Month: December 2016
As we enter into the New Year 2017, I would like to present this inspirational teaching as a reminder to us, as to what it means to be a friend of God. Did you know that by virtue of being a believer in Jesus Christ you are a friend of God in the same way Abraham and his descendants were?
There are house of Israel inheritances therein, being a friend of God that is, which are attainable from Christ. These enable us to sustain intimacy with God and be His holy priesthood.
Many Christians are not taking hold of these inheritances which are part of their covenant relationship with God that allows them to exercise their authority in Christ. The inheritances are the kingly and priestly anointing and the right of access to the revelatory realm of God (portals of heaven) among other blessings.
In this article, I discuss what friendship with God means and the benefits deliberately in an in-depth manner including Old and New Testament scriptures, so as to encourage believers to assess their level of obedience and intimacy with God. Also for those who already walk intimately with Him, that they would press on with greater zeal. Happy New Year and God bless you all!
Live in the fullness of your inheritance as a friend of God in 2017 & beyond:
God Almighty is always calling us higher, to places of greater intimacy and depth in Him (Rev 4:1) and has told us to call on Him (Jer 33:3). Our being called by Him and being asked to call on Him is so that our God of communication and love will show us mysteries, or hidden things we do not know for He wants us to know the signs of the times and things that He plans to do.
Abraham had faith in God and was obedient to Him many times, a sign that he walked in agreement with God. For these reasons, He was called righteous and a friend of God (James 2:23 KJV).
“Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3 KJV)
“16And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.17And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;18Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Gen. 18:16-19 KJV).
We can see from Genesis 18:16-19, that the type of friendship God had with Abraham was one of trust which meant that God did not want to hide anything from Abraham which was why He told Abraham in advance about His plan to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah.
The 18th and 19th verses of Genesis 18, reveal clearly what God requires from those He calls friends. It is not enough being in covenant with God as Abraham was (verse 18). What seals friendship with God resulting in God trusting the person to the point that He reveals His secrets or what He plans to do is when that person does what God foreknew Abraham would do (verse 19) which is to position him or herself as a leader and tutor in their household to ensure that everyone is living in obedience to the righteous and just ways of God. The aforementioned is a condition for covenant promises of God to come to pass. This is such an important point that needs underlining and remembering daily.
This point highlighted in verse 19, ought to revive or reinforce the reverential fear of God in our hearts and to remind us that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the same God of the ancient Israelites.
It is important to question and reflect as we enter the new year and while we live our lives through it, as follows: could the measure of revelation and insight into specific things and what God wants to do, be withheld from many by God because they are not relating to Him beyond just believing in Him as Christians under the new covenant? Are people leaving things undone such as teaching their children or other family members the ways of God regardless of the cost?
Being ready to suffer mockery or affliction momentarily by teaching or preaching the gospel and living a lifestyle as Christ’s witness is a price to pay for at least one member of one’s household eventually coming to the Lord. Are we paying such a price? Do we care enough to do so?
It is just as well God told Abraham that He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham was able to intercede for his nephew Lot. This shows the importance of cultivating a lifestyle as a true friend of God as Abraham did; You become God’s trustworthy ordained intercessor for the sake of others, communities and nations because you are privy to His secrets, thoughts and will. You are therefore a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinth. 6:19/Romans 8:26) to pray the will of God and to partner with Him for His plans and purposes to come to pass.
God speaking through Isaiah calls Jacob (Israel) “the seed of Abraham, my friend” (Is.41:8 KJV). The type of friendship that Jacob had with God was inherited from Abraham. God also foreknew that Jacob will have the same nature as Abraham (One jwho activated his covenant relationship with God, not for his own sake but ensured his household lived according to God’s righteous and just ways as well) thus meriting the ability to communicate with God closely, trusted enough to gain insight into God’s mind and be His instrument to bless multitudes.
What evidence is there of this in Jacob’s life?
12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.13And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I [am] the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;14And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 28:12-14 KJV).
The LORD at the time of affirming Jacob’s Abrahamic covenant inheritance gave Jacob a dream of angels ascending and descending on a ladder at the top of which stood God. This speaks of the following being part of or the product of the covenant of Abraham passed down to Jacob:
1.Right of access to the revelatory realm of God or “portals of heaven” to hear from God and therefore know His will as well as to fellowship with Him so as to have His perpetual peace, joy and righteousness.
2. The prophetic (receiving revelation from God on behalf of the people) and intercessory/ priestly (presenting people & their needs before God)
gifts or anointings upon the house of Israel, called by God as His “kingdom of priests and holy nation” (Ex.19:6KJV).
