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Lamentation & Convocation to Intercede:

Reality knocks… in the midst of the Church:

Reality knocks in the midst of the Church, in the house of the Saviour, the great Redeemer.

Who will open the blinds, rub their eyes and see what Reality has dug up and brought to the fore?

Reams of dreams await their unscrolling from hearts, paralysed.

Blind to the blessings ready for the picking, they wallow in self-pity, victimised.

Tending to wounded egos, their worth remains packaged within, enslaved.

Meant to be destiny pursuers, they remain still, crippled.

A quiver with strategies to aim at targets for breakthrough, discarded.

Who will answer the call of Reality at the door? Descend on bended knees and cry for help, extend the arm to mentor, be a friend willing to monitor and tutor ?

Who will listen and answer God’s call to be a solution; His ordained hands and feet for action ?

In the midst of the Church,

in the house of the Saviour,

the great Redeemer

where His people are

as perishing vapour. Reality knocks !

©Dec.2016 Deborah E.Nyamekye

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Biblia Poesy SocialCare:A Creative Literary Social Action initiative 

ATTENTION A NEW INTERNATIONAL CHARITY – ARE YOU INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE? WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS.

Biblia Poesy SocialCare

A Creative Literary Social Action initiative (Not for Profit Charity) mobilising the Body of Christ to encourage and teach hearts one nation at a time ((Matt24:14/28:19-20)

Subsidiary of Bearwitness-Forerunner Ministries Int.
1.Vision Statement: 
We aim to use scripturally inspired and formulated Spoken Word Prose/Poetry to exhort, evangelise or engage in community outreach in personal homes, residential care homes, youth/learning disability Homes/Centres, Prisons and Home/cell groups for the purpose of spreading the gospel, encouraging & strengthening the faith of believers and bringing healing & deliverance to multitudes.

2.Background 
In May this year, the LORD put on my heart to get my poetry books Our God Reigns- Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry Volume 1 & 2 (Volume 3 is underway) into Residential Homes for the elderly.

There is a niche among the aforementioned; This is a creative way to evangelise or share the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
I later felt led to include Youth/Learning difficulties Recreational Centres, Church cell or home groups and Prison ministries as well. 

Link to my poetry books on Amazon (Amazon allows you to see table of contents and a couple of pages as well) Click here
The books are sent free to those who want to partake of this charity, the link is just to show you what they look like. 

When I had this idea, I felt that I was to start this initiative and then encourage other believers in Christ to do the same. I have been praying and getting ready to start contacting places with this Ministry project, however my first chance basically fell on my lap! 

At church during a bible study last week in which we were asked to think of ways to reach others for Christ, a lady who works in a residential care home for the elderly encouraged anyone to come and meet with the residents for a chat and that many are lonely and would welcome visitors or people to chat with. 

I spoke to her afterwards about what I feel led to do and she thought it was a great idea. She gave me her details & the address of the care home.

3.How exactly can the poetry books “Our God Reigns” be used for evangelism, outreach or encouragement?

My poetry in these books covers a variety of topics, some are straight forward evangelistic, others express the nature and might of God/Jesus Christ giving thanks and glory to him for all things.

Others are an expression of the believers hope in,love for,dependence on,expectations of (etc) God and Christ. 

I believe each poem is inspired by God. The poems are written with scriptures in mind and some are formulated from specific scriptures. At times there are bible quotes within the poems. 99% have scriptural references at the end of the poems.

The person who decides to use a poem can do any of the following:

-simply read the poem out (or perform it – some are spoken word /story telling prose) and welcome comments and questions.

-start of or end with reading of the scriptures referenced within or under the poem in question before reading it.

-do the aforementioned but also prepare a short exhortation or teaching around the subject of the poem. 

-before starting of course one has to pray and also ask the LORD to use them to ask questions or say things related to the poems or the poems themselves would result in discussions intended to plant redemptive seeds, cause people to make a decision for Christ or rededicated their lives to Christ. 

My hope is that the person will use this as an opportunity to also ask if anyone wants prayer or would like to attend a Church if these readings are outside the church setting e.g. Residential Homes & Youth Homes/Centres.

A list of local churches that one has researched should be on hand and one or two suggested if the answer is yes. 

4.Who can get a free copy?

Anyone who agrees to pursue a similar Ministry in Residential Care Homes or Youth/Learning Disabilities Recreational Centres, Prison ministries or use it for their cell or home groups will get a free copy of one of my poetry books to start with. 

When in future I have connected with management in centres who would welcome such a Ministry, I will also let those who connect with Biblia Poesy SocialCare know of them. My vision is to have a database of such centres.

They will decide which one of the volumes they will start with first by having a look at the table of contents which I can email or forward via Facebook. I can also meet with them to show them the books if possible.
Any one from any nation can request for a free book (or more) by sending

-Name:

-Address:

-email:

-Tel no.

-Explain how you intend to use the Poetry book “Our God Reigns” to be a blessing in your community or through a Ministry at your church:

How many copies are needed (note the Volume 1 or 2):

Contact: Deborah Esther Nyamekye

Email: admin@bearwitness-forerunner.org

5.What is the Author’s request?

The author requests for quarterly reports as to how those who have copies of her books are getting on in terms of pursuing the vision statement (point 1) or goals of this Social Action for the glory of God.

The reporting is informal and can be verbal, by email or handwritten.

A willingness to pray with others doing the same thing locally or through a conference call across nations would be great. 

6. Can anyone give a donation?

As this is a Not for Profit charity, we welcome donations which includes postage costs.

Please contact me personally if you would like to donate. We will supply account details on our website. 

We ask for your prayers as we take this Ministry forward, trusting God that He will fulfil this mission as He birthed it. 
This is part of us doing our part in spreading the Word of God in all the earth before the end of the age so that as many people would hear it, make a decision for Christ or be strengthen in their faith.

God bless you Deborah E. Nyamekye 

Biblia Poesy SocialCare

A subsidiary of Bearwitness Forerunner Ministries Int.

Time for Salvation & Rededication is Now!

  To live a victorious life under God’s protection (the God of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ), a recipient of His  love and peace as well as His numerous promises to His children found in the Word of God (Bible) you must be born again or saved. If you used to serve God through Christ at one time but are now backslidden it is time to return and rededicate your life to the LORD time waits for no one and Jesus is coming soon. 
Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour requires a confession and belief in your heart that He is indeed Lord and Saviour of the World sent by God (Romans 10:9-10/John 3:16) and that He died and rose again the third day to deliver you from sin and reconcile you with God your creator. 

A child of God is guaranteed eternal life with God and in the here and now they are guaranteed abundant life; a life supernaturally controlled by God the Father through Christ Jesus as they stay committed in fellowship with God through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. The old nature conforming to the evil world system and self is progressively overcome as one lives in obedience to God according to His commands in the bible. 

God is faithful to bring to pass his promises and answer the prayers of His children. 

Jesus said “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”(John 10:10 NLT)

He also said “21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them…23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:21,23)

The Apostle Paul encouraged believers in Philippi (an encouragement for you today)

“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil. 4:6-8 NLT)
It is not too late to have a relationship with God, it is first and foremost about making a decision to “try” Him if you have tried everything else and still feel a void in your life and you still do not feel peace or fulfilled. God gives a peace that this world cannot give.
Jesus said “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

Sometimes without God we think we are at peace because we are not experiencing any affliction or difficulties, but I speak from experience when I say that it is just an illusion! There is no peace than the one we receive from becoming children of God because it is the real deal.
Some people have left churches and given up on God altogether because someone in church disappointed them. I have a message for you today: Let no one rob you off what God has predestined for you even before the foundations of the world! Are they your maker? Do they determine your destiny? Do not look to man and do not allow man to stand between you and God through Christ. God is calling you back today: Return, brother, return sister into a personal relationship with the LORD! There are truly Godly people in the church and my prayer is that He will lead them to you and you to them. May He find you a church where you can start trusting again. Give your fellow Christian a chance, be patient, determine to love all despite flaws as you would like to be loved and your Heavenly Father loves you.

Be quick to forgive and quick to love with the Lord of God and remember the Christian walk is a journey with its ups and downs for others as for you. But God promises to be with us all the way, for He is a faithful Father who loves His children with an everlasting love.

