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!

HIDING THE GOSPEL

I had a vision of a woman handing a bottle to a man who was entirely dressed in black. He took it and hid it under his vest. Here is the interpretation: The woman was the true church. She gave living water to the man, but he took it in his hand and hid it.

Some in pulpits in America are like that man. They have been given the truth of the gospel that sets us free from slavery to sin. But they hide it. So they do not drink of the living water, and they keep others from drinking of it. They deprive themselves of holy intimacy with You, O God, and preach that we cannot help but continue to willfully disobey You. And in depriving themselves, they deprive those who listen to them.

Father, You are angry with the ones who suppress the truth. Jesus Christ carried our past sins on that cross, but He also died and rose on the third day and ascended to heaven to pour out the Holy Spirit, who sets us free from slavery to sin when He fills us with Himself! Father, In the name of Jesus, remove those who do such things, and replace them with true shepherds.

TRAINING WHEELS

Jeff and I have entered into a new season of our walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. I will blog as I go, because the Lord asked me to do it. Maybe it will be a blessing to you.

Remember when you were a kid and just graduating from tricycle to bicycle?

My mom and dad bought me my first bike, complete with training wheels to help me keep my balance. As soon as I was comfortable, it was time to take off my training wheels. Yikes!

In my mind’s eye, I see the glorious day of graduation, just like it was yesterday: I was in the driveway with Dad, making turns and tipping over. I skinned my knees more than once.

I remember how when I fell, he hugged me, picked me up, put me back in the bicycle seat, and said, “Don’t give up! You can do it!” Suddenly, I got my sense of balance, and off I went!

I needed some bandaids on my knees that night, lovingly applied by Mom. But I was off and running! Wooo-hoo!

Its kind of like that for me right now. For the first time ever, I’m in a Pentecostal church (the Church of God in Christ), learning how to get my balance with the spiritual gifts God gave me 13 years ago this November.

I have my training wheels on right now. My previous church did not move in a Pentecostal way, so I didn’t get much practice there.

But now I have an anointed, godly pastor that’s watching me like my Dad did, with great love. I’m in a church that preaches holiness of heart as a work only God can do, in our hearts. I’m in a church that works in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14). And the whole church picks me up and hugs me and encourages me to continue, if I lose my balance a bit.

It will be no time at all before the Holy Spirit makes me able to free-wheel it. Jesus Christ said He’d make me able to do what He did, and greater (John 14:12), and I know He is faithful and will do it. The result? I’ll be able to more effectively give what I have received (Matthew 10:8).

All of the preachers I’ve met and heard so far in the Church of God in Christ are heavily anointed, speaking in and moving in the power and gifts and love of the Holy Spirit. If I were to compare myself with these anointed men and women, I would be intimidated and feel entirely out of my league. I’m in the minors, and they are in the majors!

But when those thoughts creep in, I take them captive to the obedience of Christ. We each have a unique anointing, and I have learned that we are all growing — even these giants in the faith.

So I’m respectfully and reverently — but freely —  tooling around the Church of God in Christ. And my arms are open wide to hug and encourage my brothers and sisters as we all learn, in the Lord! Glory to God!

 

THE BREATH

[SW152] 08/29/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“The Breath”

The Breath! The Breath of God! It gives life to dry bones and makes them stand up, as an exceedingly great army!

Text:  Ezekiel 37

The vision Ezekiel saw, and the Breath that he prophesied, came to pass on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The rushing wind of the Holy Spirit blew into an upper room filled with 120 Jews who obeyed Jesus Christ’s command to stay and wait in the city until they were clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).

When those tongues like fire fell upon them, they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and they inhaled the very Breath of God! Then they became an exceedingly great army!

But the church has fallen from that glorious place, particularly in the U.S., where I have been called to speak to her.

God’s intent and will:

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

Abundantly (4053 perissos) — in the sense of beyond; superabundant (in quantity), superior (in quality); by implication, excessive — exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure!

’Til it overflows!

