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In Luke 9:57-62 we read about three potential disciples of Jesus. Brethren as we enter into the closing of this year (the last quarter), it is important to take stock of this year and the previous years that we have walked with the LORD.
This account of three potential disciples is one of many biblical accounts which will help us. It will enable us to think things through, confess our sins and repent and decide to be more vigilant if we need to, as well as give God thanks for what He has done and is about to do.
I. Potential disciple no. 1
“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.” (Luke 9:57-58 KJV).
This man decided to follow Jesus by himself. Jesus’ reply implies that he was asking the man whether he had considered the cost of following him. Jesus at the time did not have his own accommodation. It is noteworthy that Jesus did not tell him what to do but gave his own life as an example of the type of life the man would have if he follows Jesus.
If you have chosen to follow God, you must know that you have Covenanted to be Christlike and so should be ready to pay the price.
Jesus was saying “Have you counted the cost?”, “can you pay the price of homelessness or going from place to place and so not being guaranteed accommodation or a comfortable life?”
What has your Christian life been like until this point? Are you aware of the costs or do you count the cost of following Jesus Christ?
Morris Cerullo in the devotional “Journey into the promised Land” lists some of the costs of following Christ as follows
1. Sacrifice as well as service (1 John 3:16)
2. Loneliness (2 Timothy 1:15)
3.Rejection and criticism (John 1:11)
4. Persecution (2 Corinthians 11:23-27).
It is only those who live in the reality that there are indeed costs and have made a conscious decision to not only consider them daily but are willing to go through them, who are able to live victorious Christian lives.
II.Potential Disciple no. 2
” 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:59-60 KJV).
When Jesus called this man, the man felt he could still continue making his own decisions and so prioritise his own desires I.e burying his father, as he had done before he was called. However Jesus’ response is clear; the calling of God requires one to prioritise the kingdom of God or whatever God has called one to do as opposed to what one wants to do.
Please know that Jesus was not saying one’s parents or family are not important or that we should not attend to them. Nothing must be placed before the call of God.
Jesus loved his family a sign being when on the cross of crucifixion, he spoke in a manner to both his mother and John that gave John the Apostle the understanding that Jesus wanted him to take care for his mother, so John took her into his home after Jesus died (John 19:25-27).
This was also revealed when Jesus spoke to the people and someone told him is mother and brethren wanted to speak to him. He replied
“48… Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
“49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt.12:48-50 KJV)
As we can see, as with the first potential disciple, Jesus was teaching his “do as I do” principle for despite his love for his family, Jesus prioritised the work of the ministry over and above them which was the will of God.
Brethren, do you prioritise your will over and above that of the will of God?
Your response maybe “well I often don’t know God’s will so I just get on with what I want to do and hope it is”.
If this is the case, my prayer is that you would spend time in fasting and prayer even as you enter into 2016 asking the Lord to reveal His will for your life to you and also that you would refrain from making hasty decisions and learn to wait on the Lord.
III.Potential Disciple no. 3
“61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62 KJV).
This man wanted to follow the Lord, however he wanted to take time to do something first, or wanted to follow God but on his own terms. Jesus’ reply affirms the motives of the man’s heart; He was holding onto his past life, torn between committing to God wholeheartedly and living in the world.
Brethren, as you may know, when God calls us, He requires us to respond immediately and not to start thinking of what we have left undone and need to do first, or put off obeying God until it suits us. At times we may decide to do something first which we convince ourselves is part of or compliments the calling of God or what He is asking us to do. Partial obedience is not obedience.
I pray to God that everyone reading this will from henceforth be even more sensitive to God’s leading in your lives so that you will not hesitate to know what He is calling you to do. Also that God would grant you an increased measure of His gift of discerning of spirits and the ability to stay in the place of praise, prayer, bible reading and meditation.
This is so that as you abide in this realm consistently, you will be able to hear God’s voice in whichever way He chooses to speak to you. In Jesus name Amen.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 28/12/2015
ATTENTION A NEW INTERNATIONAL CHARITY – ARE YOU INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE? WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS.
Biblia Poesy SocialCare
A Creative Literary Social Action initiative (Not for Profit Charity) mobilising the Body of Christ to encourage and teach hearts one nation at a time ((Matt24:14/28:19-20)
Subsidiary of Bearwitness-Forerunner Ministries Int.
