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Part 2 God’s Ways: Maximising His Glory in what appears to be delay or denial

While I was tidying up, I saw a piece of paper dated 18th April 2013 on which I had written the following:
1. A quote I had seen written on a board (daily quotes are written on it) at Tooting Broadway underground station that day “The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it”

(Anonymous) and underneath I wrote:

2. “I meditated on the sermon on the subject of worship at church last night: “We have a God who is faithful whatever He has promised, He will fulfill or bring to pass”‘

I have a journal and at times I write things I need to remember for my journal on pieces of paper.

I knew it was not a coincidence I found the paper last night given I am writing this series on God’s glory maximised during the process of fulfilling His promises or miracles in what may appear to be delay or denial.

DELAY IS NOT DENIAL
For Glory maximisation: The Resurrection of Lazarus.
It is not surprising that Jesus would use the same strategy as Abba Father did (see Part 1), by prolonging the time in which he performed a miracle so as to reap as much glory out of it as possible. Jesus was simply affirming who He is, the incarnate Christ, God who came as man to redeem the world:Paul the apostle said
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation…” (Col. 1:15)

Jesus himself said “I and [my] Father are one” (John 10:30 KJV).

In his ministry, Jesus did what he saw the Father (God) doing and the Father was working through him to fulfill His will (John 5:17,19,30)

Having heard that Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not go to Bethany immediately, by the time Jesus arrived Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17). No one who knew he was sent for could understand why he had taken so long to come, after all he loved Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary. Even Mary told Jesus that her brother would have not died if he had come earlier.
Miracles reveal to the unbeliever that the God is indeed real and they testify that He sent Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ goal in his ministry was to glorify God and he chose at this time a strategy God also uses which would bring greater glory to God.

Jesus “stayed where he was two more days,..” (John 11:6) deliberately when he heard that Lazarus was sick
because the miracle of resurrecting Lazarus was a far greater glory inducing miracle than healing him would have been.

This is why Jesus said when he heard Lazarus was sick “this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”(John 11:4 KJV)
We should be encouraged that as God is glorifying himself in all the earth, so he is also performing miracles in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. There is also a lesson Mary and Martha as well as multitudes must have learnt following the resurrection of Lazarus as well as other miracles of God, which should also serve to assure us God is in absolute control in the worst circumstances. This lesson is that some situations get worst before they get better.
“The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it” (anonymous -see point 1 above)

For Glory Maximisation: The 10 plagues prior to the Exodus.
To the naked eye, Pharaoh was extremely defiant and unreasonable in his reluctance to let God’s people go despite several tragic incidents (plagues) which were devastating to the Egyptians and their land.
However when God sent Moses to Pharaoh to demand that he let the Israelites go, God literally spells out what He was going to do and why:
“And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn. And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, [even] thy firstborn.” ( Exodus 4:21-23 KJV)
“And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.” (Exodus 9:12 KJV)
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I [am] the LORD.”(Exodus 14: 4 KJV)
The evidence is therefore crystal clear; God allowed Pharaoh to refuse to release the Israelites from bondage each time until after the the tenth plague so that He would, during each of the ten times he sent Moses to Pharaoh, demonstrate His might and power. As a result the Egyptians suffered the consequences of Pharaoh’s hardened heart each time, the tenth and final one was by far the worst in that all the first born sons of the Egyptians died including Pharaoh’s.
The Lord plans to unleash vengeance on our enemies on our behalf and to deliver us from every demonic bondage because as His children and believers in Jesus we are his “first born sons” and so precious to Him.
It is worth noting that before Moses’ journey to Egypt when the Lord spoke to him, He mentioned that Pharaoh’s hardened heart would result in his first born son being slain (Ex. 4:23), Moses did not at the time envisage a prolonged nine plagues processes before this most devastating one of death to Egyptian first born sons.
As in this case, the Lord may ask us to do something but He may choose not to give us all the details of the time span, how he would do it or details of some of the joys or dangers and challenges we may encounter along the way but as Moses we must obey nevertheless because our lives or those of multitudes may depend on our obedience. Our obedience as that of Moses did although we may not be conscious of it often has eternal consequences and is for prophetic fulfillment.
Although the Israelites were doubtful and fearful revealed by how their suffering was intensified by Pharaoh at beginning of Moses’ demand he lets them go, the prolonged wait to perform His miracle of deliverance of His people was worth it to God. This is because through it He demonstrated that He was the one and only Almighty, Omnipotent God who Pharaoh, the magicians and gods of Egypt could not withstand or stop.
Our God is in every situation we go through. He sees, knows and cares. What appears to the naked eye or in the natural is often not what the full picture is or how it will remain permanently. 
In order to have God’s perspective of things or understanding of His ways, we must determine to stay as close to Him and Jesus Christ as possible through daily bible study, prayer and praise. The Holy Spirit is activated as a result and we become ones who walk in the Spirit with the gifts and fruit of the Spirit able to know God and have His wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

In addition, whatever the enemy throws at us will never derail us because our soul knows well that in every “storm” or unsettling situation God is at work in His supernatural ways we may not understand for however long it pleases Him to reap as much glory out of it as possible.

