WORKING HARD

[SW160] 11/08/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Working Hard”

If you obey Jesus Christ today, His promise to you is that you will catch many people, and they will no longer be under the wrath of God, but will believe and obey Jesus, and have eternal life!

LOOKING AT THE TEXT (LUKE 5:1-11):

Verse 1 – Jesus is teaching the Word of God; He is doing what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19). As a result, the people press in around Him and listen. They know God is speaking.

Verse 2 – The fishermen had finished THEIR work, which they were doing in their own power.

Verse 3 – He uses Simon’s vessel to teach from, so all can hear and see.

Verse 4 – He commands Simon to go out again into the deep water and let down the nets. He says they will have a catch. When HE commands, it will be so, even though it seems impossible!

Verse 5 – Simon says THEY worked hard all night but caught nothing.

— But He OBEYED JESUS, saying, “I will do as you say.”

Verse 6-7 – The catch is huge, the nets start to break, the other boat is called, and even then, both boats begin to sink from the weight of the catch. When HE commands, we go out in HIS power and miracles happen!

Verse 8-9  – As a result of this miracle, Simon is convicted of his own sinfulness, and falls down in worship to Jesus. Note that Simon was NOT convicted of his sinfulness prior to this point, even though Jesus had been talking with him and the others.

— When true miracles are done by God, conviction of sin and repentance are always the result. In this way, we can discern whether signs and wonders are false or truly from God.

Astonishment seizes (grabs) them all!

— They are trained fishermen, experts! But they had no catch. Suddenly, there is a huge catch!

— Training and expertise does not make for a huge catch. Apart from Him, we can do nothing:

John 15:4 “ Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit  of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he  bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Verse 10 – After this amazing miracle, Jesus amazes them further by telling them that from now on, they will be catching men!

Verse 11 – They left their work which they had been doing in their own power, and followed (BELIEVED AND OBEYED) Jesus.
Catching men! They did, with Him!

And then, He told them He was going to leave them, If they obeyed, He would give them the Holy Spirit:

John 14:15   “ If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. [the original Greek has “kai” before the next verse, which means “and”] 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another   Helper, that He may be with you forever . . .”

Note the connection between OBEDIENCE (if you keep My commandments) which is evidence of loving Jesus Christ, and receiving God’s power to do God’s works through God’s Holy Spirit!!

And they will do even greater works, BECAUSE Jesus is going to the Father:

John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and  greater works than these he will do; because  I go to the Father.”

What happens when Jesus goes to the Father? He is glorified, and the Holy Spirit is given:

John 7:39 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.

That happened in Acts 2! And He is still filling those who obey Him (Acts 5:32)!

Then we go out in HIS power and do the works we see the Father doing, and catch people!

FOR THE CHURCH:

Beloved, we work very hard in our own power and our own training and expertise.

But we can only do what He has called us to do — catch people — when we obey Jesus’ commands and thereby show that we love Him. And most of the church is disobedient to the Lord.

This is disobedience — working in our own power! We disobey Jesus Christ when we rely on our own:

— skill
— knowledge
— expertise
— logic
— wisdom

We disobey Him when we:

— use demographics to ensure success (that’s like using an electronic fish finder to make sure you get a catch!!!)
— do motorcycle and dog blessings to attract people
— hold carnivals to attract people

The result of such things is that people are attracted to a ministry or a man, and there is no conviction of sin and thus, no repentance, because these are natural works, not God’s works.

And that man or that ministry receives glory, not Jesus Christ.

We will catch nothing that way!

I tell you the truth, the church is a laughing stock to the world, because she is full of sin and acts like the world.

But when we cease from our natural works and do God’s works, our detractors will be silenced:

Acts 4:13   Now as they observed the  confidence of  Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and  began to recognize them  as having been with Jesus.  14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply [my emphasis].

We must be doing miracles, signs and wonders, so conviction of sinfulness results, and repentance comes. That’s why the newborn church prayed like this:

Acts 4:29 “And  now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may  speak Your word with all  confidence,  30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and   signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy   servant Jesus.”

THEN men and women are saved from the wrath of God.

EXHORTATION:

Beloved, confess your sinfulness in disobeying Christ by working in your own power, with your own expertise and your own training.

Repent, have a change of heart!

Cease from your own labors, just as Simon and his companions did.

His promise to you, if you obey Him, is that you will catch many people, and they will no longer be under the wrath of God, but will believe and obey Jesus, and have eternal life!

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TRUE LOVE

[SW159] 10/31/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“True Love”

The Lord is urgently calling you to come away! Listen and learn what blocks us from coming away and the Lord’s glorious solution!

Text: Song of Solomon 2:10-13

First, a definition of AGAPE:

— God’s actual love, the same love He has for His Son

— Church so overwhelmed and filled with it in Acts 2 that they chose this unused Greek word for love, to show how different it is from human love!!!!

BUT, FOR MANY:

— Foxes destroy our blossoms, v. 15 (no fruit)
— distractions
— fruit of the flesh, envy, jealousy, in-fighting, hurt feelings,
power plays, sin:

Galatians 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:  immorality, impurity, sensuality,  20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities,  strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not  inherit the kingdom of God.

—- Foxes separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2)

SO REPENT:

Isaiah 55:6   Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7       Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his  thoughts;
And let him  return to the LORD,
And He will have  compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will  abundantly pardon.

O, Lord! You will pardon Your people and change their hearts IF they seek (enter into relationship with) You! But it is a limited time offer — while You may be found.

The Lord speaks this through Isaiah to Israel, who are God’s people. He speaks it to you today. He says, “Come away!” I will destroy the foxes if you will agree that you have them and I will fill your heart with My love.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love [agape] of God is shed abroad [to overflowing] in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

WHAT HE COMMANDS TODAY:

— Psalm 45:10  Forget all but Him
— Romans 5:5 Be filled with His true love, His agape, baptized in the
Holy Spirit!

OUR EXCUSE:

Galatians 5:17 For  the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

We say that our flesh will always war against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. We will always struggle. But the Apostle Paul says:

Galatians 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If something is crucified, is it still alive? No, it is dead! Hallelujah! You don’t have to carry it on your back. It’s gone, completely gone, and can no longer control you.

He says, “Let me destroy your foxes, fix your eyes on Me and Me alone, and I will fill Your heart with My love and My fruit:

Galatians 5:22 But  the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, self-control [really, Spirit-control]; against such things there is no law.

THE GLORIOUS RESULT:

— He makes us all glorious within (Psalm 45:13ff)!!!
— He makes us the church glorious (Ephesians 5:27)!!!!
— He makes us His beautiful ones
— He makes us able to answer His call to come away with Him!