The Call Unto a Deeper Encounter with the Lord – Pastor Emmanuel Danquah

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
NEW PASTOR DANQUAH MESSAGE:

I know that many of you are being blessed by what Pastor Danquah has been preaching. I wanted to share with you contact information for him – if you live in Florida you are lucky because you can attend his church. But Pastor Danquah has told me that he is also willing to come and speak at churches. Your church would definitely be blessed by the teachings he brings and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many miracles have been manifested in our church.

Pastor Emmanuel Eyim-Danquah
Christian Restoration Ministries International
19255 NE 3rd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33169

His email address: reveyim@yahoo.com

THE CALL UNTO A DEEPER ENCOUNTER WITH THE LORD

Every day Jesus is sweeter and sweeter to us.

Ezekiel Chapter 47:1-12 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

God is calling us to a deeper encounter with the Lord, to a deeper walk with Him.

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.

Deep will call us to deep, shallow to shallow. God wants us to come deep to Him. He wants us to have an overflow of His spirit, and go deeper. We can’t be the same when the waves wash over you.

Shallow encounters with God leave you open to the distractions of the world. Many Christians are in the shallows. The Lord wants you to come deeper. When you are in the deep, you cannot leave His presence. In the shallow waters you are open to anxiety, worry, cares. In the deep your burden is in the hands of God. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 We must cast our cares on the Lord.

In the shallow water we are consumed about the things around us. When we go deeper into the Lord, we will see the Glory of God. Life will never be the same again. An encounter with a supernatural God is a life-changing experience. To enter into the Glory of the Lord, will change you completely.

Too many Christians come to church but never enter the presence of God. They stay in the shallows. They see worship, they are present in the physical, but their mind and hearts are not there. If we go deeper into our relationship with God, nothing will distract us, not music, not people, not mistakes, nothing. We come to do business with Jesus. Often in church there are some people who are seriously seeking to touch Jesus, but others are more interested in touching their spouse, talking with others, seeing what others are doing or not doing. We should be caressing Jesus, and not being distracted.

There are benefits in going deeper. God is calling you, not just to feel good, but to change your life forever. With an encounter with God you will be changed.

Jacob was a supplanter, deceiver, liar, and one night he had an encounter with an angel. God asked him what was his name (God knew, but he wanted Jacob to acknowledge), and then God changed his name to Israel. He became a priest and leader of the nation Israel. God removed Jacob’s hindrances and made Jacob what God desired him to be.

Man looks to the outward appearances and condemns you. But if you search for God, God will take away your weakness and raise you up to what you can be. If you have an encounter with God, and with the power of God, nothing is impossible.

It is not enough to know the seven laws of change, to know the Bible, to read the Bible, you must encounter God, and the Holy Ghost will come on you and change your life. God wants to use us, but we cannot let the things of the world entangle our lives, frustrate us. We must set our priorities right. God has a word to carry you to the next level.When you have an encounter with the Lord, the Lord will bless you.

The gifts given to you become profitable (not just as in a paycheck), and they will take you places. Deep calls unto deep. God will give you grace and gifts that catapult you into greatness.

In the above passage, Ezekiel opened his eyes and God showed him the temple, with water coming out from the east side of the altar. Often in the Bible, water symbolizes the Holy Spirit. This water was issuing out from the Lord, and the angel of the Lord had a measuring rod. The angel measured 1000 cubits and brought Ezekiel out – and the water was to his ANKLES, that is one level of encounter. Some will reach this level and stay there. Perhaps they talk in tongues, prophesy, lay hands on someone for healing, but they do not seek to go deeper with the Lord.

God does not want us to stay in one place, He is constantly calling us to go deeper. If you do not go deeper, if you stay at a particular place, you may fall victim to pride, and end up backsliding. If you are staying in the same place you feel an emptiness, and dryness. If you feel you have ARRIVED, you are in danger of pride and backsliding.

The angel measures out another 1000 cubits and Ezekiel finds himself in water up to his KNEES. He has gone deeper. God has taught him extra things, deeper revelations, and at each stage of new revelations it is possible to stay stagnant and fall into pride. We must humble ourselves for there are deeper places to go. God has great depths to reveal to us if we allow Him to do so.

Another 1000 cubits and Ezekiel is in up to his loins. When we go to the Lord it often involves sacrifice in ourselves. We must not let something come between us and God, we need to be fully focused on what God wants to do in our lives.

God will look at our hearts and desires before he blesses us. If our hearts are right, we don’t need to worry about blessing. Blessing is for all. We need to have faith and know that our blessing will come, no matter what the outward circumstances seem to indicate.

