JOY INEXPRESSIBLE!

[SW137] 04/19/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014

“Joy Inexpressible!”

He is risen! (He is risen, indeed!) We do not physically see Jesus Christ, but He has revealed Himself to us, and He and the Father have come to dwell in us!

Joy is in the hearts of all who believe! And that joy began a long time before Christ rose from the dead . . .

Imagine the joy of Moses, when he received the creation story from God, and heard that the Enemy of our souls would be defeated:

Genesis 3:14 The LORD God said to the serpent . . .
    15 And I will put enmity
    Between you and the woman,
    And between your seed and her seed;
     He shall  bruise you on the head,
    And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Imagine his joy as he prophesied of a coming prophet who would be like him, used by the Lord to set free the captives —

Deuteronomy 18:15   “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.”

Imagine the joy of David, who in the Spirit calls the Messiah “Lord, ” and speaks of His victory —

Psalms 110:1  The LORD says to my Lord:
        “ Sit at My right hand
        Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
(also see Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:42-45)

And even from the beginning of the Psalms, David speaks what he hears from the Lord in the Spirit, prophesying about the Son of God:

Psalms 2:6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
    Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

    12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
    and you be destroyed in your way,
    or his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Imagine the joy of Isaiah, when the Lord spoke through him and he prophesied of the Messiah —

Isaiah 9:2   The people who walk in darkness
    Will see a great light;
    Those who live in a dark land,
    The light will shine on them.
    4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders . . .
    6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
    And the government will rest on His shoulders;
    And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,  Mighty God,
    Eternal  Father, Prince of  Peace.
    7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace . . .

And —

Isaiah 53:5    But he was pierced for our transgressions,
        he was crushed for our iniquities;
        the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
        and by his wounds we are healed.
        11  After the suffering of his soul,
        he will see the light[of life] and be satisfied;
        by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
        and he will bear their iniquities.

Imagine the joy of Jeremiah, when the Lord spoke through Jeremiah, and he gladly prophesied —

Jeremiah 23:5   “Behold, the  days are coming,” declares the LORD,
    “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
    And He will reign as king and  act wisely
    And  do justice and righteousness in the land.
    6 “In His days Judah will be saved, and  Israel will dwell securely;
    And this is His name by which He will be called,
    ‘The  LORD our righteousness.’”

And —

Jeremiah 33:15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause a  righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute  justice and righteousness on the earth.”

But they did not yet fully see how it would come to pass, nor did they see the Messiah face-to-face —

Jesus says:

Matthew 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 “For truly I say to you that  many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

And the Apostle Peter says:

1Peter 1:10  As to this salvation, the prophets who  prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,  11 seeking to know what person or time  the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who  preached the gospel to you by  the Holy Spirit sent from heaven — things into which  angels long to look.

Imagine the joy of Mary, when Jesus spoke to her in the garden at the tomb —

John 20:15 Jesus  said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she  said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”  16 Jesus  said to her, “Mary!” She turned and  said to Him in  Hebrew, “ Rabboni!” (which means,Teacher).  17 Jesus  said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to  My brethren and say to them, ‘I  ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18  Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Imagine the joy of the disciples, when Jesus came to them —

John 20:19   So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for  fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and  said to them, “ Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this,  He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then  rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  21 So Jesus said to them again, “ Peace be with you;  as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Imagine the joy of the Apostle Paul, who saw the risen Lord on the road to Damascus and in later visions —

Romans 1:1    Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle,  set apart for  the gospel of God,  2 which He  promised beforehand through His  prophets in the holy Scriptures,  3 concerning His Son, who was born  of a  descendant of David  according to the flesh,  4 who was declared  the Son of God with power  by the resurrection from the dead, according to the  Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord . . .  

And imagine the joy in everyone who even this day confesses that they are sinners in need of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness and cleansing, and receives all of what the cross represents —

1Peter 1:6  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now  for a little while,  if necessary, you have been distressed by  various  trials . . . 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,  9 obtaining as  the outcome of your faith the salvation of  your souls.

He is risen, indeed, and He is alive today! He reveals Himself to those who believe, who love and therefore obey:

John 14:21 “ He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “ If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”

Oh, it is indeed joy beyond anything we can think or imagine, when God the Father and God the Son enter a human heart to dwell there, by the Holy Spirit! There are no words sufficient to describe it!

Even though we have not seen Him in the flesh, as did Mary and the disciples, we see Him and FEEL HIM in our hearts! His joy is in us, His peace is in us! His Spirit makes us cry out, “Abba, Father,” because we know beyond any doubt that Christ has risen and God has adopted us as His own and has become our Father!

Oh, beloved, do you have this joy indescribable? Do you know beyond any doubt that Christ has risen and you are now a child of God? Have you had the witness of the Spirit, the “Abba, Father!” rising up in your heart, filling you with joy?

