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“Potential to excel is essential to un-tap God’s intentions for you among the nations” (1)
God has given you and I potential to excel. The reality is that it is possible to attain that height of excellence in God, mount up to that place where we are fruitful in a manner that only God can cause us to be for the sake of multitudes among the nations. How? If we abide in God and allow His word to sanctify and therefore transform us.
Friends you may not feel qualified according to man’s standards, but remember that God qualifies and vindicates the called according to His purposes or set standards.
In the bible Gideon (Judges 6-8) and Saul (1 Samuel 9) did not feel they qualified at the time of their calling to leadership by God.
David did not look like a likely king of Israel in Samuel the prophet’s eyes, but he, and not his brother (Samuel’s choice), was the one God chose (1 Samuel 16). God told Samuel that unlike man, He does not look at the appearance but the heart of the person.
Indeed this speaks volumes; when you feel you are overlooked or cast aside, rest assured the only one who is in absolute control of your life has a plan predestined for your life that no one can prevent, not even a prophet of God!
God does not look at your outward appearance (i.e height, features, weight etc..) and base His decision as to whether to endow you with the potential to excel for His glory on it.
In fact God is known to choose the most unlikely ones in people’s eyes for exploits.
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinth.1:27 ESV).
Jesus chose a group of men as his disciples who included those considered in his day to be at the bottom scale of society (i.e fishermen) and in undesirable (i.e a tax collection) employment. If Jesus said to them, not allowing their status to be a hinderance to their predestined call, “You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) then he is saying the same to his disciples today.
While Jesus came initially to the Israelites, his ministry evolved to reveal that he came for the world (John 3:16) or “as many as received him (John 1:12) in other words anyone from anywhere who receives him; Jew, gentile, male, female, slave or free (1 Corinth. 12:13/ Gal. 3:28). This was revealed in his ministerial encounters with people of different cultures, social status and genders such as the Roman Centurion whose servant Jesus healed, the Samaritan woman and Mary of Bethany.
In addition the great commission of believers of all nationalities, whether male or female is to spread the gospel in nations of the world (Matt.28:18-20).
“For potential to excel that’s ripe, tap into Christ to un-tag from a world that’s stagnant in strife, where offence is rife”(2)
Living a life in Him (God) so as to fulfil your destiny or purpose requires a no nonsense approach. When the ungodly world says “No you can’t” because it looks at you through the lenses of what the status-quo
dictates, and stereotypical norms assume about “people like you”, such as your social or economic class, nationality, race or culture, you must rise up and say “In Christ, yes I can!”.
Such an approach is only possible if you do not see yourself as others define you, but rather as God defines you according to His word.
The scripture “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
This aforementioned scripture is apt in that it encourages us to be transformed by renewing our minds. The most effective way in which our minds can be renewed is by meditating on scriptures about our Christian identity among others. Such scriptures remind us daily of who God says we are in a world that is constantly attempting to conform us to its diabolical ways in our thoughts and deeds. From the standpoint of an identity well grounded in Christ, we can then be bold in the pursuit of our predestined purpose on earth.
You are a treasure in an earthen vessel as a believer in Christ (xxx) therefore be reminded that someone, somewhere needs the treasure of God that is YOU! You have so much to offer the world because of the excellent power of God within YOU! so seize those opportunities to excel that God presents to you daily.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinth. 4:7 KJV).
Quotes from Poem “Potential to Excel”: paragraph (1) and (2) by DENyamekye
Snapshots of weekly devotional delights captured from God’s Word of truth: The Snapshots of Glory series are posted in “Manna from on High” Blog of Ready Writer Prophetic Scribe Ministry, an Inspirational writing an publishing ministry, subsidiary of Bearwitness-Forerunner Ministries International founded by Minister Deborah Esther Nyamekye
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The Apostle Paul said to Timothy
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim.1:7)
Many people have projects or visions they may want to fulfil but are unable to. If they were to sit down and ask themselves why, often times if truth be told it is because of deep-set insecurities; “what will people think?”
“I am not good enough, X does this much better so I will not even attempt it”
“Maybe next year when I have more knowledge I will start!”
