[SW252] 10/14/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“Visit Us, Lord!”
[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
Texts: Zechariah 10:3 and forward, Isiah 35:5 and forward
The situation —
Judah had been exiled for 70 years in Babylon because they sinned by worshiping other gods that are not gods at all. Sin separates from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), both then and now, beloved.
But now, there was a remnant of the people of Judah, back in the Land. The Lord had visited them! Zechariah and Haggai prophesied encouraging words and warnings to the people as they rebuilt Jerusalem.
Sin causes separation from God. If the Lord must visit, that means you have been away from His presence. You are in exile because of your sin. BUT!!!
If you return to Him, He will return to you (Malachi 3:7). He will visit you!
What happens when He visits you (from Zechariah 10) —
— Verse 3: He punishes those who told you that you could go on sinning after coming to Jesus. Church leaders and pastors who encourage you to worship a particular god, the god of yourself.
AND . . . He makes you like His majestic horse in battle. HIS horse! In those days, a horse was a powerful weapon in battle, able to set you above your enemy, and able to trample him down.
When you return to the Lord and He visits you personally (and I am praying for a wholesale visitation to His church), Jesus gives you authority (exousia, His power) to trample on serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of Satan, the enemy of your soul, and NOTHING will harm you! But do not rejoice over that. Rather, rejoice that your name is recorded in heaven! (Luke 10:19-20.)
He will visit you!
Definition of “visit” —
— Muster, like an army being assembled. You become part of the Lord’s occupying army, and your charge is to go into the land and possess it.
But not like ISIS. You do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers and principalities, against the present darkness, pulling down spiritual fortresses and everything that exalts itself against the power of God (see 2Corinthians 10:4-5, Ephesians 6:12).
— Care for, take care of, His eyes going to and fro across the earth to strongly support those who have returned to Him, those whose hearts are completely His (2Chronicles 16:9)
— Avenge what the Enemy of your soul has done. He will restore what the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25)!
— Appoint you as a member of His occupying army and assign to possess the land given over temporarily to Satan, when Adam sinned!
— Deliver you, save you, to keep you (see 1Peter 1:5, kept by the power of God), surrounding you with His fortress. A mighty fortress is our God!
And then you become —
— Verse 3: His majestic horse in battle. HIS horse! And in those days, a horse was a powerful weapon against an enemy, putting you above him to destroy him, trampling him down under your horse’s hooves.
— Verse 5: Mighty with His might, not yours. Treading down the enemy (Luke 10:19)! Fighting, because the Lord is with you. WITH you! You cannot fail when He is with you. He will give you His victory!
— Verse 6: His strength that He will give you. His salvation, His deliverance. He will bring you back into His presence!
— Verse 7: You will be glad, your children will be glad, and you will rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!
— Verse 8: He will redeem you, at great cost, even the very Son of God on a cross! You are bought with a price and are not your own, beloved (1Corithians 6:19)!
Beloved, all these things described what it is to be filled with His Holy Spirit and His love and His power! Ask, seek, knock (Luke 11:13). If you know Him as Father, ask your Father, and He will do it!
And then you will look outward, for you will be in a position to help others —
This is not about you being blessed and blessed as if God is a blessing machine, but about you going out to free the captives. I testify to you that THEN He will bless you!
Look at Isaiah 35:5-8, beloved:
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will leap and the mute will shout for joy! Why? You, a member of God’s occupying army, have come and announced the kingdom of God, and they have repented (turned away from their sin) and received it!
Waters will break forth in you, and will spread around the land. There is a river that makes glad the heart of God, and it is YOU, when rivers of living water flow from your belly into the thirsty desert around you (John 7:37-39)!
Beloved, if you are thirsty as you listen to me, may you return to Him, for He will return to you and you will be filled with His living water! With joy you will drink from THE fountain of salvation (Yeshua in the Hebrew, which is Jesus’ name in Hebrew)! (See Isaiah 12:3.)
And you will be able to walk in holiness, on the Highway of Holiness. It is not the Highway TO Holiness, but the Highway OF Holiness. You do not travel and eventually reach holiness by being on a road TO it. No, no!
But you are, in a moment of time, made holy, pure in heart. Then you are able to walk on this Highway, the Lord having filled you with His holiness! Nothing and no one unclean (that is, sinful), and no fool (moral reprobate) will walk there. It will be a place of safety for you.
A warning —
From Luke 19:44, know that this very day is the day of your visitation. If you do not recognize it, if you do not know it by receiving this truth and experiencing what I have explained, you will face what the Jewish leaders faced, who rejected God the Son’s visitation.
But if you return to Him, He will return to you! Cry out to Him even now, and He will answer you! Amen.