Category: Intimacy with God

Prophetic Exhortation: Jesús a su amigo*

The Storm is over, said He. You are surfing in safe waters, riding on my steady wave without a care in the world, amigo!

Your Gates are wide open, said He. You are taking possession, racing on a track void of competition without a care in the world, amigo!The Sword of the Spirit is in your hand, said He. You are breaking strongholds, advancing for the sake of multitudes without a care in the world, amigo!
I calm the Storm.
I open your Gates.

I give you the Sword. 

Yours is to cast your cares on me, amigo!
©8-May2017DENyamekye

(*Title in Spanish translated: Jesus to his friend)

15 Ya no os llamaré siervos, porque el siervo no sabe lo que hace su señor: mas os he llamado amigos, porque todas las cosas que oí de mi Padre, os he hecho notorias.(Juan 15:15)

15 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)

7 Echando toda vuestra solicitud en él, porque él tiene cuidado de vosotros. (1 Pedro 5:7)
7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.(1 Peter 5:7)

Live in the fullness of your inheritance as a friend of God in 2017 & beyond

Introduction: 
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!
Deborah Esther
©2015Deborah E.Nyamekye 

How to be a Thriving Holy City of God.

Key scriptures: Psalm 46:1-4 & the book of Nehemiah
Psalm 46:1-4 

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.

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH
As believers in Christ we are God’s dwelling place through him. Jesus Christ prayed for God to send each one who believes in him the Holy Spirit and this is why believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit that comforts, guides and testifies of Jesus Christ, reminding us of Jesus’ teachings as well as reveals, teaches and counsels the mind and will of God. 

Worshippers of God who is Spirit that worship Him “in spirit and in truth” are true worshippers (John 4:23-24) or true believers in Jesus Christ.
They acknowledge the importance of the Holy Spirit as God Himself on one hand and the power or anointing of God on the other. 

The Holy Spirit indwelling believers in Jesus Christ since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1) is therefore an affirmation that God Himself is indwelling those who accept to be His City or Holy place/tabernacle when they accept Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour. 
They welcome the presence of God in their lives by virtue of being obedient followers of Jesus Christ. The key word is obedience. 

God who is in the midst of the lives of His children (Psalm 46:4) is our “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. Whatever troubles that exist or come our way will not cause us to fear (Psalm 46:1-3).
Our God is a “man of war”; his nature as a warrior is expressed in His names: Jehovah Gibbor (The LORD is Mighty: a Mighty Man of War), Jehovah Nissi (The LORD my Banner, Standard or Standard Bearer), Jehovah Sabaoth (The LORD of hosts or the Armies of Heaven, Jehovah Sabaoth).

Even when He commands us to do something or to depart from sin, God does not send us on our own. As our strength and refuge He goes ahead of us and is also our rear guard (Isaiah 52:10-12). Being a very present help in times of trouble reveals who He is; a God of everlasting love and faithfulness.

“3The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer. 31:3 KJV).

GOD MAKES US GLAD
“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High.”(Psalm 46:4 KJV).

Applying verse 4 prophetically we can state what is true, that believers in Christ are God’s Holy City, individually and collectively.  Our calling is therefore to daily reflect in the here and now, through holy living in Christlikeness, the Holy City of God, the New Jerusalem that will at the end of the age (Rev. 21:2) come “down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”.
Regardless of professing to be a Christian, without living a life of holiness as God commanded believers in Christ to live (1 Peter 1:15-16/Lev. 11:44-45) one cannot be a dweller in the “tabernacle of God” (Rev 21:3) that is to come among God’s people.

The river of Psalm 46:4 is likened to the Holy Spirit within the believer of Christ “Holy City of God”.
As stated God is Spirit so we can see that the river also speaks of God Himself. God is in us, God is with us, Emmanuel.

What does this river of God or God do? He who is within us, God’s holy place. God makes us glad.
What does Glad mean? Happy, delighted and pleased.

God is Spirit and permeates every area of the life of the believer in Christ who allows Him to. This way God reclaims every area of the life of His children that Satan has held bound. This is demonstrated by the indwelling Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead imparting resurrection life in a Christian’s body so that they are activated and energised to constantly fulfil their predestined purpose on earth according to the will of God (Romans 8:11).

Satan is a thief, the agent of oppression and depression, as we know there is no pleasure, delight or happiness in anything Satan has to offer us!