When we think things through, we can sum up all these excuses and restraints as rooted in fear, an emotion that eats away at you, keeping you limited, immovable and therefore unable to fulfil your potential; Your potential constitutes that awesome calling of God He predestined for you even before the beginning of time or that tailor-made lifestyle that God your creator purposed for you so that you will be a blessing to the world in that unique and special way that only you are capable of.
Friends, tell yourself “It is finished! Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world!” Address every area of fear in your life! In fact write it down on a piece of paper as a prophetic act and decree out loud that you will not be limited by that situation anymore in Jesus’ mighty name!
Remember, as a believer in Christ, you are anointed and scripture states that you shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass! (Job 22:28). So decree that you are more than a conqueror against the spirit of fear through Christ who loves you!
In Christ you are more than a conqueror in the face of that limiting situation that looks like a monster devouring your life and glares at you daily, lying to you that you are incapable of attaining the level of success or victory that Christ has already purchased for you at the Cross.
FLOURISHING IN HIS POWER
At the beginning of this year the LORD led me to meditate on Psalm 92: 12-15
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord. They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
I truly felt these verses were for all God’s people. As His people, “planted in the House of the LORD”, and equally His dwelling place, it is inevitable that we should flourish now and regardless of our age.
This is because the Holy Spirit dwells within us. God’s Spirit is His power by which He does within us exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever ask or think (Eph. 3:20), likewise we are able to do all things through Him (in Christ) who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).
If we believe in these truths and proclaim them with joy, knowing that it is by God and for His sake that we flourish or bear fruit (Ps. 92:12-15) what power has the demonic spirit of fear have over us? None!
PERFECTED IN LOVE
Many times people refrain from engaging in projects that bring them in contact with people who they are afraid will not accept them or may judge them. However rather than think about how people will see or think of us, we should focus on the blessed gift God has imparted in us for their sake; His love offering from us to them that will make a difference in their lives.
Friends you are a vessel, a conduit of God’s love and as you allow God’s love to be perfected in you, you become fearless; that monster of a spirit cannot dwell in the hearts and minds of those who have and demonstrate God’s love; “Perfect love casts out fear” (1John 4:18).
Brothers and Sisters, our victorious Christian living which involves our ability to fulfil our part in the great commission (Mathew 28:18-20) depends on partnering with God to overcome fear, so proclaim boldly this day that “In Christ I am fearless and therefore what I can accomplish is limitless”.
Fearless & Limitless
When fear shows it’s head
to make me tremble in my stead,
I shall raise my hands in praise
and proclaim the gospel instead.
When fear at the door knocks
with morbid echoes as it’s sound
so that my life boat rocks,
I shall depend on Christ’s
power and his joy bells
that daily resound.
©Jan2017 Deborah E. Nyamekye
We are all racially one in Christ and all deserve respect regardless of race and national origin even on global front.
A Poetic discourse & prophetic counsel:
Racism is a sin problem from a heart of self augmentation at the expense of another man’s worth and affirmation.
It is a cloak of sin over a man’s life that chokes the truth within, calling God a liar for creating all men equal and mocks Christ’s prayer “that they may be one, as we [are] (1)”
It is an inner struggle between two wrestlers within;
the spiritual man unto God who lives to obey God’s Word of Truth even the call to “love thy neighbour as thyself (2)” and the natural or carnal man whose counsellor is the dragon of pride that seeks self elevation knowing his time to be bound is fast approaching.
Magnificent Angel of true worship to God was overcome with self augmentation and started a rebellion in heavenly, but was defeated at war and cast out of God’s heavenly place to earth.
So was said aloud in heaven “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath..(3).
The dragon, that old serpent’s slithering ways on earth uses its venom of racial pride and hate to deceive and divide to rule on earth. His poison, he spits and stirs in the hot pot of governmental laws and seals men’s hearts to the serpent’s politics and institutional lies.
Brethren, hear the Word of Truth and remember, we do not war against flesh or blood “but against principalities …powers ..the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. (4)”
so use the spiritual weapons of warfare unto God, that are mighty to pull down binding strongholds.
