STRANGE LAWS

Many scoff at some of the laws of the Old Testament — even our former president did so, and warned Christians that they didn’t even know what the Old Testament said, or they would not be so quick to quote it regarding homosexuality and other issues. But those strange-sounding laws were for this purpose — that Israel would not follow any of the customs and sacrificial systems of the lands around them or of Egypt, from whence they were delivered.

Leviticus 18:3 ‘You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes.”

These laws are for God’s people, and God does not change. Since Jesus Christ came, that category applies to all who believe in Him, Jew or non-Jew. The world, if it continues in its ways, will face judgment for their actions. But Christ’s goal, and ours, is to proclaim that there is a way out of bondage to sin — He is the Chain Breaker! It is to proclaim that God the Father sent His Son to do just that. Such were some of you . . . but you were saved (1Corinthians 6:11)! What a great heart our God has! He made me a “such were!” He made me a “formerly,” at 45 years of age! Bless His holy name, He will do it for whosoever believes in Jesus Christ!

HUNGER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

[SW266] 01/20/2017 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2017

“Hunger For the Holy Spirit”

I have been asking the Lord, “What creates hunger for You?” It’s because I so want to see Christians hungry for the Holy Spirit.

He brought to mind particular scriptures, and from those, I had His answer —

They become hungry when He humbles them and allow them to be afflicted, and when they repent, He answers their hunger!”

I thank God for His kindness in humbling me and causing me to be afflicted so I would become hungry and repent! He could have written me off! But He is full of mercy!

This is music to God’s ears, from any believer! He loves hungry hearts who honor Him when they receive what they lack!

Beloved, God’s kindness to us is repentance (Romans 2:4).

Texts:  Matthew 5:6  — for righteousness (to hunger and thirst means you realize you don’t have it, and when you realize your lack and turn

to Him, He will fill you with it!

Psalm 107:4-9 — Lack of food and water lack because of sin of                    unbelief. And He met their lack when they

cried out to Him.

Hunger and thirst results from lack. When you lack, you hunger and thirst.

The Apostle Paul had a godly jealousy for the straying Corinthian church, to present them to the Lord as a pure bride (see 2Corinthians 11:2). It is the same for me.

How beautiful are the feet of the one who brings Good News! Here is the lack — righteousness! God has humbled you and allowed you to be afflicted! But look! He is your one and only Provider who will give you HIS righteousness, if you repent!

Do you know that it is impossible for you to believe what you have not heard, what has not been preached to you (Romans 10:14)? So I must preach it!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6).

Psalm 107:4-9 —

The situation of His people, Israel — desert wandering, lack of food and drink, physically hungry and thirsty!

Why? God was disciplining them.

Deuteronomy 8:5 “Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”

Why did He discipline them? Because they refused to enter the Promised Land. They didn’t think they could defeat the giants there. So He sent them into the desert, where they wandered for 40 years! And . . .

Deuteronomy 8:3 “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”

They lacked food and drink, and their lack led to hunger. When they hungered and cried out to God, He fed them and gave them water.

But do not forget that there were those who continued to sin after He fed them. Those died in the desert. These things were written for our instruction (1Corinthians 10:11).

Let’s be sure we understand this. He disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:9) for good and NEVER for evil purposes. Why does He discipline?

— So you may share His holiness (Hebrews 12:10), and

— So you bear the fruit of righteousness, even His righteousness, that is, His character (Hebrews 12:11), His divine nature (2Peter 1:4).

But those who do not repent will die in their desert.

So how does this apply to you and me?

God the Father disciplined me. He humbled me by allowing a physical affliction — MS — to come upon me.  It was His kindness to me, leading me to repent. He desires none to perish, but all to come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).

In my MS desert wanderings, I realized, “Something is missing in my life, and I think it’s God.” I began to see that I lacked.

That led me to church. I joined and soon became a member of the church board.

That led me to Tommy Tenney’s The God Chasers, given by my pastor to everyone on the church board.

When I read it, I saw that I lacked intimacy with God. I did not really know Him, nor did I hear from Him.

That led me to cry out, “I want to know You that way!” I was hungry!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)!

