THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

The Lord asked me to speak, from my own perspective, what Psalm 23 means. I give this as a testimony of Jesus Christ and the Father, for their glory. And I pray that as I speak and write, you will grab hold of its truth.

[SW094] 05/26/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Lord Is My Shepherd”

Jesus says, “Teach it from My perspective, for I have come!” That was my only “notes” for today’s message.

Well, I can’t really write down what I have preached today. My heart is full, and I will give you a sketch of it here, but go to my Vimeo message later today, and I pray the Lord will make everything clear to you. Here’s the link to my vimeo site:

https://vimeo.com/myfathersplace

Just look down the thumbnails for today’s message. It’s being processed and prepared by my loving husband right now.

The Lord asked me to speak, from my own perspective, what Psalm 23 means. It was written by David in the time when the Holy Spirit “came upon” people, and He came upon David in a very big way. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been given in the way I experience Him today. That didn’t happen until Jesus Christ carried on the cross the punishment we deserved, died, rose again, ascended into heaven, and was glorified. Then the Holy Spirit was given in the way I experience Him (see John 7:37 and forward.

I give this as a testimony of Jesus Christ and the Father, for their glory. And I pray that as I speak and write, you will grab hold of its truth.

The Lord, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord IS my Good Shepherd. He is my Ruler, my Owner, my Master, and He leads me. I used to go astray and go my own way. That ended in sin. But now, because He is my Ruler and Good Shepherd, I follow Him. In Israel, the shepherd went ahead of the flock. The sheep simply followed, except when they went off in their own way. In His mercy, He brought me, a sheep, from the darkness of my way into the light of His sheepfold, His presence, His life.

Because the Lord is my Good Shepherd, I shall not want. I shall not lack. I have sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things have been added to me. I have sought Him with all of my heart, and I have found Him! He has made me become the righteousness of God, because His righteousness dwells in my heart! It is none of my own work. I was a “good person” before I knew Him, or so I thought. But I rejected Him, and in that, I was not a good person at all. I rejected Jesus Christ, who is God’s love gift to a sinful world. So I did good things, but I was not good. And I also rebelled against God, doing things that He hates. My heart was rebellious toward Him. But now, I only want to follow. His kingdom is within me, and He rules. And so, I lack nothing. I have all I need — Him!

He makes me lie down (original Hebrew is “stretch out”) in green pastures. Oh, He has made a wide space in my heart, and has taken me into a place of liberty, a wide space, where I can stretch out and feed on Him, on what He gives me for nourishment. I stretch out with Him first thing in the morning, and give Him my love — even returning to Him the love with which He has filled my heart. It feeds Him. And He gives me spiritual nourishment. It is a lovely feast! I feed Him, and He feeds me!

He leads me beside still waters (original Hebrew is “waters of rest”). Oh, I have entered His sabbatismos, His true sabbath of which the Old Testament sabbath was but a shadow! It is resting from my own labors, and then Him working through me. It is not me working, but Him. I have given up laboring on my own — I got nowhere but tired and lost. I have given up trying to “figure out” God and simply follow His lead, and He is in me, leading, and also in front of me, leading. He leads me to rest. My Good Shepherd is in me, ruling, and He brings me rest . . . I stretch out, I drink of His living water that He offered the woman at the well, that He said would come even from my belly when the Spirit was poured out!

He restores my soul, He has revived it, He gave life as God has it to one who merely existed! What mercy! I was very far from Him, I had rejected Him, I had gone astray to my own way, but He touched me and healed me and brought me into His sheepfold. He has made me what I was meant to be in the beginning — a container for Him, a most unlikely clay pot in which His glory dwells. Praise His name forevermore!

He guides me, he leads me in the paths of righteousness. I see His footprints and place my feet in them. His righteousness which is in me, which dwells in my heart, continually points out the way, saying “This is the way; walk in it!” And I gladly do, because He has made me a completely joy-filled prisoner of His love, gripped by it and compelled by it. I am compelled to tell you of His love, which He has for you TODAY, if you will turn from your sin as I did, and cry out for His salvation, and then for His cleansing when His Spirit takes charge and indwells you, just according to what Jesus spoke in John 14.

