ENLARGED!

[SW158] 10/24/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Enlarged!”

Oh, God wants to enlarge us, so our hearts are made big enough to contain Him!

Enlarged (7337) — broadened, widened, made into a wide space!

Text: Isaiah 54:1-3

The Lord spoke this to Israel, while they were in captivity, unable to bear, desolate.
And He told them to shout for joy!!! Why? Because He was going to restore them.

He said, “Enlarge!” Make room for Me! Widen your view of Me! Enlarge your understanding of what I can do in the midst of your desolation and barrenness.

His promise? Your desolation will end!

More promises:

Verse 11-12 You are now afflicted and storm-tossed, you are not comforted (returned to Me). But I will garnish you with precious jewels, as a bride is adorned for her Bridegroom!

Verse 13 You will have sons, and they will be taught by Me, and they will have great shalom, peace, wellness, health, spiritual prosperity!

Verse 14-15 I will establish you in My righteousness, and you will no longer be oppressed by fear and terror. No one will assail you — if they try, they will fall.

Verse 16 The Lord created Nebuchadnezzar as His servant to punish Israel for her waywardness. He created all human beings, and uses some for such purposes, to cause ruin that His people would cry out and return to Him.

Verse 17 But once you have returned, no weapon formed against you will prosper, and you will condemn all who accuse you! It is your heritage, your inheritance, when you become a servant of the Lord — one who obeys out of love.

This is reason to shout for joy! God says, prepare yourself, and I will enlarge your heart so I may dwell in you, just as My Son declared in John 14:23!

Enlargement! David, a man after God’s own heart, declared it:

Psalm 119:32  I shall run the way of Your commandments,
    For You will enlarge my heart.

Psalm 119:45  And I will walk at liberty (literally, in a wide space),
    For I  seek Your precepts.

Psalms 118:5    From my distress I called upon  the LORD;
     The LORD answered me and  set me in a large place.

Psalms 18:19  He brought me forth also into a  broad place;
    He rescued me, because  He delighted in me.

He delights in those whose hearts are His! He delights in those who run in the way of His commandments because He has enlarged their hearts so they can contain Him! He rescues them and sets them in broad places!

Do you see the common thread? It is a promise for those who return.

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek (1875) — enter into relationship with — God!

It is a limited time offer — it is while He is found, while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts!

Let him turn to the Lord — He will have mercy on him, and FREELY pardon him!

You may say, “Well, that is the Old Testament. It doesn’t apply to the church.” But listen to what Paul spoke to the church at Corinth, for some of them were acting wickedly and unrighteously:

2Corinthians 6:17  “ Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
    “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
    And I will welcome you.
18      “ And I will be a father to you,
    And you shall be  sons and daughters to Me,”
    Says the Lord Almighty.

It is a quote from Isaiah 52:11. The condition for the promises of God is to separate yourself from wickedness and unrighteousness, in yourself and in the world.

Turn, and all of His promises in Isaiah 54 that I have spoken of will be yours!

Do what is required by God — turn —  and the promise will be fulfilled in you, and you will be filled full of God!

WAKE UP!

[SW157] 10/17/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Wake Up!”

Today, the Lord asks us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2Corinthians 13:15)!

Text: John 5:24-29
Judgment coming!
— Good, to resurrection of life
— Evil, to resurrection of judgment

How are you walking? (Ephesians 5:1ff)
— In love (His love), verses 1-2?
— Did you give yourself up? It’s the only way to walk in His love!
— Or in evil (verses 3-6)?
— Do you walk as a child of the light (verse 8)?
— Are  you living proof of what pleases God (verse 10)?
— Or are you sleep-walking? Wake up! (verse 14)
— Walk wise (v. 15)
— Redeem the time (v. 16)
— Be filled with the Spirit (v. 17-18). It is the Lord’s will!

If  you do these things, you will not be subject to the judgment Jesus spoke of.

The fruit? You will subject yourself to others, in the fear of Christ (v. 21):
— No more demanding my rights
— No more power plays
— No more one-upmanship
— No more willful disobedience of God, which is sin
— 1 John 2:6 and 4:17

Please go to the link to my video sermon on Youtube to see and hear what the Lord has to say about these things.

