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I declare “No Weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…”

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I declare over your life today that
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD”
(Is. 54:17 KJV).

What is a declaration? It is a formal, explicit statement or pronunciation or proclamation. The bible says God’s word is forever settled (Psalm 119:89). Therefore this declaration or statement (Is. 54:17) regarding God’s protection of you because you are His is settled! Just receive it and meditate over it, read it out loud, sing it over yourself because your God who wars on your behalf, delights in you and sings over you!

“The Lord your God is with you,the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17 NIV).
To God be the glory great things He has done!

The Lord says to you as He did to the children of Israel, this is your heritage:

1.”No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…”

What is a weapon in this context? Anything that Satan uses to attack God’s people is a weapon. These include:

i.Objects such as talismans, voodoo dolls and amulets used in witchcraft and the occult.

ii.Human agents (by action or words)

-An individual, even a friend or family member, serving as an agent
-Satanic cults, witchcraft covens that engage in satanic séances, incantations
-A group of people, who could be a group of friends or a group of family members serving as satan’s agents.

Some people whether they are in the church or outside of it do not even realise they are being used as weapons. As we abide in Christ and He in us, our prayer is that we will strong in the LORD and in the power of His might so that we are not used by Satan and his demons.

If the weapons used against you do not prosper it is also true that the works or outcome of those diabolical weapons if they manage to manifest at all are powerless against you by almighty God. This is because you have the authority through Christ Jesus to withstand them. Jesus spoke of the fact that Satan has been defeated and that he has empowered his disciples which you are today:
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:18-19 KJV).

 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”(Romans 8:37KJV)

Satan’s weapons and their works cannot stand or prosper because you are in right standing with God (righteous) and prospering in Him.

2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.(3 John 1:2 KJV)

Will you grasp these truths if you have not already and walk in the freedom that is your heritage as a child of God? If you have already done so it is time to be even more vigilant as you prepare to enter into the new year!

2.”…every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn..”

As one empowered by the Holy Spirit you are a powerful weapon in God’s hand for you have the power to condemn the enemy who attempts to condemn you!

1[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.(Romans 8:1-2 KJV)

As one who is righteous, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit who makes intercession for you and through you according to the will of God, your earnest prayers “has great power and produces wonderful results” (NLT). Just take a moment to reflect on that!

Words released out of someone’s mouth a “Human satanic weapon”, which has condemned you, given you a negative picture of who you are and resulted in a sustained low self esteem even since your childhood are powerless once you come to Christ. Why? Because God’s words are the most powerful words which counteract, reverse and thwart the words that have been spoken against you since birth.

As you meditate on the word of God and declare it out loud as one in fellowship with the Holy Spirit who is the power of God,

-the voice of God is released in the atmosphere in all its power
-the testimony of Jesus (who is the Word of God) is made manifest.

Satan and his demons have no choice but to flee from the life of one who lives in the presence of God. This is because as a weapon and a mouthpiece of the almighty God, you are His “Battle Axe” (Jer. 51:20) or an instrument of His anointed voice and Holy Spirit that breaks demonic yoke and bondages.

 4The voice of the LORD [is] powerful; the voice of the LORD [is] full of majesty.5The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.(Psalm 29: 4-5 KJV)

 20Thou [art] my battle axe [and] weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;21And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;…(Jer. 51:20-21 KJV)

If you believe that God’s words come to pass (Isaiah 55:10-12), then it means you also believe that they replace  and so withstand the words of the enemy against you.  This is what Jesus came to do, to engage in a divine exchange. When he died on the cross, he took on every curse, the written and spoken ordinances against you.

“14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it ”(Col 1:14-15 KJV).

This is why it is important to meditate on God’s Word (the bible) over and over again and to declare them out loud. In so doing your heart (your innermost being of moral activity, your soul) comes in agreement with God’s word of truth, His predestined identity and destiny for you. There is therefore a renewal of mind and so an exchange of the lies and false presumptuous about life and who you are.

Every plan or scheme of satan through his “principalities, powers and the rulers of the dark world, spiritual wickedness” (KJV) is thwarted by almighty God who is the LORD of the heavenly armies (angels) in Jesus’ mighty name!

Brethren, let us therefore continue to be steadfast in abiding in God through our Lord Jesus Christ because in so doing, we allow God through His Word and by His power to condemn and render null and void all of Satan’s weapons, schemes and plans against us.

Thus living a life that daily bears witness to the LORD “who bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11 KJV).

 Blessed are you whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12 KJV).

 You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 21/12/2015

 

“…Everyone of us is a Witness” J.John

witness“Not everyone’s an evangelist or apologist. But everyone of us is a witness” J. John

Introduction
I hope you had a good week. Today I feel compelled to present to you The Word 4U 2Day’s (also called Word for Today) interview with Canon J.John, a British evangelist, minister, social activist, writer and speaker. I have listened to Evangelist J.John speak on Christian Television and at a conference and I have great respect for him. I also discern that he is not only a truly God ordained evangelist, but he is also a man blessed with a great measure of God’s wisdom and a remarkable gift of communicating the Gospel simply and humorously in a way that everyone can understand.

This is as good a time as any to share this interview with you, as I feel that it will encourage us to witness more. It will also strengthen many of us who have already planned to spread the gospel during this Christmas season or are seeking God for more creative ways to engage in evangelism. As well as encouraging us to be witnesses of Christ by sharing the Gospel,  J.John also highlights the importance of sharing what God has done for us in our lives or our testimonies as a form of witnessing.