Why does He do this? For His name’s sake. He holds His Word, the Bible, before all other things. And He has made a promise, that I would become His witness here, because His Witness dwells in me now — Father, Son and Spirit. He does not do this to make me joyful — though that is the outflow of it. He does not do this to give me peace — though that is the outflow of it. He does it for His name’s sake. He made the promise, and He will keep it for everyone who will believe Him!

Because of all the Lord has done up to this point in Psalm 23, it makes no difference if I walk in the valley of death. I do not fear. His protection is with me, and even if I perish like some who knew Him did in the Oklahoma tornadoes, I do not fear. I go to be with Him, just as they did.

What can I fear? Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? His eternal life in me goes with me into eternity with Him in heaven! And I do not fear coming before Christ’s judgment seat, as Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 5, for my deeds to be judged, both good and bad. He has made me good inside, and He dwells there. He will recognize Himself in me. I do not fear judgment. The perfect love He has poured out in my heart to overflowing is what makes me not fear judgment.  He is with me, He is in me, here and then there, in heaven!

His rod and His staff comfort me. His rod is for my enemy, Satan. He protects His sheep. He wields it when Satan tries to attack and devour me. He steps in and thwarts all Satan’s attempts to kill the Christ in me. And I stand in His armor, wielding the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. It is not my sword, but His. And I wield it, and the Enemy flees! I submit to God, I resist the devil, and he must flee. It’s in the Rule Book, in James 4:7.

And the Good Shepherd’s staff is what I feel when He tells me the way to walk, when He shows me a part of my character that He wants to change. And I am glad for it and comforted by it because the more I am like my Good Shepherd, the more He can flow through me!

Because the Lord is my Good Shepherd and I am totally His and He dwells fully in me, I am invited to His table. It is a glorious table, full of good things described in Isaiah 25:6-8. It is a glorious feast, a wedding feast, and I have an invitation. The Bridegroom not only knows me, but He has made me His bride! He will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until I drink it with Him, in heaven. Until then, I take of His supper until He comes, remembering His cross and His soon coming. And the Enemy, Satan, has to sit and watch as I sup with Christ and He with me. That gives me great pleasure!

But there are some who are His who refuse His invitation because they are busy. They have places to go and things to do. They are sheep gone astray, each to his own way. So the Lord went into the byways and brambles and found me, the most unlikely candidate to become His bride — one who rejected Him. And He has prepared a table of goodness for me, simply because I believed Him and did not turn away at His invitation. Do not turn away from His invitation, but turn away from your sin, ask the Lord to forgive you, receive His salvation, and seek His cleansing. He will do the same for you as He did for me!

Not only do I eat with Him, but as was the custom in Israel when guests came to dinner, He anoints me and fills my cup to overflowing! He has filled me with His Spirit, His overflowing, and I overflow with Him. I was anointed inwardly by Him when He healed me, but it was just a taste of what was to come. Now, His anointing is fully in me, and I have been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit overflows, pouring from my belly like flood waters! Now the Fountain is in me, ruling and reigning, and He flows endlessly. It is for the glory of the Father, and the glory of the Son, so people will see that what the Word of God says is truth.

Surely, surely, surely! Without a doubt, it is sure and can be depended upon that His goodness and His checed, God’s actual love for me and now in me, will continue forever. I am devoted to Him as He is to me, and more so as I walk with my Good Shepherd. His love, His joy, His peace, His patience, His kindness, His goodness, His faithfulness, His gentleness are the fruit of His indwelling me, and I am controlled by His Spirit. And more and more, I become like Christ.

Surely these things will follow me all the days of my life, for my whole heart is filled with God! I want only what He wants, He has anointed me, and I live in Him and He in me! My Good Shepherd rules and reigns, and I want nothing but Him.

And because of all that my Good Shepherd has done, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I am His house while I am here, and I go to His house in heaven when I leave this place. I am here for as long as He wants His Witness to be visible in me, and then I go to Him, to be among those who worship at His throne.