We aim to use scripturally inspired and formulated Spoken Word Prose/Poetry to exhort, evangelise or engage in community outreach in personal homes, residential care homes, youth/learning disability Homes/Centres, Prisons and Home/cell groups for the purpose of spreading the gospel, encouraging & strengthening the faith of believers and bringing healing & deliverance to multitudes.
In May this year, the LORD put on my heart to get my poetry books Our God Reigns- Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry Volume 1 & 2 (Volume 3 is underway) into Residential Homes for the elderly.
There is a niche among the aforementioned; This is a creative way to evangelise or share the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
I later felt led to include Youth/Learning difficulties Recreational Centres, Church cell or home groups and Prison ministries as well.
Link to my poetry books on Amazon (Amazon allows you to see table of contents and a couple of pages as well) Click here
The books are sent free to those who want to partake of this charity, the link is just to show you what they look like.
When I had this idea, I felt that I was to start this initiative and then encourage other believers in Christ to do the same. I have been praying and getting ready to start contacting places with this Ministry project, however my first chance basically fell on my lap!
At church during a bible study last week in which we were asked to think of ways to reach others for Christ, a lady who works in a residential care home for the elderly encouraged anyone to come and meet with the residents for a chat and that many are lonely and would welcome visitors or people to chat with.
I spoke to her afterwards about what I feel led to do and she thought it was a great idea. She gave me her details & the address of the care home.
3.How exactly can the poetry books “Our God Reigns” be used for evangelism, outreach or encouragement?
My poetry in these books covers a variety of topics, some are straight forward evangelistic, others express the nature and might of God/Jesus Christ giving thanks and glory to him for all things.
Others are an expression of the believers hope in,love for,dependence on,expectations of (etc) God and Christ.
I believe each poem is inspired by God. The poems are written with scriptures in mind and some are formulated from specific scriptures. At times there are bible quotes within the poems. 99% have scriptural references at the end of the poems.
The person who decides to use a poem can do any of the following:
-simply read the poem out (or perform it – some are spoken word /story telling prose) and welcome comments and questions.
-start of or end with reading of the scriptures referenced within or under the poem in question before reading it.
-do the aforementioned but also prepare a short exhortation or teaching around the subject of the poem.
-before starting of course one has to pray and also ask the LORD to use them to ask questions or say things related to the poems or the poems themselves would result in discussions intended to plant redemptive seeds, cause people to make a decision for Christ or rededicated their lives to Christ.
My hope is that the person will use this as an opportunity to also ask if anyone wants prayer or would like to attend a Church if these readings are outside the church setting e.g. Residential Homes & Youth Homes/Centres.
A list of local churches that one has researched should be on hand and one or two suggested if the answer is yes.
4.Who can get a free copy?
Anyone who agrees to pursue a similar Ministry in Residential Care Homes or Youth/Learning Disabilities Recreational Centres, Prison ministries or use it for their cell or home groups will get a free copy of one of my poetry books to start with.
When in future I have connected with management in centres who would welcome such a Ministry, I will also let those who connect with Biblia Poesy SocialCare know of them. My vision is to have a database of such centres.
They will decide which one of the volumes they will start with first by having a look at the table of contents which I can email or forward via Facebook. I can also meet with them to show them the books if possible.
Any one from any nation can request for a free book (or more) by sending
-Explain how you intend to use the Poetry book “Our God Reigns” to be a blessing in your community or through a Ministry at your church:
How many copies are needed (note the Volume 1 or 2):
Contact: Deborah Esther Nyamekye
5.What is the Author’s request?
The author requests for quarterly reports as to how those who have copies of her books are getting on in terms of pursuing the vision statement (point 1) or goals of this Social Action for the glory of God.
The reporting is informal and can be verbal, by email or handwritten.
A willingness to pray with others doing the same thing locally or through a conference call across nations would be great.
6. Can anyone give a donation?
As this is a Not for Profit charity, we welcome donations which includes postage costs.
Please contact me personally if you would like to donate. We will supply account details on our website.
We ask for your prayers as we take this Ministry forward, trusting God that He will fulfil this mission as He birthed it.
