Month: October 2013

What if I miss God


This question was posed to me in an email recently. And since that email three weeks ago, I have received six more just like it, asking about how we can know God’s will for our lives.

Of all the things people ask me, questions around knowing God’s will, doing God’s will or being in God’s will top the list. This question is related all kinds of things: choosing a college, selecting a job, marrying a spouse, pursuing a career, moving to a new place. The list goes on.

While questions about God’s will are good, and should be asked, there may be a better way of asking. Often, our questions about God’s will are rooted in two things.

First is our desire for a secure future. We believe if we are in God’s will, then our life ahead promises rather smooth sailing. Second, we hope to please God. We believe if we are in God’s will, He will be pleased with us and we can avoid any unnecessary punishment.

Viewing God and His will like this is little more than fatalism. Just knowing God’s plan for us seems impossible, but we hope we can find it someway, somehow. We convince ourselves God has a determined plan for us, and it is far beyond our ability to control.

WHAT DO WE SAY TO SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THEY ARE IN GOD’S WILL AND EVERYTHING FALLS APART?

This belief suggests God is a deterministic deity who has planned out every single step we are supposed to take, the order in which we are to take them and the time we are to take them. Many of us have spent countless hours praying about and seeking out these steps. Deep inside, we worry about choosing what is not God’s will; believing if we miss it God will be upset with us.
This way of thinking breaks down quickly. Because there are times when things don’t go according to plan, and moments when horrible circumstances rise against us. What happens then? What do we say to someone who believes they are in God’s will and everything falls apart? In times like these, we are left with few options.

One option is to blame ourselves, believing we are out of God’s will. As hard as we tried, we did not follow His plan for us. As a result, God is lashing out to get us back in line. This makes God into nothing more than a punitive deity.

Another option is to blame God, believing He has willed pain and suffering. We followed what we believed to be God’s will, and now have to come to grips with why He caused pain and suffering. This makes God into nothing more than a twisted deity.
One of my good friends wrestled between these two options for years after his divorce. He and his wife met just after college. They quickly began dating, their relationship got serious and one night he told her of his intent to marry her. He told several of us he believed it was God’s will he marry her. Within two years of meeting they were married. Within four years of getting married they were divorced.

When he told me the news, it was heartbreaking. He told me how hellish the last year of their marriage had been, and he said, “I don’t understand, I really believed it was God’s will.” He struggled, on the one hand, asking, “How I could be so sure this was God’s will when it clearly wasn’t?” This led to shame, self-doubt and guilt. On the other hand, he asked, “If it was God’s will, how could God allow this?” This led to anger and resentment toward God.

And my friend is not alone in feeling this way. How many of us have made a decision believing it to be God’s will, only to have the wheels come off sometime down the road? This struggle suggests God is not very good at showing us His will, but He is really good at punishing us so we know what His will is not.

Thankfully, there is a third option.

God’s will, or what God wants, is the reconciliation of all things on earth or and in heaven. God’s will, what God desires, is that all men and women would be saved, and that none would suffer. God’s deep desire is the redemption, renewal and restoration of all things. He wants this so badly that Jesus shed his blood and gave his life so that He could restore peace and wholeness to our broken world. The biblical writers call this good news.

WE DO NOT HAVE TO GROPE ABOUT BLINDLY IN PRAYER HOPING WE HIT SOME COSMIC BULLS EYE CALLED GOD’S WILL.

The amazing thing is not only does God want this, but he invites us to join with Him in His work in this world. Simply put: God’s will for us is that we join with Him in His redemptive work in this world. Which reframes our question about knowing and doing God’s will.
Knowing, doing and being in God’s will begins with looking at our lives and asking, “Are there places where we see ourselves joining with God in his redemptive work in this world?” We can ask this question in the many important decisions that face us in life—whether that be colleges, jobs, spouses, relocating or careers.

We do not have to grope about blindly in prayer hoping we hit some cosmic bullseye called God’s will. We are freed to ask, “Will this decision allow me to participate more fully in God’s redemptive work in this world?” This lends tremendous freedom when it comes to making choices and doing God’s will.

