Tag: Jesus Christ
Whether the sky’s face is grey and its tear drops fall daily on the earth as though in remorse,
Summer is on her berth and is here to stay her course.
It’s a season we judge not by her countenance whether bleak or gay.
Her worth is vast and more precious than meets the eye so mortal man is not fast to judge.
Listen to Wisdom speak.
Wisdom proclaims her breaking forth is as the dawning of a new day;
An era to arise and shine as the sun does beam it’s rays on a Summer’s day.
A time to wear a smile of contentment and be clad in the cloak of gladness sown in Spring from a tapestry of God’s victories in the Autumn of oppression and the Winter of discord.
Wisdom speaks of her as the season to reflect on God’s truths so as to deflect from falsehood, discard the unproductive and disregard the immotive.
By her, productive and active shall you be. Able to invest and harvest not in haste, but in God’s heartfelt rest.
Listen to Wisdom speak: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.”(1)
His speech of renewal at Summer’s berthing until she departs, is what Wisdom hears from Father in every season and sees Him doing for whatever reason.
“Wisdom is the Principle Thing” (2)
Listen to Wisdom Speak.
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 20/06/2016
Biblical Scriptural inspiration: Quotes no.
(1) Ecc 3:1-2 NLT.
(2) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7 NLT)
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Read Deuteronomy 11:8-17
Obedience does not only make a way for us to experience God’s presence (John 14:21,23) and to display His “wisdom and intelligence” as true witnesses (Deut. 4:6), it makes a way for us to take possession of that which God has for us (Deut.11:8-17).
Furthermore, in order for us to thrive in the realm of our blessing, obedience is necessary (Deut.11:9). In other words when we get answers to our prayers and we are actually living out what we prayed for or know God’s prophetic promises are being out worked, it is not the time to be complacent or “sit on our laurels” we must continue steadfastly to obey He who made our breakthrough possible.
When we consider God’s ways not only from the perspective of the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, we realise time and time again that as Israel of old, we do not get anything for nothing when we walk with God through Christ.
I am feeling a nudging of the Holy Spirit to be attentive to these verses (Deut. 11: 8-17 see above).
The meaning of Deuteronomy 11:8-15 is paraphrased in Isaiah 1:19 as follows:
“if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (ESV).
In addition, these New Testament scriptures remind us of the magnitude of God’s blessings and promises to the born again believer:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT).
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21).
This nudge is because I am experiencing some breakthroughs in certain areas of my life.Likewise I am led to nudge you as well. You may however say “Deborah, I am not experiencing any breakthrough nor answers to prayer!” not a problem, the main fact that you are reading this is a sign that your time is nigh or is just around the corner. God foreknew that you would read this and is saying something to you right now. Tune in with your heart or spiritual eyes and you will hear Him. Receive this as a word of counsel and encouragement whether you are within the realm of your blessing, waiting on God or you just feel like you are barely surviving.
While I take this as a word of counsel for the breakthrough I am experiencing now, I also pray that I will remember these verses and other similar ones when I experience another breakthrough or fulfilment of other prophetic promises. At every stage of the journey we are on with Christ, we must remember to have the “key of obedience” firmly in our hands to use at all times. Let us never taking God of our Lord Jesus Christ for granted because as we can read from key scriptures while there are blessings galore at our disposal from a generous God, most of them are conditional; they require our obedience.
After God had spoken through Moses and explained the blessings awaiting Israel in the land He has given them, if they were obedient, He also warned
“16 “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods. 17 If you do, the LORD’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the LORD is giving you.”(Deut.11:16-17).
Worship of other gods is not just standing before an image or idol worshiping it, “other gods” are things that we give priority to, honour or glory to over and above the priority, honour and glory we give to God and our Lord Jesus Christ. This could be ourselves (self obsession, self elevation etc…), work, our personal business, a person or people, money etc…Let’s regularly examine our hearts in relation to this; as a regular check up at the doctor’s is good for us, so too is a regular check up of our hearts before God.