I have pasted a prayer of salvation below. Please take a stock of your life and consider carefully that you are not reading this in vain, the LORD God who created you loves you and desires a relationship with you. He is calling you to dedicate your life to him through salvation offered by Christ Jesus or if you used to consider yourself a Christian but are no longer living as one, God is saying it is time to return, His hands are wide open also pray this prayer as one rededicating one’s life or starting all over again, this time for good. 

Please pray this prayer of Salvation below and following that trust God with your life, commit to reading the Bible and pray for God to lead you to the right church (please contact me if you would like me to recommend any to you) God Bless Deborah Esther X
PLEASE PRAY: SALVATION PRAYER
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. AMEN.

(Excerpt of Salvation prayer from http://salvationprayer.info/home/salvation/) ©Deborah E. Nyamekye 11/04/2016

 

PLAIN SPEAKING II: Gotcha! Traits of the Enemy within; Self Idolater, Idolater & Self-Dependent

 

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“23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.”
(James 1:23-24 NLT)

Ever get strong negative reactions to unfulfilled expectations of others? willingness to self examine or point the finger inwards to self, may result in surprising, but redemptive results as I personally discovered.

Caution: This is likely to convict, challenge or cause you to break out in sweat!!

Have you ever reacted furiously or angrily when people have not fulfilled your expectations of them. I have a few times and the last time, the Lord ministered to me profoundly in a manner for which I am eternally grateful. You see, if you regularly react furiously or angrily when people do not fulfill your expectations of them, then it is time to sit back and think: why do I often have these emotions well up in me, what is wrong with me? It is as if there is a persona foreign to you within who is triggered negatively when your expectations are not met.

There could be many reasons why you behave in this manner, one being that these people have always given you the impression that they want to meet your needs and another one is that you have a subconscious deep-set belief that they are the gender who have to do this or that particular thing so that if they do not, you become like the untamed devouring Rottweiler in your thoughts and woe be to them if those thoughts translate into action!

Whatever you think that they owe you or humanity that propels you to want them to meet these expectations, the basic truth is that they owe you or humanity nothing at all. Anyone who is in Christ should know that it is against the will of God to impose unreasonable expectations on others, but we at times fall short of this truth. Spouses have certain expectations of one another which we all understand are normal and it is normal to have some expectations of immediate family members, close friends, a courting partner and work colleagues. Expectations of one another are the essence of relationships and parties in contractual agreements.

However if even in those relationships as in our casual ones there are recurring feelings of anger or contention when we feel let down, rather than always pointing of the finger outwards and blaming others, as Christians if we honestly point the finger towards ourselves for a change, we will be surprised but relieved at what we will discover. The problem may not be from the other person at all or not entirely, as the saying goes “there is no smoke without fire”.

If we choose to humble ourselves by examining our hearts before the LORD, God’s grace will abound for His grace responds to our humility. God’s grace results in the conviction of the Holy Spirit which we are ready to receive when we set out pointing the finger inward. It is not a deliberate attempt to blame ourselves for such things, it is simply a self examination exercise which is good for the soul. In this place, we are enlightened to the hidden and presumptuous sins that only God can reveal to us when we seek him sincerely.

David who became the king of Israel engaged in the self examination exercise regularly if not he would not have prayed as follows: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:12-14)

If we are honest with ourselves we can easily be honest before God in prayer and therefore receive answers to our prayers. In my personal situation, during worship in church a couple of days after the incident happened, I was thinking “although I thought what I expected was reasonable, perhaps my reactions over the course of time meant I did not handle the person’s failure to comply very well”. I then sensed strongly the LORD was saying the following in response “actually Deborah, your emotional reaction and at times your utterances in this incident and similar ones in the past reveal
1. Self-idolatry (Controlling)
2. Idolatry
3. Self dependence

It was like a great knock on my head to hear that. Initially I was shocked and wondered whether it was God speaking to me. But I knew deep within that those words were true. In relation to that particular incident and similar ones in the past, the LORD began to give me further insight then and some time after church how these three flawed characteristics can manifest in a Christian’s life to varying degrees.

