Tag: Christian devotional
“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
This is your heritage as a child of God!
An encouraging message which explores what it means to live a purpose driven life unto God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Such a life starts with cultivating intimacy with God through Jesus Christ which results in the opening of the portals of Heaven or the revelatory realm of God to us. In this place we inevitably know God, find favour and receive His revelatory gifts and become empowered to do exploits for Him.
Daniel is revealed to be one of our role models in this regard. I end with two contrasting prophetic poems I wrote some weeks apart, their contrast conveys the clear message of two lifestyles that are completely different; a life that seeks first the Kingdom of God and His purposes (“Intimacy with Purpose”) and a life that does not (“Significant unto Self”).
Living a Purpose Driven Life Unto God
In the Bible, Daniel did not only receive visions and dreams from God and had the gift of interpretation of dreams, he was also a man of purpose.
These were his achievements as a young man; He
-rose to pre-eminence in his own nation Israel (Daniel 1:3-6)
-rose to pre-eminence in Babylon,
a) among the wise men (Daniel 1:17-20),
b) gained power over all of Babylon (Daniel 2:48-49;5:29)
-obtained power over the Medo-Persian empire (Daniel 6:1-3,28).
How did Daniel, an Israelite attain so much power and authority in the heathen empires? It was because he was a man of purpose. Daniel did not wake up one day as a child of God and say “I want to have power over nations and to be famous, I am going to do all I can to attain that goal!”
We get an insight into Daniel’s no nonsense and bold “I purpose to live for God at all cost!” attitude when we read Daniel 1:8 (KJV) among other verses:
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
From a very young age Daniel purposed in his heart to be a sincere and committed worshipper of the God of Israel. He allowed God to set his goals and priorities all the time. He was not hasty in his actions, but took time to be in the “Secret place” with God and to hear from Him. This is why Daniel was a man who knew his God, was bold and had favour with God and man, a foundation to build on and do exploits for God. When we develop the habit of pursuing God with all that is in us, we inevitably become His visionaries because our lifestyles scream out “Lord, I am available! Speak to me! I want to hear or see what you have to say or show me”.
God is graciously raising people like Daniel today. Are we counted as one of these people?
In the biblical book of Revelations, Jesus was speaking to those who are his when he said “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20 WEB).
These words of Jesus reveals that in addition to confessing that one is his or God’s, one needs to advance in one’s Christian walk to the “secret place” of his presence or intimacy with God where one receives revelation or insight into God’s mind, will and purposes. He “knocks” by offering himself to those who are his in many ways especially through the Holy Spirit that testifies of him and indwells the believer and through the Word of God which he personifies (John 1).
Those who qualify to be Jesus’ disciples, he calls friends (John 15:15), for unlike servants they have access to revelation of Father’s words and therefore his secrets and will through Jesus, they are the ones who accept to open the door of their lives to a knocking Jesus. They accept the invitation of Jesus to “come up here” (Rev. 4:1) to abide with him closely, so that through intimacy they know God, receive His power, favour and revelatory gifts as Daniel did.
Jesus Christ also makes it clear that obedience to his will which demonstrates love for him is the key (John 14:21-26) to entering his and Father God’s presence or glory. This produces a life that is purposeful unto God.
Brethren, God has not changed since the days of Daniel and as long as we are willing and completely surrendered to Him, God’s plans and purposes will be fulfilled in our lives. If per chance you feel you have made too many mistakes and think it is too late or you are too old to get back on track, I have a message for you today, it does not matter how old we are for we can start afresh with God at any age or stage. Determine today to begin or to continue at all costs to live a purpose driven life founded on the Word of God in total surrender so as to fulfill God’s destiny for your life.
When you do this, it means you are living in obedience to God’s precious Word; key scriptures such as
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 5:3-8 KJV).
God is willing to do whatever it takes to help us live a purpose driven life so that we are stay on course fulfilling our God given destinies. He forgives us again and again or endless times and He is a God of second, third, fourth or multiple chances. The only condition is that we acknowledge our sins and repent before him (1 John 1:9), surrendering our lives totally to Him so as to exchange our purposes for His.
- Significant unto Self
I felt led to contemplate on the futility and consequences of life without God. The ultimate purposeless life is one lived without God. Self worth attained by placing one’s significance in things and achievements instead of God is meaningless as is life without God of our Lord Jesus Christ in general. “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecc. 1:2).
Significant unto Self
“I am significant”
repeat this in a trance,
believe it at a glance
at your achievements
What is the purpose
if you have no repose
only tension with no solution?
What is the purpose
if you see the broad way of death
but are blind to the narrow way of life?
What is the purpose
if your hands are tied
and you ride on the waves
of hell and cannot tell
when Jesus calms the tide so you can walk by
faith and not by sight and be set alight to do what is right?
There is no purpose!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 14/01/2016
2. Intimacy with Purpose
The intimate relationship a Christian has with Abba Father through Christ Jesus automatically results in them having a purpose in life beyond this relationship because through it they become like Daniel as they “purpose” in their heart that they “would not defile” themselves but rather live sanctified or consecrated lives unto God.
This means through obedience and surrender as Daniel they are able to know their God, receive His strength and arise in His power to do exploits.