Then my pastor had vision of me being healed, and spoke it from the pulpit.

That led me to talk with my pastor, and to obey him when he said I must pray and ask God if I was right with Him. It wasn’t about healing. It was about knowing Him. I was hungry.

So I prayed and asked, “Am I right with You, Lord?” But there was no answer.

Then the pastor asked, “Do you have any unforgiveness in your heart?” He didn’t mince any words — he was very direct and bold!
That led me to see that I had not forgiven my first husband. We must forgive, or God will not forgive us. Holding a grudge is sin.

That led me to see that my sin stood between God and me.

That led me to repent and ask Him to take my sin.

The kindness of God is repentance. He offers it to you!

That led me to true salvation, finally becoming RIGHTEOUS, the thing I lacked, the thing that made me right in God’s eyes.

That led me to healing.
That led me to being filled with the Holy Spirit so I could be Jesus Christ’s witness here, just as He commands, and be filled with His righteousness —

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)!

He did all that to show He is God, and He disciplines His children for good purposes, and not evil purposes (Hebrews 12:10), if they will turn back to Him in the midst of their affliction.

He disciplined me for good, and not for evil. And He received and yet receives glory for healing me and making me His witness here. And He will do the same for you!

And He continues to take me on, from image to image and glory to glory. Every day, He teaches me so He can be seen ever more clearly in me. And He will do the same for you!

I tell you the truth, He will answer your hunger and thirst when you cry out to Him, just as He did me!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)! So cry out to Him!

DECEIVED

[SW265] 01/13/2017 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2017

“Deceived”

Many are deceived into thinking that they can continue sinning, after they have become church members.

Matthew 7:21-23 — Many (Greek “most”)! As they stand before Jesus Christ to be judged, many will say to Him, “Lord, Lord,” as if they knew Him and even more, as if He knew them. But they will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Why? They did not do the Father’s will. Heaven is for those who do His Father’s will.

Many will say, “Didn’t we? Didn’t we? Didn’t we?” Their miracles, signs and wonders cannot be of God, for Jesus says in verse 23, “I never (Greek: never, not at any time, not at all) knew you.” If He does not know them, it is impossible to do His miracles.

But we did them “in Your name,” Jesus. You used His name, but if He never knew  you, then you do not have His character, and God does not hear the prayers of sinners (John 9:31).

He declares to you that He never knew you, and He condemns you to eternity without Him, to the never-ending flames of hell. Why? You practice lawlessness. Practice means you do it. “Lawlessness” means “wickedness, contrary to God’s will, unrighteousness, sin.” John says lawlessness is sin, in 1John 3:5.

If you are already assembling scriptures to contradict Jesus, I challenge you that you are trying to justify yourself before God. So repent!

Many will say that Jesus’ blood covers all sins, past, present and future. But what does Hebrews 10:26 and 29 tell us? If we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, we no longer have access to Christ’s sacrifice. We have trampled underfoot the blood of Christ.

You may say, “That was just for the Hebrews, who were considering returning to Judaism.” But it agrees with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7, so it is for everyone.

The Word of God says Christians are to be “formerlies!”

Ephesians 2:1 — You WERE

Ephesians 2:2-3 — Formerly (twice)

Ephesians 5:8 — Darkness, now Light, IN THE LORD

Colossians 1:21 — WERE alienated, hostile, doing evil deeds

1Timothy 1:13 — Paul himself FORMERLY blasphemed, persecuted, violently aggressive, ignorant, unbelieving

1Corinthians 6:11 — Such WERE

1Peter 1:14 — FORMER lusts

1Peter 1:15-16 — Be holy for I am holy, says the Lord. Sin is not holiness. Sin separates you from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), and the wages of it is death (Romans 6:23

1 Peter 2:25 — You WERE straying

Romans 6:1-2 — Shall we continue to sin so grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who have died to sin continue to live in it?

Many will throw Romans 7 at me. But Romans 7 is a wretched condition, per verse 24! There is NO evidence in the Word that we are to remain wretched after becoming Christians!

You have been deceived, and it is by your own doing, though I understand that many teach that you can’t stop sinning.

