A NEW NAME

[SW188] 05/29/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“A New Name”

Text: Isaiah 62:1-5, Romans 5:6-10

God’s great desire is to give you a new name — a new reputation, a new nature, a new character — His!

You must understand Romans 5:6-10, agree with God about your rebellion against Him (sin), and receive what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross. Then God gives you MANY new names. Here are just a few —

OLD NAME                 NEW NAME

Under God’s wrath          Saved from God’s wrath

Sinner                             Forgiven

Dead                              Raised to life

Blind                              One who sees

In the dark                     In Christ’s light

Far away                        Brought near

In a fog                          In the clear

Existing                         Living life as God has it

Addict                           Free

Porn-lover                    Christ-lover

Beaten                         Protected by God’s power

Possessed                   Delivered

Wounded child            Child of God

Broken                         Whole

Hopeless                     Hope-filled

Sick, with no cure        Healed

And THEN, when you ask your heavenly Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost (Luke 11:13) —

OLD NAME                          NEW NAME

Slave to sin                          Set free from sin

Double-minded                   Christ-minded

Divided heart                       Pure heart

Depressed                           Full of Christ’s joy

Witness of Adam’s nature    Witness of Christ’s nature

Beloved, when He gives you a new name, He changes you!!!!!! Do you believe it?

Beloved, today’s church doesn’t mention sin, just blessings. They don’t want you to feel bad about yourself. But you must see yourself through God’s eyes, see the name you now have, and understand your need for a new name! By not mentioning sin and not requiring repentance in order to be “saved,” today’s church DEPRIVES YOU of the true blessing of transformation of your character, reputation, nature and future!

Look at the transformations God has done —

Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of multitudes) — Genesis 17:5.

Sarai (princess) became Sarah (mother of nations) — Genesis 17:15.

Jacob (supplanter, schemer) became Israel (he who strives with God) — Genesis 32:28.

Simon (hearer) became Peter (a piece of rock) — Matthew 16:18.

The woman with the issue of blood, who had to cry, “Unclean” when she was in public,
became “Daughter” — Mark 5:34.

He changes your character, your reputation, your nature, your future. Will you believe Him?

People will say of you:

“How you have changed! What has happened?” (No one will miss the old “you.”)

“You are free as a bird! How did that happen?”

“You are healed! That’s impossible!”

“Your face glows! How can that be?”

“I’ve never seen a love like yours! You even love those who hate you!”

“I can feel the joy that’s in you when I’m near you!”

“You have a peace I can’t even comprehend!”

“How can you be patient in such a frustrating situation?”

“I have never seen such kindness and caring from you!”
“You have such great faith in Jesus Christ?”

“How can you be so full of hope when everything looks hopeless?”

“You are so gentle and humble — you never used to be that way!”

And you will be able to tell them what God has done in you, through Jesus Christ, and by the power of His Holy Spirit.

And here is another powerful truth —

When men try to label you with one of their names, your character, your reputation, and your nature will not conform to their name!

In captivity in Babylon, three Hebrew young men were renamed by a Babylonian commander—

GOD’S NAME                            MAN’S NAME

Hananiah (YHWH is gracious)     Shadrach (circuit of the sun/sun worship in view)

Mischael (who is what God is)    Meshach (who is what Aka, a Babylon god, is)

Azariah (YHWH has helped)       Abed-nego (servant of Nego, a Babylonian god)

But when they were commanded to worship King Nebucadnezzar’s image, they refused and remained loyal to God, even when their lives were at stake.

No man will be able to change your nature, your reputation, and your character when God has given you a new name!

I tell you, beloved, He wants to give you a new name today. But you must agree with Him that you need one, just as Israel needed to agree with Him in Isaiah 62:2.

They were “not yet” (see verse 1), just as some who are watching are “not yet.” You’re still rebellious against God.

You’re still going your own way.

You confess that you are a Christian, but you live like the devil.

And church, you do the same! And you are exiled from the presence of God; He is not with you right now.

But I will not keep quiet until your righteousness goes forth like the dawn, and your salvation like a burning torch!

I will give the Lord no rest until He makes you a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7)!

Believe God, confess your sin, turn from it, ask God to forgive you through the precious blood of Jesus Christ! He will make you a child of God!

THEN ask God the Father for His Holy Spirit, and He will fill you and make you a witness to His Son, Jesus Christ!

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RAIN!

