Month: January 2014

THIS PLACE!!


Pious faces everywhere
Calm hearts everywhere
Lighted hands up yonder to worship
Holy lips to sing angels songs
Hugs and holy kisses are free
This place smells like heaven
Yes! This place is heaven on earth

Stain glass proof windows tightly closed
Boxed in our own world no one sees
Fragrance proof doors to keep it here

Sullen faces everywhere
Heavy hearts everywhere
Lips of clay our silence to each other
Wrapped in pain, hugs are costly
This place smells like hell !!

Concealed in her purse the fragrance of love
From the roof top, a Macedonia call to action
This place smells like God has bled to death
With tears he beckoned; pour it out everywhere!!

She is afraid to be different
She is comfortable blending in
She is afraid to show forth her hidden identity
Her traditional bells sounds louder than her calling
Her sacred cows are more important than a dying world
She is Boxed in a religion of monopolizing God

                     Adinkra Symbol, Ghana: God's Presence and Protection

                     Copyright 2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day
We begin to die” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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LIVING ICONS OF A LIVING CREATOR


“Christianity is a showing forth of Christ, and not a show off of self. We actually have nothing good in of ourselves to show forth or show off, apart from Christ Jesus. Man is made in God’s image; a living icon of His Creator. He reflects on the character of God.”

We display the character of God through our earthly vessels as royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased. Our lights are meant to shine before men, that they may SEE our GOOD WORKS for the purpose of Gods glory in all of our activities, on this side of life.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God  (1 Cor 10:31)

We are painting an image of a living God; who is personal, loving and excellent in His nature. We become excellent creation in all spheres of life, as we harmonize our heart with our true identity in God, through faith. I like how Oswin Crafton echoes this truth; “An aesthetic beauty of nature everywhere, is due to its constant harmony with the principles of God. A heart in harmony with God, reflects the desirable beauty in its moral behavior and character, everywhere”

Reflect on your identity in Christ, as you boldly confess these profound truths!! You will see your life transformed from low self-esteem to Christ esteem; from an abysmal performance to over the top performer, in all you do on this side of life. (whether you toss pizza in a small restaurant or manage Fortune 500 company)

  • I am a living icon of an excellent living Creator
  • I am called to show forth His excellence
  • I display His best on the pedestal, for all to see
  • I exceed expectation in all my activities
  • Inferiority is out of my reach
  • Quality is my trademark
  • Whatever I do, I do it heartily
  • I am a servant of excellence
  • My excellence rewards automatically
  • Money is not my master but rather a servant to me
  • I have a fair chance in life just like every other human
  • My excellent heart distinguished me from others
  • I make mistakes just like everyone does
  • My excellent spirit overshadows my mistakes
  • Quality is my trademark
  • A city on a hill is who I am
  • The light of the world is who I am
  • I let my light shine intentionally
  • I break traditions and step outside the lines
  • I abound in excellent speech
  • I abound in knowledge
  • I abound in wisdom
  • I abound in faith
  • I abound in zeal
  • I abound in love
  • I abound in giving
  • I am a living icon of an excellent God
  • A superior representation of His image
 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. (Daniel 6:3)

– McDaniels Gyamfi

JOURNEY ON


RIP: Komla Dumor| 1972-2014 |Ghana Ambassador of Hope| BBC Anchor|Focus on Africa

RIP: Komla Dumor| 1972-2014 |Ghana Ambassador of Hope| BBC Anchor|Focus on Africa

Journey on, journey on

Saddle your mind on eternity

Sail with the winds of grace on your back

Mountain high; you will leap over

Valleys low; you shall overcome

Ocean deep; you will cross over

 At the masters embrace,

When it is all said and done

He will say; well done, well done!!

You have been faithful to the call

Congratulations!!

