Tag: destiny

Steps of Faith into Your Destiny – The Joshua/Caleb Generation

imageThe journey through the promised land for Israel was a powerful illustration of how God’s people then as now go through the journey of life with a cycle of challenges, problems and obstacles some of which seem insurmountable.

Every step of the way through the promised land was a step of faith, at times their faith was so weak that they murmured, many resorted to idolising a golden calf and some did not even make it to the promised land.
In Joshua 3:3-4 when the LORD told them to follow after the Ark of the Covenant carried by the priests, the Israelites did not know where they were going, as they had never been that way before. They therefore did not know how close or how far they were to the promised land. They had to put their trust totally in God who alone knew the way.

Likewise without God’s leading we do not know what is ahead of us. Without Him we have no idea at what stage of our breakthrough we are in or how long we still need to wait until we receive what we believe God has promised us in personal prophecy or through His Word.

In the wilderness journey the Israelites were led by a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day and received constant counsel and instruction as guidance by God through Moses and then Joshua, as New Covenant believers in our journey of life, we have access to the revelatory realm of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit and gifts of the Spirit. We cannot and should not underestimate the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives to draw us closer to God so that we know Him as well as His will and direction for our lives.

When we trust God, we are willing to obey Him and do so by taking steps of faith through the leading of the Holy Spirit in the direction in which He is leading us.

The greatest steps of faith based on our trust in God we will need to take are at the beginning or at the brink of our undertaking, be it a journey, a new job, a project or a ministry.

I sense this juncture is the point at which Satan reinforces his natural and spiritual armies against our progression, attempting to sabotage our plans and therefore these are times when we should strengthen ourselves through intensified or increased prayer, fasting and praise as well as scriptural meditation.

CROSSING THE RED SEA
An illustration of the intensified danger at the commencement of a journey with the intention of stopping it: when the Israelites had just left Egypt they thought the final plague was enough to keep Pharaoh from pursuing them but they were greatly mistaken for he mobilized his horsemen with their chariots and pursued them! The Israelites were terrified as they realised they had no where to turn, with Pharaoh and his army closing in behind them and the Red Sea before them.
But they served a God who is omnipotent and omniscient. He is the sovereign one Adonai, who always has the last word on any matter, for He is the creator and controller of the universe. God foreknew this would happen and devised a miraculous plan of deliverance which would be one of the all time miraculous testimonies the world has ever heard of and would be recounted from generation to generation. Right before their eyes the Red Sea parted and they were able to cross over safely, however Pharaoh’s horsemen and chariots drowned.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Is. 59:19b)

CROSSING THE JORDAN
“The priests who carried the Ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:17NASB)

The nation of Israel had come to the end of their journey and their last hurdle was the crossing of the Jordan River which would take them into the promised land. Here we find another water path as the Red Sea which if but for God would have served as a great obstacle to them moving forward to attain His promises.

As with the Red Sea, the Jordan River (Joshua 3:13) was parted supernaturally by God for them to walk across.
It is worth noting how the Lord kept the waters of the Jordan River on one side; the priests carrying “the Ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan” until all the Israelites had finished crossing it.
At the brink of the Israelites’ entry into the promised land, this imagery speaks louder than words and is very powerful; The Ark and the priests carrying it, speak of God’s presence and “Right Hand” or intercessory might in the midst of obstacles so that a way is made for deliverance or release. It also makes a statement that nothing, not even the laws of nature, can withstand God’s power of intervention for the sake of His people.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;…I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.” (Isa.43:19 KJV)
God is today speaking in the same way to us. Our Royal High Priest Jesus and the indwelling Holy Spirit are not only leading the way, but also making intercession for us in the midst of every situation so that a way is made for us to enter into our promises.
God therefore strategises to take us through every hurdle safely. Our part is to trust and obey for the manifestation of a glorious outcome.

TRUST, OBEY AND TAKE STEPS OF FAITH INTO YOUR PROMISES
In both cases, at the beginning of the journey through the wilderness and at the end so as to enter the promised land, the Israelites were blessed with the miracle of the parting of waters so that they could walk across.
The LORD was saying “the greater the danger you are facing, or is advancing behind you, the greater the miracle I will outwork to deliver you and bring you to the place I am sending you”.
How easy is it to cross over parted waters? It takes great trust in the one who parted it to decide to obey them and take steps of faith to walk across, knowing that they will keep it parted until you get to the other side.