The Lord extends His grace to you today.  On the day we celebrate His resurrection from the dead, He offers you resurrection, if you will turn to Him:

1Peter 2:21 For  you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  22 WHO  COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;  

1Peter 2:23  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;  24 and He Himself  bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to  sin and live to righteousness; for  by His wounds you were  healed.  25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 

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A LETTER TO MY BRIDE

I remember the day you said yes to Me, and I danced and rejoiced like a Bridegroom over His bride! You were far away, but when you looked at Me and our eyes met, all the years and tears and fears and sin that kept you from Me — all of that, all of it, fell away and I ran to you and embraced  you with My love.

All this time you have been telling Me of your love for Me, but I have wanted you to see so clearly, so you can’t mistake it any more, that My love for you far, far, far exceeds what you have been thinking.

I chose you, I said this one I will fill with My love and this one will love me fiercely and this one’s heart, this one’s heart will become wholly Mine. And this one will walk with me truly, being true to Me, for all the days this one lives on the earth. This one’s heart will be Mine forever and we will rejoice always, now and always!

You weep, My child, because you lost sight of Me, just for a little while. But you kept walking (I knew you would) and you walked by faith and you couldn’t see but you walked before Me, driven forward by my Spirit until you came into the clear and could see My joy over you.

And now (a command!), bathe in it, immerse yourself in it, for what I, Your Lord, say is truth and I say you are true to Me just as I knew you would always be, for I chose you. All of your life you are Mine and forever you are Mine, for I chose you.

My love does not fail, run out, or turn away. Do you see it? You must really see it, for if you lose sight of it, you will hear whisperings and murmurings and lying things.

I have placed My love before you so you see it. Now it will always be in your line of vision. You will not forget or dismiss what I am saying to you, for you know it is Me who is speaking. Words will come that are not true, but you will refuse them because My love for you is in your line of sight.

In the time you have walked without being able to see, I have shown you I am still leading you. But now, now, now, see for sure, see and know, that I will love you always for I have chosen you.

This one, this one will sing to me, this one, this one I’ll give My words and this one will sing and speak and be Mine. Do not mistake this — you are Mine! I have used others to say to you what you are to Me, and what I have done in you. My child, no one can reverse it.

Listen each day for My words of love to you, even as you speak and sing to Me. Open, and feel My love come back to you — it always has, it always will!

RIGHT — ON THE INSIDE

What I am about to say is life-changing, heart-changing truth!

[SW111] 10/13/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Right — On the Inside”

Oh, if the Lord would enable me to clearly express His heart for you today!

What I am about to say is life-changing, heart-changing truth!

To review:

In the first few verses of Matthew 5, Jesus told His disciples they mus
understand their spiritual poverty,
and when they mourn because of it, and are humble before the Lord,
when they are hungry and thirsty for righteousness,
He would fill them.
Then they would have His love,
His hesed, His mercy,
His purity in their hearts.

And they would be compelled by His love
to proclaim reconciliation between God and man
through Jesus Christ.
They would not be able to stop speaking
of what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20)!

THAT’S WHAT IT IS TO BE RIGHT — ON THE INSIDE!

That said, Jesus goes on to explain the standards God sets,
so they may understand their spiritual state,
and the Way
and the Truth
and the Life
only He could give them.

Matthew 5:17-48

Verse 17  He did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. Why not?

— Because He is the fulfillment of prophecy,
the subject of most of the OT!
He is the Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6, 33:15)
Whose goal is that you be
“clothed in His righteousness alone,”
on the inside,
filled with HIS righteousness!

–And He is the fulfillment of the Law. How?
The Law can only be followed if you are selfless, self-giving,
and self-sacrificing per Romans 12:1-2
(that is, offering all of yourself completely to Him).

–And only God can change our hearts so that you are those things.
The cost was His Son’s death on a cross.
The heart change came when His Son was glorified,
and the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of men and women.

IF you will agree with God about your spiritual state,
THEN He will change you
so you gladly and easily live by His standards (like breathing!)
because His love is in you.
And then His character will be revealed to and in you
more and more, as you walk with Him.

Obeying the Law is not external (do’s and don’ts)!
It is not being externally obedient,
but obedient from your heart
because He has filled you with His love, by His Holy Spirit!

Christ fulfills the Law
because He is the one and only Way
to forgiveness and fullness!

Verse 20 — Jesus continues:

— Do not annul the Law! Why?
It is a tutor to lead you to Christ (Galatians 3:24)!
It shows you your spiritual state,
so you mourn and are humbled
hunger and thirst and are filled,
and He makes you
RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

— The scribes and Pharisees perfectly obeyed the law OUTWARDLY.
They took great pride in dotting every “i” and crossed every “t.”

— But Jesus says you must obey BETTER THAN THAT!
You must SURPASS that!
That word means SUPER-ABOUND, in quality and quantity!

The scribes and Pharisees were outwardly perfect,
but inwardly, Jesus says they were full of dead men’s bones,
and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27).
It is the same for you, until God makes your heart pure,
and fills it with His love,
so you are RIGHT, ON THE INSIDE.

