MAKING MUCH OF LITTLE

[SW165] 12/19/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Making Much of Little”

In Christ, God makes much out of our littleness, by putting His much IN us!

Text: Matthew 14:13-21

v. 13  If you hear Jesus and see what He has done, you will seek and follow Him.

v. 14  He has drawn billions to Himself since He walked the earth, died, rose (He is alive!!!), ascended, was glorified, and poured out His Spirit.

His response to those who seek Him? Compassion and healing.

v. 15 Jesus is teaching in this late hour, even today. The Bread of Life (John 6:35) is feeding you the truth of the Word of God.

Don’t look at things in the natural, as the disciples did. They thought Jesus needed to send them away for food.

But He is THE endless resource of all you need.

v. 16-17 Jesus says, “They don’t need to go away. You feed them!” He always challenges our perspective, and I thank God that He does.

He wants us all to see things His way —  the way that says, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).

But His command (You feed them!) is also prophetic, for when we are full of Christ by the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to spiritually feed people.

v. 17 The disciples continued in the natural — How can they feed the people? There are only five loaves and two fish for thousands.

v. 18 He says to you today, “Bring your little to Me.” We are small and very much in need of God to do a great miracle in our hearts.

v. 19 When we turn away from sin and to Jesus Christ, He makes much out of us:

At salvation:

From child of wrath to child of God (Ephesians 2:3)

From sinner to saint (“set apart” one) (Ephesians 1:1)

From rebel to a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation
(1Peter 2:9)

From dweller in darkness to walker in His light (John 3:21, 1Peter 2:9)

When we ask our Father to fill us with His Spirit (Luke 11:13):

From empty to full (Ephesians 3:19, 5:18)

From broken to whole (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1-2)

From corrupt nature to divine nature (2Peter 1:4) — His character enters us who are of the same lineal descent (genealogy), through faith in Christ!

From lovers of the world to lovers of God (John 15:19)

From impure hearts to pure hearts, wholly devoted to God
(1Timothy 1:5, 2Ti 2:22)

From fearing man to fearing God (Matthew 10:28, 2Corinthians 7:1)

From living in sin to “dead to sin” (1Corinthians 6:2, 1Peter 2:24)

v. 20  If you hear Him today, He will sup with you and you with Him, and you will eat and be satisfied.

You who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled with His Spirit. (Revelation 3:20, Matthew 5:6).

Of what He gives you, there will be some left over, because He is the Giver of more than enough.

His life will be in you, even to overflowing (John 10:10), and the Enemy’s plan to steal, kill and destroy will fail. And you will be able to lay hands on others that they, too, may be filled (Acts 19:5-6).

This is God’s gift to you, through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

It is so that people may know that He sent Jesus Christ.

And it is so they will know that if they seek Him and bring their little to Him, He will make much out of them, too, by putting His much in them.

He gives you this Gift even today, though you have nothing to offer Him but your sin.

I pray you will see your littleness as I did, and ask the Lord to make you into much.

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PREPARE TO BE FILLED!

[SW162] 11/21/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Prepare To Be Filled”

Text:  Isaiah 54

IF you have done Isaiah 52:11 and IF you have agreed with God your need for Isaiah 53, then prepare to be filled! Then you will be more than a conqueror over the Enemy of your soul!

Enlarge

Enlarge what? The place of your tent. You are a tent for the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 5:2, 2 Peter 1:13-14). To be filled with God, you must make room! His promise: If you run in the way of His commandments, He will enlarge your heart (Psalm 119:32).

The key to ALL His promises? Obedience, which happens when you love Him.

Open wide to the Lord (2Corinthians 6:13)! You are restrained by your own affections, He says through the Apostle Paul.

Stretch out

Stretch out what? Your faith in your faithful God!

God is limitless, but we have placed our own limits on Him. We say we must carry around this old, rebellious nature and its sin, but He says, “Cast it off! Believe Me!” (Ephesians 4:23-24).

