STRONG SUPPORT

[SW210] 11/27/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Strong Support”

God watches over you, to strongly support you, if your heart is completely His!

2Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

— “The eyes of the Lord . . . His face, holy intimacy, His favor in view

— move to and fro . . . travel, run

— throughout the earth . . . over the whole earth

— that He may strongly support . . . fasten upon, strengthen, aid, encourage, help

— those whose heart is completely His . . . whose heart is perfect toward Him (KJV).”

My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)
He goes before you and is your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12)!

He is your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1).

He takes you from strength to strength (Psalm 84:7)!

He is with you and will strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10)!

No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:7)!

You are kept by the power of God (1Peter 1:5)

I will be with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)

These promises are for those whose heart is perfect toward Him, completely His . . .

But we have to look at the rest of the verse we began with . . . I cannot speak, “Peace, peace” when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14, Ezekiel 13:10).

“. . . You (Asa, king of Judah) have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

In what did Asa (and in what does the church) act foolishly?

2 Chronicles 14:2  Asa did good and right, called on the Lord and not man, and Ethiopia’s army, which was nearly twice the size of Judah’s, was routed by the Lord.

After Asa’s victory, the prophet Azariah warns him . . .

2Chronicles 15:1   Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded,  2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

2Chronicles 15:7 “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”

2Chronicles 15:8   Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the Lord which was in front of the porch of the Lord.

BUT WHEN ANOTHER ENEMY THREATENS . . .

2 Chronicles 16:1 The king of Israel comes to fight Judah. Asa does not call on the Lord, who gave him such a great victory over Ethiopia. Instead, he bribes Ben-hadad, the king of Aram. But the Arameans were Judah’s enemy, too, off and on, as was their custom.

2 Chronicles 16:7 So the prophet Hanani calls Asa out — he lied on his enemy to defeat his enemy! Don’t you remember Ethiopia, King Asa?

That was the foolish thing that Asa did. And he was enraged at Hanani and imprisoned him.

Asa’s heart was not completely the Lord’s.

Three years later, Asa died of a disease in his feet. He did not seek the Lord for healing, but the physicians.

Beloved . . .

—When you as a church leader seek man’s wisdom and man’s ways to make your church successful,

— or when you speak peace, peace when there is no peace, just to increase your numbers,

— or when you as a Christian seek natural means for provision, healing and deliverance instead of humbly asking the Lord for help,

. . . you sin as Asa sinned — he did not believe the Lord was able to rescue him; you do not seek the Lord’s wisdom, you do not believe He will increase your numbers, you do not believe He is your provision.

Asa did not repent before the Lord. He no longer sought the Lord, even for healing of the disease in his feet. But you can repent, right now!

The Lord wants His promises to be yours. But in order to do that, you must give your heart entirely to Him and no other.

How do you give your heart entirely to Him? Only the Father can do it, when you ask Him —

Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

1Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

This purity of heart, this devotion to God, comes when you are filled with the Holy Spirit!

When you ask the Lord to fill you, He will make you steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord (1Corinthians 15:58)!

And His eyes will move to and fro across the earth, to strongly support you, because your heart is completely His!q Turn to Him today! Amen!

EASY TO OBEY

[SW209] 11/20/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Easy To Obey”

If Jesus Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light, how can it be hard to obey? Thank God! It is easy to obey!

I revere and honor God’s word, and handle it as carefully as I can, so as not to miss any of its life-changing truths.

Text:  Matthew 11:28-30

It is easy to obey. How do I know? Jesus tells me.

The requirements:

Take My yoke upon you
Learn from Me

What does it mean to take His yoke upon you?

Couple yourself with Him, so where He goes, you go
Submission
Surrender

What will you become when you learn from Him?

Meek (humble)
Humble of heart (a lowly position)

What will the result be?

He says His yoke is easy (pleasant, comfortable) and His burden is light (easy).

If it is comfortable and easy, it cannot be hard to obey Him.

He will give you rest, re-creation!

John 12:24-26 — If you are serving Me, you must follow (obey) Me. What is the context? You give up your life and gain His. You follow (obey) Him and you die and He lives in you. That’s how you serve Him.

John 14:15-16 — If you love Me you will obey Me . . .

You can’t obey Him if you don’t love Him.

Love is not just saying, “Oh, I love you Jesus,” and then going out and living like the devil.

This word for love here is “agapeo,” the verb for “agape,” and that is God’s actual love, the same love the Father has for the Son.

