YES AND AMEN

[SW176] 03/13/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Yes and Amen”

All the promises of God are yes and amen, if you are in Christ Jesus. The question is, do you believe ALL of them?

2Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (KJV)

We receive from God promises from the beginning to the end:

— From the head of the serpent (Satan) being crushed (Genesis 3:15)

— To Jesus Christ’s promise that, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:20)

In order to receive ALL of God’s promises, you must understand:

—  the PROBLEM that made His promises necessary,

— the PURPOSE of those promises,

— the PROMISES themselves,

— the PRAYER of Jesus Christ that activated those promises,

—- and the PROOF that those promises have been and are still being fulfilled to all who will believe His promises.

THE PROBLEM THAT MADE HIS PROMISES NECESSARY:

In one word, it is waywardness (backsliding, turning away). This is not a surprise to God. From before time began, He had already prepared the solution (Revelation 11:8).

Here’s what the people of God said (and still say), and the Lord’s response —

Deuteronomy 5:27 (Moses quotes the people) ’Go near and hear all that the LORD our God says; then speak to us all that the LORD our God speaks to you, and we will hear and do it.’

Deuteronomy 5:28   (Moses says) “The LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken.
Deuteronomy 5:29 ‘Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!”

Speaking the right words isn’t enough. There’s something wrong with our hearts. You and I need a new heart in us, so we will revere and honor and obey the Lord!

Jeremiah 29:11 was spoken to Jewish captives in Babylon who were captives because of their wayward hearts.

Go to Psalm 81:11-13. Just like Israel, you say you will obey, but then you don’t. If you say you never sinned, you do not tell the truth (1John 1:10). We were all born rebels, Adam’s kids who inherited his rebellious nature. So when you hear that oh-so-popular phrase, you may truly say, “I was born that way.” But God says you don’t have to stay that way!

It’s a sickness in your heart, for which only God has the cure — and He will gladly do it!

And you must be healed! Why? Waywardness is deadly, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

But God does not desire that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).

THE PURPOSE OF HIS PROMISES

The purpose of God’s promises — all of them — is redemption, here and now, AND on the day of judgment (Ephesians 1:14, 4:30).

He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the ransom for which you were held captive by Satan, because of your sin.

He offers His marvelous grace — forgiving your sin — through Jesus Christ. That’s a promise many of us celebrate! Your past sins are forgotten by God when you confess them, turn from them, believe in Jesus Christ, and ask the Lord to forgive you.

But beloved, there is more that He promises.

If you don’t believe the “more,” it is because of what you’ve thought, and what you’ve been taught, things that do not match up with the Word of God, beloved.

Many will teach you that your sin nature, your inborn rebellion, doesn’t die until you are on your deathbed.

But what is the good of that? How can you be the witness Jesus promises He will make you, if you wait to be clothed with power from on high (Acts 1:8, Luke 24:49)? Being a witness requires you to live and walk and talk!

And why, then, does Paul pray for the Thessalonians to be sanctified through and through (1Thessalonians 5:23), made completely holy on the inside by being filled with the Holy Spirit? If it was only for the deathbed, there would be no need for Paul to pray that way.

THE PROMISES HE MAKES TO YOU

What does the Lord promise He will do with our waywardness?

These promises are throughout the Bible, but go to Ezekiel 36:22-27!

Will you believe it today?

Will you say “Yes” and “Amen” to this promise of God?

Or would you rather pick and choose what you believe God can do?

It is a life and death choice, beloved.

THE PRAYER THAT ACTIVATED THE PROMISE

John 17! Jesus prayed there, and the pivotal heart-changing verse is —

John 17:26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

It is by way of the love of God filling our hearts to overflowing, and by way of Christ Himself in our hearts via the Holy Spirit, that the promise of Ezekiel 36 is fulfilled!

THEN you are His witnesses!

THEN you are set free, indeed —- no longer a slave to sin (John 8:31-36)!

THE PROOF OF GOD’S PROMISE

The Book of Acts! When the day of Pentecost came, the men and women in that upper room were transformed! They no longer argued among themselves about who was the greatest. They were no longer confused about nearly everything that Jesus taught them! They were set free from their selfishness, from their waywardness, once and for all!

Jesus spoke of the Jewish leaders in Matthew 13, quoting from Isaiah 6 —

Matthew 13:15      FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

Is your heart dull, that is, calloused over? Have you stopped up your ears and screwed your eyes shut because you’ve always thought and been taught the promise of a new heart can’t possibly be true?

Then turn today and be healed of your waywardness! You were born that way, but you don’t have to stay that way!

God’s promises say that He will change your heart! Ask Him, and He will do it!

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THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE

[SW173] 02/14/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“The Gift of God’s Love”

It’s not human love. It’s God’s love. It’s a gift from Him to you, and He’ll fill you up with it when you give your heart fully to Him!

This love was so very different than human love that when the disciples were filled with it in Acts 2, they searched for a Greek word to describe it. There were no words! Then they dusted off an unused Greek word for love, and defined it — agape, the same love that the Father has for the Son! In humans! Given to them by  God Himself, when they waited until they were clothed with power from on high, the power of that love!

John 21:15-17, defining the Greek words, for the English word, “love” —

John 21:15   So when they had  finished breakfast, Jesus  said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me with the same love that My Father has for Me, more than these?” He  said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I  have great affection for You and love you as a brother.” He  said to him, “Tend  My lambs.”

16 He  said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me with the same love that My Father has for Me?” He  said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I   have great affection for You and love you as a brother.” He  said to him, “ Shepherd My sheep.”

17 He  said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you have great affection for Me and love Me as a brother?” Peter was grieved because He said to him  the third time, “Do you have great affection for Me and love Me as a brother?” And he said to Him, “Lord,  You know all things; You know that I  love You.” Jesus  said to him, “ Tend My sheep.”

Peter loves Jesus in the only way that he can love Jesus at this point in his life.
Something has to happen to him before he can love Jesus with the same love the Father has for the Son.

But if he waits expectantly and believes the promise Jesus promised, then —

Romans 5:5 and hope  does not disappoint, because the love of God has been  poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Now I have given away the whole thrust of what God wants to say to you today!

They were not disappointed when they waited (Luke 24:49). They received the gift of God’s love when they were filled with His Spirit in that upper room.

How do I know?

They no longer considered each other rivals.

They no longer contended for a place of honor, to sit at Christ’s right hand or his left when He was in His kingdom (Matthew 20:21)

They no longer argued about who was the greatest (Mark 9:34, Luke 9:46).

They were no longer selfish.

They were no longer self-centered.

They were no longer seeking what they wanted, at the cost of others.

They no longer wanted to call fire down upon their enemies (Luke 9:54).

Jesus said:

John 13:34 “A  new commandment I give to you,  that you love one another,  even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Jesus tells the disciples, and you today, that they must love one another with the same love He has for them, which is . . .

John 15:9 “Just as  the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. . .  12   “This is  My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”

The same love the Father has for the Son.

But Lord, I am not born with Your love in my heart!

But if you wait expectantly and believe the promise Jesus promised, then —

Romans 5:5 and hope  does not disappoint, because the love of God has been  poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

And when your heart is filled with the same love the Father has for the Son —

John 14:15   “ If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another   Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is  the Spirit of truth,  whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
If you love Jesus Christ with the same love the Father has for Him, you most assuredly will keep His commandments — you will obey Him. It won’t be in your own power that you will obey, but it will be because of the power that is in God’s actual love, by the Holy Spirit who will fill you and remain in you.

When Jesus Christ was walking the earth, they sensed the Holy Spirit in Jesus. The Spirit was WITH them. But in the future, these believers would have the Holy Spirit IN them, and they would be full of the Holy Spirit. Then their hearts would be filled with the same love God has for His Son.

Again, if you love Jesus Christ with the same love the Father has for Him, you most assuredly will keep His commandments — you will obey Him.

The Spirit-inspired John says it well; definitions are included here —

1John 2:5 but whoever  keeps His word, in him the  love of God has truly been perfected, made complete, consummated in character, finished.  By this we know that we are in Him:

1John 4:7    Beloved, let us  love one another with the same love the Father has for the Son, for [this] love is from God; and  everyone who loves with the same love God has for His Son is born of God and  knows God absolutely and intimately, the knower having a holy, intimate relationship with God.