The done deal prepared and “cooked” over two thousand years ago is by the Messiah’s death on the cross, so decree by faith that the Seed of the Woman has crushed the head of the serpent!
The only seal to allow is that of our adoption by the Holy Ghost to be God’s anointed “to preach…bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim liberty to the captives,…and the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn…(5)”
The time is short, for the King comes soon to judge, so implore “race hater” to bow to LOVE who sits on the Heavenly Throne and say to the “racially prejudiced”:
“surrender to the blood of the Lamb by which, with the Word of our testimony we overcome.”
Whether black, white, yellow, red or whatever shade you appear, Brethren, if a racist spirit deceives you, let the Spirit of Truth this day convince you of the God of racial love and justice when he declares
“no name or title of “Racist Christian” is found in the Lamb’s book of life and there is a place for such, called hell.”
And be ye convinced when in your heart, he speaks Jesus’ words that
“you love one another, just like I have loved you; …by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.(6)”
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 11/07/2016
Scriptural Inspiration: Rev 12:10-12
2 Corinth.10:4 Gen 3:15. Quotes: (1) John 17:1 (2) Matthew 19:19 (3) Rev 12:12 (4) Eph.6:12 (5) Isaiah 61:1-2 (6) John 13:34-35
Part of the Collection of Poems in Book – Our God Reigns: Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry
Born again Christians who are truly committed to living a life in God have embraced this season of Christmas as a time to meditate on the great love God bestowed upon us when He came in the person of Jesus Christ to save us from sin.
Jesus’ humble and lowly background and nature was a deliberate plan of God and from it we are able to know and understand the nature and attributes of God, some of which are:
1. HE IS EXALTED BUT HUMBLE (NOT PROUD).
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:6-8 KJV).
The creator, God almighty came into the world as Jesus born to humble parents who could not afford to rent a house when he was born but rather sought accommodation in an inn. The inn was full. For the time that his parents stayed in Bethlehem, baby Jesus (God as man) was placed in a manger which is a feeding trough for livestock. No doubt his parents slept close by in the humble and inconspicuous abode where this manger was which is likely to have been a place where animals resided.
What is God saying to us? The fact that God in the person of Jesus came to identify with humanity is clear, but the emphasis is on the fact that he was one of those that people pass by on the streets without giving a second glance; He was through his parentage of a low status or ranked insignificant in society.
Brethren, God could have chosen a well to do family even from among the descendants of David or Aaron as Jesus’ parents rather than Joseph (David’s line) and Mary (Aaron’s line), however God did not.
If Jesus’ parents were well off or rich they would never have taken refuge in an abode where animals were kept especially not with their baby!
Even Mary as she sang unto the Lord, expressed herself as one of “low estate” being blessed of the Lord and therefore “from henceforth generations shall” call
her blessed (Luke 1:47-48 KJV).
2. HE RESISTS THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE (James 4:6 KJV).
As Jesus grew up, he trained to be a carpenter (a humble, manual job) not a Rabbi educated by sitting at the feet of a Rabbi of his day. However he had God’s wisdom from a very young age and is said to have taught as a boy who had authority not as the scribes (Matt. 7:29 KJV).
Brethren, there is nothing wrong with being educated to degree or even doctorate level, as long as you do not think that because you are well learned what you know grants you enough wisdom so that you do not need to seek the wisdom of God.
The greatness of God’s wisdom is incomparable to man’s because “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans,…” (1 Corinth.1:25 KJV)
Jesus is the personification of God’s wisdom. If we have Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, abide in him and he in us, we have access to God so as to know his ways (wisdom) as we gain knowledge of Him through His word and by supernatural revelation. He is also well able to give us understanding of His wisdom and knowledge as we abide in Him.
3.GOD LOVES HIS CREATION, REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CLASS.
Jesus grew up among the poor and lowly, therefore he was used to being surrounded by such people who included prostitutes and drunkards or those regarded as insignificant.
Therefore in his public ministry he did not shun such people and had the reputation of being among them.
