WHAT ARE YOU EATING?

[SW208] 11/13/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“What Are You Eating?”

The food  you give your physical body affects your health. And the food you give your spirit affects your spiritual health.

Jesus Christ is returning for a healthy church, and He and I want you to be ready.

Text: Hebrews 5:11-14

Here are some believers who were doing well, but they have gone backwards. They ought to be so spiritually healthy that they are able to instruct others, but instead, they need to be taught spiritual truths all over again.

They need milk — basic spiritual principles. They can’t digest meat — the deeper things of God, the word of righteousness — any more.

Something happened to their spiritual digestive system. They stopped eating meat and went back to milk. Now they can’t digest the meat they need, the meat that will bring them to a place of surrender (Romans 12:1).

Infants must have mother’s milk or formula, but as children grow, they begin to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods. If they return to drinking milk only, their physical health takes a nosedive.

As an adult, you eat things that are good for you. But then you become attracted to junk food — food packed with calories but not nutrition — and your physical health takes a nosedive.

Both of these things were happening spiritually to the Hebrew Christians, and these things are are happening in the church today.

What is the milk that the church is drinking once again? What is the meat that she used to eat? What is the junk food the church devours?

The milk is the elementary principles of Christianity. What are they?

Repentance from sin
Repentance from believing good works get us to heaven
Jesus Christ as Savior from our sins
Eternal judgment
Resurrection of the dead
Healing
Deliverance
God’s blessings

The meat is the word of righteousness. What does that mean?

God calls us to continuously live in a right relationship with Him
Full surrender to God, offering ourselves as living sacrifices
Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire, to purify our hearts and fill
us with God’s own love and holiness
Crucifixion of our sinful nature
Partaking of the divine nature
Deliverance from slavery to sin

What is the junk food that is making the church spiritually sick?
Easy-believism — no mention of sin or repentance.
Jesus just came to do good things
Hypergrace
You can’t help but continue to sin
God is your sugar daddy
God is your Santa Claus
Name it and claim it, regardless of how you are living (disobedience)
God wants to make you successful and very rich
Legalism — all about outward appearance, not about your heart condition

And the list goes on!

At one time, the church ate meat. When I look back at sermons preached by men and women from the birth of the church to the first half of the 20th century, there’s meat there! There is the call to righteousness, to holiness.

And those who ate the meat came into the wonderful rest (Hebrews 4:9) —where we rest from our works and then God works through us — that God has for each of us. Those who eat the meat enjoy holy intimacy with God the Father and God the Son, fellowship through the Holy Spirit!!!

But now:

— The leaders of the church have decided that they will serve milk only. Just the basics.

The meat is too difficult for the congregation to digest. There are infants among the congregation. They won’t understand it. Let’s just talk about Easter.

So the whole church goes backwards. When she finally hears the word of righteousness somewhere, she scratches her head, never having heard it before.

“Rouse yourself out of your spiritual stupor and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God,” Paul had to tell the church at Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 15:34)! They were back on the the milk bottle and had settled down for their afternoon nap.

But if the church repeatedly was taught AND EACH CHRISTIAN MEDITATED DAILY UPON God’s Word, she would see His call to be holy as He is holy and perfect as He is perfect, and she would grow to the point where she says, “I can’t live this way by my own strength! I must seek to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit and fire!”
Then comes FREEDOM and the ability to EASILY walk with Jesus Christ and obey Him. He enlarges your heart so you run in the way of His commandments (Psalm 119:32). Running means it’s easy!!

— Or the church eats popular, ear-tickling preaching, the junk food of this generation.

Her spiritual arteries are so clogged with false teaching that she’s in danger of having a heart attack.

Her spiritual digestive system is a wreck. Again, unless she reads and meditates upon God’s Word, she’ll never detect the junk food. Sounds good, tastes good. but it will kill you.

— Or the church adds the things of this world to that deadly meal. She eats what the world eats, chases after treasures that moth and rust destroy and thieves steal. She clogs her arteries with godless TV programs, violent sports, drugs, alcohol and pornography . . . what are you eating?

Beloved, the writer of Hebrews tells us that God speaks correction and discipline to you because you are His children (Hebrews 12:4ff).

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin. That means you have not yet crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24).

You have not said, “I can’t be obedient! Lord, purify me, fill me with Your holiness and righteousness, so obedience is natural and easy!”

Strengthen your hands (with which you do things) and your knees (with which you walk)! Seek HIS strength, and it will be easy to do right and walk right!

Pursue peace, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Amen.

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GO, AND I WILL SHOW YOU

[SW204] 10/16/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Go, And I Will Show You”

Text: Genesis 12:1-2

When I went to my assignment in San Diego, I had no plans of my own. I was totally inadequate for the job, but my adequacy comes from the Lord.