The Good Shepherd has all of this for you, O church and O world. Turn from your own ways — they get you nowhere fast. Turn from your sin, turn from going astray. The Lord Jesus Christ has borne your punishment so you may be reconciled to God and cleansed deep within. This is the work of the Good Shepherd whom I love.

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AMBASSADORS

[SW092] 05/19/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Ambassadors”

My heart is opened wide to you, O church and O world! Open wide to me also, and hear Christ’s heart, for I am His ambassador!

Ambassador – an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country; a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.

The Lord has made me — and He wants all His children to be — His ambassadors.

What is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors, official representatives of the kingdom of God?

2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be  pleasing to Him.  10 For we must all appear before  the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for  his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11a Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord [5401, respect and reverence and awe toward the Lord], we persuade men . . .” [we convince them, we assure them of God’s truth, we act as a mediator for them].

We know that we will appear before Christ to account for what we have done, good or bad.

So we persuade men!

2Corinthians 5:11b  . . . but we are made manifest to God [5319, we appear before God]; and I hope that we are  made manifest also in your consciences.

We act as a mediator for men, we convince them of God’s truth, but we are made manifest we appear before God! And He is the One we answer to! And we hope that we appear in the consciences of those who hear our words, that our words ring in their ears and penetrate their hearts.

Go to verse 13:

2Corinthians 5:13 For if we  are  beside ourselves [1839, considered to be insane, to have lost our senses], it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.  14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . [4912 controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner]

Our detractors say we are insane, beside ourselves, and have lost our senses.

But if we were, it would be for God, because He is the One we aim to please.

But we are of sound mind, so you may be convinced of God’s truth.

The very love of Christ, the love of God, agape, the same love the Father has for the Son — THIS love controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner!

That is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors!

What do Christ’s ambassadors say?

2Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . having concluded this, that  one died for all, therefore all died;  15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer  live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Ambassadors of Christ say that One died — Jesus Christ.

Therefore, all died.

God would not have sent Christ had we not been condemned ones.

His death proves our hearts’ condition. We are “dead men walking” without Him,
death row prisoners.

But because He died for all, those who turn to Him and away from their sin
no longer live for themselves but for Him who died and rose again FOR THEM.

2Corinthians 5:16   Therefore from now on we recognize no one   according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ [according to the flesh [1097, we have knowledge, of Him, but not full knowledge], yet now we know Him in this way no longer.  17 Therefore if anyone is  in Christ,  he is  a new creature [2537, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old];  the old things passed away [3928, perished, is dead, has come forth out of us]; behold, new things have come.  

We knew Christ, we knew He lived and died and rose for us, say Christ’s ambassadors. We knew Him as the disciples knew Him when He walked the earth in the flesh.

But now we don’t know Him that way. We know Him as far more — we know Him as the One who made us new creatures,  say Christ’s ambassadors.

New creatures, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old!

The old things, our old nature, the flesh has passed away, has perished, is dead,  has come forth out of us, and has been replaced by a new nature!

Behold! See! This is what Christ’s ambassadors say!

New things have come, IF we are in Christ.

Have new things come in you?

Has the old nature in you perished, replaced by a new nature, even Christ’s?

If the old has not perished, you are not in Christ, and Christ is not in you!

Christ’s ambassadors continue —

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now  all these things are from God,  who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the  ministry of reconciliation,  19 namely, that  God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,  not counting their trespasses against them, and  He has  committed to us the word of reconciliation.

We cannot reconcile ourselves to God,

We cannot make our natures new.

This comes from God. This is what it is to be reconciled to Him, through Christ.

And as ambassadors, we have a ministry of reconciliation, announcing God’s reconciliation of you and the whole world to Him, through Christ, changing everyone who will come to Christ from being hostile toward God to being full of God’s actual love — when we are filled with His Spirit!

To whom are we ambassadors of Christ? To the world, certainly. But also to the church at Corinth, and today’s church, today’s Christians.