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through a Word of God. Who will believe His report? To that one, the arm of the Lord will be revealed!

But beware of those who are teaching you because many have whittled Him down to their size, and made Him in their own image, so there is no longer a report to believe!

Lengthen

Lengthen your cords, that which holds the tent together. Lengthen your view of His love (Ephesians 3:14-19), and He will fill you up! Paul’s prayer is for the Ephesian believers, beloved, that they may be filled up!

He will lead you with bonds of love, and lift off your yoke of slavery to sin:

Hosea 11:4      I  led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And  I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and  fed them

Strengthen

Strengthen what? Your pegs. The pegs are what make the tent immovable, even when buffeted by wind and weather.

Strengthen that which makes you steadfast, even amidst the buffeting of Satan’s messengers (2Corinthians 12:7).

We must cry out with King David,

Psalms 51:10   Create  in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Steadfast (3559 and 1476, Hebrew and Greek) to be erect, appointed, fixed, prepared, established, and standing, immovable!!

1Corinthians 15:58    Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in  the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Then Verse 3 will be your reward:

You will possess Enemy territory and

You will restore what the Enemy has destroyed!

WHAT SATAN CANNOT DO

[SW156] 10/10/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“What Satan Cannot Do”

Satan cannot make you sin. All of mankind, even Christians whose hearts have not been purified by being baptized in the Holy Spirit, have lust in their hearts. Satan then tempts such ones, and they sin.

All I am about to say is the gospel (truth) which is in Christ!

For those who believe, obey, and thus show that they love God, here is the promise of God:

Hebrews 2:14   Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He [Christ] Himself likewise also partook of the same, that  through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  15 and might free those who through  fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Think about it! Satan is rendered powerless over death because Jesus Christ died! If you receive what Christ did on the cross and obey and love God wholeheartedly, Satan loses his favorite weapon — he no longer can make you fear death! It has no victory, no sting (1Corinthians 15:55)!

Jesus says:

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

Satan comes to:

— steal (the Word of God from hearts — Matthew 13:19)

— kill (your body)

— destroy (cause you to endlessly perish in hell)

But if you turn away from sin and to Jesus Christ, and love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, you will have Jesus Christ’s life in you — abundantly, to the full, ’til it overflows, forever!

Yet, there are things Satan CAN do:

— Tempt Christians — he temped Christ (Matthew 4:1-10)!

— Devour Christians who do not resist him.

1Peter 5:8  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring  lion, seeking someone to devour.  9  But resist him,  firm in your faith, knowing that  the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your  brethren who are in the world.

— Fill the hearts of those who pretend obedience to Christ (Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:3)

— Afflict the righteous, with God’s permission (as with Job).

— Have dominion over all who have not yet come to Father God through Jesus Christ. As Paul testifies to King Agrippa about his Damascus Road experience, the Lord said to Paul:

Acts 26:16 ‘But get up and  stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and  a witness not only to the things which you have  seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17  rescuing you  from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of  Satan to God, that they may receive  forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

— Possess those who have not been filled with the Holy Spirit (the demoniac of the Gadarenes in Matthew 8:28, the daughter of Abraham bent over double in Luke 13:11).

But Satan cannot:

— Make you sin (James 1:13-15)! The devil does not make you do it. Your own lust makes you sin. Beloved, James is writing to Christians.

— Jesus makes no mention of Satan in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7), which He speaks to His followers and to all of Israel. But He makes much mention of sin, hell, pride and lust, and He speaks this to His disciples and the people of Israel who are the people of God!

How can we be set free from our lust and pride that causes us to sin?

2Peter 1:3 . . . seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true  knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Becoming partakers of the divine nature means being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire! Your sinful nature dies, and then Christ lives in you!

First, you submit to God. Then, you have the power to resist the devil, and he must flee (James 4:8)!

