40 Days of GOD’S Purpose

O Church, what are God’s two great purposes that the church is to serve? Are you doing them?

[SW090] 04/28/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Forty Days of God’s Purpose”

The Bible teaches us that there are two great purposes of God.

He accomplishes His purposes by putting people through trials.
The trials show us what’s in our hearts.

When we see the sin that’s in our hearts,
we either repent AND turn from our sin AND ask Him to change our hearts
or reject what God shows us.

We can learn both great purposes of God through one prophet — Jonah.

He was a prophet in northern Israel, used by the Lord in 2 Kings 14:25-27 —

2Kings 14:25  He [King Jeroboam] restored the border of Israel from  the entrance of Hamath as far as  the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which He spoke  through His servant  Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was of  Gath-hepher.  26 For the  LORD saw the affliction of Israel, which was very bitter; for  there was neither bond nor free, nor was there any helper for Israel.  27 The  LORD did not say that He would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

The second Jeroboam committed the same sins as Jeroboam son of Nebat.
But Jonah gave this word of the Lord:
That He saw the affliction of Israel.
The Lord had mercy on them,
and spared them an enemy invasion.
Church, you have been spared many times.

The Lord  offered them more opportunities to repent of their sins,
through other prophets He sent.

But after 82 years and 7 months of continued wickedness,
(assuming Jonah prophesied at the beginning of this Jeroboam’s reign)
northern Israel was decimated by Assyria.

Those who didn’t perish in the battle
were sent into exile,
and were scattered across the known world by the Assyrians.
They rejected the warnings of the Lord.

The Lord spoke to watchmen on the walls.
He showed them the sin of the people
and they blew the trumpet of warning.
If they didn’t, the blood of His people was on them.

So we see God wants to save His own people,
and He and His Son, Jesus Christ, want to save the church today.
He makes strong and courageous
the prophets He sends
to proclaim and warn.

Christians must stop sinning,
and that is only through repentance for their personal sin,
and baptism in the Holy Spirit!
Otherwise, they will perish
or be exiled and scattered.

That’s God’s first purpose. Saving His own people — Israel, AND the church. But they must: 1) confess their sin to God and 2) ask Him to forgive them and change their hearts.

God’s second purpose?
We see it by way of the same prophet,
in the Book of Jonah.

He wants to save people who worship everything but Him —
    IF THEY REPENT OF THEIR WICKEDNESS
        WHEN HE SENDS A PROPHET TO WARN THEM!    

Jonah doesn’t want to do what the Lord says,
because the Lord wants him to warn the wicked city of Nineveh
the capital city of Assyria.

The Assyrians are great enemies of Israel.
Why should they be saved from destruction?

Jonah’s reaction to God’s command to warn Nineveh
is like that of James and John, when the Samaritans
wouldn’t let Jesus and them pass through their town.
Like Jonah, they did not have the Lord’s heart YET.
That would happen at Pentecost.

Luke 9:54 When His disciples  James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to  command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”  55 But He turned and rebuked them, [ and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.

The Lord wants Jonah to warn Nineveh?
“I want You to call down fire, Lord!”
He tries to run from the Lord.
But when he tries to run,
the Lord provides a storm.

The ship he escapes on is about to to sink.
He’s sleeping below and has no idea.
No one else on board knows the Lord.
They’re calling out to their gods.
But there’s no answer.

They awaken Jonah.
Maybe his God will care about them,
so they won’t perish.

Lots are cast to determine who’s responsible for the storm.
The lot falls to Jonah; he himself does not tell them.
Only when the lot shows it is him
does he confess that he fears the Lord, who created everything,
and that he is fleeing from the presence of the Lord.

He tells them to throw him overboard.
He says the sea will become calm when they do so,
because he’s the cause of the storm.

They try to fight the sea, anyway.
It’s no use; the storm rages even more strongly.
Then they pray to the Lord,
these men who had been praying to their own gods.
Do not let us perish!
And don’t blame us for throwing Jonah into the sea
for You, O Lord, have done as you have pleased!

When they throw Jonah overboard,
the sea suddenly calms,
just as Jonah said.

Many storms come to the world
because the church
disobeys her Lord.

