BOASTING

Boast in the Father and His Son, for in this, the Father delights!

[SW077] 01/27/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Boasting”

Father, what is your heart?

“Tell My people they must use My measuring stick — it’s the one Paul used once he met My Son.”

Philippians 3:7   But  whatever things were gain to me,
those things I have counted as loss [2209 detrimental, harmful, damaging]
for the sake of Christ.  
8 More than that, I count all things [everything]
to be loss [again, 2209 detrimental, harmful, damaging]
 in view of [lit. because of] the surpassing value [5242 supremity, excellency]
of  knowing [1108 gnosis, first knowledge]
Christ Jesus my Lord,  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and count them but rubbish [4657 dung, refuse, what is thrown to the dogs]
so that I may gain Christ,  
9 and may be found [found to be, in a prolonged way] in Him,
not having  a righteousness of my own derived from the Law,
but that which is through faith in Christ,  
the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,  
10 that I may  know Him [1097 ginosko, know absolutely, intimate union in view]
and the power of His resurrection
and the fellowship [2842 participation] of His sufferings,
being conformed to His death; [Galatians 2:20]
11  in order that I may  attain to the resurrection from the dead.

What was gain to Paul before Christ? Look at verse 5-6.
Circumcised on the eighth day
of the nation of Israel of the tribe of Benjamin (son of the right hand)
a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee (fastidiously law-keepers)

Zealous, righteous and blameless
in his “i” dotting and “t” crossing.

He could put confidence in (boast in)
his religious accomplishments!

But what does he say?
They’re rubbish — literally, dung (verse 8b)!

What does Paul boast about,
since he came to know Christ?

Since his Damascus Road experience (Acts 9),
His whole life became a boast in Christ!

His boasts continue (underline is my emphasis):

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (1743 Christ endues Paul with miracle-working power and mighty strength!)

2 Timothy 4:1    I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to  judge the living and the dead, and by His  appearing and His kingdom . . .  
(Paul says he stands before God and Christ Jesus.)
1Corinthians 2:4 and my  message and my preaching were  not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of  the Spirit and of power(Paul boasts of the Spirit of God.)

1Corinthians 4:4 For I  am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this  acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. (Paul boasts that his conscience is clear, for the Lord examines him.)

1Corinthians 9:1   Am I not  free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not  seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? (Paul boasts in the Lord.)

2Corinthians 1:12   For our  proud confidence is this: the testimony of  our conscience, that in holiness and  godly sincerity,  not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. (Paul boasts of God’s grace which made he and his fellow missionaries holy and godly and sincere.)

2Corinthians 1:21 Now He who  establishes us with you in Christ and  anointed us is God,  22 who also  sealed us and  gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.  (Who anointed and sealed and gave the Spirit? Paul boasts in Christ and in God the Father.)

2Corinthians 11:30   If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my  weakness.  31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus,  He who is blessed forever,  knows that I am not lying.  (Paul boasts in his weakness, and boasts in God — that God knows his heart.)

2Corinthians 10:8 For even if  I boast somewhat  further about our  authority, which the Lord gave  for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,  (Paul boasts in the Lord’s authority.)

2Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,  for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

He gladly (2234 sweetly, enjoying it) boasts of his weakness,
because Christ’s power is perfected
when we realize we have no power of our own!
THEN Jesus Christ’s power dwells in us!
That’s what Paul means when he says,
“Christ’s power is perfected.”

2Corinthians 5:20   Therefore, we are  ambassadors for Christ,  as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be  reconciled to God.  (He speaks this to the church at Corinth.)

I beg this of you today, O Church, just as Paul begged the church at Corinth!

The Lord says, “The church MUST learn what Paul learned; she MUST become humble!”

She has become arrogant [inflated, puffed up, proud, haughty]
in behalf of one against another
just as with Paul vs. Apollos at Corinth (1Corinthians 4:6).

She does not seem to understand
that the words of the arrogant have no power (1Corinthians 4:18-20)
against the power of God.

She has become proud
of Christians who commit sexual immorality and other sins —
proud when she should be mourning
and removing them from her midst (1Corinthians 5:2).