1. Self-idolatry (Controlling)
I sensed the LORD saying “You were not vocalising it plainly to others but the message your unreasonable emotional reactions conveyed is the following in words “each time I desire something and ask you, I want you to comply or do as I say. If you do not then I will not be happy with you and it will adversely affect my relationship with you”. Although you don’t realise it consciously, you are seeking to be elevated and therefore worshipped. You say you worship me, but in that situation, you are seeking others to ascribe worship to you!

The LORD showed me that in such situations, “most people at the receiving end (victims) react by either
a) becoming fearful and do what you want so as to live in peace with you or appease you to make you happy.
b) doing as you request but increasingly resent you with every fibre of their being because they discern that their obedience to your will is the only way they can receive your approval or live in peace with you.
c) shunning you permanently because they immediately become offended and want nothing to do with you.”

2. Idolatry
I sensed the following explanation from the LORD “This is when you have expectations of people and they do not fulfill them, and you find that your reactions are recurrently rage-filled or filled with disappointment. Your reactions reveal a deep-set feeling of being let down and even rejected so that you decide to have nothing to do with them. Such a reaction means that you place unreasonably great weight on their response as if your life depends on it. You make those people idols as well as whatever it is they failed to do”.

3.Self dependent “I always want my own way” syndrome
The tendency to be a self idolater /controller of people and situations as well an idolater in varying degrees even as a Christian, is basically a product of the fundamental “I always want my way” syndrome of the adamic sin or carnal nature. A truly committed or born again Christian does not deliberately scheme to act in any of these ways, but while they are being perfected in the sanctification process of gracious Father God, the old nature under the control of Satan (formerly called Lucifer) at times manifests. The source of this “I always want my own way” syndrome is Satan.This is why it is important to have a lifestyle of self examination as King David so as to honestly acknowledge one’s sins and seek God for cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

A key scripture which expresses God’s desire that we refrain from being self dependent and rather to depend on him always is Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV):
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

After God rebuked me and got me thinking about all the aforementioned, there was no sense of condemnation but I felt convicted by the Holy Spirit and a profound feeling of being loved by Father to the extent that he would not only highlight the sinful nature that was so hidden, but he would include some teaching as well. He revealed to redeem and I accepted what he showed me about my sinful nature which led me to ask for forgiveness. Together we had nipped that flaw in my nature in the bud and I had received much teaching as well!

I am currently very conscious that no one has to do what I require of them even if they promise me they will. If they do not meet my expectations and disappoint me, I have developed the fruit of self control in relation to my emotions, rather than let my emotions run wild and let my mouth be an outlet of ungodly expression, I have learnt to quickly vocalise to myself the decision I choose to take which is to forgive them. I then quickly ask the Lord to heal my emotions from the disappointment or any anguish caused.

Doing this quickly really helps to prevent a welling up in me of negative emotions; exaggerated, violent reactions often have little to do with the situation in hand but more to do with unresolved past similar offenses, the emotions of which are triggered by the similar situation in hand. When we know our weaknesses, we must choose to partner with God in the right way to be free from temptation to sin so that we remain overcomers in Christ (Romans 8:37). I am not yet perfected, but I am getting there with God’s daily help.

When we study the life of King David, we note that he had cultivated the lifestyle of sustaining intimacy with God. Being quick to ensure his heart condition was right before God was key to his success at remaining the Apple of God’s eye. He was quick to forgive (i.e. Saul) and quick to repent, for instance in relation to his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband (Psalm 51).

Exposure of sin is lethal to satan’s kingdom only if the redeemed respond in the right manner because they are cleansed from all unrighteousness connected with that sin so that satan no longer has a foothold in their lives.

Following that incident which brought about this ministration, I recalled how I used to regularly and fervently pray for God to renew my mind (Romans 12:1-3) and also for the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), and for my heart issues but then I grew complacent and only did so very sparingly, while I prayed often for other things in my life and for others. I praise God that He used that incident to remind me that one of the worst things a Christian can do is to stop praying regularly and fervently for protection of their heart, renewal of mind, fruit of the Spirit and Spiritual gifts as well as what they are struggling with.We must not take God’s grace and protection for granted, Satan as a devouring lion does us no favours and is always ready to pounce at every given opportunity!

Thank you LORD that you reveal to redeem!

