Tag: Intimacy with God

Joseph

Famine, He called upon the land,

but God had a divine plan, so He sent Joseph His beloved son.

In slavery he was sold, in prison he was thrown but to save him there was none.

In God’s appointed time, the king had a dream, though among his gifted counsellors interpretation was no where found.

“But wait! a prisoner in chains is the key” uttered Pharaoh’s waiter with no charge or fee.

So Joseph void of strife, interpreted it as a message from God to preserve life.

His feet with fetters were loose so that matters of administration they could pursue, for the king “made him lord of his house, and ruler of …his substance …to teach his senators wisdom”(1), we know this to be true.

His earthly father’s coat of many colours was a childhood privilege, while heavenly Father’s many favours shows in adulthood his life spoke a clear message:

Set apart, to ensure men lived and did not die, a Christlike life given for many regardless of nationality, race or hue.

-Inspiration from the book of Genesis’ story of Joseph & Psalm 105.

-Quote (1)from Psalm 105 vs 22-23

©011017DENyamekye (amended 04/10/18)

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“Truth in the inward parts”, the highway to God of Truth’s Conditional Promises

Key scriptures: Romans 8:31-32, Psalm 51:6, John 14:21,23

Joshua said to the Israelites

“Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the LORD your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!”(Joshua 23:14 NLT).

Joshua’s words affirm what is true, we serve a God who does not lie period!

“he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!”(Isa.15:29 NLT).

He is a God of Truth, this is why His Spirit is also named by Christ as the Spirit of Truth.

“He is the Spirit of Truth who leads into all truth…” (John 14:17 NLT).

The fact that He is a God of Truth is a delight to the ears of the believer in Christ as myself and a spring in our step when we focus on scriptures that speak of His blessed promises to us. These includes His faithfulness to provide for and protect us.

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” (James 1:17 NLT).

Caution! His truth is not only demonstrated when He fulfils His blessed promises as Joshua articulated so well when he said to the Israelites:

“But as surely as the LORD your God has given you the good things he promised, he will also bring disaster on you if you disobey him. He will completely destroy you from this good land he has given you. (Joshua 23:15 NLT).

There are those among believers in Christ who subconsciously as well as consciously do not serve the God of Truth wholeheartedly.

Consciously, some profess to be God’s children but pick and choose which of His scriptures to obey or disobey. In addition, they would interpret certain scriptures to suit their carnal longings and desires deceiving themselves and others but certainly not God.

Despite the aforementioned, such people require God to serve them wholeheartedly and in fact demand it! They pray and quote scriptures back at Him expecting Him to fulfil their every wish and command! If they do not receive answers to their prayers and in their timing, they become angry with God and often times people around them become victims of their wrath.

As a believer in Christ, I confess to haven been among the subconscious category of people who did not serve God wholeheartedly. I use the past tense because I hope I have overcome that tendency, if not, may God continue to help me do so.

I recall I would be recurrently engaging in sinful acts whether large or small based on my mindset and decisions (I later realised that some were rooted in not only personal sins but generational iniquities) I would take unaware that despite a consciously fervent life in Christ, such acts were contrary to God’s will and were therefore the reasons why blockages to sustained peace and answers to prayers were taking place.

In fact I blamed the devil, but while evil was certainly involved, evil can only have its way in the life of a Christian if they become self reliant and collude with Satan by disobeying God. Satan and his demonic army cannot have a foothold or an “entry pass” in our lives without our assistance.

“Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.” (Prov. 26:2 NLT).

Yes, some sins are glaringly obvious to us but from experience I know that there are some that we commit on a recurring basis that if but for living a life in fellowship with the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin and reveals hidden sins and iniquities, exposes God’s truth contrasting it with our self deception and Satan’s lies, they would remain hidden. I thank God for His powerful Holy Spirit in my life.

Satan and the flesh nature under satanic control majors in hiddenness, meaning they scheme to ensure people, including Christians stay in darkness and are never enlightened to Elohim’s truth.

