There are uncountable formulas concocted by the religious benchmarks and the unregenerate souls; a misguided reality being accepted as a way of life by the church, because of its complexity nature. Christianity is all about an understanding of your identity in Christ, and the beautiful expression or effects of such glorious position, through faith in Him.
O’ pilgrim soul…sleeping on the wayward street; do you know who you are?
There is no science propounded by men that reveals who you are better than the simple gospel of Christ. The gospel paints a better picture of yourself in God. My passion ans obsession is to see the beauty of the person of Christ. It is in the revealed knowledge of Christ in our hearts, that open us us to who we are. He is the mirror… our duty is to look unto Him and glow in all aspects of life. It doesn’t matter how zealous you are for God, if what goes through the corridors of your heart is not that which brings freedom and satisfaction to your soul, you can never live the quality life of your new identity. In His last discourse with the disciples, Jesus opened their heart to the solid foundation of Christianity. He has this to say;
John 15:5 (HCSB) 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.
I am not here to burst your spiritual bubble…am here to point you to the truth of the gospel which says; “The life (wisdom, holiness, sanctification, righteousness etc.) I live now in this life, is His life, plus nothing” We are called to His life. We are to take the simple yoke and walk with Him, being bound by the unforced rhythm of grace. Christianity is not just hard, (some people usually say, Christianity is hard) it is impossible without the manifestation of the spirit of Christ, in us. I have been very fascinated with the phrase “you can do nothing without me“. Recently, I told the Lord there are a host of things I can do without Him. Interesting right? I think I can cuss, do drugs, fornicate, and do all evil vices without the spirit help. I understand what Jesus was trying to convey to our advantage, was the importance of He behaving His life through us to live the abundant life on this side of eternity as we rest in His power. Without me abiding in Christ through regeneration and continuing to trust in Him to manifest His life of righteousness, wholeness, peace, love, joy and all that He is, Christianity is impossible.
For our minds to be corrupted from a pure devotion to the gospel of Christ, Satan has plastered the world with another gospel which points you to your human, effort to access the reality of His life. There is a form of wisdom in this form of self made actions, but it does not emphasize on the ability of Christ. Apostle Paul hammered on this truth;
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than Christ (Collossian 2:8)
I will be trusting God to guide you through some of the elemental humanistic ideas which has crawled into our churches, destroying the liberty and the freedom we have in Christ. The duty of the Christian is simple; let your mind be consumed with the truth of the gospel. This is what is going to happens in your life….
So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord -who is the spirit- makes us more and more like him as we are changed into His glorious image. (2 Cor 3:18)
That is exactly how one imitates Christ. You are not copying Christ. He is behaving in you through revelation of the beauty of Himself as you yield yourself to His word. Few days ago a lady was going around trying to tarnish my image for something I have no clue. I became so furious to the extent that I wanted to pronounce curse upon her. Remember, God wants us to love our enemies and bless those who persecute us (that is the quality life of God). To cut a long story short, I began meditation on these verses which commands us to bless and not to curse. What was happening was that, I was allowing God to express His love through me as I yield myself completely to the spirit directed activity. Friend there was no way I could have done this through self effort. His word is Himself. His word is full of spirit and life.
So many of us are struggling with bitterness, anger, un-forgiveness, lust, and all kinds of negative luggage. We cannot walk what we preach, until we rest in His word. The Lord told me; “anytime you ponder on my word and allow it to dwell richly in your heart, you are allowing me to express myself in you, effortlessly”. Take a text of scripture and hang on to it until it becomes a revelation in your heart, to affect your external life. Am not talking about scripture memorization….I am talking about a revelation of Christ in your heart. To God be the glory, anger was dispelled from my heart and love and peace had its throne on my heart. Alleluia!! Satan is conquered, through His life. Friend, you have already overcome. Share your praise report to encourage other believers and brethren in their Christian journeys through the comment section. Thanks and may you be moved your heart by His spirit to do His will and of His good pleasure
Phillipians 2:13 New International Version
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose
McDaniels Gyamfi |GOG02014|| Revealing Jesus Revival
Scripture record that Jesus was seriously accused by the Pharisees and the teachers of the law for being friendly with sinners. To them, it was a taboo for the one who claims to be the holy Son of a Holy God, to eat and hang out with the unclean of society. Jesus had a mission… He did not come to the world for the healthy and the pious. He came to seek and save the lost. Mark 2:16-17 (NLT) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees[a] saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?[b]” 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
She really didn’t know how she got into the chapel
She has made a vow; never to attend this kind of club
No, she wasn’t afraid of God; was skeptical of the holy folks
Like a sheep to the slaughter;
quietly, she sat there watching and waiting
The sermon didn’t paint her pain to the club;
it painted the loveliness of a God who saves
For the first time in her life, she found God to be appealing
He looked into her eyes and saw the emptiness in her soul
She is mesmerized by a God who can only fill her empty heart
Out of her brokenness, she surrendered to the Lover of her soul
I sat face to face with her [I will call her Brooklyn], on this beautiful first Sunday of the year 2012, in my office. My heart was full of love towards Brooklyn, without any form of condemnation. I Was so thankful to God for the opportunity to declare His love to the reproached of society. I knew I was the answer and solution to Brooklyn’s unsecured life, not because I was smart enough for the occasion. T’was the unmerited grace of Christ. Had Brooklyn met me two years earlier, I would have recommend professional counseling, as the antidote for her pain.