Much of the church has first knowledge (1108),
through which she’s become proud and haughty,
but she does not have intimate knowledge (1097)
of the Lord (1Corinthians 8:1).

In my 1/10/2013 journal, the Lord spoke the following to me:

–My church has turned Me into “traditions,” just as My people Israel have done.

–My people exalt themselves and their wisdom against the knowledge of Me.

–Theirs are speculations, high and lofty thoughts of man (2Corinthians 10:5).

–They boast.

–They are wrong-headed because they are wrong-hearted,
and only I, the Lord, can change them.

–They use a different measuring stick than I, the Lord, use:
12-step programs, behavioral sciences, numbers,
beauty of buildings, degree of participation in social justice.

The Lord says these things are not His measuring stick.
He measures the heart of His people,
and not man’s striving to do good in his own strength.

And on 1/23/2013, in my time with Him:

They know better than Me — as a result, they fashion me into their image.

Much of the church boasts in what men can do, but her accomplishments are done without God,
thus revealing their spiritual state,
just as with the Corinthians —
they are not full of the Holy Ghost.

1Corinthians 4:7 For who regards you as superior?  What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 8 You are  already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.

Turn, O Church! Return to Him, and He will return to you!

I am an  ambassador for Christ,  as though God were making an appeal through me; I beg you on behalf of Christ, be  reconciled to God.

Jeremiah 9:23   Thus says the LORD, “ Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the  mighty man boast of his might, let not a  rich man boast of his riches;  24 but let him who boasts  boast of this, that he understands and knows Me [3045 yada, intimacy as in a marriage in view], that I am the LORD who  exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I  delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

Paul quotes Jeremiah to Corinth in (1Corinthians 1:31 and 2Corinthians 10:17).

Boast in Him, not yourself, O Church!
Boast that He is THE Lord
That He has great lovingkindness,
but He is also righteous (His ways are always right)
and because He is just, He will judge the unrighteous, each according to his deeds.

He delights (2654) to exercise lovingkindness toward you.
He delights in always doing right.
He delights in being just!

O Church, boast in Him instead of your own accomplishments —
it will delight Him!

When He delights,
He is moved,
He bends down to make Himself known to you,
He is pleased with you,
He desires you,
He shows favor to you.

It is not too late, O Church!

If you will agree with God,
and prostrate yourself before Him,
confessing your boasting
and your arrogance,
HE WILL COME IN,
and sup with you,
and you with Him (Revelation 3:20) —
THAT’S INTIMACY!

Confess your sin to your Father in heaven!
He’ll release His power into you!
He will release His love into you,
filling you with His Holy Spirit!

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

May this truth go deeply into your spirit today!

Oh, pray without ceasing! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  It’s easy — like breathing — when the kingdom of God is set up in your heart!

[SW076] 01/20/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Pray Without Ceasing”

My great desire is that you would know the Beloved deeply — deeper than you can think or imagine1

The Lord asked me to explain what it’s like to be with Him. I do that in the video of this sermon, but here, I’ll share the words to a new song He gave me. I pray it will help you understand:

1. Fill my heart with Your love, overflow it,
Send Your light so it shines from within me,
Spin this clay on Your wheel, mold and shape it,
Make me like You, for I love You . . .

2. Take my hand. lead me where You want me,
Light my path, I will walk in Your footprints,
Call me, Lord, to Your depths, I will dive in,
Make me like You, for I love You . . .

3. Teach Your ways to my heart, for I’m listening,
Guide my gaze to Your Word, Your reflection,
Lead me from glory into glory,
Make me like You, for I love You . . .

I live for You alone, Jesus —
I want nothing of this world —
To know You is far better, and
“The best is yet to come,” You say,
“The best is yet to come!”

As wonderful as all the molding and shaping and overflowing and leading and lighting and guiding and teaching really IS, it will just get better and better, and the best is yet to come! The best is being with Him fully and unhindered by my body!
I used to think prayer was boring and a duty,
and so I never prayed.