This prophetic and priestly anointing is Israel’s supernatural inheritance which makes it possible for their natural perpetual service to God in their life path so that the prophetic will of God for the world is made manifest through them (Israelites) collectively as a people as it did specifically through Jesus Christ, sent into the world through Israel.
It is therefore not surprising that Jesus said the following
to his disciples (which we are today)
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15 KJV). Thus as a friend of Jesus Christ, we do not only have the righteousness of God through him (Romans 3:22) but are affirmed friends of God of the calibre of Abraham and his descendants, for as Abraham, we are ones who do not
-take our covenant with God for granted but apply it in our lives as well as teach our households to live according to it as God foreknew Abraham would under covenant (Gen 18:18-19).
-strive to hear from God about His will, plans and purposes for us but rather we cultivate a relationship with him daily so as to receive the knowledge of all things from God through Jesus Christ.
Expressed in another way, we are in actual fact, Jesus’ disciples or friends
1) communing with Jesus, the “Son of Man” (John 1:51)
The picture of open heavens and the Angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:47-51) Jesus said Nathaniel his disciple will have is a revelation of the portals of God’s heavenly realm (same as Jacob, the friend of God saw in Genesis 28) open to anyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ, and therefore a friend of God.
Jesus Christ is one who personifies the gateway (he is indeed the only Way John 14:6) or portal to God’s heavenly throne room. May we abide in Christ daily so that we stay completely connected to God spiritually for an enriched natural life fulfilling His will on earth, not just for ourselves but multitudes in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen. or
2) attaining from the house of Israel through Jesus Christ (in the manner of point 1) our inheritance which are
-Right of access to the portals of heaven or revelatory realm of God.
-prophetic and priestly (intercessory) anointing.
This is because Jesus is the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16) through his descent from Abraham’s lineage (The line of Jacob’s son Judah) and believers in Jesus Christ are spiritual seeds of Abraham (Gen. 3:29) as partakers of the new covenant (Jer 31:31-34) through acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Be reminded of your priesthood nature as an anointed believer in Christ Jesus according to the Word of God:
-Christ has made you “a kingdom of priests for God His Father” (Rev 1:6).
-“But you are a chosen people, a Royal Priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9)
-You are built up as a spiritual house made a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ Jesus (1 Peter 2:5)
As long as you have the Holy Spirit abiding in you, you are prophetic, in other words through the Spirit of God you are able to hear from God so as to know His mind and will.
In addition to the prophetic and intercessory (priestly) spiritual anointings and access to God’s revelatory realm we receive as our heritage from the Abrahamic covenant through Christ, we are given insight into other blessings we partake of as friends of God which were pronounced on Jacob (Israel) the “seed of Abraham, my friend” (Is.41:8), Abraham’s grandson by his son Isaac (Isaiah 41:8-13).
These are God’s assurance that we are chosen by Him, and should therefore be fearless. We are guaranteed God’s help, protect and defence against our enemies.
Brethren, there are only two days left of 2016 before the year 2017 commences, it is therefore the right time for you, a friend of God to
1. Thank Him for what He has done in 2016 and past years and is about to do.
2.Seek Him in prayer for revelation and wisdom concerning 2017;
Are your plans in alignment with His for you?
As a friend of God, He wants to share with you what is on His heart concerning yourself, family, individuals, the world etc.. as well as insight into the enemies’ strategies.
The next couple of days are therefore a time to take stock of this year 2016 and set quality time aside in prayer and fasting. Having quiet times to tune one’s spiritual ears to hear what God is saying is also as important as praying and fasting are. While the LORD God can do all things without you, He chooses to partner with you because He is a God of relationship.
As you take delight in the Lord and take hold of the fullness of your inheritance in Him, I pray that God would grant you, his friend, all your heart’s desires according to His perfect will in 2017 and beyond.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
Reality knocks in the midst of the Church, in the house of the Saviour, the great Redeemer.
Who will open the blinds, rub their eyes and see what Reality has dug up and brought to the fore?
Reams of dreams await their unscrolling from hearts, paralysed.
Blind to the blessings ready for the picking, they wallow in self-pity, victimised.
Tending to wounded egos, their worth remains packaged within, enslaved.
Meant to be destiny pursuers, they remain still, crippled.
A quiver with strategies to aim at targets for breakthrough, discarded.
Who will answer the call of Reality at the door? Descend on bended knees and cry for help, extend the arm to mentor, be a friend willing to monitor and tutor ?
Who will listen and answer God’s call to be a solution; His ordained hands and feet for action ?
In the midst of the Church, in the house of the Saviour, the great Redeemer where His people are as perishing vapour.
©Dec.2016 Deborah E.Nyamekye
“If you desire to make a difference in the world you must be different from the world.”
Hallowed be thy mighty Name, the Name above all names.
