Category: God is Love

Our God

Our God, Elohim is faithful, compassionate and long suffering: 

PSALM 106:43-46

43Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked [him] with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

44Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

45And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

46He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

PSALM 103:6-18 
6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9He will not always chide: neither will he keep [his anger] for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.

15[As for] man, his days [are] as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Precious One of El Shaddai! (Exhortation)

 Let us be reminded that every word or phrase written in the bible has either a redemptive or blessed (or both) relevance to our lives. God’s Word has prophetic significance and never returns void. 

The breastplate worn by the High Priests of Israel had the names of the twelve tribes of Israel written on each of the twelve precious stones. This is how precious each of the twelve tribes are to Elohim God.
Similarly this is a revelation that the name of every child of God who is heir to the promises of the house of Israel through Christ Yeshua (the once and for all sacrificial Lamb and High Priest) is known and precious to Elohim God. 
Scripture says we are treasures in earthen vessels (2 Corinth 4:7). Elohim God’s people are a crown of glory and a royal diadem in His hand (Isaiah 62). 
El Shaddai, one of the names of God means that He is our sufficiency but is also expressed as “the many breasted God”. As a mother He nurtures those who are close to his heart because they are His children. 
As precious ones to God, we are as it were grafted onto His chest or heart. He cares about that which concerns us and works to perfect it (Psalm 138:8).
Being precious to God is being fabulous in God’s sight! What more can I say?
©10-June17DEN

Created Unique & for His Purposes

Introduction

My mother tried to abort me, but did not succeed, people have rejected and wounded me but I am still standing. Praise be unto God who has painstakingly revealed to me that He loves me with an everlasting love, saved my life, created me unique and for His glorious purposes. What ever your story, sovereign God foreknew it and allowed it as He sets the course of your life. He intends to get the ultimate glory out of every situation in your life. Do you let him? 

Created Unique & for His Purposes:

No 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.

I was born out of wedlock and my mother attempted to abort me. She told me in the 1980s “your dad said we were just playing, but despite several attempts to abort you, you just would not die and a nurse advised me to stop doing so. I listened to her” She did not choose to tell me, my sibling told me about her attempt to abort me and when I questioned her she confirmed it and gave me further details. Indeed I am very much alive, while I have been through much rejection and afflictions, I have along the way gone through recurring healing and deliverance and also chosen to forgive my parents. 
This is because God has imparted revelation and understanding that He saved me from being aborted, from eternal damnation and is in absolute control of every aspect of my life. He had predestined plans for me; in time I came to know what these plans were and I am now living in the fullness of most of them. To God be the glory, great things He has done! 

Our sovereign God who is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful foreknew how you would come into this world. 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 results 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 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 individually 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 a 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 physically. So let us rejoice, eagerly awaiting that day. Praise the LORD!

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 11/12/2015

Created Unique & for His Purposes

God’s indescribable love…

I don’t even know how to begin to describe what I am feeling and need to put in words. David who became king of Israel pondered about how God could be mindful of man in a universe so great & vast… (Psalm 8). God is about people, the extent of which I feel right now at 5am in the morning as I lay here. 

The extent at which God loves and cares about you and me is indescribable; it has so engulfed me I feel myself welling up in tears, my throat is choked. This is why I say I don’t know where to begin.. I find it hard to describe it in words, it is an overwhelming feeling of profound love. The following are thoughts that penetrate this feeling:

If humankind would collectively spend as much time being mindful of one another as they do on climate change, animal rights or wildlife preservation Issues there would be a great change in interpersonal relationships for the better, we will see more of the God kind of love and peace that we all, even non Christians desire and seek. 

If many Christians who are not doing so would refocus and reprioritise so that whatever they do is rooted in or motivated by love for God, then sermons and actions will fulfil God’s command that we love one another. Act of love towards one another and giving to the poor and needy would be effortless and the norm.  
Yes a relational God has a passion for people first and foremost above all else. If people were as He is or consciously made efforts to be oh what a different world this would be!!
Thank you LORD and help us, we pray!
Chapter 8

1O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, [and whatsoever] passeth through the paths of the seas.9O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth!

Loving Christ through Obedience: what happens? 

Having the constant presence, love and abundant/everlasting joy of the Lord all balls down to (or is the reward of) loving Jesus and demonstrating this love through obedience. 
May God help us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
OBEDIENCE REAPS GOD’S PRESENCE/LOVE:

21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.(John 14:21,23 KJV)
OBEDIENCE REAPS GOD’S LOVE/EVERLASTING & ABUNDANT JOY:

10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.(John 15:10-11)