If you see prayer that way
and you have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying in this message,
God will change your heart today,
just like He did mine!

1 Thessalonians 5:16  Rejoice always;  17  pray without ceasing;  18 in everything  give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

PRAY

proseuchomai, pros-yoo´-khom-ahee; to pray to God, i.e. supplicate, worship.

Prayer is supplication (entreating God, earnestly asking Him) AND worship.

I think we have the supplication part down. We ask God for many things!

But it is WORSHIP!

proskuneo, pros-koo-neh´-o; to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand; to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): — worship.

And it is to be unceasing, constant, and uninterrupted.
That is God’s will for us,
just as it is His will
that we be filled with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18).

PRAY HOW? WITHOUT CEASING:

adialeiptos, ad-ee-al-ipe´-toce; uninterruptedly, without omission: incessantly: —constantly

Pray without ceasing.
It’s a command, by God, through the Spirit-inspired Paul!

Does that mean we’ll need to squat to birth rain
on a drought-ridden land,
like Elijah,
until someone sees a cloud the size of a man’s hand
(1 Kings 18:41-44)?

He may command us to do that, from time to time.

But we are to pray without ceasing!

Elijah was a prophet, prompted by the Holy Spirit,
who came upon him,
to enable him to pray and there was drought,
and then pray and there was rain.

Today, the Holy Spirit is able to possess and dwell within
those who belong to Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

By God’s grace, expressed in the giving of His Son
as a sacrifice for OUR sin,
we have direct access to the Father, continually.
So it should be easy for us to pray without ceasing, right?

When Paul tells us  that we are to war against the dark spiritual forces of this world     — but not with natural weapons —
he gives us a clue as to what keeps the church’s prayers
from being powerful and effective:

2 Corinthians 10:4 for the  weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but  divinely powerful  for the destruction of fortresses.  5 We are destroying speculations and every  lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the  obedience of Christ,  6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever  your obedience is complete.

Ah! There’s the rub — “whenever your obedience is complete.”

God does not hear the prayers of sinners:

John 9:31 “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.”

Thus said the man born blind but healed by Jesus,
during his interrogation by the religious elite
who were sinning greatly against God,
trusting in their own works to get them to heaven.

How can you make your obedience complete,
so you can pray unceasingly,
constantly being prompted by the Holy Spirit?

You must cease from sin — that is, willful disobedience against God.

How? We find the answer when Jesus answered His disciples request –“Teach us to pray” —

Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly . . .

“Enter into your closet, and shut your door.”
Jesus doesn’t mean a literal closet,
or we’d never be able to obey His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

Don’t be like the Jews of the days He walked the earth
who prayed loudly in public so everyone would know how holy they were.

Pray so no one can detect that you are praying.
May I say it?
In the Lord’s Prayer,
you ask God to make YOU the prayer closet.

Listen:

Matthew 6:9   After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. . . (KJV)

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, in earth, as it is in heaven.”

In other words, “Father, set up Your kingdom in my heart,”
for the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:26).
Then you BECOME the prayer closet.

Jesus knows the kingdom of God must be established
in all who follow Him.
So He commands His followers to pray for it.

He commands them to pray that in them,
God’s will is done as quickly and completely as in heaven,
with no ifs, ands, or buts.

He commands them to pray that way
because God’s kingdom isn’t set up within them yet,
though they have left everything to follow Him.
Their obedience is not yet complete (again, 2 Corinthians 10:6).

And their prayer is answered in Acts 2,
the promise of the Father was fulfilled,
and they were filled full of the Holy Spirit!

When that happens to you, dear Christian,
every command of God is a joy to obey,
and sin no longer separates you from your God.

Then you are continuously in the presence of God
and the presence of God is WITHIN you, full-time, 24/7.

You are continually in communion with Him.

You have continual koinonia with Him —
holy, intimate contact in which He shares
His thoughts and
His feelings and
His heart.

You are in a continual dialogue with God.
You worship Him day and night, ministering to Him continually.
You live a life of worship.

You do this as you walk about on the earth
AND when you are alone with Him.