But you have the Word of God in your hands! Is it from laziness, just going along with what the preacher says, whether or not he is also deceived? If you are truly Jesus’ disciples, you will continue in His word, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36).

Is it possible that you enjoy your sin, and therefore gather to yourself those teachers who will make you feel good about it (1Timothy 4:3)? Paul says it is possible. Examine yourself, to see if you are in the faith, Paul exhorts the church in Corinth (2Corinthians 13:5). I exhort you today, also!

But how can you stop sinning? First, be saved! If you are still sinning, the scriptures that I’ve just cited reveal that you have never been converted to Christianity, but have said some words at an altar or in a prayer somewhere, but your heart remains dark. Believers in Jesus Christ hate sin, and try not to sin.

But they learn that their hearts are wayward, despite their best efforts. They are like the man of Romans 7. And thanks be to God, He offers freedom from slavery to sin, also through Jesus Christ.

It is not only God’s will that you come to Jesus Christ to be saved from God’s wrath, but also that you be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)! Then you are holy as He is holy, filled with His very holiness and character and righteousness!

Believe Jesus Christ who says He has the power to set you free from slavery to sin! God would never command you unless He gave you the way to be set free.

Suffer in the flesh, die to self, be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), and you will live the rest of the time in the flesh (earthly body) no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God (1Peter 4:1-2)!

But how?

Ephesians 3:16 — The power that will set you free, Christian!

— From past sin, by the blood of Jesus Christ  (THIS is God’s gift to you)

— From sinfulness, by His Spirit! THIS is God’s will for you — be filled with the Spirit, and He will purify your heart (Acts 15:9)!

You may reject my words, but they are from the Lord and according to God’s Word. I come to you in the love of God, that you may be warned of the wrath to come, and receive God’s truth. I want no person to come before Jesus and be surprised to hear, “I never knew you!” So now, you will not be surprised. And if you heed these words, you will enter the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

ONE GOOD THING

[SW264] 01/06/2017 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2017

“One Good Thing”

There is just “one good thing” you must do in order to be right in God’s eyes. What is it? What if you don’t do it?

Texts: Luke 18:9-14, Romans 3:9-18

The people listening to this parable from Jesus knew scribes (experts in the Law of Moses) and Pharisees. They “know” the scriptures, even memorizing them. The Pharisees were a very strict sect of Judaism, following the Law to the “nth degree.”
They were highly respected. And all who listened to this parable trusted in their own good deeds.

But here’s a red flag. Most of them rejected Jesus — God the Son. They surely would have recognized Him if they knew His Father (John 8:19, 42).

In the parable, a Pharisee prays about himself, saying to God, “Look at the good things I do! Look at how good I am! I’m glad I’m not like the sinners around me!” He did good things. So why was he not justified — that is, declared right in God’s eyes (righteous)?

He knew the scriptures by rote, and did the Law of Moses by rote. But he did not let the Word of God judge the thoughts and attitudes of his heart (Hebrews 4:12), which would have led him to do the “one good thing.”

What does their Tenakh, the Old Testament, say about the hearts of mankind? Let’s go to Romans 3:9-18, where the Apostle Paul, a former Pharisee and scholar, uses the Psalms to show you.

Do you see it? Even the most strict, rule-following Jew is the same as a Gentile (non-Jew) in his position before God. None are right before God, not even one. All are “under sin.” They are under its control — that is, until they do the “one good thing.”

What did Jesus say of the scribes and Pharisees? Both Jesus and John the Baptist called the scribes and Pharisees a brood of vipers. Even though they “kept the Law,” their hearts were darkened, just as mine was before I did the “one good thing.” Jesus said they created converts and made them twice the sons of hell as themselves (Matthew 23:15)!

Remember my last message? Jesus said prostitutes and tax collectors would enter the kingdom of heaven, because they repented at the teaching of John the Baptist!

There was no repentance in the Pharisee’s prayer about himself. It was about him, and the good things he did. But He did not do the “one good thing!”

He was not humble before God, but told God, “Look how good I have made myself!” That is pride, because humans are not good — none are good until they do the “one good thing.” He bore no fruit of repentance (Matthew 3:8). He justified himself, giving God a list of his many good deeds.

Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses (super-abounds, in the original Greek) that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). The Pharisee exalted himself; therefore, he would be humbled.

Now look at the tax collector. Such ones were not considered “unclean,” so they were able to pray in the Temple. But they were outcasts in Jewish society, because the Romans hired them to collect taxes from the Jews. And tax collectors commonly cheated the Jews, rigging the scales in their favor when weighing tax payments, so they could keep the difference for themselves.

But when this tax collector came before God in the Temple, all he could do is beat his chest (a sign of mourning) and plead for God’s mercy. And at that moment, he was considered right in God’s eyes.

He did the “one good thing”. He humbled himself. He repented. He didn’t brag about the good he had done. He knew he was not good and pleaded for mercy. So he was justified — made right in God’s eyes, by God. The humbled one was exalted.

That is the “one good thing” that you must do.

All of your good deeds — feeding the poor, giving to charities, doing acts of kindness are nothing in God’s eyes if you have not repented and turned to God through Jesus Christ. It is the “one good thing” you must do.

Why are all your good deeds nothing in God’s eyes? There are many, both Jew and non-Jew, who have rejected Jesus and yet do good things. Won’t God appreciate that?

No. The Word of God is clear. They will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless they humble themselves and repent, confessing that they are sinners in need of a Savior whom God the Father sent at great cost to Himself. When you don’t do the “one good thing,” you do not go to heaven, but to hell.

And now I hold up the banner of Christ! While you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you (Romans 5:8)! That is God’s act of righteousness, a demonstration of His character.

The “one good thing” is to cry out to God for mercy because you know you are a sinner who needs a Savior, confessing that your heart is not right. To such ones, God the Father then says, “These have understood My righteousness in sending My Son to bear their punishment, and have humbled themselves before Me, and asked for My mercy. Now, I will make them right in My eyes.”

By God’s grace and mercy, I  received and believed His righteous act in sending His Son to bear the punishment for my sin, to bear the wrath of God that I deserved. So I was saved, and was no longer “under sin.” But I still sinned (willfully disobeyed God) in some things, even after I was saved.

Even after Christ died on that cross, there was still sin in the disciples. They feared the Jews and did not trust God nor believe Christ’s promise that He would be resurrected on the third day. So they locked their doors (John 20:19).
They had expected Jesus to become a natural King, and free them from Roman rule. But now He was gone and they were alone.

Even after Christ rose and spoke to His disciples for 40 days before ascending to the Father, there was still pride among them. Peter’s pride was revealed when he asked what would happen to John, in John 21:21. Peter asked, “What about this man?” He was referring to John. You tell me I will die on a cross (John 21:18). Will John get better treatment than me?” Jesus exclaimed, “What is that to you? Follow Me!”

THERE IS MORE!

There is then “one good thing” that Christ commanded His disciples to do — Stay (Luke 24:49)! Wait (Acts 1:4)! And for those who obeyed, PENTECOST happened, changing their hearts, just as my own personal Pentecost changed mine!

The disciples became bold, unafraid, and pride disappeared — they boasted only in Christ (1Corinthians 1:31). They became the “formerlies” of Ephesians 2:3. They no longer lived in the lust of the flesh and of the mind, indulging those desires.

They BECAME the righteousness (having the very character) of God when they stayed and waited. In 2Corinthians 5:21, the Greek does not say, “We MIGHT become,” as if it is a “maybe, someday, perhaps just before we die,” kind of thing.

The original Greek says we “become,” which means “you are made.” When you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, all of His fruit is evident in you. You are a partaker of His divine nature (2Peter 1:4). Does it not follow that you then have His righteousness, which is His character, in you?

Beloved, there is nothing I can claim is “right” about me, apart from what God has done in me. All I could do was humble myself and repent and seek God’s mercy. I saw that I had unforgiveness in my heart, when Pastor Doc asked me about it. He couldn’t continue working with me unless I prayed to the Lord about it.

And so I went to the Lord and I did the “one good thing,” because I saw Him and wanted no sin to separate me from Him anymore — “I want to know you that way, Lord, like I read about in that book!” That was in April of 2001.