Here is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only are past sins forgiven, but:

John 8:31   So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly  disciples of Mine; 32 and  you will know the truth, and  the truth will make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

John 8:34   Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “ The slave does not remain in the house forever;  the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son  makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

You will still be tempted by Satan, but you will no longer take his bait!

Why do we not live this, even now? There are two possible reasons:

— We do not believe it. Put away your unbelief, surrender fully to God, ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and you will be free!

— We love our sin. Repent! Sin is always destructive not only to you, but to those around you (Isaiah 59:7)! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)! And as if that was not sufficient reason to run full-speed to Jesus Christ to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and set free from slavery to sin.

Beloved, Satan will always tempt, but when you are submitted to God by being filled with the Spirit, you will resist the devil, and he will flee!

FIRE

The Holy Spirit and fire are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. And it is God’s command that you be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.

[SW154] 09/20/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Fire”

Matthew 3:11 [John the Baptist said]  “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

A few things about the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

— Repentance must precede the baptism. Not only repentance, but the fruit thereof.

— The Holy Spirit and fire are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.

— John the Baptist was not baptizing those who did not yet believe. He was baptizing believers in God.

— That means that those believers in God needed to repent, needed to turn to God. They were going through the motions but sinning on the side, and John’s words convicted them of their sin.

— The most religious were the ones he most strongly rebuked. Dotting i’s and crossing t’s does not make you right with God.

So why repent and be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire? I could tell you all the things that will change in you and all the things that you will become, but here’s the bottom line: God commands it. Isn’t that enough reason?

John the Baptist, and Jesus Christ, and the disciples, preached for God’s people to repent. It is the repentance that leads to life:

Acts 11:18 When they [Jews upset that Peter had gone into the home of the Gentile Cornelius] heard this, they quieted down and  glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads tolife.”

So repentance must come first. Then you live. Then you seek the baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire, because God commands it (see Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:17-18).

What will the Holy Spirit’s fire do?

— Refine you and purge you of all admixtures, burning off every other inferior metal so you are made pure, so your heart is completely God’s (Malachi 3:3). Again, Malachi prophesied to the people of God, even the Levites who were designated as His ministers and worshipers, not unbelievers.

His eyes move to and fro across the earth to strongly support those whose hearts are entirely His, beloved (2Chronicles 16:9)! Halleujah!

— Cleanse you (Acts 15:9). The house of Cornelius did speak in other tongues, which is evidence of baptism with the Holy Spirit throughout the New Testament, but what really impressed Peter was that their hearts were cleansed. Again, purity of heart is in view.

—  Provide you with light to lead the way. He is the pillar of fire by which Israel was able to journey by night (Exodus 13:22). You will hear a voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or the left.” (See Isaiah 30:21.)

— This fire will burn but not consume, so that you may be as the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), and the Lord may speak through you.

For today’s church:

We blame much of our problems on the devil. We say he’s at work, and that’s why our lives are so messed up. But that’s not what the Bible says:
James 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when  sin  is accomplished, it brings forth death.  16  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

God will deliver you from your lust when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Listen to Peter:

2Peter 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become  partakers of the divine nature, having  escaped the  corruption that is in the world by lust.

Beloved, Christianity is not a religion — it is a relationship with God that is intimate and continual. I hear “relationship” a lot in the church-at-large. What I rarely hear is that you cannot have a relationship with God if  you continue to willfully disobey God (that is, SIN).

1John 1:6  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [that is, sin], we lie and  do not practice the truth;”

Do not deceive yourselves, beloved. Give God full reign in you.

Turn from your willful disobedience! Turn from your sin! Jesus Christ is the only Way to God the Father. No one comes to Him except through Jesus.

Don’t just mouth the words — truly turn away from the sin you’ve been doing. Then ask Him for the Holy Spirit and fire. He’ll refine, purge, cleanse, light your path, and remove your chains so you’re no longer a slave to sin.

Believe and receive!