When Your Walking In “The Valley of The Shadow Of Death”….Keep Walking

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Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

A quick word of encouragement!

The Lord put in on my heart during prayer that many may be going thru what you call ” a valley of the shadow of death” but remember that first your in a valley where many think the mountain top is where you want to be. But it is in the valley where the Lords graces flow for just like water in a river it flows in the lowest of places. Secondly, the enemy is taunting you with shadows of death…death to your health, your name, your family, your marriage, finances, your children, a promise God gave you, your destiny but we must remember its “shadows” . The enemy would love for us to think that its real but all he knows to do is create smoke screens and magnify shadows which always appear bigger than the image its reflecting. So saints began to be encouraged, praise God in the valley because his grace is so abundance in your weakness, and shine a light on that shadow by declaring God word his promise over that situation that looks dead and continue walking….walking with Jesus. The enemy would love to have you stop walking or even turn around in this valley. NO, continue walking knowing that God is with you and he in fact led you in this valley for a purpose knowing that all things good and bad are allowed by the hand of God and he indeed will use it for your good and bring songs of joy in due time. 
-From Jesus with Love

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When The Enemy Assigned Death The Lord Declared Life & Multiplication!

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This has definitely been an exciting weekend for my family. I am in awe at the Lord seeing the fulfillment of his faithfulness, his mercy and grace upon my families life. My older brother who was locked up for 3 years was released 7 years early on good behavior to come home to be with us yesterday! Isn’t God so gracious and merciful. We  all got together at my mothers house for a celebrations. The whole family which includes, 8 nieces and nephews , my 5 sisters , my brother and a few friends. For the first time in 3 years my mother had all 7 of her kids under her roof again. So you had to imagine the house was so noisy with celebration and yes, of course yelling at the kids to tone it down lol. Toward the end of the night we had a friend group us all together to take a picture and they said wow there is so many of you all. I looked around and smiled inside because there is so many of us, to think just a few years ago the number of people in my family brought me shame, embarrassment, guilt, sadness, hopelessness, irritation and even anger.  I just had to praise the Lord for his sovereignty, his goodness, faithfulness and his grace in that moment he reminded me where death was assigned to our family he not only declared life but multiplied us as well! Thank you Jesus he is so awesome!!

You see at some point each one of my siblings even my parents have faced death. Only a few years ago did I notice this pattern and assignment the enemy was after our family intentionally, and intensely. As he is after every believer, however the Lord always protected us, sustained us and I know see the manifestation of the Lord redeeming us! So just  a little family history of the instances in our family where the enemy  could’ve taken each of us out if it wasn’t for the Lords intervention. My mother at young age of 21 was walking home from work when she first arrived in the states. She was told at the time from my uncle not to get a ride from anyone and wait on him however, she was tired didn’t listen and got a ride from a passerby. He then decided to take a route separate from my mothers house and attempted to lock her in the car. However, my mother said something told her to jump out the car during a red light and she did just that. Running for her life and she learned her lesson that day  that it was the grace of God that nudged her to run out the car. My father was also in a bad car accident where he was thrown out the vehicle and almost lost his life as a youth. Then my older brother Todd,  has had many battles. Starting from my mothers womb he almost died, they had to take him out with forceps thought he would be blind or have brain damage but,within a few weeks was perfectly fine. The following years of his adolescences and adult life got involved with the wrong crowd and friends. Had many fights, and as a family we had many nights of prayer for him not sure if he would return home. However, even with him a getting sentenced I see the Lord hand in that because the Lord corrects those he loves and keeps them from harm even sometimes we don’t perceive what he is doing. Thank you Father!

Hebrew 12:6
For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

Now to me, I had one of the most terrible accidents about 5 years ago where me and friend where driving from the club (yes partying and drinking) we were side swiped and our car flipped rolling over the median into the merging lane, we landed on top of another car and rolled again 5 times into the grassy plain across the highway about a few feet from light pole. With no seat belt  I landed right side up and I literally had a half inch scratch on my back. Where as my other friend had bruised lung but we were all perfectly okay. If that isn’t God I don’t know what is! Then my younger sister Nana Fremah also had a death or life encounter giving birth to her son, Tristen where she began to hemorrhage right after giving birth.  She at one point thought of having abortion when she found of out her pregnancy. She made an appointment and upon entering into the facility for the procedure she stated the Lord nudged her to walk out  and she did just that. My wonderful nephew Tristen would’ve never been here if she didn’t listen. Then my sister following her Nana Serwah has been in two almost deadly car accidents. One was with my other sister who follows her Nana Kondau, where the car they were driving caught on fire. They were told by a family driving beside them to jump out. So they jumped out of the car and upon the car hitting the curb it exploded. Can you believe that,  something out of  an action movie. They both walked away with scratches by the Grace of God! To add to this testimony when my sister Nana Kondua got pregnant with her children the first one we call Zay Zay was born with seizures which the Lord has already declared by his word and even in a vision that he will heal her!! The second one, Naomi was a troubled pregnancy my sister had no ammonic fluid. The doctors told her to abort but, she didn’t trusting the Lord will let the baby live. Sure enough Naomi came out kicking, screaming feisty premature baby so strong and still has no issue even now. We thank God for his Grace!! Now, with Nana Frimponga known as Nana #5 has gone through many trials of depression & even suicide. When we were hopeless and as she was admitted into the hospital, my mother weary not sure what to do but to pray. She told my sister not to take the medication trusting the Lord and sure enough the Lord guided my sister to the bible she began to read it and was able to overcome this battle. We thank God that his word is power it against any strong hold!

 Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

So now seeing where the enemy had not only tried to take my parents out even before they had us, then take each of us which would then stop my sibling from having their beautiful children. I remember about 4 years ago being in the car driving to my mothers house and so saddened, burdened and in despair as to where my family was. My siblings kept having a children it seemed like every year and the toll it was taking on my mom. I just broke down in the car asking the Lord why, where was here, it seems are prayers were going in circles. I was just tired and utterly broken, I felt so helpless, alone and hopeless. I know now that was the furthest from the truth. The Lord was right there and has been all along. He even brought a scripture to my attention a few months ago regarding children:

Psalm 127: 35
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

Isn’t that beautiful scripture, that is how good our God is that even out of wedlock, even in the midst of our sin he blesses us with a beautiful gift of children and what a blessing all 8 of them are now to us. Yes, we still have our struggles in our family and by no means is everything perfect but now looking back I thank God for our numerous trials , I thank him for his Grace upon us, His Mercy, His Goodness, His Love and his Faithfulness! We are still waiting and trusting him to see the manifestation of all his promise’s but, I now know that we were never alone and we will never be alone. We can face anything as a family by his grace for he will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you Lord that when the enemy assigned death to our family not only did you declare life but you multiplied us as well!! Praise you Lord, Love you Jesus!!

 

Death Where Is Your Sting!

In this past week I have 2 deaths in my family. I had my dear 88 year old grandma pass away suddenly and my uncle pass away from cancer within 5 days. My uncle was my dads brother who was diagnosed several months prior with stage 4 cancer. He got the family together about during the Christmas brake to let us all know the doctors are giving him only a few weeks to live. So we where somewhat prepared but, honestly who is really prepared for death. Then my beloved grandma who raised me as a young child until I was 5 years of age in Ghana, West Africa was my heart, so funny, beautiful, strong, wise and so compassionate. I see so much of her in my mother and I would like to think in me as well. She had been sick for a while however the week she passed she was doing perfectly fine. My whole family  was excited because we had made arrangement to go to Ghana to visit her on in February for her 89th birthday. I was sure we would get the opportunity to see her because only me and my youngest sister  had been to Ghana and there is 7 of use and 8 grandchildren she had never met. So she so yearned to see us, dance with us, sing with us and take pictures with us in her words lol however, that wasn’t Gods plan.

The Lord gave my sister and a friend of mine dreams concerning my grandmothers health as I had prayed to know his will and he had revealed that was his will to have her come home. However, I had prayed hoping not too soon so  we would be able to see her in February so I found myself slightly shocked that I didn’t cry when finding out my grandmother passed. My heart was heavy for my mom but, me and my sisters even held a praise and worship night that evening. I sought the Lord because I was thinking is something wrong with me and the Lord reminded that he had given me “His peace that passes understanding” and I thought ooooh this is what it feels like wow.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Yes, death of a loved one or honestly death period can be very difficult however as Christians we should be comforted that on the Cross when Christ died and shed his blood for us and we accept that as the truth in death we also resurrect with him to our eternal and very real home. So It should be a celebration and nothing to fear! By Gods mercy the day my grandmother passed the Lord gave my sister a vision with my grandmother walking on streets of gold holding Jesus hands and singing so loud as she loved to do as a chorister. She had angels all around her laughing who had plugged in their ears as if she had been singing forever  which made my sister burst with laugher in the middle of her tears. She told me she wasn’t sure if she made that up and I told her no, that was definitely from the Lord because “His Joy is our strength”(Nehemiah 8:10)! What a funny, thoughtful and amazing God we serve who would comfort our family with that image in the midst of our  mourning. My father also had dreams of my uncle passing before he went on which were from the Lord to prepare his heart. What  a gracious God that we serve!

Even in the media alone we have had more than 5 celebrity deaths all in a week not to mention the attacks all over the nation. Death by bombers, terrorist attacks, suicide, stabbings etc you can name it the news has always been filled with death but things seem to be declining rapidly  . Interestingly enough so a post or quote by late actor of Harry Potter Alan Rickman ” Death comes for us all in the end”

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Which got me thinking how false that statement is and how its sad so many believe that.  You see for us Christians  who have surrendered to Jesus Christ, given their lives to him, lived for him and believe in him death is only the beginning! As the scriptures say

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”[a]

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Things will soon began to happen in our nation with death all around us like never before seen in history. We are in the last days and Jesus will soon be returning. He asked us to not love our lives because if we do we will lose it (John 12:25). Some will have to defend their faith in Jesus Christ with their lives are you ready to do that? Many will have to witness loved ones dead or being killed will that alone make you walk away from the faith and not trust God? Are you ready to die for the hope in which you lived by in an eternal life with Jesus Christ knowing death has no victory over us or will you cower in fear that death for you is the end so you would rather keep your life and take the mark? Or you would rather keep your life and deny Jesus Christ?  As Christians we should always keep that heavenly perspective that earth is passing away and our earthly bodies are too. You see death is just a means of  us all finally entering into our masters joy, our eternal home, and eternal life with Jesus Christ! So may God give us comfort through his spirit and word when death is near or all around us. May we take solace in the fact that as Christians we don’t die but live to be resurrected in Christ! Love you God bless you!

Matthew 25:23
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!