A GLORIOUS BRIDE

[SW259] 12/02/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“A Glorious Bride”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

Texts: Psalm 45, Ephesians 4 and 5.

Lord Jesus, You will take for Yourself a bride who has You inside, to the full!

Full of what? Full of Your glory — all glorious within!

Believer, are you all glorious within?

Psalm 45

Verse 10  — Listen, My bride-to-be (the meaning of “daughter”)! This is My command to you. Give heed, give attention to Me. Incline your ear! Act upon what I am saying! Stop giving attention to the things of this world, and focus on Me. Set everything else aside. That is your preparation, O bride.

Verse 11 — Then you will be lovely in My sight. Bow down to Me, submit to me fully, offer yourself — all of you, all of your heart — on My altar as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing (Romans 12:1), and I will purify you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Verse 13 — And you will be all glorious within. You will be filled with My glory, my kabod, my weighty presence, my holiness, my magnificence. You will be a radiant and shining one, and nations will come to your light, and kings to the radiance of your shining (Isaiah 60:3)! You will be clothed on the inside, clothed with My work that I do in you, clothed on the inside with My purity (gold).

Verse 14 — Those who have prepared you for marriage to Me are also brides-to-be, and they will bring you to Me, clothed on the inside with My intricate work which I have done within you.

Verse 15 — They will bring you to Me with gladness and rejoicing, and will enter with you into the place I have prepared for you (John 14:3), the very mansions of God the Father!

Verse 16 — And  while you wait for My coming,  you will bear spiritual children who will wear what you wear. They also will be clothed on the inside, purified, holy and blameless!

Verse 17 — And you will cause My name to be remembered. You will be a memorial to Me, you will be My witnesses on the earth, and those who have eyes to see and ears to hear will give My Father and Me thanks forever and ever!

The bride must be prepared. Think of a natural wedding. The bride gets her hair and nails done, gets the perfect dress, has it tailored, buys shoes . . . all in preparation for marriage. A whole team of experts prepares her!

Likewise, to be prepared spiritually to be the spiritual bride of Jesus Christ, God gives you a Preparation Team. Who are they? Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (see Ephesians 4:11-13). What is their ultimate goal? That you, the church, Christ’s bride:

— Would be equipped (perfected, in the Greek) to do the work God has prepared in advance for you to do.

— Would have God’s nature in you, in place of the sinful nature you were born with— that is the meaning of unity of the faith, in 4:12.

— Would know Christ intimately (again, 4:12).

— Would be full of Jesus Christ (4:13).

God’s Preparation Team preaches, exhorts, reproves, and corrects (2Timothy 4:2) the church, to bring her to this point.

Then, the bride has but one duty, having heard the truth which is in Christ. Obey His command to stay in the city until she is clothed on the inside with power from on high (Luke 24:49), wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:8). To do this, she must turn her attention to Christ and away from the world, and totally submit, humble herself, and bow down to Jesus Christ, to be that living sacrifice, holy and pleasing.

Jesus Christ will then respond, filling her with His Holy Spirit, His glory, His weightiness, His magnificence, His holiness. The result? She will have no spot or wrinkle, but will be holy and blameless (faultless to stand before the throne)!

Paul was part of God’s Preparation Team, and still is today. His Spirit-inspired words are just as effective and true today as when he wrote his letters that comprise a large part of the New Testament. here is what he said to the church at Corinth, where sin abounded and they accused Paul of not being an apostle —

2Corinthians 7:1   Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

“Let us” is not in the original Greek. Thus, the command is to cleanse yourself by submitting fully to God and asking Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. He says in doing this you will be perfecting (completing) holiness. And you do this because you revere and are in awe of God, your Father.

2Corinthians 11:1   I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

But indeed, bear with me (a command, in the original Greek), says Paul. I am jealous for you. I do not want you to have any other lovers — just Jesus Christ. When you were saved through the works God prepared in advance for me to do, Paul says, I began my preparation for you to be His  bride. And I am to present you to Him as a pure bride-to-be!

Beloved, are you pure inside? Do you have His radiance? Do you shine? Do nations and kings come to your light, to the radiance of your shining?  Are you all glorious within?

If you are not, I am here as a member of God’s Preparation Team to exhort you to stop focusing on the things of the world, and turn your attention to Jesus Christ. Heed His words. If you love Him, you will obey Him in this, and He will send the Helper, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17)! And the Father and He will make you all glorious within (John 14:23)!

Submit now to Him, and to this truth He has asked me to speak to you, and He will do it!

THE PURPOSE OF ACCESS, PART 2

[SW258] 11/25/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“The Purpose of Access, Part 2”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

Texts: Ephesians 2:3, 6 & 10, John 16:13-15, Luke 21:15, and others

What is the greatest purpose for your access to the very throne of God? I will show you!