Most Church leaders consider the lesbian and the gay community as a no go zone. We are so sensitive, thinking we might offend people if we dive into their ocean, for a rescue mission. This sense of attitude within the body of Christ, has created a great gulf between the saint and the sinner. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation. Our stereotypical attitude towards certain group of people has rendered us powerless and ineffective, in changing lives.
We condemned and judge, sitting on the fence with pious faces. We are called to save the lost! Thank God, I had then had a personal encounter with Christ Jesus and His great love towards the bad and the ugly. An encounter which radically affected the way I see people. I always look at people from the lens of Gods love, which surpass human understanding, irrespective of the gravity of their evil behavior. I knew then that God was not angry with Brooklyn, as she sat there with zero peace in her life, through the journey to the unknown. Life was so sour in her mouth; the riches of Jesus heals and restores a dysfunctional life to a life of purpose and meaning.
For almost like twenty minutes, I shared with Brooklyn the sweetest love of Christ Jesus. Her outer disposition was very overwhelming …she injects a thug life fear into your soul, as she looks into your eyes, without a blink. Like a baby, she was enchanted by the saving power of Christ, and melted into the arms of the one who has power to forgive and transform. Suddenly, she burst into tears, asking Jesus to flood her soul with forgiveness and crown her mind with peace. She was empty, wretched and lonely. To make a long story short, Brooklyn was instantly saved from twenty-five years of bondage with the opposite sex, she called wife.
She later told me that she and her many friends had this form of mindset against the Church of God. They see the Church of Jesus to be unappealing and unreceptive to the gay community. January 2014 was exactly two years of her transformed destiny. Hallelujah, Jesus saves! On last Sunday, May 18, 2014, a now transformed Brooklyn, led our church choir in a most fantastic, inspiring, song ministration to the glory of Christ. Isn’t it beautiful; how our God will just pick the rejected and the reproached and set them on the rock, to glorify His own name.
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears.[a] He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
Friend, here we are; standing on the mountain top of grace
In the deepest valleys of life; the fields are white for a harvest
How beautiful are the feet of them who brings glad tidings
Turn your condemnation tools into pruning hooks of love
Why wasting precious time, debating with the government
We [Church] are the solution center to a bleeding world
We not afraid to be called friends of sinners for heaven sake
McDaniels Gyamfi 2014|GOG|™Revealing Jesus Revival
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Capture the central perspective of this post by reading Chapter one from here. In Chapter one, I share the vision the Lord revealed to me in 2011, in regards to His Church. He said there is an Emptiness in my Church!!
SENSATIONALISM AND EMOTIONALISM – Apostle Paul warns the Church at Colossae to be watchful of leaders who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. This is the abundant life; the well where the thirsty and dissatisfied souls find rest and comfort.
THE WILDERNESS CHURCH -We see a similar picture in the wilderness Church…The congregation murmured against Moses and were willing to stone him, for lack of water for themselves and their animals. The Lord gave an instruction to Moses, to speak to the rock (Christ) before the eyes of congregation and water shall flow in abundance from the flinty rock.
Numbers 20:11-12 (NKJV) 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. 12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
Moses, out of anger and disobedience stroked the rock twice with his rod and water gushed out. What was missing in this wilderness miracle was the neglect to exalt the Lord before the eyes His people that they can place their trust in Him as their sole satisfier and provider. Moses was not supposed to take the spot light…it was Christ, who was the type of the rock. Moses and the congregation miss the opportunity to reach the promise land. It is not always about the miracle; it’s always about God who is the miracle maker. Who is your focus? Yourself, your leader, your denomination or it is all about Christ?