God removes obstacles in our life so He can work in our life. Often satan will try to give you obstacles so that you miss your supernatural encounter with God.

Then Ezekiel ends up in a river – where he has to swim. Small water from the altar expands into a river. John 4: 13-14 “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:37-38 If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

Rivers of water flowing will affect our lives. Some might call us crazy for our worship, but praise God anyhow. Seek to go deep into God, not into fraternization. God is calling us to swim.

Jude 20 we are to pray in the Holy Spirit and as Paul said in 1 Corinthians, we need to pray with understanding and pray in the Spirit. Speak mysteries to God, sing in tongues, interpret tongues. God will take you to different realms. We are to wallow in the Holy Ghost.

Ezekiel 47:8 there is benefits to being in the presence of God. The Holy Spirit will bring life to a desert situation, causing the desert to bloom again. When we feel dry with no fruitfulness, we can walk with God and pray and praise Him. Then the rivers will overflow into the dry situations.

The waters will reach the sea, and the waters will heal. God wants lives to feel the effects of the healing waters that flow from our lives.

Ezekiel 47:9 anything that the waters touch will overflow with blessing. When we go deeper with God it will overflow into our business, our marriage, our ministry, our children, and whatever you touch. God wants us to be like a tree planted by the living waters.

Personalities and people will not make you prosper, only the power and favor of the Lord will prosper you.

A dry Christian walk without the presence of God is like an empty box. It has nothing.

Remember the Ark of the Covenant. God’s presence was with the Ark. During a war with the Philistines, the Israelites were defeated. The priests, who had profaned God with their sinful actions, began to believe that power rested with the Ark – and during defeat, they called for the ark to be brought into the battle. But, because of the abominations of the priests, the Glory of God was not with the ark, it was just an empty box. They lost the battle and ultimately lost the ark for a period of time. The Israelites had made an idol of a box (the ark), instead of seeking God.

Samson, spent time with a Philistine girl and was seduced to admitting that the source of his strength was in his hair. He had lost the presence of God, and did not even realize that the Glory of God had departed from him. He ended up being blinded by the Philistines. When we lose our deep encounter with God, we are subject to spiritual blindness.

Sometimes believers carry on as if they still have a close encounter with God and don’t realize that the Glory of God had departed. We cannot stand up to the devil with an empty box, for the devil can then slap us down. When our vision is taken away we are useless. Where there is no vision the people perish. We need the anointed presence of God, which gives us vision. Then satan cannot prevail.

Don’t be a powerless Christian without the anointing. Live in God’s presence. David asked God to not take the Holy Spirit away from him. The anointing of the Lord helped David to face the Philistines. God is our strength, and the source of our fruitfulness.

We want to swim in the river. God wants us to have a craving for Him, as the deer pants for the water. The desire for God will help to turn a dry Christian walk into fruitfulness and blessing. Then wherever the soles of our feet tread we can possess. What matters is not how you look, but it is the presence of the Lord that makes a difference.

Call unto deeper encounters with God. Hearts desiring for deeper things of God are united. And as it says in Ezekiel 47:10 there are many fish in the river. Fish are people, and we are to be fishers of men. The anointing will attract people to the Church, to be saved. Every fish wants to be in the water. When the water recedes, the fish seek the deeper water. God wants us to put ourselves into a place where God can use us.

Verse 12 – Rivers produce trees for meat. When we avail ourselves for God, God makes us fruitful. We will be meat for the people and people will see how fulfilled our lives are. These trees are also medicine for the healing of the people. People who are broken and hurting can come to the waters to be healed.

Dry Christians find fault with many things, with each other, they gossip, they complain. When they heed the call to the supernatural encounter with God, their focus changes. They will never be the same when the power of God flows through them. Their hard hearts will be broken, and they will have the heart of God. Let God change you, don’t fail the call. The past is the past, the old is past, God comes to encourage you, to change you. Step out of the old life and into the next arena that God has provided for you. Let God use you. God is not a respecter of persons, he will use any and all who open themselves up to Him. He does not care who you were before you were born again. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but God wants to use you for good. Do not fall pray to the American system, don’t get entangled with the things of the world. Have a deeper encounter with God and have a life-changing experience.

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This was another awesome and empowering teaching. So often we can stay in one spot, resting on our accomplishments instead of seeking a deeper encounter with God. The faith to let God take you into deeper water is so necessary for our usefulness to Him. I pray that God helps me to let go of the things that hold me to the shallows, and let me trust Him to take me into the deep where I have to depend solely on Him.

Have a blessed night,
Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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