This is part of us doing our part in spreading the Word of God in all the earth before the end of the age so that as many people would hear it, make a decision for Christ or be strengthen in their faith.
God bless you Deborah E. Nyamekye
Biblia Poesy SocialCare
A subsidiary of Bearwitness Forerunner Ministries Int.
What does living sacrificially for God really mean?
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have been called to not only bring ourselves to the altar of sacrifice as covenanted children of God, but also to bring all that belongs to us and all who we love to the altar of sacrifice. The term altar of sacrifice simply means committing ourselves, what is ours, people and things we love sacrificially to the LORD.
The use of the word “altar” here is in reference to Abraham and how he obeyed God by preparing to sacrifice his son Isaac at the altar as he would do a ram or a goat. It was when he was about to kill his son Isaac that God stopped him and provided a ram as a substitute.
God then said “16..Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” (Gen. 22:16-17NLT).
As in Abraham’s case, it is evident that it is not enough being covenanted or surrendered to God as Abraham was, He requires us to covenant or surrender all that we cherish to him.
God also led me to think further about what else constitutes a sacrificial life unto God. What came to mind is the fact that our calling is to not only love God but others sacrificially.
As much as we love God unreservedly or sacrificially and we love ourselves as a result, we are also called to love others, believers and non believers, unconditionally.
“Jesus replied, “..,You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’””Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” (John 10:26-28 NLT). One’s “neighbour” is either a Christian or a non Christian.
Sadly many hold back from expressing love and therefore care for others because of past experiences of being hurt or rejected when they had done so. Some leaders have also developed the erroneous mindset that the mark of a good leader is one who ensures they show their authority by not being too familiar with their subordinates.
Jesus ate at table with his disciples, washed their feet and allowed one of them John to rest on his bosom. Jesus did these things and more to demonstrate that in the Kingdom of God the mark of a great and true leader is one who is not afraid to demonstrate humility and love to those they lead.
One can give all one’s goods to the poor and manifest diligence in Godly service and have gifts of prophecy among others, but if one is not demonstrating the sacrificial God kind of love them one is actually not pleasing God. The Apostle Paul expressed it in this manner to the Corinthians
“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” (1 Corinth. 13:2 NLT).
Jesus who died a sacrificial death for mankind said “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13NLT).
Jesus taught as follows “…I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44 NLT)
It is worthy to note Jesus used the word “friend” in Matthew 5:44. Indeed it is sacrificial to “lay down one’s life” for someone who is not even blood related to us and also for our enemies. It means we are willing to go the extra mile in terms of demonstrating unconditional love and kindness towards them.
Jesus was criticised by the Jewish religious leaders for keeping company with “many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners…” (Mark 2:15-16 NLT).
If we are able to love sacrificially despite being at the risk of making ourselves vulnerable and therefore open to criticism and rejection, then we are truly manifesting sacrificial behaviour for the sake of God as Christ did, hence affirming our love for God.
The Apostle John said “If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20 NLT).
Let us always remember brethren that what constitutes genuine sacrificial living before God “at the altar of sacrifice” includes but goes beyond what we normally think of as sacrifice which is the giving of ourselves, all that belongs to us i.e. those we love, to God.
In fact the affirmation of whether we are true Children of God who please God is determined by how we relate to our fellow human beings.
Therefore Brethren, when we are committed to doing all that we desire to do as living sacrifices unto God, let us remember that God places great significance on how we conduct our interpersonal relationships on a day to day basis. May He help us in our weakness.
Poem – Altar of Sacrifice
At the altar of sacrifice
I arise from the fall,
surrendering before God,
I give Him my all.
My all is giving of my heart
and that is where I start.
My all is offering what’s so dear
’cause of reverential fear of God.
At the altar of sacrifice,
I give my all
to stand tall before the LORD.
My all is loving mankind
as I am loved by God
who is one of a kind.
My all is giving up my life for
friends and praying for my foes.
Always ready to pay a price,
I surrender all
at the Altar of Sacrifice.
