RAIN!

[SW187] 05/22/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Rain”

Pentecost — what is it? The fulfillment of God’s promise to pour out His Spirit, and Jesus Christ’s promise that even today, if we wait, He will fill us and make us His witnesses!

Texts: Joel 2:23-25, 28-29 and others

Rain!

Life-giving

— Even from that which looks dead

Life-sustaining

Comes from above

Pours out

Saturates

Dryness departs

Makes workable the hard and cracked soil

Produces beauty

Produces food

Refreshes

Cleanses

Restores

Fills

Overflows

Prophesied — in the midst of drought, famine, and locusts (Joel 2:23ff)

Prayed for — in the midst of rebuilding, but under the rule of those who did not serve God (Zechariah 10:1ff)

Poured out — Acts 2

The result? As above!!!!!

AND . . .

Unified in nature, now partakers of the divine nature (John 17:23, 2Peter 1:4)

Sanctified through and through (John 17:19, Thessalonians 5:23)

Liberty (2Corinthians 3:17)! From what?

Super-conquerors (Romans 8:37)! Of what?
Sin itself and slavery to it (John 8:31-36)!

THEN we are His witnesses!

COUNT ON THE LORD

[SW186] 05/15/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Count On the Lord”

Text: 1Chronicles 17:25-27, 1Chronicles 21

In every trial, count on the Lord, on His promises, on His faithfulness. But watch out! Satan will tempt you to do otherwise.

King David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

In 1Chronicles 17:25-27, David recounted the promise the Lord had just made to him. He would build a house for David, one that would continue forever!

David continued to win many battles. In 1Chronicles 20, his army defeated the sons of Ammon, then the Philistines, and then the descendants of the giants of Gath.

But then Satan stood up against Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1). He got a foothold by putting a thought into David’s mind, that he should count his men, that he should do a census.

All Satan needs is a toe in the door. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy. He tries to steal our faith, just as he tried to steal that of Jesus Christ in Matthew 4, in the desert temptation!

A census! Good idea! Wise! Lots of battles, some losses, let’s find out who’s left so we can see if we’re strong enough to continue.

But God didn’t call this census. Satan tempted David, giving him this “wise” idea.

Joab objected (v. 3). If it wasn’t the Lord’s command, they shouldn’t number Israel.

But King David’s word prevailed. It seemed so right to him, so he enforced it. Joab counted all but Levi and Benjamin. There were 1.6 million men.

But God was displeased — in the original Hebrew, “it was evil in the sight of God.” Why?

First, He didn’t call it. He calls for a census for His purposes, for the accomplishment of His plan. So, it was wrong for David to count just because it seemed wise to David.

Now look at 1 Chronicles 27:23. It was another counting, done in David’s old age (23:1). This counting was according to God’s purposes — to establish a written record for the divisions of Levites for service to the Temple that Solomon would build, for Israel’s army, and for other overseers.

1Chronicles 27:23 But David did not count those twenty years of age and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven.

That’s the other reason it was evil in the sight of God for David to call for a census in Chapter 21. God promised that Israel would be as numerous as the stars in the universe. By counting his men, David unwittingly questioned God’s promise.

That’s the same as saying, “Lord, I know you are faithful, but I’m just going to be sure.” That’s unbelief.

For David’s doubting, the consequences were dire. When he realized that he had sinned greatly by doubting God’s promise (v. 8), he immediately repented, from the heart. That’s why God said he was a man after God’s own heart. He didn’t intentionally disobey, but when he saw what he had done, he immediately sought the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, not only for him, but for Israel.

But there was a price: (1) three  years of famine, (2) three months to be swept away by the enemy, or  (3) three days of pestilence. David didn’t want to fall into the hands of his enemies. Three years of famine would have killed many more in Israel than three days of pestilence. So he chose three days of pestilence.

That sounds harsh, but David knew God’s mercy. And God is faithful to His own character.

As the destroying angel set out to destroy Jerusalem, David cried out again for mercy, and  the Lord stopped him before he destroyed every man in Israel, so that the death toll was 70,000 rather than nearly two million (see v. 5).

So what is the Lord saying to you and me and the church at large?

Be careful what you count on. Ask the Lord to purify your heart by baptizing you in the Holy Ghost, and you will rely on Him and Him alone. You’ll also be able to detect Satan’s attempts to gain a foothold!

Church, Satan has tempted you to look at your circumstances, instead of God’s faithfulness to His promises.

