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    The Knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 6

    Isa.7: 13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

    14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

    Math.1: 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”

     

    In part one of this deliberation I did indicate that the prophecy in Isa.7: as quoted above was born out the fear that was in the heart of King Ahaz of Judah as the kings of Syria and Israel were teaming up to come and invade his kingdom. God therefore asked him for a sign in order to prove to him that he will protect him. But he responded by saying he wouldn’t ask God for a sign. So the Father personally gave him this sign of a virgin that shall conceive, to insure his fears as He God will come in his defense from those Kings.

     

    In fact the lord said “…before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her king” verse 16.Meaningnthe two kings should have been dead.

     

    Now this factor of fear is one of the greatest evils that have be-deviled the Christian world. We have the fear of death, the fear of failure in life, the fear of not giving birth and yet have been married for some years, the fear of not getting married and you above age, the fear of business failure, the fear of being killed in an accident as you travel or even God killing them for not doing certain things right in their prescribed mode of worship.. The catalogue goes on and on.

    All these manners of fears concocted by the devil, begins to interfere with the worship of the Father in our spirit and so colour the mode of our prayers.

     

    What is the next thing? We start running from pillar to post to seek solution from the so called prophets, paying exorbitant consultation fee to see them in other to get a word of prophecy. And some in the quiet of the night sneak into homes of traditional worshippers, all in a bid to get answers to alleviate their fears.

    But there is only one solution to all these your fears and it is in your knowing who the Christ of God is and why he came. Hear the prophecy of Zacharias about the birth of Christ..

    Luke 1: 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

    69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

    71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

    74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

     

    Can you get it? His presence with us is that we might be able to serve the Father without the spirit of fear. So many programmes that we put up today are strictly based on fear , and how to wade of death from our lives and homes etc. We do not sincerely worship God because He is worthy of our worship and so just giving Him thanks for His goodness and mercies that are renewed every morning .

     

    Now hear the word of the Lord.

    Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

    15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

     

    Did you see it? One of the major reasons of Christ putting on flesh as a human being is to deliver us from the bondage of fear to which we have being subjected all the days of our lives, the very thing Zacharias prophesied about .

     

    You abuse Christ if the fear of any sort is still leading you in the things you do and your worship.

     

    So what is the solution to all these. Let us hear Isaiah speak to us again.

     

    “19 When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers. Consult the spiritualists. Why not tap into the spirit-world, get in touch with the dead?”

    20 Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.” People who try the other ways get nowhere — a dead end!

    21 Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another. When nothing works out they get angry, cursing first this god and then that one, Looking this way and that,

    22 up, down, and sideways — and seeing nothing, A blank wall, an empty hole. They end up in the dark with nothing”. (Isa 8:19-22) msg.

     

    Did you see it? When men begin to prescribe to you, solutions from spiritualist etc just let them know, you are going to study the scriptures. Base and build your faith in the word of God. The word is both life and spirit.

     

    Prov.4: 20 “ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

    21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

    22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh”.

     

    Yes, the word of God is life and health. Stop running around in programs for solution, Search the word, and believe the word for they are life and health unto you if you can find them. That’s the solution to your fear problem, the word coming alive as “Emmanuel”.

     

    Whatever feat we can perform in life is factored on Emmanuel, God being with us. Look at this..

     

    “And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly”. 2Ch 1:1.

     

    Beloved , can you see this? That the success of King Solomon was simply because God was with him? And not just that, this Emmanuel factor caused him to be magnified exceedingly. What a secret to success in life.

     

    Why did you think Joshua succeeded in his assignment? The secret is in the Emmanuel factor.

     

    “And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.” Jos 3:7. Imagine!

     

    What about Jesus when he walked the earth for three and half years..

     

    “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”. Acts 10:38 (KJV)

     

    The anointing was not enough, “for God was with him” was the secret. Can you see why all our anointing services are not producing the way we expected? It is because, the knowledge of the Emmanuel dimension is missing.

     

    People of God, the secret to true success and power in life and ministry is in the Emmanuel dimension. To overcome the fears of life is to know the Lord as Emmanuel not just he who came to save us from our sins.

     

    Let us bring back to the household of faith this factor in our worship and see more mature sons worship the Father in spirit and in truth, instead of breeding orphans in orphanage homes called churches.

