THE BREVITY OF LIFE


We are perishable beings chanting with forever lips, like eternal beings. We are raindrops on shattered windows acting like the ocean waves. This is man; a fading reality, a flickering candle in the wind



There comes a moment when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end, what really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us” — Billy Graham

“Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.” Psalm 144:4 KJVAE.

A few days ago I learned an important lesson from an incident that took place at home. I know most parents can relate with this, especially under the current situation of COVID-19 when most kids are at home 24/7 being home schooled. In my desire to save a banana for another day from my daughter who have become accustomed to consuming groceries at the speed of light. Before you blink an eye almost everything is gone

So on this day I decided to hide one of the banana in the upper cabinet of our kitchen so I could use it for smoothie the next day instead of keeping everything at the usual spot on the kitchen counter. I knew I was safe because she will not be able to see it or reach. For some interesting reason I forgot I have hidden the banana away from her.

You know banana is perishable and when it is ripe you can only save it up to 2-4 days. This banana could only survive a day or two. Imagine how many days this banana find itself in the dark. For more than a month the banana was inside the top cabinet minding its own business. About two days ago I decided to hide cookies away from my son and his Covid 19 high appetite levels for another day or two.

Lo and behold, I saw this black banana softly lying on the same spot am hiding the cookies and when I brought it out I knew I was as fallible as the word fallible could mean. How on earth did I forgot, I asked with a soft smile. Suddenly, wisdom flowed through my soul.

The very yellowish smooth banana has changed into something else; blackened and flattened like a dead squirrel on a highway. It reminded me of the fragile nature and brevity of man. In all of our search to be appear invisibly awesome, strong, unbeatable and the guarantee to weather through the storms of life without defects, we always come back to the same spot of mortality.

In our pursuit to be here, on this side of life for a long long time, we have come to realize that we can’t conquer the brevity of life. Alas, we are fragile and our lives changes like the flower. The best among us is as vulnerable like a toddler learning to ride a bicycle

Yeah, we are vulnerable. We struggle to come to terms with the short span of our life. We were not born to live forever fresh in the flesh. We were not born to be exempted completely from the constant changes in this our fragile experience. This is why we see the strong fade through the icy hands of death, and the young and agile become old; feeling insignificant in his mobility and power as in the days of his youth.

Our bodies, regardless of how we condition it with all kinds of physical training regime and follow the latest anti aging formulas, the famous endorsed dieting plans and cosmetics surgeries, we will never endure life in foreverness. We become weakened by the day through unexpected sicknesses, sin, old age, stress and many emotional weights. This side of eternity is perishable and it’s occupied by us. We are the perishable men that sometimes want to act like we have control over our destinies.

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.Psalm 103:15-16 KJVAE

My heart has been totally humbled by this experience. As I held this blackened reduced banana in my hand, I felt the wisdom of scripture emitting from my spirit. You know God will use multiple channels to draw home an important message.

On this day these words sunk in deeper; “as for man, his days are as grass. As the flower of the field, so he flourish. The wind passeth over it, and is gone.” Where is the place for pride and invincibility? What is the essence of comparison and hate? What is the place of boastings? Everything around us is just like a common banana or a beautiful flower. We are sweet and glorious today but such glorious of the mundane do not last forever

I am also reminded of the words of the psalmist;

“Psalm 90:12 NLT Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

A man who understands and live his life from the persuasion of truth — That kind of man is rich in humility towards God, and has a good estimation of others, in love. Such brethren makes wise choices that echoes into eternity. His soul is not dedicated to the mundane but he thrives in the agenda of God for the season he lives in. Such a man will not sell his soul cheaply at the auction of vanity

Lets cry unto our God, that the grace to appropriate life prudently will be lavished on us daily so that we don’t live like the heathen; without the urgency and purpose orchestrated by divine ordination. May we not perish with the wind but thrive under the influence of the power and love, gratitude, forgiveness, and holiness of our Father in heaven through Christ Jesus.

We are are at period of birth pangs. The signs of Jesus coming is upon us. Friend, it behooves us to redeem the time. Let us not live as if we are exempted from the fragility of life. Without the constant help from the administrative center of our eternal Christ, which is able to fortify our hearts and minds we will be governed by the economy of the dust, and all our days will be a wasted life; a live giving to the cause of vanity.

May Jesus be uncensored in us. He that has an ear let him hear and see the wisdom of God in this matter.

