[SW201] 09/11/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Strength For Your Assignment”
You and I need His power for this hour!
He has an assignment for you and me. What is it?
— To walk as Jesus walked in this world (entirely obedient) (1Jn 2:6)
— To baptize and make disciples, teaching them to obey all He commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20)
— To be His witness (Acts 1:8)
— To love even our enemies with His love (Matthew 5:44)
— To set captives free (Isaiah 61:1ff, Matthew 10:8)
That assignment is absolutely impossible in our own strength. We need His!
Texts: Psalm 84:5-7, 11-12, Isaiah 40:29-31
How blessed is the one whose strength is in God — literally, to him, strength is in the Lord.
God is the source of strength for him. He knows that apart from Christ, he can do nothing (John 15:5)!
Strength — boldness and power and might! HIS!
Psalm 84:5 Blessed (literally, straight/upright, happy) are you, because this is a revelation from God, just as Simon/Peter received when God the Father gave him the revelation that Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:17)!
In your heart is the highway to His presence!
Blessed are you! A way was prepared in your heart when you repented and confessed your sin, just as with those baptized by John in advance of Jesus’ ministry on earth. It is the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8)! You are filled with the Holy Spirit!
Psalm 84:6 And what happens because His presence is in you? As you walk about in the valley of weeping, you make it a spring, a place of fountains of living water. And that valley, now flowing with an endless supply of living water, also sees showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26).
Psalm 84:7 Everyone who seeks and receives God’s strength appears before God (NASB “in Zion”). That is, they stand before Him, in His presence!
Blessed are you if you seek His strength, for surely you will receive it!
Psalm 84:11 He is a sun and a shield — light and protection — He gives such ones grace and His presence within them, and He does not withhold any good thing from you, because they walk with integrity (without blemish, complete, full and perfect before Him)!
Psalm 84:12 O Lord of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You, who is confident, sure and bold because it is Your strength that is in him!
How blessed will YOU be if you seek His strength, His power, His might! Then you have the strength to do your assignment!
To the one who understands that he LACKS the might to do God’s works, the Lord increases power — and that Hebrew word is only used of God’s power, with just a couple of exceptions.
His power comes to those who wait on Him, who entwine themselves with Him. They gain new strength, which literally means they CHANGE ABILITY.
So they exchange their strength for His, and in His power, they fly high, they run and walk without tiredness or weariness!
Those whose strength is the Lord also exchange their faith to His faith (Romans 1:17), their sin nature for His divine nature, their glory for His glory, ever-increasing, from one degree of glory to the next (2Corinthians 3:18)!
When you confess your weakness, your inability to do your assignment and ask Him for His power) — the world will see Christ’s strength, His power, in you. (2Corinthians 12:9). And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)!
As you go about on your assignment from Him, rivers of living water will flow from your belly (John 7:37-39), and the valley of weeping will become like a valley of fountains, showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26)!
And you will not hesitate to go, but will go forth immediately and joyfully because you know you are going in His strength, not yours.
But I have some admonitions for the church. Many of you are not going, and thus, not doing your assignment. You are silent. You are afraid. You know you don’t have power nor boldness to testify of Christ. Ask your Father in heaven to fill you with His Holy Spirit, and He will gladly do it!
Many of you are working in your own strength. Some of you have been quite successful in building large churches, in you own strength. But if you are not working in His strength, they will worship you and look to you, and not Him.
Also, you and I have seen that many who work in their own strength have burned out, and many who work in their own strength have had their secret sins uncovered publicly, giving the world more fodder to make a mockery of Christ.
Repent and turn, and He will yet receive you and give you His strength. When you ask Him for His strength, by being filled with the Holy Spirit, He will oblige, and you will begin to work for the glory of the Father and the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit.