Encounter our Destiny by Pastor Emmanuel Eyim-Danquah

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Encounter our Destiny by Pastor Emmanuel Eyim-Danquah

Pastor Danquah continued his wonderful teaching last night. He reminded us about Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Any unfinished business will be completed. We need to come to God with anticipation that He is able. Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him (God) that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

The Spirit of the Lord God transforms our lives, destroys yokes, and demons are made to leave our bodies. Jesus told us Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Demons cannot be comfortable because of the power of the Lord

Pastor Danquah then brought us to Luke 13:11-14 to see Jesus ministering to a woman who was bound with a spirit of infirmity for 18 years.

Luke 13:11-14 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

(Heather’s comment: I wish you could see the spirited way Pastor Danquah preached this, how he demonstrated the woman bound down under this spirit of infirmity. He was so animated in preaching this, wanting to get these important points across.)

This woman was bowed down all the time, in major bondage. Yet, she was part of the Church, she was in the synagogue, and must have always gone to church, but was still bound. She couldn’t raise herself. Pastor Danquah told us if there is anyone under bondage, the Spirit of the Lord is coming to set us free.

She was bent, couldn’t raise up her head, yet she was in the Church. It must have been very uncomfortable having this spirit of infirmity. The spirit of infirmity causes people to be bent spiritually, physically, to have diseases, and problems that never seem to be resolved. Pastor Danquah speculated that maybe she was in the choir – but couldn’t sing her best because she was bent. Maybe she was an usher, and yet was bent – not looking as good as an usher of the church should look. She was bent not just one year, two years, three years, but 18 years.

There are many people in the Church, in the Kingdom, tongue talking Christians, people who love God, but are still suffering under a spirit of infirmity. Only God knows your problem. Maybe you have a spirit of oppression, a spirit of loneliness, maybe you fear you will remain single all your life, or if you are married the spirit of infirmity is trying to cause divorce. Maybe you have a spirit of poverty and can’t make your paycheck stretch far enough. Maybe you are spending money for unnecessary things. The Spirit of God will set you free.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

This woman with the spirit of infirmity may have been going home and crying, wetting her pillow with her tears. She was bent for 18 years, can’t raise her head up. If there is any spirit that is oppressing you, Jesus has the power to free you forever.

Pastor Danquah asked us why is it divorce rates are increasing so rapidly? It is because there is a demon assigned to destroy people’s happiness in marriage. We need to bind that spirit so it does not affect the Body of Christ. Jesus gives us the power to set us free.

The devil can give you a sickness, and you struggle in your body, and it makes it harder for you to praise God, which is the source of our liberty. Sometimes our souls are so bound, the person does not praise His name, if we are thrust down under oppression. To do the work God has for us, we need to reverse this spirit of oppression, to be free, delivered, and in the blessed anointing of God.

People are in the church bent under oppression, and this oppression will end. The people in the synagogue were not happy to see this woman delivered from her oppression. They started complaining that her healing was done on the Sabbath. Instead of rejoicing in her liberation from the spirit of infirmity, they were complaining. They would rather see her suffer, so she could be an object of pity. Sometimes Church folk can try and keep you in bondage, so they think they are better than you.

There is power in Heaven, in this place, in the Name of Jesus to set us free. How can you continue to live in poverty and lack – it is a spirit and a demon. Receive what God desires for you.

Judas did not begin being a betrayer. He was a good man. Pastor Danquah pointed out that Pastor Don would never make a person treasurer of the church if they did not have integrity. Judas did have integrity, for Jesus gave him control over the purse. But then a devil entered into Judas and he became jealous and betrayed Jesus.

The devil can put such oppression and situations in your life that you decide you do not want to go to church anymore. The Lord will set you free today. He will destroy the spirit of oppression and set people free.

There were many in our church who cannot sleep at night, and Jesus will set them free. They will sleep soundly. There are all kinds of sickness Jesus will heal. In fact, there are many who are sick and don’t even realize they are sick. Still claim your healing and God can reverse the situation. Remember Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The woman was in bondage 18 years, bent 18 years. She couldn’t straighten up. Sometimes we can’t straighten ourselves up spiritually, we have no joy, there is sorrow, and spirit of infirmity on us, and today we can have an encounter with destiny – we can be transformed.

If that woman did not go to church that day what would have happened? She would have missed her destiny. We have come to have an encounter with destiny. Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Have you cried to the Lord about a particular thing and your heart is sick?  Have you been prayed for, anointed, fasted, and had hands laid on you, and yet your situation has not come to pass, has not been fulfilled? Your hope is not cut off. Your expectations of righteousness are not cut off. Come with expectation and the Lord will do it.

The woman was bent 18 years. There are people in the Church who love God, who will go to heaven, but they have a spirit of gossip. They are still saved, but they gossip. In this day and age it is easy to gossip, we have the telephone, text messaging, email, etc. We are supposed to GOSSIP THE GOSPEL and serve the Lord.

We are to give words of encouragement. God will set His people free.

The woman who was bent 18 years was religious, was a daughter of Abraham. Every promise given to Abraham belonged to her, and belongs to us, yet we are still bound. Under the covenant of Abraham, healing was promised to us, but people are still sick. Prosperity was promised, but people are still poor. All the Blessings of Abraham were promised to us. Remember, Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and for ever.

The devil wants to frustrate you, to make you struggle in life, to bring confusion. God’s Spirit will set people free.

Jesus goes to the Temple and sees this bent woman. Although the Bible doesn’t say it, we can infer Jesus had compassion for her. He calls her out and says, “THOU ART LOOSED.” She was bound 18 years, but she met her destiny that day. Jesus said, “Thou art loosed” by the Spirit of the Lord.

Do you have sickness? – THOU ART LOOSED.
Poverty? – THOU ART LOOSED.
Fear? – THOU ART LOOSED.
Are your children having problems? – THOU ART LOOSED.
Marriage problems? – THOU ART LOOSED

Whatever your situation – THOU ART LOOSED.

Jesus lays His hands on the woman, and she straightens up. Her neck is held high. And you can see that she is beautiful.

Jesus is our deliverer. He will set us free, and then we will be praising Jesus.

When the woman received her healing, instead of rejoicing with her and praising God, people complained that Jesus healed on the Sabbath.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

We are not to go witch hunting, but are to put our confidence in God. In the Church, people of faith can cause you havoc because of the spirit of religion. Jesus gives liberty because of the Spirit of God. He came purposefully to loose people from oppression, to make those under the devil’s power to be free.

We will leave here healed and rejoicing. Jesus touched this woman and she was free. The hand of God is upon us. Nothing is impossible for God. Some people will think to themselves, “But my case is different, he doesn’t know what is going on. But God knows our situation.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Do not limit God! God is able to provide for you. Remove the negative out of your mind and be prepared to receive.

We then prayed and Pastor Danquah laid hands on many people, who were healed. It was an awesome time of praise, worship and healing. He is still speaking tonight if you want to come, you would be very welcome!

Have a blessed day,

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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