[SW187] 05/22/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Rain”

Pentecost — what is it? The fulfillment of God’s promise to pour out His Spirit, and Jesus Christ’s promise that even today, if we wait, He will fill us and make us His witnesses!

Texts: Joel 2:23-25, 28-29 and others

Rain!

Life-giving

— Even from that which looks dead

Life-sustaining

Comes from above

Pours out

Saturates

Dryness departs

Makes workable the hard and cracked soil

Produces beauty

Produces food

Refreshes

Cleanses

Restores

Fills

Overflows

Prophesied — in the midst of drought, famine, and locusts (Joel 2:23ff)

Prayed for — in the midst of rebuilding, but under the rule of those who did not serve God (Zechariah 10:1ff)

Poured out — Acts 2

The result? As above!!!!!

AND . . .

Unified in nature, now partakers of the divine nature (John 17:23, 2Peter 1:4)

Sanctified through and through (John 17:19, Thessalonians 5:23)

Liberty (2Corinthians 3:17)! From what?

Super-conquerors (Romans 8:37)! Of what?
Sin itself and slavery to it (John 8:31-36)!

THEN we are His witnesses!

COUNT ON THE LORD

[SW186] 05/15/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Count On the Lord”

Text: 1Chronicles 17:25-27, 1Chronicles 21

In every trial, count on the Lord, on His promises, on His faithfulness. But watch out! Satan will tempt you to do otherwise.

King David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

In 1Chronicles 17:25-27, David recounted the promise the Lord had just made to him. He would build a house for David, one that would continue forever!

David continued to win many battles. In 1Chronicles 20, his army defeated the sons of Ammon, then the Philistines, and then the descendants of the giants of Gath.

But then Satan stood up against Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1). He got a foothold by putting a thought into David’s mind, that he should count his men, that he should do a census.

All Satan needs is a toe in the door. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy. He tries to steal our faith, just as he tried to steal that of Jesus Christ in Matthew 4, in the desert temptation!

A census! Good idea! Wise! Lots of battles, some losses, let’s find out who’s left so we can see if we’re strong enough to continue.

But God didn’t call this census. Satan tempted David, giving him this “wise” idea.

Joab objected (v. 3). If it wasn’t the Lord’s command, they shouldn’t number Israel.

But King David’s word prevailed. It seemed so right to him, so he enforced it. Joab counted all but Levi and Benjamin. There were 1.6 million men.

But God was displeased — in the original Hebrew, “it was evil in the sight of God.” Why?

First, He didn’t call it. He calls for a census for His purposes, for the accomplishment of His plan. So, it was wrong for David to count just because it seemed wise to David.

Now look at 1 Chronicles 27:23. It was another counting, done in David’s old age (23:1). This counting was according to God’s purposes — to establish a written record for the divisions of Levites for service to the Temple that Solomon would build, for Israel’s army, and for other overseers.

1Chronicles 27:23 But David did not count those twenty years of age and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven.

That’s the other reason it was evil in the sight of God for David to call for a census in Chapter 21. God promised that Israel would be as numerous as the stars in the universe. By counting his men, David unwittingly questioned God’s promise.

That’s the same as saying, “Lord, I know you are faithful, but I’m just going to be sure.” That’s unbelief.

For David’s doubting, the consequences were dire. When he realized that he had sinned greatly by doubting God’s promise (v. 8), he immediately repented, from the heart. That’s why God said he was a man after God’s own heart. He didn’t intentionally disobey, but when he saw what he had done, he immediately sought the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, not only for him, but for Israel.

But there was a price: (1) three  years of famine, (2) three months to be swept away by the enemy, or  (3) three days of pestilence. David didn’t want to fall into the hands of his enemies. Three years of famine would have killed many more in Israel than three days of pestilence. So he chose three days of pestilence.

That sounds harsh, but David knew God’s mercy. And God is faithful to His own character.

As the destroying angel set out to destroy Jerusalem, David cried out again for mercy, and  the Lord stopped him before he destroyed every man in Israel, so that the death toll was 70,000 rather than nearly two million (see v. 5).

So what is the Lord saying to you and me and the church at large?

Be careful what you count on. Ask the Lord to purify your heart by baptizing you in the Holy Ghost, and you will rely on Him and Him alone. You’ll also be able to detect Satan’s attempts to gain a foothold!