The Israelites who left Israel were not the same crowd who entered the promised land apart from two, Joshua and Caleb. God made sure that the crowd who left Egypt with Joshua and Caleb did not receive their inheritance, instead they died in the wilderness. Why? because of their unbelief.

Joshua and Caleb represented a generation who had a different spirit, in other words they trusted God to do what was impossible to man. They were people of great faith in God and fearless of the giants they would encounter in the promised land (Numbers 11). It is therefore this generation that God chose to enter the promised land. When we trust God, we are fearless, quick to obey and activate our faith in Him so that He is glorified. These are the qualities of the Joshua and Caleb generation, qualities necessary to receive and sustain the promises of God.
Friends, let us examine our hearts today and ask ourselves, are we among the Joshua & Caleb generation in these last days before the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?
Is there anything “old ways of Egypt” in us i.e. mindsets, attitudes, presumptions, secret faults that must die or be overcome so that we can truly be consecrated unto God as true worshippers.
It is never too late to re-address areas of our lives and put things right so that we attain the fullness of our inheritance in God through Jesus Christ. God reveals to redeem.
Dear Father
Thank you for the promises and destiny you have for me.

Forgive me when I have not trusted you or I have been fearful to take steps of faith according to your word.

I am thankful that as you are all knowing, you have a plan or strategy to overcome every obstacle or danger on my behalf by your mighty power.

I ask that you would help me to stay in that place of trusting you completely with every decision and direction I desire to take knowing that you will redirect my course if it is not your will.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed.
Deborah Esther x
©Deborah E Nyamekye 20/11/2015

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Walking with & Believing God

Enoch walked with God, he never saw death.
Abraham believed God, from his loins came blessings so the world would have no dearth.

David walked with God and danced, full of mirth.

Hannah believed God, so from her womb, Samuel, the great prophet, she gave birth.
Let us walk with God, led by the Spirit of Truth.

Let us believe in God, searching the scriptures with the zeal of a sleuth.

©Oct 2017 Deborah E.Nyamekye 

Poem categories: 

-Men & Women of the Bible

-Intimacy with God

Exhortation: The Advance – Press On!

What is the vision? What is the goal for which you press on, for which you aspire? Has the Lord spoken something into your heart that you hope to achieve ? Is there a plan and a purpose of God you know about that has been revealed through a prophet? 
I say press on! 

Do not allow failures or situations of the past to hold you back or cause you to regress. Resist the voices of people who have caused you to doubt your ability to achieve anything from being amplified in your mind repetitively. 

In the bible, James says 

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 KJV)

We can only resist the enemy by bible study and meditation. This is because we are strengthened and revived in believing that what is impossible for man to achieve is possible by God (Luke 18:27/Matt.19:26).
The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway (Psalm 119:105) and enables us to see the way forward clearly and gives us Elohim God’s wisdom in how to advance. 

Christ Yeshua is wisdom personified and by his death, burial and resurrection, divine power from God hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3 KJV). We are therefore able to press forward and advance into higher heights and deeper depths in God.

Brethren, let us have a steadfast resolve to press on as the Apostle Paul when he said 

“…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”(Phil. 3:13-14KJV).

Have a blessed day in Him

Deborah x

©DEN17.08.2017

Poem:

Happiness is knowing… Faith in the unseen combined with praying in the Spirit guarantees answers (Romans 8:24-26)

The whole of creation groans and travails, including us, the “first fruit of the Spirit” awaiting the glorious manifestation of the children of God (Romans 8:18-23 KJV). Many are waiting for the coming of the Messiah.

Saints or believers in Christ are living to please Elohim God by forsaking all to live for His plans and purposes as well as partake of evangelism and discipleship in preparation for Jesus’ Second Coming. In different areas of our lives we are waiting and hoping for one thing or another to happen.

The Apostle Paul wrote “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].”(Romans 8:24-25).

Hope that is seen is not hope! Indeed! If we have hope in something we cannot see this means we have faith in God for it and so “with patience wait for it”

The writer of the biblical book of Hebrews states “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1 KJV).

As a believer in Christ Yeshua (Jesus), you are trusting God that whatever you are waiting for will come to pass. You do not see it, but you have faith for it.

Brethren, it is worth noting that the Apostle Paul ties the whole discourse about having hope in what we cannot see and waiting for it in patience with prayer. He connects verses 24 and 25 with verse 26, by starting verse 26 with “Likewise”.

