Tag: Christmas

In This Season

In this season of festivity,

where shopping is in abundance,

let love spill and share with those in lack and deemed irrelevant.

In this season of nativity,

where carol singing is in abundance,

let minds be still and focus on Christ as Saviour, the reason for this season of Joyance.

The Angel Gabriel said of Mary to Joseph “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt.1:21)

©23-12-17 DENyamekye

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Poem: Unwrapped for God’s Glory

Tell the Story of how God gave His Gift to be unwrapped for His glory.

The Gift of the Son of God born unto us, Son of man given unto us so that every day is Christmas for some man, woman and child who unwraps the gift of God

Men who unwrap to be un-trapped to become wrapped in God’s glory. 

Thank you God for the story of Jesus who gave gifts to men.
The gifts of callings, the Holy Spirit so that every day is Christmas for some man, woman and child who unwraps the Gift of God
We praise God for men who are sorry, And released from worry to become His Glorious Story.

©2015 Deborah E.Nyamekye

GOD’S GIFT : KING OF THE JEWS
1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him….
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matt.2:1,2,10-11 KJV)
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther
 

Poem: Not Moved by Winter Woes

Today is the first day of Winter (21/12/2016).

Not Moved by Winter Woes

Winter whips and scolds relentless.
Many respond, their countenance distort in sadness.

Attention seeker by appearance of naked twigs,
whitened trees and much more, even the chapped
lips and forlorn faces slapped by the weather.

Winter appears at the close of Advent when hearts are
at the peak of their joyful ascent.

Ascent in marking the birth of the Saviour,
one by whom man is a survivor.

A survivor no longer moved by life’s lashes
nor the beating and rage of the biting weather.

© 2016 Deborah E.Nyamekye

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Tell the Story of the Gift of God

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A POEM: GOD’S GIFT UNWRAPPED

Tell the Story of how God gave His Gift to be unwrapped for His glory.

The Gift of the Son of God born unto us, Son of man given unto us so that

Every day is Christmas for
Some man, woman and child who unwraps the gift of God.

Men who unwrap
to be un-trapped
to become re-wrapped
in God’s glory.

Thank you God for the story of Jesus who gave gifts to men.

The gifts of callings, the Holy Spirit so that

Every day is Christmas for
Some man, woman and child who unwraps the gift of God

We praise God for
men who are sorry,
And released from worry
to become His Glorious Story.

GOD”S GIFT : KING OF THE JEWS

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him….

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matt.2:1,2,10-11 KJV)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 26/12/2015

 

In the humble & lowly Son we see Father

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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:

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

1. fishermen. This profession was a manual “lowly” one.

2.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.

3.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 Esther

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 25/12/2015

 

“Shepherds..keeping watch..” Father, we pray for our Shepherds today

imageThe Shepherds receive an angelic visitation: announcement about the birth of Jesus.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son [Jesus] and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.12And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”(Luke 2:7-14 KJV).

Our Shepherds Today…Our Prayer for them.

As I read the above verses, my mind went to the Shepherds of today. By “Shepherds of today” I mean the pastors and their leadership team in the churches across the world. Many have been busy organising nativity plays, Christmas carol services and other church events and ministry activities during the festive season.

One would think that among Christians it would be expected of us to stay focused on Christ because after all Christmas is about Christ! but we are all aware that there are many temptations and distractions in this season (more so in some nations, communities and families than others) and often times we have to humble ourselves before God and ask for His strength in keeping Christ as our central focus in this season of Christmas. We often need to make that extra effort to ensure we are spending quality time with God, so that we do not get “swallowed up” by the many distractions such as many TV programmes (i.e films, Christmas shows), several parties or gatherings or being the host to numerous family members and visitors in our homes. Some of these are pleasurable no doubt, but caution is still required.

May God abundantly bless all our Shepherds for their efforts to ensure that we all stay focused on Christ who is of course the reason for this Christmas season.