Thanks be to God that when you obey Jesus Christ’s command to be filled with His Holy Spirit and your heart is cleansed and purified (Acts 15:9), you become a “formerly.” You become one who USED TO LIVE in the lusts of the flesh and of the mind (Ephesians 2:3), but now you do not live that way any more. Beloved, if you are not a “formerly,” Ephesians 2:6 is not your promise nor your condition. How may you become a “formerly?” By being filled with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ, who fills all things (Ephesians 1:23).

Last week, I said that the purpose of our access to the throne room of God, the purpose for us being seated (spiritually) with Christ and God in the heavenly places, is to do the “God works” that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). And what did I say His works are? To have His radiance, to shine, so that the nations come to the light of Him that is in us, and kings come to the radiance of our shining (Isaiah 60:1-3)!

What else did I say is a “God work?” It is to proclaim the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to set captives free (Isaiah 61:1-3), AND to always speak of the coming judgment for those who reject the Gospel. Otherwise, what need is there to be saved? But if someone understands that judgment and hell are coming for all those who do not receive Jesus Christ, then they understand that they must be saved!

After I preached last week, the Lord showed me another purpose for access to the very throne room of God. And that is what I have come to tell you today.

There is another “God work” that He wanted me to show you, from John 16:13-15.

By this particular “God work,” Jesus Christ is glorified, also.

In John 16:13, we learn that the Holy Spirit TEACHES us ALL things (“teach” is the originial Greek here). What things? All the things that the Father has, and that the Father has given to the Son. He takes all these things that both the Father and Son have, and shows them to us. He teaches us! Teaching involves the impartation of wisdom and truth. So the Holy Spirit teaches us all of the wisdom and truth of the Father and of the Son! He teaches us all the wisdom They have!

Why? Jesus promises His disciples in Luke 21:15 that He will give them a mouth (the original Greek), and wisdom which no opponent is able to resist or refute. When Peter and John were before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, they had wisdom that no fishermen were supposed to have. After all, they had flunked out of rabbi school, and been told to go and apprentice with their father. All Hebrew boys went to rabbi school, but some were asked to leave because they were not bright enough to be rabbis.

But here were Peter and John, mere fishermen, and the Sanhedrin were amazed at their wisdom (Acts 4:13)! They knew it was from God. It was a miracle, a wonder, a sign. It was a testimony that they had been with Jesus. But Jesus had died and been raised and was no longer on the earth. So how did they get this wisdom? How could these unlearned men suddenly speak in a way that they could not resist and refute? It was God’s wisdom that came out of their mouths, and the Sanhedrin knew it!

In Acts 6:10, Stephen lived out Luke 21:13, and John 16:13-15. “But they were unable to cope (oppose, resist) with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.” So they vowed to destroy him, and he was stoned to death, but not before he spoke great words of God’s wisdom and truth to them, in Acts 7! And they KNEW it was not Stephen’s wisdom, but God’s.

In 1Corinthians 2, Paul addresses the church at Corinth’s penchant for wanting to here fancy preaching, great orators and such. But Paul says he did not come to them that way (2:1). His message and preaching were not of (human) wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (2:4). He speaks to them not in words taught human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

He spoke God’s wisdom and God’s truth, and it was obviously a “God work.” Paul could not have that kind of wisdom in his natural mind. All of man’s wisdom that he had learned as a Hebrew, as a Pharisee among Pharisees, he considered dung, compared to knowing Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:8)!

He prayed for the churches at Ephesus and Colossae to be filled with all SPIRITUAL wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 1:16). Why? They could not possibly be the church until they operated by the Father and the Son’s wisdom and truth.

Man’s wisdom will never do! And that is what Jesus is saying through me, to you, today. If the church is not filled with God’s wisdom and truth, then it is because she has not stayed and waited. She has disobeyed a command of Jesus Christ, the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to have her heart made clean, so she would be spiritually seated in the heavenly places with God in Christ Jesus!

The result? Those in the church who have disobeyed Christ’s command cannot do any of His “God works” that He has prepared in advance for them to do. They do natural good works, the same ones unbelievers do. They must not neglect to do those, too, for that also is a command of Jesus Christ. But He is glorified when they have His Spirit teaching them ALL wisdom and ALL truth, the same wisdom and truth the Father and Son have.

They will work in the natural, and what is that? Good, but not what God has prepared in advance for them to do! They cannot radiate, they cannot shine, no nations or kings will come to their light, to their shining, if they are not filled with the Holy Spirit.

They cannot announce the Good News and set captives free, and I tell you there is nothing on earth that can compare with watching God use you to see captives free!

I have seen so many set free! But if you are not equipped, if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, He cannot teach you God’s wisdom so you know what to say.

