[SW176] 03/13/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Yes and Amen”
All the promises of God are yes and amen, if you are in Christ Jesus. The question is, do you believe ALL of them?
2Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (KJV)
We receive from God promises from the beginning to the end:
— From the head of the serpent (Satan) being crushed (Genesis 3:15)
— To Jesus Christ’s promise that, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:20)
In order to receive ALL of God’s promises, you must understand:
— the PROBLEM that made His promises necessary,
— the PURPOSE of those promises,
— the PROMISES themselves,
— the PRAYER of Jesus Christ that activated those promises,
—- and the PROOF that those promises have been and are still being fulfilled to all who will believe His promises.
THE PROBLEM THAT MADE HIS PROMISES NECESSARY:
In one word, it is waywardness (backsliding, turning away). This is not a surprise to God. From before time began, He had already prepared the solution (Revelation 11:8).
Here’s what the people of God said (and still say), and the Lord’s response —
Deuteronomy 5:27 (Moses quotes the people) ’Go near and hear all that the LORD our God says; then speak to us all that the LORD our God speaks to you, and we will hear and do it.’
Deuteronomy 5:28 (Moses says) “The LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken.
Deuteronomy 5:29 ‘Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!”
Speaking the right words isn’t enough. There’s something wrong with our hearts. You and I need a new heart in us, so we will revere and honor and obey the Lord!
Jeremiah 29:11 was spoken to Jewish captives in Babylon who were captives because of their wayward hearts.
Go to Psalm 81:11-13. Just like Israel, you say you will obey, but then you don’t. If you say you never sinned, you do not tell the truth (1John 1:10). We were all born rebels, Adam’s kids who inherited his rebellious nature. So when you hear that oh-so-popular phrase, you may truly say, “I was born that way.” But God says you don’t have to stay that way!
It’s a sickness in your heart, for which only God has the cure — and He will gladly do it!
And you must be healed! Why? Waywardness is deadly, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
But God does not desire that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).
THE PURPOSE OF HIS PROMISES
The purpose of God’s promises — all of them — is redemption, here and now, AND on the day of judgment (Ephesians 1:14, 4:30).
He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the ransom for which you were held captive by Satan, because of your sin.
He offers His marvelous grace — forgiving your sin — through Jesus Christ. That’s a promise many of us celebrate! Your past sins are forgotten by God when you confess them, turn from them, believe in Jesus Christ, and ask the Lord to forgive you.
But beloved, there is more that He promises.
If you don’t believe the “more,” it is because of what you’ve thought, and what you’ve been taught, things that do not match up with the Word of God, beloved.
Many will teach you that your sin nature, your inborn rebellion, doesn’t die until you are on your deathbed.
But what is the good of that? How can you be the witness Jesus promises He will make you, if you wait to be clothed with power from on high (Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49)? Being a witness requires you to live and walk and talk!
And why, then, does Paul pray for the Thessalonians to be sanctified through and through (1Thessalonians 5:23), made completely holy on the inside by being filled with the Holy Spirit? If it was only for the deathbed, there would be no need for Paul to pray that way.
THE PROMISES HE MAKES TO YOU
What does the Lord promise He will do with our waywardness?
These promises are throughout the Bible, but go to Ezekiel 36:22-27!
Will you believe it today?
Will you say “Yes” and “Amen” to this promise of God?
Or would you rather pick and choose what you believe God can do?
It is a life and death choice, beloved.
THE PRAYER THAT ACTIVATED THE PROMISE
John 17! Jesus prayed there, and the pivotal heart-changing verse is —
John 17:26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
It is by way of the love of God filling our hearts to overflowing, and by way of Christ Himself in our hearts via the Holy Spirit, that the promise of Ezekiel 36 is fulfilled!
THEN you are His witnesses!
THEN you are set free, indeed —- no longer a slave to sin (John 8:31-36)!
THE PROOF OF GOD’S PROMISE
The Book of Acts! When the day of Pentecost came, the men and women in that upper room were transformed! They no longer argued among themselves about who was the greatest. They were no longer confused about nearly everything that Jesus taught them! They were set free from their selfishness, from their waywardness, once and for all!
Jesus spoke of the Jewish leaders in Matthew 13, quoting from Isaiah 6 —
Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’
Is your heart dull, that is, calloused over? Have you stopped up your ears and screwed your eyes shut because you’ve always thought and been taught the promise of a new heart can’t possibly be true?
Then turn today and be healed of your waywardness! You were born that way, but you don’t have to stay that way!
God’s promises say that He will change your heart! Ask Him, and He will do it!