He said, “Go, and I will show you.” When I spoke to Dean and his parents prior to visiting them, I said, “I don’t know what God is going to do, but it will be wonderful!”

What did You show me, Lord?

9/28/15    —    YOU establish the connection (You in me is the key).
Servanthood comes naturally, because You have given me
Your nature.
YOU showed me that my joy and transparency were unexpected,
and that they break down walls and disarm those to whom I am
ministering. Dean said, “I am pleasantly surprised. I thought you
would be a Bible-thumper.” Score one for Jesus! I am assured
that I do not need to change my personality — you will use me
just as I am.

9/29/15    —     YOU reveal the truth, and salvation results!
— Why did Jesus come? To do good things.
— Yes, but Isaiah 53, He took the punishment you
deserved. Dean repents, asks forgiveness, receives Jesus.
YOU reveal the truth and expose Satan’s lies re: pressure to
perform.
— John 5, the power of Jesus’ words
— Not my work or Dean’s, but the power of God.
— Relief, relaxing now, compassion, laughter, and
truth

9/30/15    —    YOU stir Dean’s heart, just as You did me. He confesses openly.
We know we are on Satan’s Most Wanted List, and we are glad!

10/1/15    —     YOU show me Psalm 37:5-6, 34. I will see it!

10/2/15    —     YOU provide a sister in Christ for fellowship and encouragement,                 and show me that transparency is essential for encouragement!
YOU give me Psalm 64:4, 7, 10!
YOU instruct on spiritual warfare from John 10.
YOU shoot at Satan with Your arrows, shooting at him who
shoots at us.

10/3/15    —     YOUR word is powerful.
— Isaiah 61, then YOU cause me to spontaneously speak Matthew 11:28-30.
— Immediately, Dean spontaneously asks You to give him Your yoke, and explains to You what his is (MS). He “gives” his MS to You, out loud. Faith!

10/4/15    —     YOUR words unexpectedly come to free others.
YOU have Jeff and I minister together, even a continent apart.

10/5/15    —     YOU remind me to stay focused. No distractions. The Enemy is
trying to distract. YOU direct me to fast, to break the yoke.

10/6/15    —     YOU are the yoke-breaker. It will come. “Dean, what would God                 say now, if you asked Him if you are right with Him?” With no hesitation, Dean smiled broadly and said, “He would say, ‘You are right with me!’”

10/7/15    —      YOU fill Dean with the Holy Spirit, by the laying on of my hands
upon his head, and he speaks with other tongues.

10/8/15    —     YOU give us all a promise — Psalm 27:13-14, despite a bump in the
road with Dean’s natural condition.

10/9/15    —     Changes in scenery and players, even unknowing statements of                 unbelief,  do not affect Your work. Your compassion and love trump unbelief.

10/10/15    —     We change our strength for yours (Isaiah 40:31). YOU prompt me
to say, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” Dean begins to get up, then sits back down. “I’m afraid to stand up. Jesus, take my fear!” Faith!

10/11/15    —       YOU ask through me, “Why is My church glorious?” Dean says, “Because the Father and Jesus are inside of her!”
YOU will do the final stage of healing when Dean and You are alone together. You always do great things when you get women and men alone with You (Jacob’s name change, Abraham and the covenant-cutting, Paul and the three days fasting, and time in Arabia,
and many more)!

10/12/15    —     All YOU directed me to do has been done. I go in peace, and leave                 my peace with Bob and Inger’s home, and with Dean. I have had a                  front-row seat to watch You work! You continue that on the plane and in the taxi from the airport to our home! Hallelujah!

STAIN REMOVAL

[SW191] 06/19/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Stain Removal”

Today I want to talk with you about laundry, because we must appear before our King without stain or wrinkle.

Texts spoken to God’s children, Judah, while they were in captivity in Babylon:

Ezekiel 36:25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

Ephesians 5:25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,  26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Ephesians 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Well, we’re talking here about cleansing and stains and wrinkles. Now the Lord showed me some things about stains.

A stain can have an external source — spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce from ribs, grease grape juice, and such.

When you see it, you can treat it with stain remover, or scrub it, or bleach it, or soak it. And sooner or later, it will come out. Sometimes we have to be persistent, if it’s a really bad stain.

The Lord says through Ezekiel in 36:25 that he will sprinkle clean water on us, and we will be clean.

He’ll cleanse you from all your sins you have committed in the past, the actions you did that were against Him, when you see them and see Him as our Savior and turn from them and ask Him to remove these external things, the actions you have done against Him.