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 11/06/2016
Part 1 Part 2
Date: Saturday, 2nd July 2016 Date: Saturday, 2nd October 2016
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Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Host: Deborah Esther Nyamekye, Teacher & Prophetic Intercessor
Teaching will give valuable wisdom, knowledge, prophetic insight and understanding from biblical characters’ destiny paths applicable to one’s daily life. Insight into why some fulfil their destinies & others fail to do so & lessons to learn and also how holiness impacts on the Christian identity & destiny.
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1.Identity, destiny or purpose on earth.
Teachings will emphasis that when partnering with God for the aforementioned to be fulfilled, it is important to partner with Him in relation to point 2 below:
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We give thanks and praise to God for His mighty Word which is
“…living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart”(Heb. 4:12 WEB).
As believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God (the Old and New Testament) is essential to us for holy living because as food gives nourishment to the body so the Word of God nourishes our spirits and souls.
When Jesus was undergoing temptation at the hands of Satan, Satan told him to prove that he was the Son of God, by turning stones into bread. But Jesus “answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt.4:4 KJV)
Jesus himself spoke of the power of God (Holy Spirit) in his words when he said to his disciples
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life. (John 6:63 KJV).
The personification of Jesus as both the Word and Spirit of God is evidenced in the following two scriptures:
-Jesus is the Word of God
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God.3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made….14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”(John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
-Jesus is the quickening (or Life-Giving) Spirit:
“So it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.”(1 Corinth. 15:45 KJV).
God’s Word is true:
“Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.” (Ps. 119:160 KJV).
We give thanks and praise to God that as we abide in Christ we know the truth and are set free from demonic bondage (John 8:32).
As the Word of God is true and life-giving so too we must speak life and truth into situations and people’s lives. In other words we must be instruments of blessing and encouragement not only by acts of service to God but in what we say because as God’s children, we are anointed by His indwelling Spirit.
We however take nothing for granted and our daily prayer should be as that of David
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV).
We have the Word of God available to us, His written Word and spoken word personally or through prophecy. May we meditate on God’s Word which is “sweeter than honey”(Psalm 119:103) in our mouth and receive the same “joy and rejoicing” in our hearts that Jeremiah did:
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”(Jeremiah 15:16 KJV).
When we are afflicted we receive encouragement and comfort by reading and meditating about the goodness of God in His Word:
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me.(Ps.119:50)
“Unless thy law [had been] my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”(Ps.119:92).
Proverbs 3:13 states “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom the man who gains understanding”.
Also we know that “there is no [Human] wisdom or understanding or counsel that can prevail against the Lord.” (Prov. 21:30).
So whose wisdom do we seek after?
The Lord’s of course; “How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16).
In God and Christ “are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden” (Colossians 2:3 KJV).
Our prayer to God daily should be “…teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps.90:12 KJV)
We praise God that we obtain His wisdom and understanding from reading and meditating on His Word:
“through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts… I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me… Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” (Ps.119:98-100,102,104 KJV).
Seeking direction or guidance? As we read God’s word prayerfully we are led and guided by His wisdom
“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Ps.119:105 KJV). We are therefore able to refrain “our feet from every evil way” (vs 101).
Brethren, be reminded that the Word of God by which He created the world is “forever settled in heaven” (Ps.119:89) and therefore as we find security in God so too we find security in His Word.
Whatever He has planned concerning your life is settled and unchanging. As the rain comes down, so too God sends His Word into the earth realm for the fulfillment of His plans and purposes (Is. 55:10-12). This includes His prophetic words concerning your personal life.
We give you thanks and praise that whatever we need is found in your Word. We also thank you for the many times you speak to us personally as we meditate on scripture and through prophetic people assuring us that you are with us and in absolute control of our lives. Amen.
You are blessed. Determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 17/12/2015
(posted on 17/12/2015 & 27/04/2016)
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Title: LOVE INTERTWINED
Subtitle: Behold Jesus Christ & His Beloved Disciples
Author: Deborah Esther Nyamekye
Publishers: Light of the World-John8.12 publishing
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On sale: 30th April 2016
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Description of book
“Love Intertwined” is a book for Christians, students of the bible, and those seeking the meaning of life. It serves as a bible study, meditation and devotional manual.
-To help the reader or student to better understand the character and mission of Jesus Christ, the Messiah as presented in the New Testament and particularly the Gospel of John, the Apostle.