So He answered, and in the middle of the night on September 1-2, 2001, I was healed of MS. Then I began to cry out to be filled with His Spirit, and on November 1, 2001, He answered again. I stayed and waited until He did it. The Father and the Son came in to permanently dwell in me, by the Holy Spirit. And His righteousness flowed into me, so that I became a container of His righteousness — never my own, for I repeat, I have none apart from Him!

That is what He wants to do in you today. Do the “one good thing,” or you will not have eternal life with Him. You have free will to reject Jesus Christ, but know then that all of your do-gooding will mean nothing, and you will be judged by Him and go to hell.

That is not His desire nor plan for you. But it is up to you to receive the eternal life that He offers to you today! Do not be foolish, but repent and receive what God has offered.

And for you who do believe,  do the “one good thing” that will set you free from sin. Confess that you still sin, and ask Your Father to give you a personal Pentecost (Luke 11:13).

He will do it, and you will become a container of His righteousness, a radiant, shining one to whom unbelievers and kings come (Isaiah 60:1-3), thus doing the “God works” your Father has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10)!

THE OUTCASTS

[SW263] 12/30/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“The Outcasts”

[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.]

Who does the Lord find acceptable? The outcasts, the unclean, the banned! He heals them when they turn to Him! Many will do so in these last days!

Texts:  Isaiah 56:1-8, Matthew 21:31

Isaiah shocked the Jews when he prophesied that foreigners and eunuchs would be IN the house of the Lord, His Temple, and would be accepted by Him.

Foreigners were relegated to the Court of the Gentiles (Numbers 1:51). They were not to enter the Temple! In Acts 21:28, Paul was dragged out of the Temple because there was a rumor he had brought Gentiles inside! In Jesus’ day, there were markers that warned foreigners they would be killed if they entered the Temple.

And eunuchs were prohibited from entering the temple, per Deuteronomy 23:1! They could not bear natural children, who are man’s legacy.

Just to quickly explain why these laws were put in place: 1) so Israel would not worship like the false god-worshiping peoples around them; and 2) as a shadow of what was to come — spiritual eunuchs and spiritual foreigners would be welcomed by Him. On what basis? Keep reading and watching and listening!

You see, Isaiah 56 shows us that God was about to do a new thing, inviting those who were without God in the world — those who were the banned, those who were the outcasts, the eunuchs and the foreigners — to be welcome in His house! And more!

Look at the promises to those who turn to Him, who BY FAITH join themselves to Him, who entwine and unite themselves with the Lord, who love Him, who serve Him, who seize His covenant, His promise to Abraham in Genesis 17:7 . . .

Looking at Isaiah 56:3, the foreigner believes the Lord will separate him from His people. That is what the Law of Moses requires, but it is just a shadow of what God was going to do.

And in that same verse, the eunuch says, “I cannot father children. God will not want me. I am a dry tree I am unclean.” Again, that is what the Law of Moses requires.

But the Lord will look at their hearts! A humble, broken and contrite heart He will not despise (Psalm 51:17)! Those who turn to Christ, He will not cast out (John 6:37).

If the eunuchs keep His sabbaths (for us, the sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:9), if they choose what pleases Him, if they hold fast (seize) His covenant, then —

— IN His house, WITHIN His walls, He will give them a place (the meaning of “memorial” in Hebrew)!

— They will be honored not for natural sons and daughters, but for something better — an everlasting name (honor) that will not be destroyed.

But these are unclean! How are they made clean? By believing and turning to the Lord! In His new covenant, He heals their uncleanness, so they are able to come IN to His house!

And the foreigner who joins himself, who entwines himself, who binds himself to the Lord, in spite of being an outcast who cannot enter the Temple? Who minsters to and loves the Lord, who serves the Lord and keeps His sabbath, who seizes His covenant, His promise to Abraham? Even those, even the foreigners —

— He will bring them to His holy mountain — who can ascend? Those with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 15)!

— He will make them joyful in HIS house of prayer! In it, no longer banned, no longer considered unclean.