And it seems so logical and wise to you, to count your congregation numbers, and if they’re down, it seems good to use man’s methods, even business methods, to increase them. Satan, Ole Slewfoot, has gained a great foothold in the church.

What the Lord say? Stop regarding man (Isaiah 2:22)! Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 146:3).

But you’re under a lot of pressure to do it. Besides, a bigger church will make you famous!

Wrong motive! Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Ask the Lord to give you a new heart, one with no pride in it and a single motive — glorifying God the Father and God the Son through God the Holy Spirit!

Repent! Turn from man’s methods for church growth, and seek to be filled with the Holy Ghost, so that the world around you cries out, “The Lord, He is God!”

Get real with the Lord. You need something from Him, O church. Seek to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, each one of  you, and ask Him to show attesting signs to accompany the words that you speak, words delivered in His power. People will repent.

And what lesson is there for a believer who loves and obeys God and does not willfully disobey Him, but is in the battle of a lifetime, a night season.

You are like David. The Lord has given you a heart after His own heart. But you have fought many battles, and you just want to check to see if you have enough natural strength to weather another one.

Beware! Satan is tempting you to seek strength from a natural source, rather than from the Lord. It seems wise. Everyone else is doing it. But do not doubt God!

If you are in right standing with God, if you love God, does He not say that He will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28)?

Does He not say that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:6)

Does He not say that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can think or imagine, according to His power that works in you? (Ephesians 3:20)

Does He not say that the battle belongs to Him? (2Chronicles 20:15)

Does He not say that you will be kept by His power, His fort and troops around you to protect you? (1Peter 1:5)

I tell you, it is not enough to be able to recite these scriptures word-for-word. You must believe them in your heart. But praise God! He is a Faith-Giver! Seek Him! He will give you faith to believe Him.

Seek to be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit — He is the source of that keeping power!

NOTE: The Lord delivered me from the situation I mentioned in last week’s message, all praise to His name! Five polyps were found and removed. Two were precancerous, but there was NO CANCER. Thank You, my Healer and Deliverer, my Strength and my Shield!

After the procedure, the doctor said I was at very high risk for colon cancer. Satan was about to try to get a foothold.

But all praise to God, Psalm 103 immediately came into my spirit, and I said, Lord, I believe it! I asked my praying friends and relatives to pray in agreement with Jeff and me.

Nevertheless, when I spoke with one friend, she detected worry in my voice. Ah! Satan’s foothold! We rebuked it together. Thank You, Lord!

Then Satan said I was all washed up. “You gonna die,” he cried. But God kept me by His power. I said, “Hallelujah! That means I’m going to live, and God still has work for me to do!”

Whatever Satan says, the opposite is true, because he’s a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him (John 8:44)!

Even if the diagnosis had cancer, I already had written statements in my will and medical records that I would rely on God alone to heal me. Praise God!

Even if God did not heal me, it surely would be better to be with Him, but I will be here as long as He wants me here (Philippians 1:23-24).

It is the work of the Lord, nothing I could do on my own, just as with my friend and mentor, Donald Demaray, who had joy in the midst of a great trial and sorrow. It was  Father God. It was Jesus Christ. It was the Holy Spirit. It was all God.

God will do the same for you. Ask the Lord to make you as sure of Him as the Apostle Paul, who wrote —

2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason (his appointment as a preacher and apostle and teacher of the gospel of Christ), I also suffer these things (cruel and unjust imprisonment, for he had not disobeyed the law) . . .  but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

I know whom I have believed! You do likewise!

Amen!

DELIVERANCE

[SW185] 05/08/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Deliverance”

Texts: Romans 8:28, Daniel 3:15-30

We have a God who delivers from trials and tests, and when He has done it, no one will even be able to detect that you’ve been tested!

Beloved, I don’t have sermon notes for today. The Lord gave me this scripture this morning, and wanted me to speak it out. Go to the video link in the right column of my blog, and watch. It’ll be uploaded by this evening.

I’m going through a trial and test right now, in the lower part of my body. And I know some of you are going through trials and tests, too. 

This message is as much an encouragement for me as for you. Jesus Christ is with you in the midst, and He will deliver you and me! It is so that those who do not believe in Him will both know and say that you are a servant of the Most High God!

LORD, MAKE ME RIGHT!

[SW184] 05/02/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Lord, Make Me Right!”

Texts:

2Corinthians 5:15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Now, when you say, “Lord, make me right,” you’re not asking Him to help you win an argument, religious or otherwise.