Acts 2:1   When  the day of Pentecost  had come, they were all together in one place.  2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled  the whole house where they were sitting.  3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire  distributing themselves, and  they  rested on each one of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to  speak with other  tongues, as the Spirit was giving them  utterance.

It was the fulfillment of:

Joel 2:28        “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
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.

Pour out (8210 shaphakh), intensely, mounded up, gushing out!

If we are filled with God, He will overflow from us!

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.

With joy we have drawn water from the fountain of salvation (Yeshua):

Isaiah 12:3      Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit, His living water flows from us! Therefore:

Ezekiel 47:1   Then he brought me back to the  door of the house; and behold,  water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar.

Our temple is so full of His living water that it comes out from under the threshold of us, and flows, and flows, and flows, deeper, and deeper, and deeper! Wherever it goes, there is life!

We are full of His life, which overflows us!
We are full of joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1Peter 1:8 and  though you have not seen Him, you  love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and  full of glory,

It is His joy:

John 15:11 “ These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your  joy may be made full.”

He rejoices in us!

We overflow with His glory, full of His kabod!

Colossians 1:27 [His saints] to whom God willed to make known what is  the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the  hope of glory.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Psalms 45:13  The King’s daughter [bride] is all glorious within;

And we overflow with His love:

Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been  poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Poured out to overflowing, gushing out to us, gushing out from us!

We freely give what has been given to us, doing as Jesus Christ commanded us:

Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

Healing, raising, cleansing, casting out cannot help but happen when we overflow!

To today’s church:

Remember that picture of the church that the Lord showed me? She is like the old man with the long beard, sitting in a chair, bent over, looking down. No hope.

Much of today’s church is like the house of Israel, in exile in Babylon:

Ezekiel 37:11   Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our  bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’

Jesus is grieved by the dryness that is in the church, the complacency, the emptiness.

Even in those churches that have the life of God in them, that welcome the Holy Spirit, I see churchgoers who are content to enjoy His presence while they are in church.  But they go home as dry bones.

They go home empty rather than full of God’s life that overflows into the world,         empty rather than full of His living water that gushes from the belly,
empty rather than full of His joy,
empty rather than full of His love,
empty rather than full of His glory. May it never be!

We cannot overflow if we are not filled.

If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we overflow not only in the four walls of the church, but wherever we go. We are filled with the Holy Spirit, with life as God has it, with God’s actual love, with His living water, with His joy, with His glory.

And we who are overflowing call the rest of the church, the complacent church, the lukewarm church, to come and be filled, so they may overflow. The hour is late! The Spirit was given to empower the church. We must obey God’s command, and yield ourselves completely to Him. Only He can make us overflow!

Today I prophesy to the Breath — O Holy Spirit, blow through the churches of America! Let each one inhale deeply, and be filled, so she may be that exceedingly great army in Ezekiel’s glorious vision!

This is my last video message for this season. There have been many seasons in Jeff’s and my ministry: as associate pastors, as part-time pastors to a church off the coast of Maine, as church planters, as house church leaders, as those who assisted others in Florida during church transitions, as a safe place for ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ to come and rest (and that last one is still in effect).

But I have sensed a new season, even as we go from summer to fall. I am changing my ordination from Free Methodist to Church of God in Christ, and I am leaving the way wide open for the Lord and the church to use me as the Spirit leads them.
Amen, Lord! So be it!

HE LONGS TO BE GRACIOUS

[SW151] 08/22/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“He Longs To Be Gracious”

He longs to be gracious . . . He waits for you to turn to Him and to adhere yourself to Him, because He will surely receive you back to Himself, if you do it!

Text: Isaiah 30

Verse 18 — He longs to be gracious to you. I praise Him, because it is His very nature and character to be gracious and compassionate. But it is also His very character to be just and righteous. You will see all of these characteristics in this message.

He longs to be gracious to you. That means there must be times when He has to withhold His grace for some just and righteous reason, doesn’t it?

He waits on high — emphasizing His position versus yours, and His authority and power over everything that exists. But it also indicates distance between God and His people.