We activate our faith in God by praying to God about what we believe will happen. Let us remember that we cannot pray apart from the Holy Spirit. Praying God’s will, as opposed to our own results in prayers being answered. When we are hopeful for something we cannot see, inevitably we desire to have more information about it.

In Romans 8:26 we are clearly encouraged to take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit indwelling us is working for us.

Here is the truth; 

-not everything that we desire or hope for is God’s desire for us, 

-God may have given us a desire personally or we could have it based on a prophetic word. We have no way of knowing within the confines of our limited human ability how God intends to bring to pass His Word or inspired desire.

-we do not know what God’s timing is to fulfil what we are waiting for.

The Spirit of Elohim, Holy Spirit knows all that we do not know or we are unable to perceive or “see” in our minds eye about God’s will, plans and purposes concerning something we are anticipating or hoping for. This is because the Holy Spirit knows the mind and will of God and imparts His wisdom (1 Corinth. 2) to the children of God, born again believers in Christ, when we commune with him in prayer. 

If only we would commune or have fellowship with the Holy Spirit more! For if we do, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit indwelling us, as scripture states (Romans 8:26) will stand in the gap or make intercession for us so that we will be enlightened about what exactly to pray among other things. 

By the Holy Spirit, we have more wisdom, knowledge and understanding concerning things happening around us and those to come. If we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we are likely to know whether our hopes and desires however sincere are truly God inspired. We are given revelation about precisely what to focus on as genuine plans of God for us and can be confident as we pray about them. We are therefore delivered from false hopes and time wasting as well as distraction and led to effectively pursue God’s agenda for our lives. 

In addition, the Holy Spirit graciously helps us to surrender all to God if we respond to his conviction and teaching. Therefore “letting go and letting God” have His way by faith results in the glory of God manifesting in and through us even as we partner with Him for the full manifestation of what we are seeking from Him in prayer.

Brethren let us always remember that God is not only interested in answering our prayers and imparting knowledge about what we ought to hope for or pray that is actually God’s will, He desires a relationship with us. Therefore the fact that as born again believers we have within us the attitude of anticipation, hope or faith in things to come is God induced. 

We praise God for that for we are compelled to pray in the Spirit regularly which is a spiritual exercise that takes us into deeper realms in God or into the secret place of intimacy with Him where we know Him on a deeper level. After all our ultimate happiness in life is knowing Him who created us and then redeemed us through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

©15-May17DENyamekye

This is the Week 2 (15/05/17) devotional of the “Happiness is knowing ..”Series 
Week 1 8/05/17 “Happiness is Knowing ….Our Times are in His Hands” See devotional in this blog http://readywriterps451.org

The Weekly “Happiness is knowing… ” Series are brief scriptural based devotionals on a specific topic to encourage and uplift the reader. 

Choose The Way, The Truth and The Life!

Resist the urge to merge, with a crowd in a hollow merry go round.
Merry unto futility; going round and round with no destination nor end in sight.

Disconnect with deceivers, those with frivolous enticing words that appear weighty but in reality have no essence and are as light as features blown away with the wind.

Disinvest in a world that feeds your ego, elevates you to no end when you live up-to its lose moral standards, but quick to scream in rage “what’s the fuss!” and drop you like trash the moment you choose to resist it’s push to dead end street and to disconnect with its architects of sand castles and fairy tale destinies.

Persist, Connect and Invest in The Way, The Truth and The Life.

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. (John 14:6-7 KJV).

25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.(Proverbs 16:25)

©14-May2017DENyamekye

Living a Purpose Driven Life unto God

Introduction
An encouraging message which explores what it means to live a purpose driven life unto God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Such a life starts with cultivating intimacy with God through Jesus Christ which results in the opening of the portals of Heaven or the revelatory realm of God to us. In this place we inevitably know God, find favour and receive His revelatory gifts and become empowered to do exploits for Him.

Daniel is revealed to be one of our role models in this regard. I end with two contrasting prophetic poems I wrote some weeks apart, their contrast conveys the clear message of two lifestyles that are completely different; a life that seeks first the Kingdom of God and His purposes (“Intimacy with Purpose”) and a life that does not (“Significant unto Self”).

Living a Purpose Driven Life Unto God

In the Bible, Daniel did not only receive visions and dreams from God and had the gift of interpretation of dreams, he was also a man of purpose.