“We have a God who is faithful, whatever He has promised He will fulfill or bring to pass” (quote from a sermon see point 2 above).
I feel compelled here to include a link from my Poetry & Prose website/blog about the greatness of God and Christ as (Click) “The Almighty one: The I Am”
“You are blessed, determine to stay blessed”
Deborah Esther

Note: Part 1, posted yesterday 23rd October 

 Part 1 & 2 are excerpts from my book (Deborah Esther Nyamekye) God’s Ways Are Higher. 

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Part 1 God’s Ways: Maximising His Glory- Delay is not Denial

God did not allow Abraham and Sarah’s old age to serve as an obstacle to prevent him in fulfilling His promise that He would give them a son. If He had then it would mean that He would be confining himself within the boundaries that the “natural” or carnal man lives by. 
This type of person does not live by faith in God and so the things (ways and acts) of God which are spiritually discerned are foolishness to them (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Perceiving things from a carnal “natural man” point of view means that the idea that a woman of 90 years old, which is an age well past menopause, can conceive is impossible. As the angel Gabriel told Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, concerning Elizabeth who was also past child bearing age “with God nothing shall be impossible”(Luke 1:37 KJV)

Our God is the great I Am, the Almighty God also called El Elyon, the Most High God, creator and possessor of the whole universe!! He is a “mountain mover”; no obstacle whatever it’s size is insurmountable by Him in the pathway of fulfilling His plans and purposes to the glory of His Name and Kingdom.

Therefore we serve a God who is as controller of the universe does what He chooses to do and when He chooses to do it. This is why if we choose to be as the Spiritual man of 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, walking in and judging by the Spirit as ones with the minds of Christ, we are guaranteed an understanding of God’s ways. True worshippers who worship God in Spirit and truth these last days are who God is looking for (John 4:24).

DELAY IS NOT DENIAL, BUT TO REAP MAXIMUM GLORY

It is worth noting that it took 25 years before the promise by God to give Abraham a child came to fruition. Abraham was called out of Haran and from among his relatives by God at the age of 75 (Gen 12:1-3) and God promised to make him a father of many nations. He was 100 years old when Isaac was born Sarah was 90 years old.

Through this incident we are given an insight into one of God’s ways rooted in His nature or thoughts (as He thinks so He is) which is how He strategises a number of times in scripture to prolong the waiting time for the manifestation of His promises or miracles so as to reap the maximum glory out of them.

imageIn the case of Abraham waiting for 25 years before the son of promise was born, this meant that the extent of awe of having Sarah give birth at an even older age than when she first heard the promise and the extent of shame rendered to doubters and mockers was far greater than if God had performed the miracle the year the promise was given or earlier than when it was fulfilled.

We serve a multi-tasking God who while reaping the maximum glory out of a situation through a chosen strategy will simultaneously be applying another strategy within the first also for His glory.

For instance, God also strategised that Abraham and Sarah would benefit during the waiting period for their child. They benefitted in that their faith, patience and preserverance in relation to God, His ways and acts were strengthened. God will use every opportunity to transform our hearts and minds so that we become more like Him through Christ Jesus.

By the time Isaac was born, Abraham’s faith and trust in God was such that he did not hesitate to commence the sacrificial process of Isaac, his much sought after son when God told him to do so. When he was about to kill Isaac, God provided a substitute, a ram.God’s command to Abraham was a test (Genesis 22:1) and he revealed to Abraham that he had passed the test in this manner:

“And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I…Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.” (Gen 22:11-12 KJV)

God also foreknew that Ishmael would be conceived by Hagar Sarah’s Egyptian maid and Abraham due to impatience while they waited on God to fulfill His promise. Therefore while to the natural mind Ishmael’s birth was an accident, in God’s supernatural plan it was not. Ishmael’s birth and therefore destiny as a means through whom nations would be born (Abrahamic inheritance, although different to that of Isaac) was God’s will otherwise He would not, in His sovereignty have allowed it to happen.