Why does God want to give you His love, the same love the Father has for the Son?

So that you will be one in nature with the Father, having partaken of His divine nature, just as Jesus asked the Father in John 17:21, 23 and 26. God is love — to be one in nature with Him is to received the gift of His love, the same love He has for His Son.

And by that amazing transformation that only God could possibly do, the world will believe that God sent His Son, and loved you with the same love He has for His Son.

Jesus says:

John 17:26 “and  I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that  the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Romans 5:5 and hope  does not disappoint, because the love of God has been  poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Prayer/altar call: Ephesians 3:14-19

MAGNIFYING GLASSES

[SW166] 12/27/2014 message notes by Sister Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Magnifying Glasses”

NOTE:  These sermon notes are brief, but you can go to the Youtube link to the right of this blog to watch the message.

When I was first filled with the Holy Spirit and was learning to walk in the Spirit, my mentor and pastor, David “Doc” Uber, came to me with a word from God. He said, “The Lord says you are to be transparent but not invisible.” I asked, “What does that mean?”
He said, “I have no idea!”

So I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to explain the riddle to me. I write in my journal nearly every day, during my early morning devotional time. One day, as I wrote, a lightbulb went off — the Holy Spirit showed me that a magnifying glass is transparent, but not invisible. You can see its frame and its handle, but the magnifying part is transparent! The Lord told me I was to be His magnifying glass, and it is true for each one who says they follow Jesus Christ, beloved.

Text: 2 Samuel 7:10-11, 22, 25-26

God made David a house, and David’s response was one of humility, humbleness and contriteness before God. Who am I? I am nothing, yet you have chosen to make me a house. It is true of all of us who realize that God wants to come and dwell in our hearts, as Jesus speaks in John 14:23! We realize our littleness, and His greatness.

David goes on to proclaim the Lord’s greatness — and in Verse 25-26, David shows us the purpose of making him a house — so the name of the Lord would be magnified forever. Think of the many Psalms written by David, in which he speaks and sings of the Lord’s greatness! He will do the same in us, when we realize He wants to make us a house and come and dwell in us! We, too, will become His magnifying glasses!

Another voice of a magnifying glass is heard in Paul, in Philippians 3:7-14, and Galatians 2:20. There is a cost to becoming a magnifying glass. You must realize your littleness to see His greatness. You must die to the “old you” so He can live through you. And you must see that all good works and great accomplishments are as dung, compared to knowing Jesus Christ intimately. You must utterly reject your old life in order to have His life. But when you do, He makes your life GLORIOUS, filling you with His glory, His mightiness, His weightiness, and you cannot contain yourself — you must proclaim all that He has done, all that He is, all that He will do for anyone who will come to Him!

But beloved, some of you sit under teaching that says Jesus is small, that He worried, that he was depressed, that He was unsure. I have heard this in messages from leaders of denominations, from professors, from preachers! I have heard that Jeremiah was bipolar, and that other prophets were delusional. God help us!

Rather than becoming magnifying glasses who declare the greatness of God, these voices look at him through the wrong end of binoculars, and have miniaturized God!!!

Do not listen to them! Run from them! Find one who has become a magnifying glass, and listen and heed and do what the Word of God says.

Ask God to make you a house for His immensity, and you will become His magnifying glass!

REBUILDING – REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION

[SW142] 06/21/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Rebuilding the Church — Repentance and Public Confession”

Beloved, if we speak all of God’s Word to the people, they will repent and publicly confess their sin. Then the people are ready to be dedicated and purified!

Jesus is showing me something in the Book of Nehemiah. It’s about today’s church, and what she must be taught and how she must be exhorted. In Nehemiah, the Lord reveals the necessary steps to rebuilding:

Chapter 1 — Intercession

Chapter 2 — Christ’s provision

Chapters 2 and 3 — His Inspiration and Strength

Chapter 4 — Spiritual Warfare

Chapter 5 — Conviction of sin

Chapter 6 — Discernment

Chapters 8 and 9 — Repentance/Public Confession of Sin

Chapter 12 — Consecration

Chapter 13 — Cleansing

First we intercede standing in the gap between a broken church and a God who heals brokenness. Then we seek the provision necessary to rebuild.