God has not made His will hard to know. His will is the renewal of all things. What’s really difficult is choosing to participate in God’s will, and spend our lives joining God in His redemptive work in this world of ours that so desperately needs it.

– Micheal Hildago

THE SPOKEN BLESSING


Fill your heart with the liquid presence of the loveliness of God, as you reaffirm your position and identity with Christ, through the finished work on Calvary cross. Jesus is the answer for the world today…His voice still echoes through history, with the most profound question to humanity;

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

– Jesus Christ

REASON TO SMILE


“The gospel of grace is not about what you do to make God smile it’s embracing what God has done through His Son Jesus Christ, putting a smile on your face.

It’s glad tidings of great joy to all people, not a condemning, miserable, hopeless pills, we can’t swallow.

It’s a gospel which reveals God’s view and opinion about you, is not built on anger but a new platform of persuasion encoded in His loyal love and graciousness”

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. (Luke 2:10 AMP)

McDaniels A. Gyamfi1378791_10151910446476054_344128605_n

21ST CENTURY PRACTICAL ATHEISM


Mind-The-Gap

The deepest needs of our hearts can only be met by God. No man made gadget can fill the vacuum in our hearts, than God can or will. If you keep trying to meet your deepest needs through your own efforts, you will burn out into despair. My good friend, this is not the way Jesus satisfy our emotional, spiritual or physical needs. If we don’t trust Jesus Christ actively daily, to meet our deepest needs in life, we automatically transfer our needs upon others; your spouse, friends, family and the world system to cushion us. It’s neither safe nor wise to rely on what has failed men miserably through history.

The greatest failure to mankind search for happiness has been “self sitting on the throne“ of our lives. Reliance on temporal solutions and momentarily self aggrandizing pills of men for eternal answer is a serious epidemic which has gain inroad into the Church of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls it the arm of the flesh; it causes men’s whose heart has turned from the Lord to become like a shrub in the desert. No hope and full of despair!!

God warn the Israelites through His servant… Jeremiah 17:5-9 (NET) 5 The Lord says, “I will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, and whose hearts have turned away from the Lord. 6 They will be like a shrub in the desert. They will not experience good things even when they happen. It will be as though they were growing in the desert, in a salt land where no one can live. 7 My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me. 8 They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit. 9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?

The 21st Century Church needs to wake up from our slumber party; as we are tumbling slowly and suddenly to the valley of emptiness, lacking colorful influence on society. Our actions say; “There is no God” and that kind of attitude and Christianity is a religion of fools and is not any different from atheism.

The famous twentieth- century philosopher Will Durant said something I believe should be seriously considered by all thinking people: “The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, nor Europe vs. America, not even the East vs. the West; it is whether man can bear to live without God”. That is exactly what so many are trying to do in society today. Those who profess themselves to be atheists make up a tiny minority of our population (USA) – about 5 or 6 percent. But there are far more practicing atheist, though they would never verbalize it. They may attend Church every Sunday, but from Monday morning to Saturday night, God has no place in their thoughts. There is no place for prayer (relationship) in their lives. They do not seek His face and His word. They have no devotional life. They are practical atheist.

Friend, let’s remember our first love. Hear the Lord’s word to His loveless Church in Revelation 2:1-5 1“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Our first works are the works of affection we have towards God. I call it the honeymoon moments of Christianity. As you focus on God’s love for you; you automatically cure your heart, which is so bound by societal influence unto Christ Centered life; a life full of Christ love and power.

Rebecca express the great disconnect and the gravitational pull of our society from God, family and friends; we trying to fill in the space with electronic gadgets. She writes in her blog (http//and a sprinkleoflove.com) “We are such a fast paced busy society. The 21st century has us overbooked, over stressed, and completely disconnected with each other. We are families with busy careers and too many activities. The time spent face to face with each other (either for fellowship, edifying or worship) is being replaced with being shoulder to shoulder in the car distracted by some sort of gadget. I Pods, cell phones, and video games have replaced real human interaction. Families used to treasure the time around the dinner table just sharing and talking, creating strong family bonds. Now, it’s a race to throw something in the microwave or visiting the drive thru in between activities. We are losing the true purpose and beauty of life, and our families are missing out on the deep bonds that make family so precious”.