This poem is about a person who not only wants to live a worshipful life unto God “cradled” in his arms (fat with His blessed presence and glory) but desires more than just merely warming church pews… so to speak! He or she desires to be of use to Him for the sake of the world as a “City set on a hill”, or a light that cannot be hidden.
Intimacy with Purpose
dwelling in thy Secret Place I see thy face
and I am love struck and stricken by thy grace.
I have nothing in my palms to give thee as a
holy offering of alms, so I give myself to
thee as a babe cradled in thy arms.
I abide under the shadow of the Almighty,
not so that I can sleep, oblivious to the trillions
of issues in the deep, but so that I can learn to
discern thy will, be strong in the power of thy
might and emit thy light as a city set on a hill.
For Jesus said to me “You are the light of the world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father(1)”.
((1)Matthew 5:14-16 NLT, Psalm 91:1, Eph.6:10) ©Deborah E.Nyamekye 26/01/2016
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 29/01/2016
Poems are part of Poetry in new Books: Our God Reigns: Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry Part 1 & 2 for sale here: www.amazon.com/author/nyamekyede
I woke up this morning thinking “Jesus mends nets”. I remembered that Jesus called James and John at the time when they were with their father in their fishing boat mending their nets (Math.4:21).
Jesus’ purpose was to “mend” their lives by making them his disciples so that they would in turn “mend” other people’s lives, by becoming fishers of men. He is continuing God the Father’s “Mending Nets” business today through the power of the Holy Spirit in all the earth and at work within born again believers.
What do “nets” symbolically mean here? Our capabilities, mindsets, attitudes and emotions that have been afflicted or tattered by the enemy, whether before we become Christians or even during our Christian walk.
This could have been either at home, school, church or work.
Some of these afflictions are from childhood through to adulthood because of what people did to us, also how we responded as well as what we were taught which has influenced our way of thinking, attitudes and understanding.
Jesus came to do what he saw the Father doing or what God gave him the authority to do. His “mending nets” business is clearly expressed and summarised in Isaiah 61:1-3:
1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 3To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (NLT).
Such people, having been “mended” will be called in service as “menders” or rebuilders. As Jesus, their destinies are also expressed as follows: Isaiah 61:4
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations. (NLT).
Another scripture that comes to mind is Acts 10:38
“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (NLT).
In addition to healing the sick, the “Good” is all that Father God told Jesus to do in order to “mend” lives such as teachings (i.e perfecting the Law of Moses, how to pray), deliverance of the demon possessed and spending time with society’s rejects so that they know they are loved and valued.
Jesus’ “mending” (restoring or rebuilding) business as we know is necessary for us to be saved and then grow to maturity as children of God, thus capable of fulfilling our God given identities and destinies. We each have a part to play in the Body of Christ and the world at large.
Some people have found their God given purpose in life, some are on the way to doing so and others don’t have a clue. There are also those who think they do one day, but then they are not sure the next day!
Whatever category you fall into, know that God is at work in you however it may feel like or appear, to take you to even greater depths in your relationship with Him than you are experiencing right now.
I sense God wants you to know that as long as you stay in His Word through study and obedience daily, you will receive all that He has for you and will fulfil your God given purpose. He will abide with you as you abide with Him (John 14:21,23). The heavenly portals of revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding will be open to you because of your obedience and faithfulness.
This is my encouragement to you as I do to myself, that you would live a life of worship, singing praises unto God in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Pray fervently for all things at all times, always be determined to trust God giving thanks regardless of the circumstance and do all you can to live at peace with others, loving them as God loves you.
From experience, I know forgiveness is difficult, but if you are struggling be honest before God about the pain you have suffered and tell Him how you are finding it difficult to forgive but because you desire to obey His command that you forgive you choose to do so and ask for His supernatural power to enable this desire to be a reality. Nothing is impossible for our God,
Having “mended” us through salvation and raised us up, God is always on the look out for tears to our “nets”, the sooner we allow Him to mend then the better because the effective fulfilment of our mission is dependant on our wholeness.
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 28/04/2016
Jesus Series: Teachings, inspirationals about Jesus’ identity, purpose & oneness with Father God.
Every Wednesday, starting 24th August for 5 weeks, I post on
Online magazine: My Trending Stories at https://mytrendingstories.com/profile/deborah-esther/
My teachings/inspirational writings about the Person of Jesus Christ:
5 Part Series – Jesus’ Identity, Purpose & Oneness with the Father.
Part 1: What’s in the name Jesus? Honouring the Messiah’s Identity & Purpose.
Part 2: Jesus, One with Father – The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi.
Part 3: The Bread of Life, Jehovah Jireh.
Part 4: El Elyon, Most High God & Elohim, God “Builder of all things”
Part 5: Emmanuel “God with us”
Hello! hope you have a blessed day and also find time not only to pray but also to be silent in communion with our God who loves to be in a one on one relationship with us. Blessings 🌹Deborah
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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
Hi! Enjoy this day and whatever you are going through remember to give thanks and praise to God for He has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us & will work all things out for the good of those who love Him.
Our heart condition is what interests God more than our good deeds, how we pray or what we say etc…, so let’s use His Word as a weapon (reading, meditation, declaration, decreeing…) to guard our hearts daily so as to please Him & indeed His will is sure to manifest in our lives. Blessings Deborah