When Jesus speaks here, He speaks of the future. They don’t have that kind of love in their hearts yet. It is prophetic — promises to come at Pentecost. Have you had a personal Pentecost? Then you will find it easy to obey because you will love Him with His love.

The disciples will obey Him in the one thing He asks before He ascends to heaven. They will stay in the city until they are clothed with power from on high, until they are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.

And then, having received agape in their hearts when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit, they will find it easy to obey.

They will find rest for their souls, re-creation, they will find the sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:10-11 — “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”

Ananias and Sapphira did not have that love in their hearts, though they were part of the newborn church. They lied and died.

But look at all of those who dwelled together in unity, in the Book of Acts! It was because God’s actual love was in their hearts. Compare the disciples in the gospels to the disciples in the Book of Acts, after God’s love was poured out in their hearts. They obeyed, and it was not hard. It was easy!

Psalm 119:32 is prophetic. God will enlarge your heart when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Then you will run in the ways of His commandments — not walk, not hesitate — RUN!

So why, beloved, do you find it hard to obey?

Because you do not believe the words of Jesus Christ. How can you ask Him to change your heart if you don’t believe what He says?

But His yoke is easy, His burden is easy. You cannot deny the words of Jesus.

Do you look at fallen church leaders and say, “See? They did not obey, so neither can I.” But Jesus says it is easy to obey.

Why did the fallen ones disobey? Because they never stayed in the city (Luke 24:49). He never knew them (Matthew 7:22-23), so they were lawless and disobedient. They never took His yoke upon them.

If you will cease from your unbelief, He will cause you to rest. Enter His rest. Be re-created. Let Him do in your heart that which seems impossible — fill it with His love and power! Then it will be easy to obey!

SCRIPTURE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HEALING

I am posting this excerpt from my book today, to help a young man who is pursuing healing. Maybe it will help you, too:

APPENDIX 1 – Scripture Prescriptions

Ephesians 6:14-18 (NIV) The Armor of God
“Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Does He dwell in your heart? Then put on God’s armor every day, in preparation for Satan’s attacks. God’s armor covers you entirely so that when Satan looks at you, he will only be able to see His armor, not you. And God also promises to be your rear guard (see Isaiah 52:12), so you know by faith that there is no part of you that Satan can successfully attack. And pray, pray, pray.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? Then Jesus is in you. The devil is “the one who is in the world.” Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Jesus in you defeats Satan every time.

James 4:7 (NIV)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You have faith in God and Christ. You are reading His Word. You are obeying Him. You are worshiping Him.  If these things are true, then the devil has to flee. You’re submitting to God!

Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Your situation is hopeless, Satan whispers in your ear. If Jesus dwells in your heart, you have faith. You don’t need to see the results yet. You just know and trust your Father and His Son, no matter how bad things look.

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” This promise is for those whose hearts have Jesus in them. The word “wait” means “entwine yourself with.” Wrap yourself around the Lord. You’ll gain His strength.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Do you know Jesus personally? Do you sometimes doubt His ability to help you? Demolish those arguments against God. Take captive every thought. Obey Christ’s teachings. Believe Him.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Have you been born from above into the kingdom of God? No? The Good News is that Jesus died to take away all the bad things you’ve done. He’s also come to give you an obedient heart. He’s also come to heal your physical body, just like it says in Isaiah 53:4 and Matthew 8:17.  He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.

Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There are no time limits on Jesus’ work. He is still saving, delivering and healing.

1 John 5:45 (Amplified Bible)
“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact].” If you are born of God, you believe Jesus is the Son of God. God gave you that faith. Now, walk in His victory. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (see Romans 8:37).

Psalm 91 in its entirety (NIV)
Read it and believe it. Remember that to dwell in the shelter of the Most High, you must be united to Him in love and settled down with Him like in a marriage. If this describes you, Psalm 91’s promises are yours. If not, ask God to forgive you and change your heart. He will.

Psalm 107:19-20 (NASB)
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”  The Word heals in every way. He’s wonderful. It’s wonderful. Read it!

Seek God – Matthew 6:33 (NASB)
Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When you seek first the kingdom of God, allowing Him to sit on the throne in your heart, you are covered with Christ’s righteousness and the Father’s hand will provide what you need.