WHAT SATAN CANNOT DO

[SW156] 10/10/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“What Satan Cannot Do”

Satan cannot make you sin. All of mankind, even Christians whose hearts have not been purified by being baptized in the Holy Spirit, have lust in their hearts. Satan then tempts such ones, and they sin.

All I am about to say is the gospel (truth) which is in Christ!

For those who believe, obey, and thus show that they love God, here is the promise of God:

Hebrews 2:14   Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He [Christ] Himself likewise also partook of the same, that  through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  15 and might free those who through  fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Think about it! Satan is rendered powerless over death because Jesus Christ died! If you receive what Christ did on the cross and obey and love God wholeheartedly, Satan loses his favorite weapon — he no longer can make you fear death! It has no victory, no sting (1Corinthians 15:55)!

Jesus says:

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they  may have life, and  have it abundantly.”

Satan comes to:

— steal (the Word of God from hearts — Matthew 13:19)

— kill (your body)

— destroy (cause you to endlessly perish in hell)

But if you turn away from sin and to Jesus Christ, and love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, you will have Jesus Christ’s life in you — abundantly, to the full, ’til it overflows, forever!

Yet, there are things Satan CAN do:

— Tempt Christians — he temped Christ (Matthew 4:1-10)!

— Devour Christians who do not resist him.

1Peter 5:8  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring  lion, seeking someone to devour.  9  But resist him,  firm in your faith, knowing that  the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your  brethren who are in the world.

— Fill the hearts of those who pretend obedience to Christ (Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:3)

— Afflict the righteous, with God’s permission (as with Job).

— Have dominion over all who have not yet come to Father God through Jesus Christ. As Paul testifies to King Agrippa about his Damascus Road experience, the Lord said to Paul:

Acts 26:16 ‘But get up and  stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and  a witness not only to the things which you have  seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17  rescuing you  from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of  Satan to God, that they may receive  forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

— Possess those who have not been filled with the Holy Spirit (the demoniac of the Gadarenes in Matthew 8:28, the daughter of Abraham bent over double in Luke 13:11).

But Satan cannot:

— Make you sin (James 1:13-15)! The devil does not make you do it. Your own lust makes you sin. Beloved, James is writing to Christians.

— Jesus makes no mention of Satan in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7), which He speaks to His followers and to all of Israel. But He makes much mention of sin, hell, pride and lust, and He speaks this to His disciples and the people of Israel who are the people of God!

How can we be set free from our lust and pride that causes us to sin?

2Peter 1:3 . . . seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true  knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Becoming partakers of the divine nature means being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire! Your sinful nature dies, and then Christ lives in you!

First, you submit to God. Then, you have the power to resist the devil, and he must flee (James 4:8)!

Here is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only are past sins forgiven, but:

John 8:31   So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly  disciples of Mine; 32 and  you will know the truth, and  the truth will make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

John 8:34   Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “ The slave does not remain in the house forever;  the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son  makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

You will still be tempted by Satan, but you will no longer take his bait!

Why do we not live this, even now? There are two possible reasons:

— We do not believe it. Put away your unbelief, surrender fully to God, ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and you will be free!

— We love our sin. Repent! Sin is always destructive not only to you, but to those around you (Isaiah 59:7)! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)! And as if that was not sufficient reason to run full-speed to Jesus Christ to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and set free from slavery to sin.

Beloved, Satan will always tempt, but when you are submitted to God by being filled with the Spirit, you will resist the devil, and he will flee!

Boundless, measureless, infinite, eternal love!

O Father, I embraced You this morning, and You asked me to tell others what You have showed me about that embrace.

You are eternal, You are infinite, and there is no way that I can get my natural arms around You, to give You the embrace a child gives her natural father. How can I approach You and embrace You?

No one can come to You except through Your Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6), And I came through Him, receiving all He did on the cross. Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son! He opened the door to life as You have it!

Then I asked You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), and to my surprise (because I didn’t know Your promises yet), You poured out Your very own love in my heart, to overflowing! Because it is Your own love and not my natural love, it is infinite, eternal, and outside all natural measurements and boundaries, just as You are.

