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Taking Stock: What Kind of a Disciple are you? 


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

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

I. Potential disciple no. 1

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

This man decided to follow Jesus by himself. Jesus’ reply implies that he was asking the man whether he had considered the cost of following him. Jesus at the time did not have his own accommodation. It is noteworthy that Jesus did not tell him what to do but gave his own life as an example of the type of life the man would have if he follows Jesus.

If you have chosen to follow God, you must know that you have Covenanted to be Christlike and so should be ready to pay the price.

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

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

Morris Cerullo in the devotional “Journey into the promised Land” lists some of the costs of following Christ as follows

1. Sacrifice as well as service (1 John 3:16)

2. Loneliness (2 Timothy 1:15)

3.Rejection and criticism (John 1:11)

4. Persecution (2 Corinthians 11:23-27).

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

II.Potential Disciple no. 2

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

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

Please know that Jesus was not saying one’s parents or family are not important or that we should not attend to them. Nothing must be placed before the call of God. 

Jesus loved his family a sign being when on the cross of crucifixion, he spoke in a manner to both his mother and John that gave John the Apostle the understanding that Jesus wanted him to take care for his mother, so John took her into his home after Jesus died (John 19:25-27).

This was also revealed when Jesus spoke to the people and someone told him is mother and brethren wanted to speak to him. He replied

“48… Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

“49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt.12:48-50 KJV)

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

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

Your response maybe “well I often don’t know God’s will so I just get on with what I want to do and hope it is”.

If this is the case, my prayer is that you would spend time in fasting and prayer even as you enter into 2016 asking the Lord to reveal His will for your life to you and also that you would refrain from making hasty decisions and learn to wait on the Lord.

III.Potential Disciple no. 3

“61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62 KJV).

This man wanted to follow the Lord, however he wanted to take time to do something first, or wanted to follow God but on his own terms. Jesus’ reply affirms the motives of the man’s heart; He was holding onto his past life, torn between committing to God wholeheartedly and living in the world.

Brethren, as you may know, when God calls us, He requires us to respond immediately and not to start thinking of what we have left undone and need to do first, or put off obeying God until it suits us. At times we may decide to do something first which we convince ourselves is part of or compliments the calling of God or what He is asking us to do. Partial obedience is not obedience.

I pray to God that everyone reading this will from henceforth be even more sensitive to God’s leading in your lives so that you will not hesitate to know what He is calling you to do. Also that God would grant you an increased measure of His gift of discerning of spirits and the ability to stay in the place of praise, prayer, bible reading and meditation.

 This is so that as you abide in this realm consistently, you will be able to hear God’s voice in whichever way He chooses to speak to you. In Jesus name Amen.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 28/12/2015

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11th Feb. 2017 Seminar in London – In Full Bloom Motivational Exercise: Purpose & testimonials 

What is this exercise about & its purpose? 
It’s worth is confirmed by testimonials (see towards the end)

It will be used at ARISE & SHINE Prophetic Seminar on 11th Feb. 2017 at 9-1.30pm, City Temple Church, London Holborn Viaduct EC1A 2DE not to be missed!!

A seminar combining prophecy, teaching & motivational training. Produced by God given inspiration by Prophetess & teacher Deborah Nyamekye the exercise was tried and tested successfully at the seminar entitled “Rise-up! Thou Anointed & Favoured of God” on 2nd July. Blessed Testimonials can be read below and also found on home page of website http://www.bearwitness-forerunner.org.

Deborah, Seminar host says ”

“This God inspired exercise I produced is a powerful inspirational prophetic tool to enable a pair to help each other effectively match their gifts, talents and skills with the most appropriate or suitable career, church ministry or volunteer work pathways for them. Individuals are awakened to the fullness of their God given capabilities as never before and are encouraged to pursue goals that encourage them to utilise their capabilities to the maximum.  

Each person is encouraged through the exercise to use their gifts of discernment/intuition, wisdom, knowledge and prophecy with the person they are paired with. They will be surprised at how God can use them for others in this type of exercise more than they ever thought. They may also discover God given gifts which have lain dormant or they did not know were there”. 
Be sure to register for £20 (early bird until 25th Jan is £15) at website http://www.bearwitness-forerunner.org to secure your place at this life changing seminar.

1.WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE IN FULL BLOOM MOTIVATIONAL EXERCISE ? 

The purpose is to enable individuals to
-see what they had to offer in the way of gifts, skills and talents in a more positive way (i.e their worth and relevance) than they had before the exercise.

-realise that what they had to offer (i.e. gifts, talents and skills) could be utilised in ways (possible careers, volunteer work/ministry or hobbies) they had not even thought about or had dismissed.

Thus each individual is highlighted the fact that they have within them the potential to

-be more of a blessing or to make more of a difference in the lives of others.

-make career choices that suit who they truly are or their capabilities learnt or natural gifts, talents and skills.

As one participant of the exercise on 2nd July 2016 put it “This is a framework that can help people connect their talents with their choice of career path”

– be affirmed and confident in applying for a particular job, engage in specific ministry, volunteer work or a hobby that they would have hesitated to do in the past.

-be more confident in the relevance of their current gifts, talents and skills to what they do (i.e. career, volunteer work, church ministry and hobby) and what they could do or would like to do in the future.