This letter from Paul is addressed to the Corinthians/ This message today is addressed to you, today’s Christians.

What do I say to the church, as Christ’s ambassador to her?

2Corinthians 5:20   Therefore, we are  ambassadors for Christ,  as though God were making an appeal through us [3870 I am exhorting you, I am beseeching you, I am urging you,I am begging you] ; we beg you on behalf of Christ [1189, I bind myself to a post and petition to you, beseeching you],  be  reconciled to God.  21 He made Him who  knew no sin to be  sin on our behalf, so that we might become the  righteousness of God in Him.

On whose behalf do I do this? Christ’s!

God makes His appeal to you through me, and I beseech you, I exhort you, I urge you with great passion!

What appeal is God making through me? Be reconciled to God,  O church of today!

Remember that God made Christ carry our sin, though He did not sin. And He bore the punishment we deserve.

He did it so we BECOME [not “might become” — there’s no “might” in the original Greek]!

Become what? Something new — a new creature with God’s righteous nature in us,
because we are in Christ, and Christ is in us, ruling and reigning!

2Corinthians 6:1   And  working together with Him,  we also urge [3870 in verse 20] you not to receive  the grace of God in vain [2756 and end up empty-handed when you stand before Christ] —  2 for He says,

    “ AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
    AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
    Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” —

God gave you great grace, O church of today. Do not receive it and throw it away, so you stand before Him empty-handed!

NOW is the acceptable time —  the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2) —

NOW is the day of salvation, even for you, O church!

2Corinthians 6:11    Our mouth  has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our  heart is opened wide.  12 You are not restrained [4729 crushed, compressed, placed in a narrow space]  [47by us, but  you are restrained in your own  affections [i.e., you crush, compress, and place yourselves in a narrow space by what your hearts love].  13 Now in a like  exchange — I speak as to  children — open wide to us also.

As an ambassador, my mouth has spoken freely to you, my heart is opened wide!

I do not crush you, I do not compress you, I do not place you in a narrow space.

But you crush and compress and put yourselves in a narrow space, because of what your hearts love.

Open wide your hearts to me, O church!

What your hearts love, O church:

2Corinthians 6:14    Do not be  bound together [2086, unequally yoked] with  unbelievers; for what  partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 Or what  harmony has Christ with  Belial [955, “lord of the forest,” Beliar, a name of Satan] , or  what has a  believer in common with an  unbeliever?  16 Or  what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are  the temple of  the living God . . .

As Christ’s ambassador to you, I tell you that you are yoked with unbelievers.

But what intercourse, what fellowship, what binding can a righteous one have
to a lawless one, to a sinning one?

You are to go out among them, but not be of them (1Corinthians 5:10).

What fellowship has the light in you with the darkness of sin?

What harmony (4857), what agreement, what accord can Christ have with Satan?
What agreement has the temple of God —  you, if you are in Christ and He is in you — with idols?

What are your idols? Everything you place above God and Christ, O church.

2Corinthians 5:16b . . . For we are  the temple of  the living God; just as God said,
    “ I WILL  DWELL IN THEM AND  WALK AMONG THEM;
    AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17 “ Therefore,  COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
    “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
    And I will welcome you.
18 “ And I will be a father to you,
    And you shall be  sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Does God dwell in you? Then you are His — His temple, His abode, His sons and daughters.

God’s command is this, and this is what I exhort you to do, as an ambassador of Christ:

Come out from their midst and be separate, and don’t touch that which is evil,
that which is not holy, that which is vile and godless and against God!

Be among them, but not of them.

1John 2:15   Do not love  the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

If you will come out from among them, and become separate from them, so you no longer look and act like them, and go after what they go after, here is what will happen!

Isaiah 49:8   Thus says the LORD,
    “In a  favorable time I have answered You,
    And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
    And I will  keep You and  give You for a covenant of the people,
    To   restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
9 Saying to those who are  bound, ‘Go forth,’
    To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
    Along the roads they will feed,
    And their pasture will be on all  bare heights.
10 “They will  not hunger or thirst,
    Nor will the scorching  heat or sun strike them down;
    For  He who has compassion on them will  lead them
    And will guide them to  springs of water.