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.”— Clarence Darrow


“Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.” Psalm 144:4 KJVAE.

growth dimension


”Growth dimensions call for ”somethings” in our life to leave, consciously or unconsciously, giving room for ”something” brand new to manifest in that space of ascent. In the same vein, all forms of failure demand that certain things temporarily or permanently leave us, impacting on us negatively. Growth and failure are all realms of life, governed by laws. Each realm can be manipulated by spiritual laws of God or opposing forces of hell.”

I have seen the mighty falling from their rising, never to rise again from his fall. I have witnessed the beggarly and the broken warrior picking pieces of his soul from valleys of despair where he was scattered, and gradually nurtured his wings like a fallen angel, until he fueled himself with new strength and grace to kiss purple skies again.

1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (KJV) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

WHEN I WAS A CHILD: As children, we thought and functioned as children because we were ruled by the natural laws that demands that we acted that way. We understood everything from the basis of our acquired knowledge. It would have been odd for a child to start talking about marriage and the stock exchange at age one. At one you start mumbling or learning to say; ”mama and daddy” and nothing much but just being a child. We were under the influence of the guiding laws of our guardians. The laws that governed the mind of our parents had so much influence on our upbringing. We were under the capacity of the light or darkness of our parents.

LEAVING THINGS: Things changed. When we became an adult, ”somethings” left us according to the law of growth. Not many of us remember what happened to your bibs, those tiny shoes, toys, and most of your childhood friends. They all left you in order to embrace the new — brand new big size shoes, new toys that move on the freeway, new mindsets, beliefs and values and principles that dictates the way you living right now. If you want to reverse any situation in your life one thing is important; growth. Naturally, things change for good when one begins to develop his way of thinking and how he sees life.

HIGHER SELF: Without growth in the field where God has planted you, you cannot move to your higher self. You cannot embrace the joys and greatness knocking on your doors. Good things are searching for you and I. We can only accommodate these virtues until we are in rhythm with the laws that governs them. Higher self and standards require new way of thinking. Imagine yourself being a bird. You’re jumping on a tree branch six feet from the ground, but the tree is 35ft high. Meaning, you can only enjoy the view and conditions of where you are operating in, and not beyond that dimension. Imagine another bird beckons on you to come up high, but something inside you says; ”i don’t think I can get up that high because am scared.” The analogy is this: Until we cultivate the habit to grow through our fears and excuses we can only operate within certain parameters of life. Everything in this 3D realm is governed by physical and spiritual laws. To reach the height of glory and do exploits for the Lord, nothing comes cheaply. One has to rise from when I was a child to the space of the laws and realms of adulthood.”

HE IS CALLING YOU: God is calling you and I to come up high. God is saying it’s time to graduate from the elemental stage of life, and walk in the capacities where you can discern and appropriate my glories. God is saying I want to assign to you dominion and influence but you still thinks and function life a child. Most people are praying for a supernatural breakthrough but the truth is they are still functioning from the capacities of a child.

Can you handle his glory? Can you handle the fame? Can you represent him well? We fantasize good life, fulfilment, great family, kingdom impact, more money and good health but we are not willing to delve deep into the methodologies of life or the ways of God through a constant search for wisdom, in order for the laws that rule and govern our lives to give way for the new. The new never comes until there’s a kind of hunger for more, for enlightenment, an understanding of how things work. Until we get uncomfortable and a kind of a holy annoyance from within, we will still be holding those kiddie toys and be thinking we can race it with other cars on the highway. That’s not how things work. You don’t fill an old wine bottle with new wine, nor patch old clothes with the new.

BUT I FEEL HOPELESS: Do you feel like nothing is working at your end? You failed, friends and colleagues left you, sadness and disappointment overwhelmed your soul. Maybe you’re in despair — you don’t see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s okay to feel all that. But there is gold news for you: ”all these negative realms of understanding or phase of life can be reversed.” Yes, it can be reversed by manipulating these lower laws which are dominating your mind today. There is a law saying you have no options but suicide. That’s a lie from the pit of hell. There’s a law which says there is hope for your future. Even a tree when it is cut of has the belief to rise again, by the scent of rain.

HOW DO I DO IT: You can reverse this gloomy situation by accepting that you have failed. The next thing is to tap into the law of mercy and grace. By grace and mercy, God invigorates hope into a hopeless situation without the effort of the victim. All it takes is sincere, childlike humility and faith to trust in the unchanging hands of God to guide your heart through the path of freedom, every step of the way.