“Plain Speaking & Counsel” Series : Blunt, to the point narrative (not mincing words so to speak!) & counsel relating to a moral matter or subject requiring our attention as children of God. Click for
PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL I : The question of failures/affliction – is it always the fault of the devil, me or both?
PLAIN SPEAKING & COUNSEL II: The question of friendships; Acquaintance, close/inner circle friend or none of the above!

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 19/03/2016

WORSHIP-Part 1: Cain, Abel & You – Making choices that lead to True or False Worship unto God.

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Read Genesis 4 : Cain & Abel.

Even though Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God and thus caused the generational sinful nature in mankind to take root, we are presented with a situation that surprises many people who read the account of Genesis chapter 4. Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve’s offspring each gave an offering to God. Adam and Eve must have taught their two sons to live a covenanted life unto God, even though they still inherited the generational sinful nature from their parents.

As long as we acknowledge we are in covenant with God which Cain and Abel did by giving God an offering, then in God’s eyes we confess Him before men and we are therefore inheritors of His promises. This fact was true in the time of Cain and Abel, throughout ancient history and is true now.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever more!

As Cain and Abel acknowledged that they were God’s, God expected them to also know what kind of offering He would expect and accept from them. Cain was a farmer “tiller of the ground” and he brought an offering from the land to the Lord. It was an ordinary offering. He did not give his best. This shows a lack of reverence and respect for God, so what was the result? The King James version states that God “unto Cain and to his offering he did not respect” (Gen. 4:5). This verse reminds me of the verses in Matthew 10 in the New Testament which states that Jesus will confess before his Father those who confess him before men (vs 32) and will deny before his father those who deny him before men (vs 33).

true-falseBrethren, the truth is that we get as much out of our covenant relationship with God as we put into it. This has not changed even since the days of Adam and Eve and their offspring, Cain and Abel.  If I say I am one who offers my life as a living sacrifice to God but I choose to disrespect or deny God, it does not affect or change the fact that He is God nor does it prevent Him from doing His works. However I will suffer the consequences of my sins against Him which is eternal damnation unless I repent.

God chose me for salvation, therefore I should see this as a privilege and be humbled to be called His child. I should in no way expect Him to feel He is blessed to have me as His child, if I do, then I am being prideful. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). I may not be having this expectation consciously but my actions towards God speaks louder than my words. I cannot hide my motives or intentions from Him for He is God and all knowing.  This is expressed in David’s counsel to his son which we should also live by:

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever” (1 Chron. 28:9 NLT).

In addition as Cain did, I should not take God for granted. Cain had free will and chose to exercise it by serving God, but he did not give his best. Assessing what this means we can say he was lukewarm in his approach and attitude towards God. Is God looking for lukewarm worshippers? No! He is looking for those who will be true worshippers by obeying the two greatest commandments upon which all the other eight hang (Matt. 22:36-40).

“love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27 KJV).

The Ten Commandments enabled the people of Israel to know right from wrong. Although in Cain and Abel’s time the commandments as we know them were not in existence then, the expectation of God from them is the same as it was from Israel when God gave them the Ten Commandments. This is because anyone who says they belong to God are expected by Him to exercise their free will and moral consciousness by choosing to do what is right by Him or according to His Word.

Cain did not love God wholeheartedly hence the choice to give him an offering which reflected this fact. You only know what it is to love when you live cultivating a love relationship with God. This is true worship and from this position you learn to love yourself the way God loves you and you can therefore love others in the same way. Cain did not love God, nor himself and therefore he could not love his brother Abel.

Jesus during his ministry spoke as follows:

“23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24 NLT).

 True worshippers are people who live in the Spirit and abide by the truth of the Word of God exercising their free will by making choices to the glory of God and His Kingdom. The LORD alone can judge who is a true worshipper for He looks at the heart whereas man looks at the appearance (1 Samuel 16:7).

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Cain did not anticipate the consequences of this lukewarmness and disrespect towards God this is why he was very upset and “his countenance fell” (4: 6) when God did not accept his offering. He felt God should accept his offering despite it being inferior to what God expected from him. This is because Cain had no reverence for God.