At this time, I also believe we must spend time praying and giving thanks to God for our Shepherds (Pastors and church leadership team), who have been used by Him to serve us throughout the year and will continue to do so.

I ask you to join me in praying for our Shepherds:

Dear Father

We give you glory and praise for sending Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the World. We thank you that Christ exemplified and taught us the characteristics of the Good Shepherd over his flock, the people of God.

Our prayer is that as the Angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds watching over their flock, in this season your voice will resonate loud and clear in the hearts of all the Shepherds of our churches to whom, through the “Good Shepherd” you have entrusted your flock with regards to the pressing concerns and matters on your heart. Such as the need for restoration or sustained centrality/focus (whichever the case might be) of Jesus Christ in their churches and sermons and for all shepherds to have the characteristics and true heart of a shepherd as taught and exemplified by Christ in his public ministry.

May this be an era when your Holy Spirit is sent forth mightily to convict and bring a shaking where it is needed, among our shepherds as never before. In this way there will be examination of hearts and many will, if need be, come to repentance so that holiness, truth and the fear of the LORD becomes the order of the day as we near the time of the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Father, we also ask for a special visitation of your Holy Spirit as guide, comforter, counsellor and teacher to the Shepherds in our churches in this season and into the new year as they contemplate and seek direction for the ministry and their personal lives.

As ministers, they have given of themselves all year round and our prayer is that you would send a great outpouring of your Spirit to refreshen, strengthen and empower them now and for the task ahead. We ask that you will compel them to take time to rest and seek your face even in the hustle and bustle of busyness.

Father we ask that you heal and encourage those who have been wounded or discouraged during the course of the year; revive and restore them, LORD!

We pray for an abundance of your supernatural peace and joy as a river flowing in their hearts as they minister day to day.

LORD, the heart’s desire of every true Shepherd is to have a ministry that exudes the words “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14) or one that glorifies you and is an instrument of your peace and goodness on earth. Our prayer is that you would grant these Shepherds their hearts desire by surrounding them with co-ministers after your own heart, exposing and taking away those who are insincere or false shepherds.

We also ask that you would impart to them a greater measure of the fruit of the Spirit and spiritual gifts required for sustenance and advancement in ministry. May their love for you and the saints abound as well as the gift of wisdom, knowledge and discerning of spirits among other gifts so that your Name is glorified in their lives and ministries.

In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 KJV).

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 24/12/2015

A child of God? Say “..from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed (Luke 1:48)

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Mary had been offered the chance to be the most blessed woman on earth when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she will be the mother of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

In fact the angel’s salutation confirmed Mary’s predestined call of God “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1:28 KJV)

This was a miracle of God because Mary had not slept with Joseph as yet. The angel said she will conceive in this manner “the Holy Ghost shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”(Luke 1:35 KJV).

Soon after Mary went to see her cousin Elisabeth who had also become pregnant in her old age, six months previously. The angel had also told Mary about this pregnancy of Elisabeth’s which was also a miracle because she was advanced in years although Elisabeth’s child was fathered by Zacharias (Luke 1:36,37 KJV) whilst Mary’s was by the Holy Spirit.

One of God’s principles is that
“In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinth. 13:1 KJV).

It is therefore not surprising that Mary’s blessed and elevated status by God was also confirmed a second time by Elisabeth
“And it come to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb: and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…” (Luke 1:41,42 KJV).

Elizabeth also expressed under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, that she deemed herself lowly in comparison to Mary and therefore privileged to have been visited by her “And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me”.
This is because her spirit had received the Word of God imparted by the Holy Spirit within her that Mary’s child was her Lord, the Messiah of Israel.

Mary accepted her predestined call of God to be the mother of Jesus by saying “…behold the handmaid of the LORD; be it unto me according to thy word, And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38).

“My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy [is] his name”(Luke 1:46-49).

Elisabeth under the anointing of God said to Mary “blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”(Luke 1:45).