And your prayers become powerful and effective (James 5:16),
because you are clean inside,
by the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Here’s what I strive for —
to have every breath I breathe be prayer,
every thought I think to be prayer,
every word I say to be prayer.

I strive for it. I’m not there yet, but I’m on my way to it.

But where is the church-at-large?

The Lord says she is mostly prayerless.

That’s like me, before I drew near to God.

I was saved.
But I never prayed on my own.
Just when required.
It seemed like a chore,
and I was awkward when I tried to pray.
My heart wasn’t in it.
So I didn’t pray.

So it is with most of the church today.
That is, until she draws near and is filled.

Until then, like I did, she offers up words
at the appropriate times,
but they are meaningless, rote, tradition.

Continual prayer and worship
kissing toward the Lord, in holy communion
is not on her radar.

And so when she occasionally prays,
her prayers are not powerful and effective.
But if you will turn to Him today,
as I turned to Him 11 years ago,
you, too, will pray without ceasing, and rejoice in it!

And your Father will hear and answer.

Pray, “Your kingdom, come, in my heart!
Your will be done, in me.
just as promptly and with as great joy as in heaven!”

He has great compassion for you today, O church!
If you pray the Lord’s Prayer to be done in you,
He says,

Joel 2:28   “  It will come about after this
That I will  pour out My Spirit on all   mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.”

It is His will for you.
But will you?
Will you confess that you’re crooked,
so He can straighten you?
Rough, so He can smooth you?
Twisted, so He can untwist you?

He will, if you will.

FOOD WHICH PERISHES

[SW075] 01/03/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Food Which Perishes”

The Father said to me, “An unhindered view of Me depends upon why you’re seeking Me.”

I began to seek the Lord in April 2001, after reading Tommy Tenney’s The God Chasers.

It was then that I sought Him not for healing (which I didn’t even know was possible at that time) but to know Him intimately. My journey began at THAT point.

THEN I saw His hand, and He healed me. That was five months after I sought to know Him intimately.

For my comments on John 6:22-36, which begin this message, please listen to the audio at

sermon.net/myfathersplace

or the video at

http://vimeo.com/myfathersplace

After soaking in John 6 all week, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to say about the church today, for He’s called me to be a watchman for the church. He said these things:

I see many of My people (My church) running after Me,
but they are seeking food which perishes.

They do not seek Me to know Me intimately;
they seek Me for perishable material blessings.
They seek My hand,
and not My face, My presence.

They do not first seek My face (Matthew 6:33),
out of hunger to know Me intimately.
It is only then that they will see My hand.

They do not seek My presence,
the Bread of My presence,
the Bread of My face, (Exodus 25:30)
which is TRUE bread which gives eternal life.

They sense that if they get too close,
My holiness will reveal their hearts (Isaiah 6).

So just as with My people Israel,
they say, “Moses, you go!” (Deuteronomy 5:27).

But which of today’s church leaders in America
come into His presence
and come out with a true word from Him
like Moses?

Many of the leaders of My people
feed others food which perishes —
cotton candy
that melts away to nothing
in My fiery presence.

The leaders of My people
have fallen into the trap
of consumer mentality.
They sow the wind,
and will reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).

They serve milk.
Therefore My people are not accustomed to the word of righteousness,
though by now, they ought to be teachers of it (Hebrews 5:13-14).

My Word is the food My people need.
My Word leads them to My face.

But at most,
they serve appetizers (“attractional” programs, good worship bands)
and dessert (the promises of God).
They do not serve the main course
which cuts to the heart of the matter — SIN!
Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
If we are sinning, there is no intimacy with Him.

And He so desires to have holy intimacy, fellowship with His creatures! Oh, He weeps over you!

The leaders of My people do not apply the complete Word, the true, imperishable food My people need, which
–penetrates
–judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart
–convicts
all who have ears to hear, who HEED it.

They preach Galatians 5:17, purposely omitting Galatians 5:24!

Galatians 5:17 For  the flesh  sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  

And everyone heaves a sigh of relief, because they just can’t seem to get victory over the sin in their lives.