You’re asking Him to make you what you cannot possibly be without Jesus Christ. The “might” in 2Corinthians 5:21 means “would.” There’s no question that He will!

You’re asking Him to make you right with HIM.

That’s righteousness — being right with God. It’s a heart thing, a change in you that cost the Cross for His Son.

And I see that He took that cross so we would no longer live for ourselves. We would no longer be selfish and self-centered. We would live for Christ who died and rose again to make us able to live for Him.

Being right with God isn’t about doing good things. No one do enough good things to make yourself right in God’s eyes.

There’s only one Way. His Son.

Why is there only one Way to be right in God’s eyes?

Because we begin life as sinners; we all do. No one is exempt. We’re all rebels without a cause. That’s because of Adam’s rebellion against God’s single command, in the Garden of Eden.

God knew he would, and already had prepared a lamb for sacrifice, even before the world was formed (Revelation 13:8). That’s why there’s only one Way. It cost Him greatly — the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf — even from before time began.

Why would He do that? Because sin separates you from God. He gave — that’s a gift — His one and only Son, so sins you committed before you knew Him would be forgiven by Him, and slavery to sin could be done away with.

Then you can come near to Him. Then you can become His child (Romans 8:15)! Then you can live for His Son and not yourself any longer! Then others are drawn and saved and transformed so they, too, live for His Son!

Lord, make me right! Not like the Pharisees who dotted i’s and crossed t’s to try to show God how good they were, who studied the Word of God backwards and forwards.

He knew the hearts of the Pharisees, Sadducees, chief priests and Sanhedrin. He knew they would be His Son’s persecutors and executioners. Crucify Him! That’s what they cried to the Romans who ruled over them.

Dotting i’s and crossing t’s is an outward action. Good deeds are outward actions. You can do all the right things, yet have a heart dark enough to crucify the Son of God.

Luke 18:9-14

Look at Jesus’ judgment of the publican and the tax collector in this parable.

The publican wasn’t really praying. He was in a prayerful position and in the temple, a place of prayer, but all he did was boast about how well he did, following all the rules and regulations of the law given to God by Moses. He was proud of himself.

In Verse 9, the publican’s own words reveal his heart even further. He is beyond boastful. He tells God, “I’m not like OTHER people.” You know the ones, Lord — those who are swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector who is here in the temple with me. See me? I do everything right. They don’t.

In the heart of that man, who did all the right things, was contempt for others (v. 1). He trusted in himself and how many right things he did, how well he dotted i’s and crossed t’s, how many good deeds he did. He was so good in his own eyes that he considered that he was better than all those wicked sinners. He was sure he was doing just fine. But his heart was all wrong.

I hope that doesn’t describe you. I know it doesn’t describe me, because I no longer live for myself, but for Christ. I do not boast in what I have done, but in what He has done, is doing, and will yet do in me.

He showed my heart to me when He woke me up by allowing a great shaking of everything in me that could be shaken.

It was mercy and grace from God. What? Being sick with progressive MS was mercy and grace from God? It was what woke me up and turned me back to Him. It was grace, indeed!

I went back to church after nearly a lifetime away from God. I knew something was missing in my life, and I knew it was Him.

This is important — I didn’t want anything FROM God. I just wanted God!

My pastor led this old black sheep to look at Jesus Christ. I began to read the Bible, the Word of God. And I began to see myself as I truly was. It wasn’t pretty.

But oh, my! I didn’t just see how bad I was. I saw how good HE is! Grace and mercy!

And so I cried out to Him, for mercy, like the tax collector! “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” Now that’s what God would have liked to hear from the Pharisee. Save me, bring me near, O God! Change my heart! I want to know You! My sin, my pride, my high estimation of myself stands in the way!

Who went away justified? The tax collector. God forgave him of his past sins. That’s God’s mercy and grace, He forgave me for all my past sins, when I received Him as my Lord and Savior. But He wasn’t finished yet. I still struggled with sin.

Then I said, “Lord make me right!” Lord, make me right on the inside, make my HEART right! He’ll do the same for you. That’s why His Father sent Him. Then you’ll live for Him!

Christianity is not about do’s and don’ts, though you will do things that are right in God’s eyes when you are truly His.

It won’t be to impress people with your goodness. That’s pride, and in comparing yourself with others, you show that you have contempt in your heart. You are yet like the Pharisee.

But when you have Him in you, you will do things that are right in God’s eyes. It will be because you know that it is HIS blood that washed you clean, HIS righteousness that is now in you. And there’s more.