In contrast Jesus came to liberate us from the oppression and depression of Satan and to make us glad or fill us with the joy of the LORD. He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus Christ alone can quench the “thirst” of the thirsty. Who are they?  those who are in need of salvation from a life lived for self or Satan that affirms they lack the living waters of God, the river of life.

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to the spiritually thirsty (fulfilled on the day of Pentecost) as follows:

“In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).

When we have Christ in our lives, we have God with us and in us because God and Christ are one. Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

In God’s presence there is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11). Yes our God and Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit make us glad.

GOD HAS CONDITIONS 
Let us be reminded daily that we are not saved to just sit in our laurels and do nothing. There are conditions that God requires in order for His works, protection and joy or gladness to be sustained and abundant in our lives. 

Some are as follows:

1. OBEDIENCE
Continuous obedience to God’s commands sustains our ability to abide in God’s love as Jesus did. Jesus told the aforementioned to his disciples then, also a message for any one who is his disciple from Jesus’ time, because he knew that this was the only way they could have the sustained fullness of God given joy that is humanly possible. Obedience is indeed key. It results in God’s presence and love (John 15:10-11/John 14:21,23) being made manifest in our lives and produces a sustained exuberance of supernatural joy of the LORD! That is what the gladness of the river of God means in a nutshell! 

2. PRIORITISING PRAYER & BEING PREPARED TO BE USED BY GOD IN HIS ANSWER TO BURDENS PRAYED.

Another key condition is to prioritise prayer. Nehemiah who left Persia to became governor of Judah and led the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls and gates project prioritised prayer throughout his mission.
The priority of prayer works wonders! Nehemiah’s successful mission is due to his fervent prayer life.  When we study the book of Nehemiah, we realise that apart from praying on the onset having heard about the state of Jerusalem, he prayed regularly throughout the rebuilding project (e.g. chapter 1:5-11, 4:4-5, 5:19,6:9).
What burden do you have as a Christian? Do you have a burden to pray for the unsaved, abused children or the poor? Whatever it is, God also requires you to seek to hear from Him about what part you can play in being part of the solution of what burdens your heart. After all that burden is God given and believers in Christ are mandated to be his hands and feet.
Nehemiah did not only express his grief concerning the state of Jerusalem and desire for change by praying to God but he responded in the affirmative to the God given urge within him to return and lead the building project. Prioritising prayer results in us being close to Father God so that we are sensitive to his voice and prompting so as to make do His bidding and make wise decisions. 
Nehemiah gained and made use of God given wisdom and discernment. Following prayer to God, he was able to ask the King of Persia exactly what he would need on his journey back to Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:4-8). He also knew when his enemies were planning to lie against him and also when they were planning to kill him (Neh. 6:5-12). As a result he was able to prevent himself from being trapped or cornered, avoiding death and therefore the thwarting of the plan of God through him. God gave him strategies so that he and the builders were protected from their enemies (Neh. 4:16-23).
Nehemiah by prioritising prayer had intimacy with God and this is why he was a highly effective leader in many ways. As we can see God was Nehemiah’s “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1-3 KJV). 

God was also Nehemiah’s giver of joy in the midst of great affliction so that He was able to encourage the grieving people with the following words:
“…Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10 KJV).

PRAYER BURDENS VERSES PREDESTINED CALL OF GOD.
Every believer in Christ has one or more predestined mandates to accomplish in their lifetime on earth.

The burdens God gives you to pray about are very rarely apart from your fundamental predestined call of God. They more often than not affirm that you are indeed called for that particular purpose which will present itself in different ways. 

After all as a believer in Jesus Christ you are mandated to do his works and even greater works than he did on earth (John 14:12) by the enabling of the Holy Spirit “The river of God”.

We, God’s children are His workmanship with many promises, personal and ministerial which when we partner with Him without constraint we will see come to pass in our lives. 
Below are key scriptures to receive as prophetic promises in our hearts for meditation and encouragement as we fulfil our God given mandate on earth. 

Isaiah 58:11-12:
“…the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.12And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (KJV)

Isaiah 61:1-7:

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; 2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. 4And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.5And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien [shall be] your plowmen and your vinedressers.

6But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: [men] shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.7For your shame [ye shall have] double; and [for] confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. (KJV).

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 8/10/2016

Tears of Repentance for Revival “Rain”

Revival of our churches & nations will come only if believers in Christ relentlessly repent and so seek inner personal revival daily. We, members of Christ hold the key to not only church wide but nation/worldwide revival. May our own lives “house” be in order so that we effectively fulfil the great commission according to the will of God and experience a mighty revival “rain” of God’s Spirit. Amen!!