Also in the New Testament as in the Old, we are reminded that to have a sustained blessed life as a child of God there are conditions, some are as follows:
1.If we obey God’s command that we should confess our sins, then He will faithfully cleanse us from all wickedness or unrighteousness. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.(1 John 1:9 NLT).
2. If we are obedient, we will be loved by God and Jesus. In addition we will gain revelation of who Christ is, reserved only for the obedient. “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:21 NLT)
3.Obedience will result in Father manifesting his love to us. He and Christ will abide with us. His glory will therefore be revealed in our lives and through us to bless multitudes. “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.” (John 14:23 NLT).
4. God will only forgive us our sins if we forgive others their sins against us.”And forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us…“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:12,14 -15 NLT)
It is easy to have a blind spot or deafness to the conditions that God requires us to be attentive and responsive to before He releases blessings to us or prophecies are fulfilled (Believe me I know, I have been there!). Then we wonder why we are not advancing victoriously in our Christian walk.
today we ask you to forgive us for the times when we have disobeyed your commands. We also ask that you would deliver us from any tendency within to ignore parts of scripture or your voice requiring us to pay a price for the fulfilment of your purposes in our lives.
We pray LORD that you would cleanse us from any secret sins or presumptions that serve as obstacles to us living in total obedience to you.
In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen.
“For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.”(Isaiah 44:3 NLT)
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©April 2018Deborah E. Nyamekye
At the Passover table
for the sake of his
his disciples saying
eat the bread;
“…my body which is
broken for you”,
drink the wine;
testament in my blood:”
At the Passover table,
I, his disciple obey his
my eating of the bread, his body
is the crushing of my enemy,
my drinking of the wine, his blood
is the draining away of my sin.
In Jesus, the Passover Lamb,
I pass over from death to life
for the curse is broken,
and death is forsaken.
At the Passover table,
I no more hunger
I no more thirst
For in the Pass Over,
I have resurrection life.
“25Jesus said… “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. 26Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 WEB)
Inspired by New Testament Scriptures Quote (Lord’s Supper) from 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 30/03/2016
A poem among others in book: Our God reigns: Inspirational prophetic Christian Poetry (Volume 1)
Someone’s destiny in God is dependant on your obedience to witness.
In John chapter 1:35-49, we are presented with the supernaturally called of God (Andrew & another) by John’s testimony of Jesus and the called by Jesus directly (Philip) being used as God’s instruments to bring others to Jesus (Nathanael and Simon Peter). Jesus then prophesied over them and they became his disciples.
Andrew and another disciple of John the Baptist heard him say of Jesus “Behold the Lamb of God!” (vs 36) and this was the appointed time of God for them to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour and so they followed him. Andrew and the other person were convinced of who Jesus was and wanted to know where he was staying; They desired to fellowship with Jesus or have a relationship with him.
Some people have been called of God in a similar manner; they suddenly had a revelation of who Jesus is when they heard someone speak about him. It was their day of visitation when God’s plan in heaven for them as ones whose names are written in the book of life began to manifest on earth.
Then there are others whose experience of knowing Christ is similar to that of Philip. “Jesus…found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me” (vs 43)”. These people had a direct calling from God himself, they felt a desire to search the scriptures and as they did sensed God calling them to Himself through Christ. Some had dreams of Jesus speaking to them or calling them.
I read an account of several people in a town or village in Iran receiving dreams of Jesus calling them and as a result became Christians. When I was at bible school, a pastor who was also a student testified to me that he is from a Muslim family and was one day praying in a mosque during Ramadan, as he prayed he had a vision of Jesus and he knew within his heart that this Jesus he saw was the Christ, son of the living God of the Christian faith not Isa (name for Jesus in Arabic) of the Muslim faith who is believed to be only a prophet.
Whatever manner in which God called us to Himself, the fact is that we have been called and that is sufficient cause to praise Him daily and uphold him in every area of our lives.