When you are filled with His Holy Spirit, pride flees, beloved! You will say, “THE LORD answered my prayer, and HE made my HEART right, HE is continuing to make me more and more like Him every day!”

He gets all the praise, all the honor, for it is HIS work in you (Philippians 2:12)!

HIS holiness in you, HIS love in you, HIS Holy Spirit large and in charge. HE makes you right, and then what you do is for the right reason — out of a complete and absolute compulsion to use every means to bring everyone else to that shaking place, where they see themselves as they truly are, and cry out, “Lord, make me right!”

You  tell them the very, very, very Good News of Jesus Christ! You tell them your story, so they might see Jesus Christ in you and through you!

Rushing, flood-stage rivers of water flow from your belly — the Holy Spirit (John 7:38)!

Glory to God! The Lord makes you right!

Ask Him now, and He will do it!

The LORD, He is God!

[SW183] 04/25/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“The LORD, He Is God”

I tell you, we are in a time where the church must wake up and rise up — that’s revival — so that the world cannot help but say, “The Lord, He is God!”

NOTE: These are very brief notes . . . please look to the right of my blog page to see the link to the video of this message, which is usually uploaded and ready to watch by early evening. May it bless you, encourage you, and challenge you.

Texts:  1 Kings 18:36-39, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 19:11-20

1 Kings 18:36-39 —

Elijah did not join in with God’s people who abandoned God for false gods. The Holy Spirit came upon Elijah!

AND . . . the Lord used him to show His people that He is the one and only true God.

The Lord sent fire, and the people fell on their faces and cried, “The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God!”

Acts 2:37-38, 3:  Peter and the 119 were filled with the Holy Ghost. They did not join in with God’s people who had turned their religious system into a god.

AND . . . the Lord used Peter and the eleven to declare Jesus is the Christ!

The Lord had already filled them with the fire, so He didn’t have to send it down! The people cried, “What must we do?” It was the same as God’s people saying, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Acts 19:11-20

Paul, the missionary to those who did not know God at all, was filled with the Holy Ghost. He was filled with the fire!

AND . . . the Lord used Paul to perform extraordinary miracles — even handkerchiefs and aprons he touched carried such an anointing of God that when carried to them, the sick were healed, and diseases and evil spirits had to go (v. 11-12)!

Word got out rapidly, and both Jews and Greeks in Ephesus, and fear fell upon them. The name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified! The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God!

And the word of the Lord grew (enlarged in area) and prevailed (was strong and forceful) MIGHTILY (vigorously, powerfully and strongly)!!!

Well . . .

We need revival, beloved, in the church. I do not hear many lost voices in America crying, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Some of you have gone after false gods, even the god of sensuality and the god of selfishness and the god of greed.

AND the Lord will not use you to convince the people of God and the world that He is the only true God.

Some of you have made your religious system your god.

AND the Lord will not use you to convince the people of God and the world that He is the only true God.

To be used for God’s glory and honor you just have a holy, intimate connection to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

AND that is not possible when you worship other things rather than Him, or when you straddle the fence and worship Him and them.

Repent and be saved now, for judgment will come, when every person must account for their deeds, both good and evil (John 5:29).

After you are saved, then ask the Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost so the Lord’s fire is in you and He can use you to make it unmistakably plain that, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

WHAT GOD MAKES YOU

[SW182] 04/17/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“What God Makes You”

What does God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit make you when you are saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost? Oh, my! I’m about to tell you about it!

Text: Isaiah 61

NOTE: This text is a promise for Israel, God’s people, if they see their Messiah, Jesus Christ. But you have also been made one of God’s, even His adopted child, so these promises are for you, too!

When the Spirit of the Lord has filled you up, and Jesus Christ rules reigns in you (John 14:17), beloved, by way of His Holy Spirit —

61:1    He makes you anointed and appointed, consecrated and assigned! To do what?

— Use those beautiful feet (Isaiah 52:7) to bring good news of God’s great salvation to the afflicted, that is, the contrite and humble, those who know they need what God has (and we all need it), just like God did for you. Those are the ones who will gladly receive what you bring!

— Bind up (wrap firmly and heal) those whose hearts are shattered in pieces, just like God did for you!

— Proclaim liberty (freedom, rapid movement, and spontaneous outflow!) to the captives of sin, just like God did to you!

— Proclaim freedom to prisoners, but the literal is much more powerful! Complete opening to the bound ones, just like God did to you!

— Proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, a very long year that began about 2000 years ago and is still continuing, just like God did for you!