Church, Satan has tempted you to look at your circumstances, instead of God’s faithfulness to His promises.

And it seems so logical and wise to you, to count your congregation numbers, and if they’re down, it seems good to use man’s methods, even business methods, to increase them. Satan, Ole Slewfoot, has gained a great foothold in the church.

What the Lord say? Stop regarding man (Isaiah 2:22)! Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 146:3).

But you’re under a lot of pressure to do it. Besides, a bigger church will make you famous!

Wrong motive! Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Ask the Lord to give you a new heart, one with no pride in it and a single motive — glorifying God the Father and God the Son through God the Holy Spirit!

Repent! Turn from man’s methods for church growth, and seek to be filled with the Holy Ghost, so that the world around you cries out, “The Lord, He is God!”

Get real with the Lord. You need something from Him, O church. Seek to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, each one of  you, and ask Him to show attesting signs to accompany the words that you speak, words delivered in His power. People will repent.

And what lesson is there for a believer who loves and obeys God and does not willfully disobey Him, but is in the battle of a lifetime, a night season.

You are like David. The Lord has given you a heart after His own heart. But you have fought many battles, and you just want to check to see if you have enough natural strength to weather another one.

Beware! Satan is tempting you to seek strength from a natural source, rather than from the Lord. It seems wise. Everyone else is doing it. But do not doubt God!

If you are in right standing with God, if you love God, does He not say that He will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28)?

Does He not say that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:6)

Does He not say that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can think or imagine, according to His power that works in you? (Ephesians 3:20)

Does He not say that the battle belongs to Him? (2Chronicles 20:15)

Does He not say that you will be kept by His power, His fort and troops around you to protect you? (1Peter 1:5)

I tell you, it is not enough to be able to recite these scriptures word-for-word. You must believe them in your heart. But praise God! He is a Faith-Giver! Seek Him! He will give you faith to believe Him.

Seek to be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit — He is the source of that keeping power!

NOTE: The Lord delivered me from the situation I mentioned in last week’s message, all praise to His name! Five polyps were found and removed. Two were precancerous, but there was NO CANCER. Thank You, my Healer and Deliverer, my Strength and my Shield!

After the procedure, the doctor said I was at very high risk for colon cancer. Satan was about to try to get a foothold.

But all praise to God, Psalm 103 immediately came into my spirit, and I said, Lord, I believe it! I asked my praying friends and relatives to pray in agreement with Jeff and me.

Nevertheless, when I spoke with one friend, she detected worry in my voice. Ah! Satan’s foothold! We rebuked it together. Thank You, Lord!

Then Satan said I was all washed up. “You gonna die,” he cried. But God kept me by His power. I said, “Hallelujah! That means I’m going to live, and God still has work for me to do!”

Whatever Satan says, the opposite is true, because he’s a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him (John 8:44)!

Even if the diagnosis had cancer, I already had written statements in my will and medical records that I would rely on God alone to heal me. Praise God!

Even if God did not heal me, it surely would be better to be with Him, but I will be here as long as He wants me here (Philippians 1:23-24).

It is the work of the Lord, nothing I could do on my own, just as with my friend and mentor, Donald Demaray, who had joy in the midst of a great trial and sorrow. It was  Father God. It was Jesus Christ. It was the Holy Spirit. It was all God.

God will do the same for you. Ask the Lord to make you as sure of Him as the Apostle Paul, who wrote —

2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason (his appointment as a preacher and apostle and teacher of the gospel of Christ), I also suffer these things (cruel and unjust imprisonment, for he had not disobeyed the law) . . .  but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

I know whom I have believed! You do likewise!

Amen!

LORD, MAKE ME RIGHT!

[SW184] 05/02/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Lord, Make Me Right!”

Texts:

2Corinthians 5:15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Now, when you say, “Lord, make me right,” you’re not asking Him to help you win an argument, religious or otherwise.

You’re asking Him to make you what you cannot possibly be without Jesus Christ. The “might” in 2Corinthians 5:21 means “would.” There’s no question that He will!

You’re asking Him to make you right with HIM.

That’s righteousness — being right with God. It’s a heart thing, a change in you that cost the Cross for His Son.

And I see that He took that cross so we would no longer live for ourselves. We would no longer be selfish and self-centered. We would live for Christ who died and rose again to make us able to live for Him.

Being right with God isn’t about doing good things. No one do enough good things to make yourself right in God’s eyes.