The church tries to flee from the presence of the Lord,
because she doesn’t want to warn unbelievers
that they must repent.

O Church, He’s sending a storm your way.
It is His mercy to you,
and to the unbelieving world.

He’ll save unbelievers who aren’t responsible for the storm
when they turn to Him in the storm
and cry out for Him to save them from their sins.
And they’ll believe in and worship Him
because He will save them!

So Jonah offers himself,
after his sin is discovered.
Jonah’s sin against God was found out.
The Lord provided a storm,
and caused the lot to show Jonah’s sin.
Jonah couldn’t hide any more.

He does the same with His church,
when He brings storms.
He makes sure your sin is found out,
because He wants to save you,
O Church that disobeys Him.

But there’s more — the Lord is not done with Jonah yet.
Jonah is swallowed by a big fish, sent by the Lord.
He’s in darkness in the fish’s stomach
for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40) —
very possible in the natural.

When you flee from the Lord’s presence, O Church,
because you refuse to warn the wicked to repent
He’ll put you in a dark place, in the belly of the fish.
And then you will cry out.
Many of you are in the fish’s belly even now.

In the darkness, Jonah cries out.
He doesn’t repent, though.
He just says He remembers the Lord.
And He gives thanks in advance to the Lord,
for bringing his life up from the pit.

He says he’ll do what the Lord commanded Him to do.
But his heart is not in it.

The church cries out in that dark place,
and you say you remember the Lord’s faithfulness
and give thanks in advance for His deliverance,
and promise to obey Him.
But your heart is not in it, O Church!

So, He will deliver you when you cry out, O Church,
and will command you again to preach repentance from sin,
warning wicked people that judgment is coming.

In Nineveh’s case, judgment will come in 40 days.
Now we will see God’s purpose in those 40 days.

Jonah still hates Nineveh.
just like some Christians hate their enemies,
and do not pray for them.

Jonah quickly forgets the Lord saved him, too,
when he disobeyed the Lord.
O Christian, you forget that He saved you
out of your wickedness.

But he tramps through the huge city,
obeying the Lord,
though his heart is not in it.

“Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”
That’s all he says.

But Nineveh repents, to the max!!!
The people believe in God!
ALL of Nineveh fasts and puts on sackcloth.
The king even orders their livestock to be put on a fast
and to be covered with sackcloth.

Here are the king of Nineveh’s words:

Jonah 3:8 “But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let  men  call on God earnestly that each may  turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in  his hands. 9 “ Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”

And when God sees their repentance from their wicked ways,
He relents concerning the calamity
which He declared He would bring upon them —
the one the disobedient Jonah finally warned them about.

That’s His second purpose —
to bring the whole world to repentance,
so they are saved.

If they will repent,
He will spare them.

But northern Israel, 82 years and 7 months later?
They did not repent for their personal sins,
and either perished or were dragged into exile.

O Church!
If you do not repent,
you will either perish,
or be dragged into exile!

Repent first of your own wickedness,
your own rebellion against the Lord.
And then repent for not warning others to repent of THEIR sins.

What did Jesus say to the Jewish leaders who refused to repent?

Luke 11:32 “The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because  they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

The Jewish leaders
did not repent at His preaching.
O Church! Listen!
Repent for “avoiding” the issue of sin,
and refusing to warn the wicked.

If you do not repent, O Christian, O Church,
the men of Nineveh will stand up against you
along with this generation,
and condemn you.

How do I know Jonah’s heart is not in it,
when he finally obeys God and warns the wicked?

Jonah is not happy that Nineveh repented.
He rebukes the Lord in prayer.
He says he knew the Lord would spare Nineveh.
That’s why he ran in the first place.
He didn’t WANT the Lord to forgive them.

He prays, confessing what God IS —
gracious,
compassionate,
slow to anger,
abundant in lovingkindness,
who relents concerning calamity.

But Jonah still does not see his heart.
He does not see that he is NOT those things.
He’d rather die than see Nineveh spared.
He’s angry.

The Lord asks him if he has good reason to be angry,
to show Jonah his heart.
But Jonah doesn’t see it.