And you will not enter the kingdom of heaven,
unless your heart is changed.

Everything that Jesus teaches from this point
is to show you how un-right your hearts is, on the inside,
so you cry out to be cleansed and filled!

Verses 21-26

The Law says “do not murder.”
But that goes far beyond literally murdering someone.
You do the same thing when you are angry AND
when you hold a grudge.
These are also murder, in God’s eyes.

And if you do not agree with Jesus on your spiritual state,
if you insist on continuing to be angry and unforgiving,
you will indeed be delivered to the judge (He speaks to believers!)
and given over to the jailer, Satan, and sentenced to hell.

–If you do not forgive,
you will not be forgiven by God. (Matthew 6:15).
You have not recognized how He has forgiven you,
if you continue in your anger and bitterness.

But when He makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you no longer do those things.
You are set free from them,
and love with God’s love —
the kind that forgives,
from the depths of your changed heart.

Verses 27-30

It is the same with adultery.
It goes far beyond the actual act,
to the very condition of your heart,
in that you have lust deep in your heart,
even if you don’t act on that lust,
but just think lustfully.

But when God makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
lust is simply gone —
you no longer lust after things or people.
It has been cleansed from your heart forever!

Verses 31-32

It is the same with divorce.
It only happens when
the husband, the wife, or both.
are not filled with God’s actual love.

If both husband and wife are truly Christ’s
and have seen their spiritual state,
and have cried out to be filled,
His love will makes them selfless,
and they love each other with that love,
because He has made them
RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

Verses 33-37

The scribes and Pharisees
split hairs to determine how closely associated
an oath was to YHWH’s name.
The closer the association by their judgment,
the more binding was the oath.
If a person wanted to break an oath,
they went to the hair-splitters,
so they could justify breaking it.

But God’s love was NOT in their hearts,
or they wouldn’t be making and breaking oaths.

And the scribes and Pharisees,
by their hair-splitting,
perverted the Law
so the breaking of an oath could be justified!

They wrote scads of interpretations in their mishnah,
and people ran to them
so they could gain permission and justification
to break oaths they had made.

SO . . . Jesus said,
“No more vows!”

When God makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you do what you promise.
You have no need for oaths or to justify breaking them —
He has filled your heart with His love,
so your Yes is Yes, and your No is No,
and there is no need for an oath or vow.
Your word is good, like God’s,
because God is in you.

Verses 38-47

Again, it is the same for the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.”
The scribes and Pharisees split hairs,
to determine when revenge was OK with God.

Your revenge-taking is NEVER OK with God.
He did not treat you that way (see Verse 45).

If He has made you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
you no longer seek revenge or to be justified for taking it.
You love those who hate you,
and you pray for them to know Christ.

Why? Because God has changed us,
filling us with His love,
so we show His hesed to them
just as He did to us.
Thus, we reveal we are sons of God.

Verse 48

Jesus shocks everyone! Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.
(He speaks to believers, His disciples,
and to us who call ourselves His followers!!!)

IMPOSSIBLE!
So say many churches and many Christians.
You’re absolutely right,
unless He has made you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

You see, He never planned for you
to try to be RIGHT ON THE INSIDE on your own.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH FOR YOU TODAY —
He Himself comes to dwell in you fully,
and it is His righteousness
that then emanates from you!

Do you see it? I teach the Law,
the Law of love,
the royal Law (James 2:8),
the one that the King of kings and Lord of lords
makes you able to obey,
when He makes you RIGHT ON THE INSIDE.

True Christianity is not “do’s and don’ts”
but a heart changed by God Himself
because you have realized your spiritual poverty,
have mourned and been comforted by the Comforter,
have humbled yourself before God,
have hungered and thirsted
for His righteousness
and have been filled!

Now you possess His mercy,
because His mercy, His hesed, is actually inside of you,
and you love with His love!

Your hearts are pure,
because His purity has filled you!

His message of reconciliation to Him
is on your lips!

He has made us RIGHT ON THE INSIDE,
and that is the perfection Jesus commands,
when He says:

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore   you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

FIRED UP JARS OF CLAY

Fired up jars of clay, those who have been through God’s kiln, will not crumble or leak, but are ready to contain all the fullness of God!

[SW107] 09/14/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Fired Up Jars of Clay”

O Lord, you asked me to further speak of jars of clay today, and showed me something altogether lovely!

The inheritance, and where it is kept

Jeremiah 32:6-15

(Background: Babylon was about to breach the walls of Jerusalem,
raid the Temple, burn the city,
and take the Jews into captivity for the 70 years prescribed by the Lord.)

In verse 14, the Lord told Jeremiah to place the deed
for the land he bought from Hanamel —
the inheritance —
in a jar of clay so that it would last a long time.

This jar of clay had to go through a kiln (an oven) —
and baked at very high heat —
Fired up so it wouldn’t crumble or leak.

