MAMA


Villagers carry water in plastic containers on their heads as they walk through dry land in Maros regency, in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

I need a bird in my empty cage

Sing lullaby till thy baby rest

Cage my thoughts in your love songs

Who doesn’t love the birds of love labor

Without price you sung your labor songs

Unschooled in thy conscious servitude

You washed my brain with life themes

Ear to hear, eyes to see you freely gave

A pigeon in a tropical jungle;

afraid of the hunter

You will share your wings with me;

 when I needed it

The thoughts of you gives me the wings to fly

My angel surpass ten thousands of angels

Mama; you are (were) my angel

She didn’t have much; she had a soul

A soul so large and bigger than life

Your smiles covered our pains;

I have learned to smile through the storms of life

We were called poor by the rich in our community

Richly we lived our lives, content with the little

Had thou not taught us how to live large with little

I would had been a fool comparing myself with others

Her African skin was tattooed with scars of sacrifice

The sacrifice of your life a harvest we reap and share

Soft in her flight like a butterfly; beautiful to behold

Unbending water;

Through the rocks, never surrendered to opposition

Like a candle in our night; you were snuffed out

Your face still glows in my path through the night dreams

I didn’t have to understand everything you said and did

Now that I am a man;

I am living in my aha moments

Many women are treading on the same path like yours

They’re singing their love labor songs with empty stomach

They are fighting for the future of their children without navigation

If I have the opportunity to meet them all; will worship their braveness

Thank you Mama for your servitude of love

Thank you woman for your relentless passion

Copyright 2014|™GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi

[Dedicated to my deceased mom: Naomi Adwoa Nikra and the relentless woman]  

EMPOWERED FOR A RADICAL CHANGE


“You have the yeast in you to rise…it doesn’t matter the color of your flour”

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 “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)

A LETTER TO MY FORMER CHURCH


Dear Former Church:

I hope you are not shocked to be reading my letter. I know it’s been more than three years since we crossed on each others pathPhoto Credit: Google image

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 Photo Credit: Google imageactually 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 allPhoto Credit: Google image 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 truthPhoto Credit: Google image 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!

Yours sincerely

Former Member

Copyright 2014GOG|McDaniels Gyamfi

TRANSFORMATION


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MY JOURNEY OF GRACE: WHY I LOVE EMPHASIZING ON THE LOVELINESS OF JESUS


Almost overnight, everything changed… Everything I had been taught about God, the church, the world around me, and my identity. Everything I have practiced Rev. McDanielswith 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 His life.

THE VISION OF JESUS AND THE MISSION OF MY LIFE At about 1:25pm on Monday, November 29th, 2011 ( 3 years, today! )… I was in my living room praying, in an active – walking mode, holding my bible and from the lips faith, interceding for the Church of Jesus Christ, at Lansdowne Northern Virginia. I had an open vision… three young women, unknown to me in the vision were sent to deliver 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 imagesddddddme. She said; “we have heard 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.   (Everything I have known about God… from Sunday school through Bible School, was very impersonal to me) 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, the future, relationships and what have you. I was so overwhelmed and in shock; nobody taught me about this personal God. Hardly did I hear all the great and favorite speakers I see on TV, and have read their books, did talks about Him.

Armed with this revelation, I started a new sermon series dubbed The Jesus I never knew” and to my amazement, I saw lives transformed effortlessly, through the loveliness of God. 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 on Christ, was discovered. To continue from where we left of on my vision: The woman continued…”God is going to take you around the world, (For ministry) but the only thing which will transform people, is GraceThe 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 condemnationtransformation can take place in a man’s life, it has to be Jesus. Why grace and Jesus? I was left in despair and anguish; all the excitement I had already had about a personal and loving God, was now conflicting with this vision.

Don’t be surprised 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 what I was aware of.  The entrance of His word, and the escort of the Spirit into the heart of the Father, brings liberty. The Lord reveals to redeem. He ended my despair by tenderly speaking to my heart of 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 is a being who is full of grace, and lived influencing all that He came into contact with Him, and still influence the world by exerting His holy influence in our hearts to persuade us to freely receive the kindness of God. To separate grace from Jesus is un-liberating…a doctrine which cannot set the captives 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 they long. I felt I have been born again, again!  

NEW DEPTHS… 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 1Jesuson 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 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. Gravity of Grace Blog is a chunk within God’s global revolution of His nature to grace humanity, to escape the decay of the fallen world. This is an awakening of the Church to the righteousness of God, which is by faith through Christ Jesus, and the transcendent majesty of the person of Christ, and who we are in Him.

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 jump-start your life for 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. Contact me for prayer, encouragement, exhortation, conference, revival, Etc. Just shoot 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

THE SPOKEN BLESSING


THE SPOKEN BLESSING.