But those who lead My people purposely omit:

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

That is a convicting word, and it is THE WORD. And through it, Jesus Christ sets people free, indeed! Free from sin!

The leaders of My people tickle ears (2 Timothy 4:3)
and fill pews
and pockets.

And so My people have no food that is for eternal life.
Just food that perishes.

And MY PEOPLE perish, for lack of intimate knowledge of Me (Hosea 4:6).

The Lord says, through Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:2 “Why do you  spend money for what is  not bread,
    And your wages for what does not satisfy?
    Listen carefully to Me, and  eat what is good,
    And delight yourself in abundance.”

These are commands: Listen carefully to Me! Eat what is good!

Listen carefully to the Lord,
and the ones who speak for Him.

They will serve you food that is good,
and you will be made soft and pliable (that’s what “delight” means),
which will lead you to spiritual abundance.
His abundant life in You! (John 10:10)

Seek Him while He may be found.
Call on Him while He is near.
This is a “limited time offer.”

Forsake your wicked ways
your unrighteous thoughts.
Turn to me; I will have compassion on you and freely pardon You!

Turn to Me!
I am right here!
Do a 180-degree about-face!

When you see My face,
You will surely believe.

But faith doesn’t work that way.
You must believe you can see it,
you must ask Me to give you faith
and you must act on that faith
before you can see My face.

I will gladly cleanse you.
I will fill you with MY fullness,
and you will never hunger and thirst again (John 6:35).

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

The Lord says, “I have been glorified — only believe!” (Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50)

The Lord asked me to close with this:

Jeremiah 4:1 “If you will return, O Israel,” declares the LORD, [and O Church]
    “Then you should return to Me.
    And if you will put away your detested things from My presence,
    And will not waver,
2 And you will swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’
     In truth, in justice and in righteousness;
    Then the  nations will bless themselves in Him,
    And  in Him they will glory.”

If you return, He will make you a blessing to the nations.
Many will come to Him.
It’s the Great commandment from the Lord —
make disciples of all nations!
We cannot if we do not return to Him.

The Lord says, “Do not be as Israel was!”

Jeremiah 4:22 “ For My people are foolish,
    They know Me not;
    They are stupid children
    And have no understanding.
    They are shrewd to  do evil,
    But to do good they do not know.”

Know Me! Seek My face, My presence, and not My hand, and I will freely give life to You!

WORK GOD’S WORKS

[SW074] 01/06/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Work God’s Works”

I have often spoken of the privilege of being invited into the field which is the world, to harvest souls for God, through Christ.

But it is a command. And that was a revelation to me this week.

Jesus Christ’s command:

John 9:4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

Then Jesus heals a man born blind.
Never done before in the history of the world.

We must work the works of Him. And it is a WONDERFUL, glorious command!

We must, it is binding, it is a duty, we are responsible.

If it was impossible, Jesus would not command us to do it.
All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).

Work God the Father’s works, He commands us.
Now that is glorious!
God’s works are redemptive
and life-giving
and miraculous, defying the laws of nature!
We are to work His works,
commit to them,
be engaged in doing them,
minister them to people around us.

God’s works are to be our occupation,
our labor,
our work.

What are the Father’s works?

John 5:19   Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever  the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

So, if we look at what Jesus did, we see what the Father is doing.
We see what glorious things we are bound and responsible to do!

What did Jesus do?

To religious elite and beggars,
He said, “Repent and believe the gospel.” (Matthew 4:17).

He reproved sin (Matthew 9:11-17).

He healed the sick (Matthew 9:6-7)

He raised the dead (Matthew 9:18-25)

He cleansed the lepers (Matthew 8:1-3)

He cast out demons (Matthew 9:32-33).

In doing these miraculous things, He proclaimed His Kingdom which:

–Supersedes natural laws
–Is more powerful than Satan

And He commands us to do the same, and gives us the authority to do it:

Matthew 10:7 “And as you go, preach, saying,‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

Oh, if we have received, we must give!
We cannot help but do it!
It is like breathing!
We proclaim His Kingdom,
repentance from sin,
and we work God’s works.

