(Read Matthew Chapter 6)
Leaving a legacy whereby people have praised you for your achievements may not expose the motives behind why you acted the way you did; were your motives behind your achievements whether great or small founded on Godly principles and obedience to His Word of truth or on your strategic acts to gain favour and praise from men? Were your actions your own ideology or beliefs with maybe a little bit of scriptural rhetoric ? Only God truly knows! We may fool men but never God!
Reading Matthew Chapter 6, when I meditated on the whole chapter, verses 19-21 stood out as never before. This was in the context of the verses about not praying, giving alms and fasting as a form of showing off so as to receive praise from men.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.(Matt.6:19-21KJV).
It is important to interpret what Jesus is stating and why in the correct manner. He is not saying that all those who pray, give alms openly or speak about the fact that they are fasting are hypocrites and doing so to be praised or glorified by men.
Of course not all acts of holiness and Christian giving should be concluded as being done with the wrong motives for it is true that as Christians we must be witnesses for Christ openly by our lifestyles and also engage in acts of Christian service including the call to preach, teach and disciple.
What Jesus is saying is that if any of those acts are done with the motive that directs people towards oneself, to be elevated and satisfy one’s self aggrandising desires then they are hypocritical and yield no eternal rewards. Whatever hypocrites do even though they appear as treasures, they have no eternal value.
Hypocrites as Jesus said are as those who openly give alms for all to see, sounding the trumpet in synagogues and on the streets so as to receive glory from men. He said “They have their reward” (Matt 6:2 KJV).
This is how Satan’s vessels behave for as their master the Father of lies (John 8:44), they have a prideful image of who they are, founded on deception. This is why Satan who was a high ranking angel rebelled and wanted to mount the throne of God (Isaiah 14).
He is carrying on his schemes of attempting to rule and reign on the earth and decided when he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that he would strip humanity of their God given image and mandate as representatives of God on earth. His intention is that every human being will rebel against God and be as he is.
God provided a way of escape through Christ; God is in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself (2 Corinth.5:19). Anyone who accepts Christ as their personal saviour will not perish (John 3:16), nor will their deeds. They are stating that they reject the lifestyle in satanic deception and are ready to live in integrity, examining their heart condition before God daily so as to ensure their motives are pure and ready to repent when they need to do so.
We therefore lay treasures for ourselves on earth when as though unsaved, our spiritual field of vision is centred on only what earth holds for us rather than focused on God’s heavenly realm and what it means to be a child of God; Believers in Christ are in the world but not of the world.
One is a hypocrites as defined by Jesus if one is self motivated or does things motivated by the carnal desire to show oneself as important or significant. Self motivation is rooted in self centredness and self dependence; one is the centre of their own universe! Pride comes before the fall. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
If the kingdom we partake of has its King or Head (Christ) who did not think it beneath him to associate with the rejects of society nor washed his disciples feet, then it is time to take another look at the way we define ourselves and our expectations from people we either relate to, disciple or happen to be less fortunate than us.
Matthew Chapter 6 as the bible on the whole, “speaks” loud and clear: Our Christian walk is not about pleasing and elevating ourselves before others, the “look at me I am a pious Christian” syndrome! It is about dying to self so that Christ can live in us and we can reproduce the Christlike nature in a world desperate for a saviour.
It is a call on God’s people to be dependant on God by making Christ the centre of every area of our lives and to daily pray for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done. May God take absolute control so that He supernaturally dismantles every “kingdom” we have built in different areas of our lives through surrendering our will to Satan.
May our daily confession be as that of Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20 KJV).
©6Aug2017 Deborah E. Nyamekye
At the Passover table for the sake of his remembrance, Jesus commanded his disciples saying
eat the bread; “…my body which is broken for you”, drink the wine; “…the new testament in my blood:”
At the Passover table, I, his disciple obey his command: my eating of the bread, his body is the crushing of my enemy, my drinking of the wine, his blood is the draining away of my sin.
In Jesus, the Passover Lamb, I pass over from death to life for the curse is broken, and death is forsaken.
At the Passover table, eating, I no more hunger for worldliness.
Drinking, I no more thirst for sinfulness.
For in the Pass Over, I have resurrection life.
“25Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. 26Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 WEB)
Inspired by New Testament Scriptures Quote (Lord’s Supper) from 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 30/03/2016
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His body was crushed and so was every sickness and disease whatever the name, great or small, from past to present until there was none.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
He was entombed and crushed satan’s head defeating the hordes of hell.
The angel appeared, opened the grave, saying “out!” then escaped the victor of heaven Our Saviour, the Resurrected Christ.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Armed with keys, My Saviour, opened graves, and broke chains saying “out!”, then escaped captives of hell.
