” The grace gospel is the only message which puts Jesus at the center of all things. The very essence of life is Christ. In Him is life…“
– McDaniels Gyamfi –
The rich young man loves self more than God yet he had all the laws at his finger tips, and God out of his religious heart. When our heart is full of God (love) you respond to God’s word very natural, without struggle… Your heart has become pliable in Gods hand.
Mark 10:21-22 (NKJV) 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
“One thing the world of sin needs is not their moral makeover or behavioral change; a transformed heart is the root or the cure for depravity. A life which only love (God), can give, through Christ Jesus. Don’t urge the world of sin to change their behavior. The rich young man has all his behavior (outward form of religion) in check by following the moral code of the law, but his heart was very corrupt.
Every religion applauds behavior change; it is only Christianity (Christ Jesus) that a person can experience inside –out change.
First the root, then the fruit is automatic. Are you anti moral change agent, McDaniels? I am not against good morals but I do know through scripture that in of our self, on this side of Calvary, cannot transform our lives to the status of God. I believe that authentic change is the work of the Holy Spirit, and not man! Without Christ behaving His life through us, our desire to live the Christian life is totally impossible and equally frustrated.” The Just shall always live by faith – Faith in what? Faith in the person of Christ, to live the quality ( rebirth, regeneration) life through ordinary vessels.
4 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. 5 “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. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:4-6 (NKJV)
Are you trying hard to live for God or you trusting Him to live through you effortlessly? I ask God for more of His grace upon your life, at whatever stage you find yourself in your pilgrim journey
– McDaniels Gyamfi
Do you know you have one life to live and every other thing that temporarily makes you tick has the side effect to make you tired, worn out and burn out in despair today or tomorrow? The life here and tomorrow is guaranteed 110% with glory in Christ Jesus for all who will place their trust in Him. You want to bear fruit that really can last through the inevitables of this side of the cross? Check this;
John 10:10 (HCSB) A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
How can a poor tree bear good fruit? Only by grafting… We cannot tell how God has done his work in us, but it is done. We can do nothing and need do nothing to bring it about, for by the resurrection God has already done it. God has done everything. There is only one fruitful life in the world (Christ) and that has been grafted into millions of other lives. – Watchman Nee
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.”
The yoke of a religion which places the burden on man is not just heavy but it will rather kill your Christian adrenaline halfway through the journey. I dare you to pause for a reflection before you detour on your way to where your name is written upon. Your part of the bargain is to drop from your neck the foundational belief system which says do, do, do, do, try hard and pick the yoke of Christ which is not ill-fitting but empowering to bear much fruit through Him.
I love grace, to be honest with you I am addicted to grace. Not grace as a doctrine but grace as a person of Christ. When Paul said this to the Colossians, he was drawing a line between the shadow of death-dealing religion, and the authentic substance of a life-giving Savior. Religion says it’s about you, but the gospel of grace declares it’s all about him. Religion says “Do, do, do,” but the good news declares “It’s done, done, done!” (E2R)
Truly, truly, we have no power of our own to be able to overcome the devices of the enemy. This bankrupt attitude of pride we have borrowed from the falling world to always want to approach life situations on our own ability is not a match against Satan and his cohorts.
This sort of fallen attitude has created cult heroes who are worshiped in public squares and are seriously beat down with emptiness in their trump apartments in NY and LA and major Cities and later fade away like a shooting star without any trace. Satan is not afraid of our self motivation mantras and jargons; he is incapable to withstand the weakest army loaded with the power of the Holy Ghost, with Christ Jesus as the head of his daily affairs. It feels like jumping from the George Washington Bridge – this is awesome! I got life in Him!! Got life, my friend? (See John 3:15-16, John 10:10 for answers)
Zechariah 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
Grace is written in bold letters at the entrance of life and like graffiti on the hallways of life to escort you to your destination. Grace is neither a feeling nor an end goal. Grace is Christ! Grace is the life, the empowerment, the wisdom and all you will need to come to the end of the journey with a shout of grace, grace, grace did brought me this far.
Come to the end of self and stop trying by surrendering everything to the Zoë life to experience the glories of God in its entirety.
Yes, I was a Christian and a lover of God and yet was still bound and contained in a prison of a joyless miserable life! My heart bleeds for you and over millions of believers around the world who feels miserable in their Christian journey than they used to be as unsaved men. Lack of real peace, hope, direction, purpose, health and a host of precious promises wrought for us through the finish work of Christ are missing in their life experiences.