A quick story — I was in a Bible study with a man who had recently had his knee replaced. He had not walked since. The Lord suddenly exclaimed through me, “The Lord is able to make you stand!” And that man began to walk, and he is still walking. Glory to God!

And those who do not obey Christ’s command to be filled with the Holy Spriit surely will refuse to speak of the coming judgment, as is the case in many churches today. I say this to your shame.

Because of what God has done in me, I am able to do “God works” that He has prepared in advance for me to do. I repeat what the Spirit teaches me, I radiate and shine, I proclaim the Good News and set captives free because I am filled with God’s Holy Spirit.

My words are obviously from Him, and the Holy Spirit teaches me so I may have God’s wisdom in order to counsel as God counsels, to remove roadblocks and mountains of unbelief, to go where He wants me, to discern pretenders and exhort and correct them (1Corinthians 5:12-13).

Christian,  you MUST be filled! If you are not filled, you are disobeying Jesus Christ’s command. You are not taught by the Holy Spirit, you do not have the Father and the Son’s wisdom and truth, and Christ is not glorified through you, AND you have no view of the future (John 16:14b)!

So if you see your need for His wisdom and truth today, here is what to do. While it is still Today, come to Jesus Christ and the Father. Confess your sin, confess you are not a “formerly” but are still walking according to the fleshly desires and passions.

Ask Him to crucify you, so you no longer follow fleshly lusts and desires (Galatians 5:24). Ask Him to crucify your flesh, so you no longer live but Christ lives in you (Galatians 2:20). Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will, and then you will glorify Him. You cannot glorify Him any other way, beloved. Do it today, and you will see “God works” all around you, prepared in advance for you to do! Amen.

THE PURPOSE OF ACCESS, PART 1

[SW257] 11/18/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“The Purpose of Access, Part 1”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

Texts: Ephesians 2:6 & 10, Isaiah 60:1-3, and others as noted.

What is the purpose of believers’ access to the very throne room of God?

I have been asking the Lord to show me greater depths of meaning of this passage:

Ephesians 2:6 and [God] raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Why have we been spiritually seated with Christ Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God? The definition of “seated” will give us a hint —

First, “has seated” means He has prepared a place for us (John 14:3) that where He is, we may be also. Not only when we die and go to heaven, but here and now! His promise in John 14 is connected to Ephesians 2:6! It gives it a here-and-now meaning I never saw before!

And “seated” means to recline on a bed or couch, at table. People in biblical times did not sit in a chair at a table. They reclined on couches or rugs, leaning on one elbow and eating with the free hand. Immediately, John reclining next to Jesus comes to mind. “Seated” is a place of intimacy, of closeness, of being able to hear His very heartbeat as you lean back onto His chest to ask Him a question.

So why does He give this access to us? What are our misconceptions about this access? And what prevents this access?

We see the answer to the purpose of our intimate access in Ephesians 2:10 —

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

These are not the good works that any unbeliever can do. These are “God works,” which God has prepared in advance, so we will do them! Because we have access, we are able to see what He is doing and do it, and hear what He is saying and say it. Then He is able to show us what He wants us to do next.

What are our misconceptions about this access? That when we are in a jam and need help, when we have an emergency, when we have a need, we cry out to God and He answers. He will sometimes do that for those who do not yet know the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, because He is merciful. But that is not “access to the throne room of God.” That is His mercy.

But do you not know that your Father in heaven already knows what you need, before you ask? And do you not know that Jesus’ command is to seek first the kingdom of God (set up in your heart) and His righteousness (filling your heart) and all these things will be added unto you?

The purpose of access is to do works that only God can do. Your needs will be met if the kingdom of God and His righteousness is within you.

What blocks us from seeing these things?

— Differing theologies that say we must always be in a wretched state (see Romans 7:24) but thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ.

— A desire to give warm, fuzzy messages to people who “have had a hard week” and need a happy message.

— Sin, and our love for it. Sin separates us from God. We do not have the access to Him, and we cannot fulfill our purpose. And ultimately, the wages of sin is death.

— Mental assent. We have agreed that the Bible is true. We have agreed that Jesus is who He says He is. But we have not seen His glory. We must catch a glimpse from the Holy Spirit, who kindly opened my eyes to see it when I was seeking to know the Lord like Tommy Tenney’s “The God Chasers” described, when I was seeking Him for healing.

Once you catch that glimpse, what is the Father’s command? Heed Jesus Christ (Matthew 17:5). Take action on His words. Do not simply hear them with your ears. Stay! Wait! Be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire!

What are these “God works,” we will do, and what is their purpose?