This is how the kingdom of darkness (Satan’s) founded and built on lies about humanity and the world advances.

“God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” (John 3:19 NLT).

David, the son of Jesse who become king of Israel knew about his own personal fragility and valued his relationship with God to the point that he did not want his sinful ways, pretensions and presumptions that would be exposed as lies to serve as obstacles to his intimate relationship with God. Therefore He prayed in this manner which certainly appeals to me:

“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.

Then I will be free of guilt

and innocent of great sin.

May the words of my mouth

and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

(Ps. 19:12-14 NLT)

And also

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps. 139:23-24 NLT).

I state that this manner of praying appeals to me because I feel led to pray in the same way as it gets the job done! In other words as long as it is from a sincere heart, the Holy Spirit who abides in the heart of every believer in Christ is activated to answer by convicting the one who prayed if need be and enlightening them to the sinful acts, thoughts or decisions they are making.

I can testify that as one who is eager to make peace and so sustain intimacy with God by refusing to bow to my flesh and Satan through denial, pretence and presumption, I have noticed many times that the Holy Spirit has unveil to me my erroneous thought patterns, decisions and actions which I would not have otherwise been enlightened to.

This has caused me to exclaim in horror and feel the conviction and sorrow necessary to bring me to repentance and a resolve to change my ways with God’s help.

As God desires His truth in the inward parts of humanity, anyone who desires the same opens their hearts to receive revelation of His wisdom or the knowledge of his ways required to live a victorious Christian life (Ps. 51:6).

The Apostle Paul writes about God’s Spirit as follows:

“For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit..” (1 Corinth. 2:10-11 NLT).

Indeed we serve a God who reveals His thoughts or will by His Spirit so as to redeem us. His love is everlasting and He is dedicated to rebuilding our lives. As He said to the ancient Israelites so He says to us;

“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines.” (Jeremiah 31: 3-4 NLT).

It pleases God that we His children would want to sustain our relationship with Him by desiring to know whether we are in sin and if so to confess our sins and ask God to cleans us from all unrighteousness; This is indeed what we are commanded to do according to His Word of truth (1 John 1:9).

God’s promises are true, however their manifestation is only possible within an intimate relationship with Him where we revere Him to the point of receiving His Word of truth as well as demonstrating it in every area of our lives.

“All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” (John 14:23 NLT).

When obedience to God’s Word of truth results in God’s glorious presence in one’s life, it also means that all that God has predestined for the person is available to them. God’s promises are therefore conditional to our obedience.

Satan is crafty and will never leave the children of God alone, if it is not one scheme to blindfold us so as to deceive us, it is another; Satan will use every opportunity in this materialistic world to attempt to make us self-reliant or self-sufficient and think that we do not need to rely or depend on God.

This is why as believers in Christ fellowship with the Holy Spirit is absolutely crucial to us living Victorious Christian lives. By the enabling of the Holy Spirit, the disciples of Christ, who is the light (John 8:12) in a dark world, are able to have the “light of life” or know the truth of Elohim God and be set free by it (John 8:31-32).

Those who truly abide in God are therefore unable to live in denial or pretence because the Spirit of Truth has the liberty to teach them and remind them of the teachings of Jesus (John 14:26/15:26).

They have a choice either to obey or disobey the Word of Truth. If they decide to disobey, then the status of their relationship with God changes to their detriment. The Israelites knew this as they suffered punishment when they disobeyed God. Even an individual’s disobedience (Achan’s) resulted in the entire nation of Israel suffering defeat in the battle at Ai because of God’s anger (Joshua 7).

In Joshua’s final message (Joshua 24) to the Israelites before he died, he reminded them of their ancestral inheritance starting from Abraham and how God had delivered them from Egypt and given them victory over their enemies and the land of Canaan, then he implored them to throw away the gods of their forefathers and not to forsake the LORD their God. If they forsook Him, they would suffer the consequences:

“If you abandon the LORD and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.” (Joshua 24:20 NLT). Again we note that God is truthful in his plan to punish as He is in his plan to bless.