Word4U Meets J.John (JJ)

W4U: What is the hope of the Gospel?

JJ: If I had to summarise Christianity, the conclusion would be this: forgiveness from the past, new life here today and a hope for the future. Everyone in the whole world needs forgiveness, and only Jesus can give that. Everyone in the whole world needs new life and a hope for the future; only the Holy Spirit can empower us for that. That’s what God the Father is inviting us into.

W4U: So why should we share that Gospel?

JJ: We read in Acts Chapter One, that the Holy Spirit was given to the first followers of Jesus and it says the spirit was given to empower them to be witnesses. So the main reason that we have God’s Holy Spirit is to be share the Gospel. We’re either a good witness or we’re a poor witness, but we are definitely a witness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be able to convey and communicate to the people who don’t know this Good News.

W4U: Whose job is it to do that? Is it for everyone, or just evangelists?

JJ: Like I said, I think every Christian is a witness. In a court of law, you’ll have a witness and you’ll have a lawyer. The witness gets up and says, ‘let me just tell you what I know’ – and that’s what they do: let me just tell you what I know, what I saw, what I felt, what I experience. Now, a lawyer gets up and presents the facts in such a convincing manner to get the jury to make a decision. I’m what they call an evangelist, so I take the facts of Christianity – like an apologist – and I present them like that lawyer, in such a way as to make the jury come to a decision. Not everyone is a lawyer, not everyone’s an evangelist or apologist. But every one of us *is* a witness. And so we’ve got to begin to be more intentional in telling our story.

W4U: How can we take that step to be a witness, and share God’s hope with this world?

JJ: Okay, going back to Acts Chapter One, when we’re told about the Holy Spirit, empowering us to be witnesses, we then are given a strategy and the strategy is to go into Jerusalem, then into Judea, then into Cymera, then to the ends of the earth. Now, Jerusalem, to the first disciples, is where they denied Jesus. Where were they at the crucifixion? Only John was there. So Jesus said ‘Start in the place of your greatest failure’. Where is that for most of us? Family, friends, neighbours, colleagues. So if we’re going to reach the world, we’ve got to reach *our* world. People often think about going on a missions trip and I say, ‘Look, go on a missions trip, just walk next door’.

W4U: Tell us more about that idea. How can we be ‘go on a mission trip’ in our local area?

JJ: Three things: We start by praying into the lives of all those people that we have a relationship with. Secondly, caring. Our sociology has to reflect our theology. A lighthouse doesn’t make any noise but you can see it – so sometimes our communication has to be visible, and practical, as well as verbal. Then, thirdly, by sharing something of what God has done in our lives, to somehow engage with those people who don’t know God.

W4U: Finally, then, what should we expect when we do share our faith? In your experience, how do people who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves Christians respond to that Gospel?

JJ: I don’t think people who don’t consider themselves Christian are hostile. I actually believe that they’re receptive. But we live in a very pick and mix culture. A lot of people like a little bit of this and little bit of that. A lot of people’s understanding of Christianity is a misunderstanding. So we have that awesome responsibility of trying to clear through misunderstandings so that we can somehow convey what the truth is. If you take Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John Chapter Four, when they encountered each other, there were so many social, moral, and religious barriers. However, they had one thing in common. They both wanted H-2-O. So, that’s what Jesus started speaking to her about. Don’t focus on the barriers, focus on what you’ve got in common and use that as your starting point.

W4U: In conclusion, if you could say one thing to the person reading this, what would you say?

JJ: A missionary isn’t someone who crosses the sea, it’s someone who sees the cross. If we’ve seen the cross, and understood what Jesus did for us, then in the words of the Apostle Paul in Two Corinthians: “The love of Christ compels us”.

(source: http://www.ucb.co.uk/w4u-meets-jjohn   – my own highlights in blue)

You are blesses, determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 20/12/2015

 

Are your talents buried or active?

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Brethren when you were born again the purpose for which you were created was declared by God on course for fulfillment. A declaration of war against Satan and his demons was also made by God through Christ Jesus seated on His throne at the right hand of God making intercession for you. Satan and his demons were once and for all given notice to leave your life immediately. Praise the Lord! but take note that God required your partnership and still does, meaning that you have to agree with Him daily and in a whole hearted manner as concerns who He says you are to Him and what He has called you to do for Him, as your identity and destiny unfolds.

As He does the aforementioned, God also highlights the natural and spiritual capabilities “Talents” He has given you which are callings, skills or gifts that enable you to be His vessel restored to Him in true fellowship and at the same time playing your part in the end time harvest of souls or world transformation. Will you be steadfast and focused in faith and in partnership with Him through the Spirit so that He can use you for His glory? Or are you going to allow the enemy of our souls, Satan to keep reminding you of your past life and blind you to your God given talents?

Our Lord Jesus spoke about principles of the kingdom of God when he gave the parable of the Talents. In summary what he was saying was that if we (represented by the servants of the man who travelled) as the two servants in the parable put to use your capabilities which are spiritual and natural callings, skills or gifts what he (represented by the traveling master) gives us so that we are able to bear fruit to the glory of His Kingdom we will receive his commendation and reward “well done good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21,23).