In the same way, the Lord commands us
to be fired-up jars of clay,
able hold the evidence that we have His inheritance,
the deed to His kingdom —
the evidence is the Holy Spirit of promise.

And we last the same 70 years as the exile,
or 80 if we are especially vigorous (see Psalm 90:10),
as the evidence, the witness of Christ.

Fired-up jars of clay
have within them the evidence, the deed for the inheritance!

Ephesians 1:13 In  Him, you also, after listening to  the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also  believed, you were  sealed in  Him with  the Holy Spirit of promise,  14 who is   given as a pledge [payment in advance] of  our inheritance, with a view to the  redemption of  God’s own possession [those who love Jesus Christ],  to the praise of His glory.

The evidence of our inheritance,
our deed to the kingdom,
in our bodies,
made fired-up jars of clay by Father God!

2Corinthians 4:7   But we have this treasure in  earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of  the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

This surpassing greatness —
beyond all comparison —
in a jar of clay?

His power, His dunamis, His miracle-working —
in a jar of clay?

Healing, raising, cleansing, casting out —
but even more, personal transformation (3339 metamorphoo) —
filled with the light of God, for all to see!

His light, His life, His love, His justice,
His righteousness, His holiness, in a jar of clay!

Why does He place His Spirit in fired-up jars of clay?
So that in all that we do, God’s power and not ours will be evident.

It is the very dying of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:10),
the Holy Spirit,
the treasure in a fired-up jar of clay,
from which Christ’s life is
manifested, made visible, revealed, made clear.

This dying of Jesus, this Holy Spirit,
is evidence that we are partakers — sharers — of the divine nature,
the inheritance, the deed giving us access to the Promised Land.

2Peter 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in  the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  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.

Jars of clay filled with God have suffered in the flesh — they have gone through God’s kiln!

1Peter 4:1   Therefore, since  Christ has  suffered in the flesh,  arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because  he who has  suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  2  so as to live  the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the  will of God.

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

And we are thus made fit vessels, no leaks or crumbling,
having been molded and shaped, and put into the fire of suffering —
God’s kiln —
dying to all we are so Christ lives through us!

Jars of clay filled with God have crucified (4717) the flesh —
the past tense means it is done!

To crucify is to impale on the cross;
that happens in a moment in time,
after the molding and shaping,
when we are put in the fire of God’s kiln
to make us fit for His work!

Today’s church

But what is happening in the church today?
Is she composed of fired-up jars of clay?

I sound the trumpet,
for the Lord shows me the church is full of
deeds of the flesh:

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.

The deeds of the flesh —
evidence that some have not yet crucified the flesh,
have not yet suffered in the flesh and died to sin,
have not become fired-up jars of clay,
have not yet gone through God’s kiln,
are not yet filled with the treasure,
the inheritance, the deed, the Holy Spirit!

It is time to crucify the flesh, O church,
so you have within your jar of clay
the evidence of His inheritance,
the deed to His kingdom, the Holy Spirit,
and you WILL be Christ’s witness here.

The Lord never corrects
without providing the way
to come into agreement with Him.
If you will agree, He will change you.

You have sinned against God,
but there is no clay that is so marred that God cannot
mold and shape and fire it up in His kiln,
and make it into a container for Him!

If you will agree with Him on your spiritual condition,
that you are still doing the deeds of the flesh
and have not crucified them,
He will apply His hands to you,
and He will apply His fiery baptism of the Holy Spirit,

And you will be transformed into a fired-up jar of clay
filled with all the fullness of God,
a walking, talking witness that Christ is real.

JUST PASSING THROUGH

[SW101] 07/21/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Just Passing Through”

As a watchman on the wall today, I sing the song of one who is a sojourner, a stranger here, one who is “just passing through,” and compare it with the heart-set of many in today’s church:

Psalms 146:1    Praise  the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 I will praise the LORD  while I live;
I will  sing praises to my God while I have my being.

I’m just passing through, I am a stranger here, a sojourner, unattached to the world but living in it. It’s because I am born from above — I had a second birth. I received Christ and was saved from the wrath of God.

So I give my testimony to the world. I testify of His goodness and mercy to me, because He lifted me out of the miry clay and set my feet on a strong Foundation, even Jesus Christ! I testify that He is the same yesterday and today and forever!

(Many in the church have no stories of how God regularly works in their lives, except to say something general like, “He guides me every day.” They do not yet have specifics because they do not yet have a 24/7 connection to Him, though He has touched them now and then, to draw them to Himself. They are not yet rightly related to God. Not yet, but He is ready and waiting for them to come to Him if they will let Him rule and reign in their hearts, instead of themselves ruling and reigning. Repent! Turn to Him! You will sing songs of praise!)
3  Do not trust in princes,
In  mortal  man, in whom there is  no salvation.
4His  spirit departs, he  returns to  the earth;
In that very day his  thoughts perish.