The Israelites then assured Joshua repetitively that they will not forsake the LORD, but would serve Him (Josh. 24:21-24). Joshua put a large stone under an oak tree near the holy place of the LORD and said that the stone “It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.”(Joshua 24:27 NLT)

As God will not tolerate compromise in worship because “…he is a holy and jealous God” (Josh. 24:19 NLT) so too He will not tolerate a lying people. This is because God desires: “truth in the inward parts” (Ps. 51:6 KJV).

In the New Living Translation version Psalm 51:6 a) is expressed as follows “But you desire honesty from the womb..”.

Honesty before God and men is synonymous with being a Christian and can be expressed as a cloak of honesty that is supposed to be a permanent attire of a believer in Christ because it is woven from God’s Word of truth and reflects the nature of God.

In human terms it does not mean one is perfect because no one but Elohim God is perfect, it means one has integrity of the highest order borne out of a heart that is constantly quick to confess and acknowledge Satan’s lies, self-deception and also quick to repent and embrace God’s truth according to His unadulterated Word.

©️7-Oct.2018 DENyamekye

Message to Father: A New Day

At this mountain top, never do I cease to see your face glistening as the sun.

In past times, I must admit I did the sprint so that far from you I run.

In present times, my once static frown has morphed into a smile of one having so much fun.

Pray, keep me anointed as I upscale greater heights to fulfil my mandate through the Son of Man.

©️July2018 DENyamekye

A poem in Intimacy with Yahweh Section of Volume 3 of series Yahweh Reigns: Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry (Volume 1&2) on sale Amazon online Author Deborah Esther Nyamekye

My Restorer, Giver of Fortitude

My Restorer, giver of fortitude, to you I sing this song of gratitude.

As an object I was discarded, still I aligned with them though dejected.

Then you came along and composed for me a new song.

Love-filled lyrics sweet to my ears awakened my soul, ’til then among the lifeless throng.

My Restorer, giver of fortitude, to you I sing this song of gratitude.

You unlocked the truth of my worth and sang oracles to reveal the miracle of my birth.

With thanksgiving I eat of your goodness and drink from your water-hose of joy.

With gladness I enter your gates of renewal, far away from the dungeons of those that destroy.

My Restorer, giver of fortitude, to you I sing this song of gratitude.

©️3-Jun2018 DENyamekye

📸Snapshots of Glory – Word Focus 2 Day: Fully Committed? Receive life in its fullness

Life in fullness is the life God offers to all who are His. We lack nothing because all that God has for us is available to us. According to His Word, we have all that pertains to life and Godliness because of God’s divine power (1 Peter 1:3)which gives us the strength we need to live life to the full.

As we know our Christian life is at the same time an instant reality as it is a progressive journey. We receive the free gift of salvation; Our justification as children of God is as a result of Christ’s righteousness credited (or imputed) to us because of faith in him not because of our works (2 Corinth. 5:21/ Eph. 2:8-9).

We also undergo the sanctification process. However for the truth of our justification and therefore righteousness to manifest as a daily reality, we must exercise our freewill (yes it was never taken away when we believed in Christ!), by choosing to partner with Elohim God in the sanctification process.

Some people choose to attain a higher godlike self or super humanity by depending on meditation techniques of eastern religions’ gurus or repetition human induced mantras of modern day life coaches who do not have the God of our Lord Jesus Christ as their source. The aforementioned is not for us who are children of Elohim God; God through Christ, His Word and in the power of the Holy Spirit is our source of salvation and sanctification; our goal is to be holy as God is and commanded us to be ( 1 Peter 1:16) after all we are created in His image (Gen.1:26-28).

I’M I FULLY COMMITTED?

Becoming holy or manifesting as consecrated and sanctified depends on the degree at which we are willing to surrender to God and to be fully committed to Him in every area of our lives. We reap what we sow (Gal.6:7). God’s presence, power and glory are made manifest or at work in and through us only when we obey and keep His commands as expressed by Jesus (John 14:21,23).