Isaiah 60:1-3 says our Light has come, and Jesus prayed in John 17:22 that it would be in the disciples and all believers throughout the ages. It had not happened yet, but He prayed as though it was done. It could not happen until He died to reconcile us to God, rose to give us eternal life, ascended and was glorified and poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

I tell you, your Light will come and you will be filled with the glory of God, when you experience your own personal Pentecost and are baptized in the Holy Spirit, your heart purified (Acts 15:9), and no longer a slave to sin (John 8:31-36)!

Then nations (unbelievers) will come to your light, and kings to the brightness (radiance) of your rising (shining). The first purpose of access is TO SHINE!

Your shining will draw people to Jesus Christ, even those in high places.

And the church could not be the church until that was done — it was an order, a command. Stay in the city (Luke 24:49), wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4). Am I repeating myself? YES!

You see, you cannot have access to the very throne room of God if there is sin in you — that is, willful disobedience toward God. But Jesus says He has come to free us, indeed, from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36).

Isaiah 61:1-2 gives you a broader picture of the “God works” you will do when you are seated with Him in heaven, with Christ Jesus.

The Spirit of the Lord is IN me (John 14:17)! I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can bring His Good News to the humble and contrite. I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can bind up (as with a bandage that HEALS) those with shattered hearts, regardless of the reason for the shattering.

I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can proclaim liberty to captives. I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can proclaim opening to those who are bound, as one who was born blind but now sees! I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can proclaim that this is the favorable year of the Lord, the year when all slaves were set free in Israel, the Year of Jubilee! Freedom to slaves of what? Sin!

I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so I can announce that there will be a Judgment Day. I cannot leave that piece out of the message. I am seated with Christ, I hear what the Father and Son say, and I do not leave out a word.

If I don’t proclaim the coming judgment, then who needs to be saved? What are we saved from? God’s wrath! But that is not pleasant to hear, so many will not proclaim it. Thus, they reveal that they are NOT seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places.

Jesus Christ is coming back for His church glorious (Ephesians 5:27), one filled with His kabod, the very weighty presence of God. Look at Psalm 45:13! The King’s daughter is all glorious (kabuddah, feminine for kabod) within!

Do not delay, but come to your merciful Father right now, and ask Him to forgive you for your sin, for your unbelief, for your rejection of this truth, for your misconception of it! Ask Jesus Christ to fill you with His Holy Spirit, and you will find that you are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so you can SHINE and do GOD WORKS in these last days, just according to His command! Amen.

WHO IS IN CHARGE

[SW256] 11/11/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Who Is In Charge”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

The Lord says, “I should not have to remind My church of Who is in charge.” So, why does He ask me to do that today?

Text: Psalm 46

I said, “Lord, exegetically, this is about Zion. I am careful about the handling of Your Word. Is it OK to use this for the church?” He reminded me that the Old Testament was written for the church’s instruction (1Corinthians 10:10).

Psalm 46:1-3  He reminds you that He is your refuge and strength. You are protected by the power of God. You have no strength, you can do nothing apart from Jesus Christ. He is your strength. He is abundantly available for help in tight places.

Knowing this by experience, you will not fear. It makes no difference what happens in the world. It makes no difference how tight a place seems. You know He is abundantly available. You know who is in charge, you know He protects you, and you know He is your strength.

Nebuchadnezzar was the Lord’s servant to administer correction to His people. Some disobeyed the Lord’s command to go into captivity. They ran to Egypt, and the Lord used Jeremiah to tell them that Nebuchadnezzar would come to them there. They all died in Egypt. They all died who tried to fight Babylon.

They were all spared who obeyed Him. They knew God was in charge, they knew He was abundantly available to help them in tight places. They trusted Him.

They believed Jeremiah was a prophet, and they obeyed. Witness Daniel. He was not afraid, even when thrown into a lion’s den. He went and served the despot king, and lived to the time when the 70 years of captivity were up. He was able to tell His people that they would be freed through another pagan king, Cyrus, and that this king would fund the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple. Witness Joseph. Consider these things, beloved.

The mountains (self-righteous and prideful), slip into the heart of the sea. The waters (people) roar and foam as the mountains collapse into them. The mountains quake — get ready for a great shaking! Everything will be shaken but that which cannot be shaken. What cannot be shaken? Those who know Who is in charge!

The earth is full of swelling pride. It weighs the earth down until the shaking. Then it all falls down. Do you know it?

So why does Jesus Christ ask me to remind the church of Who is in charge? Look at Verses 4-6. I asked, Lord, why is dwelling places plural? You had only one place You dwelled in Jerusalem at that time — the Temple, the Holy of Holies. But He said it is plural because it is prophetic.