Friends, if you have reverence for Almighty God you will give Him your best in relation to your time, your finances and service. After all, God is the one who not only created you, but ensures you have provision and sustains you daily.

Some people think they can take God’s mercy for granted and get away with it, to the point that they say “I will sin in this way and repent later, after all the bible says if I confess my sins God is faithful and will forgive me”. There are some who profess to live holy lives but only to deceive men, for God knows the hidden state of a man’s heart; for instance they may be part of the worship team in church but are fornicating or committing adultery in secret.

These same people being born again and therefore covenanted children of God have chosen to live lives compromising with the world and so they do not give of themselves wholeheartedly to God. However as Cain (Gen 4:6) they get very upset and their countenance falls when God does not answer their prayers or they do not experience breakthrough in certain areas of their lives despite supposedly attempting to for years. Could it be that God has rejected their offering of false and abominable worship which rises up as stench to his nostrils rather than sweet smelling incense as true wholehearted worship does?

This aforementioned example is one of several ways believers in Jesus Christ dismiss or relegate him and God to the bottom of their list of priorities while outwardly appearing holy before men and even manage to deceive themselves that they are not doing anything wrong.

Furthermore, believers in Jesus Christ have given excuses when  they disobey God or engage in sin blaming the devil or saying “I am only human” with the same lips they confess “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” or “I am more than a conqueror through him (Jesus) who loves me” so if they know they have the inner strength through Christ to overcome temptation how come they have a habit of picking and choosing when to obey God and when not to?

One might make the following excuses for Cain

  • He was the offspring of Adam and therefore the adamic sin nature was raging within him as a generational iniquity so it was easier for him to disobey God than to obey Him as it was for Adam and Eve.
  • He was very upset because he did not think he had done anything against God because the power of iniquity of separation from God (parental sin) was such that his natural inclination was not towards pleasing God but self and Satan.

Did God give Cain these excuses in the bible? He did not and would have if they applied. Unlike Cain, Abel, Cain’s brother from the same mother and father chose to please God by acknowledging God’s worth as being so great that He merited Abel’s best offering from his livestock. We can see that while one son of Adam (Abel) chose to do what was pleasing to God the other (Cain) chose not to even though they both have the generational iniquity of the Adamic sin nature. Why is it that the excuses one can make for Cain’s attitude towards God did not result in Abel acting in the same way as Cain did towards God?

Abel was able to make a conscious choice to give God the best of his livestock even then when one would easily have thought it would have been unlikely. Another reason one may have expected Abel to not give God his best offering in addition to the aforementioned excuses for Cain’s failure was because as Cain, he was a first generation offspring of Adam and one would think greatly prone to the serpent’s influence against God as his mother and father.

When we are God’s, He expects us to rise above the tendency to either give in to sin or make excuses for committing recurring sin because of the generational adamic sin nature or sins of our parents and ancestors as well as our own past repetitive sins. While in covenant with God, if we can make a choice to give ourselves as living sacrifices unto God as Cain and Abel demonstrated by giving Him an offering, we can also make a choice as to what level of worship we are willing to give Him while in covenant with Him; We can profess we are Christians but live as the unsaved (which is not worship at all), be in half hearted obedience, which means lukewarmness or compromise with the world (this is also not worship) or wholehearted worship because we love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls (this is true worship).

Brethren, the point I am making is that choices to be God’s children and the level of worship we give Him can be made without fearing we will fail in our walk with God because of the Adamic sin nature, ancestral generational weaknesses or our own recurring sins of the past. God is always with those who are His to protect, strengthen and warn us of impending danger, as in the case of Cain:

“7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Gen 4:7 NLT)

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Even though these were times well before laws and commands were given by God to people who were covenanted with Him as we know from scripture, Genesis 4:7 lays out God’s expectation of His creation who acknowledged him as their LORD as well as the consequences for not fulfilling those expectations and what they must do to overcome sin.

