were in the wilderness was not the true bread from heaven, but he, Jesus is because  he is the bread of God that came down to give life to the world (John 6:32-33)
Jesus also said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35 KJV)

When an individual accepts Jesus Christ the “Bread of Life” as Lord and Saviour, God’s predestined plan for their lives as an instrument to bring eternal and abundant life (John 10:10/11:25) of God to multitudes is made possible. This plan is their Abrahamic inheritance because as a believer in Jesus Christ, they are called to be a blessing to nations.
“And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:29 KJV)

GOD IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST: JEHOVAH JIREH IS THE BREAD OF LIFE

Brothers and sisters, here is the great mystery and cause for us who believe in Jesus Christ as our precious Lord and Saviour to rejoice, that God himself came as our much needed provision in the person of Jesus Christ!

While Isaac and Jesus Christ were both given by God and for the purpose of mankind’s need for redemption, Isaac was a human being called and chosen by God, while Jesus Christ was God himself.

Yes Jehovah Jireh gave Himself as the ultimate and once and for all sacrifice for the sins of mankind when He came to earth as the sacrificial lamb (Rev 12:11) or “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15). The provider became the provision or means for redemption.

He who had no sin became a curse or a sin for sinful man. (2 Corinth. 5:21)

Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person (Heb 1:3 KJV).

God was in Christ reconciling the world back to himself (2 Corinth. 5:19).

The angel’s announcement to Mary as to how Jesus would be conceived, by the Holy Spirit (who is God) overshadowing her, affirms who Jesus was
“35…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35KJV)

Let us always have at the forefront of our minds, the true nature of Jesus Christ, not only as the Son of Man or “child” “born into us” but also as the Son of God given unto us (Is. 9:6) “Given” because he existed before creation and is God Himself. God came down Himself as a Man of War for the sake of inhabitants on the earth warned by Michael and the Angels following their Victorious warfare in heaven when Satan and the other fallen angels were cast down to earth (Rev. 12:11-13).

We can rest assured therefore that as they overcame in heaven by the blood of the Lamb and their testimony, so too every believer in Jesus Christ who resolves to live a life of obedience and trust in God will overcome.

We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 13/12/2015

(posted on 13/12/2015 & 16/03/2016)

FEAR – A form of WORSHIP!

 

“Fear of someone /something is a form of worship whatever you fear it means you give it a high place in your life and this is contrary to the Word of God” Prophetess Isabel Allum

I never thought about fear in this way until after I heard the Prophetess make this statement. I exclaimed “that is so true!” Do you agree ?

One thing is certain “7..God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7 KJV)

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Let’s Pray:

Father God,  deliver us from fear of man and circumstances. Forgive us when we have not exercised the faith you have given us or trusted you.
Also forgive us for making the wrong choices rather than choosing to believe you, as Abraham did. We receive your power, love and sound mind and we take authority against the Spirit of fear in our lives in Jesus name we pray Amen.

 

Click for the ministry of Prophetess Ivan & Isabel Allum

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 16/03/2016

Pure “Silver” Words

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The Words of The Lord are pure Words as Silver tried in the furnace of the earth purified 7 times (Psalm 12:6) !

That is how perfect the Word is! Let us think of every word we say and action before we say and do it and ask ourselves, what does The Lord say about this in His pure, perfect Word? Will my speech & action be pleasing to Him who called us from darkness into His Light, through Christ Jesus our redeemer the Light of the World?

“16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col 3:16-17)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther x

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 16/03/2016

Created Unique & for His Purposes

imageNo one is an accident, if you have been told that you were unplanned as a child and so were conceived by accident or you came into this world as a result of rape, I have a message for you: how you came into this world does not determine your worth or significance.

While your mother and father, or one parent voiced any of the afore mentioned reasons why you are on earth to you, that was their opinion based on the facts that actually happened and if you are still suffering the effects of being told such details of how you came into being, may our God of compassion heal you completely in Jesus’ name.

Our sovereign God who is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful foreknew that this is how you would come into this world. He did not plan it this way. Man has free will, but God is the creator of the following process as all things: conception, fetus formation and the gestation period until birth. He formed you in your mother’s womb and knew what you would look like.
God gave you your unique finger prints, DNA, iris and palm prints among other biometrics.

“13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.” (Ps. 139:13-16 KJV)

God chose who your parents would be and where you would live (Acts 17:26)

If you have been wounded by your parents because of the way they have treated you or the words they have said, forgive them and if they are still alive let them know they are forgiven and reach out to them with the love of the LORD. Whatever they put you through, they were chosen by God to be your parents and you are required by God to honour them.