However if we do not put to use our natural and spiritual callings, skills or gifts for the good of the kingdom of God we are behaving like the servant who did not put even the little talent he had received from the master to use.

Whatever reasons one gives for being just a fruitless branch on the “True Vine” (John 15) Jesus Christ will not be accepted as a good excuse for in God’s eyes they are being disobedient and will suffer the consequences at the judgement seat of Christ at the end of the age.

Let us remember what Jesus said, speaking specifically to his disciples then as well as those who are today, that he the “True Vine”, has called us “branches” to bear lasting fruit (John 15:16) and this is only possible if we abide in him. In fact according to Jesus (John 14:12) as we abide in him, we are capable of doing greater works than he did on earth. We have the powerful Holy Spirit of God indwelling us and a life of devotion unto God activates the Holy Spirit to engage in his many functions such as intercessor, empowerer, teacher or reminder of Jesus teachings, comforter, guide, revealer of the will of God and imparter of His wisdom.

As we can see, we are not only declared long lasting fruit bearers when we come to Christ, but we have all that we need to be as such.

The warning is clear, that one can lose one’s salvation as the fruitless servant in the parable of Talents (Matt.25:25-30) did, or as illustrated in John 15 one can be cut of as a branch from the True Vine, Jesus Christ by God almighty, the Husbandman.

It is not the will of God that anyone perishes so let us take heed not to lose our salvation by making excuses as to why we profess to be Christians but do not live as empowered and capable Christians who have a commission.

Brethren my encouragement to you is that as we are in the final hour of the last days or the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, do not lose sight of your God given capabilities “talents” for use in the church and the world at large. Rise up and be active! Your talents may not be like that of other people or easily evident to others and “a small thing” in your eyes, but God created you unique and for his purposes. The fact that they are God given as well as the dire consequences for not putting them to use should be enough to motivate you to do so.

If you have not done so already start (yes you have some!) listing the God given natural and spiritual skills or gifts which enable you to serve in and outside the church. Then take them to God in prayer asking Him to remind you of the ones you have forgotten to add to the list or for Him to amend the list. Also ask God how you can serve Him better and if there is anything He has equipped you to do which you are not doing.

God loves as so much that the parable of the Talents among other parables and manner of teaching Jesus used are given to us so as to ensure that we lived according to His established principles for our lives. In so doing, we will not be cut of or perish, but rather we will receive His commendation and rewards in this life and in the time of judgment the end of the age.

May we put our God given talents to use so that God can use us in any way He chooses and in every way possible.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 19/12/2015

Guard your heart, a well-spring of Life

 Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.(New Living Translation)

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (English Standard version)

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Your heart is the central and innermost part of you where moral activity takes place and therefore includes your soul; emotions, intellect and mind. If one has a pure heart, then it means that one lives devoted to God and for the sole purpose of glorifying Him. God’s nature is to look at man’s heart while man has the tendency to focus on outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7).

This is why our pious acts of worship and involvement in church ministry do not impress God if we are living secret sinful lives or in hypocrisy. He takes our heart condition before Him very seriously.

When I think of this verse in the bible (Prov. 4:23), I note that it is full of the counsel of God. If my heart is guarded by worshipping God in Spirit and in truth (His Word of truth) and prayer, then the outflow from it bears witness to the fact that I am a child of God. This is one of the functions of the Holy Spirit.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17 KJV).

The course of my life is therefore dependant on what I “feed” my heart and from the scripture above amongst others in relation to the Spirit of God, the importance of life lived in fellowship with the Spirit cannot be underestimated.
Two key words of counsel derived from Proverbs 4:23 are that we

1.Watch the Company we Keep.

There are certain people who are inclined to gossip or speak negatively about others and the more I stay close to them the more I will find myself speaking the same way even without realizing it. In fact the mere fact that I listen to such talk means that I am in alliance with their gossiping and malicious banter.
The bible states

“A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends” (Prov. 16:28 ESV).
“There be six things which the LORD hateth; yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief;A false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Prov.6:16-19 ESV).

The Apostle Paul gives this noteworthy advice for our application:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”. (Eph. 4:29 ESV)

If I choose to hang around gossipers and malicious people thinking I will change them then I am likely to be disillusioned. Why? Because it is not possible to change someone over night and honestly God is not giving me that mandate unless he knows that I am spiritual strong enough to resist adding to their gossip or malicious talk and partaking of their ways. Even then, God will give me the wisdom to wait on Him for the right time to confront them about their behaviour.

Having done so if they choose to continue, then it means it is time to separate from the one who has chosen to walk the way of the ungodly despite professing to be in Christ. Such people are to be removed from the category of close friends to that of acquaintances who I do not stop praying for, but I guard my heart if I happen to find myself in their company. I accept my calling as a child of God to love the brethren in Christ with the love of God, however not everyone is meant to be my friend. As I walk with the LORD, my priority is to cultivate heart- felt intimacy with Him in true holiness as is humanly possible.

Nothing and no one should be able to prevent me from sustaining a heart from which flows the life of God so that we are able to be in fruitful service unto Him.  Therefore if anyone or anything stands in the way, I must step back and take a hard look at that thing or person and pray seriously about it before God, there is no beating about the bush. Satan does me no favors and comes as an angel of light, but praise the Lord that his dark ways through certain people and situations.