You have soiled ourselves with them, and we are stained with them, but the Launderer is here to clean you up! He is our Launderer, and the word for that in the Bible is “fuller.” The Lord says,

Malachi 3:2 “But who can endure the day of His [Jesus’] coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.”
He’s going to scrub you clean! He specializes in stain removal!

Now we must go on.

Some stains have an internal source, something that comes from inside you. Underarm stains and stains around the collar are from perspiration. Even if you remove those stains from your clothing, they will come back again, because they come from something inside you. The only way to stop them would be to stop perspiring!

Beloved, you have something that comes from inside you that stains the outside of you, and no matter how many times you ask the Lord to forgive you, they keep reappearing, and they will continue, unless the source is treated. And that inward condition separates you from your God (Isaiah 59:2), because you continue to sin against Him after you have become His child, just as Israel did.

Jeremiah 2:22 “Although you wash yourself with lye
And use much soap,
The stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

We sing, “My CHAINS are gone, I’ve been set free.” But maybe we ought to sing “My STAINS are gone, I’ve been set free,” because removing the STAINS removes the CHAINS!

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), so you must not continue to sin against God after coming to Him through His Son. But there’s something INSIDE you that keeps causing the stain of sin.

What can you do? Are you stuck in sin forever, like the man in Romans 7? Knowing what’s right and yet doing what’s wrong?

No! What does the Lord say, in Ezekiel 36:26-27? He will not only sprinkle clean water on us externally, but He ALSO promises that if we ask Him (Luke 11:13), He will put a new heart and a new spirit within us — His!

He will remove the source of the stain of sin, the sin nature that’s in you, the one you inherited from your father, Adam! He will remove that iniquity, the source, that inward perverseness and twistedness, that results in continued outward stains!

He will remove the heart of stone, the one that is hardened over and rebellious, and put a heart of flesh in us, one that will respond to His every whisper. When He does laundry, He really does LAUNDRY!

When He baptizes you with HIS Spirit, you will walk in His ways and be obedient to Him. And you will love Him with His love (Romans 5:5)! And you will be a witness of Jesus Christ who saved you and cleaned you up inside and out (Acts 1:8)! And you will have a holy, intimate relationship called fellowship, with the Father and the Son:

1John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  4 These things we write, so that our [also yours!]  joy may be made complete.

This cleansing gives great joy to God the Father, and God the Son gives you His joy, and we all rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!

Now the Lord wants me to say something else, too:

Ephesians 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory [a glorious church, in the King James version of the Bible] , having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

I have spoken of spots and stains. But I must talk about wrinkles, too.

The Lord showed me that even when I have carefully pressed a skirt, when I sit down for a while and then get up, I will find it has wrinkled. I have to apply some heat with an iron to get the wrinkles out again. But as soon as I sit down again, they’ll come back.

Beloved, the church is wrinkled because she has been sitting in one place for too long! She has all kinds of creases in her because she has become complacent and comfortable! Who can get these wrinkles out? Only Jesus Christ can do it!

You must let Him apply some heat to you, beloved. You must let Him baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and you won’t want anything to do with sitting down! You’ll run, dance, jump, and walk about with His name continually on your lips! He will make you holy by filling you with His holiness, blameless and faultless in His eyes because your motives and heart are pure and totally His!

He is ready now to rid you of your frustration, your rebellion, and your complacency. He is ready to rid you of your stains. He is ready to rid you of your wrinkles.

Are you willing to agree with Him that you have stains you can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you scrub and soak? Are you ready to agree with Him that you have wrinkles because you have sat in one place for too long?

Agree, and He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire! Not just your chains, but your stains will be gone, and you will be set free, indeed!

What’s this got to do with daily living? What’s this got to do with all the problems you have?

Everything! If He changes you inside, then your circumstances will also change BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN CHANGED. That stain, your inward rebellion against Him will be gone, you will be at peace with Him, and these things will be reflected in your life.

You will become a change agent in your own life and the lives of others. You will become a minister of reconciliation, and an ambassador for your King (2 Corinthians 5:18, 20).

And church, you will get off your duffs and on your heavenly assignment!

And that stain that kept coming back? It’ll be gone for good, because the inward source is gone!

2Corinthians 7:1   Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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.

Let us say to the Lord, “We agree!” That’s our part in the cleansing. Let us say, “Let our sin nature be put to death so we no longer sin against you!” Amen!

GOD OF THE VALLEYS

[SW190] 06/13/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“God of the Valleys”

Text: 1 Kings 20, Romans 8:37

Whether you are battling Satan’s vast armies on a mountain or in a valley, know that the Lord is God of the mountains and God of the valleys. If you listen to Him, He will give you the victory!