The true purpose of life is to be conformed to the image of the Son of God and let Him live His life through us in quality relationships with Him, family and friends in the bond of true love and fulfill the great commission with passion. Let us return to the underlying foundation of Christianity; Prayer, devotion or quiet time, fellowship, fasting, evangelism, worship.

It starts right now…probe your ways and see where you have to make adjustment: Lamentations 3:40 sounds a clarion call to “Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD”. Some habits and strongholds can be changed as we spend time alone in God’s presence for total renewal… Joel 2:12 says; “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning”. The Lord promise to heal our hearts of addiction to the carnal impulses of societal pull and used us for His glory to make an indelible mark which cannot be raised… Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us

We are the new breed through union with Christ Jesus to make inroads into the entertainment, business, political, sporting world and all other pillars of culture to influence the world with the loveliness and power of Christ. On your mark, get set, Go!!

Share your thoughts on how best we can bring the Church and the family back to the place of affectionate union with God in the 21st Century. Thanks’ and have super loving  relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.

– McDaniels A. Gyamfi

MATERIALISM vs COMMUNION


MATERIALISM vs COMMUNION

What do you value? We are not in a rat race with the gentiles. Our daddy cares enough about us to enrich our lives with His goodness. Isn’t it glorious!
Matthew 6:31-34 31 reads; “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Are you seeking a relationship with God or serving God as an ends to material blessing and possessions? Many believers has left their obsession to stay in the secret place of God and affectionately drifting into pursuing the world at all cost. This state of apostasy has created empty souls where men are falling into manholes. It is your Father’s will that you walk in divine prosperity, in the land of the living. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2) but He also admonish us through Paul in the epistle to Timothy to flee from “the love of money” and pursue righteousness, godliness etc. 1 Timothy 6:7-11 (NET) 7 For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either. 8 But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that. 9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains. 11 But you, as a person dedicated to God, keep away from all that. Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.

Money, wealth, riches in itself is not evil, but it is the heart condition towards money that leads to all kinds of evil. When money dominates the throne of our affection more than the love for God, we try all kinds of mechanism and gimmicks to acquire money which is contrary to God’s word. God does not expect us to become prisoners of money, His desire is that we prosper and to be in control over our hearts in our relationship with Him instead of money consciousness sitting on the throne of our hearts daily.

Your prosperity is God’s heartbeat, but it’s unscriptural to be consummated with the pursuit of this world’s wealth to the neglect of a yearning to prosper, in your communion or relationship with the Lord. Jesus tenderly whispers to us to seek and savor Him with every fiber of our being, all the days of our life. It’s in that moments of intimate communion, in our secret place, that we download wisdom, to excel in all areas of our lives and also be set free from the bondage of fear and uncertainty of deadlines and the worries of tomorrow.

You were created for a relationship of love with God. When His love dominates your heart, you will not worship your job, business plans and wealth accumulation but will set Him as a seal in your heart and cherish every day with wisdom from His presence. Song of Solomon 8:6 says; “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LOR”.
Is your soul rushing and drowning in self? Are you weary and tired about life? God specializes in renewing and refreshing of our lives. He doesn’t give up on us; it doesn’t matter how far you’ve disconnect yourself from Him in your covenant relationship. The Prophet Isaiah writes; “29 He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. 30 Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. 31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NET)

Spend quality time in His presence and enjoy communion with God today in prayer. Prayer is not a religious duty but an invitation for communion with God. Prayer is simply an invite for conversation; a special moment to experience intimate fellowship and affection with the Lord. Just don’t keep on eating what do not satisfy. Jesus is the bread of life and the living water for you empty and the hungry soul. Will you let Him come in and dine with Him in an intimate setting for renewal, healing and restoration?