As we rejoice in this journey of self discovery in relation to our identity and destiny in God, we must also remember those Jesus prayed for as he prepared for his death, those who will be his disciples. These people who also have their names written in the book of life but their time is yet to come for the manifestation of their salvation in the earth realm
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20 KJV).
Who is God depending on for their salvation to be made manifest? Yes, He will supernaturally reach out to some by His Spirit (who is the testimony of Jesus Rev 19:10/John 15:26) as Jesus did Philip directly. However believers in Jesus Christ, by virtue of being so, are mandated to witness about him through bearing fruit that glorifies God and to preach the gospel (Matt. 7: 15-23/Mark 16:15).
“How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14).
Andrew “found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ)” and he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:41/42). “Philip found Nathanael and said to him. “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph”. (John 1:45).
Andrew and Philip made it their mission to speak to others about Jesus and these two people, Simon (also called Simon Peter or Peter in scripture) and Nathanael received prophetic words which gave an insight into their nature at the time or what they will be transformed to be in terms of their character as according to the will of God. Jesus who in his deity as the incarnate Christ, is all seeing and all knowing said to Nathanael as he came to Jesus “…Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47).
Jesus said of Andrew’s brother Simon Peter “Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.” (John 1:42 KJV).
Although it was very subtle at the time Jesus spoke in this manner to Simon Peter, Jesus used his name to prophetically highlight who he will become in time, after a journey of struggles with doubt, lack of understanding Jesus’ mission clearly and fear of man, Simon Peter was destined to develop into a man with an unshakeable faith or faith as solid as a rock or stone. Simon Peter would later vocalise his faith in Christ when Jesus asks disciples who they say he is. Simon Peter replied as follows “Thou art Christ, Son of the living God”.(Matt.16:16 KJV)
The confession itself was likened to a rock by Jesus when he replied to Simon Peter as follows “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”(Matt.16:17-18 KJV).
In the biblical book of Acts we read about how Simon Peter full of the Holy Spirit, boldly preached the gospel and performed miracles. He also wrote to the Church, canonised as first and second Peter.
As Simon Peter, our confession in relation to who Jesus is should be the foundation “stone” upon which we build our lives and again as with Simon Peter regardless of struggles in life as long as we stay true to our confession and do all things as unto the LORD, we will fulfil our glorious destiny or purpose. Multitudes have been evangelised, healed and blessed by the ministry of Peter since the early church until now.
Think of how many people like Andrew, his friend and his brother Simon Peter, Philip and Nathanael you and I have been predestined by God to witness to in our life time. Think of how God is reliant on us to be His instruments to ensure that people come to him, gain a revelation and understanding of their destinies or purpose in God and live to fulfil them.
If Andrew had not called his brother Simon Peter, think of how Simon Peter’s destiny for the sake of multitudes would never have taken place. God may have found someone else to draw Simon Peter to Himself, but we do not have evidence of this. What we know is that it was Andrew his brother’s mandate. Are we fulfilling our God given mandates or falling short? It is never too late to take stock or assess our Christian lives and the condition of our hearts before God.
It is a privilege to be chosen as God’s instruments. An honour that should not be taken lightly. Some people will never accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour even if we preach the Gospel to them. Others may doubt at first as in the case of Nathanael, (John 1:46-49) but they may eventually be convinced through God induced events that He is indeed their Lord and Saviour.
We are however not to look at people and wonder whether it is worth preaching the gospel to them or not. Our zeal for God and especially our knowledge of God’s command that we preach and disciple ought to be enough to compel us to do so.
Only God knows those who will respond, He will however bless and reward His people for their obedience to preach the Gospel or witness to others about Christ.
A nobody can become a somebody some day. If not today or tomorrow it shall be one day, ’cause everybody has the ability.
It is possible if you do not lose focus or direction but set your sights on your vision, based on wisdom from the book of instruction.
Use the key of divine knowledge to open doors. Advance at the beat of the sound of your vision calling,
the pace is set by the rhythm of the songs of your heart responding.
In the ascent to be a somebody, joys and trials are unwrapped as gifts, moulding for you a heart of integrity.