Sometimes, you are on a mountain, spiritually speaking. You are in a place where it’s difficult for Satan to come near, where you can see far ahead and see his strategy as he approaches. So you have an advantage over him. And it is easy to believe the Lord will give you victory.

But sometimes, you are in a valley, not of your own making (that is, sinning is not the cause), but a place where Satan comes against you again. It is a place where it’s easy for him to come near, where you cannot see far ahead and you cannot see his strategy as he approaches. The Lord challenges you and me to believe Him for victory, even in the valley.

In the text, northern Israel (Samaria) is in trouble. They have sinned against the Lord, to the point where the Lord caused a great famine of 3-1/2 years. The famine has ended, but they are still weak and vulnerable. Sin makes you that way. So —

Verse 1: Israel is besieged by Ben-hadad, king of Aram and 32 kings who join him. It is a huge army!

Verse 10-14:  Ben-hadad boasts that he will destroy Samaria, so that each of his men will not be able to gather up even a handful of Samaria’s dust. His goal is total obliteration, just as Satan plans to destroy you (John 10:10)!

Ahab warns Ben-hadad that he boasts of victory before the battle has been won, even while Ben-adad puts on his armor. But none can boast of victory until after the battle is won and it is safe to remove the armor.

Satan is a great boaster. But God is greater than your enemy, Satan.

A prophet of God comes. Despite the great multitude that has formed against Israel, the Lord says He will deliver Israel.

Why would the Lord deliver His own people who sin against Him? So they will know He is the Lord. By doing the impossible, they will know by personal experience that He is God and there is no other. He will do it so that they might turn back to Him and cast their false gods to the moles and the bats.

If you are in sin, He may give you a word that you will be victorious. He will tell you that He will free you from your addiction to drugs or alcohol or whatever keeps you in chains.  He will tell you that He will cause His justice to prevail when injustice is done to you, even though you are sinning against Him.

He will tell you that He will give you victory over these things so that you know by personal experience that He is God and there is no other, and will turn back to Him.

For those who follow and obey and love God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ makes us victorious in every battle against our Enemy. Satan may boast but we know he is a liar and the father of lies. And we have God’s armor as our protection during the battle (Ephesians 6:10ff). And He who is in you is greater than Satan (see 1John 4:4)!

Verse 15: There were only 7,000 — the only ones left of ALL the sons of Israel — against Ben-hadad’s army AND the armies of the 32 kings that were with him. Victory looked impossible!

There is only you, against Satan and his vast army. Victory looks impossible. But when God says you will be victorious, He will do it!

Verse 19-21: This battle took place in the mountains of northern Israel. And the victor was Israel, just as the Lord had said through the prophet. Little Israel pursued Ben-hadad’s multitudes, and Ben-adad fled on horseback. There was a great slaughter of his army.

Verse 22:  But the prophet said the king of Aram would come again, at the turn of the year. The Lord instructed Ahab to strengthen Israel.

For those who follow and obey and love Jesus Christ, God does not promise that you will not have other battles against Satan. But strengthen yourself! Exchange your strength for His (Isaiah 40:31).

Verse 23, 26: Ben-hadad’s servants told him that Israel’s gods were gods of the mountains. His army would win if they fought Israel in the valley.

They were pagan, and pagans think gods are assigned to lands and areas. So the army of Aram, which Ben-adad restored to its original numbers, went to the valley of Aphek to fight against Israel.

Verse 27-28: Israel was like two little flocks of goats against Ben-hadad’s multitude. How could they be victorious?

But God heard the words of Ben-hadad’s servants. And because they said He is not God everywhere all the time, but only a god of the mountains, the Lord said He would give Israel victory.

He had a great purpose than defending His own name, His own reputation. He would give Israel victory so that Israel, His own sinning people, would know He is God and there is no other.

Verses 29-30: And it happened just as the man of God had told Ahab. Israel was victorious. But King Ahab continued to disobey God, and he was ultimately killed in battle (1Kings 22: 37).

The wages of sin is death, beloved. If you are sinning against God, like King Ahab, and you do not turn back to God, it will kill you.

Because of His great mercy,  the Lord gives you victory. He does this to show you that He is God, so you will turn from your sin and the gods of this world, and come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.

If you do not turn from your sin, you will face His judgment seat one day, and be condemned to hell. He takes no pleasure in that, but He has no choice, if you reject Him.

For those of you who follow and obey and love Jesus Christ, victory is assured in every battle. These promises are yours:

Isaiah 54:17      “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

Psalms 34:22      The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Romans 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

Amen! Let Your sinning people return to You, Father, and let your saints be assured that You are with them on the mountaintop AND in the valley!

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!

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!

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!