It is also important to self examine. If I am so easily influenced by people and even though I know better, I continue to be part of such a crowd and partake of their gossip and malicious conversation (yes even one word) then it means I have formed an unholy alliance which will forever be an obstacle to the power of God working in and through me. This is a serious matter brethren! That I would be quick to acknowledge my sins and repent before the Lord!

We have a Heavenly Father who is merciful and forgive those who acknowledge and confess their sins before him (1John 1:9)

2.Have the characteristics of true children of God

 As believers in Jesus Christ we must remember that we are those who live on God’s “Holy Mountain” and there are characteristics that affirm we are children of God:

Psalm 15
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbour,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

Strife is not the portion of the child of God and from these verses we are also presented with the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives:

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Gal 4:13-18 NIV)

May the Lord help us to have and sustain the characteristics that bear witness to the fact that we are true children of God;

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Gal 6:19-26 NIV)

3.Cultivate a life of intimacy with God

To have the “light of life” (John 8:12) or a heart which is a well spring of life so as to be the “Light of the world” (Matt.5:14)) in christlikeness, we must follow the leading of God our faithful Shepherd:

The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Ps.23:1-3 KJV).

The secret place of the most high, that place of intimacy is also abiding “under the shadow of the Almighty” as according to psalm 91, and with psalm 23 we are expressed the profound peace, protection, goodness and mercy we receive as children of God.

If we have the attitude that the sanctification process of the believer in Christ means being restored to the place of having the nature of God the Father, then we will see this process as a partnership which involves us consciously doing our part in obedience to the Word of God. This involves

  • starting our day being still before the Lord, in praise, prayer and bible reading and meditation and also ensuring that throughout the day our focus is on Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • setting time aside with God during break times at work, school or from whatever we are doing. Any time with the Lord is a form of resting in Him “beside still waters” in “green pastures” or in “paths of righteousness”.

In doing the aforementioned, the outflow of the life of God which speaks of one full of the Holy Spirit to overflowing setting the course of one’s life is not only sustained but increased so that we can do more for God. The reality of the “Life-giving Spirit” Jesus’ words in John 14:12 become evidenced in our lives.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 NIV)

In addition, our discernment and sensitivity to God’s Spirit and His ways is increased and so we are spiritually strengthened and mature enough not to fall into temptation nor act on carnal or satanic provocations.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence  or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation  and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
(Ps.51:10-12 NIV)

You are blessed. Determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 18/12/2015

Thy Words..Sweeter than honey to my mouth”(Ps.119:103)

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We give thanks and praise to God for His mighty Word which is

“…living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart”(Heb. 4:12 WEB).

As believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God (the Old and New Testament) is essential to us for holy living because as food gives nourishment to the body so the Word of God nourishes our spirits and souls.

When Jesus was undergoing temptation at the hands of Satan, Satan told him to prove that  he was the Son of God, by turning  stones into bread. But Jesus “answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt.4:4 KJV)

Jesus himself spoke of the power of God (Holy Spirit) in his words when he said to his disciples

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life. (John 6:63 KJV).

The personification of Jesus as both the Word and Spirit of God is evidenced in the following two scriptures:
-Jesus is the Word of God
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God.3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made….14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”(John 1:1-3,14 KJV)

-Jesus is the quickening (or Life-Giving) Spirit:
“So it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.”(1 Corinth. 15:45 KJV).

God’s Word is true:
“Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.” (Ps. 119:160 KJV).

We give thanks and praise to God that as we abide in Christ we know the truth and are set free from demonic bondage (John 8:32).

As the Word of God is true and  life-giving so too we must speak life and truth into situations and people’s lives. In other words we must be instruments of blessing and encouragement not only by acts of service to God but in what we say because as God’s children, we are anointed by His indwelling Spirit.
We however take nothing for granted and our daily prayer should be as that of David
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 KJV).

We have the Word of God available to us, His written Word and spoken word personally or through prophecy. May we meditate on God’s Word which is “sweeter than honey”(Psalm 119:103) in our mouth and receive the same “joy and rejoicing” in our hearts that Jeremiah did:
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”(Jeremiah 15:16 KJV).

When we are afflicted we receive encouragement and comfort by reading and meditating about the goodness of God in His Word:
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me.(Ps.119:50)
“Unless thy law [had been] my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”(Ps.119:92).

Proverbs 3:13 states “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom the man who gains understanding”.

Also we know that “there is no [Human] wisdom or understanding or counsel that can prevail against the Lord.” (Prov. 21:30).

So whose wisdom do we seek after?
The Lord’s of course; “How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16).

In God and Christ “are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden” (Colossians 2:3 KJV).

Our prayer to God daily should be “…teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps.90:12 KJV)

We praise God that we obtain His wisdom and understanding from reading and meditating on His Word:
“through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts… I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me… Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” (Ps.119:98-100,102,104 KJV).

Seeking direction or guidance? As we read God’s word prayerfully we are led and guided by His wisdom
“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Ps.119:105 KJV). We are therefore able to refrain “our feet from every evil way” (vs 101).

Brethren, be reminded that the Word of God by which He created the world is “forever settled in heaven” (Ps.119:89) and therefore as we find security in God so too we find security in His Word.

Whatever He has planned concerning your life is settled and unchanging. As the rain comes down, so too God sends His Word into the earth realm for the fulfillment of His plans and purposes (Is. 55:10-12). This includes His prophetic words concerning your personal life.