The blessed vision is a reflection of the somebody you have aimed to be beckoning as from the sky,
full of wisdom and knowledge of the Most High.
Be a somebody today to help a nobody find their way some day.
In likeness to Abraham of Old Testament times, you are a man or woman of faith who believes in a God you cannot see. In this New Covenant era, you believe in God through Christ Jesus. You are not perfect by any means, but you have surrendered your life wholeheartedly to God at the altar of sacrifice; in the place of prayer and daily worship or devotion.
You live in obedience to Romans 12:1-2:
“1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (KJV).
Like Abraham, you have not just presented yourself to God wholeheartedly but everything you own and those you love, your “Isaacs” as it were.
In this place you have faith that God will fulfill all His promises to you and your family including your children’s children. This faith that you have is the same faith that Abraham had in God and is only possible because of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
“13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ” (Gal 3:13-14 KJV)
“29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:29 KJV).
When we study the life of the patriarchs of Israel, Abraham Isaac and Jacob, there was a similar pattern in that testing and waiting on God for his promises took what is humanly perceived to be a long time.
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2 KJV).
Abraham and Sarah waited for years before they conceived the child of promise, Isaac. Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him that He would be the father of many nations, then fifteen years later, at the age of 90 God renewed his promise. When he was 100 years, they finally conceived Isaac. This is a total of 25 years for God’s promise to be made manifest (Genesis 12, 15-17). Isaac was the son through whom the promise of the nation of Israel would be born and through Israel (the tribe of Judah, one of the 12 sons of Jacob who together are the nation of Israel) Jesus Christ the incarnate Christ who is God in human form, would be born as the Saviour of the world, to reconcile man to God (2 Corinthian 5:19/John 3:16).
Waiting for a long time to give birth to twins, one of whom would have God’s covenant promise to Abraham, the blessings of the first born, was Isaac and his wife Rebecca’s fate. It was only in the 20th year of their marriage that they conceived their twins. Jacob had to labour for seven years for Rachel’s father before he could get married, not to the love of his life Rachel, but her sister as their father had deceived him. He obediently worked for her father for another seven years before he would allow Jacob to wed Rachel.
Despite it taking 14 years before he married Rachel, his choice of a bride, it is just as well Jacob persevered, otherwise there would not have been 12 tribes! The “four square” prophetic number chosen by God to represent God’s people. If you are a child of God, know that nothing you do with the conviction that God is the source is in vain.
Even waiting on God for children (Abraham and Isaac) and wives (Jacob) were in themselves tests because of the length of time it took. God was testing them as follows: Will they wait on God and not attempt to bring what God has promised to pass prematurely? In Abraham and Sarah’s case, they were impatient and Sarah gave her maid Hagar to Abraham so as to conceive a child with him. Abraham agreed and Ishmael was conceived (Gen.16).
If we take matters into our own hands and scheme something that looks like what God promised us, God will not accept that thing as a replacement of His promise. This is because the product of our works birthed out of our impatience with God is a mere counterfeit of the real and will cause problems. They are a means for Satan to afflict, accuse or condemn us. When Hagar was pregnant with Ishmael, Sarah had no peace and she was jealous of Hagar and complained of her to Abraham and sent her away. Hagar returned only to be sent away again after Ishmael’s birth.
Anything that is not birthed by God is contrary to God and His plans for us. Praise be to God that despite their disobedience, God brought to pass his promise of a son, Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. This promise was upheld because Abraham to whom God spoke this promise to first, as we ascertain from scripture believed God. God caused him to visualise his descendants as being as the sand on the seashore and stars in the sky (Gen 22:17). Sarah was the one who activated her doubt not only by laughter but when she was told but by offering Hagar to have a child with Abraham.
Brethren do not allow anyone to talk you out of what God has promised you by way of a prophetic promise or a vision or revelatory dream. If you believe what God is saying to you, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and refuse to do anything that will bring you heartache in the process and interfere negatively with the outworking of the promises of God in your life.