There’s only one Way. His Son.

Why is there only one Way to be right in God’s eyes?

Because we begin life as sinners; we all do. No one is exempt. We’re all rebels without a cause. That’s because of Adam’s rebellion against God’s single command, in the Garden of Eden.

God knew he would, and already had prepared a lamb for sacrifice, even before the world was formed (Revelation 13:8). That’s why there’s only one Way. It cost Him greatly — the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf — even from before time began.

Why would He do that? Because sin separates you from God. He gave — that’s a gift — His one and only Son, so sins you committed before you knew Him would be forgiven by Him, and slavery to sin could be done away with.

Then you can come near to Him. Then you can become His child (Romans 8:15)! Then you can live for His Son and not yourself any longer! Then others are drawn and saved and transformed so they, too, live for His Son!

Lord, make me right! Not like the Pharisees who dotted i’s and crossed t’s to try to show God how good they were, who studied the Word of God backwards and forwards.

He knew the hearts of the Pharisees, Sadducees, chief priests and Sanhedrin. He knew they would be His Son’s persecutors and executioners. Crucify Him! That’s what they cried to the Romans who ruled over them.

Dotting i’s and crossing t’s is an outward action. Good deeds are outward actions. You can do all the right things, yet have a heart dark enough to crucify the Son of God.

Luke 18:9-14

Look at Jesus’ judgment of the publican and the tax collector in this parable.

The publican wasn’t really praying. He was in a prayerful position and in the temple, a place of prayer, but all he did was boast about how well he did, following all the rules and regulations of the law given to God by Moses. He was proud of himself.

In Verse 9, the publican’s own words reveal his heart even further. He is beyond boastful. He tells God, “I’m not like OTHER people.” You know the ones, Lord — those who are swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector who is here in the temple with me. See me? I do everything right. They don’t.

In the heart of that man, who did all the right things, was contempt for others (v. 1). He trusted in himself and how many right things he did, how well he dotted i’s and crossed t’s, how many good deeds he did. He was so good in his own eyes that he considered that he was better than all those wicked sinners. He was sure he was doing just fine. But his heart was all wrong.

I hope that doesn’t describe you. I know it doesn’t describe me, because I no longer live for myself, but for Christ. I do not boast in what I have done, but in what He has done, is doing, and will yet do in me.

He showed my heart to me when He woke me up by allowing a great shaking of everything in me that could be shaken.

It was mercy and grace from God. What? Being sick with progressive MS was mercy and grace from God? It was what woke me up and turned me back to Him. It was grace, indeed!

I went back to church after nearly a lifetime away from God. I knew something was missing in my life, and I knew it was Him.

This is important — I didn’t want anything FROM God. I just wanted God!

My pastor led this old black sheep to look at Jesus Christ. I began to read the Bible, the Word of God. And I began to see myself as I truly was. It wasn’t pretty.

But oh, my! I didn’t just see how bad I was. I saw how good HE is! Grace and mercy!

And so I cried out to Him, for mercy, like the tax collector! “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” Now that’s what God would have liked to hear from the Pharisee. Save me, bring me near, O God! Change my heart! I want to know You! My sin, my pride, my high estimation of myself stands in the way!

Who went away justified? The tax collector. God forgave him of his past sins. That’s God’s mercy and grace, He forgave me for all my past sins, when I received Him as my Lord and Savior. But He wasn’t finished yet. I still struggled with sin.

Then I said, “Lord make me right!” Lord, make me right on the inside, make my HEART right! He’ll do the same for you. That’s why His Father sent Him. Then you’ll live for Him!

Christianity is not about do’s and don’ts, though you will do things that are right in God’s eyes when you are truly His.

It won’t be to impress people with your goodness. That’s pride, and in comparing yourself with others, you show that you have contempt in your heart. You are yet like the Pharisee.

But when you have Him in you, you will do things that are right in God’s eyes. It will be because you know that it is HIS blood that washed you clean, HIS righteousness that is now in you. And there’s more.

When you are filled with His Holy Spirit, pride flees, beloved! You will say, “THE LORD answered my prayer, and HE made my HEART right, HE is continuing to make me more and more like Him every day!”

He gets all the praise, all the honor, for it is HIS work in you (Philippians 2:12)!