Seek God – James 4:8 (NASB)
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Are you far from God? Then draw near. He’ll draw near to you. You were created to have intimate fellowship with Him. That’s His design and plan. Do what I did. Rejoice evermore!
Healing a Benefit of God – Psalm 103:1-5 (NASB)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” The original Hebrew word for “diseases” is tachalu. It literally means “sicknesses, maladies.” Two of His benefits are in view here –– forgiveness of sin and physical healing. That is what Jesus Christ did when He walked the earth, and what He still does today. Want to be healed? First seek forgiveness for your sins and forgive others who have sinned against you. Then believe His promises are yours.

God’s Will – John 5:19 (NASB)
“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.’” Jesus sees the Father heal. Jesus heals. Jesus sees the Father deliver. Jesus delivers. It’s God’s nature.

God’s Will – 1 John 5:14-15 (NASB)
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” God will not answer your demands, but He will answer your heartfelt, humble prayer. When you ask, don’t doubt. He’ll do it, if your heart is right before Him.

God’s Will – John 10:10 (NASB)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  God’s will is to put Christ’s abundant life into your heart, so you can become like Jesus. Ask Him to live and reign in your heart. He’ll take care of the rest. Trust Him.

God’s Will – Matthew 8:1:16 (NASB)
“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.” Jesus healed each one.

God’s Will – Matthew 12:15b (NASB)
Aware that the Pharisees sought to destroy Him, “Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed Him, and He healed them all.” Jesus excluded no one.

God’s Will – Matthew 8:2-3 (NIV)
“A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’  Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said, ‘Be clean!’” The Lord is willing to cleanse and heal you.

God’s Will – Matthew 10:1 (NIV)
“He called His twelve disciples to Him, and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” His name is above everything. Only the Father is greater than Jesus (John 14:28). Nothing can stand up against Jesus. Do you believe the message?

God’s Will
“Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 54:1, NIV.) The strength of the Lord is revealed to those who believe. Matthew 8:16-17 confirms it: “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him [by people who believed He could help them], and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities, and carried our diseases.’” Christ heals in every way.

Faith – Hebrews Chapter 11
Read it and meditate upon it. Then walk in faith because you know God is faithful.

Faith – Matthew 8:10 (NASB)
“Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, ‘Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.’” The centurion has unwavering faith that Jesus can heal his servant without Christ ever touching the servant!

Faith – Mark 9:23-24 (NASB)
A man brought his epileptic son to the disciples, who were unable to heal the child. The man saw Jesus returning from the Mount of Transfiguration, and said, “But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said, “ ‘If you can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Have you reached the end of your faith? Cry out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” He will.

Faith – Matthew 15:27 (NASB)
The Canaanite woman  bravely asked for mercy from Jesus for her demon-possessed daughter. “Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.”

Faith – Matthew 9:27 (NASB)
Two blind men approached. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Jesus asked. They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘It shall be done to you according to your faith,’” and their sight was restored. They had faith that He was able to make them see, and they were healed according to their faith.

Matthew 4:17 – Repentance (NIV)
From that time on, Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!” To repent means to have a change of heart and attitude, turning away from sin and toward God. In Mark 1, Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God, saying, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is near!” Indeed it is! If you turn to God, and seek Him, He will set up His kingdom in your heart. Then He will rule and reign, and you will rejoice evermore, here on earth and later, in His kingdom in heaven.

Sins Forgiven – Matthew 2:3 (NIV)
“A paralytic was lowered through the roof, to where Jesus was teaching. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven . . . get up, take up your mat and walk.’” First the man’s sins were forgiven; then he was healed.

Man Born Blind, But Had Not Sinned  – John 9:1-41 (NIV)
Jesus heals the man born blind. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Sin wasn’t the issue with this man. He was born blind so he could be miraculously healed by Jesus Christ.

Worship Confuses the Enemy – 2 Chronicles 20:21-24 (NASB)
Read the account. The enemy armies destroy each other when Jehoshaphat sends out worshipers ahead of his army. Worship God. He will confuse Satan and his demons.

Worship – John 9:31 (NIV)
“We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him.” God does not listen to sinners. Turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you and then worship the Lord with every breath you take.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God –  John 9:38 (NASB)
“And he said ‘Lord, I believe!’ And he worshiped Him.” This man would never have worshiped a mere human; he had a revelation that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, the Son of God.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – Matthew 8:2 (NASB)
“A man with leprosy came and bowed down before Him, and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.’ The original Greek word for “bowed down” is proskuneo, which means “to worship, to kiss toward.” No man worships another man . . . but he worships God.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – From Matthew 9:18-26 (NIV)
“A ruler came and knelt before Him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’”  Again, the ruler would not have worshiped a mere man.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – Mark 5:6  (KJV)
“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him.”  The demon-possessed man living in the tombs had a revelation that Christ was deity, the Son of God.

