Month: August 2016
Trusting in the Lord means that one is steadfast and therefore able to excel and is also “immovable” or unperturbed and unshaken in the face of adversity. One is able to face adversity head on and can even say boldly “bring it on!”.
“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” (Psalm 125:1 NKJV).
To more accurately convey what being steadfast or immovable entails, I would describe one who believes God is trustworthy as having the qualities of one who is astute. The ability to be astute is a product of their trust in God.
What does astute mean? It means that one has or shows an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage. Also according to the English Cambridge dictionary, such a person is “able to understand a situation quickly and see how to take advantage of it”.
People often use this word in the context of secular business; “He is an astute businessman” they say. How about using it in the context of those who live a life engaged in God’s business, which can be within and also outside of the church ? How about applying this word to people who are employed or are self employed and as believers use godly principles that make them astute?
There is so much meaning packed within this word, astute. Synonyms of astute include: Shrewd, Sharp or sharp-witted, bright, brilliant, intelligence, smart, canny, clever, discerning, perceptive, intuitive, insightful.
When we trust in God as believers in Jesus Christ, it means we surrender our lives completely to Him and live abiding in God actively through bible study, prayer and singing praises to Him. Every area of our lives is worshipful unto God.
BENEFITS OF TRUSTING GOD
One of the key benefits of trusting God is that the Holy Spirit indwelling us responds and he imparts spiritual gifts which includes the gift of discerning of spirits and wisdom (1 Corinth.12). When you have God given gifts of discernment and wisdom due to steadfast or immovable trust in God, it means that you inevitably develop the ability to have God’s “eyes” or insight and perception in things the same way God does.
In simple terms you have the wisdom of God and therefore a God given “ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to” your advantage. Knowing or having God’s ways (Wisdom) on a matter means He will also give you the understanding for effective application, as a result you are “able to understand a situation quickly and see how to take advantage of it”. (both quotes here are a repetition of the definitions of astute given earlier.
Believers in Jesus Christ are able to know or discern the will and wisdom of God because the indwelling Holy Spirit, being the Spirit of God, knows the will or mind of God on a matter (1 Corinthians 2) and imparts it to us.
As Christians, we should have at the forefront of our minds the truth of the fact that wisdom that is not from Father God through our Lord Jesus Christ is from two sources, ourselves (carnal) and Satan (including evil spirits).
Therefore praying for God’s wisdom so as to live victoriously in all areas of our lives is an absolute necessity. The Apostle James says
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5 NLT).
Another key benefit of trusting in God is that you provoke the Word of God to work for you! You are simultaneously trusting in Jesus the Word (John chapter 1) who became flesh and dwelt among men, died and rose again the third day to redeem mankind from sin. Jesus is described as the last Adam, the life-giving spirit (1 Corinth. 15:45).
The Spirit of God that bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God, testifies of Jesus (John 15:26), the Word. The abundant life of God (John 10:10) obtainable through Christ (as well as the Holy Spirit) manifests in the life of the Christian who trusts in God.
The great power of enablement released by the Holy Spirit is well expressed in Romans 8:11 as follows:
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you (NLT).
Trust in God therefore inevitably results in resurrection life! Every area of one’s life that is “dead” or unproductive or barren becomes fruitful. The redemptive and productive life of God is breathed into one’s intellect (synonyms of astute: intellectual, brilliance, bright..). This means that as a believer in Christ, your thoughts are increasingly sanctified and become as God’s thoughts.
Your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit be it in church ministry or your role in the marketplace or public sphere such as in the realms of volunteering, career and engaging in a hobby is greatly enhanced and aligned to God’s will for your life. In fact God is likely to give you creative and clever (clever is a synonym of astute) ways to be an influential or fruitful witness for Christ.
Jesus advised his disciples to be shrewd, another of the synonyms of astute mentioned earlier:
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NLT).
God’s children are rightly declared “astute business people” for His sake, because they trust Him. It is therefore accurate to say that when we trust in God, the truth of His written and prophetic word about who we are and what our purpose is begins to manifest or unfold. The reality of these scriptures amongst others are affirmed daily in our lives:
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT).
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”(Eph. 3:20 NLT).
Through the power of God at work within and also in every area of our lives, we not only increasingly become who we were created to be, in terms of our identity but also what we were predestined to do in terms of our destiny. This is because we have what it takes to be astute when we trust in God. Truly trusting God through His Word results in a life constantly lived in His presence. The cycle of astuteness in relation to “God’s business” wherever we might be is therefore never ending. This verse that speaks of God’s constant presence is a daily reality:
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people” (Psalm 125:2 NKJV).
Poem: Trusting & Immovable
The heritage of trusting in God is to be branded as astute. Amiable and steadfast immovable as Mount Zion.
A heart of zeal is obtained, clad in wisdom as a quilt patched from experiences and sown.
The ability to excel, a covering of divine brilliance, as a shawl saved from a furnace of chastening and worn.