61:2     — Proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, when He will take revenge upon Satan and those who reject His Christ. Amen! We must speak of God’s judgment, for He sent His Son to keep us from it, if we will believe!

— Comfort those who mourn over the wickedness that is done in high places  in this world, just like He did you.

When the Spirit of the Lord has filled you up, and Jesus Christ rules reigns in you, beloved —

61:3    —Those who mourn over their spiritual condition will, like you, receive a change in character and condition!

— A garland (victorious crown) instead of ashes on their heads, just like He did you!

— The oil of gladness instead of mourning — oh, they will receive through you the glorious oil of the Holy Ghost, righteousness, peace and joy in Him (Romans 14:17), so they, too, can be anointed and appointed, consecrated and assigned, just as God made you!

— The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting, which means praise will be like a robe upon them, just like God put that mantle of praise on you!

And just like you, they will be called oaks, strong and long-lived, even oaks of righteousness, standing firm and right with God because God is in them to empower them to live holy lives! Why? So He is glorified! So people see Him in you, and say, “The Lord, He is God!” They see that, like you, these have been with Jesus!

It won’t be their work, but God’s. He’s the Planter, and when He looks over His great and vast plantations of oaks of righteousness, He is glad, indeed!

61:4 — Then they will join you in:

— Rebuilding the ancient ruins of the lives of those around them!

— Raising up those who have been devastated by Satan’s work in their hearts!

— Repairing that which seemed impossible to restore because it had been in ruins for so long!

61:5 — Strangers, those they and you do not now know, will supply your natural needs for food and drink, just as the widows did for Elijah and then Elisha.

— But why won’t they and you and they be tending to those things?

61:6 — Just as God has made you, they will be called priests of the Lord (1Peter 1:4-5), a royal priesthood! It’s a full-time job, so others will supply their natural needs for food and drink, in a similar way to the Levitical priesthood in the Old Testament. Oh, my!

— They, like you, will be ministers of our God (Ezekiel 44:15), those who directly minister to God, face-to-face, coming extremely near to Him to minister to Him, having holy intimacy with Him, pouring out of the love He poured into their hearts to overflowing, just as He poured it into yours (Romans 5:5)!

— They, like you,  will enjoy the spoils of victory over this world system!

61:7  Just as God has made you, they will exchange their shame for an inheritance!

— They, like you, will receive the inheritance of the first born, a double portion!

—They, like you become co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)!

— And they, like you, will shout for joy because of it! Not for just a moment, but everlastingly, joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!

61:8    Just as God made you, they will offer themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing (Romans 12:1), when they, like you, are filled with the Holy Ghost!

— This is just and right to God. He loves when His brand of justice is done!
He hates a partial offering, a lukewarm offering, an offering accompanied by complaint. Glad and full surrender is what pleases Him!

— And they, like you, will receive their reward, and an everlasting promise will be made to them by Him!

61:9 —They will be made bearers of blessed children, just like you! Everyone will recognize the Holy Ghost in them and their children!

61:10    — And like just like you, He will make them into rejoicers, those who rejoice greatly in the Lord and exult God! Why?

— Like you, they will know that they are clothed with salvation and wrapped in a robe of righteousness!

— Like you, they will know that there is a victorious Bridegroom coming for them, and they will be adorned with great spiritual riches in preparation for the day He comes!

Well . . .

62:2-3 — Like you, they will have a new name given to them by God. That designates that change in their condition and character!

— He will make them into a crown of beauty and a royal diadem (turban) in His hand, that is, under the control and care of God.

I could go on and on! I am one who stands on the wall, who cries to the church and those who do not know Christ to repent, to turn, until they shine brightly with the righteousness, like the brightness of the dawn’s radiance (62:1)!

I am a watchman who will never keep silent, I will not take rest, and I will cry out to God until He establishes and makes the church, and His people Israel who receive their Messiah, a praise to the earth!

Now, my brothers and sisters, has God made you these things? You must ask Him to do it, so you can lead others to the same thing! You can’t lead them to it if He has not made you that which you are proclaiming! You can’t fake this. You can’t be all nice in church on Sunday and live like hell the rest of the week! Amen!

Examine yourself right now, before Him. Bow, kneel, contritely and humbly. If you are not doing these things, ask Him right now to save, sanctify, and then fill you with the Holy Ghost. And He will make you these things. It is His promise, and He never goes back on His promises.

