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!

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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!