     

    “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Math.1: 23) Amen!

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    The Knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 5

    Math.1: 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”

     

    Again we state , the knowledge and understanding of “Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” is a whole new realm of life, as we begin to walk in the realization of this grace that is now available . So many of our so called demons chasing Christians activities everyday will vanish away. All of those special programmes called ‘anointing for favour’ and ‘breakthroughs’ will be converted to something more meaningfully glorious to the worship of our Father.

     

    Now the point is , no natural father who is rich in the things of this world will want to have his child do a particular dance, sing a special song for him or pray all night long for the father to make provisions available to him or her. Or that the child must rob a special cream or perfume on himself so as to attract the favour of the father’s for a blessing.

     

    The word says the lord has given us all things to enjoy

    “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” 1TiM. 6:17.

     

    Evidently, God has all things which he gives liberally for the needs of his children and he does not give merely what is necessary, but he gives what tends to make life more comfortable. So the comforts of life come from God, as well as the necessaries. The word hear is clear, he does not only give us a bare subsistence, but he gives us enjoyments with it.

     

    It is the oppressions of men that has made life uncomfortable for his neighbour. God gives liberally; man divides it badly.

     

    Our worship is to honour God and not to attract his favour , we are already his beloved in Christ Jesus. There is nothing you can do to make God love you or favour you more than what Christ has done for you. God chose us in Christ as His Children before the foundation of the world. Your only valid instrument of attraction to God for his blessings remains in your union with Christ.

     

    The only thing the father will ever asked you to do is to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things will be added to you.(Math.6:33)

     

    You don’t need programmes or anything else to get God to bless you. This is why the knowledge of the Emmanuel dimension is so vital to our daily walk in life as believers.

     

    Look at this..

    “And the LORD was with Joseph (Emmanuel), and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian….

    And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

    And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field”. Gen. 39:2,4-5.

     

    Can you imagine this? What gave Joseph, a slave boy in the natural so much blessings in a foreign land. The lord was with him-Emmanuel. The word says he was a prosperous man, not because of anything he did to attract the favour of God. ‘The Lord was with him’ was the answer.

     

    “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

    But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison” Gen 39:20-21.

     

    Even in prison?, Yes, he prospered, why? Because the Emmanuel dimension was being revealed, God was with him.

     

    Listen to this question, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us”? (Rom. 8:31) The answer is NO BODY. For “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” Prov. 16:7.

     

    Our focus should not be in the pursuing of enemies and asking God for favour in other to be blessed and to be free from so called enemies, but to focus on our ways, which should be the ways of the lord, the word of the Lord. Trusting and believing in what he says of himself and you as his child. It is to become one with him through the word and so the word becoming flesh, as living Epistles.2 Cor.3:1-2.

    To be continued…

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    The Knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 4

    Isa.7: 13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

    14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

     

    Math.1: 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”

     

    The understanding of the Father being with us is so liberating and empowering if truly understood. God intentions has always being to be with his people. Therein He will be speaking to his own and sharing fellowship with them.

     

    In Exo. 33:7 We are told.. “And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp”.

     

    Meaning in seeking the Lord you will find Him in his temple which you are, for we are the temple of the living God. It is from the midst of the temple that you can truly here Him speak.

     

    Lev. 1:1 “And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying”,

     

    From where was God speaking to Moses?, from the Temple , even so it is today. The Lord speaks to his people from within the Temple that you are in your spirit man.

     

    Look at it

    “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.

    And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office”.

    And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

    And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel”. Exo.29:43-44, 25:21-22.

     

    ‘And there I will meet with thee’ That is, over the mercy-seat, between the cherubim. In this place God chose to give the most special manifestations of presence and person.

     

    Now it must be seen that the heart of the redeemed man is God’s sanctuary; for as, in the sanctuary, that is where the shechinah or Divine glory resides, because there we have the ark, the tables, and the cherubim; so, in the heart of man, it is necessary that a place be made for the Divine Majesty to dwell in, and that it be the holy of holies, the spirit of man.”

     

    Paul specifically declares on this matter’..

    “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Eph.2:19-22.

    “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? …And “he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. 1Cor.3:16,.6:17.

     

    This union of the spirit of the Father with and in our spirit is what truly produces our sonship at the end. Now we have the privileges to express the Father who is the unseen God and we can declare the things that are not known by reason of His union with us..This is the Emmanuel factor of our become one with the Father.