He speaks to us tenderly and close-up, even when we think He is far from us. He is not far, my good friend. He is right where you are, and He says; Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 NET)

Who will ignore an invitation from the Queen of England or the President of the United States of America in your humble apartment? There is fullness of benefits and opportunities in the presence of such great dignitaries. Remember it rarely happens for the President of the United States of America or the Queen of England to stop by at the home of an ordinary individual. Grace compels God to stoop low and lavish the needy, the broken and the empty with the abundance of His favor for a turnaround. In His presence are eternal pleasures which only God can give, to heal our aching hearts and prosper us in every arena of life.

PURPOSE DISPONDENCY AND WOES


PURPOSE DISPONDENCY AND WOES

There is a seated unhappiness in the hearts of many believers, who are trying so hard to discover God’s “master plan” for their life. Many are not sure today if where they’ve lived for years are the right location for them or whom they are partners with in business or marriage are the right people to lead them to that bliss called master plan, after many years on the path to purpose.

There are others who also think, they’ve missed God’s master plan, and there is no hope for tomorrow for their life. Isn’t it sad to live your life searching for a master plan outside of Him when you are a master plan of God in Him.

Romans 8:28-29 (NET)
28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

My dear friend, you are chosen by God by faith through grace into a great purpose, to conform to the very image of God and through this union or relationship… you can access the acceptable and perfect will of the Father through the agency of the Spirit. There is no greater purpose than this!

Stop searching for a master plan, my good friend!! You are God’s master plan; live each day yielding to the exertions of His holy influence on your soul, emotions and will as you do what you are passionate about in life through this influence (grace) on your heart. Yielding your thought to God in the tiny decisions of life, allows Him to emanate through us as a conduit for greater works. Many are like sitting beside a pool waiting for the huge bubble on the waters of their life with a trumpet sound echoing their name for arrival to that bliss. This behavior of waiting for a “breakthrough” leads to despondency in your heart. Each day must be embraced as a life of purpose in the things that glorifies Him in our lives as we lay on the altar of total surrender. This is awesome!!

Romans 12:2 (NET)
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

God’s plan and purpose are His thoughts, plugged in by the believer. He wants you well, healed, prospered, anointed, favored, righteous, wise, creative, win souls, live cheerfully, intelligent, good relationships as wrought in the finished work of Christ. You are not ahead neither are you late in God’s program. All Things shall work together for your good. All things mean everything. It does not really matter where you are now or the degree you have failed. Failure is the language of the unregenerate. We win, no matter what…because Christ is winning daily through us.

Grace is Free and it tastes Good


Jesus had just fed a multitude. Now the crowd was after him. He had just filled their stomachs, but his mission goes deeper than that. Today will talk about true nourishment and the “work” we must do to find it. Jesus says:

Jn 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

And here it is again in the Message translation:

John 6:27“Don’t waste your  energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that  sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of  Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to  last.”

Immediately I am reminded of two more passages of scripture. The first one is in Isaiah:

Isaiah 55: 1 “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! 2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. 3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

And here’s another one in one of my favorite Psalms:

Psalm 127: 2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Amazing.

So what is this so-called Good Food?

The Good Food is Jesus. That’s it. It’s him. He came down and provided himself for us. It is either too simple or too complicated at times for me to understand that he called himself “bread to eat”. But that’s exactly what he is. When he said to the enemy “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” he was quoting ancient scripture… but that scripture still refers to him.

The easiest part of it that I can understand is that I am fed when I hear the words of Christ. Hebrews tells me that faith comes from hearing the words of Christ. So one aspect of eating and eating well is getting enough faith to make it through the day- and getting it from the Word. This life is a “life of faith”. So just like we need food to get our bodies through the day, we need to “eat faith” to get through the day.

Which words give me faith?

Words that tell me what Christ has done. That he gave himself as a ransom for me. That we exchanged places. That all the crap in my life right now – he took 2000 years ago. And all the wonders of grace and blessing, are poured into my lap today.

My faith gets bigger when I read about Christ’s life. How he healed every sick person who came to him. How he embraced every sort  of sinner with unconditional grace. How he stills the storm, walks on water, multiplies the loaves and fish, calls forth the giant catch of fish, sends a fish with a coin in its mouth, miraculously secures a furnished room for him and his disciples to have an evening together. Things like that.