These were his achievements as a young man; He

-rose to pre-eminence in his own nation Israel (Daniel 1:3-6)

-rose to pre-eminence in Babylon,

a) among the wise men (Daniel 1:17-20), 

b) gained power over all of Babylon (Daniel 2:48-49;5:29)

and

-obtained power over the Medo-Persian empire (Daniel 6:1-3,28).

How did Daniel, an Israelite attain so much power and authority in the heathen empires? It was because he was a man of purpose. Daniel did not wake up one day as a child of God and say “I want to have power over nations and to be famous, I am going to do all I can to attain that goal!”

We get an insight into Daniel’s no nonsense and bold “I purpose to live for God at all cost!” attitude when we read Daniel 1:8 (KJV) among other verses:

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

From a very young age Daniel purposed in his heart to be a sincere and committed worshipper of the God of Israel. He allowed God to set his goals and priorities all the time. He was not hasty in his actions, but took time to be in the “Secret place” with God and to hear from Him. This is why Daniel was a man who knew his God, was bold and had favour with God and man, a foundation to build on and do exploits for God. When we develop the habit of pursuing God with all that is in us, we inevitably become His visionaries because our lifestyles scream out “Lord, I am available! Speak to me! I want to hear or see what you have to say or show me”.

God is graciously raising people like Daniel today. Are we counted as one of these people?

In the biblical book of Revelations, Jesus was speaking to those who are his when he said “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20 WEB).

These words of Jesus reveals that in addition to confessing that one is his or God’s, one needs to advance in one’s Christian walk to the “secret place” of his presence or intimacy with God where one receives revelation or insight into God’s mind, will and purposes. He “knocks” by offering himself to those who are his in many ways especially through the Holy Spirit that testifies of him and indwells the believer and through the Word of God which he personifies (John 1).

Those who qualify to be Jesus’ disciples, he calls friends (John 15:15), for unlike servants they have access to revelation of Father’s words and therefore his secrets and will through Jesus, they are the ones who accept to open the door of their lives to a knocking Jesus. They accept the invitation of Jesus to “come up here” (Rev. 4:1) to abide with him closely, so that through intimacy they know God, receive His power, favour and revelatory gifts as Daniel did.

Jesus Christ also makes it clear that obedience to his will which demonstrates love for him is the key (John 14:21-26) to entering his and Father God’s presence or glory. This produces a life that is purposeful unto God.

Brethren, God has not changed since the days of Daniel and as long as we are willing and completely surrendered to Him, God’s plans and purposes will be fulfilled in our lives. If per chance you feel you have made too many mistakes and think it is too late or you are too old to get back on track, I have a message for you today, it does not matter how old we are for we can start afresh with God at any age or stage. Determine today to begin or to continue at all costs to live a purpose driven life founded on the Word of God in total surrender so as to fulfill God’s destiny for your life.

When you do this, it means you are living in obedience to God’s precious Word; key scriptures such as

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 5:3-8 KJV).

God is willing to do whatever it takes to help us live a purpose driven life so that we are stay on course fulfilling our God given destinies. He forgives us again and again or endless times and He is a God of second, third, fourth or multiple chances. The only condition is that we acknowledge our sins and repent before him (1 John 1:9), surrendering our lives totally to Him so as to exchange our purposes for His.
PROPHETIC POEMS
Significant unto Self
Introduction:

I felt led to contemplate on the futility and consequences of life without God. The ultimate purposeless life is one lived without God. Self worth attained by placing one’s significance in things and achievements instead of God is meaningless as is life without God of our Lord Jesus Christ in general. “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecc. 1:2).

Significant unto Self

“I am significant” repeat this in a trance, believe it at a glance at your achievements and accolades.
What is the purpose if you have no repose only tension with no solution?
What is the purpose if you see the broad way of death but are blind to the narrow way of life?
What is the purpose if your hands are tied and you ride on the waves of hell and cannot tell when Jesus calms the tide so you can walk by faith and not by sight and be set alight to do what is right?

There is no purpose!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 14/01/2016

2. Intimacy with Purpose

Introduction:
The intimate relationship a Christian has with Abba Father through Christ Jesus automatically results in them having a purpose in life beyond this relationship because through it they become like Daniel as they “purpose” in their heart that they “would not defile” themselves but rather live sanctified or consecrated lives unto God.

This means through obedience and surrender as Daniel they are able to know their God, receive His strength and arise in His power to do exploits.