What a privilege and joy to know that as Christians our destiny was outworked such that at some stage in our lives we became children of God. Just think our names were written in the Lamb’s book of life before the foundation of the world. So if someone tells you that you were unplanned, an accident or even attempts to make you feel insignificant because you do not in their opinion conform to the norm (again in their opinion, not God’s as regards what the norm is!) be reminded that not only were you created by the one and only Master Creator, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, you were chosen even before your parents met and conceived you as one of those who would know God and serve Him through Christ.
“16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16 KJV).

Our unique destiny path resulted in us meeting others in the family of God who have also come from their unique backgrounds and journey.

The Apostle Paul (1 Corinth. 12:12-26) used the following analogy : As each human part is necessary for the function of the human body as a whole so too each member of the Body of Christ is needed for the function of the whole. The different parts of the human body are unique, an eye does not look like or function as the ear, nor the foot as the arm but they are nevertheless necessary and important parts of the human body. Likewise in the Body of Christ we do not look alike naturally nor have the same giftings and callings because we are unique natural and spiritual individuals but each of us are necessary and important parts of the body of Christ.

When we are new believers in Christ there is a new destiny path as a member of the kingdom of God which again as our pathway before is unique or unlike that of anyone else. It is only when we stay close to God, in obedience to His word and in total surrender to Him that we are able to fulfill our destinies as children of God.

Brethren let us maintain a life of reverential fear of the Lord and engage in spiritual check ups periodically along our journey as purposeful individuals for God.
If we reach the stage in our Christian lives when we start thinking we are too strong in the Lord to fall into temptation or to be deceived then we are in trouble because pride has taken root.
“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18 KJV)

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6)

In our spiritual check up, we humbly pray as David did

“23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)
“12…cleanse thou me from secret [faults].13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:12-14 KJV).

Not long before Jesus died he prepares his disciples for his departure with comforting and uplifting words. What he says in the first couple of verses of John 14 which has often been missed confirms that in heaven we are individually regarded as unique in God’s eyes.
Meaning? Well you and I have our own mansions built for us because Jesus said “in my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 KJV)

While we are with other believers in Christ a collective redeemed people of God destined to worship Him day and night in heaven, we are heirs with Christ and therefore kings and priests unto God (Rev 1:6/5:10). The preparation of Christ following his ascension is so that we would be received by Him at the end of the age as kings and priests unto God befitting our individual restful mansions. This is as opposed to masses of God’s people abiding in what looks like dormitories. It is a literal fact as Jesus interjected “…if it were not so, I would have told you…” (John 14:2 KJV).
It is also very exciting and the ultimate assurance we need that even while undergoing a unique and purposeful life on earth designed to glorify God, awaiting every true child of God is a welcome by Him which honors them. Someone might say “is it necessary?! The fact that we are with Him in itself is all that matters”.

My brothers and sisters, we serve a God who loves not only to tell us He loves us but also to show His appreciation for our purposeful lives in His regard by rewarding us in unique ways. Jesus emphasised the truth of what he was saying by adding “if I go and prepare as place for you, I will come again, and receive you into myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:3 KJV)

Yes, our Lord Jesus will come back to us and take us where he is and while we know our spiritual position while on earth is as ones raises up with Christ and seated in the heavenly realms with God in Christ (Eph 2:6) we are assured that we will be there with him naturally. So let’s rejoice eagerly awaiting that day. Praise the LORD!

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 11/12/2015

(posted 11/12/2015 & 14/03/2016)

God is in Control & Cares – “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”

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“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”(Psalm 24:1 KJV) He has the whole world in this hands. Pause for a moment and think about that! He is in absolute control of everything, and protects our coming and going today, tomorrow and forever more (Psalm 121:8).
God knows what we do, think and say (Psalm 139:1-5), and He guides and holds us in the palm of His hands, contemplating this so blessed David that he said “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it” (Psalm 139:6). God never takes his eyes off us, this is how precious we are to Him (Isaiah 62). David acknowledged this by saying “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well… 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Psalm 139:14-18KJV).
God’s Word says that if He is concerned with sparrows, how much more us? As He knows the number of hairs on our head so He knows and cares about every single thing that concerns us for we are more valuable than sparrows (Luke 12:6-7).
As we place the concerns (our agenda, worries etc…) of each day into His hands through prayer, we confirm to Abba Father that we trust Him as the one who has the whole world in His hands. The result? He will ensure each day unfolds according to His perfect will, so that we play our part in His World.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther
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©Deborah E. Nyamekye 09/03/2016

Part 2 of 5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose & Oneness with the Father.