Greater than the former, the later glory

Unceasing bliss of life in His presence

Adinkra Symbol, Ghana: God's Presence and Protection

Adinkra Symbol, Ghana: God’s Presence and Protection

™GOG2014|McDaniels Gyamfi

ESCAPE FROM THE LEPERS COLONY


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Freaked out; hair stood up still
Volcanic-ambition to its rest, like the farmers tools
High octane passion is yesterday’s story
His soul has grown older than his face
He still owns an apartment at lepers colony
Escape is out of his renovation plan

A cloud without rain, he exclaimed;
The most exciting moment of life is gone!
The night times in front of the village store!
When Abraham Lincoln was the President!
Stuck in a basement, eating old brownies with sad face

Come up high to the summit of Kilimanjaro!
There is more to see when you want to see
Watch daffodils spread on fertile soils
Harmonize yourself with its contrasting beauty
Watch sparrows tweets with full stomach
Inhale fresh hope into your lungs
It’s a new day, the new has come

 Who is he?

   – McDaniels Gyamfi | GOG2014

    ADINKRA3

  

NO MORE SHAME BUT HIS GLORY


 Instead of your trouble, God has crowned you with double honor; you have no business with your naysayers to let the sound of their voice stop you on your tracks… It’s not over; get up and run with the winds of His grace on your back” On your mark, set, GO

The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle… Psalms 78:9 NKJV

As covenant children of the creator of heaven and earth, we have become living icons of a living God on is side of eternity. We have the very DNA of God, to master every form of situation effortlessly. The reason we can confidently look in the face of obstacles stacked up against us and not be paralyzed in fear and discouragement, but rather shout from the roof top to the hearing of Satan and his cohorts; “we will not be ashamed or disgraced”. It is not a matter of what we know or can do better in life through self effort, it’s a matter of complete dependence on a God who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. You cannot be corrupted or put to shame friend; you are crowned in honor! For Yahweh is your help.

For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed – Isaiah 50:7 NKJV

Do you remember the young David, standing in a very hostile environment against an enemy of God, when the battle lines were drawn between the Philistine champion, I-can-helpGoliath and God’s covenant people, Israel. David was not only fighting against Goliath, he was also fighting against his inner critic and the negative analyses of his own brothers, who were experience military men in the army of Saul. His brothers had the accolade and the ability in tactical warfare to analyze things in the flesh to sow a

seed of fear and doubt into their younger brothers heart. They could even visualize his untimely death and disgrace to the kingdom of Saul and that of their family. They saw shame, but David saw the mercies of God, which is new every morning. Their analysis could not deter him because his conviction and opinion of his God, outweighed every silly voice of doubt in his ears. What do you see and what are you hearing? You can control your emotions or bend to the suggestions of men if you are distracted from who your God is and who you are in Him. God is on your side….you can only press on through the dark valleys of life. You are not far from change!! What are you facing today? Does the negative opinion of your Doctor and the bad report of the media, instill fear into your life, yielding the fruit of hopelessness and despairing of tomorrow? This is your time to believe that God has already crowned you with glory and honor, therefore victory over sickness and lack is imminent. Help is here! Glory to God!! Look beyond your predicament my friend and behold the beauty of Christ as you transform from glory to glory by His Spirit.

  Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause? ( 1 Samuel 17:28-29 (NKJV)

IS THERE NOT A CAUSE – When you understand your assignment in life, and become passionate and obsess about the God who assigned, you will always rise above the hump. David knew his cause… he had a special knowledge of God and his ability to do the impossible through the ordinary. He plugged himself into God’s activity, imagesCAT9VYIXexpecting a turnaround miracle from Him. He could not be moved by men’s negativity or the sight of the giant, Goliath. He was so full of God; fear was nowhere to be found in his vocabulary. He boldly declared to the Philistine champion; 

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NKJV)

Embrace, Empowered, EnergizedWhat kind of attitude are you demonstrating in the midst of a very complex situation you dealing with? Do you shudder in fear and disbelief or you’ve learn to hope in God no matter the circumstances? God always honors the trust we place in Him. When the battle is always the Lord’s, He will always place our adversaries underneath our feet, to glorify His name. Instead of shame, you will see the Lords glory in all areas of life. David saw the glory of God revealed through him, when he stood boldly for the God of Israel. God is always looking for a man who will plug into His redemptive plan, to pull down the evil restrictions and limitation which exalt itself against the knowledge of God. You can be that agent of change at your office, school, family or community, where everybody is afraid to stand out for what they believe. Be that voice in your community or local Church, to break the glass ceiling hanging over the heads of people; for the joy that Christ to be experienced abundantly.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? Who would have thought that Goliath will fall the hands of a young shepherd boy, who was not officially enrolled into the army of King Saul? The stuff in your life which keeps you in a state of anxiety, fear, stress and depression are not from your God; they come your way from Satan, to contain you in a dungeon of shame and disgrace. You are not far from help. Your God has already given the victory through His Son Jesus. Rise and begin to do things you have been made run into his presenceto believe that it is impossible. God does not help the helper, He helps the helpless. Your weakness and doubts are to bring you to a place of dying to self and embrace the fullness of His grace to do the uncommon.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.  Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. -1 Samuel 17:50-51 (NKJV)