Dear Father
We give you thanks and praise that whatever we need is found in your Word. We also thank you for the many times you speak to us personally as we meditate on scripture and through prophetic people assuring us that you are with us and in absolute control of our lives. Amen.

You are blessed. Determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 17/12/2015

Are You a “Bridge” & “Spiritual Mother/Midwife” for Kingdom purposes?

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As an intercessor, I have now come to the place in my life that I simply define an intercessor as one who is an instrument of God whether in prayer or by action for the sake of others, communities, nations or specific situations. This broad definition allows one to then explore the different aspects of intercession that exists. This is because there are aspects of intercession that go far beyond what people normally associate with intercession, which is to stand in the gap in prayer.

In scripture believers in Christ are said to be “instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:13) or “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinth. 6:19). Indeed if we are these things then we are all called to be a means through whom the Holy Spirit intercedes according to the will of God.

I write the following based on revelation from scripture and through personal experiences, focused mainly on interpersonal relationships in the Body of Christ. An intercessor is a

“Bridge”

Intercession is when by the hand of God one acts as a bridge for the sake of others. This means that the intercessor is God’s instrument to help others either through prayers or by God inspired action to traverse or cross over to the next level or stage of their destiny.

Jonathan’s relationship with David was as such. Jonathan showed his love to David by standing up for David when his father was hateful towards David. Jonathan told David that his father was planning to kill him and devised a plan so that David could flee. As a result of this plan, Jonathan was God’s loving “bridge” to move David out of a deadly situation once and for all and onto a pathway where God protected him and preserved his life from Saul and other enemies.

When one feels they have served God and done everything they can do as a righteous child of God, but still feels defeated and discouraged in their life, God can send someone to them who serves as His Spiritual lifeline or “bridge” between them and God to help sustain them in their walk with God or their faith in Him so that they do not give up or backslide. The intercessor is also God’s bridge for the believer in Christ to move forward in faith as part of the sheepfold led by their faithful Shepherd, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Mother and Midwife”

This form of intercession is when the LORD places the intercessor as a spiritual mother and midwife alongside someone who is a birther (their spiritual child) or is in the process of being God’s instrument to fulfil a project or “birth” a vision. This is in line with the birther’s destiny.

The Spiritual mother and midwife is first and foremost a trustworthy person who is chosen by the LORD to be alongside the birther (their spiritual child) during the process of conception to giving birth of the vision or project. God trusts them and reveals qualities within them to the birther that enables the birther to also trust them wholeheartedly. The relationship is such that the spiritual child willingly gives  as much information as the spiritual mother/midwife needs for effective intercessory prayer on their behalf.

As a feotus in the womb needs to be fed, checked and cared for, the intercessor acts as a spiritual mother to the birther, her spiritual child in her role as an educator, counselor and encourager throughout the process of “gestation” until the vision is birthed or the project is completed. The intercessor is also a spiritual midwife in the crucial time when the vision is about to be birthed or project is in its completion stage.

I think of a situation I was in some years ago when my spiritual child was about to fulfill a particular God given vision, but then suddenly confusion set it and she started to feel inadequate and discouraged in a major way. I was her spiritual mother, but at that crucial time, my spiritual midwifery skills had to manifest quickly. I could tell straight away that we needed a miracle from God so that she did not lose the vision. We needed God to intervene quickly to change the situation and also her perception of it. I advised her that we needed to go into serious fasting and praying, engage in praise and worship as we had never done during the “pregnancy”.  We did, and I personally reinforced my prayers on her behalf. The LORD intervened in a way we had never imagined and I give glory to God! Now many years later I keep in touch with her and observe with joy how that vision has grown from a seed to a “fruitful tree”, a great blessing to multitudes.

I know there are many Christians who do not consider themselves intercessors, but the Spirit of intercession (Holy Spirit as intercessor) operates in all our lives if indeed we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27 NIV)

Intercession is not a specific calling for specifically chosen people. It appears some people operate under the intercessory anointing more than others but this is only because that is how they feel led by God to live their lives and so become known by others as ‘intercessors’. All prophets are intercessors but not all intercessors (believers operating notably in that way) are prophets.

My prayer is that we would all make ourselves more available to God  for this type of ministry as it means we are truly serving as instruments for the advancement of the purposes of God through each other and therefore for the kingdom of God as a whole.

Click for a teaching on Intercessory Prayer “Three Types of Prayer Part III: Prayer is Intercession…- Knock & It Shall be Open unto You”

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 16/12/2015

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

 

Jesus, One with Father- Part 2: The Bread of Life, Jehovah Jireh

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Is there something you lack? I have a message for you today, while you may not have everything you want our Heavenly Father gives you all that you need. What you need is necessary for your survival or can determine whether you will live or die whereas what you want is not necessarily a priority or a matter of life or death. God is more concerned about giving you all that you need as a priority than what you want. Our God is Jehovah Jireh, the only one who can provide you with what you need and in this context I will emphasis on God as a giver of provision, Jehovah Jireh in the Old and New Testament.

Abraham was obedient to God when God told him to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22). He started preparing to kill Isaac and had the fire and wood ready, he bound up Isaac and placed him on the altar. Just before he used the knife on his son, God gave him a ram as a substitute. Abraham called that place “The LORD will provide..and to this day it is said ‘on the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’ (Gen. 22:14 NIV).