Authority over Satan – Mark 3:14-15 (NASB)
“He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” If you follow Jesus, you are His disciple and you have this authority.

Authority over Satan – Mark 6:7, 13 (NASB)
“Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” He gave them authority. As a result, they drove out demons and healed the sick.

Authority Over Satan – Mark 16:17-18 (NASB)
Jesus said, “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Authority Over Satan – Luke 10:19 (NASB)
Jesus said to His disciples,  “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” If God’s thoughts and knowledge and mind are that much greater than ours, why not seek His wisdom, rather than relying on man’s? “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man” (Psalm 118:8, NASB).

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:20 (NASB)
Paul wrote: “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom- 1 Corinthians 1:23 (NASB)
Paul wrote, “But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and foolishness to Gentiles . . .”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom-1 Corinthians 3:19 (Amplified Bible)
“For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God . . . the Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.”

WHAT ARE YOU EATING?

[SW208] 11/13/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“What Are You Eating?”

The food  you give your physical body affects your health. And the food you give your spirit affects your spiritual health.

Jesus Christ is returning for a healthy church, and He and I want you to be ready.

Text: Hebrews 5:11-14

Here are some believers who were doing well, but they have gone backwards. They ought to be so spiritually healthy that they are able to instruct others, but instead, they need to be taught spiritual truths all over again.

They need milk — basic spiritual principles. They can’t digest meat — the deeper things of God, the word of righteousness — any more.

Something happened to their spiritual digestive system. They stopped eating meat and went back to milk. Now they can’t digest the meat they need, the meat that will bring them to a place of surrender (Romans 12:1).

Infants must have mother’s milk or formula, but as children grow, they begin to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods. If they return to drinking milk only, their physical health takes a nosedive.

As an adult, you eat things that are good for you. But then you become attracted to junk food — food packed with calories but not nutrition — and your physical health takes a nosedive.

Both of these things were happening spiritually to the Hebrew Christians, and these things are are happening in the church today.

What is the milk that the church is drinking once again? What is the meat that she used to eat? What is the junk food the church devours?

The milk is the elementary principles of Christianity. What are they?

Repentance from sin
Repentance from believing good works get us to heaven
Jesus Christ as Savior from our sins
Eternal judgment
Resurrection of the dead
Healing
Deliverance
God’s blessings

The meat is the word of righteousness. What does that mean?

God calls us to continuously live in a right relationship with Him
Full surrender to God, offering ourselves as living sacrifices
Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire, to purify our hearts and fill
us with God’s own love and holiness
Crucifixion of our sinful nature
Partaking of the divine nature
Deliverance from slavery to sin

What is the junk food that is making the church spiritually sick?
Easy-believism — no mention of sin or repentance.
Jesus just came to do good things
Hypergrace
You can’t help but continue to sin
God is your sugar daddy
God is your Santa Claus
Name it and claim it, regardless of how you are living (disobedience)
God wants to make you successful and very rich
Legalism — all about outward appearance, not about your heart condition

And the list goes on!

At one time, the church ate meat. When I look back at sermons preached by men and women from the birth of the church to the first half of the 20th century, there’s meat there! There is the call to righteousness, to holiness.

And those who ate the meat came into the wonderful rest (Hebrews 4:9) —where we rest from our works and then God works through us — that God has for each of us. Those who eat the meat enjoy holy intimacy with God the Father and God the Son, fellowship through the Holy Spirit!!!

But now:

— The leaders of the church have decided that they will serve milk only. Just the basics.

The meat is too difficult for the congregation to digest. There are infants among the congregation. They won’t understand it. Let’s just talk about Easter.

So the whole church goes backwards. When she finally hears the word of righteousness somewhere, she scratches her head, never having heard it before.

“Rouse yourself out of your spiritual stupor and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God,” Paul had to tell the church at Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 15:34)! They were back on the the milk bottle and had settled down for their afternoon nap.

