O, hallelujah! The Lord has living water for the church today
that she may be reconstituted!
He has breath for her today — His very Word!

[SW085] 03/24/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013

I look out from the watchman’s wall,
and the Lord shows me a great need for restoration in His Church.
He asks me to speak of it all the time.

Restoration — something is wrong . . .
lacking . . . in disrepair . . . broken down . . . dried up.

There is great unbelief in most of the church!
The proof? We make God into our own image.

Restoration! Tell us, Jesus, what brings it:

Matthew 17:11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did  to him whatever they wished. So also  the Son of Man is going to suffer  at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

Restore (600) to reconstitute, restore (again).

Reconstitute —
to build up again from parts
to reconstruct
to change the form of
to restore something dried to its original state
by adding water to it.

O, hallelujah! The Lord has living water for the church today
that she may be reconstituted!
He has breath for her today — His very Word!

Again, what brings restoration/reconstitution?

John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah upon him.
So I answer a question with a question:
What message did Elijah bring?

As with the first Elijah, John the Baptist asked,
“How long will you hesitate between two opinions?
But if the Lord is God, follow Him.” (see 1 Kings 18:21)

Repentance brings restoration.
John the Baptist preached
according to the Lord’s instructions
in the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 40:6 A voice says, “Call out.”
    Then  he answered, “What shall I call out?”
     All flesh is grass, and all its  loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The  grass withers, the flower fades,
     When the  breath of the LORD blows upon it;
    Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
    But  the word of our God stands forever.

O church, the word of our God stands forever.

Do not assume that God does not know or care
when you sin,
or that somehow, He has changed His mind,
and no longer hates sin.

Such assumptions WILL wither like grass and fade like flowers!
They won’t survive the LORD’s breath — His word!

Isaiah 40:27    Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
    “My way is  hidden from the LORD,
    And the  justice due me  escapes the notice of  my God”?
28  Do you not know? Have you not heard?
    The  Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
    Does not become weary or tired.
    His understanding is  inscrutable.
Luke 3:7   So he [John the Baptist] began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “ You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and  do not begin to say  to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.  9 “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so  every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

That is a call to repentance!

For all who responded to the repentance John the Baptist preached,
their hearts were prepared for the Restorer,
who John clearly identified — Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 40:9 (NIV) You who bring good tidings to Zion,
        go up on a high mountain.
    You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
        lift up your voice with a shout,
    lift it up, do not be afraid;
        say to the towns of Judah,“Here is your God!”

John 1:29   The next day he  saw Jesus coming to him and  said, “Behold,  the Lamb of God who  takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and  said, “Behold,  the Lamb of God!”  [Here is the One who will Restore and Reconstitute you!]

The Lord speaks through Malachi of John the Baptist:

Malachi 3:1   “ Behold, I am going to send  My  messenger, and he will   clear the way before Me [in hearts]. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;  and the   messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.  

Malachi 3:2 “But who can  endure the day of His [The Lord’s] coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a  refiner’s fire and like  fullers’ soap.

Many were offended by this call to repentance:

Matthew 17:12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did  to him whatever they wished. So also  the Son of Man is going to suffer  at their hands.”

“They” — many Jews, including leaders and Pharisees and Sadducees —
did not recognize (1921), did not  fully perceive,
were not attentive to,
what John preached.
Why? With all their learning,
with all their “head” knowledge,
they had no intimate knowledge of God.

Instead of repenting at John the Baptist’s words,
they rejected and mocked and were offended.
King Herod finally silenced John the Baptist by beheading him.

In the same way, Jesus Christ suffered at their hands.

The message of repentance comes to the church today
through modern-day prophets
who preach the truth,
just as Wilkerson said.

But for the same reason —
head knowledge
and not intimate knowledge —
many do not recognize their words,
and reject and mock and are offended.
Jesus suffers at their hands. (Hebrews 10:26-29)

To the natural eye, it looks quite hopeless!

The devil will say, as did Sanballat,
when Israel returned to the land after the Babylonian exile:

Nehemiah 4:2  “. . . What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the   dusty rubble even the burned ones?”

But we who intercede for the church say,
“The LORD is the God of all flesh
and nothing is too difficult for Him!” (see Jeremiah 32:27)

We say, “The devil is a liar and the father of lies . . .
there is no truth in him, and it is his very nature to lie.” (see John 8:44)

We prophesy the breath, according to the Lord’s Word  (Ezekiel 37:9-10)
so that the dried up is reconstituted into a mighty army!
We believe His promise in Ezekiel 36:25-27,
that He will do it for His name’s sake.

The Lord will build up His church again
from her brokenness
just like He restored the walls of Jerusalem.
The Lord will have a spotless and blameless bride.
The Holy Spirit says so, through Paul:

Ephesians 5:27 [speaking of Christ’s love for the church]
“. . . that He might  present to Himself the church  in all her glory
[literally, “the church glorious” — that is, filled with His kabod],

. . . having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;
but that she would be  holy and blameless.”

He will reconstruct her,
changing her form!
He will reconstitute the dry bones
with water from His limitless spring,
with living water,
and with the breath of His Spirit.

BUT you have something you must do, O Church, you who have disobeyed the Lord and are under a curse — REPENT! RETURN!

Paul tells the church in Rome that the promises of the Father, in Christ,
are not too difficult for them, nor for you, O Church of this day.

Romans 10:6 But  the righteousness  based on faith speaks as follows: “ DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),  7 or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE  ABYSS?’ (that is, to  bring Christ up from the dead).”  8 But what does it say? “ THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

We do not need to bring Christ down from heaven,
in order for us to obey,
for He has already come down!

The Restorer has come, O Church!

AND — We do not need to bring Him up from the dead,
for He is risen
and ascended,
and glorified,
and He has poured out the Holy Spirit!

Alright then. It boils down to this:

Isaiah 53:1    Who has believed our message?
    And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

If you believe Christ’s words,
then you ask Him to be your Master and Owner.
You lay down your life and take up His.
You ask the Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

Then He is in your heart, and you obey,
because God’s actual love has filled your heart,
and His Spirit controls you.

O Church,
call to Him and He will answer you and teach you great and unsearchable things that you do not know! (see Jeremiah 33:3)

His promise, if  you will turn —

Jeremiah 33:6 ‘Behold, I will bring to it  health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an  abundance of peace and truth.”