WHAT TIME IS IT? It is time we drop our pick axe gospel of self works, legalism, commercialization, sexism, materialism, condemnation which has become the order of the day and share light on God’s grace gospel which is simple and yet has the power to build the total man from the inside out and grant us an inheritance with eternal value. Apostle Paul through the Holy Spirit spoke to the leaders of the Ephesus Church in his farewell address, to be committed to God and the timeless truth and principles of the word of His grace which has great benefits to keep them from false brethren and demonic concepts. The sound of the great Apostle still echoes through the corridors of time to the 21st century church…
Acts 20:32New (NKJV) “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
A mind corrupted by wrong theology or belief system about God and who we are in Him leads to all kinds of behaviors and malfunctioning in life. If the body of Christ is denied of her ability to behold the beauty and pleasant nature of Christ through the preaching of the Gospel which Paul says “Is able to build you up and not only that but to also give us an inheritance” … then we deepen the vacuum of emptiness which plagues most Christians, and not experiencing this amazing grace independent of our self occupation and willpower to get access to the boundless riches in Christ. This is not a matter denominational or doctrinal over protection; it’s a matter of giving people the chance to see Jesus and throwing out all man centered religion and traditions out of the window. Are you ready to be a part and parcel of this movement?
BUILDING NEW ALTARS I share the same passion with Malcom Smith 110% on what really matters now; preaching the gospel which is the power unto salvation and not works. He clearly sounds the trumpet from the roof top that we will all hear…“Preaching the gospel, we are announcing the news of the revelation of who God is and how He feels about us. We stand on the street corners of the world shouting the news that God is not the way we thought He was – He loves us!!… This is the greatest news in the world… The love of God…is the magnetic north of truth by which we fix our position as we stumble lost in the wilderness of the world…To know that His love for us depends on Him and not on us is the beginning of the way out of the futile, meaningless lives and religious despair”
The pulpit has to be oiled again with the passion to see people transformed and not modified into robots without the ever abiding life of Christ flowing in us. Jesus said He came purposely to give us His own life in full measure. If this is heaven agenda, then the burden is not on us anymore but we must embrace this life by faith to impact us in all that we do on this side of eternity…
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly “- John 10:10 (NKJV)
The pulpit needs repentance from dead works, and come back to a true relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Beating people with do’s and don’ts, when they’ve really not been empowered to know their true identity rather suppress them than doing them good. You don’t beat a servant and torture him to think and work like a king when his mind is beat down and contained in a prison of unworthiness, shame and insignificance. We tell people to become like Christ with sticks and hammers on their head, when they have no idea of who they are in Christ Jesus. Throwing fire and brimstone on people through condemnation and self occupation messages or sermons always compel sincere people to try hard on their own; because of their inability through self, they fake their identity, and yet we celebrate their outward modifications whiles they struggle under the cloak of hypocrisy on the inside. Teach me who I am and effortlessly, I will discover who I am and live naturally as God intended through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Transformation is an inside out work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer!!
You want transformation and fulfillment in Christ? Find a Christ centered church and resources that will draw you in to the riches of Christ in your daily life as a believer. May Christ be exalted before your eyes today in love and victory over complex issues of this world!!
– Copyright2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi
In December of 2011, while we were in a 21 day prayer and fasting for the Church of Jesus Christ, I saw a vision of the Lord in my spirit, whiles I was sitting in my car praying with other believers in a phone conferencing…you can call it prayer hotline.
In this vision; “I saw myself and a host of Pastors or the clergy men in their official clerical regalia, each holding a PICK AXE; with passion digging a deep HOLE in the earth surface. This was one big hole…the effort and the passion we were actually putting into this business of digging deeper, is indescribable” I had a teary eye; a whirlwind of sorrow and hopelessness overwhelmed my whole being, as I watch everyone dig like a gold digger in search for precious gems. Instantly, an interpretation was given to me by the Holy Spirit. He said;
“THERE IS AN EMPTINESS IN MY CHURCH” He continued; “my servants have a dug a big hole of emptiness in the hearts and soul of the Church, and they keep digging deeper and deeper and deeper with passion. In time of test and trials due to the emptiness in their hearts (my Church) they struggle to prevail”. “Their prayers have all become an activity before me, they feel condemned and unrighteous; neither do they have an intimate relationship with me Their emptiness is perpetual. I am the only one that satisfies the thirsty, yet my servants are not projecting me unto My Church”
Colossians 2:8-10 (The Message) Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
Many in the body of Christ are standing on quick sands and slipping slowly into despair, because Christ Who is the only unmovable rock that will stand the test of time, is not the centre of their religion. Christ becomes the center of your religion not because you sing about Him or tell stories of His good life. Christ is the center of our life when the life we live in the flesh is His life and all we do is to His glory. Self sits on the throne of ones heart when you, trying to rule, reign and direct your affairs in your own terms. It doesn’t matter how sacred that might look on the outside…that is not Christianity. Just as Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness and those bitten by poisonous snakes (life complications) lived again, so must we exalt Christ Jesus like a neon billboard that, all that travels on the untested terrain of this dark tunnel of life, can draw life and light, to accelerate purposefully to their destinations.