What does He wait on high to do? Have compassion. That means He had to withhold His compassion for some just and righteous reason, doesn’t it? The word is racham (7355), and the root has to do with birth. Compassion comes from the depths of His being.

It is as with Paul to the Galatians (Galatians 4:19); he again travailed as in a woman in labor, so that Christ would be formed in them. That means Christ wasn’t yet formed in them, doesn’t it, or that somehow they had lost their connection to Christ?

Here’s the question, then: Why did the Lord withhold His grace and compassion from Judah? Why does He withhold it from much of today’s church?

The answer is in Isaiah 30:1 and forward:

Verse 1 — Woe to the rebellious children! His children rebelled against Him. How? They execute a plan (literally, “weave a covering web”). But it is not His plan. They make an alliance, but it is not of His Spirit. They do not seek His counsel, but devise their own plans.

Verse 2 — We rebel when we turn to the world. Egypt is not only a country to whom Judah would eventually turn for protection from Babylon, but it is also an example for us.

For the church, Egypt represents the natural, turning to the ways of the world to try to keep the church-at-large from becoming extinct.

It is using management techniques, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology to try to keep the pews filled, trying to be an “attractional” church that entertains, a church where there is no mention of sin or repentance because it might make people feel bad about themselves.

Just as Nebuchadnezzar routed Egypt and destroyed the Jews who sought shelter there, Satan will also destroy those of us who seek the world’s wisdom and power to overcome him, instead of God’s wisdom and power. I am telling you the truth.

Verse 9 — For this is a rebellious people, false (literally, “lying”) sons, who refuse to listen to the instruction of the Lord.
That is what it is to rebel. We turn to the world and listen to its instruction. We seek its protection from Satan’s plan to destroy the church, instead of turning to the Lord.

Verse 10 — Much of the church, just as Judah in Isaiah’s day, does not want to hear true words from the seers (prophets) the Lord sends to warn them.

[NOTE: The idea that a person can hear from the Lord is totally rejected in most seminaries and by many pastors and their overseers, and thus, it is also rejected by the congregations. So in a way, it is even worse now than in Isaiah’s day, when men still believed prophets heard from God.]

Judah agreed that God sends men and women to warn them. They just didn’t want to hear it.

So they command prophets not to see visions. They command them not to prophesy what is right. “Speak to us pleasant words (literally “smooth things”),” ear-tickling words. Prophesy what we want to hear, even though it will keep us in our self-made deception.

And many pastors and their overseers oblige the people. The Lord is grieved.

Judah (and many churches today) would say — Get out of the way! We’re on the broad path that leads to destruction. Don’t bother us. Turn aside.

We don’t want to hear any more about the Holy One of Israel. We don’t want to hear that HE is righteous and just, and that WE are not.

We don’t want to hear that WE have deserted the HIM, the One who is totally separated from the world, who says through His prophets that WE are not separated from the world, but SHOULD BE.

We don’t want to hear that we are wrong to put our trust in the world instead of Him.

Verse 12 & 14 — And so the Lord says (and I paraphrase), “Since you have rejected Me, I will let you be broken shattered, broken to pieces.”

Verse 15 — “I told you through my prophets that you would be saved by repenting and resting, trusting and relying on Me. But you were not willing.”

Verse 18 — “Therefore, because you have not trusted Me but have rebelled against me by relying on man and refusing to listen to those I send you, I am in the position of longing to be gracious to you.”

“I am not now gracious to you. I have had to withdraw My grace because of your rebellion. I long, I wait from on high, since you do not want to hear My words, I have withdrawn from you.”

Verse 19 — This was a cause for weeping among the people of Judah. It should be a cause for weeping among the people of the church of today.

But what will happen when you cry out in repentance to Him? HE WILL SURELY BE GRACIOUS TO YOU.

What will happen when He hears the sound of your cry of repentance? HE WILL ANSWER YOU.

He longs to be gracious. The turning point is your repentance. If you cry out —

Verse 20 — He will no longer hide Himself from you.
Your eyes will BEHOLD HIM.