So I bring that love to You every day — Your boundless, measureless, infinite, eternal love! And with it, I am able to embrace You! Every day, I pour Your love back to You, and You pour it back to me in an endless exchange. Every day, I surround my infinite Father with His infinite love in an infinite embrace!

And also to my surprise, it became very easy to obey You and follow Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!

OIL

We are abundantly supplied to work God’s works, when we are filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit!

[SW155] 09/26/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Oil”

Oil (of the olive):

— Heals
— Softens hard things
— Provides light

Exodus 27:20   “You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you  clear oil of beaten olives for the  light, to make a lamp  burn continually.  21 “In the  tent of meeting, outside  the veil which is before the testimony,  Aaron and his sons shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the LORD; it shall be a perpetual  statute throughout their generations  for the sons of Israel.”

Our lamp is to burn continually, in the tent of meeting. In the New Testament, our bodies are to be the tent of meeting. We are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). This light must have a constant supply of clear, pure oil — the Holy Spirit!

We are to be sons of fresh oil:

Zechariah 4:11   Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on its left?”  12 And I answered the second time and said to him, “What are the two olive branches which are beside the two golden pipes, which empty the golden oil from themselves?”  13 So he answered me, saying, “ Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No,  my lord.”  14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones [literally, “sons of fresh oil”] who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth.”

Psalm 23:5      You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

God commands us to have an overflowing cup of the oil of the Holy Spirit, from His supply!

The Holy Spirit is the oil of joy:

Isaiah 61:3      To  grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

The Holy Spirit is the supply we must have:

1Kings 17:14 “For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The  bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil  be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.’”

We must be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. God commands that we do so.

Text:  Matthew 25

It is as Jesus spoke to His disciples, when He told them about His second coming . . .

Verses 1-3 — The virgins (brides-to-be) represent the church which is the bride of  Christ. When He is about to come, we will go out to meet Him:
What can we learn from the five foolish and the five prudent?

They all had lamps that were supplied to them. All of them appeared to be virgins. looked like virgins, but only five had an extra supply of oil in their flasks. We must be sons of fresh oil so we have a constant supply of oil in our vessels — inside of us — beloved.

The foolish had no extra supply; they had nothing in their vessels.

[Foolish is moros, in the original Greek. It refers to the heart and character, not just the mind as being stupid, versus prudent, which means understanding, having keen discernment.]

Why did the foolish virgins have no oil with them? They relied on the oil they were given by others. We cannot rely on the light of others — we must have our own fuel.

Verses 5-6 ALL the virgins fell asleep because the Bridegroom delayed. At midnight, there was a shout, “Behold the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!”

Verses 7-9 The lamps had to be trimmed/prepared. The five foolish suddenly realized their lamps were going out. But they had no supply of oil. They were given lamps, they were given light, but the light was snuffed out because they had no fuel of their own.

They asked the five prudent for some of their oil, but there wasn’t enough for both. Each must have their own supply of the oil of the Holy Spirit. So the prudent urged the foolish to go and get what they lacked.

Beloved, my own heart said, “I will be able to give them what they lack! I will lay hands on them so they have oil in their vessels!” But that is not what Jesus said.

Verse 10 — But it was too late. The Bridegroom came while the foolish were going away to purchase oil. The prudent, who were ready, went in to the wedding feast. And the door was closed. I tell you the truth, there will come a time when the door is closed to those who did not ask the Lord to fill them with the oil of the Holy Spirit!

Verse 11-13 — The foolish came later, and said, “Lord, Lord, open up for us.” But the Lord said something shocking: “Truly I say to you, I do not know you.” It literally “Not I know you.” It is emphatic. He has no knowledge of them. There has been no holy intimacy with them, no connection to them. Jesus says:

Luke 6:46   “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Oh, beloved, there is still time to ready yourself.

There is still time to obey His command to be filled with His oil of gladness, His oil of joy, His oil that provides healing and light, His oil that will soften your heart!

Turn now to Him, and ask for the supply that you will need, for He is coming soon. Do not wait until it is too late!

FIRE

The Holy Spirit and fire are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. And it is God’s command that you be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.

[SW154] 09/20/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Fire”

Matthew 3:11 [John the Baptist said]  “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

A few things about the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

— Repentance must precede the baptism. Not only repentance, but the fruit thereof.