We must refuse destruction or enticement by those who offer alternative schemes or plans however well meaning they may be as we wait on God for what He has for us. Even those who are close to us can be instruments of the enemy to attempt to abort our God given vision.
Brethren, an “Ishmael” may happen along the way, or we may gain a “Leah” due to being deceived or through our own character weaknesses, but as long as we remain steadfast and dependant on God however long it takes, we will attain the promises of God, not partially but completely for God says “my word ..that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11 KJV).
© Feb.2017 Deborah E. Nyamekye
“Potential to excel is essential to un-tap God’s intentions for you among the nations” (1)
God has given you and I potential to excel. The reality is that it is possible to attain that height of excellence in God, mount up to that place where we are fruitful in a manner that only God can cause us to be for the sake of multitudes among the nations. How? If we abide in God and allow His word to sanctify and therefore transform us.
Friends you may not feel qualified according to man’s standards, but remember that God qualifies and vindicates the called according to His purposes or set standards.
In the bible Gideon (Judges 6-8) and Saul (1 Samuel 9) did not feel they qualified at the time of their calling to leadership by God.
David did not look like a likely king of Israel in Samuel the prophet’s eyes, but he, and not his brother (Samuel’s choice), was the one God chose (1 Samuel 16). God told Samuel that unlike man, He does not look at the appearance but the heart of the person.
Indeed this speaks volumes; when you feel you are overlooked or cast aside, rest assured the only one who is in absolute control of your life has a plan predestined for your life that no one can prevent, not even a prophet of God!
God does not look at your outward appearance (i.e height, features, weight etc..) and base His decision as to whether to endow you with the potential to excel for His glory on it.
In fact God is known to choose the most unlikely ones in people’s eyes for exploits.
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinth.1:27 ESV).
Jesus chose a group of men as his disciples who included those considered in his day to be at the bottom scale of society (i.e fishermen) and in undesirable (i.e a tax collection) employment. If Jesus said to them, not allowing their status to be a hinderance to their predestined call, “You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) then he is saying the same to his disciples today.
While Jesus came initially to the Israelites, his ministry evolved to reveal that he came for the world (John 3:16) or “as many as received him (John 1:12) in other words anyone from anywhere who receives him; Jew, gentile, male, female, slave or free (1 Corinth. 12:13/ Gal. 3:28). This was revealed in his ministerial encounters with people of different cultures, social status and genders such as the Roman Centurion whose servant Jesus healed, the Samaritan woman and Mary of Bethany.
In addition the great commission of believers of all nationalities, whether male or female is to spread the gospel in nations of the world (Matt.28:18-20).
“For potential to excel that’s ripe, tap into Christ to un-tag from a world that’s stagnant in strife, where offence is rife”(2)
Living a life in Him (God) so as to fulfil your destiny or purpose requires a no nonsense approach. When the ungodly world says “No you can’t” because it looks at you through the lenses of what the status-quo
dictates, and stereotypical norms assume about “people like you”, such as your social or economic class, nationality, race or culture, you must rise up and say “In Christ, yes I can!”.
Such an approach is only possible if you do not see yourself as others define you, but rather as God defines you according to His word.
The scripture “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
This aforementioned scripture is apt in that it encourages us to be transformed by renewing our minds. The most effective way in which our minds can be renewed is by meditating on scriptures about our Christian identity among others. Such scriptures remind us daily of who God says we are in a world that is constantly attempting to conform us to its diabolical ways in our thoughts and deeds. From the standpoint of an identity well grounded in Christ, we can then be bold in the pursuit of our predestined purpose on earth.
You are a treasure in an earthen vessel as a believer in Christ (xxx) therefore be reminded that someone, somewhere needs the treasure of God that is YOU! You have so much to offer the world because of the excellent power of God within YOU! so seize those opportunities to excel that God presents to you daily.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinth. 4:7 KJV).
Quotes from Poem “Potential to Excel”: paragraph (1) and (2) by DENyamekye
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