THE REWARDS OF THE FULLY COMMITTED: STRENGTHENED TO DO ALL THINGS

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. (John 10:10 Berean Study Bible)”. While this scripture is for all believers in Christ to take hold of, it becomes a reality only in the lives of those who obey God’s commands, the fully committed that is. They receive life in its fullness or abundant life. What does this mean?

-A life that is void of condemnation; one is set free from the law of sin and death by the law of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-3)

-A life full of assurance that God is in control of the world and every area of one’s life.

-by God the person produces lasting fruit (John 15:16).

-by God the person is able to fulfil their predestined potential or purpose.

“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him”. (Chronicles 16:9NLT)

These were the words of the Prophet Hanani to King Asa of Judah when he depended on Ben Hadad, King of Aram to help him in his warfare against Israel.

Friends, who do you depend on as your source of strength or power,

is it yourself, others or God? If like King Asa we seek human help rather than God’s then it means we are not fully committed to God.

As verse 9 of 2 Chronicles 16 affirms, it is to the fully committed, those who depend and rely on God that His searching eyes rests upon to strengthen or empower so that they will be productive for His sake. They are a picture of the faithful church (Rev.3:7-13) as opposed to the lukewarm or compromising church (Rev. 3:12-17/14-22).

The fully committed “…dwell in the secret place of the Most High” and “Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psa.91:1). They receive God’s promises and blessings (verses 9-16):

“9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.

12 In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

The Apostle Paul’s life as one fully committed to God and His purposes is evidence of a life lived in its fullness.

The Apostle Paul knew that it was only by Elohim God’s strength or empowerment at work within him that he was able to do all the great and many things that he did. He said

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(Phil 4:13 NKJV).

Jesus said “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT).

Many of us quote the Apostle Paul’s words frequently “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me” that is all well and good, but friends, may our confession be true prophetic declarations as opposed to hollow utterances! Meaning?

If we are fully committed in our relationship with God, totally dependent on Him through Christ, His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit, then we are exercising our free will in accordance with what and in whom we believe.

The result is that God’s written and spoken word works for us; In the breath of God is the life of God with which He created the world including us and is working daily to make us manifest as His workmanship created for good works (Eph. 2:10).

God therefore responds to our fully committed lifestyles by ensuring that scriptures and prophetic words fulfil their intended purpose, His will in heaven being done for us on earth.

To God be the glory!

Scriptural reading & meditation:

2 Chronicles 16:1-9, Psalm 91, John 14:21,23.

©31-01-2018 DENyamekye

Snapshots of Glory will be posted once a week (towards or on the weekend)

I Surrender

My life is yours,

your glory to impart.

I surrender my life

withholding nothing.

Even in the midst of

turmoil & strife,

I surrender everything.

My hands are yours,

your works to perform.

My feet are yours,

your strides to take.

I give myself away

withholding nothing.

Even in the midst of storms

without delay,

I surrender everything.

My life is yours,

your glory to impart.

©31-01-2018 DENyamekye

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

Knowing God 

Do you know Your God?
Those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits! Do you know your God? The Father of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ? 
No I don’t mean “know about Him” nor what the scriptures say of Him. Yes, hearing about Him and reading the holy scriptures is a start. But knowing Him goes far beyond. 

Knowing Him releases you from doubt and from being attentive to deceptive whispers and subtle nuances of Satan, the father of lies in every day life. 
Knowing Him arms you with invisible weapons that manifest in outbursts of praise and the ability to discern and prophesy life into dead or binding situations.
Knowing Him gives you a supernatural ability to be a step ahead of your enemies and to overcome the wiles of Satan not just for yourself but for the weak and vulnerable.
Knowing Him is your shelter from life’s dangers as He is a Father who is forever holding you in His arms, comforting you and giving you wisdom in every circumstance.
Knowing Him is like having a dependable survival kit all the days of your life.
Do you know Your God ?

©180917 Deborah Nyamekye