But if the church repeatedly was taught AND EACH CHRISTIAN MEDITATED DAILY UPON God’s Word, she would see His call to be holy as He is holy and perfect as He is perfect, and she would grow to the point where she says, “I can’t live this way by my own strength! I must seek to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit and fire!”
Then comes FREEDOM and the ability to EASILY walk with Jesus Christ and obey Him. He enlarges your heart so you run in the way of His commandments (Psalm 119:32). Running means it’s easy!!

— Or the church eats popular, ear-tickling preaching, the junk food of this generation.

Her spiritual arteries are so clogged with false teaching that she’s in danger of having a heart attack.

Her spiritual digestive system is a wreck. Again, unless she reads and meditates upon God’s Word, she’ll never detect the junk food. Sounds good, tastes good. but it will kill you.

— Or the church adds the things of this world to that deadly meal. She eats what the world eats, chases after treasures that moth and rust destroy and thieves steal. She clogs her arteries with godless TV programs, violent sports, drugs, alcohol and pornography . . . what are you eating?

Beloved, the writer of Hebrews tells us that God speaks correction and discipline to you because you are His children (Hebrews 12:4ff).

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin. That means you have not yet crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24).

You have not said, “I can’t be obedient! Lord, purify me, fill me with Your holiness and righteousness, so obedience is natural and easy!”

Strengthen your hands (with which you do things) and your knees (with which you walk)! Seek HIS strength, and it will be easy to do right and walk right!

Pursue peace, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Amen.

WHERE ARE YOU SITTING?

[SW207] 11/06/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Where Are You Sitting?”

Location is everything! Where are you sitting?

Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

God hit the pause button here . . . I can’t go on until I fully move in what God says is true, in this passage, until I believe and practice every part of it.

I am raised up with Christ, and seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places. It’s an enormous thought, an enormous truth, if I can grasp it!

What does it mean to me, to be seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places?

Access to God (2:18)

Boldness and reliable access (3:12)

Far above  . . . every name which can be named now and in the world to come (1:21).

Every spiritual blessing (1:3)

Intimacy/intimate knowledge (3:18-19). I experience Him.

His power (1:19), the same as what He used to resurrect Jesus Christ

His inheritance (1:11), I am a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)

God’s ear (John 16:26-27), so He hears and answers me

But . . . much more . . .

Hearing and seeing what HE is saying and doing (John 12:49, 14:10). Then I know what needs to be done, and what needs to be said, to set captives free!

How can I do such a thing? I am a mere human being. But because I am seated with God, I have access to the resources of Almighty God.

What else does it mean to be seated with Him? It implies that I have His fullness, that I am baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Why do I say that?

The CONDITION for these promises is obedience (2:1-3). That only happens when I am baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Obedience:

— I no longer follow the prince of the power of the air

— I am no longer a son of disobedience

— I no longer live in the lusts of my flesh

— I no longer have the nature of a child of wrath, but His divine nature

I am holy and blameless before Him (1:4), because the Holy Spirit has come in and purified my heart and filled me with God’s love (Acts 15:9, Romans 5:5).

Why does God want us to be seated with Him in the heavenly places?  So He is praised and glorified (1:6, 12, 14), because He will do in us and through us things that we can’t even think or imagine, and others will see His fingerprints on us and His power working in and through us!

His grace provides salvation (2:8). You believe that.

His grace provides spiritual resurrection (2:5). You believe that.

His grace provides a pure heart. Do you believe that? If you believe, He will show you that He will do it.

Where are you sitting? What is the alternative to being seated with God and Christ in the heavenly places? Go to Psalm 1 and read the whole Psalm. Sitting in the seat of scoffers? Walking in the way of the wicked? Standing in the path of sinners? The second half of the Psalm is where you are headed. Turn around!

If you do not believe, then Ephesians 5:5 applies to you. Do not be deceived.

You cannot sit with Him in heavenly places unless you are obedient, and your heart, like mine, does not naturally obey. A supernatural work — His work — must be done in our hearts, to make you and me obedient out of love! Repent! Ask Him to fill you!

Then you will have these promises —

Access to God

Confident access and boldness

Far above  . . . all powers of this world and the one to come

Every spiritual blessing

Intimacy

His power

His inheritance

God’s ear

Hearing and seeing what He is saying and doing so you can be used to set captives free!

It is so He is praised and given the glory He deserves, because no one will be able to deny that what has been done in you and what you are doing are evidence of His power and the reality of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, the sacrifice given so we might have life as He has it!

Freely it has been given to you  . . .  freely you must give!