The Lord shocked the Jews in Isaiah 49:6, when He said through Isaiah that His servant would not only be a redeemer of Israel but also a light to the Gentiles — they would also be redeemed! Indeed, it would be a house of prayer for ALL the peoples (56:7)!

And in Isaiah 35, banned ones who were blind, deaf, lame and mute would walk on the Highway of Holiness!

I tell you, He heals the banned, the outcasts, the unclean, when they turn to Him!
Such WERE some of you (1Corinthians 6:11)!

Isaiah 56 pointed to the new thing God would do, sending His Son to establish a new covenant whereby access to God’s presence was not by outward rules and regulations, but by the heart! The Heart Changer was coming, and all those who turned and believed would gain access to the Lord, and would enter His house!

I tell you that since Jesus came, we become His house (John 14:23), regardless of what our lives were like before we turned to Him!

Jeff and I were unclean ones, banned — He was an atheist, and I was a new ager, worshiping many “gods.” And yet, when we turned, the Lord received us, and when we cried out to be filled with His Spirit, He came to dwell permanently in us. We became His house!

And indeed, it is a joyful place — the kingdom of God is not about rules for eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17)!

And indeed, it is a house of prayer without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17)!

In Matthew 21:31, Jesus chided the Jewish religious elite, telling them that prostitutes (unclean, outcasts) and tax collectors (thieves who stole from those who paid their taxes) would get into the kingdom of God before the religious did.

Why? The sinners believed the words of John the Baptist, and prepared the way in their hearts for the Lord! They received a baptism by water, for repentance. They confessed their sins! But the religious felt no remorse, even though they saw these sinners repenting. They were sure their good deeds would get them to heaven. But their hearts were far from the Lord (Matthew 15:8)! Thus, Jesus implied that they would not enter at all.

Do not be like them! The wages of sin is death, and in refusing, you condemn yourself to hell.

God invites you into His house, if you will turn. It makes no difference what your outward condition is. If you will confess your sins, He will heal you!

Turn to Him. A humble and contrite heart He will not despise. You will no longer be unclean, no longer a eunuch, no longer a foreigner to Him. Your sins will be forgiven.

And when you obey and stay and wait, your heart will be purified so you will become His house, and you will join yourself to Him, minister to Him, love Him, and serve Him. And you will bring forth spiritual children.

This is His command — Turn! Then stay! Wait! Then watch the kingdom of God happen in you, and be fully assured that you will enter His heavenly kingdom!

UNFAILING FRUIT

[SW262] 12/23/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Unfailing Fruit”

[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 Father will rejoice and laugh for joy and sing for joy and spin around when He finds a fruit-bearer who will bear His unfailing fruit!

Texts: John 15, Ezekiel 47

When the Father sees you humble yourself before Him and stay and wait, when He sees you obey His Son’s command to do so, He says, “Ah! Another fruit-bearer!” And He rejoices and laughs for joy and sings for joy and spins around, just as I spoke last week from Zephaniah 3:17!

You will walk as Jesus walked (1John 2:6)! You will not speak on your own initiative, but as the Father commands you (John 12:49)! You will only do what you see your Father doing (John 5:19), because Jesus Christ and your Father will dwell in you fully!

You will be seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), positioned to walk in the works God has prepared in advance for you (Ephesians 2:10), a light to those who do not know Him, and kings will come to the radiance of your shining (Isaiah 60:3). You will announce the truth, the Good News of the Gospel, set captives free, and warn of the coming judgment (Isaiah 61:1-2).

In John 15:16, Jesus says, “You did not choose me but I chose you, and appointed (planted) you.” You do not make a decision for Christ, beloved. He chooses you, and then you may either reject or accept it. What did He choose you for?  “To go,” and “To bear (bring forth) fruit,” to have fruit come from within you, His fruit (Galatians 5:23-24). And that “your fruit would remain (stay in a state).”

So your fruit will not fail, you will bear no matter what the season, your fruit will not dry up, it will not rot. It comes from within you, and it is His fruit, and He never fails! As Ezekiel 47:12 says, you will be like a tree planted along a river of living water. Your leaves will not wither, your fruit will not fail. You will bear regardless of the season. Your fruit will be spiritual food and your leaves (hands) will be for healing.