You’ll be guided by Him to the Fountain Who will purify your heart! He goes on:

11 “I will make all  My mountains a road,
    And My  highways will be raised up.
12 “Behold, these will come  from afar;
    And lo, these will come from the  north and from the west,
    And these from the land of Sinim [5515, a distant Oriental region].”
13  Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
    Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the  LORD has comforted His people
    [5612 He has breathed strongly, He has sighed, He has pitied, He has     consoled, He has caused you to turn to Him]
And will  have compassion
    [7355, He has been merciful, and has loved and restored you]
on His afflicted [6041, humbled, needy, oppressed, poor].

Many will come to Christ because you will have come to Christ.

O the heavens will shout for joy, and the earth, and the mountains!

Why? Because you have come out from their midst, and the Lord has comforted you, O church!

He will have compassion on you, O church, He will be merciful, He has loved you,
He will restore you.

He will comfort and have compassion on you, O church, WHEN you come out from among them, and are separate.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, O church, when you have come out and be separate when you have become afflicted,when you have humbled yourself,
when you see that you are needy and oppressed, a poor and wretched one.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, and I will rejoice, because by the power of the Holy Spirit, your hearts have opened wide to the words the Lord has given me today!

A FOUNTAIN

Oh, there is a Fountain, and He is opened! There is a place where we can go when we are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and be filled! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

[SW092] 05/15/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“A Fountain”

Zechariah 13:1   “In that day a  fountain [4726 spring, flow] will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for  sin and for  impurity.

Zechariah 13:2   “It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will  cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove [5674 take away, overrun, do away with] the  prophets and the  unclean spirit from the land.”  

Oh, there is a Fountain, and He is opened! There is a place where we can go when we are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and be filled! This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Spirit speaks out of God’s grace,
to convict the world
and the world-loving church of sin,
and turn them to Jesus Christ.
How gracious is our God!

He offers you today a fountain, an endless spring, opened for you —
for sin AND for impurity.
It’s the one the Lord showed Zechariah, in advance.

This fountain washes away your past sins,
and then, if you drink of it, it will purify your heart.

Will you come to the fountain? “It” is a “He” — Jesus Christ.

I will tell you a story (courtesy of Smith Wigglesworth).

There was once a boat in the mouth of the Amazon River.
The people on board thought they were still in the ocean.
They were dying of thirst, some of them nearly mad.

They saw a ship and asked if they would give them some water.
Someone on the ship replied,
“Dip your bucket right over;
you are in the mouth of the river.”

There are a number of people today in the middle of the great river of life,
but they are dying of thirst
because they do not dip down and take from the river.

Are you hungry and thirsty for His righteousness?
Seek His kingdom, and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)!

Are you thirsty?
–Do you lack the liquid, living water that will give you life,
zoe (2222), God’s actual life in you?
–Do you strongly, urgently desire it?
–Do you crave and yearn for it?

Come to the fountain, be washed and drink!
But you must agree with God that you sin,
that you need to be cleansed by Christ,
and that your heart and nature must be transformed!

I look at the world and see great hunger and thirst!
Everyone is searching for something.
They passionately chase after natural things, like I used to do:
false gods, worldly treasures that rust and become moth-eaten,
drugs, alcohol —
these enslaved me, and they enslave you,
until you come to Christ, to be cleansed,
to be made pure, to be set free!

If you are thirsty, come to the waters!

Isaiah 55:1   “Ho! Every one who  thirsts, come to the waters;
    And you who have  no  money come, buy and eat.
    Come, buy  wine and milk
     Without money and without cost.”  [Jesus paid it for you!]

Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the evil man his thoughts.

O Church! Why do I weep for you?
Because in so many places,
sin and impurity are not spoken of,
so the people have no idea
of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

“We can’t preach that,” the leaders of the church say.
“It will offend people and drive them away.”
But people cannot receive God’s mercy
until they know they must turn
from their wicked ways and evil thoughts
and come to the Fountain.