A lot of things can be done depending on your situation. Every situation is different, and I don’t think I can prescribe solutions for every kind of heartaches. But I can sincerely tell you to shift your mind from the problem and focus on godly solutions. Solutions require an understanding of your situation and finding new ways to shine. Understanding requires a new pursuit for knowledge. God is the answer — so its important we pursue him in the deepest sense of His word when it’s blurry. What does His word say about my situation? Meditate on these downloaded truths until your soul and spirit become one with it’s revelation. Taryy at the secret place of his presence in passionate prayers. That’s how you grow in the dimension of strength. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. But I don’t feel like doing that. When you don’t feel like praying that’s when you have to pray, in order to grow in the mantle of power to override and overturn the darkness. Somethings will fall off from your life unconsciously as you focus on this dimension of growth. Peace will arrive. Destiny helpers will arrive. Confusion will leave because it cannot abide where the law of peace rules. Naysayers and cynics can not handle your rise and resilience. Those who’s mind are set on the Lord shall have perfect peace.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL: Don’t let your precious life slip out of your hands, my friend. You have the power withing you to change every situation. You have your Father God and his word available to you to find the ancient landmarks of success. No one has ever had an outstanding life without conscious growth. If there is anything you have to pray for today, pray for understanding. Pray for wisdom. Pray for a deeper revelation of who God is, and who you are in Him. It takes a little bit of ignorance to sways a man out of his pilgrim paths. Stay in the truth constantly, you will surely reach home to your greater self.

There is so much God has prepared for you and I, which can not be forced upon us until we are ready in the capacity of maturity and growth. Friend, you’ll find new energy in God to rise again if you feel your hope has been fizzled into thin air. In the constant pace of growth — a process which requires some kind of investment, it may seem like it’s not worth it. That’s how satan works. He will distract you with negative voices. Though it takes time, my friend, just keep on keeping on, without wavering. You will soon sprout like a flower coming out of the dirt. It will be like a charm — suddenly, you will not remember the days of old but your arising.

I’m praying with you. Your best friend, McDaniels A. Gyamfi

1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (KJV) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things..

I WON’T SINK


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Say to your soul; “I won’t sink.” It may sound like a cliché; declaring this simple but profound truth, which may be in stark contrast to the realities of your life. Are you overwhelmed by the negative waves of life? Have you had enough of your own tears in your hands? Where are you right now my dear friend? Wherever you are in your life journeys you are an automatic candidate for God’s vote? Take few minutes right here right now and read your way out of any sour narrative.

INSPIRATION | There’s beautiful declaration of trust hidden in the holy scriptures. These words has always been my source of hope when it feels like my feet is sinking into the dark abyss of despair. The psalmist echoes through the corridors discomfort, these amazing words of life;

Psalm 27:5-6
5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD

Keep this in mind: “Even if your feet or your whole life is in muddy waters right now, your father God is able to flood your heart with the needed peace, as you confidently trust in his rescuing power.[See Isaiah 26:3-4] Watch this! Don’t miss this moment of truth. The psalmist continues; “now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me.

LIFTED | This is exactly what God is doing right now; lifting you higher above the storms, crowning your life with his glory, and putting to shame the expectations of your enemies. Not only that: your spirit shall be awaken by the beauty of God’s grace, and you will start composing new and glorious songs of praise from the depths of your heart. Instead of mourning you will sing and dance in his glory. Hallelujah!

FAITH CONFESSION | Friend, I speak over your life today — I declare a special manifestation of God’s beauty in your life. May Yahweh conceal you and yours in his love, far from the reach of your enemies, and to order your steps within his ultimate purpose until you reach your sacred places. You won’t sink. You will stand among those standing; praising the King, in Jesus name. Be healed, be restored, be strengthened from all the places of your being. Amen!
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McDaniels A. Gyamfi
Makers Church

PANTOMIME 



We build bubble coves,

to hide away from the storms 

of life, 

knowing too well that

 it could only provide us some 

temporal warmth, and safety, 

yet we rebel against 

the voice of our spirit

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The spirit who only yearns 

for eternal pleasures, 

and lasting security 

for our own benefit 

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Have 

we been reduced to 

mere seekers of  

temporal bliss,

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being caged in an exaggerated 

emotional prison?

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We’re wrapped in facade

Dancing to the tune we

never requested.

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Who am I?

Who controls me?

Why am I dancing to this song?

Is there more to know than this?

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Illuminate the darkness—

Chase it through the desert,

Out of your soul;

Burying her in the oceans depths

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You shall return to your primal self

This is not you

This is never you

Find you, and live you

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Oh, earth-maker 

Oh, earth-maker

Maybe, you can give me

a reality to hold on to.

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Exaggerated Tales

Copyright 5/20/16 McDaniels Gyamfi