THE WORD OF THE LORD

[SW161] 11/14/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“The Word of the Lord”

As I wrote in a recent blog, the Word of the Lord (the Bible) is like a diamond — turned in His light, rays of revelation shoot out! Today, I celebrate the Word of the Lord!

But you are bent down today, struggling, downtrodden, depressed, oppressed, or distressed, stuck in sin, which destroys you and those around you — or all of the above.

You are unsure, you hesitate, you doubt, and thus are like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6).

Meanwhile, your Bible — the Word of the Lord — sits on the shelf in your home, collecting dust (just as mine did for the first 45 years of my life)!

Let me tell you about this Word of the Lord!!!

Psalm 33:4            Right!

Psalm 33:6            The heavens made, by it

Psalm 107:20        Sent to heal you (also, Mt. 8:8)

Psalm 119:83        Settled (established and stands) in heaven, FOREVER

Psalm 119:105        A lamp for your feet, a light for your path

Psalm 119:40        Very pure

Psalm 130:5          A source of hope

Psalm 138:2            Magnified above His name

Psalm 147:15        Runs swiftly

Psalm 147:18    Melts cold things

Isaiah 30:21        You will hear it, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Isaiah 40:8        Stands forever

Isaiah 55:11        Will not return to Him void

Jeremiah 23:39    Shatters hard things like a hammer

Ezekiel 37:4        Even dry bones hear it!!!

Matthew 13:8    When sown on good soil, fruitfulness results

John 1:14        Became flesh, and dwelled among us .  .  . and you will see His                 glory!

John 5:24        When believed and heeded, makes you pass from death to life!

John 8:31-36     The way to the truth that sets you free from the power of sin.

John 8:51        If obeyed (kept), you will never die!

John 12:48        If rejected/disobeyed, it will judge you, in the last day.

John 15:7        If it abides in you, then you will ask whatever you wish and it                 will be  one for you

2Corinthians 4:4, 6        A mirror through which you see Christ  . . .
the more you look AT the Lord,
the more you look LIKE the Lord!

Acts 6:2        Must not be neglected in order to serve tables!

Acts 6:7, 12:24    Keeps on spreading, when it is boldly spoken (Acts 4:29)

Acts 8:17, 11:1    Must be received, taken in, accepted, and submitted to

Romans 10:17     When heard and heeded, faith springs up!

1Corinthians 1:18    Foolishness to those that are perishing, but to those who are                 being saved, it is the power of God.

Ephesians 6:17    Is the sword of the Spirit

Philippians 2:16    Is the word of life that you are to hold out in the darkness, so                 you are like a star in the universe.

Hebrews 4:12    Living and active . . . judging the thoughts and attitudes of your             heart.

Let the Word of the Lord have its way in you. Submit to it, let it convict you regarding sin and righteousness and judgment, and the Lord will change your heart, and you will see Him!

This is not a suggestion, but a command from the Lord today!!!

Lift up your heads, and the King of glory will come in, and dwell within you (Psalm 24:7, John 14:23)!

Seek (search out, strive after, beseech, beg) the face, the presence, of the Lord!

Then you will be prepared to ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place. (Psalm 24:3) Once you have truly seen Him, you will never look away again!

THE BREATH

[SW152] 08/29/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“The Breath”

The Breath! The Breath of God! It gives life to dry bones and makes them stand up, as an exceedingly great army!

Text:  Ezekiel 37

The vision Ezekiel saw, and the Breath that he prophesied, came to pass on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The rushing wind of the Holy Spirit blew into an upper room filled with 120 Jews who obeyed Jesus Christ’s command to stay and wait in the city until they were clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).

When those tongues like fire fell upon them, they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and they inhaled the very Breath of God! Then they became an exceedingly great army!

But the church has fallen from that glorious place, particularly in the U.S., where I have been called to speak to her.

God’s intent and will:

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they  may have life, and  have it abundantly.”

Abundantly (4053 perissos) — in the sense of beyond; superabundant (in quantity), superior (in quality); by implication, excessive — exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure!

’Til it overflows!

Acts 2:1   When  the day of Pentecost  had come, they were all together in one place.  2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled  the whole house where they were sitting.  3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire  distributing themselves, and  they  rested on each one of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to  speak with other  tongues, as the Spirit was giving them  utterance.

It was the fulfillment of:

Joel 2:28        “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29      “Even on the  male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

Pour out (8210 shaphakh), intensely, mounded up, gushing out!

If we are filled with God, He will overflow from us!

John 7:37   Now on  the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty,  let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me,  as the Scripture said, ‘From  his innermost being will flow rivers of  living water.’” 39 But this He spoke  of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for  the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet  glorified.

With joy we have drawn water from the fountain of salvation (Yeshua):

Isaiah 12:3      Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit, His living water flows from us! Therefore:

Ezekiel 47:1   Then he brought me back to the  door of the house; and behold,  water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar.

Our temple is so full of His living water that it comes out from under the threshold of us, and flows, and flows, and flows, deeper, and deeper, and deeper! Wherever it goes, there is life!

We are full of His life, which overflows us!
We are full of joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1Peter 1:8 and  though you have not seen Him, you  love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and  full of glory,

It is His joy:

John 15:11 “ These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your  joy may be made full.”

He rejoices in us!

We overflow with His glory, full of His kabod!

Colossians 1:27 [His saints] to whom God willed to make known what is  the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the  hope of glory.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Psalms 45:13  The King’s daughter [bride] is all glorious within;

And we overflow with His love:

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.

Poured out to overflowing, gushing out to us, gushing out from us!

We freely give what has been given to us, doing as Jesus Christ commanded us:

Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

Healing, raising, cleansing, casting out cannot help but happen when we overflow!

To today’s church:

Remember that picture of the church that the Lord showed me? She is like the old man with the long beard, sitting in a chair, bent over, looking down. No hope.

Much of today’s church is like the house of Israel, in exile in Babylon:

Ezekiel 37:11   Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our  bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’

Jesus is grieved by the dryness that is in the church, the complacency, the emptiness.

Even in those churches that have the life of God in them, that welcome the Holy Spirit, I see churchgoers who are content to enjoy His presence while they are in church.  But they go home as dry bones.

They go home empty rather than full of God’s life that overflows into the world,         empty rather than full of His living water that gushes from the belly,
empty rather than full of His joy,
empty rather than full of His love,
empty rather than full of His glory. May it never be!

We cannot overflow if we are not filled.

If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we overflow not only in the four walls of the church, but wherever we go. We are filled with the Holy Spirit, with life as God has it, with God’s actual love, with His living water, with His joy, with His glory.

And we who are overflowing call the rest of the church, the complacent church, the lukewarm church, to come and be filled, so they may overflow. The hour is late! The Spirit was given to empower the church. We must obey God’s command, and yield ourselves completely to Him. Only He can make us overflow!

Today I prophesy to the Breath — O Holy Spirit, blow through the churches of America! Let each one inhale deeply, and be filled, so she may be that exceedingly great army in Ezekiel’s glorious vision!

This is my last video message for this season. There have been many seasons in Jeff’s and my ministry: as associate pastors, as part-time pastors to a church off the coast of Maine, as church planters, as house church leaders, as those who assisted others in Florida during church transitions, as a safe place for ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ to come and rest (and that last one is still in effect).

But I have sensed a new season, even as we go from summer to fall. I am changing my ordination from Free Methodist to Church of God in Christ, and I am leaving the way wide open for the Lord and the church to use me as the Spirit leads them.
Amen, Lord! So be it!