My faith gets bigger when I read the letters of Paul which contain the words of Christ. Words that tell me when I am weakest, his strength is made perfect. That I can rejoice in my weakness because Christ dwells in me! Greater is he that is in me than the giants I face in this world. Words that tell me that grace superabounds when sin abounds. When my situation falls short of the glory of God, his grace is there – exploding like never before. Words that tell me that God’s kingdom is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost – and it is here with me, and I have it – for free.

This Food is Free

This is the food that nourishes us. This is the food that “sticks with us”. I am writing to myself in a way- because the last 3 weeks have been so full of work and to a certain extent I feel that it has all been in vain. Have you ever felt that way? Jesus asks us: “Why are you wearing yourself out like that? The treasures in this world do not last. The food here spoils. My food does not. And it is FREE. I do not require you to work that way for my food!”.

The Psalmist says that our labor is “in vain” when we labor this way.

Isaiah says: “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!”

I believe it is Jesus that fulfilled that. He gave himself up for us – for free. He was asked:

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

Our only “work” is to believe. And that is ironic because believing is not work. This tells us that we can accomplish so much more by simply believing – than by toiling and laboring with sweat and tears. Why? Because when we believe in Jesus – we receive all that he paid to give us. That’s how we “eat” him. By taking his words, taking his promises, taking his Gospel of Grace, and living on it every day. Believing it, hanging on it, betting our entire lives on it – that it is true and that it will change everything we know, not just later on but now.

For example, healing. God wants us healed, but we don’t chase after it. We chase Jesus. When we get Jesus and “eat” Jesus, we are healed. Money is the same. When we have Christ, we have everything. Because on the cross, he who is everything gave up everything for us. Now we inherit everything that is Christ’s, but more importantly, we inherit Christ himself.

Jesus is not Perishable

The nourishment we receive from him lasts forever. The food we eat here perishes. It gives us strength only for a moment. The entertainment we find here amuses us only for a while. The distractions we chase after only give us momentary pleasure. Our treasures here are subject to the moths and corrosion of this side of reality. Yes – for as long as we have bodies we will have needs, and our God is not cheap. He intends to fill those needs abundantly. But he wants our hearts to seek for that which is not perishable.

Jesus is not perishable. The life we receive from him lasts forever. His promises last forever. When we trust in him, we will not be disappointed- ever. Circumstances here are all changeable, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His cross is forever. His blood speaks a better word about us – forever. His Gospel is forever. When we believe in him, we do the only work he requires from us. And that “work” brings us rest.

He gives rest to those he loves. He loves you. He wants you to rest. His rest is forever. Rest in his promises. Rest securely in his finished work. If the work is completed, you don’t need to do it. You only need to receive and rest.

You have concerns, yes. But Jesus calls you to rest. If you have a hard time doing that, chew on his words. Chew on his promises. Then you’ll see what I mean. When we hear his words of comfort, when we understand who he is and what he has done for us, rest comes. When we believe, rest comes. He loves you. He died for you. He grants you rest today.

When I have had a lot to eat, I always get sleepy. I imagine that’s how it is in the Spirit as well. When you’ve received his words which bring spirit and life into you – real faith food – you know you can rest. You can stand on his word. You can sit on his promises. You can sleep under the shadow of his wings.

– stefansuarez (www.graceis.net)

HOPE IS CALLING


God wants to fill you with the fullness of Himself, to deliver your soul, mind and emotions from the despair of life and paint a brand new image of the future He plans for you and yours. God promise hope for His people, and this glorious promise belongs to I and you to own it in perilous times;

16Thus says the LORD, “Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD, “And they will return from the land of the enemy.”There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory (Jeremiah 31:16-17)

Hope is an earnest expectation of good
===> The twist and turns in destiny journeys can take a breath out of your lungs and steals away the beautiful image of your glorious destination which was colorful painted into your heart by the Spirit of God, to be replaced with fear, uncertainty and a distorted image of the future by Satan. The believer has no reason to hit the quit-bell, throw the towel in the air or consider his or her position of uncertainty as fate. In Christ Jesus, we can draw the ever increasing colorful riches of turnaround grace as we place our complete trust in Him and refrain from negativity and the voice of weeping.