It is the fruit of the Spirit (His love, which He speaks of in John 15:12). It is a command to love with His love, and no one is born with His love in them. He must fill you with it, and He will, when you confess that you do not have it, and ask Him to fill you with it!

What will be the most important and earth-shaking result of your bringing forth fruit that remains, that never fails? “That your fruit would remain SO THAT whatever you ask in My name, He may give you.” There’s no “may” in the original Greek. He will. Whatever you ask.

But you must ask in Jesus’ name. That is not simply saying, “in Jesus’ name,” beloved. To ask in His name is to be one who possesses His character, who is a partaker of His divine nature. Then you will ask according to the Father’s will.

Beloved, I both believe and know that we miss it when we look at material blessings and speak of how good God is. I am praying for the church to get her eyes off herself and her material needs and obey Jesus, Who commands her to be filled with His Spirit. Then her eyes will be focused on the same thing as Him. And she will have a front-row seat to watch Him work. Now THAT is a blessing!

Oh, my! Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. There is no need for you to ask for them. He already knows what you need.

But He wants you to confess that you do not have His righteousness and have been depending on your own. He wants you to confess that you do not have His fruit, and what you produce in the natural does not last. He wants you to confess that you have been focused on material blessings.

He commands that you ask Him to change your heart (which happens when you stay and wait) so you say, “Not my will, but Thine be done!” “I have come to do your will, O God; Your law is written in my heart!”

It is not too late to stay and wait! While it is still Today, go to your Father in heaven and ask Him to give you what you lack (Luke 11:13). He will rejoice that you have humbled yourself before Him, and will certainly fill you with Himself!

Then and only then, when you ask, you will have Christ’s character in you, and the Father will gladly give you what you ask for. It is your gift to Him, and He will give you the gift of that front-row seat to watch Him work the works He has prepared in advance for you to walk in.

WHAT CAN I GIVE HIM

[SW261] 12/16/2016 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“What Can I Give Him?”

[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.]

What can I give Him, poor as I am? Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3)!

Your gift to Him is your humbleness before Him.  And when you give it to Him, He will exult, He will sing for joy, and He will spin around! He will renew you in His love!

Texts: Zephaniah 3, Philippians 2:5

Zephaniah —  A prophecy of Israel’s restoration, after they have been exiled in Babylon, exiled from God’s presence, because of their sin.

BUT ALSO — A prophecy of a Christian’s restoration, after they have been exiled from God’s presence because of their sin.

3:8a Wait (for His purpose to be fulfilled in YOU)

Stay (Luke 24:49)! Wait (Acts 1:4)!

Humble ones stay and wait.

1 Peter 5:6 — Humble yourself before Him and He will exalt you

Matthew 23:12 — The humble will be exalted and exalted will be humbled

Psalm 40:7 — I have come to do Your will . . .

Philippians 2:5 — Mind this which was also in Christ Jesus (a command)

How shall you become humble, so He exults, sings for joy, and spins around?

— Cry out, “I am a slave to sin and lack Your nature!”

— Ask Him to purify your lips/heart

What He gives you because you give Him the gift of your humbleness:

3:9 Purified lips (hearts — see Matthew 12:34, out of the overflow . . .)

The result:

3:10 You used to be an exile — now you are a worshiper! Now purified, you bring offerings in righteousness (Malachi 3:3).

3:11 No more shame, no more pride/haughtiness toward God, by you, because you no longer pridefully say, “I can do it, I can do what I want, I don’t need my heart changed.”

3:12  Humble, lowly, taking refuge in His name

3:13 You will:

— Do no wrong

— Speak no lies

— No deceit will be found in you

3:17 The LORD God, the warrior, saves (delivers) to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25):

— From sin

— From sinning

Then He:

— Exults over you with joy!

— Renews you in His love! He will fill you with His actual love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and you will be under God’s control, by the Holy Spirit.

— Rejoices and sings and spins around! He dances for joy!

3:20  Why? Because your shame is turned into renown and praise —

— Nations come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising

— You proclaim the gospel and coming judgment

— You set the captives free

— You possess His wisdom and truth

You have fulfilled His purpose because you have waited!