Verse 21 — Your ears will HEAR HIS INSTRUCTION

Verse 22 — You will contaminate and call unclean (“not of God”) all the false things you trusted in.

Verse 23 — THEN He will bring the rain of His Spirit that will make you fruitful.

Verse 26 — THEN He will bind up the fracture in your relationship with Him and heal the bruise He has inflicted on you because of your rebellion against Him.

God wouldn’t do that, would He?

Maybe that’s just for the Old Testament. We’re under grace now. But so was Judah, before they rebelled, beloved!

And in Hebrews 12:8 the Spirit-inspired author tells us that we are bastards and not children of God if we are not disciplined by the Lord.

Here is His grace to the errant, rebellious church — He will bind you up, He will heal you, if you will return to Him. Hallelujah!

He withholds His grace and compassion from you until you:
RETURN
REPENT
DO ACTS IN KEEPING WITH REPENTANCE (verse 22)

And then He will:
RECEIVE YOU BACK
RECREATE YOU
REVIVE YOU

When you cry out in repentance:
HE HEARS
HE ANSWERS
YOUR EYES BEHOLD HIM
YOU HEAR AND HEED HIS INSTRUCTION
YOU THROW AWAY UNCLEAN THINGS THAT YOU HAVE RELIED ON (ACTS IN KEEPING WITH REPENTANCE)

And this yields:
FRUITFULNESS
HEALING

But many would say that sin (willful rebellion against God) is no longer an issue to the Lord, and there is no way we can stop willfully rebelling, but that because of Jesus Christ, God forgives all willful rebellion — past, present and future. That is flat-out false teaching, beloved. It contradicts the Bible.

What does Paul mean in Romans 6:1-2?

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  2  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

What does he mean in Galatians 5:24?

Galatians 5:24 Now those who  belong to  Christ Jesus have  crucified the flesh with its passions and  desires.

What does Peter mean in 1 Peter 4:1-2?

1Peter 4:1   Therefore, since  Christ has  suffered in the flesh,  arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because  he who has  suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  2  so as to live  the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the  will of God.

What does Jesus mean in John 8:31-36?

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’?”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. He does what only God can do — He sets us free from slavery to sin.

This freedom from slavery to sin was very costly — it cost the Father the Cross, the sacrifice of His Son’s physical body on it. Dare we say He cannot set free from slavery to sin? I do not dare!

I know you will cite other passages that seem to indicate we cannot help but willfully rebel. But you cannot cite them only, and ignore these.

Beloved, the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and to have compassion on you. Return to Him now. Cry out now, and call unclean the things that you have trusted in. Trust in God alone. He will hear and answer!

LEAPING BELIEVERS!

What is the purpose of being a leaping believer? That everyone may see our joyous celebration of the freedom only Jesus Christ can give!

[SW150] 08/15/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Leaping Believers!”

Text: Psalm 30, Acts 3:1-10

Psalm 30

Verse 1 – I will extol You, O, Lord, raising Your name high, like a banner! You have drawn me up out of the water, lifted me up, like a bucket is lifted up from a well. You pulled me up out of the Enemy’s plans and schemes!

Verse 2 – O Lord, MY GOD, You are MY God, and I am Yours! I cried to You, and You healed me!

Verse 3 – I was ready for Sheol, the place of the unrighteous dead! You kept me alive! You keep me, so I don’t go down into that pit!

Verse 4 – A characteristic of those who are His, and obey Him, and are therefore godly: They sing! They give thanks!

Verse 5 – You anger was for a very short space of time, when I did not commune with You because of my sin. I broke the holy intimacy You deserved.
[For myself, I had no relationship with you, no holy intimacy with you at all; I willfully rebelled against you.]

And You had every right to be angry, because You created me for that purpose.

But I have returned to You! Your anger is gone, and Your favor is forever!

I wept during the time I was away from You [for myself, during the time I did not know you]. It was like a dark night, but morning came, Your light shone upon me once again, and now, I cannot help but SHOUT with joy!