-The book gives a detailed revelation of the relationship between Father God and the Lord Jesus first and foremost and how this relationship impacts the disciples of Jesus and their relationship with him. The part of Holy Spirit plays in these relationships is also explored in detail.
-It helps the Christian know how they can live a fruitful Christian life in true intimacy with God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
With this focus on the centrality of Christ in their Christian walk, the believer in Christ is able to live a victorious Christian life.
-Personal and Group Bible Study & Meditation:
1) It is for the purpose of aiding Christians or those interested in the Christian faith to easily understand basic truths, doctrines and principles of the Christian faith as they read and study the New Testament, particularly the Gospels.
2) To serve as an aid to the disciple of Jesus in grouping together similar themes or topics about Jesus and his ministry gleaned from the book of John. It is then possible to cross reference these with similar themes from other biblical books, thus enabling one to easily perceive and understand the central message across chapters and verses.
To this end, the book serves as an aid to Personal and Group Bible Study and Meditation.
-To enlighten the reader to the wisdom, understanding and counsel that can be derived from God while studying the scriptures.
At the end of each chapter, there is
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In Honour of EARTH DAY, 22nd April 2016:
I found out this morning that today is EARTH DAY (check out http://www.earthday.org/), so I decided to re-post my teaching/devotional entitled “God is Loving the World through You” first posted in Valentine week 2016 (God of Love!!). It expresses not just how valuable we are to God, but reminds us of our creation mandate which also includes the call of God to be responsible for the earth and all living things:
God is Loving the World through You!
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
God revealed this when He came in the person of Jesus Christ through the nation of Israel to redeem anyone who would accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour from a life of sin so that they would have eternal life. However let us remember brethren that His love is not just for mankind but the whole world. These two scriptures make it clear:
“…God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinth. 5:19 KJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)
As we can see, the Apostles wrote “world” rather than “man” in these verses.
Man, in God’s eyes is not apart from the world, redemption for the world is through man. There needs to be a massive mindset change among multitudes of Christians, there is a prophetic sound from our Lord which has been resonating loud and clear “it is not all about you, I am loving the world through you, I call you to partner with me!”
God was in Christ during his ministry on earth reconciling the world back to Himself, and as His children empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ He continuous His world reconciliation process. What a privilege to be God’s missionaries to family, neighbours, colleagues and multitudes across the nations.
God’s children are mandated and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be “Ambassadors” (2 Corinth 5:20) or the “Light of the world” (Matt.5:14), to preach, disciple, baptise and to bring healing and deliverance to multitudes (Mark 16:15-18/Matthew 28:18-20).
In these modern times one does not even have to physically travel to other nations of the world to evangelise or preach the gospel in foreign lands, for social media gives us many ways of doing so.
The extent of gratitude is difficult to express in words when one contemplates the worth of human beings to God; He not only loves us with an everlasting love to the point of sending His Son to die a sacrificial death for us, but He chose to give the redeemed saints the responsibility to be instruments of deliverance, salvation and therefore world reconciliation on His behalf.
One thing we know is that God values human beings more highly than any living creature, after all we are created in His magnificent image. He gave His first human beings, Adam and Eve the following authority and responsibility no other creature has
“…fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”(Gen 1:28 KJV).
This responsibility over his surroundings and other creatures was confirmed when
“..the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”(Gen 2:15 KJV)
and when having created the animals and birds, God “…brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.” (Gen 2:19 KJV)
In Psalm 8 the psalmist is full of praise for a God who is so “mindful” of man to the point of elevating him as trustworthy enough to be given responsibility over the works of God’s hands (His creation) even “babes” are His instruments!
He says “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..9O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! (Ps 8:3-6,9KJV)
In verse 6 when the Psalmists states that all things have been put under man’s feet, we are reminded of
-him who has all things under his feet, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! (Eph.1:22, Heb.2:8) and has given the Saints the authority to trample upon “…serpents and scorpions and all the powers of the enemy” and has promised to protect us (Luke 10:18-19).
After Adam and Eve sinned they and their descendants were banished from God’s intimate presence and lost their place of elevation as trustworthy by God and therefore their position as God’s representatives on earth (God’s delegated authority for dominion and responsibility).
