WHAT WENT WRONG WITH JESUS AFTER CHRISTMAS?


Christmas is almost here. Many church planning committees are within schedule, planning to bring Jesus out of obscurity into the open. Detailed plans and effort are given for the grandeur display, of the Son of God. Many believers are in great anticipation for Jesus centered sermons, songs, concerts and shows, to ignite their emotions. Excitement is in the air, and we all can’t wait for the pomp and pageantry of the celebration of a life time. 

I love Christmas
I love it to the Max
I love the lights and the red ribbons
I love the good will messagesjesus out
I love how we act nicely towards each other
I love the zeal and the enthusiasm of the preacher
The old story of Jesus birth is retold in new depths
I love to see Jesus at the center of it all
Thank God for Christmas…
He is given His place, in all areas of life
From the board room to the media house of America
He tops viewer ratings in all media house
Kids are going to see Prince Jesus again in a manger
I almost forgot the rush to the mall for sales
The rush to the post of office, for people we have ignored for centuries
What about the gifts and cards in the mail box
 

CHRISTIANITY IS CHRISTit is very simple, yet many of the followers of Christ miss it. The new created beings have received the very nature of God, to display His life in the open, everyday of their life. We cannot do anything worthwhile in this life, without his life flowing through us. What religion has done is, making Jesus a cult figure, which is brought in the open on certain occasions, to receive homage from its many followers and return back into hiding.

THE SILENCE AFTER NEW YEAR’S EVE. Like an old country musician, who has faded into obscurity; he hangs his old guitar at his old ranch, with no recognition and fame, but a flood tide of questions swept over his soul. He ask with tears flowing through his cheeks; Where is the love? Where is the applause? Where are all the ten thousand of fans who chanted my name in big arenas, and help him me soar like superman? I have asked myself these same questions on several occasions in regards to Christ and the church. On top of my list is “what went wrong with Jesus, imagesCATM3FL0 after Christmas? The light of the world, in complete obscurity is unbelievable.

Why do we love the festivities of Christianity with passion, and neglect the persuasions of God in our hearts, for intimate relationships? I have come to believe that if Christianity is redefine as Christ… ( centered on Christ); we will do greater works, and experience greater peace in our personal lives. I also believe  that God has been misrepresented to the Church; He is like Santa to most of us.Why do you say that, McDaniels?

Most believers (At Christmas) become Christ centered…with their unveiled faces beholding as in a mirror, the glory of how God gave Jesus to humanity, begins to reflect the same glory in their lives, through the power of the spirit. Paul talks about it this way; “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18(NIV) 

Can you imagine how our lives will be transformed, if the altogether lovely Jesus, sits on the throne of our hearts, in all we do. (Everyday will be Christmas of sort)

SIX GUARANTEED TURN-AROUND, and many more:

1. Joy which is a reflection of the Character of Christ, would emanate out of  our lives effortlessly, as we stay in His presence daily
  •  You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV)
2. The centrality of Christ in our life and that of the family, keeps us stable and secure at all times, just as you see a united front in all things, through Christmasshopping-bags-101122-02
  • I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 (NIV)   
3.The poor among us would be set free from the materialistic culture, which makes everything God, and the true God become a god. When God is your portion, you become content
  • I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (Psalm 16:2 (NIV) 
 
4. The Church will be empowered to share the goodness of God, which put smiles on people’s faces, without prejudice just as we love to smile to the next door neighbor, who is always on our last nerves at Christmas
  • When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them (Luke 2:17-18(NIV)
5. Unprecedented, hassle free miracles shall be seen in our midst as we rest in the finished work of Christ.
  •  So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:5 NIV)
6. The culture of prejudice and hostility shall die out in our Churches. The spirit of Christ always dominates the heart of believers in worship to the extent that, our A family which hinges on agapao love will always run through the fire together and come out unhurtracial lines are thrown into the trash. (Look at the smiles on the faces of Ushers and the protocol team…they welcome the poor and the nobodies with a heart full of love)
  •  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. (Acts2:42-44 NIV)

A PRAYER TO PRAY…Father God, as we reflect on who Jesus is today, may we all through the help of the Spirit, be drawn to the awesome presence of Christ, in our hearts, as we receive supernatural empowerment for greater works and greater peace, only you can give.  Amen!

McDaniels Gyamfi

THE GRAVITY OF GRACE


THE GRAVITY OF GRACE

“Almost all unbelievers believe that, if they can change their behavior, they will be in good shape with God. To think that you have to put your acts together before you come to God, is Satan’s agenda, to stop you from enjoying the free gift of righteousness, and God’s peace”

“In our depraved state; without Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can never on our own, be in good shape. Come home, just as you are, and be transformed into His image, effortlessly”

– McDaniels Gyamfi

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CRAZY LOVE


I have never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love and more love!
(Jeremiah 31:3b MSG)

– Yahweh

THE SPOKEN BLESSING


THE SPOKEN BLESSING.

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