Verse 6 – Now I declare I will not be moved, because I have returned to You. Lord, You have made me secure! I will never be moved!

Verse 7 – Your favor, Lord, makes my mountain stand strong. I could not do it in my own strength. I was afflicted and weak.

But through my weakness, Your power dwells in me (2 Corinthians 12:9). If I said I was strong in my own strength, You would not make Your power dwell in me.

When I had made You angry by sinning and thus breaking my relationship with You, I was dismayed, because You did not let me see You.

Verse 8 & 9 – I called to You, I cried out to You, I made supplication to You, asking for mercy, asking for favor . . .

I cried, “How can I praise You and declare Your faithfulness if I am dead?”

Verse 10 – In my distress, I said, “Hear, O Lord! Heed my cry! Be gracious to me! Help me!”

Verse 11 – And You turned my mourning into DANCING!
I no longer wear mourning clothing, because You have clothed me with gladness! (Isaiah 61 — the oil of gladness, a type or symbol of the Holy Spirit!)

Verse 12 – Why have You rescued me?

So that I would sing Your praise from the depths of my being, and not be SILENT. And O Lord, MY GOD, I will give thanks to You forever!
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Beloved, that was King David, in the Old Testament. A dusty old book? I don’t think so! Look what the Spirit of God did through Peter and John:

Acts 3

Verse 2 – Lame from birth, the man had never walked, just like everyone who doesn’t yet know Jesus Christ. We’ve never walked with the Lord. We are lame from birth.

And this man lame from birth was more than 40 (Acts 5:22)! I myself was 45! Beloved, it’s never too late!

We came to the Beautiful Gate, not even asking for healing, but crying for help, begging for natural provision, from anyone who would hear. We were spiritually impoverished and didn’t even know it.

Verse 3 – When we first saw Your servants, we begged them for natural provision, just like the others who passed by. We did not look up. We did not know Jesus Christ’s provision which He made on the cross.

Verse 4 – But they commanded us to look at them.

Verse 5 –  We looked at them.

Verse 6 – They said they were not rich in natural wealth, but in the name of Jesus Christ, walk!

Verse 7 – They helped us to arise, and immediately, our atrophied feet and ankles were made strong! Our atrophied spirits were made alive and whole, as they were originally meant to be!

Verse 8 – We didn’t just stand — WE LEAPED UP! The power of God coursed through us, because Your servants were filled with Your Holy Spirit!

We stood for the first time in our lives. WE LEAPED UP, physically and spiritually, and entered into life in Jesus Christ!

And for the very first time ever, we entered the presence of God, and we could not help but continue to LEAP and walk and PRAISE GOD!

Verse 9 – Everyone saw us walking and praising!

THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR LEAPING AND WALKING AND PRAISING GOD: THAT EVERYONE SEE THE JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN GIVE!

Verse 10 – And they knew we were the lame ones who used to beg for natural provision, who had never walked with Jesus! And everyone was filled with wonder and amazement. It is for Your glory, Lord!

And we continue to LEAP and walk and PRAISE GOD!

O Lord, You have turned our mourning into DANCING, loosed our garments of mourning and clothed us with GLADNESS!

And we cannot help but SING and PRAISE YOU and we cannot be SILENT! We give thanks to our Lord FOREVER!

To the church:

Do you leap? Do you shout? Do you sing? Do you praise? Do you give thanks publicly? Are you unable to keep silent?

This is the testimony of the true church of Jesus Christ.

If you do not leap, if you are silent, if you are mourning, if you are begging for natural provision, O Christian, you must humble yourself and cry out and ask the Lord God to help you!

You must establish communion with Him. You must have holy intimacy with Him. You must confess the sin that separates you from Him.

He is angry with you because He has provided Jesus Christ to die for your sin from you and be raised from the dead on the third day to send the Holy Spirit to set you free from slavery to sin!

He will draw you up out of the sin you’re drowning in, lifting you up like a bucket is lifted up from a well. He will pull you up out of the Enemy’s plans and schemes!