However God never stopped loving human beings! Even though he punished them, He made a way for their restored intimate fellowship with Him through the promise in Gen. 3:15, which is that the seed (the Messiah, Jesus) of the woman would crush the head of the serpent. We give thanks and praise to God that through Christ’s redemptive work on the cross (crushing of the serpent’s head), he made a way (John 14:6-7) for us to be restored or reconciled into intimate fellowship with Abba Father.
Therefore through Christ, as the redeemed, we are in effect restored to what I call our “Creation Mandate”, the purpose for which God created human beings. Praise the LORD!
This purpose is not only to live in God’s presence and have fellowship with God through His Word and in prayer and praise and to minister to others inside and outside the church but to also be His instruments for the upkeep of the earth, taking care of it as according to His Word. His desire is that we would do so in obedience to Him because we love Him. Jesus said that those who obey his commandments love him and their reward is that God’s presence or glory will be made manifest in their lives (John 14:21-23).
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the extent of our responsibility as redeemed human beings which is far beyond cultivating intimacy with God and caring for or bringing other human beings to God, when he said that “all creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19 NIV). All creation.
As I have personally planned to do more of this, I pose the following questions to you;
Do you play your part in taking care of the environment or the Recycling process?
Would you be willing to volunteer at some stage in your life, if you do not already, to help the cause of organisations that work to either protect the natural food cycle, environment in general or work to prevent harm to wildlife?
I personally believe that the initial and continued efforts by governments and key organisations worldwide focused on the need to work towards ending climate change and other hazards to the environment and wildlife was God birthed. This is simply because God loves the whole world, all His living creatures and the environment they live in.
I wrote this poem after a time of meditation and prayer focused on God’s love and personal heart issues in relation to love.
“…GOD IS LOVE” 1 John 4:8
Oh that my expressions of love would reflect your kind of love, LORD
and that my desire to be loved would be as arrows in my quiver
aimed directly at you and you alone my LOVE.
When I am in your presence, LORD
and touch Love,
for you are Love.
When I am near you LORD,
for you are Love.
When I am in need of comfort,
I rest on your bosom fragranced with your Love.
When I walk the tightrope of fear,
I am fastened to your arms of Love,
then I am filled with hope of a
safe landing because I remember that
“GOD IS LOVE”
This phrase I start the poem with “Oh that my expressions of love would reflect your kind of love, LORD”, is a daily prayer for myself and my Christian brothers and sisters. I deliberately used the plural “expressions” for as we aim to seek God alone for fulfilment in terms of love, my prayer is that we would be channels through whom His “Kind of love” would be poured out (so to speak) in different ways or “expressions” into the world; to fellow human beings, other living creatures and the environment…
May God love the hungry through you– Do you have food to share ?
May God love the homeless through you – Do you have shelter to share or a room to offer ?
May God love the lonely and suffering through you – Do you have a listening ear, hugging arms and praying lips ?
How else can God express who He is (Love) through you?
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
When we read about the ministry of Jesus, one thing that is clearly evident is how he taught so much about principles of the Kingdom of God and effective Kingdom living through having the right attitude and heart condition before God. He would teach with direct speech, use parables or illustrations.
A key point worth noting in relation to Jesus’ ministry is the fact that God cares very much about the life of a believer in Jesus beyond their salvation and is determined to ensure that we fight the good fight of faith so as to be winners in His camp or that we overcome every obstacle through the finished work at Calvary by our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Jesus knew that the best way to reconcile mankind to God, even beyond salvation to a place of consistent intimacy was not only to teach about the principles and requirements of the kingdom of God but to engage with them in the area of prayer. Prayer is communication with God by true believers in Christ who have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. The Holy Spirit is first and foremost the power of God. Without a life of communication with God in a fervent, consistent and frequent manner, the power to sustain victorious Christian living is impossible. We can have all the teaching of the Word possible but if we do not have a relationship with the source from whom we have the Word, then we are unable to grasp the meaning of the Word. A relationship with God in the power of the Holy Spirit is cultivated through prayer and enables the Holy Spirit to teach us and consistently remind us of the teachings of Jesus.