A river whose streams make glad the city of God . . . that river is the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see John 7:37-39). From us flow rivers, streams, living water to a dry and dead world. We are holy dwelling places for Him, when we are filled with Him. We cannot make ourselves holy. We cannot be declared holy except by Him, and that happens when He fills us with His Spirit. We cannot be holy by actions any more than we can be saved by actions.

But when we are filled with His holiness, we become His occupying army to take back the land Satan has taken. Only then can we do it. Only then can we identify and avoid his snares and traps, and his temptations. Only then are we set free from slavery to sin. His equipment? His command to the church, from the very beginning? Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Wait! Stay!

And we are glad when we are filled! And the city of God rejoices, because the angels and the Father and the Son knows they have a vessel through whom salvation and sanctification (being filled with the Spirit) can be worked.

He is in the midst of those filled with His Spirit. His kingdom is set up in us. We will not be shaken in the great shaking, because the kingdom of God is unshakable, and He is in us, large and in charge!

We know He will help us, and He will do it for all to see, not in secret. It will be when morning dawns! Do you know it?

The reason Jesus Christ must remind His church that He is in charge is because many are not filled with the Holy Spirit. Some reject His Spirit, some are ignorant, though the Word of God is very clear on it. They likely are as I was, possessing the Word in written form, but letting it collect dust on the shelf.

In Verses 6-7, you should know that the nations will make an uproar, but they will totter at the flexing of His arm (Psalm 2). They think they can reject Him, but He has installed His anointed, His Christ, His King, and He is Ruler over all! The Lord raises His voice and the earth and all its pridefulness melts away. Peter tells us it will be destroyed by fire, in the end.

That end is not far off. I have seen and heard a video which has been confirmed by those who live in Israel. In it, very loud trumpets sound from the sky, over and over, different notes, louder and louder, amidst a ring of clouds. I believe He is calling His first chosen, Israel, to repent and believe that He sent His Messiah to them. I do not believe we have very long before Jesus comes and snatches up His church in the air.

So what does He say? Look at Verse 8. Behold My works! See how I have wrought desolation in the earth. See that it is I that makes wars to cease, it is I who breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two, it is I who burns the chariots with fire.

So cease! Cease from what? From relying on anything but Him! How can you do that? Know Him intimately, personally, intensely, Him in you, when His holiness and power and love fill Your innermost being!

He will be exalted among the nations! He will be exalted in the earth. You will not doubt it, nor wring your hands nor cry, “The sky is falling,” like Chicken Little. You will KNOW that God is in charge. And you will KNOW that your assignment is to go forth as a member of an occupying army, fully equipped! Hallelujah!

He is with you. Do you know it? Are you fussing about current events? Are you involving yourself with such things? Repent! Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit, and these things will mean nothing. You will KNOW, as Verse 11 says, that The Captain of the Armies of God is with you, and the God of Jacob is your stronghold, your fortress, and you are protected by the power of God, come what may, be it prejudice, persecution, or even death. It has no victory over you. It has no sting.

Beloved, my heart grieves for what I see and hear. Jesus, You know. Beloved, fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2)! Be filled with His Spirit!

HOW I WAS FILLED

[SW255] 11/04/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“How I Was Filled”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

When I was filled, I knew NOTHING of what God would do inside of me. I just knew I had a need. And that is the “on ramp” to the Highway of Holiness!

Just before Jesus Christ healed me of MS in the middle of the night, I was given a book by my pastor, David “Doc” Uber. It was called Ever Increasing Faith, by Smith Wigglesworth. He gave it to me to encourage my faith for healing, but I happened to notice this Holy Spirit thing. I hadn’t been taught about it yet. But it was a seed.

After I was healed, I remembered that Holy Spirit thing, and that Smith had said that’s what the Holy Spirit gives you, when Jesus fills you with His Holy Spirit. He said the Holy Spirit was a “Him,” part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit.

I didn’t know what all that meant. I just knew I needed power to be able to testify of how He healed me. So I began to pray, “Lord, I need to be filled with Your Spirit so I can have the power to testify about what You have done.”

I was on the “on ramp!” To what? To the Highway of holiness, on which only the holy walk. (See Isaiah 35, which I’ll get to shortly.)

So I prayed and prayed, for two months. At 2 p.m. on November 1, 2001, my Spirit-filled neighbor called me. Her small children were down for their nap, and that was when she did her devotions. She called me and said, “The Lord just said I should ask you if you want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.” I responded, “Yes! I’ve been praying for two months! I’ll be right over!” I hung up the phone, told Jeff I was going to Jenny’s, and off I went.

We sat together in her sunroom. She opened her Bible and showed me that Jesus is the Baptizer. Did I understand? Yes. So she put her hands out, and I took her hands. She prayed, and SUDDENLY, I shook all over! She said, “Do you have anything in your mind that you want to say, even if it isn’t in English? I immediately said, “Fa yeeda may, Fa yeeda may.” And I knew I was saying, “Father mine, Father mine.” I knew nothing about tongues, nothing about anything the Lord had just done. But I knew I had received the power I needed to testify of Him!