My friend whatever is meant to bring you shame and disgrace or to keep you in perpetual agony, is packing its luggage from your tent. The chronic ailments, scarcity, hurt and the bondage of addiction, are not a match to the glorious power of God, which delivered us from every curse of the law into the boundless riches of His inheritance. It’s a new day; a day God crowns your life with restoration of life, favor, total victory, wholeness and salvation, for the total man in Christ Jesus. Amen!!

McDaniels Gyamfi | GOG2014 –

AT YOUR FEET


 I want to sit at your feet to behold your beauty
 I want to sit at your feet, consumed by your love

 Free my soul from the snare of the Fowler
 Free my soul from bowing down to other gods
 Trapped in the prison of this life my soul wonder and cringed
 The zeal of this world consume me like a fire in my bones
 Aimless and pointless pursuits are my passion and obsession

 Seduce my heart with your love
 Lead me to your banqueting house
 I see my way home
 I come running with tears
 The irresistible snare of self has lost it's luster
 Your throne has found a place at the hollow of my heart

 At your feet your glory shines on
 At your feet your beauty emanates
 At your feet I see a portrait of myself
 I will rather die at your feet than to die at the feet of this world
 Rest my soul in God and at the feet of His Christ

 Judgment stood face to face with my guilt
 At your feet mercy triumphed over judgement
 I gazed at the wonder of your great love
 The colors of life stood up in beauty
 My heart is drenched in beauty
 The sound of amazing grace make sense to my brokenness

 Let not the sound of grace fade away like a ghost in my ears
 Turn it up high until all other sound fade away
 Your voice has stolen my soul, my love
 No other voice will I hear
 No other song will I sing
 Except the song of your grace

 Amazing grace how sweet the sound
 That save a wretch like me
 I was blind but now I see
 I was lost but now I am found;
 At your feet!

 -2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi-

Let God Lead


 So you think God needs your help? Huh!!
 It's not more of Him and less of us
 It's ALL of Him, NONE of us
 That sound crazy!! Right?

 God does not help those who help themselves
 God help the helpless

McDaniels Gyamfi

SHADOWS OF YOUR FACE


 
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My eyes have seen your glory

My heart is engulfed in your loveliness

Created to be loved by you with eternal purpose

I will tell of your love and of your mercies to your bride

You’ve robbed yourself in purple yarn as King of Kings

Yet you stooped low to the wretch’s of men, in tattered clothes

Your hands are too pure to hold the filthy hands of the unclean

We needed a touch of mercy but you hold us in eternal embrace

How lovely, how beautiful and gracious you are to the depraved

I will tell of your great power and awesomeness to my generation

I will sing of your healing grace to the broken-hearted

The whole earth waits on you for sustenance and provision

From the tiniest insect to the greatest beast of the forest

The neediest families; receive their share from your bounty

Your providence is altogether amazing and sheer beautiful

I couldn’t run to you when my face was in the dust

My shame and my guilt kept me running

Running hundred miles per hour with a belly full of regret

My torturing kneels and weary bones gave up on me

You found me when all hope and meaning to live was fast gone

You found me! You found me!! in the cold alleys of pain and fear

Where would I find satisfaction if the colors of your rainbow dims out

Your love and grace glows like rainbow in it’s contrasting beauty

Piercing through my darkness is the glistening presence of your face

Your liquid presence filled my aching past with healing and hope

 Your voice is like many waters;

Calming the boisterous storms in my life

With you on the wheel;