Job was robbed of his wealth and family, but in the midst of his predicament he found solace in his God. He hit the dead end of life where only Jehovah could reach and activate purpose and destiny when Satan thought that was the end of the story ===> …6″Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest Until he fulfills his day like a hired man. 7″For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. 8″Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil … (Job 14:6-7)

I know it my friend! When the future becomes so blurred, it’s like a driver on the wheels of the latest model of Mercedes without fog lights, going through a tunnel clouded with darkness and fog. The driver is in the latest model of Mercedes, but he is limited from clear path to his destination.

Beloved, you are a new creation; a latest model of Christ Jesus on earth…your ability to navigate through the dark tunnels of life depends on the light of Christ. It is in His light that we can see light. When we shift our focus from Him as the expectation of our lives through His great love for us, life loses it flavor and the future becomes pointless.

Here is the good news…God does not condemn you in your mistakes, neither does He leave you in the middle of the road to hassle through life on your own. I am persuaded and convinced that He who has begun a good work in you shall finish His purpose in your life until Christ returns. He is our companion and a friend who strengthens the weak and the weary and gives them strength like that of an eagle to soar up with wings against the odds and the limitation.

Will you let Jesus takes the wheel from your hands, my friend? I know how we sometimes thinks; “life is too much a mess for God to touch it”. If He can’t handle it, then don’t think you can make it work through yourself efforts. Our Savior stooped low in His earthly ministry and ministered to lepers, the dead, the rejected and the unclean sinful men, which was contrary to the law for Him to have been that personal to such ostracized men to give them hope to life a fruitful life. Your mess is not so messy to limit the power of His love to induce hope into your hopeless situation. ===> For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. (John 1:16 NET)

Carrie Underwood song, Jesus Takes the Wheel has become a fresh breath to a hopeless society which is bound into self and it sense of emptiness and apathy seeking Christ to steer her affairs into a purposeful living. Jesus is the answer for the world today…from the poor ghetto man to the crème de la crème living in a castle.

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, On a snow white Christmas Eve Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline It’d been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind, and she didn’t pay attention She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass She saw both their lives flash before her eyes She didn’t even have time to cry She was so scared

She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance

Save me from this road I’m on Jesus take the wheel
It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder, And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock And for the first time in a long time She bowed her head to pray

She said I’m sorry for the way I’ve been living my life
I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on Oh, Jesus take the wheel

My Prayer For You: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU BELIEVE IN HIM so that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NET

LAW VS GRACE #101 | WHERE THE LAW DEMANDS, GRACE PROVIDES


Grace Provides, The Law DemandsMany consider what separates the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace is the blank page between the book of Malachi and Mathew. It sounds very funny, but you must understand, it is one of the unknown mysteries in Christianity  hidden from the body of Christ, due to our emotional attachment to religious dogmas, wrong teachings, Church traditions that limits us from enjoying God’s best for our lives.

 The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out. – D.L. Moody

GOD DEMANDING RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM MEN
In the Old Covenant of law, God did required or demanded righteousness from men. Righteousness is to have a right standing with God without a sense of guilt or shame. The best that were among the Israelites, (Moses, Joshua, David, Saul etc.) could not even meet the righteous standard of God based on their performance and neither were the blood of goats, bulls, sheep, doves and all the religious rituals were able to permanently cleared their guilt of condemnation before God. The law did not have the strength to make anyone holy or pure before a holy God. The blood sacrifices of animals covered the sins of the children of Israel for only one year, and the process had to be repeated every year (Hebrews 10:3)

Walking under such temporal remedy of animal sacrifices, which was a shadow of good things to come under the dispensation of law, the best still cried about how filthy as rag their righteous were before God.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6 K (KJV)

Under the new covenant of grace, the born again believer does not walk under condemnation because of his or her inadequacies and flaws. Our righteousness is not base on our works but the gift of Jesus righteousness which empower the worst among us to excel in good works, because of the no sense of shame, condemnation and limitation hanging on our conscience. We are accepted just as Jesus is accepted before the Father…we can therefore declare of our righteousness in Christ and not how filthy we are. After all, the righteousness of Jesus is not filthy or like filthy rags.