At the end of this year and as we prepare to enter the New Year, I pray for myself and on behalf of my Brethren in Christ that you would help us take stock of our lives so that we would humbly come to you in repentance if there are any areas in our lives where we exhibit worldly attitudes and mindsets.
I ask that you would forgive us where we have partnered with the world in any way or formed unholy alliances. Give us insight as to where we have failed you so that we would repent and be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Merciful Father, as we give you preeminence in every area of our lives, I entrust our spirits, souls and bodies to you that you would examine, convict, sanctify and restore us in areas where we need restoration.
Our desire is to be different from the world and so LORD, I humbly ask that you would teach, strengthen and empower us to remain separated from the world and unto you daily so that we will be your holy vessels and true witnesses that make a difference in the world as is our inheritance” in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen
“10Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Is. 43:10 KJV)
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 29/12/2015
EARLY MORNING PRAYER & DECLARATION BASED ON
JOB 38:12-25 (KJV)
COMMANDING THE MORNING & DAY SPRING (DAWN)
Every day is established by you LORD God Almighty ! and therefore as your will for Job (chapter 38:12-15) was that he command the morning and the dawn to “know its place” (Ps. 38:12), I accept this as my calling because of the authority that I have in Christ Jesus (Luke 10:18-19).
I therefore command the morning and dawn from henceforth to know their place and be as (verse 14) “clay under the seal” (suppressed) and “hang as a garment” (immovable) when provoked into action as channels of Satan directly and through sorcerers in the mighty name of Jesus.
As concerns my destiny and that of my family and other loved ones and ………………(insert names of people, ministry, business etc…)
you (morning and dawn) shall only be responsive to Creator/Most High and Sovereign God for the earth, humanity and everything in it are under His control and dominion.
With the authority invested in me through Christ Jesus, I command you (morning & dawn) to obey the voice of the LORD and to “take hold of the ends of the earth and shake out the wicked” (verse 13) deeds and words that has been programmed and spoken against me, my family and other loved ones and ………….(insert names of people, ministry, business etc…).
I command the wicked to be (verse 15) blinded to that which concerns me, my family and loved ones and ………… (insert names of people, ministry, business etc…)
and that their “high arm be broken” in the mighty name of Jesus Amen
Deborah Esther x
Tell the Story of how God gave His Gift to be unwrapped for His glory.
The Gift of the Son of God born unto us, Son of man given unto us so that every day is Christmas for some man, woman and child who unwraps the gift of God
Men who unwrap to be un-trapped to become wrapped in God’s glory.
Thank you God for the story of Jesus who gave gifts to men.
The gifts of callings, the Holy Spirit so that every day is Christmas for some man, woman and child who unwraps the Gift of God
We praise God for men who are sorry, And released from worry to become His Glorious Story.
©2015 Deborah E.Nyamekye
GOD’S GIFT : KING OF THE JEWS
1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him….
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matt.2:1,2,10-11 KJV)
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
DIVINE APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR DIARY ON
Arise & Shine Prophetic Seminar
“pulling IDENTITY & DESTINY out of God’s people by combining prophecy,
inspirational teaching & motivational training”
Date Saturday 11th February 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: City Temple Church, Vault Room, London, England
We all have potential to excel in whatever we do, be it our secular careers, hobbies, volunteer roles or ministry for Christ.
Do you desire
1.your God given creative gift, learnt skills or hobby to materialise into a
blessed social act or volunteer role or a lucrative business or entrepreneurial venture?
2. to tap into the God given potential deep within to make the right
career, church ministry choices, changes and advancement?
If any of the above resonates with you/interests you, then this seminar is for you. You may simply need a fresher, a forum to think things through or gain clarity.
Do not miss out what God has in store for you especially at the beginning of the year, which is like the morning of a new day when God speaks to set the course of the day for His glory.
You were born for such a time as this. In the bible, Joseph’s gifts and Hiram’s skills made room for them, and God intends that for you too. Take it from someone (Host, Deborah) who has experienced God’s immense faithfulness in her walk with Him.
ARISE & SHINE PROPHETIC SEMINAR
Date Saturday 11th Feb. 2017
10.00 am – 3:30pm
Venue: London, City Temple Church, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DE London
*Deborah E. Nyamekye, Host, Prophetess, Life-skills trainer/teacher
*Prophet Billy O’meara
A member of the prophetic teams of
Christian International Ministries, Europe
*Apostle Michael Farkas
Prophet Billy and Apostle Michael head the Prayer Chair ministry based in Brighton. It is a Gospel sharing, prayer & prophecy evangelistic outreach in and train others nation wide to have similar ministries. Website: www.prayerchair.org
*Ms Waynett Peters is the CEO of Extraordinary Achievers and the recipient of two awards:
-Inspirational Entrepreneur of The Year 2014
-Entrepreneur of The Year 2014
Ms Waynett will be giving us her testimony of how having lost everything, God by His power and might strengthened her through hard times and restored her to her present uplifted state. She is currently very successful and joyful in pursuing her destiny as a business entrepreneur and attributes who she is and all she has to the Most High God. You won’t want to miss her remarkable testimony!
