-McDaniels Gyamfi –
“And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. Joel 2:28 (NKJV)
You are a step away into fulfillment. That one step into good health, finding the right partner,discovering your purpose, fulfilling a career goal or living in total victory in all facets of life, has birth a deep longing in our empty hearts throughout human history, for answers. The quest for fulfillment and the pursuit of happiness by the masses has drowned many citizens of this world into the sea of frustration, stress, disappointment and the lack of fulfillment at every scale of their life. The reason being that, we have given our attention to the wrong prescriptions and formulas of the natural man. Tons and tons of believers have been hypnotized by the noise makers, to the neglect of the Godly principle of tapping into being. We are always caught up in doing instead of resting in the overflowing current of the quality life of God.
Are you in search for the next guru on TV to give you a formula or the token and canticle Prophet, who boasts of having the answers to take you into a blissful destination? When we are at one with divine influence (grace), no matter the color of your skin, economic status, tribe or geographical location, you have the power to make it. In essence life becomes effortless. This sounds like laziness or a prescription for passivity? Friend, doing nothing is laziness…the life of rest is about surrendering and alignment to a whole new world of God’s unlimited grace through you, for an uncommon possibilities. You become a walking warehouse of the enabling power of God to stand before every challenge with deep conviction for supernatural change.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 1 Thess 5:24
You will agree with me my friend, that sometimes we all become so overwhelmed with uncertainties which cast gloom over the future, and limits acceleration in our own callings and journeys. All kinds of thoughts begin to flood over the brain with a tsunami-like force; without breathing space to escape from the prison of one’s own thoughts. Your belly begins to bloat with regret, and the inner critics begin to talk you out of your purpose in life. These moments are always not pretty… you don’t feel the sense to keep holding on to the towel in your hand but to let it fizzled out into oblivion. When the odds are against you and the writings on the wall seems to guarantee a no way out; as a child of God, quitting is not an options.
defeated, bad report of the doctor, no sign of success in any area of your life or dealing with an addiction are all limitation hurdles one needs to overcome. There is nothing in the realm of the Kingdom of Christ, called dead ends!! Dead ends are the perception of a mind which has lost alignment with the truth of God’s enabling power, which is available for all who will believes in Him. Here is the secret for an exponential breakthrough my friend.. “every assignment in your life, if its God’s ordain… certainly have 110% of heavens backing, irrespective of what happens today or tomorrow”. What God demands from your life, (you can smile on this one) is what He will faithfully, carry out!! I say it again; He will faithfully bring it to pass.
Do I have to worry and be afraid, if God will do it? You do not have what it takes on your own power to navigate through untested terrains in life, to make things happen in your own terms and ways. The good news is that; “You can fulfill any life assignment or purpose which seem unreachable or impossible in any sense, as you learn to surrender through faith in the work-ability of God. God’s power swallows your weakness and questions with tangible supernatural solutions. The frustration in the life of most believers is as a result of trying too much. Most believers make it their own business to conjure some form of magic they have no ability to do to beautify God’s will. Self reliance is a serious cancer which has crept seriously into the Church of Jesus Christ over many centuries ago. Precious one, sink this glorious truth into your heart, and let it dominate your emotions, will and mind. You will ignite a brand new perspective in your spirit towards life and see God turn the impossible situation around, without any sweat. Jesus and the early Church were a model of this principle of trust. Paul states that clearly; “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it… (1 Thes 5:24 NKJV)
If this truth still sounds like a doctrine of passiveness, then listen to what Jesus said in regards to the Fathers activity through Him. “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner”.John 5:19 (NKJV) Jesus came to this earth to show us the dynamics of God. He never depended on His humanism in accomplishing the Fathers task. He humbled himself, (He tapped into the activity of His Father) even to the point of death. At the cross, the episode was a demonstration of a life under complete obedience to the quality life of God to fulfill the very demand of heaven. Why was Jesus able to sustain physical pain and all the negative emotions He has to walk through? He was able to love because, He learned to plug into the wells of love through faith in His Father instead of the toxic vibration of the Pharisees and the Jewish community.