CHRISTIANITY IS VERY SIMPLE – It takes complicated people to complicate the life-giving reality of Christ into human traditions and ancient philosophies, which is difficult to assimilate and process by the believer. Christianity is Christ. Christianity is not techniques, nor 101 Rules, 7 Special Steps, 21 Keys of human wisdom to reach God! When you try to get access to the will and promises of God through human effort and concepts which sounds good to the ear, it always leads to frustration at the end. Your will power can only sustain you to a certain degree of life, but it has no promise to sustain you at all times. – Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. – It is God, my dear friends who works in us to functions in His will and purpose. It’s only through the Spirit of grace that one can prevail over impossible circumstances and bear abiding fruits. For instance, one cannot and will not be able to live a life of true joy and peace without Christ. These two virtues are the very character of God, which emanates in us, as we abide in Him as covenant children, through faith in His finished work. You want to experience through peace? Don’t try hard to walk in peace…embrace the truth of God’s peace which has already been lavished on you freely as you set your heart on Christ. Meditating on His good opinion towards you in the midst of the complex issues of life, will calm your nerves with unusual peace which only God can give to us ( See Isaiah 26:3)
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing – John 15:4-5
A SHOCKING STATEMENT BY A LEADER IN NEW YORK – Eastern religion and certain forms of human concepts and ideologies which have no root in Christ Jesus have gain inroads into the body of Christ. These beggarly, weak concepts which have been sold to the masses in the form of motivational mantras, to the neglect of the transforming power of the gospel. Many are in the Church today who have never heard the so good to be true gospel. The gospel is simply the good news of the finished work of Christ and what it has wrought for humanity, independent of our human effort. The clause of this gospel is faith in Christ…appropriating what He has already done. It is sad to say that, many believers sincerely love the Lord but the reality is that they have never heard the truth which takes the burden off your shoulders; all they have known in their entire Christian journey is the junk of emotionalism and self effort legalistic concepts, which has one into total emptiness, on the inside. I had the Chance to minister in a Church in New York City…I saw people literally set free from the bondage of guilt, shame, condemnation, sin consciousness. You could see their faces glistening with life; with tangible miracles of healings and breakthrough for God’s people.
What did I do? I shared the simplicity of the gospel, and the Holy Spirit went to work. After the conference, the Pastor was so touched by hearing the gospel in its unique way, but the sad part of this scenario is his open confession to me. He said; I know this is the truth, but if you keep emphasizing on it, people will leave the church! I was totally shocked! Many Church leaders believe that we were saved by grace through faith and not of our works that we should not boast (Eph 2:7-8) and yet they find it hard to live in the balance of grace and faith. What did you do to get save? Grace through faith! How will the Lord build His Church? Not by your methods and techniques; it is by grace through faith. Faith in what? In the finished work of Jesus Christ. You don’t start the Christian life by grace and then God leaves you on your own, to live the Christian life in your own strength and effort. That is uncharacteristic of a loving God. Paul writes to the Colossians… So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, Colossians 2:6(NIV) This is so simple yet it’s hard for many souls to comprehend.
This was Paul’s greatest fear when He wrote to the Church at Corinth… But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV)
Do you know that the pulpit which is suppose to build you up can also end up corrupting your mind from operating from the simplest and yet powerful platform of the truth of the gospel which sets free. One great man has said; “wrong belief system always leads to wrong behavior” Christianity is not difficult, its totally Impossible without the life of Christ, which the gospel so much emphasize.
Please to capture the whole perspective of this post…read Chapter 2 here. Is the Church focus is to build and transform lives or to entertain with sensationalism and emotionalism? Chapter 2 answers this question!! Thanks for reading, and you have a graceful journey with Christ in your Christian pilgrim. Shalom
– Copyright2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi
“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)