Jonah goes to sulk and to watch,
still hoping Nineveh will be destroyed,
like Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Lord gives him one day’s comfort via a plant for shade,
and Jonah is very happy.

Jonah seeks Jonah’s happiness
while he hopes for the destruction of hundreds of thousands at Nineveh.

But then the Lord removes his happiness,
with a plant-withering worm.
Jonah loses his shade,
and the Lord sends a scorching wind.

Jonah is angrier than ever —
so angry he could just die!

The Lord won’t let Christians seek their own happiness
while those around them are destroyed
because they halfheartedly warn the wicked to repent of their sin.

He’ll remove your protection, O Church,
and send a scorching wind,
so you cry out to Him.

Jonah again pleaded with God to die.
He didn’t want Nineveh saved,
and now he had lost his comfort.

He did not have good reason to be angry.
God saved Jonah when Jonah repented.
Why shouldn’t God save WHOSOEVER WILL believe in His Son,
if they repent and turn from their sin?

The Lord said to Jonah,
You enjoyed the plant.
You loved it.
You didn’t work for it or cause it to grow.
It came up overnight and perished overnight.

The Lord created the people of Nineveh.
He caused them to grow.
He created the animals there.
Therefore, He has compassion on them.

He will save them because they repent of their sin.

The Lord says to Jonah,
You want them to perish, Jonah.
You don’t understand My purposes.
You don’t have My heart.

O Church, here is God’s conclusion about you, based on your actions:

YOU MUST want those who are wicked to die in their wickedness.

You MUST want to run and hide from God’s purpose — their salvation.

You MUST want to see them destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah.

WHY?

Because you do nothing to call the perishing to repentance for their personal sin.

And so He brings storms to you, O Church,
And darkness,
And worms that wither your comfort,
and scorching east winds.

I pray the Holy Spirit causes this word to be a scorching east wind that robs you of your comfort, O Church.
WHY?

So you might see your own hearts,
and repent of your own personal sin against God,
and your disobedience in refusing to call the wicked
to repent and turn from their sins.

O Church,
you  MUST be about the Father’s business,
warning the wicked of destruction,
so they repent and believe in Jesus Christ,
who is their Savior!!!

Turn from your rebellion, O Church,
and the Lord will forgive you.
Ask Him to change your hearts,
and He will do it in a moment of time!

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FLATTERY WILL GET YOU NOWHERE

When I was young, people flattered me, but I always quipped, “Flattery will get you nowhere.” Flattery is the language of much of today’s church, and Father God and Christ are grieved, for it will kill you, O Christian.

[SW089] 04/21/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Flattery Will Get You Nowhere”

Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it on a tablet before them
    And inscribe it on a scroll,
    That it may  serve in the time to come
     As a witness forever.
9 For this is a  rebellious people,  false sons,
    Sons who  refuse [14 & 3808 never, ever consent to, are never, ever willing]
    to listen
    To the  instruction of the LORD;
10 Who say to the  seers, “You must not see visions”;
    And to the prophets, “You must not  prophesy to us what is right,
     Speak to us  pleasant words [2513, smoothness, flattery, smooth things],
    Prophesy illusions [4123 deceptions].
11 “Get out of the way,  turn aside from the path,
      Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Pleasant words, smoothness, flattery, smooth things.
Illusions, deceptions.
As I look from the wall,
the Lord says,
“Much of the church in America knows nothing but these.”

What smooth things do we like to hear?

Success theology —
Your best life,
no mention of sin except on their websites in the sinner’s prayer or a quick scripture.
The evil you do is not “God’s best for you,”
the power of positive thinking — “think” yourself successful,
claim the promises of God though you do not obey Him.
No call to holiness (1Peter 1:15, Matthew 5:48)
No cross or blood.

Ezekiel 13:10 and elsewhere: These say “Peace, peace” when there is not peace between God and you.

Success theology is a man-centered gospel. It is humanism.

Definition of humanism per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
a doctrine, attitude, or way of life
centered on human interests or values;
especially : a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism
and stresses an individual’s dignity and worth
and capacity for self-realization
through reason [thinking].

