[SW247] 09/08/2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“Meeting With God”
[These notes are brief, but there is much more detail in the video of this message. I encourage you to go and watch. The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
This is a “before and after” story — what it was like to meet with God BEFORE Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to fill us, and what it is like AFTER you are filled!
In Exodus 3:1ff, Moses met with God when he went to Mt. Horeb and discovered the bush that burned but was not consumed. God spoke to him, “Moses, Moses,” and told Moses what his assignment would be, to free Israel of slavery to Egypt and bring them to the Promised Land. The Lord directed Moses to remove his sandals, because he was standing on holy ground. Wherever the Lord was, that place was made holy by His very presence.
In Exodus 19 and 20, Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai, and then the Lord spoke the Ten Commandments to the people.
In Exodus 24:12, Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai to receive the law on tablets of stone. His face shone when he came down, because he had been in the presence of the Lord’s glory (the manifested presence of God, which is glorious, indeed!). The people were afraid, and so Moses veiled his face until the shine faded.
In Exodus 24:29-30, Moses met with God in the Tent of Meeting that the Lord directed him to make. It was away from the camp where Israel waited for the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to move. Why was it away? The people sinned against God, so He was not in their midst. The Lord came down to the Tent of Meeting, Moses would go and meet with Him, and again, his face would shine and he would veil it when he came out of the Tent.
The Lord wants you to see that in the Old Testament, and even in the New Testament, BEFORE Pentecost, the only way to meet with God was to be called by Him to go to a place of meeting, be it mountain or tent.
In Matthew 17, Jesus (God the Son) leads Peter, James and John up the Mountain of Transfiguration, as we call it. And they saw Jesus shine, they saw Him as He truly is, they heard the voice of God the Father from the cloud, and they saw Moses and Elijah speaking with Him. Then they went down into the demon-possessed valley, and thanks be to God, Jesus was with them, and drove out the demon in the young man, the one that the disciples could not drive out.
But now we come to the AFTER! True to His word, true to His promises, Jesus died, rose, ascended and was glorified, and poured out His Spirit at Pentecost, in Acts 2! He commanded the disciples to stay in the city until they were clothed with power from on high. You see, they could not be the church until their hearts were filled with the Holy Spirit, and until God the Father and God the Son dwelled in them, just as He promised in John 14:23!
AFTER, they were led by the Holy Spirit in all that they did, and they testified that the Lord purified their hearts, making them His alone (Acts 15:9)! Then they became His church!
They had to experience the AFTER, as does every individual Christian. Beloved, you cannot BE the church unless you are filled with the Holy Spirit, with the very love of God, and with power over sin so you are no longer a slave to it!
What are the AFTER effects?
— Rather than you having to go somewhere to meet with God, the Lord comes in and meets with you and indwells you!
— You have a 24/7 conversation, fellowship with the Father and the Son (1John 1:1ff)!
— The Law is written in your heart, on the tablet of your heart, whereas BEFORE, it was written on tablets of stone (2Corinthians 3:3)! That makes it easy to do!
— YOUR earthly tent becomes the Tent of Meeting (see 2Corinthians 5:11)!
— The mountain where you meet with God is in YOU!
And 2 Corinthians 3:10-11, and 17-18 are your experience and testimony:
— The glory (manifestation of God) shining from you surpasses the shine of Moses’ face, because, beloved, it does not fade!
— You have liberty from slavery to sin!
— Your face is unveiled, always shining! It is the Holy Spirit, who has come in to you and the Lord now possesses your heart!
— And you go from image to image and glory to glory, by the Holy Spirit. You are happy to continually be transformed into greater and greater Christlikeness, because you have seen the effects as He has taken you on and on, and you delight to do His will and delight in the results!
Beloved, do you love Jesus Christ? Then obey His command. You cannot be the church. You cannot meet with Him as He commands until you go from the BEFORE to the AFTER! It is the only means by which you can become His witness here (Acts 1:8).
Many speak of Jesus but do not live as He lived on this earth. I was one of them. But when He came in on November 1, 2001, at 2 p.m., and fully possessed my heart, I was changed in an instant! It was not a ho-hum experience, but to have God come in is truly spectacular!
I knew I could not be a witness for Him if I wasn’t filled with Him, so for two months after He healed me, I cried out to Him to be filled. And true to His promise, my neighbor called me one afternoon. She had been in devotions and the Lord said, “Call Sue and ask her if she wants to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.” She did, and I jumped up and went over to her house. The Lord filled me marvelously. It was so strange at first, to feel Him inside me, in my innermost being, that I cried out for joy, and I still do, even 15 years later! And I love how He continues to transform me into His image! Praise the Lord!
So, right now, you are watching and you know the Lord has not made you His meeting place. You are in the BEFORE, but if you ask Him right now, He will take you into the AFTER. This is not optional, but a command from Him. And I pray by what I have spoken and written that you will see this truth and cry out to Him! Then you will be His church, His witness, set free from sin and full of Him!