Despite challenges, impatience with God and testing along the way, Abraham prevailed and was imputed with the righteousness of God as well as an all time recognition as a world renowned man of faith.

Abraham must have been filled with awe and thankfulness (although scripture does not state this) when he contemplated not only what God had done for him and Sarah but how He had done it; God reaped more glory before multitudes out of Abraham and Sarah’s prolonged wait for the promise than if God had done it another way and it included increasing this couple’s knowledge of the thoughts, strategies and actions of the God they worshipped.

As children of God, we ought to be encouraged by this as we live our Christian lives because at any given time, God has our destinies perfectly marked out. 

Also as long as we continue to partner with Him, He will fulfill His promises to us no matter how long it takes while removing every obstacle and reaping as much glory out of the process as possible.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther x

©2015 Deborah E. Nyamekye 

Tomorrow: Part 2 God’s Ways: “Maximising His Glory in what appears to be delay or denial”

These series are excerpts from my book (Deborah E. Nyamekye): God’s Ways Are Higher (Amazon books online)
 

What is a miracle?

After praying for a woman who had a tumour as large as an unborn child and she was healed (in the 1800s), John G Lake (pastor, healing minister & evangelist) an American who also ministered and lived in South Africa and founded the Healing Rooms in Spokane Washington D.C said
 “What is a miracle? it is the tangible evidence of the supreme control of the Spirit of God over every character and form of materiality. 
Beloved the power of such an event, such an act and sign, shows you and me that through living, positive, actual contact with the Spirit of God, all things are possible. Blessed be His Name!….” quote from book Adventures in God by John G. Lake (pg 5)

In a nutshell, Christianity is…

“…living facts of what Christianity is: the divine power of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, filling a man’s soul and body, flashing though his nature like a holy flame, accomplishing the will of God..” John G. Lake, prayer warrior, Pastor, Healing Minister & Evangelist from his book “Adventures in God” (page 6)

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Trust God or your Feelings? that is the question

 

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When we come to Christ we must learn to live by faith in God.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
(Heb. 11:1 KJV).

We don’t see those things we hope for yet, but we believe we have obtained them. We don’t always feel righteous but we believe we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We don’t question what God will do, we just accept it, why? Because the God in whom we believe has either spoken to us directly or through others and His word.

When we come to Christ, we are declared a new creation because old things have passed away and all things have become new. We may not feel like “a new creation” sometimes during our Christian lives, but who are we going to believe our feelings or God? That is the fundamental question right there!

In the journey of sanctification as a child of God, the old or carnal nature is raging wild because it is losing its battle to stay alive, it’s agreement with Satan and his demons is no longer effective in controlling our soul (mind, intellect and emotions) as before.

This is because as we live a life of praise, prayerfulness and bible study, we become totally surrendered to God and develop a “Spiritual man into God” nature. Living in the Spirit daily our soul learns to distinguish between what we do that is motivated by Satan and what is motivated by God and we are empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit to reject satan’s control of our mind, intellect and emotions.

The carnal or natural man cannot know the things of God because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinth.2:14)
In addition:
“For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.7Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:6-10 KJV)

Praise the Lord that with sanctification and maturity comes the dying of self so that the natural tendency to act out our feelings at a whim or quickly declines increasingly. If we are still struggling in these areas, our God is faithful to help us when we acknowledge our weaknesses and sins before him.

By God’s revelation we know that our feelings are naturally under the influence of our soul (mind, intellect and emotions) and reveal the condition of our soul most of the time. The degree of sanctification of our soul nature is dependent on the degree in which we are surrendered to God. How we feel about ourselves, others and situations is therefore often a reflection of the state of our soul.

When we live by the Apostle Paul’s following admonition based on the word of God: “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8 KJV).

it is inevitable that our souls will be transformed and aligned with how God feels about us and our feelings serve as an outlet to affirm the changes we are experiencing to the glory of God.

While our soul is being transformed daily, maintaining an attitude of having a reverential fear of God is important as well as remembering that our dependence is always on God. This is regardless of our spiritual gifts or an advanced knowledge of the bible. In short, an attitude of humility before God is important.

Why? This is because our feelings must be kept in check as we can still be deceived into believing something that is untrue and so be misled. For instance, when I feel a certain way, it does not necessarily mean that is a true indication of the circumstances. As believers in Christ, if we have not already done so, we must awaken to the fact that in the Christian journey there may be areas of our souls that are not yet completely surrendered to God. This is because in our lives before Christ the enemy reinforced his might in those areas due to things we may have got involved in or we had no control over.