I can smell the fragrance of a restful destination

With you on the wheel;

I come to the end of self and rest in your ability

With you on the wheel;

All my fears give way to overwhelming peace

The Shadows of your face

Reflects the beautiful colors of your heart

Jesus, you are altogether lovely

    – Copyright 2014 GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi

         His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem. – Songs 5:16 

 

DEAR READER


Dear reader,
I don’t know what your pain is today
I don’t know how exactly the odds are
I just want you to know that you are in the plans of God
His thoughts towards you today is love,
Crazy love, embedded in eternal purpose
No matter how steep or crooked life road may look like
The valley may seem too dark and obscure, to navigate through
A valley of shadow of death!
A valley filled with ferocious beasts
Beasts that steals courage from your pilgrim soul
Fear no evil, for the Lord is with you

Dear reader,
Are you weary, worn out and burnt out?
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:

Dear reader,
Maybe you are struggling with an incurable disease
Debt, depression, discouragement or some dark secret,
All things shall work together for your good
There is hope, only believe
There is abundance of help for you, stretch and receive it
Don’t throw in the towel, keep on moving forward

Dear reader,
Probably nobody understands you at this moment.
You have been blackmailed, betrayed and  rejected
Rejected for something you didn’t do or did
Your self-worth and integrity has been muddied
Shame is written on the walls of your heart like graffiti on a city street
Receive forgiveness from where you messed up
Stand tall, tuck your feet on the ground, square up your shoulders
Don’t take matters into your own hands, for being treated wrongfully
The battle is the Lords; He will fight for you and restore you

Let the presence of Jesus wash over your soul, as you watch and
listen to this short but inspired music, by Hillsong (Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus)
 

Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!  (Mathew 14:27 NLT)

– Thanks for holding on. Grace and peace to you!! – McDaniels Gyamfi

GOD DON’T STOP, WHEN LIFE STOPS


Photo Credit: www.zealeap.comLike a spectator watching his favorite team in a losing streak; with a sullen face. You sit quietly on the floor, at the corner of your living room, staring on the ceiling with a heart filled with shame, guilt and fear mixed in a concoction of probing questions, hitting all cylinders in your mind, yet with no concrete solutions. The confusion in your mind and the uncertainty of your tomorrow drains life out of your soul like a leech. The dark clouds over your head is too thick, but it shows no promise of rain.

I am talking about the night-time seasons of life…when one is dealing with the issue divorce, separation, incurable disease, lack, unpaid bills, deportation, shame, dark secret, big time failure in business transactions, guilt or the death of a love one. That moment when suicidal thoughts run through your mind, fast and furious. Everything that defines your worth and significance, in the physical realm is fallen apart without repairs. The hand writing on the wall says; “dead-end, no turn, no exit, the end”. 

How do I go from here to there?…

WE ALL GO THROUGH IT These dark moments, everyone go trough it one way or the other. These night-time struggles and it demon, can walk quietly into a section A Indian-farmer-droughtneighborhoods and suffocate a single parent, whose young teenage boy is the only hope for the future with premature death, through straight bullet from a wrong place at a wrong time. These night time struggles is not shy of being found in the rich suburban and gated communities of your city; terrorizing and taking life out of the rich and the wealthy. The rich, the poor, the great, the least, white and the colored, presidents and kings all go through these moments. Hitting the quit bell, always seem to be the best option. Friend quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. You are a winner through the power of Christ.

Jairus was “the ruler of the synagogue” at Capernaum; in faith, pleaded with Jesus to heal his very ill daughter. While Jesus was delayed in arriving because of the crowds, the girl died. But it didn’t matter – because of Jairus’ deep faith in the words of Christ, the girl was raised back to physical life, from the dead. Dr. Luke records it in Chapter eight of his gospel – Luke 8:40-42  “And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received Him: for they were all waiting for Him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.”