Jesus would have flunked success theology. He preached:

Matthew 10:38 “And  he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his  life will lose it, and he who has lost his  life for My sake will find it.”

Matthew 16:24   Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and  take up his cross and follow Me.”

Utterly deny myself?
Not live for myself?
Not seek my own success,
using scripture to justify my pursuit
of my own personal happiness?

Selfless giving away all that I am
So I can be God’s instrument here?
Being crucified with Christ so I no longer live?

Becoming a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing? (Romans 12:1-2) And by the way, STAYING ON THE ALTAR until God has completed His work.

It seems the whole New Testament, and all its truth,
does not pass the “success theology” test.

Next, liberation theology:

This teaching says that the freedom Jesus spoke of in His earthly ministry
is freedom from social injustice and political oppression.
He came so we could be free of tyranny from evil governments.

Jesus would have flunked liberation theology.
Jerusalem and all of Israel
was under the oppression and social injustice of Rome,
while Jesus walked the earth!
Roman rule was cruel, indeed,
Yet He did not rebel against it.

He even prophesied that all of Jerusalem
would be destroyed by the Romans!
And He did nothing to prevent it —
Jerusalem was indeed destroyed in 70 A.D.

What Jesus DID do
is speak of freedom from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36)
He secured that freedom for all who believe
and are filled with the Holy Spirit.

He whom the Son sets free is free, indeed,
regardless of poverty
and political oppression
and social oppression!!!

Ask any of today’s Christian martyrs
(and there are more since the 20th century
than in all centuries prior).

Jesus came to set us free from the tyranny of sin in our hearts,
and free us from our selfishness.

The Apostle Paul never rebelled against Gentile governments,
nor Jewish leaders.
He preached Christ,
and was free, indeed,
though he was accused and tried,
beaten and scourged,
stoned and left for dead,
and imprisoned for the sake of the gospel.

Next, prosperity theology:

Jesus wants you to be rich!
God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
When you have three Bentleys in your driveway,
people will know you are blessed by God.
(I personally heard that at one of their conferences.)

Jesus would have flunked prosperity theology. Here is what He says:

Matthew 6:19   “ Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Matthew 6:20 “But store up for yourselves  treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Matthew 6:21 for  where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:24   “ No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and   wealth.”

These false teachers twist the words of Christ.
They use “pressed down, shaken together” (Luke 6:38) to make money.
But that scripture’s context is not monetary — it is selfless living.

The words these false teachers use is ear-tickling (2 Timothy 4:3).
It pleases our ears.
It is flattery.
It will get you nowhere but hell.
It does not deal with the fallen condition of our hearts.

Anything that does not deal with the fallen condition of our hearts
is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I tell you, as Paul did Timothy:

2Timothy 4:3 For  the time will come when they will not endure  sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and  will turn away their ears from the truth and  will turn aside to myths.  

Listen to the Lord, through Jeremiah:

Lamentations 2:14 Your  prophets have seen for you
    False and foolish visions;
    And they have not  exposed your iniquity
    So as to restore you from captivity,
    But they have  seen for you false and misleading  oracles.

They have not exposed your sin
so you would repent
and cry out to be purified.
So you are captive to your own lusts.

And if you continue on with Lamentations,
you will see that the Enemy, Satan,
has his way in your lives,
O Christians,
O Church!

Listen to the Spirit-inspired Paul:

Galatians 1:6   I am amazed [2296, I marvel and wonder at it] that you are so quickly deserting  Him who called you  by the grace of Christ, for a  different gospel;  7 which is really not another; only there are some who are  disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  8 But even if we, or  an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel  contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be   accursed!  9 As we  have said before, so I say again now,  if any man is preaching to you a gospel  contrary to what you received, he is to be   accursed!

Galatians 1:10   For am I now  seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a  bond-servant of Christ.

It is a different (2087) gospel,
not of the same source, altered, strange.

It is a gospel which is really not another of the same kind —
it is not like it, it is not even a gospel.

It is not a good message, like Christ’s gospel.
It is a distortion, a perversion of it.

By following it, O Christian,
you desert God.

It is contrary, it sounds nearly like Christ’s gospel, but it is not.
Christ would flunk it.
He is grieved, O Church!
The truth will not please you
and gain your favor,
but it will please God
and gain His favor,
for all who dare to speak it.