HIS holiness in you, HIS love in you, HIS Holy Spirit large and in charge. HE makes you right, and then what you do is for the right reason — out of a complete and absolute compulsion to use every means to bring everyone else to that shaking place, where they see themselves as they truly are, and cry out, “Lord, make me right!”

You  tell them the very, very, very Good News of Jesus Christ! You tell them your story, so they might see Jesus Christ in you and through you!

Rushing, flood-stage rivers of water flow from your belly — the Holy Spirit (John 7:38)!

Glory to God! The Lord makes you right!

Ask Him now, and He will do it!

The LORD, He is God!

[SW183] 04/25/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“The LORD, He Is God”

I tell you, we are in a time where the church must wake up and rise up — that’s revival — so that the world cannot help but say, “The Lord, He is God!”

NOTE: These are very brief notes . . . please look to the right of my blog page to see the link to the video of this message, which is usually uploaded and ready to watch by early evening. May it bless you, encourage you, and challenge you.

Texts:  1 Kings 18:36-39, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 19:11-20

1 Kings 18:36-39 —

Elijah did not join in with God’s people who abandoned God for false gods. The Holy Spirit came upon Elijah!

AND . . . the Lord used him to show His people that He is the one and only true God.

The Lord sent fire, and the people fell on their faces and cried, “The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God!”

Acts 2:37-38, 3:  Peter and the 119 were filled with the Holy Ghost. They did not join in with God’s people who had turned their religious system into a god.

AND . . . the Lord used Peter and the eleven to declare Jesus is the Christ!

The Lord had already filled them with the fire, so He didn’t have to send it down! The people cried, “What must we do?” It was the same as God’s people saying, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Acts 19:11-20

Paul, the missionary to those who did not know God at all, was filled with the Holy Ghost. He was filled with the fire!

AND . . . the Lord used Paul to perform extraordinary miracles — even handkerchiefs and aprons he touched carried such an anointing of God that when carried to them, the sick were healed, and diseases and evil spirits had to go (v. 11-12)!

Word got out rapidly, and both Jews and Greeks in Ephesus, and fear fell upon them. The name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified! The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God!

And the word of the Lord grew (enlarged in area) and prevailed (was strong and forceful) MIGHTILY (vigorously, powerfully and strongly)!!!

Well . . .

We need revival, beloved, in the church. I do not hear many lost voices in America crying, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Some of you have gone after false gods, even the god of sensuality and the god of selfishness and the god of greed.

AND the Lord will not use you to convince the people of God and the world that He is the only true God.

Some of you have made your religious system your god.

AND the Lord will not use you to convince the people of God and the world that He is the only true God.

To be used for God’s glory and honor you just have a holy, intimate connection to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

AND that is not possible when you worship other things rather than Him, or when you straddle the fence and worship Him and them.

Repent and be saved now, for judgment will come, when every person must account for their deeds, both good and evil (John 5:29).

After you are saved, then ask the Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost so the Lord’s fire is in you and He can use you to make it unmistakably plain that, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

ASK FOR RAIN!

[SW177] 03/20/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Ask for Rain”
Word:  The Lord is setting the stage for revival. It’s time to pray!

Text: Zechariah 10:1ff

Spoken to: The remnant that returned from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. Zechariah and Haggai prophesied to the rebuilders, encouraging them (Ezra 5:1, 6:4), for their natural AND spiritual restoration!

v. 1 Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain — it is spring, as of today!

— Ask rain not from man, but from the Lord! He is the only One who has what we need — His life, His heart, His love and His power in us!

— So if we ask the Lord, He will give us showers of rain

Joel 2:23 NIV    Be glad, O people of Zion,
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you
the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.

Showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26)!

— And we who are His people will be fruitful and have abundance once again. What abundance? The Holy Spirit. What fruit? His fruit. When His fruit is manifested, many souls will be saved.

Rain represents blessing and revival. The need to pray for it means something has been amiss between God and us. The next verse tells us what is amiss.

v.v. 2-3a False gods, false shepherds

— We have looked to dead, inanimate things that cannot answer us (Psalm 115:4-8), rather than to the living God. We have listened to ear ticklers, so we are wandering sheep without a shepherd. We have not heeded the voice of the Good Shepherd.

v. 3b But the Lord has visited his flock! He is our true Shepherd!

— Why does He use the past tense? Because in heaven, where He dwells, He sees the end, and He sees the beginning. He sits above time, so He says He has visited, even before we see that He has visited.