I’m just passing through, so I do not place my trust in that which cannot save me from God’s wrath. I do not trust in leaders, though I submit to their authority. But if they pass laws to keep me from speaking truth and worshiping the Lord, I will stand firm and bear whatever I must bear rather than deny Christ.

(Many in the church trust in men, in man’s wisdom, in man’s philosophies and psychiatry and psychology and sociology. But in those things, there is no salvation. Many in the church intently listen to and heed the advice of those who do not know God at all. I would go so far as to say they worship the advice of those, rather than seeking the wisdom of God. It is a form of idolatry. In doing so, they become what they worship, and it and they will perish.)

5 How  blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose  hope is in the LORD his God,
6 Who  made heaven and earth,
The  sea and all that is in them;
Who  keeps  faith forever;

I’m just passing through. And so, I am blessed! I no longer walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers as I did for 45 years. I do not seek their help, and I do not place my hope in them.

I’m a stranger, a sojourner, just passing through, so the Lord is my help, my Protector, my Supporter, the One who liberates and gives assistance . . . in Him is my hope. Not a “someday” hope, but a here-and-now hope that is immovable.

Who is this One in who I hope, who supports me? The One who created everything. He is the guardian and protector of my faith, and He is entirely and always trustworthy and faithful.

(Many in the church are deeply entwined in sin and even scoff at His Word, denying that it is truth. Thus, they do not hope in Him, and He cannot be their Help. They do not trust in Him, but in the things of the world with which they surround themselves and with which they are deeply entwined.)
Psalms 146:7 Who  executes justice for the oppressed;
Who  gives food to the hungry.
The LORD  sets the prisoners free.

8a   The LORD  opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD  raises up those who are bowed down;

I’m just passing through. And so I can count on the Lord’s justice toward me when Satan tries to oppress me. He rescues me and delivers me. My food is to do His will, but he also provides me with natural food and spiritual food — His Word.

And He has most certainly set this prisoner free from disease and from the power of sin. I was blind but now I see! I was bowed down under MS and under the weight of my sin. He lifted my burdens, I took upon me His yoke, and He is teaching me to walk humbly and meekly! And I have found rest for my soul,
for His yoke is pleasant and light!

(Many in the church are wrapped up and entangled with the things of this world. And so they remain oppressed, distressed and depressed, spiritually anorexic, depriving themselves of both the milk and the meat of the Word of God and its power to transform them. They are starving to death while they think they are fat, as in the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:17). But He is here today to warn them to disentangle themselves, and to invite them to humble themselves, agree with Him about their spiritual condition, and cry out to Him to save and purify them.)

Psalms 146:8b  The LORD  loves the righteous;
9 The LORD   protects the  strangers [sojourners, those just passing through];
He   supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He  thwarts  the way of the wicked.

I’m just passing through, I know and have and personally experience the love of the Lord, His very agape which He has poured out in my heart. I am connected and protected!

Who does He love?

He loves the righteous. He has made me righteous, I have become the righteousness of God by believing and receiving Christ’s salvation from God’s wrath (2 Corinthians 5:21). I am in right standing with God, and He protects me, a sojourner, one who is just passing through. I was “capital F” Father-less, and He adopted me (Romans 8:15) and supports me. He cares for all who have been brought low, who are humble.

But He thwarts, He subverts, He undermines the power and authority, He bends and makes crooked and difficult, the way, the journey of the wicked.

Those who refuse God the Father’s open invitation to receive His love gift of Jesus Christ may have success as the world knows it, but He is over them and above them, and ultimately, they will face hell unless they turn from their wickedness as I did.

(Many in the church hold grudges, or actively sin in other ways, particularly in the area of sexual immorality. They are obsessed with sex and all things sensual and wrap their lives around it. It is a temporal thing, it will pass away, but their eyes are on it and not the heavenly country. Therefore, they are unconnected and unprotected, they are not right with God, but still wicked, even though they attend church and sing the songs of God.)

10 The LORD will  reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise  the LORD!

The Lord God omnipotent, above all other powers, shall reign forever and ever. All the world’s leaders will pass away, but God is forever eternal. And so I praise Him!

The writer of Hebrews also reveals the hearts of those who are just passing through:

Hebrews 11:13    All these died in faith,  without receiving the promises, but  having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and  having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.  15 And indeed if they had been  thinking of that country from which they went out,  they would have had opportunity to return.  16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a  heavenly one. Therefore  God is not  ashamed to be  called their God; for  He has prepared a city for them.

As those who were just passing through, all of the Old Testament saints died without seeing the fulfillment of God’s promises. But they had a hint, a partial view, a distant view of them. Knowing God’s faithfulness, they welcomed, they greeted and paid respects to His promises.

As those who were just passing through, they confessed they were strangers and exiles on the earth. When we believe, we become the children of God, the Spirit witnesses with our spirits and we cry, “Abba! Father!”
We understand that we are just on the earth as strangers, as sojourners. We are just here for a season so God may use them to reveal Himself to the world. He is our Protector while we are here; He keeps us, puts a protective hedge around us, by His miracle-working power!