God’s instruction was just a test (Gen. 22:1) which Abraham passed “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.” (Gen. 22:12 KJV)

Can we honestly say that we live a life as Abraham did understanding the ways of God to the point that when we are in the midst of a crisis in which God requires us to sacrifice something we really love:

1.We call the act of sacrifice worship? Abraham told his servants to wait for him and Isaac while they went up the mountain to worship the Lord (Gen. 22:5).

2. Follow through with sacrificing what we feel God is calling us to however hard it is knowing that God has a glorious plan through it?

Did Abraham discern this command to kill his son was a test and so was determined to pass it by following through with the process of starting a fire and then raising his knife to kill Isaac?

I believe so. Abraham had so much faith in God supernaturally intervening in this act of “worship” he even told the servants “we will come back to you” (Gen. 22:5) note the “we” not “I”.

As Abraham may we always be on the “mountain of the Lord”, that place of intimacy with Him such that everything we do in obedience to Him is an act of worship unto Him.

May we also have the following attitude: if whatever I give up is returned to me by the Lord then “praise the Lord”, if it is not then I still say “praise the Lord”, for God is in absolute control and knows what I need and what is best for me for the fulfillment of His plans and purposes for my life.

There are spiritual and natural blessings and rewards God will release only after we have proved ourselves to be obedient to His commands.

Jehovah Jireh provides us with what we need. God provided Isaac to Abraham as a means to ensure His promise to Abraham to make him a father of many nations or a means through whom nations will be blessed would come to pass.

Isaac was the promised son given to the world from God through Abraham. Likewise Jesus is the promised son given to the world from God through Abraham’s descendants Mary and Joseph, specifically the God chosen royal lineage of David which Joseph is a descendant of.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God was grieved that His most favoured creation, created for fellowship with Him would desert Him through disobedience.

God our merciful Father, even when He pronounced punishment on Adam and Eve for their disobedience to Him (read Genesis 3) also pronounced a means of escape. This means of escape was Jesus Christ, God called him (Genesis 3:15) the “seed of the woman” that will crush the head of the serpent (Satan).

Here we see that at the beginning when all things were created the seed of the woman, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is spoken of as being already victorious in spiritual warfare for the sake of mankind. He was destined to arise on earth to overcome or defeat anything birthed by Satan.

Let us meditate on the following: Jesus is written of as being the Word who was in existence and with God “in the beginning” of creation and came to dwell among men on earth (John 1:1-14). By and for him things were created and “he is before all things” (Col. 1:16/17). Another evidence that Jesus existed before the foundations of the earth was that he was the Lamb that was slain by whose blood the heavenly warriors in God’s camp (Michael and the Angels) overcame Lucifer the fallen angel and his hordes (Rev 12:11).

Jesus Christ the Messiah is the provision descendants of Adam and Eve need to make peace with God through reconciliation to a place of fellowship with Him. This is why Jehovah Jireh who knows and desires to meet the needs of His beloved creation sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of the world (John 3:16).

JESUS WAS BROKEN FOR MANY, SO WE WOULD LIKEWISE BE BROKEN FOR MANY.

Jesus told the men who were seeking him (John 6:24-29) after he performed the miracle of multiplication of loaves and fishes not to labour for “meat” that perishes but for the meat that endures unto eternal life which he, Christ would give them.

He was speaking this way because he knew their motives, they were not seeking him because of the miracles of God, but because of the food he gave them to eat. Jesus however wanted them to understand the futility of life without God; He is the provision “meat” they needed for eternal life or their salvation. In order to do the works of God they needed to believe in him whom God sent.

That we will always say and be instruments of God to lead others to say what the crowd replied “Lord always give us this bread” (John 6:34 KJV).

Jesus said that Manna, the food God gave to the Israelites when they were in the wilderness was not the true bread from heaven, but he, Jesus is because  he is the bread of God that came down to give life to the world (John 6:32-33)
Jesus also said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35 KJV)

When an individual accepts Jesus Christ the “Bread of Life” as Lord and Saviour, God’s predestined plan for their lives as an instrument to bring eternal and abundant life (John 10:10/11:25) of God to multitudes is made possible. This plan is their Abrahamic inheritance because as a believer in Jesus Christ, they are called to be a blessing to nations.
“And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:29 KJV)

GOD IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST: JEHOVAH JIREH IS THE BREAD OF LIFE

Brothers and sisters, here is the great mystery and cause for us who believe in Jesus Christ as our precious Lord and Saviour to rejoice, that God himself came as our much needed provision in the person of Jesus Christ!

While Isaac and Jesus Christ were both given by God and for the purpose of mankind’s need for redemption, Isaac was a human being called and chosen by God, while Jesus Christ was God himself.

Yes Jehovah Jireh gave Himself as the ultimate and once and for all sacrifice for the sins of mankind when He came to earth as the sacrificial lamb (Rev 12:11) or “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15). The provider became the provision or means for redemption.

He who had no sin became a curse or a sin for sinful man. (2 Corinth. 5:21)

Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person (Heb 1:3 KJV).

God was in Christ reconciling the world back to himself (2 Corinth. 5:19).