— Visit means He will go to see, avenge, care for, deliver to keep, and remember!

When we went astray, He left us to our own devices. But He has not forgotten us. At the appointed time, He returns to us — that’s what “remembered” means.

— He will make us like HIS majestic horse in battle.

— Horses were a superior instrument of warfare battle in those times.

— They were a symbol of swiftness, sure-footedness, power.

— No longer will we trust in men or natural horses. Instead, we will be like the Lord’s horses! Swift. sure-footed, powerful in His power! And He never loses a battle!

v. 4     His Cornerstone —  His Christ
His tent peg — His support
His bow of battle (He trains our fingers for battle, and makes us able to bend               a bow of bronze (Psalm 144:1, 18:34)
His rulers — no longer chosen by men, but by Him

v. 5     We will be as mighty warriors (2 Cor 10:5)
We will tread down the enemy (1John 4:4, James 4:7)
We will fight, for the Lord will be with us (2 Chronicles 20:15, 20)

v. 6    The Lord will strengthen us (make us firm so we prevail against the Enemy)
He will deliver us (save us out of the miry clay we’ve been in)
He will bring us back to Himself
He has racham toward us (tender mercy, like a mother toward her child)!

It will be as though He never rejected us (cast us off, moved us away from Him), though He did reject us when we followed false gods and false shepherds.

Why? Because HE is our God.

He will visited us, go to see  us, avenge us, care for us, deliver us to keep us, and remember us!

v. 9 Our exile from His presence caused us to remember Him, and now, He will remember us.

v. 10 He will bring us back from sin (Egypt).

v. 11 We will cross over and out of the sea of distress (trouble, anguish) and not drown in it.

He will strike the waves in the sea, as in the Exodus, so that even the mightiest waters dry up.

The scepter will depart Egypt — sin will no longer rule us.

Assyria’s (in this case, a typology or symbol of Satan as well as a real kingdom) pride will be cast down, it will fall down, Satan will fall down.

v. 12 Again, He says I will strengthen you in Me.

— Not in our own strength

— And He says, “They will walk in My name,” as representing Me, having My character and nature. He declares it!

We will, indeed, become partakers of the divine nature, and that will permanently repair the rift between us and our God. HALLELUJAH!

Beloved, a warning from the Lord — when He sends the rain, do not try to manage it or manipulate it. Just stand by and let Him work in hearts. Simply rejoice as you watch Him!

And remember, it will no longer be necessary to work real hard to be like Jesus — He will do the heavy lifting. All we have to do is agree with Him as we walk with Him!

Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain! He is coming to visit us once again, to free His people and bring them back to Himself!

Come back to Him even now, this very moment! Cast away your idols and false shepherds to the moles and the bats! Now is the time!

GREATER THINGS

[SW174] 02/20/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Greater Things”

What did Jesus mean when He said those who believe in Him would do greater things? You’ll be amazed to find out!

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.”

The keys here are “GREATER works he will DO” and  “BECAUSE I go to the Father.”

What possible greater thing (the word “works”  isn’t in the original Greek) could you do that Jesus did not do while He was on the earth?

What possible greater thing could be done by you BECAUSE He went to the Father?

What hadn’t Jesus Himself done while He was on the earth, but was something you as a believer would be empowered to do when He went to the Father?

We know that when Jesus went to the Father, He was glorified and poured out the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given. (John 7:37-39). It was a new way of having the Spirit — He was to be you permanently, not just with you or upon you or “in” you for a specific task until it was done, like Bezalel (Exodus 31:2-3).

In that upper room in Acts 2, the 120 experienced a personal Pentecost. They were filled with God the Holy Spirit.

In order to  understand the greater they would do, you must understand what GOD worked in those who experienced a personal Pentecost that day. It is what empowered them to do the greater thing promised by Jesus.

The Holy Spirit purified their hearts (Acts 15:9), so those who were filled no longer had divided affections. God no longer had any rivals in their hearts.

Jesus prayed for the Father to put His love in them AND Him in them (John 17:26), so they would be filled Jesus Himself and with God’s actual love and love with God’s love — the same love the Father has for the Son. And that happened to those 120 in that upper room, when they experienced a personal Pentecost.

Jesus promised that because they were truly His disciples, they would continue in His word and know the truth by experiencing it, and the truth would set them free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36). And that happened to those 120 in that upper room, when they experienced a personal Pentecost.