After we had prayed and praised and rejoiced, I went back home. Jeff says that when I walked in the door, he saw that my whole countenance, my face, had changed. I glowed. He had never seen it before.

I looked around the living room, and everything was the same, and yet different. Something had changed. I didn’t understand what. I just knew I was seeing with a different set of eyes. Some of the things in my house suddenly were offensive to me. They had to go. No church police, just the Holy Spirit’s reaction to what was in my home. And He was in me, and He was now in charge! I was glad to clean all of that stuff out!

But I went out into the kitchen, and joy, joy, joy welled up in me, like I had never felt before! I did not know that the Trinity had entered me, just like Jesus promised in John 14:23. I was simply overwhelmed with joy, and began to laugh quietly. It was nothing like my normal laugh, which one friend describes this way: “It’s like you are going to explode when you laugh!” But it was gentle, and though I was able to stop, I really didn’t want to!

SUDDENLY, God’s Word was illuminated. The Holy Spirit had lit up what was needed to bring me to healing, but now — everything made sense! Smith said you really do not understand 1Corinthians 12, 13 and 14 until you are filled. I went there, and said, “Oh! Oh!” I understood.

SUDDENLY, I didn’t have to go somewhere to find God. He was in me, large and in charge! At one church, the Holy Spirit was portrayed as only a Guide. A skit was done, in which one man had a sheet over his head. The Holy Spirit grabbed his hand and led  him around. Oh, with all due respect, that’s not even close!!!  I’ll show you in a minute, In Isaiah 35!

So, SUDDENLY, I was changed. I didn’t understand all that He had done, but I knew I was different. I could feel Him in me, feel His power, and His holiness. No matter what I did, no matter what persecution I faced from others, I responded in a holy way. Not pious, not walking around moping, not robes, not Bible reading, not church attendance. Let me give you the definition He gave me.

To be holy means to be filled with God’s nature, God’s character. It is to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit — God’s love, God’s joy, God’s peace, God’s patience, God’s kindness, God’s goodness, God’s faith, God’s gentleness, and the Holy Spirit’s control. It is to walk in holiness, and dare I say it? Walking holy is easy when you have His nature and character in you!

Will you be tempted? Yes, even Jesus was tempted. Will you be perplexed? Certainly, Paul was. Will you be persecuted? You bet. But in the midst, you will walk like Jesus in this world (1John 2:6). When He abides in you, when He remains in you, when the Father and He made their abode in you like He promised in John 14:23, it is easy to walk holy.

So, you may say, “That’s nice for you, but I don’t need it.” Well, “it” is a HE, per Jesus in John 14, starting in Verse 16, and in many other places. And HE is a requirement by Jesus Christ. A command! An order! Stay in the city (Luke 24:49)! Wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4)! Orders from the Lord Jesus Christ to His church, which could not even BE, unless these orders were believed and followed. Beloved the church is in a mess because she does not see her need!

Those that waited had an experience like me! They were indeed filled, each one having their own personal Pentecost. They were SUDDENLY changed, suddenly no longer afraid of the Jews but openly preaching Jesus and rebuking the Jewish leaders who had killed Him. Wow! That’s power! That’s boldness! That’s love, because it was to prick their hearts so they would repent. And thousands did, on the day of Pentecost, and billions, since that day. But only when we are filled  will people repent, for they will see Him in us!

So I have promised Isaiah 35. Here it is, Verses 5-10.

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened. When? Look back at Verse 4, “your God will come . . .” When will your eyes be opened? When He visits you, personally. My blind eyes which could not see Him nor understand His Word were SUDDENLY opened, when He filled me with His Spirit.

When He visited me, my ears were opened to Him 24/7! It was no longer just an occasional whisper in the ear. I supped with Him and Him with me continually (Revelation 3:20). That’s intimacy, holy intimacy!

When He visited me, I was able to walk right. I was no longer spiritually lame, never able to travel too far without falling. Suddenly, I leaped like a deer. It was effortless. Have you ever watched a deer? They almost float! Yes!!!

When He visited me, I was filled with joy! I never had such joy, and I had to laugh gently and even shout!

When He visited me, living waters began to flow from me. I was no longer in the Arabah, no longer in the wilderness. No longer could jackals (a symbol of the demonic) rest in me. I was no longer under Satan’s thumb. And these springs NEVER run dry! They are fountains! They are perpetual! And you are not a broken cisterns that leaks (Jeremiah 2:13). That is for those who forsake the Lord. You are fully, suddenly, competely His!

