Five Benefits of the Fire part two – Pastor Emmanuel Danquah

Friday, July 21, 2006
Pastor Danquah in front of Living Word Chapel.

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Pastor Danquah and his wonderful wife Charlotte – who sings beautifully.

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This is a continuation of Pastor Danquah’s teaching on the Fire of God from yesterday. Someone commented that they are happy I am using larger type. I had written this on my word processor, and will in the future try to type in larger type to make it easier to read. I have been so blessed by the visit of Pastor Danquah. Yesterday when I came home, I just sat and thanked God, there was such a peace and rest in my spirit that it was so refreshing. I am hoping that this teaching blesses you as much as it did me. And I thank you for your comments, this makes the teaching even deeper. Remember, God is seeking a deeper relationship with us. Here is the rest of Pastor Danquah’s message:

Five Benefits of the fire:

1.     Fire consumes – in a forest fire deer and animals run from the fire, but some animals get trapped and are burnt up. The Holy Spirit will consume the demons, sickness, oppression, power of the enemy and any entanglements of the enemy. We can be free because the fire destroys the work of the devil. If you are set free, you shall be free indeed. Life will never be the same. Demons cannot coexist with the fire of the Holy Spirit. But so often we give them rooms in our life. As long as we live in the world there are spirits that will tempt us. Even Jesus was tempted. We need to be humble and rest under the mighty hand of God. Resist the devil and he will flee. Then God’s glory will be seen. Let the devil feel uncomfortable in our lives. When the Holy Ghost comes among us, God is strong. We want to be holy for God. Do not let water quench the fire of the Spirit. Don’t quench the fire by your attitude. Remember your attitude determines your altitude. Be focused and serious about God so the fire burns.

2.     Fire Purifies and Purges – Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning. God will cleanse his people by the spirit of judgment and burning. Imagine the refining of God. The impurities are burnt away through a process of intense heat and skimming off impurities. We want to let the fire burn away impurities so that we can be the gold that God wants us to be. If you keep the Holy Ghost fire burning inside of you, God will give us the gifts and ability inside of you, the manifestation of the Holy Ghost to chop off the bad things and make you more fruitful. It is a process that is not easy or simple. God will help you through the process and you will show God’s glory.  To make bread, the flour has to be beaten, the bread kneaded, and then the bread is put into the oven. The flour will not feel that the process is comfortable, but the end result is something that is good and refreshing. During church services, when your pastor preaches the Word of God, it can convict – you may feel that your pastor is telling your story to the congregation, but it is just the Holy Ghost helping someone to break free from something binding them. If your pastor is speaking only to you, he would call you to his office to talk, if he seems to be speaking to you in a service it is the Holy Ghost revealing something.

3.     Fire Generates Power. You receive power when you pray. Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. When the Holy Ghost comes upon you, you will see a manifestation of service and working for the Lord. You will become dynamic for the Kingdom of the Lord. Lay hands on people, God will use you for His Kingdom. God wants to draw us to deeper encounters of the Fire of the Spirit. The fire will push us closer to God. The Prophet Jeremiah said that God’s word was like a fire.
Pastor Danquah stated that in 1983 he was a school teacher and he had been fasting for a few days. Because of a problem in Ghana there was a curfew and the power of the Holy Spirit came upon him. It was very difficult because he wanted to go out and share God’s word, but had to remain in his house, vibrating with the spirit until the curfew was lifted. Ephesians 2:19-22Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone in whom the whole building, being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. The fire lifts us up, and when it is burning inside of us we want to get the fire out of us, to share the Word of God. We can’t sit down without doing something for the love of God. We always release energy when the fire comes upon us.
Acts 4:31-33 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. They prayed, the fire of God fell upon them, they were filled with the Holy Ghost and preached of God with boldness. The power of God is still powerful today. We want to sharpen ourselves for service, to cause us to be effective for God’s Kingdom.

4.     Fire attracts the attention of believers and unbelievers. Remember the burning bush caught Moses’ attention. When you have the fire of God within you people notice something that can’t be described about you, you will find favor with people. They will want to be around you. Where there is no light the people perish. When your church has the fire of the Holy Spirit it will attract people. People will flock in. We want our fire to burn perpetually until Jesus comes.

5.     Fire Brings Light, Divine Revelation, Illumination-Fire helps us to see beyond the natural. We are blessed because we know the outcome – that God wins. Paul said that he knows no man after the flesh, God shows him the spiritual things. Pastor Danquah told us that one time a woman who was into voodoo gave him five beautiful cooked fish for his family. He and his wife did not feel that they should eat the fish, so they threw it out. They did not know this woman was into voodoo, but the Holy Spirit told them that they should not consume the gift given by this woman. A few days later the woman came up to him and asked him why he didn’t eat the fish. Pastor Danquah smiled when he told us that there was no way that she would have known he hadn’t eaten the fish, except that there was a curse connected with the fish and it did not manifest on his family. That when we operate in the Holy Spirit, if we get a nudge from the Holy Spirit not to accept a gift or eat a particular food, it is important to honor that. Our spirit has discernment and will protect us. There are forces out there seeking to hinder God’s work on the earth.

6.     The Fire of the Spirit Consumes Water. This seems odd because water can quench fire. Elijah in 1 Kings 18 challenged the priests of Baal about which God would accept a sacrifice. No matter what Baal’s priests did, their idol did not come down and consume the sacrifice. Elijah had an altar built, wood placed, and had barrels of water poured over the animal and altar and wood. The fire of God came down and consumed all. The people then acknowledged that God was God. Physical water can quench fire, but Spiritual fire can quench water. When you have problems that beset you, the Holy Spirit comes with the water of life, with the Holy Spirit and Fire, so that the burdens are consumed.

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Oh what a powerful message this was. When Pastor Danquah was finished preaching the air was vibrating with the power of the Holy Spirit. Many, many lives were touched this night.

Don’t forget, if you are in Florida you can find his church: Christian Restoration Ministries Intl.,19255 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, Fl 33169 or email him at reveyim@yahoo.com If your church is ever desiring a truly blessed speaker, I highly recommend contacting him. He is a very anointed teacher and pastor

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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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