Jesus came for the LOST: His notable disciples and followers were
a) fishermen. This profession was a manual “lowly” one.
b) females who were ranked as second class citizens in relation to men and could not be educated. A group of women were with Jesus when he travelled from town to town.
c) Samaritans, who were of Assyrian and Israelite ancestry were despised by Jews – the first being the Samaritan woman Jesus deliberately met at the well. She received Jesus as Lord and Saviour, evangelised and many accepted Christ. She is mentioned in history as haven been a travelling missionary.
The aforementioned are examples of the lost of any gender, race and social status Jesus came to seek and save (Luke 19:10).
Jesus came for the MEEK: The woman of the Alabaster jar of oil (Matt.26:7) who anointed Jesus’ feet exemplifies the meek (humble) who will inherit the kingdom of heaven. She loved much because she had been forgiven much.
Humility before God is expressed in our actions towards Him because we acknowledge and give thanks to Him for being the source of our changed lives to the glory of God.
God is in Christ reconciling the back to Himself and He has committed unto you and I the ministry of reconciliation (John 3:16/2 Corinth. 5:19).
Brethren, this means whatever our gender, race, social or economic class background God has chosen us to be instruments of reconciliation of mankind with God. Knowing God and His attributes through Christ is the means through which we excell in the calling as ministers of reconciliation. My prayer is that our spiritual eyes will open daily to the truths in God’s Word so that our walk with God and each other will reflect the peace and love of God.
Out of the abode of poverty, lowliness and humility our Messiah was born and arose, so that
Out of the abyss of oppression, depression and lack we are reborn and arise, to receive
Withheld gifts of God,
“beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”
that we “might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Quotes Isaiah 61:3 KJV)
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 25/12/2015
Brethren, I want to encourage you today; whatever you are doing for God continue with fervour let no one discourage you. If people don’t appear to respond or take notice, I say God takes notice.
You are planting seeds in the earth and hearts more than you realise; God’s word is “living and powerful” and brings change in the atmosphere and peoples lives for Jesus is the Word, the fruit bearing shoot out of the branch of Jesse/Judah.
Through Christ, he who became a curse for you (Gal 3:13), working in you in the power of the Holy Spirit, you are fulfilling your mandate as according to God’s promise; as Abraham’s seed (Gen. 12:1-3/Gal 3:13-14), therefore a blessing to multitudes.
Continue to be a witness for Christ, a labourer in his vineyard whether through evangelism, preaching, writing, engaging in charitable acts, giving financially to spread the gospel. God sees and your reward in the here and now as well as in eternity is great. Walk by faith and not by sight! Do exploits for God who reigns and lives in you through Christ!
Paul the Apostle spoke of the zeal, steadfastness and perseverance with which he and others engaged in ministry for the sake of the saints, I quote for your encouragement:
“13But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”14We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits aree being renewed every day. 17For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinth. 4:13-18 NLT)
God bless Deborah x
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught”. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake” (Luke 5: 4-5 KJV).
Simon (also known as Peter) and his partners were washing their nets, they had toiled all night and caught nothing. Jesus Christ who Simon had made a part of his life accepting him as his “Rabbi” or teacher, needed the use of Simon’s boat for his teaching ministry that day. So Jesus got into Simon’s boat and was sitting in it in the lake not too far from the shore and teaching the crowd.
Having used Simon’s boat to teach the crowd, Jesus then had a plan to bless Simon, James and John. He started by asking Simon to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught”. Note that Jesus did not merely say launch out into the lake, but in the deeper most part of it is what he was instructing Simon to do.
Simon and the other fishermen had toiled all night and they had caught nothing not even in the shallow waters, and Jesus was saying “Launch out into the deep!”, but Simon obeyed Jesus saying “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net”.
Brethren, when you welcome Jesus in your life “Boat” and allow him to orchestrate your life for the sake of others it means God has a plan for your life that would surprise you, He will do something for you that you least expect; there is a great miracle awaiting you in areas of your life where you lack as Simon and his fishing partners James and John found out.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt.6:33 KJV).