Ms Waynett says “Extraordinary Achievers are those that stop at nothing and aim at everything. Outstanding Individuals that would like to make a difference in others”.
Check out her website: http://www.extraordinaryachievers.co.uk/
HURRY EARLY BIRD RATE APPLIES!!!
Seminar Cost: early bird until 25th January: £15.00
From 26th January & at the door
(PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU REALLY WANT TO COME BUT CANNOT AFFORD IT – CONTACT ME – YOU CAN GIVE A DONATION TOWARDS VENUE/CHARGES & STILL COME!!!)
1. Worship & prayer
In Full Bloom exercise with discussion & feedback
Facilitation & exhortation by Deborah Nyamekye
6. Exhortation & prayer
(Delegates participation in prayer)
7. Worship & prophetic encouragement ministry
Prophetess Deborah, Prophet Billy & Apostle Michael
Note* : The teaching & exhortation will focus on any of the following areas: prophetic identity, destiny and holiness, wholeness in Christ.
For your ticket, please go to https://www.bearwitness-forerunner.org/
Bearwitness Forerunner Ministries website
For queries, please email:
GOD IS INTERESTED IN YOU FULFILLING YOUR DESTINY!
Deborah says “The predestined call to ministry in the Body of Christ, including the call to be a writer (blogging & being a contributing writer to two online magazines), author and an entrepreneur are prophetic fulfilment, not only from words I received myself from God but from prophets who do not know me.
The aforementioned is a fact, but I was serious about pursuing my destiny and apart from going to church, I went to conferences, personally resolved to walk closely with God come what may! undertook discipleship & prophetic activation training. I also taught myself by the guidance of the Holy Spirit how to self publish my 5 books on Barnes & Noble and Amazon on line (e-books available, paperback underway) and learnt to create my own websites and two blogs.
I give glory to God for being nominated on two occasions for blogger awards, one being the Versatile blogger award. I have lately also started an online business and will be offering from 2017 consultancy services to those wanting to self publish e-books & paperback books as I did. There is no end to the ripple effect of blessedness God’s visionaries bring to the Kingdom.”
Many people do not know or are unclear about their career path or ministerial call. They not only need prayer but also forums or teaching and training sessions where they can learn and receive counsel as well as hear from God in various ways.
This is also why I have a passion to teach, train and encourage people that God is not only real but He is concerned about you knowing and fulfilling your predestined destiny. You have what it takes to excel in all areas of life. His plan is that we will be whole spiritually and naturally and a benefit to families, communities and nations”
While motivational tools are important, holiness (elements: obedience, repentance and forgiveness) is key which is why this forms part of the core teaching at Maranatha Encounter Ministry seminars.
God knows what we need but He often calls for partnership and tests us to see how far we will go to yield to him for His plans to manifest. He will honour every step we take with Him to make us who He has predestined us to be. Attending a Maranatha ministry seminar is one such step.
Deborah believes that the In Full Bloom Motivational Exercise she will use as a training tool was inspired by God and the feedback received from the July 2016 Seminar is an affirmation of this. Delegates were greatly impacted and blessed and said so.
To read their feedback or testimonials on the front page of the website click (scroll down) www.bearwitness-forerunner.org
This is what Deborah says about the In Full Bloom Motivational Exercise:
“This God inspired exercise I produced is a powerful inspirational prophetic tool to enable a pair to help each other effectively match their gifts, talents and skills with the most appropriate or suitable career, church ministry or volunteer work pathways for them. Individuals are awakened to the fullness of their God given capabilities as never before and are encouraged to pursue goals that encourage them to utilise their capabilities to the maximum.
Each person is encouraged through the exercise to use their gifts of discernment/intuition, wisdom, knowledge and prophecy with the person they are paired with. They will be surprised at how God can use them for others in this type of exercise more than they ever thought. They may also discover God given gifts which have lain dormant or they did not know were there”.
HURRY EARLY BIRD RATE APPLIES!!!
Seminar Cost: early bird until 25th January: £15.00
From 26th January & at the door
(PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU REALLY WANT TO COME BUT CANNOT AFFORD IT – YOU CAN GIVE A SMALL DONATION TOWARDS VENUE/CHARGES & STILL COME!!!)