It is evident that the Holy Spirit was mightily at work in bringing to pass the prophetic will of the almighty God in the lives of these two women. Elisabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist prophecied in times of old (Is.40:3/Mal 3:1) to come before the Messiah so as to prepare the way for him and Mary was to become the Mother of the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ awaited by Israel and prophesied numerous of times in the Old Testament (Is. 7:14, Is. 9:6, Micah 5:2, Zech. 9:9).

Brethren this should encourage us to continue in daily fellowship in the Spirit and be full of the Holy Spirit.(1 Corinth 2/Eph 5:18). This is because by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within and upon us we know and accept readily the will and purposes of God as Mary and Elisabeth did.

When we are full of the Holy Spirit we are able to overcome every temptation of Satan as Jesus Christ when “full of the Holy Spirit” following his baptism he overcame Satan’s temptation while in the wilderness for 40 days and nights (Luke 4:1-2).

In addition, when we are full of the Holy Spirit, like Stephen (Acts 7:55-56)  we are able to connect with God or access Him and gain understanding of His will through revelation which may come in the form of visions or dreams.

In relation to the birth and ministry of Jesus, God indeed chose the royal line of David as a lineage through which Jesus would come as the King of the Jews and the world wide “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” by choosing Joseph from the line of David as Jesus’ earthly father.

God also wanted to affirm Jesus from the onset through his ancestral lineage as not only royalty but priestly as well. This will confirm or prophetically correlate with his supernatural calling as the High Priest who will make a once and for all atonement for the sins of the world through his sacrificial death (also being at the same time the once and for all sacrificial lamb). God decided to do this by choosing a young woman, Mary from the lineage of Aaron the priest. She was the cousin of Elizabeth who is said to have been of the “daughters of Aaron” (Luke 1:5) and I discern this means Mary was also from that lineage.

Despite the priestly lineage in times of old being accorded generationally only to men, lo and behold the LORD had taken two women Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother, John prepared the way for Jesus) and her cousin Mary (mother of Jesus) from among the “daughters of Aaron” (vs 5) or female descendants of Aaron (priestly lineage) to be a sign and a wonder in Israel and among the nations for generations to come. They were used as vessels of God’s supernatural miraculous plan for world redemption.

Therefore if you are a woman, or even a man with a wife, daughters and sisters, let this remind you and be an encouragement to you that promotion does indeed come from the LORD regardless of gender. For God does not allow established norms that dictate a man and woman’s place in society to prevent Him from bringing to pass his predestined plans and purposes. He can choose to overrule, sidestep or supernaturally intervene in matters which appear set in concrete by humanity such as what a man or a woman cannot or should not do, so as to bring to pass His divine will. He will do this in a way only He as God can do.

While the male Aaronic priestly natural office came to an end as did its significance, Mary’s supernatural office as a divinely chosen ‘priestess’ (a natural descendant of Aaron) in service to God for bringing forth Jesus Christ has been and will be remembered significantly and from generation to generation; she is the all time blessed and highly favoured of all women.

Mary sang a song of praise (Luke 1:46-55) to the Lord at Elisabeth’s house in which among other things she said she considered herself of “low estate” (vs 48 KJV) and yet chosen by God so that all generations will call her blessed.

What did Mary mean by “low estate” ? Perhaps she thought of her status as a woman in those times and also her families’ economic and social background and even as one betrothed to Joseph who although of the Royal line of David is not shown in scripture to have had any prestige or elevated status in society.

Has society made you feel stereotyped and therefore of “low estate” because of your race, social and economic status/background, nationality and gender? At times it is so subtle and can make one feel caged and having to conform to what one feels society has labelled one. One may also feel confined to doing somethings and prohibited from doing other things. It is time to break free from the lies of Satan in Jesus’ name!

Jesus came to set the captives free and when we abide in him there is no limitations as to how and for what purpose He can use you regardless of who you are as a person (race, gender, culture, nationality) or what job you do.