Oh, when I saw my need, that was the “on ramp” to the Highway of Holiness! Imagine an interstate, with a big green sign saying, “Highway of Holiness, next right.” If you see your need, even if you don’t completely understand what He will do (like me), take that right!!!

It is the Highway OF Holiness, beloved. Holiness is not a process where you can get on a Highway TO Holiness. The unclean, those who still struggle with sin, cannot walk on the Highway OF Holiness.

Only those who walk holy can walk there. It is impossible to walk holy unless His Holy Spirit has filled you with His nature and character. Then He cleans you up, on the inside.

Then you are the witnesses that Jesus says you will be. When? As the Holy Spirit now exhorts you, when you wait to be filled with Him People will take note that you have been with Jesus. They will be drawn by the Father, because they see Him in you. They will be saved, and not long after, they will see their need, and they will be filled!

Well . . .  of course, Satan does not want you to believe it. He has much of the church convinced that it is not possible to be completely holy. That would make the church effective. Satan’s greatest fear is a Spirit-filled church. Then He and His demons are down for the count.

Paul quotes the Lord, “All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people,” (Romans 10:21, Isaiah 65:2, and elsewhere).

Don’t listen to Satan, or to a church that does not believe God’s promise. Believe God!

To be filled with the Holy Spirit is not optional. Again, it is Jesus Christ’s command. Stay! Wait! Be perfect (Matthew 5:45). Be holy (1Peter 1:15)! Be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27). Be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16)!

Pray now, if you see  your need. He will certainly answer, and you will become an effective witness of Jesus Christ, exuding His marvelous light!

PLAYING CHURCH

[SW254] 10/28/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Playing Church”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

The Corinthians played church. Do you?

1Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child (a spiritual infant), I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man (in a moment of time, filled with God’s nature and His actual love), I did away with (destroyed) childish things.

When I was ages eight to ten, my neighborhood girlfriends and I decided to start clubhouses. There was one at my house, one at Kathy’s house, one at Ann’s house, and so on. One rule was universal — no boys allowed! Beyond that, each club had its own rules. If you broke one, you were out. I was a child. I was childish. I had a club with rules. If you broke them, it was curtains for you.

But then we all grew up. I married, had a career. I was still a child spiritually, though I had grown up, in the natural. I had what I thought was a good life. But then I was brought low, stricken with MS, and met the Author of Life, Jesus Christ, who healed me and in a moment of time, made me a spiritual adult, full of His Spirit, His nature, and His love. Certainly I still grow in Christlikeness, but it is rapid and joyful because I am fully yielded to Him!

In the church at Corinth, as in the church of today, there were infants in high places. Therefore, Chloe’s household contacted the Apostle Paul, who was the founder of the churches in Corinth. Something was terribly wrong! There was jealousy, envy, division, favoritism toward particular preachers, and the church even questioned whether Paul was truly an apostle of Jesus Christ, sent by Him!

Why did they question whether he was sent by God? Because Paul told them the truth about their spiritual condition, and they did not like it.

Paul was very direct in 1Corinthians 3:1-3, telling them that they were infants in Christ. They had not destroyed their childishness. They were still fleshly, acting like mere men. You may tell me that the Spirit always will war against the flesh, and the flesh against the Spirit. But I will tell you, those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24).

I will tell you that all of us will stand before Jesus Christ at some point, and will have to explain to Him our reasons for doing what we did in this life. Unless the Corinthians, and the church today, heed Paul’s words and those that the Lord has given me today, it will be hard to explain away the actions that defame His name instead of adorning His gospel.

It had even gotten to the point, in the church at Corinth, where Paul had to remind them of the gospel (1Corinthians 15:3-8)! In their childish behavior, they had forgotten what they were charged by Jesus to do — spread that gospel across the face of the earth, living it so that others would not be able to refute its truth.

In today’s church (and I can only speak for America), there are many infants in high places. When people come from other countries to live here and join our churches, they are shocked at what they see. But I tell them they need look no farther than Paul’s letters to the Corinthians to learn why the church has gone so far astray here.

The Corinthians (and today’s church) questioned the called and followed fools (1Corinthians 11:4, 20). They celebrated immorality (1Corinthians 5), and they themselves pursued it (1Corinthians 6:9-20). They spoke, acted, and reasoned in childish ways, slaves to their flesh and its passions and desires.

The Corinthians (and today’s Pentecostal/Charismatic churches) elevated and exalted themselves and their spiritual gifts (1Corinthians 12, 13 and 14), just as a child likes to pretend they are king of the mountain. But we have one King, and

with such behavior He is not pleased! The gifts, beloved are for the common good, not to flaunt so people will think highly of you!