This poem is about a person who not only wants to live a worshipful life unto God “cradled” in his arms (fat with His blessed presence and glory) but desires more than just merely warming church pews… so to speak! He or she desires to be of use to Him for the sake of the world as a “City set on a hill”, or a light that cannot be hidden.

Intimacy with Purpose:

Almighty God,

dwelling in thy Secret Place I see thy face and I am love struck and stricken by thy grace.

I have nothing in my palms to give thee as a holy offering of alms, so I give myself to thee as a babe cradled in thy arms.

I abide under the shadow of the Almighty, not so that I can sleep, oblivious to the trillions of issues in the deep, but so that I can learn to discern thy will, be strong in the power of thy might and emit thy light as a city set on a hill.

For Jesus said to me “You are the light of the world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father(1)”.

((1)Matthew 5:14-16 NLT, Psalm 91:1, Eph.6:10) ©Deborah E.Nyamekye 26/01/2016

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 29/01/2016

Poems are part of Poetry in Book: Our God Reigns: Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry 

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“…I cannot keep silent”: A literary sounding board for the masses

Saturday 15th January 2017 was Martin Luther King’s birthday and 16th January 2017 was celebrated across America as a national holiday in his honour (annually the third Monday in January). 

I have felt compelled to think of what he said in relation to an aspect of my call to write that has come to the fore. He said 
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people”

I thank God that by His ability, I can say 

“My Heart is beating wildly, I cannot keep silent..”(Jer.4:19 ESV)

As well as writing biblically based inspirational teachings, devotionals and poetry, I also feel mandated to explore through writing every aspect of human life; the human mind, emotions, attitude, everyday life and interpersonal relationships which include racial and international relations and man’s relationship with Jesus/God and His with us. All from a Christ-filled perspective or by Holy Spirit inspiration. 

This may be through either a reflection, a poem, an exhortation or actual prophetic words I discern God is giving me to impart.

Writing and speaking on behalf of the hopeless, oppressed and suffering due to their nationality, race, culture, social (marriage, workplace …) or economic status or situation is a calling that is coming to the fore in my life more than ever before. Here, I am compelled to focus on writing.

There are many who, despite having the opportunities before and around them, just don’t have the inner strength or ability to take hold of these opportunities so as to advance and live productive lives. Why? this is because of the spiritual, verbal and physical abuse or affliction that are like daggers and blows received from either one or more of the following: family, community, society or nation.

They are as the walking dead, the paralysed, maimed or gagged. They need physical “intercessors”; someone to come alongside them to encourage and exhort them or even take their hand and walk them through the pathway of healing and recovery. They need prayer warriors who will pray for their healing and recovery so as to live productive lives. They also need people who will be their spokes people, highlighters of their plight, to defend them and uphold their rights. These people are their “voice” because on their own no one will listen. This “voice” can be through actual speech but also writing. 

Writing to me is as

– speech, a power that can soothe, heal and ignite hope. An art form of insight that can serve to throw a rope to those in need of liberation, the discouraged and bound.

-a trumpet sound to bring awareness to the plight of those in the abyss of despair or living as though in doldrums with wings clipped or broken.

-a shofar by predestined decree to release a prophetic sound in this hour using poetry, prose, words of exhortation, motivation and counsel for the uplifting, warning and enlightening of humanity.

With written words as speech, my hope is to allow God to use me as His instrument to open the window blinds of injustices, inequalities and abuse allowing the ink of expression therein to pull out compassion embedded in the entrails of many a man.

In addition my hope is to be an inspirer, exhorter or encourager to the hopeless, depressed and oppressed so that they would find their predestined purpose or calling on earth for the sake of humanity as a whole.

The Write Life Story:

Man is his brother’s keeper, 

created to love as he 

craves to be loved, 

to care as he desires

to be cared for.
If by my obedience to serve 

with the pen others are awakened 

to serve society productively and 

acquire the zeal of inter-connectivity, 

working for a world void of 

injustice and inequality,

then to my joy their works 

become the invisible 

pages in my life’s 

complete story.

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 10/10/2016

Let’s pray for a world where equality and inclusivity of all, regardless of nationality, religion, race or culture, reign and are expressions of the genuine love of God in whose image we are all created.
Let us resolve to make a difference.

“My anguish, my anguish!
I writhe in pain! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.” (Jeremiah 4:19 ESV)

God bless

Deborah E Nyamekye