He will be your God, and you will be His child!

When you cry to Him, He will heal you!

He will immediately make you able walk with Him. He will also heal you physically, as he did the man at the Beautiful Gate.

You will come into His presence, LEAPING and walking and praising God, just as we do.

Do not judge leaping, dancing, shouting, singing, praising believers, calling us fanatics! Let Jesus Christ show you why we leap, so you may leap, too! ASK HIM TO MAKE YOU A LEAPER, SO EVERYONE CAN SEE YOUR JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN GIVE!

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ALL THINGS ARE NOW READY

[SW149] 08/09/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“All Things Are Now Ready”

Everything is ready now, even now, already! Are you?

Text:

Luke 14:16 But He said to him, “ A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’

Everything is ready now, even now!

As I listened to a message from a dear brother who came to the church I attend last Sunday, those words jumped out at me!

Everything is ready now, already!

It is a big dinner that our Lord is giving —

Isaiah 25:6 The LORD of hosts will prepare a  lavish banquet for  all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of  aged wine,  choice pieces with marrow, and  refined, aged wine.

It is His marriage supper —

Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and  give the glory to Him, for  the marriage of the Lamb has come and His   bride has made herself ready.”  8 It was given to her to clothe herself in  fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the  righteous acts of the  saints.
Revelation 19:9   Then  he  said to me, “ Write, ‘ Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he  said to me, “ These are true words of God.”

It is already ready! The Lord calls His bride to it, even now! Church, all things are now ready! Are you? Then blessed are you (Revelation 19:9)!

How do you get ready? You make yourself ready (see Rev. 19:7).

How do you make yourself ready?

Three things: Read, heed, and plead!
— Read the Word of God. You cannot know God’s will or His heart or His plans unless you do. If you continue constantly in the Word of God, you are truly disciples of Jesus Christ, and you will know the truth, and it will set you free! (John 8:31-32)
— Heed the voice of your Lord. Do not be a mere hearer, who deludes himself, but a doer, who is blessed in all he does! (James 1:21-25)
— Plead for His Holy Spirit to be given to you — He has already been poured out, at Pentecost. Ask, seek, knock, and your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to you (Luke 11:13)!

Everything is already ready, even now! Therefore, if we profess His name, what kind of people are we required to be?

2Peter 3:11   Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,  12  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which  the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the  elements will melt with intense heat! 14 Therefore,  beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be  found by Him in peace,  spotless and blameless . . .

Only if we are in a personal relationship with Him are we able to conduct ourselves in a holy, godly way, at peace with God, spotless and blameless!

Everything is already ready! It is ready to immediately happen, for He is coming quickly, in the twinkling of an eye, to scoop up His church!

He has sent out the invitations to His church. The table is set, clad in the finest linens. The candles are lit, the feast is ready, right now!

But what is this? What does the Lord show me about today’s church?

He says, “Come; for everything is ready now!”

But some beg off, shun, refuse, and avoid?

Why? They have not yet come to know Him.

Professing His name is not sufficient. Going to church is not sufficient. Singing His praise is not sufficient. Doing good deeds is not sufficient.

You must know Him, have holy intimacy with Him. It is altogether lovely to do so, even joy unspeakable and full of glory! That is good for you BUT . . .

It is FOR the glory of the Father and the Son, that the world may know that God sent Jesus Christ (John 17:21)!

Everything is ready, right now, this very moment. What will you do? He says,

Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand  at the door and  knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door,  I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 ‘ He who overcomes, I will grant to him  to sit down with Me on My throne, as  I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 ‘ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

He is coming quickly — suddenly — to gather you to the wedding feast. Be ready!

Matthew 24:44 “For this reason  you also must be ready; for  the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
Luke 12:40 “ You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not  expect.”

Be ready to enter into the feast! It is already ready!

Be among the five wise virgins:

Matthew 25:6 “But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
Matthew 25:10 “And while they [the five foolish virgins] were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were  ready went in with him to  the wedding feast; and  the door was shut.
Matthew 25:13 “ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.