Much of the church likes to hear Galatians 5:17,
but does not want to hear 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. Whew! I can go on struggling and sinning because that’s just the way it is.

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

Much of the church likes to hear the second half of Romans 7:25,
but does not like to hear Romans 7:24 or the first half of 7:25.

Romans 7:25b So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh  the law of sin.

Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from   the body of this  death?  25  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Most of the church chirps Romans 5:20,
always changing it to the present tense (which is incorrect) —
“Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more” —
but does not like to hear Romans 6:1-2.

Romans 5:20   The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased,  grace abounded all the more,

The Law was given to show us our hearts, and that we are unable to change them. But then came Jesus, the grace of God personified, the One who frees us from our captivity to sin and transforms our hearts so they obey.

Most of the church loves to say their sin only makes God’s grace increase. But what does the Holy Spirit say through Paul?

Romans 6:1    What shall we say then? Are we to  continue in sin so that grace may increase?  2  May it never be! How shall we who  died to sin still live in it?

We like to stamp our feet and sing, “Satan is under my feet,”
while we disobey God!

If nothing else has touched you up to this point, I pray this does:
In Ezekiel 6:9, the Lord says our spiritual adultery,
our exaltation of ourselves,
shatters His heart!

Much of the church likes to say “We are born again,”
but they do not turn our feet to follow Christ to Calvary
and so they bear no resemblance to Him.

The Lord longs to be gracious to you, O Church, O Christian!

Isaiah 30:18   Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you,
    And therefore He  waits on  high to have compassion on you.
    For the LORD is a  God of justice;
    How blessed are all those who long for Him.

He longs (2442) to be gracious to you.
To Him, it feels like piercing to Him.
It is a very strong word!

He waits (2442) to have compassion on you.
He longs for it.
It feels like piercing to Him.
He offered a pierced Son,
pierced for our transgressions!

Isaiah 30:19    O people in Zion,  inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will  weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will  answer you.

O Church!
A shaking is coming,
and many will be weeping who do not turn to Him now!
All you have to do is cry out (2199),
to shriek (from anguish, extreme distress)!
When He hears your brokenness and contriteness,
He will not despise it.
He will answer you!

THE PRAYER OF THE DESPERATE

What we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” is really a prayer of desperation for the followers of Jesus who seek the intimacy He has with our Father!

[SW088] 04/14/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Prayer of the Desperate”

The Lord’s Prayer, per the Spirit-inspired Matthew:

Matthew 6:9   “ Pray, then, in this way:
    ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘ Your kingdom come.
     Your will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘ Give us this day  our daily bread. 12 ‘And  forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but  deliver us from   evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]  

Matthew 6:14 “ For if you forgive  others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But  if you do not forgive  others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

The Spirit-inspired Luke gives an abbreviated version, but the truths therein are the same:

Verse 1 —
Jesus is praying.
He prays like no other.
The disciples want to know how to pray like Him.

They are following Him
and they see that He is connected to the Father
in a way they do not yet know.
They can tell by the way He prays.

Verse 2 —
And so He shows them. We who follow Him are to pray like this:
Father, Your name is venerated in my heart,
I regard Your name, Your very nature with great reverence.
You are like no other.
You are entirely different.
You are holy.
And You are actually my Father.
I have been adopted by You.

Your kingdom come.
Establish Your kingdom within me (Luke 17:21) in my heart,
so Your will is done by me in the same way it is done in heaven — fully.

And establish Your kingdom in the hearts of many,
any who will come to Your Son.”

Verse 3 —
Give me and all Your followers each day our daily bread,
our needful bread,
the bread we need, the Bread of life,
the Bread from heaven —
give us more of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

If we seek first Your kingdom, O God,
all earthly things that we need
will be provided by You. (see Matthew 6:33)

Verse 4 —
“And forgive us our sins
BECAUSE we forgive everyone who sins against us.
You will not forgive us unless we also forgive.
So, even before praying this prayer,
we have forgiven everyone who has ever done us wrong.