As those who are just passing through, we no longer mindful or focused on this country in which we are sojourning. We are seeking the country that now belongs to us, as the children of God. This world is no longer our home.

We do not desire this country. We desire the better country, God’s heavenly country, the city He is preparing for us. Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)

(Many in the church live just like the rest of the world. They are intently concentrated on and love what the world loves. They worship youth, beauty and fashion, sports and success, and love money. Their actions reveal that for them, this world is their home. Their focus reveals that they have not yet had the Holy Spirit witness with their spirits that they are children of God. They love the earth and the things of the earth. And so they do not worship the Lord, but the earth. They remain unprotected and unconnected to the Lord.)

Beloved, those who treasure this world, the Lord offers you an open invitation to seek Him while He may be found. This is a limited time offer. But the Door is open now.

Confess your love of this world. And then enter life as God has it. Then the Lord alone will be your Help and your Hope, and you will join the rest of us who are singing His praises as we just pass through this world on our way to Him, connected and protected as we go.

AMBASSADORS

[SW092] 05/19/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Ambassadors”

My heart is opened wide to you, O church and O world! Open wide to me also, and hear Christ’s heart, for I am His ambassador!

Ambassador – an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country; a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.

The Lord has made me — and He wants all His children to be — His ambassadors.

What is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors, official representatives of the kingdom of God?

2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be  pleasing to Him.  10 For we must all appear before  the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for  his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11a Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord [5401, respect and reverence and awe toward the Lord], we persuade men . . .” [we convince them, we assure them of God’s truth, we act as a mediator for them].

We know that we will appear before Christ to account for what we have done, good or bad.

So we persuade men!

2Corinthians 5:11b  . . . but we are made manifest to God [5319, we appear before God]; and I hope that we are  made manifest also in your consciences.

We act as a mediator for men, we convince them of God’s truth, but we are made manifest we appear before God! And He is the One we answer to! And we hope that we appear in the consciences of those who hear our words, that our words ring in their ears and penetrate their hearts.

Go to verse 13:

2Corinthians 5:13 For if we  are  beside ourselves [1839, considered to be insane, to have lost our senses], it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.  14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . [4912 controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner]

Our detractors say we are insane, beside ourselves, and have lost our senses.

But if we were, it would be for God, because He is the One we aim to please.

But we are of sound mind, so you may be convinced of God’s truth.

The very love of Christ, the love of God, agape, the same love the Father has for the Son — THIS love controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner!

That is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors!

What do Christ’s ambassadors say?

2Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . having concluded this, that  one died for all, therefore all died;  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.

Ambassadors of Christ say that One died — Jesus Christ.

Therefore, all died.

God would not have sent Christ had we not been condemned ones.

His death proves our hearts’ condition. We are “dead men walking” without Him,
death row prisoners.

But because He died for all, those who turn to Him and away from their sin
no longer live for themselves but for Him who died and rose again FOR THEM.

2Corinthians 5:16   Therefore from now on we recognize no one   according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ [according to the flesh [1097, we have knowledge, of Him, but not full knowledge], yet now we know Him in this way no longer.  17 Therefore if anyone is  in Christ,  he is  a new creature [2537, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old];  the old things passed away [3928, perished, is dead, has come forth out of us]; behold, new things have come.  

We knew Christ, we knew He lived and died and rose for us, say Christ’s ambassadors. We knew Him as the disciples knew Him when He walked the earth in the flesh.

But now we don’t know Him that way. We know Him as far more — we know Him as the One who made us new creatures,  say Christ’s ambassadors.

New creatures, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old!

The old things, our old nature, the flesh has passed away, has perished, is dead,  has come forth out of us, and has been replaced by a new nature!

Behold! See! This is what Christ’s ambassadors say!

New things have come, IF we are in Christ.

Have new things come in you?

Has the old nature in you perished, replaced by a new nature, even Christ’s?

If the old has not perished, you are not in Christ, and Christ is not in you!

Christ’s ambassadors continue —

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now  all these things are from God,  who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the  ministry of reconciliation,  19 namely, that  God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,  not counting their trespasses against them, and  He has  committed to us the word of reconciliation.

We cannot reconcile ourselves to God,

We cannot make our natures new.

This comes from God. This is what it is to be reconciled to Him, through Christ.

And as ambassadors, we have a ministry of reconciliation, announcing God’s reconciliation of you and the whole world to Him, through Christ, changing everyone who will come to Christ from being hostile toward God to being full of God’s actual love — when we are filled with His Spirit!

To whom are we ambassadors of Christ? To the world, certainly. But also to the church at Corinth, and today’s church, today’s Christians.

This letter from Paul is addressed to the Corinthians/ This message today is addressed to you, today’s Christians.

What do I say to the church, as Christ’s ambassador to her?