And even more:

John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and  greater works than these he will do; because  I go to the Father.”

Hallelujah!
After we’ve been filled with the Spirit (the context here), we will do
greater works than the disciples did through Christ’s authority,
greater works than what Christ did while He walked the earth!
Because it was not time, Christ did not baptize in the Holy Spirit;
we are able to do that after we are filled with Him!

How long does Jesus say we must work God’s works?

As long as it is day . . . because night is coming when no one can work.

As long as the Light of the world is in the world.

Christ is seated with the Father; He is the Light of the world.

But He is also in us, and we are in the world.

And His Spirit is here as well, in us and in the world.

Therefore, we who have His kabod in us are lights in the world.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and  glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“Let” is not in the original Greek. It is a command. Glow with My light, He says!

What good works do we work? God’s works.
That is what He commands us to do.
Redemptive.
Life-giving.
Miraculous.
Defying the laws of nature.

As long as we are in this world,
as long as the Holy Spirit is here,
the world is lit with His light.

We shine forth in the darkness that is happening right now.
This darkness is not the night Jesus speaks of.
He is speaking of complete darkness.
It will be a time when no one is working God’s works.

John 9:4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”

When will night come?

2 Thessalonians 2:5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?  6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.  7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only  he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.  

Taken out of the way — the original Greek is “comes out of the midst.”

The Spirit is in the midst of this world, on His own, and within us.

The Spirit, and all those in whom He dwells, will come out of the midst, and then the antichrist will be revealed.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord  Himself will descend from heaven with a   shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always  be with the Lord.

Then night comes when the Spirit and the church leave the midst of it, leave the world.


The trumpet blast — the current state of the church

When I was taking classes toward ordination, one of my classmates was the son of a missionary. She told him she had to prepare for returns to the darkness and spiritual oppression of America. She told him that in the Philippines, demons were easy to detect — they did not hide. But she said it is different in America. Even in the church, they sit in the pews and stand in the pulpit!

In seminaries, where church leaders receive their education:

Professors discount prophecy; there is and never was any such thing.
The veracity of Jesus’ words is questioned. (The Jesus Seminar)
Miracles are not for today.
Being filled with the Spirit is not for today.

Those who speak such things do not see the Father,
or they would never say and teach such things.

Jeremiah 23:21 “ I did not send these prophets, [read, “professors”]
    But they ran.
    I did not speak to them,
    But they prophesied.
22 “But if they had  stood in My council,
    Then they would have  announced My words to My people,
    And would have turned them back from their evil way
    And from the evil of their deeds.

If this discipline of delusion (see Jeremiah 10:8)
is what students are being taught in seminary,
where they are trained to lead the church,
what happens to the Christians they lead?

In many churches,
repentance from sin is not preached (sin is not even mentioned),
so those in the pews continue to disobey God.

John 14:15  “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.”

John 14:21 “ He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and  he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will  disclose Myself to him.”

If we do not obey, we do not love Jesus.
If we do not love Jesus, we are not loved by the Father.
If we are not loved by the Father, He does not send the Holy Spirit to us.
And we are powerless.
The world yawns at us.
We cannot see what the Father is doing and do likewise.
We cannot announce that God is more powerful than the god of this world, Satan.

But Jesus Christ is here today.
He cries out to you, “Turn!”
He cries out to you, “Come!”

John 5:19   Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever  the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

That is how people will come to Jesus Christ.
Not through natural works that any moral, secular person can do.
But by shining with Christ’s light, and doing what we see the Father doing.
Then people will say, “God is with you,” and will repent (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).

Receive His words as truth, believe them,
turn from your sin, ask Him to forgive, and love and obey Him.
He will be in you!
His glory will shine forth from you.
You will see the Father’s works and do likewise!
You will be part of Jesus Christ’s church glorious!

Jesus Christ is here today.
He cries out to you, “Turn!”
He cries out to you, “Come!”
He cries out to you, “Receive!”
He cries out to you, “Believe!”
He cries out to you, “Work God’s works!”

His hand is stretched out to you now.

Grab it, and don’t let go!