Man has a moral conscience and free will and therefore has the God given ability to make choices as to whether to do the right or wrong thing. What is right or wrong according to God is knowledgeable from God’s Word and directly from God by revelation or His spoken word, for instance God spoke clearly to Cain in Genesis 4:7. It is also a knowing which is supernaturally given to covenanted children of God. God therefore expected Cain and Abel to exercise their free will by choosing to give their offering to God based on what they knew to be pleasing to God and not pleasing to him. If one says they accept their covenant relationship with God, then His expectation is that one would exercise their free will by choosing morally to do what pleases God. However, God does not give up on us; He gives us a chance to repent and change our ways as well as cautions and warns us about the consequences of continuing in sinful ways.

God demonstrated to Cain that He loved him by showing mercy to him as He did many centuries later to His covenanted children of Israel and those through Jesus Christ. God showed mercy by counseling and warning Cain (Gen 4:7) when He saw how upset he was that God rejected his offering.

God did not take Cain’s free will from him as He never does, but as a loving Father, His words (Gen 4:7) were to make Cain realize that the consequences of not doing the right thing (not giving God his best, his lukewarm or half hearted worship) would lead to “sin” not just being at his “door” but entering and taking over his life. This warning came with what Cain  was to do to overcome which was to “subdue it and be its master”. Sadly Cain did not heed to God’s warning and killed his brother Abel (Gen 4:8).

Brethren, it is true that as Cain & Abel, we too have generational iniquities to contend with, but as God was with Cain and Abel, so He is with us and as them, we also have what it takes to sustain a life of true worship. We are also in a better place than they were in that we have the power of God through the blood of Christ Jesus to overcome (Luke 10:18-19, Romans 8:37) Satan and his demonic powers over our bloodline. We only have to believe it, declare it and live a life abiding in Christ wholeheartedly in true worship of God as an expression of our love for Him. We also have the Holy Spirit within to convict us of sin and enable us to discern what is of God, Satan or self. This is why we must consciously live a life abiding in God through bible study/meditation, prayer and singing praises to Him.

Yes it is true that we all have generational iniquities and sins passed down, and Satan does not relent to attack us even when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour but we also have a God given conscience, free will and so the ability to make choices as to whether to serve God with all our hearts, minds and souls or do so grudgingly or half-heartedly. Therefore if we say we are truly born again then, our degree of victorious Christian living as worshippers of God, is determined by the choices we make and not by satan or anyone else and this is because

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence”(2 Peter 1:3 NLT).

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 08/01/2016

next “Manna from on High” Next week, 15th January 2016

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Words of Encouragement for 2016

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GOD SHUTS/OPENS DOORS & YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EXCEL

Be reminded that it is The LORD God who alone closes and opens seasonal spiritual “doors” before you. This is because of His authority as a Royal High Priest from the House of David.
“I will place on His shoulder the key to the house of David, what he opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open” (Is.22:22 KJV)

His Kingdom from the House of David extends to the whole world as an everlasting kingdom for whom He is governor (Is 9: 6-7). The whole world is under the control and dominion of Christ by whom the world was created (Col 1:16). You and I are in the palm of God’s hand.

Therefore as ones who love the LORD, we must be encouraged and assured that all things are working for our good (Romans 8:28) and will continue to do so in 2016 and beyond.

What has afflicted you this year? you have delegated authority (Luke 10:18-19) from Jesus Christ to declare by pronunciation and change of attitude, mindset and actions (Romans 12:1-3) that it will not follow you into the new “door” of the new year in Jesus’ mighty name.

As a believer in Jesus Christ you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you and therefore the powerful life of God within (Romans 8:10-11). Your words are powerful because your meditation is on the living and powerful Word of God that transforms (Heb. 4:12). You are therefore able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13).

God’s abundant blessings are available for your taking in 2016!

Therefore arise and exercise your authority and speak the words of faith to every situation and activate your faith in Jesus’ name!

YOU WILL BE BLESSED AND RECOMPENSED
I sense that the Lord is saying that this new year of 2016 is His open door or new season through which, as long as you abide in Him and trust Him consistently through His Word and fellowship in the Holy Spirit:

1.You will remain empowered by the Holy Spirit and led by Him along God’s pathway for the fulfilment of His divine plans and purposes in your life.

2.God will make a way out of difficult and seemingly impossible situations for you.