The church deprives them of God’s mercy
if they do not tell them to turn.
“Let him turn to the Lord, He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon!”
That is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ!

It was at great cost to the Father,
in order to restore you to Himself.
It was His Son, who took on Himself
the punishment we deserved.
Oh, what grace!!!

When you turn to Him,
you will sing as Isaiah sings:

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore you will joyously  draw water
    From the  springs of salvation.
4 And in that day you will  say,
    “ Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.
     Make known His deeds among the peoples;
     Make them remember that His name is exalted.
5  Praise the LORD in song, for He has done  excellent things;
    Let this be known throughout the earth.
6  Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    For  great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Oh, praise be to God! Hallelujah!

If you will turn from your sin,
you will JOYOUSLY, JOYOUSLY draw water from springs,
from a Fountain that never runs dry!

You will draw water from THE Fountain,
the source of salvation (3444 yeshua) — that is “Jesus” in the original Hebrew!

He will save you,
and you will draw living water from Him!

Jesus had asked a woman whom he knew was living in sin
for water from a well, a cistern, a hole with water poured into it.
She asked him why He’d speak with someone like her.

Oh, here is what the Fountain said to her,
Here is what the One who will cleanse us of sin
and of impurity:

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you  living water . . .” 13 “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him  shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to  eternal life.”

He had the water that would cleanse her,
that would purify her of her sin.

Are you thirsty?
–Do you lack the liquid, living water that will give you life,
His life, life as God has it, abundantly?
–Do you strongly, urgently desire it?
–Do you crave and yearn for it?

There is a Fountain, Jesus Christ!
He has living water for all who thirst,
for all who turn to the Lord,
and away from their wicked ways and their evil thoughts!

Just as it says in Zechariah 13:2,
the Lord will remove (take away, overrun, do away with)
those who teach falsely,
who neglect this essential truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As I have said before,
if the gospel you are hearing doesn’t deal with
the condition of the human heart,
it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ!

He wants your heart, your whole heart! It is all that he wants. 
    Not good deeds, not “I’m a good person.” You and I are not good.
But the Father is here today saying, “My Son will make you clean!”

O Church, O world, if you will drink,
if you will turn from your wicked ways and evil thoughts,
Christ will come and rule and reign in you,
and He will flow out from your belly,
to quench the thirst
of others who thirst for righteousness
and have found no remedy
in the world.

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.

In many in the church,
I do not see the Holy Spirit,
but rather, the spirit of this world.
The teachers and preachers are false,
presenting another Jesus,
one who would never correct,
one who would never command repentance.
This Jesus can never quench anyone’s thirst!

Turn away from false teachers, O Church!

Come to the Fountain, Jesus Christ!
He is a Fountain for sin and for impurity,
and when you partake of Him,
you will never thirst again,
for His blood cleanses you outwardly,
and His Holy Spirit will purify you,
when you are filled with Him.

Zechariah 13:9 “And I will bring the third part through the  fire,
    Refine them as silver is refined,
    And test them as gold is tested.
    They will  call on My name,
    And I will  answer them;
    I will say, ‘They are  My people,’
    And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”

THE LORD’S HOUSE

I stand at the threshold of the Lord’s house, to show you what is there, how to enter, and how He will make YOU his house!

[SW091] 05/05/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Lord’s House”

Last week, the Lord asked me to speak of
how to enter the Kingdom of God —
through repentance for personal sin.

I spoke of His great mercy,
because if we turn from our personal sin,
He forgives,
and is glad to cleanse our hearts when we ask Him.

I spoke as His ambassador,
and now I speak to you as one who would choose
to simply stand at the threshold of His house,
rather than than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalms 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

The Lord wants me to show you the kingdom today.

So you know how to enter the kingdom — repentance for personal sin.

Here is what the kingdom looks like!

Revelation 4:1-11

The One sitting on the throne is God the Father.
He is a majestic and glorious and powerful!
If you have repented, you are one of the elders (the true church).
It is a very “other” place, with no darkness (1John 1:5).
It is a holy place for a holy God.
And all who there are His creation,
and all who are there worship Him alone.