RIGHTEOUSNESS IMPUTED
Under the New Covenant of grace; through our spiritual union with Christ Jesus by His finish work, (suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension) we shared in His very life. God has imparted righteousness upon the believer and encoded a quality life of the DNA of God in our born again spirit on the basis of grace. Paul writes; “2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
We’ve been redeemed from the curse of performance base righteousness to an imputation of a new life which flows from the inside out and not the other way round. Look at the beauty of the righteousness imputed upon the believer freely and we are declared as the righteous of God not filthy rags as recorded in the book of Romans 4:5-7… “5But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Relying on our outward performance, religious rituals, Church traditions, and culture to the neglect of the gift of righteous through faith on the finished work of Christ to access God is a slap in the face of Christ finished work which changed our position. We can imitate the Apostle Paul by counting every legalistic ordinance and rituals which have become the bedrock of our salvation as non essential and pursue the Excellency of Christ righteousness. The Apostle of grace writing to the Church at Philippi, he says;

“ 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: ( Philippians 3:8-9  (KJV)

Grace say, freely given; freely take and walk in it as a true child of God. Law says, I will try to acquire righteousness on my own and try to please God base on self works. The former leads to frustration and hypocrisy; because the law was not mean to empower you to live righteousness on your own.

Is your right standing with God based on self works, behavior modifications, adherent to church traditions, culture or an end goal you are pursuing? We can only be declared right and walk with our heads up as children of the most high when and only we place trust in Christ for the righteousness which is of God?

“Listen, O heavy laden, condemned sinner, while in my Master’s name, I publish super abounding grace. Grace excels sin in its measure and efficacy. Though your sins are many, mercy hath many pardons. Though they excel the stars, the sands, the drops of dew in their number, one act of remission can cancel all. Your iniquity, though a mountain, shall be cast into the midst of the sea. Your blackness shall be washed out by the cleansing flood of your Redeemer’s gore” – C.H Spurgeon

McDaniels Gyamfi

LAW VS GRACE #100 | GRACE IS PERSONAL, THE LAW IS NOT


Picture courtesy of Kharis Media Ltd, Ghana

Picture courtesy of Kharis Media Ltd, Ghana

The incredible difference between the Old covenant of Law and the New covenant of grace is a mystery I will be writing about in my ensuing notes on Law vs. Grace Series, to throw light on God’s goodness towards people and the purpose of His new covenant. Many consider what separates the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace is the blank page between the book of Malachi and Mathew. It sounds very funny, but you must understand it is one of the unknown mysteries in Christianity, which is hidden from the body of Christ, due to our emotional attachment to religious dogmas, wrong teachings, Church traditions that limits us from enjoying God’s best for our lives.

The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out. – D.L. Moody 

THE LAW IS IMPERSONAL: It shows our place of inability to access the thoughts and ways of God, to be able to walk in alignment with Him. The old covenant folks could not connect personally to the loving, prosperous, whole and Fatherly heart of God. Only, selected few were able to connect with God from time to time to show His intent

others. To the Old Covenant saint, the Lords say; “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NKJV)

GRACE IS PERSONAL THROUGH THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT: Grace came to show the heart of the Father, that individually we may know the very thoughts of God. God’s thoughts are no higher than our thoughts because His Spirit lives on the inside of us permanently with the ability of the mind of Christ to know the mind of God. Hallelujah!!


“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:10-12, 16 NKJV)

The New Covenant believer does not live a pointless and hassle life of walking into the unknown; trying to find fulfillment in life through human standards, which are practically based on self efforts and will power. Will power and self-dependence is a curse of the law, which always leads to catastrophe but a profitable life of purpose and direction is a fruit of the New Covenant through Christ….because of the capacity through the Holy Spirit, to download heavens thoughts in every situation to reign victoriously on earth, through Christ.

Beloved, my prayer for you today is that, you will not lean on your own understanding but be guided by the supernatural wisdom of God to effectively navigate through life effortlessly ====> 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Peter 1:2-3 (NKJV)

McDaniels A. Gyamfi