     

    See Apostle Paul lived out what I am saying as he set rules for married matters.

     

    “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful… The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

    But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God”. .1 Cor.7:25; 39-40.

     

    Can you see that? By reason of his union in sprit with the lord, now being one spirit, he could make rules to be observed and the Holy Spirit permitted them to be written down as inspired of the Holy Spirit.

     

    This is a doctrine most implicitly taught by the apostles; and the absolute necessity of having the heart made a habitation of God through the Spirit; this is strongly and frequently insisted on through the whole of the New Testament. It is the revelation of our oneness with the Father which should be the answer to Jesus’ prayer

     

    “ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” ..Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;. ..That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

    I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

    Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world…

    And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them”.John.17:15-26.

     

    ‘Emmanuel’…God and man becoming one.

     

    © 2016 –  Dr. David O. Ogaga

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    The Knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 3

    Math.1: 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” Math 1:

    Again, like we have indicated earlier on, this is the fulfillment of Gen. 3:15; “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent,”

     

    John rightly said , 1John. 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”(KJV)

    And the man to destroy the work of the devil, was to be the one who came from a woman who knew no man.

     

    Here it is

    Luke 1: 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

    27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

    28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. {highly…: or, graciously accepted, or, of much grace}

    29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

    30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

    31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

    32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

    34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?..

     

    This is why he is called “The seed of the woman…” (Gen. 3:15 😉 Nothing to do with a man. No impute from a natural man in anyway. The Genesis text therefore speaks as fully of the virgin state of the person, from whom Christ, according to the flesh, should come.

     

    So Emmanuel is actually talking of God with us, to comfort, enlighten, protect, and defend us in every time of temptation and trial, in the hour of death, in the Day of Judgment; and God with us, and in us, and we with and in him, to all eternity. That is the true incarnation..

     

    The Temple.

    What was the purpose of the temple? Let us quickly take a look at a few scriptures in Exodus. In Exodus 25: we are told…

    “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Exodus.25:8-9,…

    According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it…..

    “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.

    And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office.

    And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God” Exodus.29: 43-46.

     

    It is evidence that the Tabernacle built by Moses as instructed by God was for the purpose of making Himself available to the Children of Israel all throughout their journey in the wilderness. It was a means of making His presence felt as being in their midst as they journey on. From where also His glory was fully revealed to them as the Father. Here they know that they were not alone but that the Father is with them both for guidance, protection and directive..The Emmanuel factor.

     

    Now what is that to us today as believers? Hear this..

     

    “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?… What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…( 1 Cor.3: 16; 6: 19-20)

    “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.( 2 Cor.6: 16-18)

    For “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;” ((Acts.17:24).

     

    Meaning He dwells in us and with us as His temple.

     

    Did you see that? The Emmanuel dimension of God is what sealed our union with God as our Father. Remember all men all over the world serve different gods and idols as a means to reach to the Almighty invisible God that created the universal. So to them He is just a universal God, but for those of us who are born again by the very spirit of the Father, He is our Father and not just God.

     

    “(12 But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”.(John 12-13):

     

    He is not just the God that is invisible somewhere in the blues, but very much present with us as our Father – Emmanuel.

    In the natural children live in the same environment- house with their Fathers, even so do we live with our Father today in his house which is the Church of the living God , the pillar and ground of the truth.(2 Tim.3:15). “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;… For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device” (Acts 17:28-29).We are not just in the same pace with Him, he is the very environment that we live in.

     

    The responsibility of every Father is to provide, protect and guide his children. Isn’t that what the Father is to us today? God is with us so we fear no evil or the troubles around the world; we are sealed in his love. As a matter of fact, the Father God is so jealous of us that He will not allow any evil to befall us. We are so much of a treasure unto Him. Emmanuel!

     

    Let the fears of what a devil or witch can do to us disappear henceforth. You are truly with the Father and the Father is with you wherever you go. Pleading the blood of Jesus on the road, tyres etc while we embark on a journey is born out-of fear of death and powers on the highway from killing us. Let these die out-of your life. “lo! Am with you alway” is the promise of the Father. You are too secured to be messed up by a demon of death in any form because of Emmanuel…

    © 2016 –  Dr. David O. Ogaga

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