HERE AND NOW

Here and now, obey God’s command to be filled with His Spirit, and your life will cause others to reach a point where they commend and laud God because He is revealed and exhibited by His deeds done through you!

[SW108] 09/21/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Here and Now”

Ephesians 1:13 In  Him, you also, after listening to  the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also  believed, you were  sealed in  Him with  the Holy Spirit of promise,  14 who is   given as a pledge of  our inheritance, with a view to the  redemption of  God’s own possession,  to the praise of His glory.

What does “to the praise of His glory” mean?

to (1519) — the point reached or entered

the praise (1868) — laudation, commendation

of the glory of Him (1391) — the revelation of Him,
the exhibition of Him through His deeds.

It is a point reached or entered
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through His deeds!

We have a THERE AND THEN revelation,
one for which all creation anxiously longs and eagerly waits,
when the sons of God are revealed (Romans 8:19)!
THERE AND THEN, a point will be reached when everyone on the planet —
even those who hated Him and will be judged for it —
will have to acknowledge and praise God
and bow their knee to His Son, Jesus Christ,
and every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10-11).

That particular THERE AND THEN point will be reached
when God reveals His redemption,
His gathering up, of His children, His possession.

But there is a HERE AND NOW point, too,
before that ultimate gathering up!
And it also will cause God to be praised and lauded and
will also reveal God and exhibit God
through deeds He does!

As I’ve been saying, the Holy Spirit is the pledge,
the deed, the evidence of our inheritance.

God designed this evidence of inheritance,
to dwell in and fill a human being, a jar of clay,
molded, shaped and fired up in God’s kiln,
so it does not crumble or leak.

God has chosen to work through such Christians
doing His deeds HERE AND NOW,
to the praise of His glory —
to a point reached
where God is praised and lauded,
as God is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does
THROUGH US.

As Paul writes in Ephesians 1:14, you are sealed in Him
when you come to faith in Jesus Christ —
a stamp is placed upon you,
identifying you as being His.

Sealed! That is the first step.

Here is what the Lord said through Ezekiel, when most of Judah had turned away from the Lord and followed false gods, false teachers, as it is today:

Ezekiel 9:4 The LORD said to him [a scribe of His], “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a  mark on the foreheads of the men who  sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.”

The Lord asks you today, do you sigh and groan
over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of the church?

Then you are one who is stamped, sealed with the Holy Spirit.
If not, you are not yet stamped with His mark.

If you sigh and groan and thereby reveal that you are stamped,
the Lord wants you to see that there is a second step,
for He not only stamps you with His mark,
but commands you to be filled with His glory,
so He may work through you,
to the praise of His glory!

Ephesians 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but  understand what the will of the Lord is.  18 And  do not get drunk with wine,  for that is  dissipation, but be  filled with the Spirit . . .

If you are sealed in Him,
you will see that truth today
and you will hunger and thirst for righteousness,
and you will be filled.

And you will become a jar of clay not only marked with His seal,
but filled with His Holy Spirit
HERE AND NOW,
to the praise of His glory!
You will be at a point reached
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does through you,
HERE AND NOW!

Dear ones, this is how He commands His church to live!

Jesus Christ tells you to stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49),
and not many days from now,
you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5).

Then, Jesus says, you will be His witness here (Acts 1:8) —
one that HERE AND NOW walks about on the earth!

You will walk about
not only with a seal that will later be revealed,
but with the dying of Jesus –the Holy Spirit —
within you.

This is to the praise of His glory!

It is a point reached HERE AND NOW
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does through you!

I cry out to the church now, I sound the trumpet!
Do not stumble over the stumbling stone!

Here is the stumbling stone for most Christians:
Carrying around the dying of Jesus, His Holy Spirit.
because it requires that you die to sin:
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?

What is it to die to sin?
It is the nature within you —  that nature that rebels against God —
dead on a cross, crucified.
It is to ask God to place you
into the fire of His kiln.

Then you will be at a point
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does through you,
HERE AND NOW!

Church, I cry out! Stop sinning! Turn to Christ and He will transform you! Do not be deceived (1 Corinthians 6:9)!

King David prophesies about the ones in whom the Lord will dwell:

Psalms 24:4 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.

Clean (5355) hands — blameless, clean, clear, exempted, free!
Hands (deeds) that are blameless,
that are not used to commit sin.
Hands belonging to one who has continued
in Jesus’ words, and has learned the truth,
and has been set free (John 8:31)!

Pure (1249) hearts — beloved; also, empty.
A heart emptied of its own glory. (Philippians 2:7)
Have the same attitude as Christ, Paul exhorts! (Philippians 2:5)
It is to the praise of His glory, HERE AND NOW!

It is a point reached
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does through you,
HERE AND NOW!

As I look from the watchman’s wall,
I can do nothing but pray for the church,
and exhort and warn her,
because the Lord shows me that there are many
who are not living to the praise of His glory!

How fervently I pray with Paul:

Ephesians 3:14   For this reason I  bow my knees before the Father,  15 from whom  every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  16 that He would grant you, according to  the riches of His glory, to be  strengthened with power through His Spirit in  the inner man,  17 so that  Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being  rooted and  grounded in love,  18 may be able to comprehend with  all the  saints what is  the breadth and length and height and depth,  19 and to know  the love of Christ which  surpasses knowledge, that you may be  filled up to all the  fullness of God.

O church,
turn from your social club mindset,
from your own efforts to please God through natural works,
from your business techniques,
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FROM YOUR SIN!
Then you will be part of the true church,
that lives HERE AND NOW
to the praise of His glory!

Church, YOU must reach a point
where God is commended and praised
because He is revealed and exhibited
through the deeds He does through you,
HERE AND NOW!

If you love Him, you will obey Him, and He will fill you!

Time is short,
the world and the church are spiraling downward,
and the great apostasy of the church is unfolding,
just as Jesus prophesied.

If you will agree with Him today,
He will cleanse you of your sins,
crucify the sin nature in you,
and fill you with His Spirit.

If you refuse this truth He has asked me to speak today,
you will be judged by Him.

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Author: Susan Wynn, servant of Jesus Christ

Healed by Jesus Christ of MS in 2001, in the middle of the night! Proclaiming His gospel, His healing, His heart. Author of From Death To Life--A True Story of Healing, Hope and Being Set Free. Our ministry: My Father's Place, a ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.

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