2Corinthians 5:20   Therefore, we are  ambassadors for Christ,  as though God were making an appeal through us [3870 I am exhorting you, I am beseeching you, I am urging you,I am begging you] ; we beg you on behalf of Christ [1189, I bind myself to a post and petition to you, beseeching you],  be  reconciled to God.  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.

On whose behalf do I do this? Christ’s!

God makes His appeal to you through me, and I beseech you, I exhort you, I urge you with great passion!

What appeal is God making through me? Be reconciled to God,  O church of today!

Remember that God made Christ carry our sin, though He did not sin. And He bore the punishment we deserve.

He did it so we BECOME [not “might become” — there’s no “might” in the original Greek]!

Become what? Something new — a new creature with God’s righteous nature in us,
because we are in Christ, and Christ is in us, ruling and reigning!

2Corinthians 6:1   And  working together with Him,  we also urge [3870 in verse 20] you not to receive  the grace of God in vain [2756 and end up empty-handed when you stand before Christ] —  2 for He says,

    “ AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
    AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
    Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” —

God gave you great grace, O church of today. Do not receive it and throw it away, so you stand before Him empty-handed!

NOW is the acceptable time —  the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2) —

NOW is the day of salvation, even for you, O church!

2Corinthians 6:11    Our mouth  has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our  heart is opened wide.  12 You are not restrained [4729 crushed, compressed, placed in a narrow space]  [47by us, but  you are restrained in your own  affections [i.e., you crush, compress, and place yourselves in a narrow space by what your hearts love].  13 Now in a like  exchange — I speak as to  children — open wide to us also.

As an ambassador, my mouth has spoken freely to you, my heart is opened wide!

I do not crush you, I do not compress you, I do not place you in a narrow space.

But you crush and compress and put yourselves in a narrow space, because of what your hearts love.

Open wide your hearts to me, O church!

What your hearts love, O church:

2Corinthians 6:14    Do not be  bound together [2086, unequally yoked] with  unbelievers; for what  partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 Or what  harmony has Christ with  Belial [955, “lord of the forest,” Beliar, a name of Satan] , or  what has a  believer in common with an  unbeliever?  16 Or  what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are  the temple of  the living God . . .

As Christ’s ambassador to you, I tell you that you are yoked with unbelievers.

But what intercourse, what fellowship, what binding can a righteous one have
to a lawless one, to a sinning one?

You are to go out among them, but not be of them (1Corinthians 5:10).

What fellowship has the light in you with the darkness of sin?

What harmony (4857), what agreement, what accord can Christ have with Satan?
What agreement has the temple of God —  you, if you are in Christ and He is in you — with idols?

What are your idols? Everything you place above God and Christ, O church.

2Corinthians 5:16b . . . For we are  the temple of  the living God; just as God said,
    “ I WILL  DWELL IN THEM AND  WALK AMONG THEM;
    AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17 “ Therefore,  COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
    “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
    And I will welcome you.
18 “ And I will be a father to you,
    And you shall be  sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Does God dwell in you? Then you are His — His temple, His abode, His sons and daughters.

God’s command is this, and this is what I exhort you to do, as an ambassador of Christ:

Come out from their midst and be separate, and don’t touch that which is evil,
that which is not holy, that which is vile and godless and against God!

Be among them, but not of them.

1John 2:15   Do not love  the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

If you will come out from among them, and become separate from them, so you no longer look and act like them, and go after what they go after, here is what will happen!

Isaiah 49:8   Thus says the LORD,
    “In a  favorable time I have answered You,
    And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
    And I will  keep You and  give You for a covenant of the people,
    To   restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
9 Saying to those who are  bound, ‘Go forth,’
    To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
    Along the roads they will feed,
    And their pasture will be on all  bare heights.
10 “They will  not hunger or thirst,
    Nor will the scorching  heat or sun strike them down;
    For  He who has compassion on them will  lead them
    And will guide them to  springs of water.

You’ll be guided by Him to the Fountain Who will purify your heart! He goes on:

11 “I will make all  My mountains a road,
    And My  highways will be raised up.
12 “Behold, these will come  from afar;
    And lo, these will come from the  north and from the west,
    And these from the land of Sinim [5515, a distant Oriental region].”
13  Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
    Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the  LORD has comforted His people
    [5612 He has breathed strongly, He has sighed, He has pitied, He has     consoled, He has caused you to turn to Him]
And will  have compassion
    [7355, He has been merciful, and has loved and restored you]
on His afflicted [6041, humbled, needy, oppressed, poor].

Many will come to Christ because you will have come to Christ.

O the heavens will shout for joy, and the earth, and the mountains!

Why? Because you have come out from their midst, and the Lord has comforted you, O church!

He will have compassion on you, O church, He will be merciful, He has loved you,
He will restore you.

He will comfort and have compassion on you, O church, WHEN you come out from among them, and are separate.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, O church, when you have come out and be separate when you have become afflicted,when you have humbled yourself,
when you see that you are needy and oppressed, a poor and wretched one.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, and I will rejoice, because by the power of the Holy Spirit, your hearts have opened wide to the words the Lord has given me today!