Jesus, unveils this powerful and profound principle which was hidden from man, after the original sin in the garden. This is the Christed principle of total surrender and connectedness to an ocean of grace, which causes one to bear much fruit, even if you find yourself in a dark hole; “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 15:5 (NKJV)
Impossibility is absolutely nothing when we are plugged into Christ. In Him is life and through Him are we complete. Whatever your needs are…Jesus life is your sufficiency. alleluia!! Peace, joy, hope, love, and all the Christian virtues that shapes us to be considered as a victorious soldier of Christ is not a self effort or discipline act. Fruit bearing is the direct work of the Spirit of Christ in the life of the believer who sets His mind and affections on Christ, instead of following a certain form of legalistic rules or rituals. You can’t bear fruit without spirit rest.There has been many a time in my personal journeys, that I have felt it’s my own business and responsibility to make things work. This attitude sounds positive to our carnal minds on this side of eternity, but it has an underlying limitations of stress, worry, anxiety, disappointments, inadequacies, limitations, scarcity, shortsightedness etc. which so well plagues the falling man.
I have gone through emotional burnt out, failure mentality, fear and a host of other negative emotions. I saw the light of peace shining in my heart and impacting everything that I do in life for unusual turnaround, because I realized that my existence in life is by divine mandate, and the one who call me into design, will surely order my steps, if I learn to rely on Him totally day by day, as my source of everything. I don’t fret over anything; I chose to trust Him when even circumstances don’t make sense to my peanut mind. alleluia! Beloved, you can break any form of limitation in your life today, as you learn to take the yoke of the job from your neck by resting in His indwelling ability through you, to fulfill His plan effortlessly. You have no need to worry and be burdened about your assignment or the mountain before you. Trying is not the normal Christian life, and a model of the quality life of God for us, as believers. From A to Z, Christianity is a life of resting in God whiles He worked through us, effortlessly. There is calmness, humility and assurance in surrendering than human efforts and self centeredness.
Be still my friend!! To His covenant children at the banks of the Red Sea, who were so traumatized by the galloping horses and chariots of Pharaoh and his legions of soldiers, in pursuit for the dear lives of God’s chosen people en-route to the promised land. The last thing to have crossed the mind of the Hebrews was Pharaoh coming for them after he has pronounce them as free people. Their lack of identity and knowledge of the ability of God brought them to the edge of their weakness. The rays of murmuring and panic was like a robe on the back of the great and the weak among the congregation. Heaven had to kiss the earth one more time to teach us the mode of operation of God, among His own. God spoke to Moses, the leader of the Hebrews and the entire congregation in pilgrim journey to the land flowing with milk and honey, whose heart were melting because of the Egyptians; “to be still and know that He is God” Nothing is impossible with God, when we are still. There is a fantastic truth in that simple phrase “be still”. Are you at rest in the overflowing favor of God or you are conscious of your own inability?
Friend read this verse aloud to your own hearing, repeatedly. It sum up our own distractions in our personal journeys when the odds are too high…
“Exodus 14:11-16 (NET) 11 and they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the desert? What in the world have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’” 13 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still.” 15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 And as for you, lift up your staff and extend your hand toward the sea and divide it, so that the Israelites may go through the middle of the sea on dry ground”
To stand firm is to work from the platform of the persuasion of God’s word which is the final authority. One can choose to build his house on the rock or on sinking grounds. Jesus (word) is the rock on our feet and the game changer on every situation. Spend time in God’s presence by meditating on the word to set you on alignment with the power of God to annihilate the cascading army of the wicked one. Beloved, you are a step away to a land flowing with milk and honey through surrendering to the provisions of His promise. Always remember; “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it… (1 Thes 5:24 NKJV)
– McDaniels Gyamfi
Dear Former Church:
Let me go straight to the point. I was reminiscing through memory lane; the years we shared together at East Effort Avenue, until I found the joy of experiencing a personal friendship and intimacy with Christ, which is based on His effort at the cross of Calvary. Life has not been a smooth ride, but I am really enjoying a restful journey – no more guilt, shame, fear and the weight of trying to be wholly on my own terms. It’s a simple principle of simply embracing who I am in Christ, through faith.
I don’t mean to be ungrateful; I was saved at your Church on good Friday of 1979, when the late Reverend Ray Ray preached that fiery sermon on the reality of hell and heaven. I learnt a great deal of things through bible studies and summer vacation bible school, prophetic crusades, street outreach, baptism etc. in my early years as a believer. The joy and the passion were great in the beginning, when all I knew was Christ and His eternal plans for me. I have now realized the reason the honeymoon didn’t last longer…my joy was depleted when I had to try on my own to embark on the Christian pilgrimage with a load of strict traditions and rules to abide with. Honestly, I had to fake it at all times…it was hard to live this life without Christ.