And lead us not into temptation.
We are tempted not to forgive.
Change this, in our hearts.
————————————————————————————————-
That’s the prayer He teaches us,
we who are following Him
and see that He is connected to the Father
in a way we do not yet know —
we can tell by the way He prays.

Verses 5-6 —
Then He goes on to speak of a Friend (the Father)
to whom a man goes at midnight and says,
“One of my friends has come to me from a long journey.
But I have nothing to give him.”
I see that I lack what this friend of mine needs.
Your life is not yet abiding in me, Jesus.

Verse 7-8 —
Not because He is my Friend,
but because I am persistent in asking,
the Father will give me AS MUCH AS I NEED.

He knows exactly what I need.
But I must understand my lack,
and ask even to the point of desperation
and utter contriteness and brokenness,
understanding that against God only have we sinned,
and I cannot change my heart — He must.

Such a heart the Lord will not despise (Psalm 51).

Verse 9 —
Jesus gives an invitation to the desperate.
Ask and keep asking,
and it will be given to you.
Seek and keep seeking,
and you will find what it is that you lack;
knock and keep knocking
and the door to heaven will open IN YOU.

Verse 10 —
It will happen, Jesus says!
Everyone who desperately asks, receives;
everyone who desperately seeks, finds;
for everyone who desperately knocks, the door WILL be opened.

Verse 11-12 —
A natural father,
when his son asks for something nourishing,
will give him what he asks for.

Verse 13 —
We know how to give good gifts to our natural children,
though our hearts still have in them a sinful nature (evil).

HOW MUCH MORE
will your Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

He is your Father.
He is perfect.
He is in heaven, on His throne, in absolute power.

The Holy Spirit is our Heart Changer.

The Holy Spirit is the one who makes us partakers of Christ’s nature,
and wipes away the sin nature in us.

The Holy Spirit is who we, God’s children, must desperately ask for.

The Holy Spirit is who we, God’s children, must desperately seek.

The Holy Spirit is who we must desperately knock on His door to receive.

The Holy Spirit is who we lack.
He will hallow us on the inside,
He will fill our hearts with God’s holiness and love.
so we will revere and love God with His actual love.

The Holy Spirit will establish the Father’s kingdom in our hearts,
so that we delight to do His will (Psalm 40:8),
and so that we have no one in heaven or on earth but God (Psalm 73:21).

The Holy Spirit will give us changed hearts that readily and easily forgive     EVERYTHING and EVERYONE.
Period.

He will give us the Bread of life to give to others who are desperate.
By the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son will dwell in us,
and we will share them with all who are likewise seeking.

When we pray this desperate prayer,
the prayer the Lord tells us to pray,
we are asking God for His Holy Spirit.
And He will answer our prayer.

This kingdom that He establishes in us is and will always be unshakable:

Hebrews 12:26 And  His voice shook the earth then, [at Mount Sinai] but now He has promised, saying, “ YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” [Haggai 2:6] 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes  the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  28 Therefore, since we receive a  kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us  show gratitude, by which we may  offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;  29 for  our God is a consuming fire.

The kingdom of God that He establishes,
the kingdom we must pray to receive,
the kingdom we receive when we ask our Father for the Holy Spirit,
is unshakable.
When God shakes everything, we will stand.

Paul writes to a church
that is not yet standing
but is troubled,
like today’s church.

1Corinthians 4:8   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 . . . 14   I do not write these things to  shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved  children. 20 For the kingdom of God does  not consist in  words but in power.  21 What do you desire?  Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

I come today to you, O troubled church, in a spirit of gentleness.
You are lacking the one thing needful — the Holy Spirit.
I can tell by the things you do,
and by the way you pray.

O Christian, ask yourself:

Do I display God’s actual love, His joy, His peace,
His patience, His kindness, His goodness,
His faithfulness, His gentleness
and am I controlled by His Spirit? (Galatians 5:23-24)

Am I sinning?
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature]
with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Do I still wrestle with the sinful nature, or is it dead?

Am I free, indeed (John 8:31-36)?

Will you see your lack today, O Church, O Christian?
Will you become contrite and broken before your Father in heaven?

You have nothing to give those who come to you.
Are you desperate to give them something?