THE LORD’S HOUSE

I stand at the threshold of the Lord’s house, to show you what is there, how to enter, and how He will make YOU his house!

[SW091] 05/05/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Lord’s House”

Last week, the Lord asked me to speak of
how to enter the Kingdom of God —
through repentance for personal sin.

I spoke of His great mercy,
because if we turn from our personal sin,
He forgives,
and is glad to cleanse our hearts when we ask Him.

I spoke as His ambassador,
and now I speak to you as one who would choose
to simply stand at the threshold of His house,
rather than than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalms 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

The Lord wants me to show you the kingdom today.

So you know how to enter the kingdom — repentance for personal sin.

Here is what the kingdom looks like!

Revelation 4:1-11

The One sitting on the throne is God the Father.
He is a majestic and glorious and powerful!
If you have repented, you are one of the elders (the true church).
It is a very “other” place, with no darkness (1John 1:5).
It is a holy place for a holy God.
And all who there are His creation,
and all who are there worship Him alone.

They cry, “Holy, holy, holy!”
They cry, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God!”

Psalms 84:1   How lovely are Your  dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My  soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the  living God.
4 How  blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are  ever praising You.     Selah.

Revelation 5:6-14

And look! There is the Lamb standing as if slain —
even slain from before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)
(for God knew what mankind would do,
and that they would need a Savior).

Worthy is He!
for He was slain,
and purchased for God with His blood
men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation!

He still bears the marks, and will forever!

The Lamb has made them a kingdom of priests to our God, (1 Peter 2:9)
and they will reign upon the earth.

Myriads upon myriads and thousands of thousands,
more than can be numbered,
all cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
And the worship is continual!

What a kingdom is this Kingdom of God! Holy, majestic, filled with worship!
The time will come,
for all who have repented and come to Christ,
when they will see this firsthand.

But here and now,
there is a kingdom of God established, too.

It is one for which a person will sell all he has
to obtain it.

Matthew 13:44   “ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and  sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 3:2 “ Repent, for  the kingdom of heaven  is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17    From that time Jesus began to  preach and say, “ Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 5:3   “  Blessed are the  poor in spirit, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10   “Blessed are those who have been  persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20   “For I say to you that unless your  righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21   “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Jesus says,  “If you repent for your personal sin,
and believe in Me and ask me to forgive you,
you will be My disciples”

AND Jesus says,
“YOU will be My house,
while you are on the earth!”

John 14:15-24, 29

NOTE in John 14:29
He tells His disciples BEFORE it happens
so that when it happens, they will believe.

He tells you, follower of Jesus, before it happens. You will certain believe, when He makes it so in you!

He requires it of them, commanding them:

Luke 24:49 “And behold,  I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but  you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:4  Gathering them together, He commanded them  not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for   what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for  John baptized with water, but you will be baptized  with the Holy Spirit   not many days from now. 8 . . . you will receive power  when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be  My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and  Samaria, and even to  the remotest part of the earth.”

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit,
it will be for you
joy unspeakable and full of glory! (Go to 1 Peter 1:8)

But even more,
His Witness will dwell in you,
and the kingdom of God established in you, here and now!

And what will happen as you walk about
with the kingdom of God in you,
His Witness dwelling in you,
ruling and reigning in you?

Psalm 84:5-7

As you pass through the world,
with His Witness in you,
valleys of weeping
will become valleys of blessing!

You will go from strength to strength,
and from image to image,
just as Paul promises in 2 Corinthians 3:18!

2Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

As you carry around in you the death of Jesus
the Witness, the Holy Spirit who proves He died and rose and was glorified,
you will bring life to others (2 Corinthians 4:10ff)!

All of this —
this kingdom of God within you
and the coming kingdom which I showed you first —
all of this is based on your repentance from your sin,
and your surrender of yourself for God’s purposes,
waiting in the city until His kingdom
is established in you!

Psalm 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is  a sun and  shield;
    The LORD gives grace and  glory;
     No good thing does He withhold  from those who walk  uprightly.

Walk uprightly, waiting in the city to be clothed with power from on high, obeying the command of the Lord! No good thing will He then withhold from you!

Psalm 24:3 Who may  ascend into the  hill of the LORD?
    And who may stand in His holy  place?
4 He who has  clean hands and a  pure heart,
    Who has not  lifted up his soul  to falsehood
    And has not  sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a  blessing from the LORD
    And   righteousness from the God of his salvation.

To ascend the hill, to stand in His holy place,
to see the kingdom that will be,
to have the kingdom established in your heart,
to become the Lord’s house here and now,
your heart must be pure (made pure),
and your hands must be clean (made clean).

Repent! Turn from your personal sin, O Church!

Obey the Lord’s command to wait, to pray, to seek the face of God until you are clothed with power from on high!

Then you will gladly do what the Father does,
and say what He says,
and your heart will continually say,
“Your will be done, Father,
on earth as it is in heaven!”