When you say “nevertheless at thy word” to the LORD, not looking at things with your natural eyes, but your spiritual eyes of faith, if the company you keep also have Jesus in their life “boat”, as Simon did, they will surely partake of your blessed life in Christ as you will theirs. It is inevitable that when God provides for you miraculously in your areas of need, they too will benefit from it and you will also benefit when they receive the same. This is because it is God’s will that His people are one and live together as a family of God. Jesus prayed for God’s people to be one (John 17:19-21).
“…Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 KJV)
What do you have in common with your closest friends? It is the unity through Christ that creates a ripple effect of blessings.
Dear brothers and sisters, this account ought to encourage you that God is always looking for ways to bless His children as only a heavenly Father can do. He knows how you have made Him the captain of your life “boat” through Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour and so He knows your needs, where you lack and how much you carry on working and toiling for Him, saying daily “nevertheless at thy word” even when he sends you into those “deep” places where an outcome of success seems more impossible.
My message to you today is that He always hears your surrendered response and sees your activation of faith in obedience and whenever you are weak He extends His hand to help you and strengthens you with His powerful Holy Spirit. If you are already seeing the fruit of your labour, I praise God with you and encourage you to keep on keeping on. If you have not yet, I also praise God with you, because God is working on it, delay is not denial and His timing is perfect.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 2/12/2015
“You can fix anything but a blank page just start writing.”
I received an email with this quote.
In a Christian context and with a Christian mindset I would say I cannot fix anything including a blank page to be honest.
I used to think I could fix things myself, and it was not because I was trained in DIY techniques nor think that I had a natural creative flair in relation to physically putting things together. Also it was not because I thought I was gifted with an abundance of wisdom to transform things, people or life in general.
Such a mindset developed not consciously but subconsciously rooted I believe in the carnal fallen nature of self dependence and a tendency to control and manipulate situations for a self satisfied outcome.
But when I came to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I gradually realised that everything I personally tried to fix or concoct without Christ being at the centre, although it may have looked perfect on the outside would in no time result in pain and heartache or not bear godly fruit.
Likewise in my writing life, I have noticed a blank page will stay blank or sprawled with my own facts, details and stories if I have not spent quality time with my heavenly Father consistently. I give glory to God that my call to write remained private for a good number of years before it became very public after which there was no holding me back!!
Privately, I learnt to write daily devotionals, words of encouragement from God to me personally and prophecies I did not feel compelled to show anyone but to pray about so that they would come to fruition. I learnt to discern increasingly God’s voice and to distinguish it from other voices including my own. I also enjoyed preparing for my cell group meetings. While I wrote out my thoughts, reflections and questions for the group, I always did so only after a time of prayer and worship surrendering the whole cell meeting to God and yielding to Him to direct me to His choice of scriptures to use. God is my source of inspiration and wisdom in ministry as in every area of my life.
In my writing ministry, I perceive God as the writer, the poet or the “Word-Smith”, and I am His “Pen”. As His “Pen”, I am His vessel of inspiration to me first and then through me to others. I am still learning to yield more and more daily in every area of ministry to God’s prompting and voice.
Through Christ, God is reconciling the world back to himself and as believers in Christ we are commissioned to do likewise in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is how powerful we are in whatever ministry we engage in for Christ and that includes writing.
May we give ourselves wholeheartedly to every ministry stream we are called to whether it is writing, evangelism, preaching or feeding the hungry for our Almighty God is ever present and working through His people in all these areas.
It is my personal belief and I state that from experience that believers in Christ need to stay constantly tuned in to God for inspiration and not only through bible study, prayer and singing praises but also by being attentive to events around them and in the world at large.
Why? This is because God speaks through everything or situations around us and this includes people’s actions, nature and the world as a whole. Praying for spiritual gifts is very important because a writer needs to sharpen their sensitivity to God which includes their ability to hear from Him as to what He wants them to write about among other things.
After all Jesus said that He only did what he saw the Father doing and that the works he did were not his own for the Father who sent Him was doing the works. As a born again Christian writer my confession is the same as that of Christ; I set my gaze on God daily so that He takes absolute control and works through me which includes fixing things and the blank page.
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 9/09/2016