We can therefore gain encouragement from the fact that if we as Mary consider ourselves to be of “low estate” whether make or female, it will not stop God from using us for His divine purposes. On the contrary, it may be the very thing that would compel Him to choose us so that we manifest as His favoured ones, blessed before multitudes for generations to come as in the case of Mary.

We can all, who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
My prayer is that we would always make ourselves available to God by allowing Him to transform us daily preparing us to be as Mary and Elisabeth, priests in service unto God, birthing righteousness for the sake of world redemption from now through to 2016 and beyond.

We give thanks and praise to God that He chose us to be among the people of God who are from every race, culture, social and economic status/ background and nationality called out of darkness into His light as heirs with Christ, endowed with his kingly and priestly anointing;

“.. Ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light..” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV).

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 23/12/2015

A Return to the “Garden” through Christ

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“A wrought-iron bench entwined with morning glories.. a rose-covered trellis… Whatever your garden is, or wherever it grows, it is yours. It is your place of solitude… It is your place of prayer and reflection…it is your place to share your time and yourself with no one but the Lord.”
Gena Rutherford

When I think of why Jesus came I not only get the Gospel account brought to memory but the imagery of him being the Way (encompassing his nature as the “truth and life”) back to an intimate relationship with God our Creator and loving Father according to John 14:6.

Just imagine without the birth of Jesus Christ we would have absolutely no access to Father!

Jesus is the gate or Way that is narrow and unattractive, (Matthew 7:13-14) but when chosen leads to abundant and eternal life because it results in the reconciliation of mankind’s relationship with Father which was lost generationally due to Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 2-3)

I get the image of this process of being in Christ, walking with him The Way” daily as being back to that place of intimacy with Abba Father, I call the “Garden”. Eden was the garden in which God put Adam and Eve, He created in His image (Genesis 2).

Eden was originally a Garden where God intended to fellowship or tabernacle with His creation, Adam and Eve and their offspring. It was therefore meant to be a place where His creation had all they needed and a place of abundance and joy as they lived in obedience to God.

The purpose for this Garden was replicated as the purpose for the tent of meeting God instructed the Israelites to build according to his specifications and the temple Solomon employed gifted craftsmen and builders to build for the Lord during his reign. Temples, Synagogues and churches thereafter have been build for this fundamental purpose.

As I contemplate the abounding mercy of God which compelled Him to send Jesus as a baby born to Mary & Joseph into the World, I am reminded of the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36) where Jesus prayed awaiting his captors who took him to be judged, humiliated and crucified. This Garden was where we get the affirmation that Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, the last Adam was completely committed to his purpose as a life-giving spirit (1 Corinth. 15:45NIV) through his death burial and resurrection. When Jesus said “…not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22:42 KJV), we can also read into this that He was saying “indeed I am the seed of the woman (Mary) who will crush the head of the serpent (Satan) once and for all to redeem mankind from sin and reconcile them back to God.” This was the promise of God to Adam (Genesis 3:15) following their sin and God’s pronunciation of their suffering as a consequence of disobedience.

It is clear that God had and still has the last word in the life of mankind for while Satan thought that he had caused mankind to reject God as LORD and so master over their lives forever, God had planned even before the foundations of the earth His plan of redemption through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), with which the angel Michael and heavenly hosts overcame Lucifer and his hordes during the warfare in heaven (Rev. 12).

Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, sent to the world “when the time had fully come” (Gal 4:4) receive the new birth. Their earthly bloodline connection to the first Adam which is death inducing (because the “thief” Satan is master) has been exchanged for the spiritual bloodline to Jesus Christ which is life-giving (John 10:10). They are heirs with Christ for the promises of God.

There are many scriptures that remind us of our intimacy with God, abiding or tabernacling with him through the “Way”, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These scriptures give us a picture of us being in a Garden. At times the earth is made to appear as one big garden with budding seeds. Our righteousness, God’s doctrine, other godly ways and even God and Christ are likened to nature in some way.