Then ask, seek, knock, in your desperation.

He is a perfect Father! He will give you the Holy Spirit!

Then others will know you have been with Jesus
and that you are connected to God the Father
in a way they do not yet know.
They can tell by the way you pray.
And they will say, “Teach us to pray!”

HALLELUJAH!

RAISING THE DEAD

[SW087] 04/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Raising the Dead”

We have a Christ who does the impossible!
He raises the impossibly dead!
And, He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I was dead, and He raised me to life.

It would be easy for Jesus to gather
those who already have His life in them.

But do we believe He can raise a dead church to life?
THAT will bring the Father and Him glory!

John 11:1-46 —

Verses 1-2 —
The One whom He loves, His church,
is sick, to the natural eye,
and even to those of His who He’s given discernment
so we intercede for her.

Verse 3 —
It looks hopeless,
but Christ says His church’s sickness will not end in death.

But her sickness,
and her resulting “natural death”
are for the glory of God,
so Jesus Christ may be glorified by it.

Verses 5-6 —
He waits to the point where raising her up
is no longer possible,
by man’s reckoning.

Verses 11-15 —
He will come
so that He may awaken His church from her deadness.
Why?
So we may believe!
Verse 17 —
Four days dead —
the Spirit has left the Body of Christ, His church.
There is no hope.

Verse 21 —
Those who have seen the church’s deadness
and have given up all hope say,
“Lord, she died. Why didn’t You come sooner?”

Verse 22 —
But they correct say the “right” words:
God will give You whatever You ask of Him.

Verse 23 —
Jesus says,
“The church will rise again.”

Verse 24 —
But she’s dead, Jesus.
You must be referring to the last day,
when the great resurrection happens.

Verse 25-26 —
Jesus corrects her. “I am the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
Those who live and believe in Me will never die.”

He asks those who have given up on the church,
“Do you believe this?”

Verse 27 —
They say, “You are the Christ. This we believe.”
Implicitly they say, “But we don’t believe that.”

Verse 32 —
Another from the church,
a great worshiper of Him
who has given up on the church says,
“If you had been here she would be alive.
Now she is dead.
Why didn’t you come sooner?”

Verse 33 — Jesus is:

embrimaomai, from 1722 and brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, to sigh with chagrin (distress), to sternly enjoin: — rigorously charge, groan, murmur against.

He is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs,
Why? The display of lack of faith !

Verse 35 —
Jesus weeps (1145).
He sheds tears because of their lack of faith.

Verse 36 —
Of course, the onlookers misinterpret Him.
He loves the church and now she is dead.
Look! He is weeping with sadness!
Why didn’t He come sooner?
He could have saved her!

Verse 37 —
Again, Jesus is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs and snorts at the lack of faith she displays!

Verses 38-39 —
At the tomb, “Remove the stone!”
Again, unbelief.
The church will stink.
She’s been dead too long.
Don’t open her grave!

Ezekiel 37:12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and  cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.  13 “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.”

Verse 40 —
Jesus asks, “Have you forgotten that I said,
‘If you believe,
you will see the glory of God?’”

Verse 41-42 —
Jesus speaks aloud to the Father,
so we may believe.
The Father always hears Him.

Verse 43 —
Church, come forth!

Verse 44-46 —
The church comes forth,
still wrapped in grave clothes.
“Take them off!”

Oh, for that day!
Many will believe in Him!!!!!

Lazarus lives.
The church will yet live.

But there was more to do in Lazarus
after he was raised,
and in the church,
after she is raised.

She is physically raised up.
She is clothed with His righteousness.
But now she must wait in the city.
He will clothe her with power from on high:

Ezekiel 37:14 “I will  put My  Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”

I believe Lazarus was in that upper room in Acts 2.
The Lord will complete His work in the church, too!

Ezekiel 37:23 “They will  no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but  I will deliver them from all their  dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.

He wants to put His Spirit WITHIN YOU today!

But you must turn, O church.
All those who do, He will raise up.

Then the church will once again stand on her feet, an exceedingly great army!Will we who see and discern believe that He is able? Do we remember that He raised us from our deadness?

Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the  breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an  exceedingly great army.