STEADFAST AND IMMOVABLE

[SW181] 04/11/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Steadfast and Immovable”

Steadfast and immovable! Standing firm! Nothing and no one able to sway you or move you from your faith in Jesus Christ and God’s promises!

1Corinthians 15:58   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Superabounding, excelling in the work of the Lord, proclaiming Jesus Christ! His glorious, powerful, life-giving work!

Going and making disciples of all men, teaching them to obey Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)!

Healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons (Matthew 10:8)!

When you yourself have been filled with the Holy Spirit, laying hands on your fellow believers, so they are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6).

If you are steadfast and immovable, you know without a doubt that this great labor in the Lord is not in vain. You won’t come to Him empty-handed, but bearing the fruit of His works in you and through you!

What rewards there are to those who remain steadfast and immovable?

Revelation 3:8-10 — You have a little power, you have kept His word, you have not denied His name. You are a faithful representative of Him, walking in this world like Him. You have kept the word of His steadfastness. You are steadfast, immovable, always superabounding in this work!

So Jesus Christ puts before you a door for you which no one can shut. It is a door that opens into great and effective work for Him. And false teachers will come and bow down at your feet. Jesus will make them know that He has loved you.

You say, “Jesus loves me, this I know! And you also say, “Jesus knows me, this I love!”

And you will not have to endure what those who reject Him and deny Him will endure. He will keep you, guard you, be a fortress around you! You will be protected from that hour!

And because you remain steadfast and immovable, even if your body dies before Jesus Christ returns, it will be resurrected when that trumpet sounds (1Corinthians 15:50-57)! Death has no victory! Death has no sting!

Therefore, be steadfast, Paul exhorts! Immovable! Against what? Is there something that could move you? What is the “therefore” there for?

Many winds of false teaching swirled around the Corinthians, and swirl around us today.

Great waves are stirred up by these winds, and if we are children and not mature in our faith, we will be tossed here and there, just as some of the Corinthians and Ephesians were (see Ephesians 4:14). But Jesus Christ will change us from children to adults, when we ask Him to make a 24/7 connection between us and the Father and the Son, by the Holy Spirit!

Back in 1Corinthians 15, deceitful teachers tried to convince the Corinthians that there is no resurrection of the dead (15:12).

So, they said, you don’t have to walk as Jesus walked when he was on the earth. Live the way you want to live. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die (15:32).

I tell you, the devil is at work. His goal is to kill you, to steal what God has given you, to destroy you, so you perish with him eternally (see John 10:10). Don’t let him get you!

BECOME steadfast, immovable! How? Ask Him to do it in you!

Christ has come that you may have superabundant life — His life, His eternal life (John 10:10)! Superabundant life that overflows, that becomes a rushing, flood-stage river of living water!

Paul said it was the risen Christ and not human reasoning that motivated him to fight with the demons that were in Ephesus.

He knew without a doubt that when men are delivered and saved, THEY will know without a doubt that Jesus Christ is Lord and that their own resurrection is sure! His labor was not in vain!

But some of the Corinthians were yet children, just as with some Christians today. They continued to live wildly, for which Corinth was world-renowned. Eat, drink and be merry!

Paul warns them and you today, to stop listening to false teachers who say you can do what you want — God’s grace covers you! Hyper-grace! Cheap grace! 

Shall we continue to sin so grace may increase? May it never be (Romans 6:1-2)!

Get drunk, do just as you did before you said “I do” to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul tells the Ephesians, “Don’t get drunk with wine! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!”

Ah! That’s the key! When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you won’t be a child any more, and the process of becoming more like Jesus will go into hyperdrive!

In Verse 34, Paul tells the Corinthians (and you), to become sober-minded (rouse yourself out of your stupor! Wake up! If some need to become, they are not yet!
They and you need to “become!” Stop sinning!

Those false teachers have no knowledge of God, no intimacy with Him, or they would never teach that you can sin and still be fine with God! Paul spoke it to the shame of those who listened to such ones. And the same goes for you, beloved!

Ask God the Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit, and He will give you discernment so you will run from the strangers, the hirelings the false teachers who are in it for personal gain. You will hear and heed the voice of the Good Shepherd (see John 10)!

And even when you are filled, continue to grow —

2Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,  18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

You will ever increase in Christlikeness!

You will remain steadfast and immovable, knowing without a doubt that when you proclaim Jesus (which is your work in the Lord), your work will bear the fruit of deliverance for many!

And you will know without a doubt that you will be with the Lord forever! And ever! And ever! And ever! Amen!