In the Garden of fellowship with Abba Father,
-as in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus told his disciples not to sleep but to watch and pray with him, so too we will be his prayerful watch men, alert when the enemy comes, but because of our consistent prayer life, we are able to surrender to the will of God sacrificially as Jesus Christ did; dying with him daily we also resurrect with him in newness for the purposes of God to be fulfilled in our lives.

-We are as the branches on the true vine (Jesus) who are pruned by the “gardener” (John 15:1 NIV) so that we would bear more fruit.
This is how fruitful or productive we are said by God to be
“The godly shall flourish like palm trees and shall grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon.For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden and are under his personal care.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green” (Ps.92:12-14 TLB)

Why? He is our shelter or rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him (Ps.92:15 KJV)

-God promises that “as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden cause the things that are down in it to spring forth; so the Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations”

We who are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus are the fruitful ones who will “Spring forth before all the nations” to the glory of God.

In the Garden,
-the LORD is faithful to perform His Word:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.” (Is.55:10-11 KJV)

-“…When we obey Him [His Word] every path He guides us on is fragrant with His loving-Kindness and His truth” (Ps. 25:10 TLB)

While we stay in that place of intimacy, abiding with Father through Christ, our hearts are to Him as a garden a place where He tabernacles.

At times, we may feel malnourished or dry, but as there are seasons of life and a time for everything (Ecc.3:1-2) so too in our lives there is the same. “He has made everything beautiful in its time… ” (Ecc.3:11 NIV) to manifest in His appointed.

People are God’s vessels to nurture us in our Christian faith. They plant and water the Word of God in our hearts “the Garden” through discipleship, however as the Apostle Paul said on this subject to the Corinthian believers “…it was God, not we [himself & fellow minister] who made the garden grow in your hearts” (1 Corinth.3:6 TLB).

Indeed this is God’s promise to us

“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things…and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Is. 58:11 TLB).

Dear Father, I love you, I appreciate you, I rever you! You are all I have and all I desire.
Father, thank you for setting me apart unto holiness and purity.
I am your holy habitation, or should I say I have become so, as you the Potter re-made me, the clay when I was born again so that I changed masters.
Exodus 25:8 “Let them make me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them”.
Father as you dwelt in the sanctuary of old, so I daily offer my spirit, soul and body as your tabernacle, your sanctuary so that you may dwell in me LORD.
As you showed Moses the design of the Tabernacle while he was with you for 40 days on Mount Sinai (Ex.24:18) and you repetitively told Israel to build it to your specification (Ex. 39:42), so too I offer up my spiritual ears and eyes to you that I may daily hear your instructions and see the “designs” concerning my life so that I will live my life according to your precise specifications. In this way I will remain a mature and resourceful instrument of righteousness or be “like a well watered Garden, like an ever flowing spring” (Is. 58:11) for your use.
Thank you Father for instructing me to separate from all uncleanliness (deception) by your leading (Is.52:10-12). Help me to live in obedience as it is my desire to abide in your presence. I also acknowledge that I can only depend on you in the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain me in the Garden of intimacy as I journey through life.
I pray in the mighty name of Jesus who made this journey possible Amen.

Click for the Poem “The Return” about our return to a Life with God through Christ.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 22/12/2015

Jesus, One with Father- Part 4: Emmanuel “God with us”

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“Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 KJV)

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – RECONCILIATION OF MANKIND WITH GOD.

It was God’s love and concern for mankind which compelled Him to send Jesus, who is a revelation of “God with us”, Emmanuel. Jesus is the one who makes people holy through his suffering and death. He became one with or the “brother of” those who were bring sanctified by him. Jesus became like his brethren in his role as a merciful and faithful high priest able to help those tempted and make it possible for them to be reconciled with God.