“26I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27But you have received the Holy Spirit,and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spiriti teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. (1 John 2:26-27 NLT)
“… when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.(John 14:26 NLT)
Jesus was therefore determined that believers in him then and thereafter would
1. understand the importance of having time away from all the noise and busyness of the world to be with Abba Father.
What did he do to be our perfect example in relation to this?
In Luke 5:16 we read
“..Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer” (NLT)
The NIV translates “..Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”.
Also we read in Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
When Jesus isolated himself several times during his ministry to pray, reflecting on how he preached before his crucifixion (John 17), we can conclude that he not only prayed for himself, but he often prayed
-for those who would/that people would hear his teachings and believe in God through believing in who he was and his messianic mission.
-for his twelve disciples and several others who believed in him and even went from towns and villages with him such as certain women including Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Suzanna.
2.know how to pray effectively
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous availeth much” (James 5:16 KJV).
Jesus took it upon himself to teach his disciples to pray
-with the right heart or motives (Matt.5:5-8 NLT)
-using the basic format as a template that pleases the Father; (Matt.5:9-13 NLT)
When we pray, we are required to
i. recognise God as our Father who is in Heaven and hallow His name.
-God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven”
-our provision; this means we recognise him as the one we depend on for our daily needs.
-forgiveness but only if we know we have forgiven others their sins against us. This is because if we have not, then God will not forgive us our sins and non forgiveness will serve as an obstacle to our relationship with him and therefore our prayers being answered.
-deliverance from temptation and evil
a.teaming up to pray with and for someone in their time of desperation was also required of us.
b.in a time of crisis, whether personal or in a group, prayer or intercession is important for it strengthens the spiritually weak.
What happened to confirm this? when Jesus retreated to the garden of Gethsemane he could have gone alone as it was the time just before the Roman Soldiers would appear with Judas to arrest him. However he did not, he chose to pray and asked Peter and the sons of Zebedee, namely James and John to watch and pray with him.
“36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” (Matt. 26:36-46NLT).
Jesus wanted his inner circle of disciples Peter, James and John with him at this time which was a period of intense spiritual warfare in the heavenly realm. Jesus knew that at that time of crisis with the hordes of hell mobilised greatly, it would be easy for them to give in to temptation such as denying they knew Jesus or reject him for fear of what people would think if they knew the disciples walked with Jesus. Therefore praying before hand would strengthen the flesh so that it would be aligned to their willing spirit man. We know that some disciples fled after Jesus was arrested and Peter denied he knew Jesus.
Jesus knew that Peter would deny him three times and told him so (Luke 22:34), however prior to that Jesus had said to Peter (also called Simon)
“31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”(Luke 22:31-32 NLT)
Just pause and think of how when Jesus was having his one to one with Father in a solitary place he would speak to Father about his beloved disciples and especially pray for those, such as Peter he had foreknowledge would undergo affliction for his sake. That was then, but similarly Brethren, Jesus who is now seated at the right hand of Father is making intercession for you and I, asking God to deliver us from evil and temptation and to bring forth His plans and purposes for our lives.
Did Simon Peter overcome? Yes and we are also overcomers through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37). If we have not yet seen breakthrough in certain areas of our lives, we must rest assured that it will come to pass for Father is never late but His timing is perfect.
Jesus not only prayed for his disciples but he prayed “also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” (John 14:20-21 NLT).
It was important to Jesus that there would be unity of all believers with one another and with God and himself. This unity would be a testimony that Jesus was sent by God. Likewise we too must pray for the unity of believers under a mission statement founded on the Word of God. Division among other things does not glorify God or make the Kingdom attractive to the unsaved.
Brethren, we are given insight into the mystery and power of intercessory prayer, for Jesus’ prayers even in biblical times (John 17:20) is the reason why you and I are not only saved and living lives in God’s kingdom but we are being sustained daily by the power of God. We are also more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) daily because Jesus is still making intercession for us, this time in his position as the Royal High Priest seated at the right hand of Father (Romans 8:34/Eph. 8:1-6). We give him all the glory and praise!
This ought to give us assurance and hope that being a kingdom of priests seated in heavenly places with Christ, (Rev 1:6/Eph. 2:6) as we pray for the unsaved, they too will be saved. To God be the glory great things He has done!
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 27/02/2016