WHICH ONE IS DIFFICULT? Going through the long tunnel of life with a belly full of regret and pain, or falling on your knees with a childlike faith to a loving God, Photo Credit: solelydevoted.net who is always willing to lavish us with hope and meaning to live again, with smiles on our faces. Jairus was a man of standing in his community – He could have chosen the path of internalizing the pain of dealing with the ill health of his lovely daughter, but rather humbled himself before Jesus for a turn around. You cannot overcome pain by dragging yourself through the drain of self occupation and neglect the true God. Friend, God is personal, and thinks only about your welfare. God is not shaken his head over your mistakes and misfortunes. His arms are wide open to hug and invoke life into your weak heart, and power to your torturing knees. I love the humility and faith of Jairus; He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house. Why don’t you invite Jesus into your house, your office, your family, at your sick-bed, jail house and at wherever you find yourself now, and totally surrender to His will

Mark 5:35-36 NET…While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.”

DO NOT BE AFRAID, JUST BELIEVE – Death is the cessation of life. Sometimes life loses its savor and flavor and the writing on the wall and the signs in the blue skies are bold and clear enough, for the ignoble to read and interpret your situation as, “totally impossible”. Those moments are very frustrating; one simple decision can make you or cause you to surrender to despair.   Many have given up in life, embittered and disappointed in God and the people they thought didn’t do too much to help them sail through their storms. God is a God of miracles. He always knows the end from the beginning. He is NOT afraid of detours, dead ends, no exit and stop signs. He always has the right means to get us to the right destination. He makes a way where there seems to be no way. All He requires from us is to totally trust Him to do the impossible in our lives, by His power.

Photo Credit: synecticsworld.comTo Jairus, the arrow to his heart was the bad news of the death of his lovely daughter. The good news is that God don’t stop when all hell broke loose against us.  I have seen it time and time again in ministry; even as you love the Lord and want to do His will and fulfill a mandate on your life, you apply effort and diligence to your vision and goals, and yet it seems your efforts is always fizzled into the thin air and your own shadow keep yelling at you, “pal, this ain’t gonna work” “am tired of following you” “it is time we try something else”. That is crazy; your own shadow is even tired and burned out on every front.

In 2005, our Church landlord (New York) called me to his office, because we were struggling to pay $515 monthly rent. Paul, who was a kind Jewish elderly man, looked  into my eye through my weakling soul and said, “Young man I have observed you; I know you love God, but if you milk a cow and the cow don’t give you milk, you try something else, and in the future when the dust settles down, you can once again put your hands on the cow to see what is in store”. That was wisdom from Paul, but all that he was telling me was to quit indirectly. Those were the times, I almost threw in the towel and gave up on my calling. Man always has their opinion, but it is the counsel of the Lord that will always stand if one learn to hold on to His everlasting arm, and keep on keeping on, until you get there. To make a long story short, God turned my captivity around and ordered my step into a fruitful vineyard. I did not sail through because of any human technique; His grace was abundant in my weakness.

Mark 5:36 “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken he said unto the ruler of the synagogue, BE NOT AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE”

Jairus heard death, Jesus saw life in a dead situation, therefore entreated him not to allow the law of fear to governed the faith persuasions of his heart, but to consciously keep up his belief. Don’t quit my friend and never allow the nay Sayers to stop you on your tracks. It might seem like you have come to the dead-end of life. If you can hold on for another day, another second, another week, another month and another year, patiently holding on to His grace; you will hear Him say, “TalithaPhoto Credit: cccooperagency.wordpress.com koum”  which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” Some things are going rise up again in your life, because your God don’t stop in the face of death.

And when He came into the house, He suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” “And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.(Talitha koum) And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but He charged them that they should tell no man what was done.” (Luke 8:49-56 KJV)
 
LETS PRAY – Thank you Lord Jesus, through the precious Holy Spirit. Your presence fills every dark alleys of my life, and through your power, today I have been delivered from the power of depression, lack, sickness, sin and loneliness and have been restored completely into wholeness. Nothing missing, nothing broken. In your Holy name, Jesus I pray. Amen!
 

Are you dealing with an impossible situation? Send your prayer request via pray4change@gmail.com for spiritual re-enforcement. Have you overcome an unexpected evil situation, in your life? Comment by sharing with us how God saw you through, to encourage others who may be going through life difficulties, and they feel like quitting.

Thanks you!! -Grace to you, as you chart through the stormy seas of life, fulfilling eternal purposes. Lot’s of love

McDaniels Gyamfi