This is why however much sanctified or close to God we think we are, we should still be cautious in trusting our feelings, for they could be giving us signals contrary to what God is saying. How do I know for sure what the reality is? I must wait patiently on the LORD in prayer or speak to Him about the way I feel. I need to ask Him to give me clarity and understanding directly or through His word. This is because quick decisions based on the way I feel are likely to cost me heartache or distress because they could be rooted in deception.

Dear brothers and sisters let us remember that it is what God says about us that defines us not our feelings. It is important to meditate regularly on what the word of God says about who we are as children of God.

You may feel insignificant because of how you were treated in your formative years by family or peers at some point in your life. However as a child of God, He says that He loves you, you are precious and his delight and this is why He sent Jesus for you.

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer 31:3 KJV).

“Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married” (Is.62:3-4 KJV).

Jesus spoke of how the greatness of his love for mankind compelled him to give up his life for us, his friends (John 15:13 KJV).

You may be plagued with guilt about a certain area of your life, but God says
-When you came to Christ, he blotted out all your sins and remembers them no more (Is. 43:25 KJV).
-There is no condemnation for you because you are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-3)

My prayer for you is that you may “abound in knowledge and … insight” and be able to discern the truth as concerns your feelings and their alignment with the will of God in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Phil. 1:9-10 NIV)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 10/12/2015

(originally blogged on 10/12/2015, then 21/02/2016)

 

 

 

Nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award – Feb. 2016

imageI give thanks and Glory to God for this surprise nomination from God’s beloved Emma Negrete of https://emmaonegrete.wordpress.com/

Emma, thank you and God bless you, you are such an inspiration to multitudes and I look forward to reading more of your great posts.

I am fairly new in the blogging world (November 2015) and only realised while browsing a fellow blogger’s site in later December that such awards exist.

THE RULES (for nominees)
1.Thank the person that has nominated you and include a link to their blog
2.Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice
3.Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
4.Share seven different faces about yourself.

You will find more than 7 things about me in my “about” page ( the rules require this – see above for rules) and I will be sending links to 15 people I will also nominate for this award.

God bless you!

Deborah Esther

 

 

Hepzibah’s Visitations Part I.

Most Noble Counsellor: “Have faith in an unrelenting faithful God”

scrollI had a visitation from the Most Noble Counsellor, I saw His glistening form clad in white garments and only the lower part of His face with a magnified mouth and a tongue that appeared as a long white scroll extending to the ground before me upon which was much biblical text. I rubbed my eyes and looked again.

He smiled and said to me in a loud resonating voice “Yes you see well Hepzibah, I have been sent to you about the question of your faith. Your repetitive words “I will only believe when I see it!”
concerning the miraculous deeds and promises of the Most High God, thunders to the hearing of the Heavenly crowd.

Remember Christ said “…blessed are they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed(1)”

Truly these are the ones who will launch out in the deep and sink to the bottomless abyss for His sake
Why? Because they have the assurance for endurance that
Jesus is in their Life Boat. You are called to be among them.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen (2)”

By faith in Christ’s Word those who are his see miracles galore when fishing in the sea and even for men.
At his command the troubled waters are calmed and even man’s soul finds peace in the storms of life.

Faith is trusting in God who you cannot see physically but you are able to say like David
“Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net(3)”.

“God is not a man that He should lie neither the son of man that He should repent(4)” for He commended prophet Jeremiah for seeing clearly what He showed him, saying “I will hasten my word to perform it (5)”.

If God is faithful to send waters on the earth for seed time and harvest and man’s provision would He
not send forth His Word to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent?
And when you pray, believe that you have received whatever you ask for and it will be yours.”

I replied trembling with excitement “Most Noble Counsellor your words penetrate my mind as the falling rain on patched soil reviving life!
As you spoke, seared into my heart as with hot iron from the furnace, were two key points.

“What are they Hepzibah?”

“It is simple yet powerful and true: To be victorious in life is to walk in blind faith in my unrelenting faithful God and to pull down the blinds on doubt, an aggressive opponent to faith.

He replied “You understand well, stand on this rock of truth enclosing my words to you and you shall be victorious along the path set before you, most blessed child of God.”

Then he departed, but I still feel His presence and the weight of His sacred message from Almighty God which I live by daily. Thank you LORD!

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Quotes/verses used: (1)John 20:29 (2)Heb.11:1, (3) Psalm 25:15 (4)Numbers 23:19, (5) Jer. 1:12, Luke 5:4, Mark 4:35-41, Isaiah 55:10-12, Mark 11:24
 ©Deborah E.Nyamekye 02/02/2016