They cry, “Holy, holy, holy!”
They cry, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God!”

Psalms 84:1   How lovely are Your  dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My  soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the  living God.
4 How  blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are  ever praising You.     Selah.

Revelation 5:6-14

And look! There is the Lamb standing as if slain —
even slain from before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)
(for God knew what mankind would do,
and that they would need a Savior).

Worthy is He!
for He was slain,
and purchased for God with His blood
men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation!

He still bears the marks, and will forever!

The Lamb has made them a kingdom of priests to our God, (1 Peter 2:9)
and they will reign upon the earth.

Myriads upon myriads and thousands of thousands,
more than can be numbered,
all cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
And the worship is continual!

What a kingdom is this Kingdom of God! Holy, majestic, filled with worship!
The time will come,
for all who have repented and come to Christ,
when they will see this firsthand.

But here and now,
there is a kingdom of God established, too.

It is one for which a person will sell all he has
to obtain it.

Matthew 13:44   “ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and  sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 3:2 “ Repent, for  the kingdom of heaven  is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17    From that time Jesus began to  preach and say, “ Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 5:3   “  Blessed are the  poor in spirit, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10   “Blessed are those who have been  persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20   “For I say to you that unless your  righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21   “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Jesus says,  “If you repent for your personal sin,
and believe in Me and ask me to forgive you,
you will be My disciples”

AND Jesus says,
“YOU will be My house,
while you are on the earth!”

John 14:15-24, 29

NOTE in John 14:29
He tells His disciples BEFORE it happens
so that when it happens, they will believe.

He tells you, follower of Jesus, before it happens. You will certain believe, when He makes it so in you!

He requires it of them, commanding them:

Luke 24:49 “And behold,  I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but  you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:4  Gathering them together, He commanded them  not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for   what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for  John baptized with water, but you will be baptized  with the Holy Spirit   not many days from now. 8 . . . you will receive power  when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be  My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and  Samaria, and even to  the remotest part of the earth.”

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit,
it will be for you
joy unspeakable and full of glory! (Go to 1 Peter 1:8)

But even more,
His Witness will dwell in you,
and the kingdom of God established in you, here and now!

And what will happen as you walk about
with the kingdom of God in you,
His Witness dwelling in you,
ruling and reigning in you?

Psalm 84:5-7

As you pass through the world,
with His Witness in you,
valleys of weeping
will become valleys of blessing!

You will go from strength to strength,
and from image to image,
just as Paul promises in 2 Corinthians 3:18!

2Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

As you carry around in you the death of Jesus
the Witness, the Holy Spirit who proves He died and rose and was glorified,
you will bring life to others (2 Corinthians 4:10ff)!

All of this —
this kingdom of God within you
and the coming kingdom which I showed you first —
all of this is based on your repentance from your sin,
and your surrender of yourself for God’s purposes,
waiting in the city until His kingdom
is established in you!

Psalm 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is  a sun and  shield;
    The LORD gives grace and  glory;
     No good thing does He withhold  from those who walk  uprightly.

Walk uprightly, waiting in the city to be clothed with power from on high, obeying the command of the Lord! No good thing will He then withhold from you!

Psalm 24:3 Who may  ascend into the  hill of the LORD?
    And who may stand in His holy  place?
4 He who has  clean hands and a  pure heart,
    Who has not  lifted up his soul  to falsehood
    And has not  sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a  blessing from the LORD
    And   righteousness from the God of his salvation.

To ascend the hill, to stand in His holy place,
to see the kingdom that will be,
to have the kingdom established in your heart,
to become the Lord’s house here and now,
your heart must be pure (made pure),
and your hands must be clean (made clean).

Repent! Turn from your personal sin, O Church!

Obey the Lord’s command to wait, to pray, to seek the face of God until you are clothed with power from on high!

Then you will gladly do what the Father does,
and say what He says,
and your heart will continually say,
“Your will be done, Father,
on earth as it is in heaven!”