The angel’s announcement to Mary as to how Jesus would be conceived, by the Holy Spirit (who is God) overshadowing her, affirms who Jesus was
“35…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35KJV)

In this Christmas season and from henceforth let us always have at the forefront of our minds, the true nature of Jesus Christ, not only as the Son of Man or “child” “born into us” but also as the Son of God given unto us (Is. 9:6) “Given” because he existed before creation and is God Himself. God came down Himself as a Man of War for the sake of inhabitants on the earth warned by Michael and the Angels following their Victorious warfare in heaven when Satan and the other fallen angels were cast down to earth (Rev. 12:11-13).

We can rest assured therefore that as they overcame in heaven by the blood of the Lamb and their testimony, so too every believer in Jesus Christ who resolves to live a life of obedience and trust in God will overcome.

We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 13/12/2015

Jesus, One with Father – Part 1:The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi

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Part 1: The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi (12/12/2013

Part 2: The Bread of Life, Jehovah  Jireh (13/12/2015)

Part 3: El Elyon, Most High God & Elohim, God “Builder of all things”

I feel led by the LORD to write a four part devotional for the next four days based on the abundant weight of glory and truth in the fact that He and Jesus Christ are one. This is for our meditation, a means of thanksgiving and encouragement. Highlighted will be scriptures which affirm the oneness of God and Jesus Christ in their characteristics as Shepherds (part 1) and providers of man’s needs and the greatest need of all, salvation (part 2).
Part 3 is a discourse, with Hebrews Chapters 1-3 as foundational scriptures which reveals Jesus as El Elyon, (Creator, possessor of the whole universe, the Most High God) and Elohim, (God;”builder of all things”). Part 4 is conclusive and explores Jesus Christ as Emmanuel “God is with us”.

Jesus spoke clearly about being one with God a number of times, for instance when he said
“me and my Father are one” (John 10:30) and “…before Abraham was I Am” (John 8:58 KJV), “I Am” is how God referred to Himself when He spoke to Moses “I Am that I Am” (Ex. 3:14).

Part 1 The Good Shepherd, Jehovah Rohi.

One of the descriptive ways that Jesus expressed how he and Abba Father are one is when he said “I am the good Shepherd…” (John 10:11 KJV). He was describing himself as such as a means of teaching and encouraging those who had accepted him as their “Rabbi” or Lord and Saviour at the time and of course for believers in him like you and I thereafter.

The characteristics of the Good Shepherd we read about in John 10 are not only Christ’s but God’s also as evidenced in His relationship with Israel. The principles God used in relating to Israel are prophetically the same as those He uses in relating to believers in Jesus.

As God “made His own people [Israel] go forth like sheep” (Ps.73:52 NKJV) through the wilderness, so in the person of Jesus, he leads us, His children as sheep in our life path.

” [God] guided them in the wilderness like a flock…He led them on safely, so …they did not fear…” (Ps. 73:52-53 NKJV).

Jehovah Rohi begins Psalm 23 “The LORD is my Shepherd”; It is a combination of the personal name of God, Yahweh (or Jehovah) with His descriptive name Rohi meaning “My Shepherd”. This name speaks of God caring for his people practically and providing spiritual sustenance.

You may feel like you are in the wilderness, but don’t be afraid because you are actually going through it, rather than imprisoned in one place, for the Lord did not bring you out of “Egypt” of affliction or the kingdom of darkness to leave you in the middle of no where. As God did for the Israelites, He has a perfect plan to fulfill your destiny and answer your prayers according to His will.

The Israelites, God’s “Sheep” were suffering at the hands of pharaoh while in Egypt. God heard their cry and in His appointed time He sent Moses as their deliverer out of Egypt through the wilderness to Canaan the land God gave their forefather Abraham.

Do you at times wonder where you are heading in life? These questions pop into the heads of many a believer in Christ so you are not alone. However be encouraged for you too have a destiny in Him as one identified as His child. As soon as you were saved, God by His might placed you on a journey towards “Canaan”.

In the new covenant be reminded that safety in our journey of sanctification to be more like God and the fulfillment of our destiny is assured because Jesus has already purchased our redemption on the cross of Calvary.

God called you by name out of darkness or the realm of the “thief & robber” into His kingdom through the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

“…he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” (John 10:3 KJV)

Jesus also gave his life in exchange for yours.

“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.I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11 KJV).

Meditate upon the magnitude of love God has for you which compelled Him to do such a thing.

His authority is given to us to rule and reign on earth. As ones empowers against Satan and his demons, we overcome curses and afflictions.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 KJV)

God required His “sheep”, Israel to follow His leading by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21-22 NKJV), so too he requires you and I to follow the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and I’m known of mine”. (John 10:14 KJV)

“my sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand, my Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one”(John 10:27-30 KJV)

Jesus’ sheep hear his voice and recognise that it is him speaking and as a result follow his leading.

We have available to us spiritual gifts which Paul encourages us to desire (1 Corinth.12). A key spiritual gift is the gift of discerning of spirits.

The ability to discern whose voice we are hearing, our own satan’s or God’s has become increasingly more important because of the increase in false prophets, teachers and pastors. These come in disguise as the “Good Shepherd” speaking for God in public places including churches and set up their establishments to deceive as many people as possible.

These false shepherds are as the hireling who do not care for Jesus’ sheep and expose them to danger (John 10:12-13).

My prayer is that the LORD will always empower those who are truly His to always distinguish His voice from our own and all the many voices that speak to us attempting to command or instruct us to deviate from the will of the Father.

Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12), He is also the Word of God that existed before creation and came to dwell among men (John 1:1-14)
This is why Psalm 119:105:
“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”(KJV)
sums up who Jesus is, the means through whom we not only go to the Father (John 14:6) but also through whom we are led to where Fathet is taking us.

In the absence of Jesus physically with us, we have the Holy Spirit of truth who among other functions, guides us and testified of Jesus, reminding us of His teachings. (John 14:26/16:13)

Brethren, as you can see we have all that we need to know the way we should go so as to fulfill the destinies God has predestined for us. Let us therefore always be zealous in our walk with God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for this is the only way we will succeed in staying on the narrow way to eternal life.

“…The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”(Matthew 7:13-14 NLT)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 12/12/2015

Created Unique & for His Purposes

imageNo one is an accident, if you have been told that you were unplanned as a child and so were conceived by accident or you came into this world as a result of rape, I have a message for you: how you came into this world does not determine your worth or significance.

While  your mother and father, or one parent voiced any of the afore mentioned reasons why you are on earth to you, that was their opinion based on the facts that actually happened and if you are still suffering the effects of being told such details of how you came into being, may our God of compassion heal you completely in Jesus’ name.

Our sovereign God who is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful foreknew that this is how you would come into this world. He did not plan it this way. Man has free will, but God is the creator of the following process as all things: conception, fetus formation and the gestation period until birth. He formed you in your mother’s womb and knew what you would look like.
God gave you your unique finger prints, DNA, iris and palm prints among other biometrics.

“13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.” (Ps. 139:13-16 KJV)

God chose who your parents would be and where you would live (Acts 17:26)

If you have been wounded by your parents because of the way they have treated you or the words they have said, forgive them and if they are still alive let them know they are forgiven and reach out to them with the love of the LORD. Whatever they put you through, they were chosen by God to be your parents and you are required by God to honour them.

What a privilege and joy to know that as Christians our destiny was outworked such that at some stage in our lives we became children of God. Just think our names were written in the Lamb’s book of life before the foundation of the world. So if someone tells you that you were unplanned, an accident or even attempts to make you feel insignificant because you do not in their opinion conform to the norm (again in their opinion, not God’s as regards what the norm is!) be reminded that not only were you created by the one and only Master Creator, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, you were chosen even before your parents met and conceived you as one of those who would know God and serve Him through Christ.
“16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16 KJV).

Our unique destiny path resulted in us meeting others in the family of God who have also come from their unique backgrounds and journey.

The Apostle Paul (1 Corinth. 12:12-26) used the following analogy : As each human part is necessary for the function of the human body as a whole so too each member of the Body of Christ is needed for the function of the whole. The different parts of the human body are unique, an eye does not look like or function as the ear, nor the foot as the arm but they are nevertheless necessary and important parts of the human body. Likewise in the Body of Christ we do not look alike naturally nor have the same giftings and callings because we are unique natural and spiritual individuals but each of us are necessary and important parts of the body of Christ.

When we are new believers in Christ there is a new destiny path as a member of the kingdom of God which again as our pathway before is unique or unlike that of anyone else. It is only when we stay close to God, in obedience to His word and in total surrender to Him that we are able to fulfill our destinies as children of God.

Brethren let us maintain a life of reverential fear of the Lord and engage in spiritual check ups periodically along our journey as purposeful individuals for God.
If we reach the stage in our Christian lives when we start thinking we are too strong in the Lord to fall into temptation or to be deceived then we are in trouble because pride has taken root.
“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18 KJV)

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6)

In our spiritual check up, we humbly pray as David did

“23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)
“12…cleanse thou me from secret [faults].13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:12-14 KJV).

Not long before Jesus died he prepares his disciples for his departure with comforting and uplifting words. What he says in the first couple of verses of John 14 which has often been missed confirms that in heaven we are individually regarded as unique in God’s eyes.
Meaning? Well you and I have our own mansions built for us because Jesus said “in my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 KJV)

While we are with other believers in Christ a collective redeemed people of God destined to worship Him day and night in heaven, we are heirs with Christ and therefore kings and priests unto God (Rev 1:6/5:10). The preparation of Christ following his ascension is so that we would be received by Him at the end of the age as kings and priests unto God befitting our individual restful mansions. This is as opposed to masses of God’s people abiding in what looks like dormitories. It is a literal fact as Jesus interjected “…if it were not so, I would have told you…” (John 14:2 KJV).
It is also very exciting and the ultimate assurance we need that even while undergoing a unique and purposeful life on earth designed to glorify God, awaiting every true child of God is a welcome by Him which honors them. Someone might say “is it necessary?! The fact that we are with Him in itself is all that matters”.

My brothers and sisters, we serve a God who loves not only to tell us He loves us but also to show His appreciation for our purposeful lives in His regard by rewarding us in unique ways. Jesus emphasised the truth of what he was saying by adding “if I go and prepare as place for you, I will come again, and receive you into myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:3 KJV)

Yes, our Lord Jesus will come back to us and take us where he is and while we know our spiritual position while on earth is as ones raises up with Christ and seated in the heavenly realms with God in Christ (Eph 2:6) we are assured that we will be there with him naturally. So let’s rejoice eagerly awaiting that day. Praise the LORD!

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.

Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 11/12/2015