(Read Matthew Chapter 6)
Leaving a legacy whereby people have praised you for your achievements may not expose the motives behind why you acted the way you did; were your motives behind your achievements whether great or small founded on Godly principles and obedience to His Word of truth or on your strategic acts to gain favour and praise from men? Were your actions your own ideology or beliefs with maybe a little bit of scriptural rhetoric ? Only God truly knows! We may fool men but never God!
Reading Matthew Chapter 6, when I meditated on the whole chapter, verses 19-21 stood out as never before. This was in the context of the verses about not praying, giving alms and fasting as a form of showing off so as to receive praise from men.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.(Matt.6:19-21KJV).
It is important to interpret what Jesus is stating and why in the correct manner. He is not saying that all those who pray, give alms openly or speak about the fact that they are fasting are hypocrites and doing so to be praised or glorified by men.
Of course not all acts of holiness and Christian giving should be concluded as being done with the wrong motives for it is true that as Christians we must be witnesses for Christ openly by our lifestyles and also engage in acts of Christian service including the call to preach, teach and disciple.
What Jesus is saying is that if any of those acts are done with the motive that directs people towards oneself, to be elevated and satisfy one’s self aggrandising desires then they are hypocritical and yield no eternal rewards. Whatever hypocrites do even though they appear as treasures, they have no eternal value.
Hypocrites as Jesus said are as those who openly give alms for all to see, sounding the trumpet in synagogues and on the streets so as to receive glory from men. He said “They have their reward” (Matt 6:2 KJV).
This is how Satan’s vessels behave for as their master the Father of lies (John 8:44), they have a prideful image of who they are, founded on deception. This is why Satan who was a high ranking angel rebelled and wanted to mount the throne of God (Isaiah 14).
He is carrying on his schemes of attempting to rule and reign on the earth and decided when he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that he would strip humanity of their God given image and mandate as representatives of God on earth. His intention is that every human being will rebel against God and be as he is.
God provided a way of escape through Christ; God is in Christ reconciling the world back to Himself (2 Corinth.5:19). Anyone who accepts Christ as their personal saviour will not perish (John 3:16), nor will their deeds. They are stating that they reject the lifestyle in satanic deception and are ready to live in integrity, examining their heart condition before God daily so as to ensure their motives are pure and ready to repent when they need to do so.
We therefore lay treasures for ourselves on earth when as though unsaved, our spiritual field of vision is centred on only what earth holds for us rather than focused on God’s heavenly realm and what it means to be a child of God; Believers in Christ are in the world but not of the world.
One is a hypocrites as defined by Jesus if one is self motivated or does things motivated by the carnal desire to show oneself as important or significant. Self motivation is rooted in self centredness and self dependence; one is the centre of their own universe! Pride comes before the fall. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
If the kingdom we partake of has its King or Head (Christ) who did not think it beneath him to associate with the rejects of society nor washed his disciples feet, then it is time to take another look at the way we define ourselves and our expectations from people we either relate to, disciple or happen to be less fortunate than us.
Matthew Chapter 6 as the bible on the whole, “speaks” loud and clear: Our Christian walk is not about pleasing and elevating ourselves before others, the “look at me I am a pious Christian” syndrome! It is about dying to self so that Christ can live in us and we can reproduce the Christlike nature in a world desperate for a saviour.
It is a call on God’s people to be dependant on God by making Christ the centre of every area of our lives and to daily pray for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done. May God take absolute control so that He supernaturally dismantles every “kingdom” we have built in different areas of our lives through surrendering our will to Satan.
May our daily confession be as that of Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20 KJV).
©6Aug2017 Deborah E. Nyamekye
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem – Matthew 21:1-11
21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to [a]Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose themand bring them to Me.3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 [b]All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, [c]and set Himon them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of theLord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
If your life is totally surrendered to God and if you are living in that intimate place with Him to the best of your ability, know that if people don’t appear to see or consider you or they ignore you then it is not the work of man but of God.
Consider David in the bible, he was left to tend to sheep and was not even considered as worthy to be called when Samuel asked his father Jesse to assemble his sons, one of whom was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel. God intervened and Samuel was called and anointed as king.
God has planned different seasons for us in our lives. Every season comes with God’s divine reasons for orchestrating events the way He does. As with the weather, “climatic” conditions in relation to each season in our lives differ. We need to be sensitive and take every season as they come.
When we are not the centre of attention, nor included among the good and the great our perception and understanding of such times will determine our emotional state, attitude and therefore our reaction.
May God help us to adequately discern the different seasons of our lives so that we do not fret or act on our own accord to our detriment but rather remain in His peace. Before people can see us as God does the timing must be perfect so that what they expect from us and how we respond is in line with God’s plan for us.