SHOULDN’T IT BE THE OPPOSITE? Sure! Heaven has invaded our hearts with the fullness of Christ and the life we live becomes a reflection of His life not ours anymore. The preacher man was not different from all of us…He preached John 10:10…He has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly with passion and zeal but his belly was full of regret and sitting at his old office is an antique bag loaded with many questions than answers (unpaid bills, lack of income, joyless congregants and the lack of growth for a Church which was celebrating 25 years in existence)
I SAY IT AGAIN, I WAS BOUND… I was bound in self works. I was a master of focusing on “my ability” “will power” “self effort” to get access to the treasure-house of God’s abundant riches. The more I tried instead of trusting, the more I became frustrated. My motivation was a work oriented mode to twist the hand of God to release what belongs to me. Can you imagine a mere man trying to bribe the creator of heaven and earth with $100 just to earn some points? God doesn’t need my hundred dollars for nothing. He loves me with a high-octane love to lavish me freely all that I need as His covenant child without me having to persuade Him with my King James grammatical jargons.
HOW COULD I HEAR HIS LOVING VOICE WHEN I AM INDULGE IN PERFORMANCE? His loving voice echoes through the sapphire gates of heaven to my performance oriented camp; “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11 (NKJV” How can I embrace such caring heart of a loving God who wishes nothing but only goodness for His children? Was so busy with dogmas and errors of man centered traditions. My doctrine was like a cataract on my eye…was so blind to see His goodness and completely deaf to hear His loving voice which sound like the sound of many waters. What makes you think that you love your children more than the way God loves you? My friends will be shock to see my little girl Moriah, crawling on her face begging and pleading with me like a slave to drink the orange juice in the refrigerator. She know her dad loves her and when she asks for an orange juice, she ask from a place or love and not beggarly.
GALATIA CHAPEL OF USA… Paul asks the Galatians Church…Galatians 3:5 (NKJV) Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
GOD SUPPLIES, GOD WORK MIRACLES AMONG US. We have become masters over circumstances. We don’t walk in fear no more. He manifest His power through our weak vessels as we place our faith in what is already done in Christ Jesus. Jesus has now become our principal focus and not in our bankrupt self. Miracles does not happen because I need to work hard or qualify through Church registry…I can receive my healing or become a conduit of healing and hope for the broken-hearted and the downtrodden. Isn’t it wonderful to know that all that God need from you and me to change every impossible situation in our life is to trust in His word and stop trying! The reason for the lack of miracles in the body of Christ is due to self sitting on the throne. We ask; “do I have what it takes to do the uncommon“. It’s not about you anymore my friend…your focus has change from your weakness to His ability through you.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD PEOPLE SAY WITH DISPAIR; “Christianity is very difficult”? Christianity is not just difficult, it’s impossible without the indwelling presence of Christ behaving through us. Christianity is Christ plus nothing…it is not a religion of do’s and don’ts. It is the life of Christ in you. Until you understand it from that perspective, you will find yourself in total bondage to a religion of self which has no promise of freedom and hope. Nobody was better than Paul when it comes to self effort to earn the unmerited grace of God’s fullness in us. He never find the fulfillment until His foundational beliefs system was dismantled and new perspective of who he is in God through Christ was attained. Listen to Paul in 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”.
Paul was saying; this is the new way to the fullness of God. Any other way makes Christianity miserable and impossible.
Joy, power, hope, faith, life, love and what have you becomes possible when we yield our lives completely on the altar of grace to plug-in to His life through faith as we come to the end of self who sits on the throne. Self is miserable my friend…I never saw any good thing in me after the Church told me; Christ will brighten your day and give you hope to live a quality life. Low self-esteem, fear, poverty, pointless life was not a quality of life! The Church failed to tell me; “It was all about Christ life in me that sharpens my mental capacity to walk in the wisdom of God and it’s not about my skill but His skill through my hands and feet”. This perspective place the burden on Christ and neo on myself.
“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)
Are you struggling with self? Is life miserable for you and t seems like the sky s fallen on your head. Don’t throw in the towel and be griped with condemnation and guilt. Jesus so dearly loves you and He is right at the door of your heart knocking.
Will you open the door of your heart and look into His face with faith in your heart and say; “Yes Lord” to all that He has already made available for you in your born again spirit? Come appropriate the goodness of God and live daily with a smile on your face, because your savior is seated in royal authority and victory with you in mind.