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Part 2: Jesus, One with Father – The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi

One of the descriptive ways that Jesus expressed how he and Abba Father are one is when he said “I am the good Shepherd…” (John 10:11 KJV). He was describing himself as such as a means of teaching and encouraging those who had accepted him as their “Rabbi” or Lord and Saviour at the time and of course for believers in him like you and I thereafter.

The characteristics of the Good Shepherd we read about in John 10 are not only Christ’s but God’s also as evidenced in His relationship with Israel. The principles God used in relating to Israel are prophetically the same as those He uses in relating to believers in Jesus.

As God “made His own people [Israel] go forth like sheep” (Ps.73:52 NKJV) through the wilderness, so in the person of Jesus, he leads us, His children as sheep in our life path.

” [God] guided them in the wilderness like a flock…He led them on safely, so …they did not fear…” (Ps. 73:52-53 NKJV).

Jehovah Rohi begins Psalm 23 “The LORD is my Shepherd”; It is a combination of the personal name of God, Yahweh (or Jehovah) with His descriptive name Rohi meaning “My Shepherd”. This name speaks of God caring for his people practically and providing spiritual sustenance.

You may feel like you are in the wilderness, but don’t be afraid because you are actually going through it, rather than imprisoned in one place, for the Lord did not bring you out of “Egypt” of affliction or the kingdom of darkness to leave you in the middle of no where. As God did for the Israelites, He has a perfect plan to fulfill your destiny and answer your prayers according to His will.

The Israelites, God’s “Sheep” were suffering at the hands of pharaoh while in Egypt. God heard their cry and in His appointed time He sent Moses as their deliverer out of Egypt through the wilderness to Canaan the land God gave their forefather Abraham.

Do you at times wonder where you are heading in life? These questions pop into the heads of many a believer in Christ so you are not alone. However be encouraged for you too have a destiny in Him as one identified as His child. As soon as you were saved, God by His might placed you on a journey towards “Canaan”.

In the new covenant be reminded that safety in our journey of sanctification to be more like God and the fulfillment of our destiny is assured because Jesus has already purchased our redemption on the cross of Calvary.

God called you by name out of darkness or the realm of the “thief & robber” into His kingdom through the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

“…he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” (John 10:3 KJV)

Jesus also gave his life in exchange for yours.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11 KJV).

Meditate upon the magnitude of love God has for you which compelled Him to do such a thing.

His authority is given to us to rule and reign on earth. As ones empowers against Satan and his demons, we overcome curses and afflictions.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 KJV)

God required His “sheep”, Israel to follow His leading by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21-22 NKJV), so too he requires you and I to follow the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and I’m known of mine”. (John 10:14 KJV)

“my sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand, my Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one”(John 10:27-30 KJV)

Jesus’ sheep hear his voice and recognise that it is him speaking and as a result follow his leading.

We have available to us spiritual gifts which Paul encourages us to desire (1 Corinth.12). A key spiritual gift is the gift of discerning of spirits.

The ability to discern whose voice we are hearing, our own satan’s or God’s has become increasingly more important because of the increase in false prophets, teachers and pastors. These come in disguise as the “Good Shepherd” speaking for God in public places including churches and set up their establishments to deceive as many people as possible.

These false shepherds are as the hireling who do not care for Jesus’ sheep and expose them to danger (John 10:12-13).

My prayer is that the LORD will always empower those who are truly His to always distinguish His voice from our own and all the many voices that speak to us attempting to command or instruct us to deviate from the will of the Father.

Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12), He is also the Word of God that existed before creation and came to dwell among men (John 1:1-14)
This is why Psalm 119:105:
“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”(KJV)
sums up who Jesus is, the means through whom we not only go to the Father (John 14:6) but also through whom we are led to where Fathet is taking us.

In the absence of Jesus physically with us, we have the Holy Spirit of truth who among other functions, guides us and testified of Jesus, reminding us of His teachings. (John 14:26/16:13)

Brethren, as you can see we have all that we need to know the way we should go so as to fulfill the destinies God has predestined for us. Let us therefore always be zealous in our walk with God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for this is the only way we will succeed in staying on the narrow way to eternal life.

“…The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”(Matthew 7:13-14 NLT)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther

(Click for Part 1: What’s in the name Jesus? Honouring the Messiah’s Identity & Purpose)
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 12/12/2015

(posted 12/12/2015 and 9/03/2016)