— The Holy Spirit and fire are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.

— John the Baptist was not baptizing those who did not yet believe. He was baptizing believers in God.

— That means that those believers in God needed to repent, needed to turn to God. They were going through the motions but sinning on the side, and John’s words convicted them of their sin.

— The most religious were the ones he most strongly rebuked. Dotting i’s and crossing t’s does not make you right with God.

So why repent and be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire? I could tell you all the things that will change in you and all the things that you will become, but here’s the bottom line: God commands it. Isn’t that enough reason?

John the Baptist, and Jesus Christ, and the disciples, preached for God’s people to repent. It is the repentance that leads to life:

Acts 11:18 When they [Jews upset that Peter had gone into the home of the Gentile Cornelius] heard this, they quieted down and  glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads tolife.”

So repentance must come first. Then you live. Then you seek the baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire, because God commands it (see Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:17-18).

What will the Holy Spirit’s fire do?

— Refine you and purge you of all admixtures, burning off every other inferior metal so you are made pure, so your heart is completely God’s (Malachi 3:3). Again, Malachi prophesied to the people of God, even the Levites who were designated as His ministers and worshipers, not unbelievers.

His eyes move to and fro across the earth to strongly support those whose hearts are entirely His, beloved (2Chronicles 16:9)! Halleujah!

— Cleanse you (Acts 15:9). The house of Cornelius did speak in other tongues, which is evidence of baptism with the Holy Spirit throughout the New Testament, but what really impressed Peter was that their hearts were cleansed. Again, purity of heart is in view.

—  Provide you with light to lead the way. He is the pillar of fire by which Israel was able to journey by night (Exodus 13:22). You will hear a voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or the left.” (See Isaiah 30:21.)

— This fire will burn but not consume, so that you may be as the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), and the Lord may speak through you.

For today’s church:

We blame much of our problems on the devil. We say he’s at work, and that’s why our lives are so messed up. But that’s not what the Bible says:
James 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when  sin  is accomplished, it brings forth death.  16  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

God will deliver you from your lust when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Listen to Peter:

2Peter 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become  partakers of the divine nature, having  escaped the  corruption that is in the world by lust.

Beloved, Christianity is not a religion — it is a relationship with God that is intimate and continual. I hear “relationship” a lot in the church-at-large. What I rarely hear is that you cannot have a relationship with God if  you continue to willfully disobey God (that is, SIN).

1John 1:6  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [that is, sin], we lie and  do not practice the truth;”

Do not deceive yourselves, beloved. Give God full reign in you.

Turn from your willful disobedience! Turn from your sin! Jesus Christ is the only Way to God the Father. No one comes to Him except through Jesus.

Don’t just mouth the words — truly turn away from the sin you’ve been doing. Then ask Him for the Holy Spirit and fire. He’ll refine, purge, cleanse, light your path, and remove your chains so you’re no longer a slave to sin.

Believe and receive!

VISION OF PRESENTS GIVEN

Matthew 24:24 [Jesus says] “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will  show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”

I had a vision last night. I saw men, two at a time, bowing to one another and presenting boxes, with a flourish. There were several sets of men. They had proud looks on their faces and were impressed with each other. Some wore capes like magician’s capes. I did not know what it meant.

Today, the Lord revealed the interpretation. These are the presenters of a false gospel, magicians who perform false signs and wonders.

Some of these presenters preach a false gospel that has no requirement for repentance from sin.

Some of these presenters preach a false gospel that tells believers that at best, they will have to choose, from moment to moment, not to sin (as if we had the power to do that, in ourselves!).

Some of these presenters preach a false gospel that tells believers that the rebellious nature in humans cannot be destroyed and replaced with Christ’s nature.

Some of these presenters preach that Christ died to make your life happy. With this, they are especially impressed with one another.

John 12:43  for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

These presenters have used their impressive “magic” to transform the gospel of Jesus Christ from a gospel of freedom to a man-made gospel, one formed from their own imagination.

Lamentations 2:14  Your prophets have seen for you
False and foolish visions;
And they have not exposed your iniquity
So as to restore you from captivity,
But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.

Matthew 23:13  [Jesus says]  “But woe to you . . . because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from  people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”