In order to respond to people and circumstances as God requires is only possible if we have a close relationship with God and we allow Him to take us through the different seasons of our spiritual development.
Let us rest assured that as in David’s case when God’s time for us to be taken out of obscurity, chosen from among many for a purpose, God will strategies to bring it to pass. After all He who trains us knows when we are ready to display His splendour. There is no need for us to help him do so.
All the seasons of hiddenness in God are good for us; David was tending to sheep, but what only David and God knew was that God was also tending to David’s character.
David had a good time in God’s presence; worshipping and fellowshipping with God in the stillness of the fields as a shepherd.
He was alone but not lonely. He had much time to sing and pray to a God he became confident was his “refuge and fortress” (Psa.91:2) a God he could trust.
Indeed, David had been in danger on more than one occasion as the lion and bear came to attack his sheep. God gave him not only supernatural joy which was his strength but also physical strength to fight and overcome the lion and bear. In the valley of the shadow of death, David said “I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and staff, they comfort me”. (Psa.23:4).
Onlookers including David’s oldest brother (1 Sam 17:28) saw him as this “good for nothing except for sheep” young boy. Other people’s perception of David did not stop him from fighting Goliath and killing him. If you know your worth in God and trust Him wholeheartedly as indeed David did, it should not stop you from pursuing and fulfilling your destiny.
In the fields as a shepherd boy, David became a profoundly God trusting, confident and fearless young man who was totally surrendered and reliant on God. He was therefore prepared for the next seasons of his life which included confronting and killing the giant Philistine, Goliath when no one could. He was also prepared for the many years of warfare with and affliction from enemies far and near. This was until he become King of Judah then Israel.
Even during those times of hardship fleeing from Saul and his son Absalom, David remained close to God. The solid foundations in God, built in the season when he was an inconspicuous shepherd boy were what kept David’s life from crumbling.
God longs to spend time with us daily to either revive us spiritually, impart his will or plans to us or both. But there are also prolonged times or seasons when there is more of a stillness in our lives than is usual and a pull towards focusing on our relationship with God.
It is important not to ignore these seasons which require more time meditating on scriptures as well as praying and fasting for renewal and growth necessary for the next stage of our lives.
Be blessed and highly favoured in every season of 2021
Deborah Esther x
What is life worth
if I focus on trivial factors and concern myself with mere structures
but ignore that You are all that matters?
What will I become if I am conformed to the dictates of this world and
I am intimate with evil doers but ignore that You are all that matters?
You are the engine that sustains me along destiny path,
the lifeboat that keeps me afloat, the air that I breath and the ever-flowing
fountain that quenches my thirst.
Indeed You, Yahweh are all that matters.
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.
Our God loves us with an everlasting love, a love that is unconditional and impartial.
As an expression of His love, Father God is long suffering and forgiving, even with arms outstretched to receive prodigals.
He is also our provider, sustainer and the list goes on…
What an awesome God we serve!!
Father teach us to love as you love and to always live in your embrace.
Have a blessed day
Waterfall of Blessings
Cascading down is a mighty
waterfall, an avalanche of
blessings whose time has come.
A ripple effect is forming
crushing into binding fortes of
deception, chaos and
depression, it shows no
mercy breaking prison walls
It’s power is for the
rebuilding of ruins,
restoration of destinies
and releasing of
and joy in it’s advancing.
It’s your time of visitation for
a blessed outpouring.
©Deborah E Nyamekye 25/05/2016
This prophetic poem was borne out of what happened on Wed (25th May 2016), in the morning on my way to work I had a vision of a waterfall and I had this sense that it represents a gushing down of blessings from God the Father. About two hours later a Sister in Christ sent me this picture of a waterfall via messenger, after work I felt inspired to write this poem.
It is a word that is not for me alone, this is a season when the floodgates of heaven are open for a mighty outpouring of what multitudes have been seeking the LORD for. Partner with Him in obedience and faithfulness to see His will/promises come to pass.
Trusting, Tasting & Seeing that the LORD is GOOD
There it is in plain sight: “Blessed is the man who trusts in Him”. Blessings of God; Your inheritance as a believer; good health, prosperity, breakthrough, protection etc… are yours when you trust in Him and as believers it is through Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus).
Truly, trusting in God is a decision we make and He gives us the grace for it to be a reality in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Many who make that decision know that it is truly His Grace bestowed upon them that keeps them trusting and nothing they have done in themselves.
The knock on effect is that again and again they “taste and see” or experience the reality that ELOHIM GOD is GOOD !!
My prayer is that we will trust or continue trusting in the LORD, so that all that pertains to us through Him will manifest in our lives.
Would you like to always be a living testimony of His GOODNESS? I would! May God help us to continue to trust Him wholeheartedly