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.”

 

WATER!

[SW153] 09/16/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Water”

(NOTE: These are notes and scripture references. I urge you to watch the video on Youtube, because it is an interpretation of John 4 that I believe will speak to your heart. The video message will be available later today. The link is in the right-hand column on my blog site.)

I announced last time that I would discontinue this video ministry, to make myself available for other ministry as needed, but the Lord showed me that I can vary the days I speak a video message. So I will continue.

Breath — Last time, I spoke about the breath, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a breath that is breathed into dry bones.

The Lord instructed me to continue with a few other symbols of the Holy Spirit:

Water — Living water which flows from the bellies of those who are filled to overflowing.

Fire — Purifies our hearts and make them completely and entirely God’s, with no other rival.

Oil — That which keeps a flame burning.

So today, I speak about water.

You are thirsty with a thirst that nothing has quenched. Your sins leave you dry, the gods you’ve worshiped leave you dry, preachers who preach ear candy leave you dry. Jesus Christ has living water for you today, and you will never thirst again.

Text:  John 4 — the condition of the woman at the well (and of you, beloved), and the solution.

The nature of living water:

Zechariah 14:8   And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

These are waters that never dry up! In Israel, rivers and streams often flow in the winter but dry up in the summer. But the living water of the Holy Spirit is an endless source of life!

Zechariah 10:1        Ask  rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain —
The LORD who  makes the  storm clouds;
And He will give them  showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.

Zechariah 10:12 “And I will strengthen them in the LORD,
And in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.

It is water that strengthens, water that transforms you so that you become God’s representative, walking in the name of Jesus Christ, as His ambassador, obeying God, walking as Christ walked when He was on the earth. The strengthening rain, the living water, the Spirit! He is what is required to make it so!

Water! The Holy Spirit, who was poured out at Pentecost, with a fisherman named Peter preaching repentance in Acts 2, for repentance is the first step:

Joel 2:12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“ Return to Me with all your heart,
And with  fasting, weeping and mourning;
13      And  rend your heart and not  your garments.”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is  gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.

and then . . .

Joel 2:28  “It will come about after this
That I will  pour out My Spirit on all mankind; [all who ask, Luke 11:13]
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29      “Even on the  male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

And the day that Peter preached, and in the days that followed, thousands upon thousands were transformed, healed of their rebellion against God, and reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ! Peter had flood-stage living water flowing from his belly!

Poured out! Water! Rivers in the spiritual desert of Judah’s exile in Babylon, and also in the desert of today’s Christianity!

Only our God, the one who called forth the generations from the beginning, can help us, and He will gladly restore and revive the fallen-away church, if she will turn. Here is His promise:

Isaiah 41:18  “I will open  rivers on the bare heights
And springs in the midst of the valleys;
I will make  the wilderness a pool of water
And the dry land fountains of water.
19      “I will put the cedar in the wilderness,
The acacia and the  myrtle and the olive tree;
I will place the  juniper in the desert
Together with the box tree and the cypress,
20      That  they may see and recognize,
And consider and gain insight as well,
That the  hand of the LORD has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.

These cannot grow in a dry desert . . . they require water! But  He promises water:

Isaiah 44:3  ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will  pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;

For today’s church:

Who is the Source of living water? Who will relieve you of the dryness that I know you feel? Who is the One who will take you out of your desert, out of your wilderness, the place of dryness that results from sin?  Jesus Christ!

What is your sin, you ask? Rather than idols made of stone or wood or metal,  the idolatry of self is your sin. (I was the same way, before I received the Holy Spirit’s living water.) And most pastors build their sermons around you and your sensual desires. That may make you feel good for a moment, but then you find you are still dry. Theirs is a deceptive stream; it dries up quickly. You are still in your idolatry. If your pastor does not speak of sin and righteousness and judgment and repentance from sin, you remain a slave to sin.

Jesus Christ is in the business of making people free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36), and that is by the Holy Spirit, the living water:

John 7:37   Now on  the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me,  as the Scripture said, ‘From  his innermost being will flow rivers of  living water.’” 39 But this He spoke  of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Who receives the living water of the Holy Spirit? He who believes in Christ, not just in a mental assent that Christ lived and died and rose again, but who obeys Christ out of love! He who has repented and asked God to do it! That one will have living water flowing from his belly like a flood-stage river!
Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father for this reason:

Isaiah 42:7      To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.

This water, the Holy Spirit, will open your blind eyes and  deliver you from your prison of selfishness and rebellion against God, and make you an oasis for the lost (Isaiah 42:7). He who gives you sight and freedom will do the same for them, through us!

And there is another purpose for His living water:

Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be  My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and  Samaria, and even to  the remotest part of the earth.”

The living water of the Holy Spirit gives you power to be a witness that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, that He came and died and rose again, because His Holy Spirit will fill you with His presence and His love and His holiness and His power, and that will trigger repentance in others!

You cannot be the church without His living water!

The cure for your dryness, the exit from your desert, is before you now. Jesus Christ will give you living, overflowing water that will never dry up, living water that will make you a witness that Christ is real. People who see God’s power in you and living water flowing form you will repent and believe.

Beloved, most of today’s church cannot claim to be witnesses of Him, but His offer is open NOW. Repent, turn from your idolatry of self, cry out to God and receive His living water!