When the church at Corinth did these things, and when the church does such things today, they make it evident that they believe the church is their club, they make their rules, and you follow them or you are out. The stories I could tell you of pastors skewered by infants in Christ in leadership positions!

A friend of mine, Richard Johnson, was a traveling evangelist. He wrote a song called, “Blood on the Pews,” based on his visit to one church in particular. A new pastor came to town, and Big Bart the deacon soon had him in his gunsight. The pastor didn’t play by the clubhouse rules, and angrily threw scripture at the congregation. Big Bart gathered the evidence against him, for the big showdown that he was sure he would win.

But then Jesus walked in, everyone suddenly became quiet, and He said, “Is this what I came for, and then died and then rose? So you, pastor, could condemn their sin, and Big Bart, you could continue to win?” So it is today in the church.

Beloved, this is not the church of Sue, or Jeff, or Wynn, or Smith or Jones. Childish behavior as I have described is evidence that we think it is OUR church. But hear this truth! It is the Church of GOD in CHRIST JESUS. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the captain of the armies of God. You are in dangerous territory when you defy Him, as Ananias and Sapphira did in Acts 5.

I see you through Christ’s eyes and love you with His love because He has made me an adult. So today I exhort you to ask the Lord to destroy the childishness in you, and make you an adult, in a moment of time, filling you with His Holy Spirit, His love, and His nature. As with the church of Laodicea that had gone far astray, He knocks on your heart, O Christian.

I know I cannot force the church to grow up. And I know that in all churches, there will always be infants. But they should never be in leadership positions!

So what do I do, as a watchman on the wall? I pray for revival. I am not praying for a happy time of singing and dancing. I am not praying for two quarreling people to shake hands and make nice to one another. I am praying for weeping and repentance, when God’s holy presence, His weighty kabod, descends on all of our church buildings and the occupants therein, and absolutely convicts each one of their childishness. Come, O Lord, and convict every heart! Then and only then will Your church once again adorn your gospel!

A SHOUTING CHURCH!

[SW253] 10/21/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“A Shouting Church!”

[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]

If the church doesn’t have a shout, the rocks will cry out! So, what does the church shout about?

Texts: Luke 19:37-40, Psalm 126

At first, I asked the Lord, “Why would the church not have a shout? Would it be religious persecution, or persecution from the world?”

And the Holy Spirit showed me there is NO REASON for the church not to have a shout!

What does the church shout about, then?

There are two shouts of rejoicing for the church! What are they? Why do they make us shout for joy?

Text. Psalm 126 and others as noted

Captives shout when —

They repent and He visits them and brings them back/reconciles them/gives them His favor again.

Then a SHOUT goes OUT!

Let me personalize this. When you come to faith in Christ, your past sins are forgiven, and you are reconciled to God and have His favor in your life.

So in the first shout —

Reconciled/receiving His favor!

The world sees and says, “The Lord has done great things.”

They say, “Yes, and we are filled with rejoicing and glee!”

Luke 17:11 — The healed leper who returns with a shout of joy!

Luke 19:37 — Shouting because of the miracles you have seen!

But what happened to Judah? Though they were reconciled and had God’s favor again, and were back in the Promised Land after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they found the land hard, and they were still under the rule of their enemies, the Medo-Persians.

Personalizing it — Though you have been reconciled and now in a position of having God’s favor, the land is hard. You find yourself still struggling with sin, like the wretched man in Romans 7 (see verse 24). You find that you are still a slave to sin, and the Enemy has a hold on you.

What then? Do just as Judah did!

Stay and pray (Psalm 126: 4, Luke 24:49). Restore me fully, Lord!

Fill me like You fill the wadis (dry stream beds) after the dry season!”  BUT remember, your own personal Pentecost means an unending fountain of living water (John 4:10, 14)!!!

And that is when you have the second shout!

The Lord answers your prayer and you become a filled stream-bed that never runs dry!

— Freedom from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36)

— Filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)

— HIS joy (John 15:11)

You went out weeping as you sowed, because you saw only a partial restoration. The land was hard. You struggled. The Enemy still had a hold on you.

BUT you returned rejoicing, because you asked to be filled like the wadis, and the Lord of the harvest filled you!  And now you are able to be used by Him for His harvest!

And when you are filled

— You won’t be able to stop speaking (even when on trial, Acts 4:20)

— You will shout from the rooftops what He whispers (Mt. 10:27)

Are you silent? Then you are still a captive.

— First be reconciled and restored to God’s favor, through Christ’s work on the cross. It must be more than a mental assent to the reality of Jesus. You must experience His presence!

— Then stay and pray to be filled like the wadis after the dry season AND never run dry again! There will be a shout from you, an irrepressible shout that cannot be restrained, one that continues on, forever and ever!

Stay and pray! Beloved, you cannot go out without a shout!