Almost overnight everything changed… Everything I was taught about God, the church, the world around me, and my identity in God. Everything I have practiced with zeal and zest, from my late teens into adulthood received a new shift. I share this experience with you, with honor and praise to the Holy Spirit…who always works to bring us closer to the loving embrace of the Father, no matter where one is in the chapter of life.
THE VISION OF JESUS AND THE MISSION OF MY LIFE…
Approximately 1:25pm on Monday, November 29th, 2011… I was in
my living room praying, in an active -mode with a Bible in hand, praying for the body of Christ. I had an open vision… three young women in this vision were sent to deliver a message to me. A message which has radically transformed my life, and that of many others. One of the women begun to talk to me, whiles they all have this
urgency written on their faces, looking at me. She said; “we haveheard that you are preaching Christ in your Church”. I solemnly
responded with a big YES.
Prior to having this vision, I was experiencing this feeling of boredom in my heart towards the system of religion I have embraced over the years. There was this burning desire in my heart to capture and discover a personal God, and who I am in Him through the sacred writing of scripture. I dedicated myself to the reading of the gospels back and forth at a sitting; spending many hours in the presence of God.
The first scale dropped off, and a flood tide of the loveliness of a personal God swept over my soul in a tsunami-like force… love was no more a religious cliché or a buzz word. A tangible manifestation of the agape presence was all over me, and spread through me affecting everything…My marriage, ministry, purpose, health, and what have you. I was so overwhelmed: why nobody taught me about this personal God. Hardly did I hear from all the great and favorite speakers I had adored and seen on TV and had read their books ever talked about Him in this way.
Armed with this revelation, I started a new sermon series dubbed “The Jesus I never knew” and to my amazement I saw the lives of countless people transformed before my eyes through the simplicity of the gospel about Jesus. By unveiling Jesus and His finished work…guilt, condemnation, shame, and insignificance were out of the window, and a new sense of self created and established in Christ was discovered.
To continue from where we left off on my vision:
The woman continued…”God is going to take you around the world, (For ministry) but the only thing that will transform people is Grace” The moment she made mention of grace, I saw the Lord Jesus Christ. Suddenly, everything came into normalcy; still praying
and walking through my living room…”a new day and a brand new
passion were born, out of my Spirit”.
MY IGNORANCE ALMOST CAUSE ME TO DISPAIR…The vision contradicted with my belief system. If grace has to be the main platform for transformation…what was the essence of Jesus in the vision? I believed then; if it’s Jesus, it has to be Jesus alone. If it has to be grace, then grace alone, and not grace plus Jesus. I knew then if transformation can take place in a man’s life, it has to be Jesus. Why grace and Jesus? I was left in despair. All the excitement I had already had about a personal and loving God was conflicting with this vision.
Don’t be shocked! I was a Pastor for thirteen years, and didn’t know anything about grace, except the amazing grace song. Grace was a doctrine, a concept, a passport to sin, and all the cheap labels about it was all that I knew. The Lord reveals to redeem. He ended my despair by tenderly speaking to my heart about who He is;
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, [b] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:16-18)
JESUS, GRACE PERSONIFIED – He is the embodiment and totality of grace. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jesus never said the word “grace” or “I love” you. The reason being that he was full of life and love, and whoever came into contact with experience a practical love. To separate grace from Jesus is a doctrine which cannot set the captive free. A complete U-turn from a covenant established on the basis works, do’s and don’ts, to a life of rest in Christ, was revealed and painted into my spirit. These and many other things were unveiled to me…insights, and wisdom I have never in my entire life as a Christian, heard or known were tangible before me, as something I could hold, feel and embrace, all day long. I felt I have been born again, again!
For the next four months …December 2011 through March 2012, the Lord begun to pour His love into my heart in an unspeakable measure; nothing in this life was precious to me. There is nothing in this life, I could compare to the magnificence of His presence, and the joy it brings. If the President of the United States of America or the Queen of England would have called me on my phone, and by chance I recognized their number on my cell ID, it wouldn’t have made any difference.
EFFORTLESS CHANGE…I heard the Lord spoke to me with such clarity and intimately. I begun to speak like a winner –walked over failure mentality, condemnation, uncertainty for the future, a bitter heart and a host of self effort baggage, I had carried over the years. I was delivered from self, to love God and people unconditionally. His presence was my delight… days lying on the floor, only to get up to get my kids ready for school and pick them up from the bus and continued pursuing His presence, savoring His grace. It was in those moments in His presence the Lord revealed to me His heart towards humanity.
Friend, are you weary and tired over religion, do you want to know the nature of God; how He feels and think about you, and the depths of His amazing power and ability in your born again spirit? This is the moment to start a brand new journey of grace transformation, whether saint or sinner. Be thrilled and bask in the joy of knowing a God who so dearly loves you, as you journey with me, reflecting on the goodness of God. You can contact me for prayer, encouragement, exhortation, conference, revival, Etc. by shooting me an email. Share with the world, the loveliness of Christ on this blog, and remember to give credit where credit is due. Thanks!
In Christ love
McDaniels A. Gyamfi