We his Saints, the Resurrected with Christ. He ascended on high, taking captivity captive
saying “receive!” then gave he gifts to men. We his Saints, the Resurrected with Christ.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
..thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Source: New Testament – Eph. 4:8 (Psalm 68:18)/Quote: 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NLT
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 26/03/2016
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Your positive confessions of God’s Word goes a long way towards sustaining your focus on your God given vision because it changes your mindset; the “I can’t” become “I can” the “I won’t” became “I will…” You will be empowered and so nothing will stop you from doing the good that you know to do (not even yourself – Romans 7) Your impossibilities become possibilities for greater is He (Most High God) who is in you than he who is in the World. I declare and decree a mindset change, a shift for you today and everyday of your life (if you are not already walking in it – more if you are!) so that you will be able to envisage and take hold of all God’s promises for you through His Word and prophetically spoken into your life. Receive that which is yours ! – God’s divine empowerment and peace in the precious name of our one and only Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
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The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem – Matthew 21:1-11
21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to [a]Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose themand bring them to Me.3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 [b]All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, [c]and set Himon them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of theLord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Believing in Yeshua (Jesus) is the starting point to do works on behalf of Elohim God.
We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us when we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour.
As a result, the Holy Spirit governs our mind and we are restored the life of God that was lost because of the generational adamic sin nature and empowered by this same Spirit that rose Yeshua from the dead.
We are therefore enabled to be and manifest as instruments of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit answers to Messiah Yeshua who we believe in. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy is also the testimony of Yeshua.
This powerful treasure within is a treasure that enables us to do the works of God so that His excellency is made manifest in our lives for the glory of His matchless Name.
Therefore because of belief in Messiah Yeshua, we can “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”.
We can build my treasures in heaven and in His strength, we can do all things!
Praise the LORD GOD Almighty!
Other Scriptures referenced: 1Corinth.6:19, Romans 8:6, Rev. 19:10, Phil. 4:13, 2 Corinth.4:7, John 15:26, Romans 10:9-10, Matth.6:20 Quote: Col. 1:10
I woke early this morning and noted that there was a comment Left that I had to moderate. It was placed under my Post entitled “Remembering the Goodness of God”.
At first I was just going to delete it, but I thought, “no I will reply to it.”
COMMENT BY Mypbbooks: 1 Timothy 2:12-14 King James Version 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
My Reply: I have been called as a prophet and teacher by Almighty God. So go tell that to Him who created Paul the Apostle and called Deborah the prophet and several women e.g Kathleen Kulhmann, Cindy Jacobs etc… Many women as men have been and are still a blessing in ministry worldwide, there is no space here to give examples.
God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son that who so ever (not ONLY MEN) believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). In Yeshua (Jesus), there is no Greek, Jew, Male or Female… (Galatians 3:28) we are all one to fulfil our purposes. Almighty God created Paul and Jesus is greater than Paul.
Know this truth today, as God wants you to be instructed with it, sir, the Apostle Paul made that statement you quote from 1 Timothy 2 in the context of what was happening at the time. It does not mean that all women called by God should stop what they are doing in Service to God who called them; Paul also approved of several women ministers (yet you forget that) which confirms that in 1 Timothy 2:12-14 he was speaking about what was happening at the specific time and not against all females teaching. Even if he genuinely was against females teaching which I doubt (I have stated earlier that there are many examples of his approval) that was his humanly opinion not God’s because it contradicts God’s truth and purpose for all humanity;
The calling of God is not specific to any gender; when Abraham was called, (Genesis 12;1-3)God said his descendants will bless nations, not just MALE descendants. Matthew 28:19-21 the Great commission by Christ to his disciples does not state ONLY MEN should be in service to God, does it?
The five fold ministerial gifts /call to service in Ephesians 4:11-13 is a calling to service of God Almighty for MALE AND FEMALE and is not only for the MALE gender. Therefore your comment with 1 Timothy 2:12-14 under my post in which you attempt to end my calling to teach (people have done worst things to try to silence me, sir) because you think by me fulfilling my calling of God is usurping male authority is not from God Almighty who called me.
Sir, I forgive you but I must state the following:
For you to ignore all Apostle Paul’s references to female teachers/ministers which had no hint of disapproval and just stick to this one scripture 1 Timothy 2 as if it was the sole biblical authority prohibiting female ministers (it is yours and some other people’s false and out of context interpretation of scripture) shows that you need Holy Spirit inspired teaching and to overcome a deepset fear of women in minister which is rooted in false teaching you received.
Females who have blogs and teaching ministries are not usurping a man’s authority, we are doing what God has called us to do. Should we refrain because a man like you feels threatened? And why do you feel threatened instead of focusing on the blessed message God is using us, as well as men to bring to all, you included?
You need deliverance sir, seek God about this. Spend precious time with Him, He will instruct you. Jesus said to his disciples then and this message is for us now; “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”(John 8:31-32). Seek God alone through the scriptures (I have quoted some here and expounded on them) not false ministers for the truth and you will be set free.
I will never refrain from my God given call to please anyone, male or female, will you?
God bless you abundantly,
Deborah Esther Nyamekye
Deliver me from every deception O LORD, my Father!
You desire truth in the inward parts. You are the only one who cleanses my soul.
I offer myself to you once again as a living sacrifice.
All within me bows before you.My entrails hail you as LORD!
I give you my heart in exchange for your truth, never to be re-sold.
My knees bend on their own accord. Freely my mouth utters praises and my body willingly follows your leading.
Fastened by your Word, I abide in your presence forevermore.