3.You will be among those who will be blessed and receive recompense for your travail, efforts, actions, time and money sown for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel and in the ministry of helps inside and outside the church.
A life led for the fulfilment of God’s plans and purposes has at times involved suffering, rejection or contention, but always remember that whatever you do for God as a true believer in Jesus Christ is never in vain.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed in 2016!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 31/12/2015

Taking Stock: What kind of disciple are You?

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In Luke 9:57-62 we read about three potential disciples of Jesus. Brethren as we enter into the New Year, it is important to take stock of this year and the previous years that we have walked with the LORD.

This account of three potential disciples is one of many biblical accounts which will help us. It will enable us to think things through, confess our sins and repent and decide to be more vigilant if we need to, as well as give God thanks for what He has done and is about to do.

I. Potential disciple no. 1

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.” (Luke 9:57-58 KJV).

This man decided to follow Jesus by himself. Jesus’ reply implies that he was asking the man whether he had considered the cost of following him. Jesus at the time did not have his own accommodation. It is noteworthy that Jesus did not tell him what to do but gave his own life as an example of the type of life the man would have if he follows Jesus.
If you have chosen to follow God, you must know that you have Covenanted to be Christlike and so should be ready to pay the price.

Jesus was saying “Have you counted the cost?”, “can you pay the price of homelessness or going from place to place and so not being guaranteed accommodation or a comfortable life?”

What has your Christian life been like until this point? Are you aware of the costs or do you count the cost of following Jesus Christ?

Morris Cerullo in the devotional “Journey into the promised Land” lists some of the costs of following Christ as follows
1. Sacrifice as well as service (1 John 3:16)
2. Loneliness (2 Timothy 1:15)
3.Rejection and criticism (John 1:11)
4. Persecution (2 Corinthians 11:23-27).

It is only those who live in the reality that there are indeed costs and have made a conscious decision to not only consider them daily but are willing to go through them, who are able to live victorious Christian lives.

II.Potential Disciple no. 2

” 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:59-60 KJV).

When Jesus called this man, the man felt he could still continue making his own decisions and so prioritise his own desires I.e burying his father, as he had done before he was called. However Jesus’ response is clear; the calling of God requires one to prioritise the kingdom of God or whatever God has called one to do as opposed to what one wants to do.

Please know that Jesus was not saying one’s parents or family are not important or that we should not attend to them. Nothing must be placed before the call of God. Jesus loved his family a sign being when on the cross of crucifixion, he spoke in a manner to both his mother and John that gave John the Apostle the understanding that Jesus wanted him to take care for his mother, so John took her into his home after Jesus died (John 19:25-27).

This was also revealed when Jesus spoke to the people and someone told him is mother and brethren wanted to speak to him. He replied
“48… Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
“49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt.12:48-50 KJV)

As we can see, as with the first potential disciple, Jesus was teaching his “do as I do” principle for despite his love for his family, Jesus prioritised the work of the ministry over and above them which was the will of God.

Brethren, do you prioritise your will over and above that of the will of God?

Your response maybe “well I often don’t know God’s will so I just get on with what I want to do and hope it is”.
If this is the case, my prayer is that you would spend time in fasting and prayer even as you enter into 2016 asking the Lord to reveal His will for your life to you and also that you would refrain from making hasty decisions and learn to wait on the Lord.

III.Potential Disciple no. 3

“61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62 KJV).
This man wanted to follow the Lord, however he wanted to take time to do something first, or wanted to follow God but on his own terms. Jesus’ reply affirms the motives of the man’s heart; He was holding onto his past life, torn between committing to God wholeheartedly and living in the world.
Brethren, as you may know, when God calls us, he requires us to respond immediately and not to start thinking of what we have left undone and need to do first, or put off obeying God until it suits us. At times we may decide to do something first which we convince ourselves is part of or compliments the calling of God or what He is asking us to do. Partial obedience is not obedience.

I pray to God that everyone reading this will be from henceforth even more sensitive to God’s leading in your lives so that you will not hesitate to know what He is calling you to do. Also that God would grant you an increased measure of His gift of discerning of spirits and the ability to stay in the place of praise, prayer, bible reading and meditation. This is so that as you abide in this realm consistently, you will be able to hear God’s voice in whichever way He chooses to speak to you. In Jesus name Amen.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 28/12/2015

“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