-be much happier, more fulfilled and better able to excel as the exercise enables them to perceive their full potential in relation to their gifts, talents and skills. In so doing they are able to confidently capitalise on their current gifts, talents and skills so as to making the right career, volunteer work, church ministry and hobby choices. They can also decide to undertake further training in areas of particular interest or strength if need be.

2.GOD GIVEN GIFTS AND ABILITIES ARE USED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS EXERCISE 

In addition to ministering through prayer, each person is also encouraged through the exercise to use their gifts of discernment/ intuition, wisdom, knowledge and prophecy with the person they are paired with. The fact that it is done in pairs also enables each partner to understand that they have a God given ability to discern, utilise God given wisdom and revelation in order to “pull out” or bring to the fore potential or destiny from within someone else.

True believers in Christ are all prophetic by virtue of having the indwelling Holy Spirit. Living a Christian life in surrender to God enables the sanctifying process of the believer to take place and this means that the Christian is being refined within to the glory of God; their discerning and intuitive capabilities are becoming increasing yielded to God the Father through Christ Jesus.

As Deborah said at the end of the first gathering of Maranatha Encounters Ministry on 2nd July 2016, following the feedback from delegates (see below point 3) “When I began this exercise, I never once mentioned the word “prophetic” but listening to all your feedback with phrases that express how God has used someone who is “very sharp, very prophetic” for your sake and He has allowed you to speak “inspirationally” into the life of another. This exercise affirms and underlines the fact that everyone who is a born again Christian, a believer in Jesus and has the Spirit of God dwelling in them is “prophetic” because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of prophecy, the testimony of Jesus and knows the mind, will and wisdom of God and communicates them to us (1 Corinth. 2 and Rev 19:11). God is able to use us for the sake of one another by His Holy Spirit indwelling us.

3. FEEDBACK ABOUT THE EXERCISE FROM DELEGATES

At the end of the motivational exercise during the seminar on 2nd July 2016, some participants came forward as a pair or on their own to share what they received from it: Below is a text transcribed from a recording of what they said. Only initials of individuals are given. Their comments highlight or reinforce the fact that this exercise is God inspired and part of God’s creative ways in enabling his people to bear more and lasting fruit to the glory of His name and kingdom.

“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…You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name” (John 15:5,16NLT)

Pair 1 J.R & D.J

J.R’s Feedback – This exercise is good because it helps us to appreciate what we have and what we can impart into others. We do not see this enough in the body of Christ as we should be…we live in a time of great oppression at every angle…This type of exercise is excellent in helping us to encourage one another, to live up to those encouraging words and to give them out freely…”

D.J’s Feedback -“J.R is very sharp, is very prophetic and what she said was very encouraging. Her advice was words I had heard and received before. I feel I have received something that I can actually wage a good warfare with and take forward. I am grateful when I do receive ministry that I can grab hold of and work with. I do not get the opportunity to do so often.”

Pair 2 M.O & H.L

M.O’s Feedback – “What I found from doing this exercise was that it opens up your eyes to what you actually have [gifts, talents, skills] and how you can make use of it and if you are using it, how you can even explore it more and go higher in it because God has given us gifts and talents we can actually use not just for ourselves but to bless others in situations we find ourselves in. I found it very very useful, really a blessing. Thank you very much to the organiser.

I want to say that we are loaded, everyone here is loaded [with gifts, talents and skills] don’t let anyone tell you that you are not loaded: “You can do all things through Christ who Strengthens you” (Phil 4:13).”

H.L’s Feedback – “Thank you very much, I am quite a visual person.. Like to get engaged in something ..it works really well. When M.O and I swapped our papers it was like “wow, wow..We have all these qualities”, even that was enough for me to say that we tend to downplay what we have and what we do. [This exercise] really does give you more confidence. I hope that this exercise actually gives you more confidence in what you are doing or looking to do.
Yes it’s been an encouragement for me, and even the advise M.O gave me. I get reluctant accepting certain things from different people, but knowing that it is in a space like this and has come from M.O’s own heart and I can resonate that with what God has registered to me, he (M.O) even put scripture on it. All of that is even more helpful confirming a lot of things and giving confidence.”

E.A’s Feedback – I found the exercise really helpful. It released a lot of inspiration and was able to unlock a lot of things that have been kept buried and kept on a back burner which has been brought more to the forefront. Obviously even when we go home, we can begin to release those things to the Father and re-engage in so many areas. I really felt it really helped me to flow, to minister to our sister here inspirationally as well. I really felt it also brought a level of bonding and intimacy with people you are actually doing the exercise with.”
L.L’s Feedback – “This is an amazing tool! I do coaching and training … It really impacted me.. X (her friend) has been speaking to me about ministry and I am like no! It really made an impact on me, so I can actually go to the Father now and say “ok let’s do this, I don’t want to say I don’t want to do this because I know I can by your strength so how can I do this?” You need to go to churches with this. I am serious, also leaders in churches so they can then impart it to their churches. This is because we don’t do this in churches, we do it at work. This is a framework that can help people connect their talents with their choice of career path.”
In Full Bloom Motivational Exercise and Prophetic Training Seminars are products of Maranatha Encounters Ministry part of Bearwitness-Forerunner Ministries International.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

God bless Deborah E. Nyamekye

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