Astuteness in business, God imparts to trusting men. Revealed in how they discern, assess and walk paths of righteousness. The immovable shall flourish in God’s blessedness.
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 30/08/2016
I woke up this morning thinking “Jesus mends nets”. I remembered that Jesus called James and John at the time when they were with their father in their fishing boat mending their nets (Math.4:21).
Jesus’ purpose was to “mend” their lives by making them his disciples so that they would in turn “mend” other people’s lives, by becoming fishers of men. He is continuing God the Father’s “Mending Nets” business today through the power of the Holy Spirit in all the earth and at work within born again believers.
What do “nets” symbolically mean here? Our capabilities, mindsets, attitudes and emotions that have been afflicted or tattered by the enemy, whether before we become Christians or even during our Christian walk.
This could have been either at home, school, church or work.
Some of these afflictions are from childhood through to adulthood because of what people did to us, also how we responded as well as what we were taught which has influenced our way of thinking, attitudes and understanding.
Jesus came to do what he saw the Father doing or what God gave him the authority to do. His “mending nets” business is clearly expressed and summarised in Isaiah 61:1-3:
1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 3To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (NLT).
Such people, having been “mended” will be called in service as “menders” or rebuilders. As Jesus, their destinies are also expressed as follows: Isaiah 61:4
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations. (NLT).
Another scripture that comes to mind is Acts 10:38
“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (NLT).
In addition to healing the sick, the “Good” is all that Father God told Jesus to do in order to “mend” lives such as teachings (i.e perfecting the Law of Moses, how to pray), deliverance of the demon possessed and spending time with society’s rejects so that they know they are loved and valued.
Jesus’ “mending” (restoring or rebuilding) business as we know is necessary for us to be saved and then grow to maturity as children of God, thus capable of fulfilling our God given identities and destinies. We each have a part to play in the Body of Christ and the world at large.
Some people have found their God given purpose in life, some are on the way to doing so and others don’t have a clue. There are also those who think they do one day, but then they are not sure the next day!
Whatever category you fall into, know that God is at work in you however it may feel like or appear, to take you to even greater depths in your relationship with Him than you are experiencing right now.
I sense God wants you to know that as long as you stay in His Word through study and obedience daily, you will receive all that He has for you and will fulfil your God given purpose. He will abide with you as you abide with Him (John 14:21,23). The heavenly portals of revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding will be open to you because of your obedience and faithfulness.
This is my encouragement to you as I do to myself, that you would live a life of worship, singing praises unto God in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Pray fervently for all things at all times, always be determined to trust God giving thanks regardless of the circumstance and do all you can to live at peace with others, loving them as God loves you.
From experience, I know forgiveness is difficult, but if you are struggling be honest before God about the pain you have suffered and tell Him how you are finding it difficult to forgive but because you desire to obey His command that you forgive you choose to do so and ask for His supernatural power to enable this desire to be a reality. Nothing is impossible for our God,
Having “mended” us through salvation and raised us up, God is always on the look out for tears to our “nets”, the sooner we allow Him to mend then the better because the effective fulfilment of our mission is dependant on our wholeness.
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 28/04/2016
Success always follows faithfulness to God; God is still in the business of natural and spiritual promotion. He opens doors that no man can shut and closes doors that no man can open!(Isaiah 22:22).
Don’t look at what someone is doing, and their success or apparent elevation and wonder with envy or sadness “what about me?!” You may not know or ever find out what price they had to pay or what they had to endure to get to where they are now in terms of achievement.
Everyone has their time of breakthrough and promotion as long as they stay obedient and faithful to God, doing all things as unto the LORD. You Shall Reap What You Sow” (Gal 6:7)
Hallelujah ! To God be the Glory !
Blessings galore to you & yours. Deborah X
Plain Speaking & Counsel Series:
Articles to challenge, inspire and encourage you in your Christian walk.
Every Sunday for 5 weeks starting 21st August 2016.
I post on Online Magazine: My Trending Stories at https://mytrendingstories.com/profile/deborah-esther/
My 5 Part articles themed as PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL.
(Plain Speaking in writing ? It’s a style or manner of writing as in speech: direct, outspoken, bold, frank and blunt)
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!
PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL III: Gotcha! Traits of the Enemy within; Self Idolater, Idolater & Self-Dependence.
PlAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL IV:
Seeking sustained “Apple of God’s eye” victorious Christian living?Use the Primary Davidic Key.
PlAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL V:
Close Friends by Divine Appointment.
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Jesus Series: Teachings, inspirationals about Jesus’ identity, purpose & oneness with Father God.
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My teachings/inspirational writings about the Person of Jesus Christ:
5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose & Oneness with the Father.
Part 1: What’s in the name Jesus? Honouring the Messiah’s Identity & Purpose.
Part 2: Jesus, One with Father – The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi.
Part 3: The Bread of Life, Jehovah Jireh.
Part 4: El Elyon, Most High God & Elohim, God “Builder of all things”
Part 5: Emmanuel “God with us”