He promised that they would become partakers of His divine nature (2Peter 1:4), having His character literally residing in them. And that happened to those 120 in that upper room, when they experienced a personal Pentecost.

The Holy Spirit worked such a change in those who were filled, that they became Jesus Christ’s witnesses here, even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)!

So, with all of that in mind, what is it that the disciples were empowered to do, and what is it that you and I are empowered to do, when we experience a personal Pentecost?

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.”

He said it would be a greater thing that we would DO, a “God thing” that we would do, one that God in the flesh did not do while He walked the earth. And it was BECAUSE He went to the Father that we would be empowered to do this greater thing.

There is only one thing that Jesus did not do while He walked the earth that we are now able to do BECAUSE He went to the Father.

It is a greater thing than healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons, making the blind see and the deaf hear and the lame walk, which He and His disciples did when Jesus walked the earth.

The only thing Jesus did not do while He walked the earth, but we are now able to do, is described in Acts 8:17, 9:17 and Acts 19:1-7 —

Acts 8:17 Then they  began laying their hands on them, and they were  receiving the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after  laying his hands on him said, “ Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be  filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 19:1   It happened that while  Apollos was at  Corinth, Paul passed through the  upper country and came to  Ephesus, and found some disciples.  2 He said to them, “ Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No,  we have not even heard whether  there is a Holy Spirit.”  3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “ Into John’s baptism.”  4 Paul said, “ John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people  to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  5 When they heard this, they were  baptized  in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 And when Paul had  laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began  speaking with tongues and  prophesying.  7 There were in all about twelve men.

Beloved, when you experience a personal Pentecost and your heart is purified, God’s actual love fills your heart, and you are no longer a slave to sin, and you are a partaker of the divine nature, the greater thing you are empowered to do, the one thing Jesus did not do while He was on the earth, is to baptize others in the Holy Spirit.

Those three scriptures show you that baptism in the Holy Spirit happens when you lay hands on a fellow believer. BUT It may also happen while you are speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ —

Acts 10:44   While Peter was still speaking these words,  the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the  message.

When you experience a personal Pentecost and are filled with and baptized in the Holy Spirit, you are empowered to lay hands on others or even to speak the gospel with such power that they, too, are baptized in the Holy Spirit and filled to overflowing!

Why? So their hearts are purified just like yours, no longer having divided affections.

Why? So His love is in them, just like it is in yours, just like Jesus prayed to the Father.

Why? So they, too, are no longer slaves to sin, just as He promised in John 8:31-36.

Why? So they, too, become partakers of the divine nature

Why? So they, too can be Jesus Christ’s witnesses, even to the ends of the earth.

Why? So they, too, can lay hands on others so they are filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit!

Jesus did not baptize people in the Holy Spirit while He was on the earth because it was not yet time.

AFTER He went to the Father and was glorified, it was time! Pentecost happened! And it is still happening today, in individual believers, beloved.

It’s what Paul was praying in Ephesians 3:14-19.

It’s the point to which apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers seek to bring every Christian. It is God’s plan for building the church —

Ephesians 4:13 . . . until we all attain to  the unity of the faith, and of the   knowledge of the Son of God, to a  mature man, to the measure of the stature  which belongs to the  fullness of Christ.

Beloved, as Jeff once prophesied, God does not want a full church; He wants a filled church. God does not want a full church building. He wants believers who are filled!

Have you experienced a personal Pentecost? Is your heart pure? Are you filled with the same love God has for His Son? Are you no longer a slave to sin?

You must love and obey Jesus before the Holy Spirit will come and fill you to the full (Acts 5:32).

Are you still struggling with sin, Christian, pastor, church leader?

Then confess your sin, ask Jesus to forgive you! Repent!

Then ask, seek, knock, and He will purify your heart, fill it with His love, free you from slavery to sin, and give you His divine nature!

And you will be able to do something greater than what Jesus did when He walked the earth! It will be for His purpose. And you will become one of His ambassadors here, just as the Apostles and all of the church from that Acts 2 Pentecost, and for all time until Jesus returns!

Beloved, Jesus didn’t die and rise again so you could receive whatever blessings you demand from the Father’s hand.

He died and rose again so you would have a pure heart, one that obeys because it is filled with the very same love that the Father has for the Son, and so that you would be a vessel through which He would baptize many in the Spirit, to be His witnesses everywhere!