“Jesus, who makes people holy, and all those who are made holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus isn’t ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil). In this way he would free those who were slaves all their lives because they were afraid of dying.   So Jesus helps Abraham’s descendants rather than helping angels. Therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters so that he could be merciful. He became like them so that he could serve as a faithful chief priest in God’s presence and make peace with God for their sins. Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.” (Heb.2:11, 14-18 NOG)

The Apostle John stated it simply as “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NOG)

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – A REVELATION THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT.

1God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;3[Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.4[There is] a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High.5God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early.”
(Psalm 46:1-5 KJV)

Jesus prayed for the Father to send his disciples (John 14:16) the Holy Spirit, who is depicted in New Testament scripture as living waters. Many including myself have a revelation of the “river” in Psalm 46 as the Holy Spirit. The “river, the streams whereof shall make glad” the people of God, who are His dwelling or “city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High” (KJV). The New Living translation of the bible states that the river “brings joy to the city of God”.

When one has the joy of the LORD, one has the life of God because His joy is an outflow of His life imparted to anyone who belongs to Him so that they can live and labour for Him.

God is with us through Christ. He is our refuge. Despite the rage of heathens and kingdoms against God’s people some of which are happening today, God always speaks into such situations and gives us peace or stillness in our hearts regardless of the situation (Ps.46:6-11 KJV). Nehemiah who was faced with continues intimidation and provocation from those opposing the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem was able to use words such as “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10) when addressing the people. When we read the account of the opposition Nehemiah went through, we can see that if but for the strength of God enabling him to administer wisdom and stay bold he would have easily backed down.

What “earthquakes” or shaking “mountains” are you experiencing in your life today? Let the joy of the Lord, from the River of Life be your strength. Stay in fellowship with God in the Spirit.

Jesus was the giver of life which includes joy in his ministry on earth and was determined to continue doing so as a Comforter or parent even after his ascension this is why he

1.Asked Father to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18 NIV)

2.Told His disciples to remain in His love (which is abiding in the life of God) and the way to do so is by obeying His command. This is how to have the joy of the LORD within.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11 NIV)

Jesus also said to his disciples
1.“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63 NLT).

This is why we must let the Word of God dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16). Living a Christ centered life means that the Word of God, the Bible is where we turn to for wisdom and how to live holy lives.

The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Prophecy”. He knows the mind and will of God and imparts it to us (1 Corinth 2) and also testified of Jesus, reminding us of his spoken words or teachings (Rev 19:10/John 14:25-26)

2.“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10 KJV).

Through Christ therefore, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…”  (Ps. 46:1-2) whatever the thief (Satan and his agents) comes to do. 

EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US – UNITY OF BELIEVERS  

One of Jesus’ missions which is to unite believers in him is the subject of his intercessory prayer to God on their behalf. The purpose of their unity is expressed in Jesus’ prayer (John 17:21):   I won’t be in the world much longer, but they are in the world, and I’m coming back to you. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name that you gave me, so that their unity may be like ours…I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me. (John 17:11, 21)

To conclude, let us give thanks and praise to God our Father that because He came in the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we have His abundant and eternal life. The coming of the Holy Spirit, the River of Life, to indwell believers in Christ on the day of Pentecost and thereafter is as though Jesus never left the earth. Through the Holy Spirit therefore, Jesus’ life as Emmanuel or “God with us” during his public ministry until his death, burial and resurrection still continues to this day and will continue until His Second Coming.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, be reminded that the Holy Spirit indwelling you means that God is with you. As part of the Body of Christ world wide “the City of God” a people with God in them, living lives together in christlikeness, you are called in unity with others and individually to be a testimony of the goodness of God or the blessings of the kingdom; “Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17 NIV).

We who believe are assured a place in paradise at the end of the age, meanwhile, may we obey Jesus’ new commandment:

Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. …34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:33-35 NLT)

 It is therefore worth keeping in mind the fact that it is not merely being a part of the Body of Christ or the Church that testifies that God is with us, but the act of unity and love for one another regardless of gender, race, nationality or social class status. This will prove to the world that we are indeed children of God and that indeed God is with and in us.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 15/12/2015