Recently I met some of your sons and daughters at a grocery store and was completely overwhelmed with concern about their attitude. They were actually not doing anything evil but they didn’t seem to be happier, joyful and peaceful in themselves just the way I have known them in the past. I figured it out perfectly, because I was in this same bondage years back. I didn’t know then that God has not given me the spirit of fear but of love and sound mind in my born again spirit to walk in liberty and freedom. What a flood-tide of joy that sweeps over your soul, for the sheer knowledge that you already have love, life and peace through the indwelling Spirit off God. Against this background, do you really care enough that you’ve put too much burden on the people of God and yet it has no bearings in the word of God?. I know you exalt man’s traditions, rules, and regulations more than embracing the free gift of grace. Performance oriented religion is a serious cancer in your skin, and it’s eating you of a life of victory. I know you’ve tried so hard through will power and self effort to please the Lord, and to also earn a mark on your score card, but your best day has never met the standard of God.
I feel very sorry for your frustration…I know, you sincerely want to do your best for God, but the truth is; extreme self denials and positive thinking techniques are all carnal works of the flesh. God’s standard is too high and there is only one person who perfectly fulfilled the demands of God, so that you would not try but rather receive what He did on the cross on your behalf. He is called Jesus. I know He is like a theory to your dull heart and a doctrine encoded in your Church book for reading sake. He loves you with high-octane love, to personally display His life through you as you rest in His power, through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Does that sound too good to be true? Hear Paul, the Apostle of grace echoing this truth;
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I am being blunt because it hurts when you’ve turn house of prayer into a prison where people worship you like God. I mean you are the center of your religion – many have come before you and walked in the same route you have chosen, but because wisdom was denied from them, their pride was their fall. I hope you will not tear this letter into pieces; you will never learn wisdom if you’re thinking, I am not a theologian to emphasize on doctrinal issues.
More importantly, I have so many things to ask you but let me leave you with this; you taught us to love our neighbor but we never loved our neighbors from different denominations. I thought the Church is a living organism; bigger than your little Chapel at the store front, which has been customized into an attacking arena, and a lambasting Club against other Churches you deemed as “unspiritual and not part of your assembly” instead of turning it into a greener pasture for hungry souls and a spiritual extension of all the local Churches which calls on the name of the Lord.
I hope you’ve stopped exalting yourself before vulnerable people who thinks Godliness is rooted in your platinum deals and the wealth you’ve surrounded yourself with, instead of Christ. Please don’t vex; I am not trying to tell you what to do or to be mean. Am just throwing light on things you’ve probably not paid too much attention. I am not in any way envious or jealous of your wealth and prosperity. It is truly the will of God that we prosper – I am very much concerned about your lack of desire to exalt Christ before the eyes of people who are so hungry for the truth which sets free. I know too well that, it is through the preaching of the gospel, that one can experience the quality life of God.
Since I left you and your religion; many of your prisoners call me a heretic and disown me like their ancestors disown Jesus, because He ate with sinners and the ugliest in society. I would have falling into the ditch of your pettiness, had I not been aware of the good and favorable opinion of God towards me. I am loved, accepted and highly favored by my Father in heaven and His perfect love cast out all my fears…there is no time to waste being consumed by your rumor mongering tactics. I never woke up without praying for you…because His love compels me to do so, than to nurse bitterness and resentment.
I know change is coming your way; which will blow your socks off. For the first time you will know how God loves you unconditionally, independent of your performance and Church traditions. This joy will set you in motion for the deeper life; in and out. I know how we faked up righteousness, holiness, peace, joy, sanctification for others to appreciate us of living the life, but the struggle on the inside was very hurting. I know how you feel because we were in it together. Swallow your pride and let Jesus takes the wheel for an effortless journey of resting on His ability through the highways and byways. If that sound too good you want to hear more of the sound of amazing grace in your ears, please let’s meet at ihop and have some conversation. Lots of love to you!
Copyright 2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi
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
Greater than the former, the later glory
Unceasing bliss of life in His presence
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
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