Then we act upon the inspiration of God, the heart of God which we have sought and got!

But in the midst of the building, the Enemy who is Satan will mock, despise and attack us.
How do we defeat him? Spiritual warfare! But remember that we cannot blame Satan for the sin that has caused the church to become broken down.

The next element necessary to the rebuilding is discernment. We cannot fight Satan without it, and only God can give it. Mankind’s natural discernment will never work — we see its results every day in the headlines.

Now we come to the next step in rebuilding the church:

If we speak all of God’s Word to the people, they will repent and publicly confess their sin, which prepares them for dedication and purification!

It is one thing to complete the wall, but more is required to complete the process of rebuilding — the wall must be dedicated/consecrated, and purified.

And so it is with God’s people, both then and now. Our hearts must be consecrated, our hearts must be purified so they are wholly the Lord’s! And only He can do it!

Nehemiah 8 and 9

It was the Feast of Trumpets on the first day of Tishri, the Jewish calendar’s seventh month, which would be October in the Roman calendar. A day of ruach, a day of blowing, a day for the wind of the Spirit to blow through the people, by way of the public reading and interpretation of the Word of God by the priests and scribes!

It was the Feast of Trumpets, the first of the Ten Days of Awe (a time of reflection and repentance), leading up to the Day of Atonement (peace with God), and followed by the Feast of Tabernacles (rejoicing over God’s provision in the wilderness and now, in the harvest).

Oh, beloved! When we reflect and repent, and ask for the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to cover us, we will rejoice over God’s provision that kept us in our own wilderness wanderings, and His provision in coming to tabernacle literally inside of us!

When Ezra brought the law before the people, to read and interpret it, they all were attentive. Their ears were to it, spiritually.

Their hearts were open to not only physically hear it, but heed it (James 1:22-25).
They once again revered the Word of God, after they strayed from it, sinned, were sent into exile by God, and then brought back into to the land by Him!

Ezra didn’t give a 20-minute sermon, beloved!

He read from the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) from dawn until midday. His fellow priests and scribes stood with him. He was on a podium, above the people so they could see and hear. All the people stood up when he began, and did not sit down until he was done.

Then, after Ezra had read and interpreted the Word of God so the people could understand it, he blessed the Lord, the great God.

What else can we do when we read God’s Word and hear its interpretation with open hearts? We all simply bless the Lord for His greatness, His faithfulness, His love, His justness, and His righteousness!

All the people said, “Amen, Amen,” while lifting up their hands (v. 6).

And then they bowed low with their faces to the ground. Why? I believe the presence of the Lord was there, and when we sense Him, we bow in humility and submission, we bow under His great kabod, His majesty and the weightiness of His presence.

All of them wept when they heard the Word of the Lord (v. 9). They grieved, because they were convicted of how they and their fathers had grieved the Lord. What a picture of the true fear of God, true worship in Spirit and in truth!

They were convicted of their unfaithfulness, having been reminded through the Scriptures of the Lord’s great faithfulness.

But the Feast of Trumpets was not only a day to begin reflection and repentance, but a day of rejoicing and feasting because the Day of Atonement, the time of making peace with God, was coming!

So Nehemiah urged them to eat and drink and share with those who did not have anything prepared. It was a holy day, a day set apart. And beloved, Nehemiah reminded them, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

It is our fortress. It is not our joy, but His!

John 15:11 “ These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your  joy may be made full.
John 17:13 “But now  I come to You; and  these things I speak in the world so that they may have My  joy made full in themselves.”

It is not our strength, but His!

It is not our life, but His!

It is not our love, but His!

They rejoiced as they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, and then, in Nehemiah 9:1, on the 24th day of the month, on the appointed day,they mourned and fasted. I tell you, this is the appointed day!

They publicly separated themselves from all foreigners (so they would not worship the things that the world worships), and stood and confessed their sins publicly.

For three hours, the Torah was read, and for three hours after that, the people confessed.
Then the Levites invited them to bless their God, and began to speak of His faithfulness, of all He had given them, of how He had provided for them and made them able to go in and possess the land, fighting against their enemies as they went in.

And the Levites recited all the ways the people had rebelled after faithful Abraham, whose heart the Lord found faithful before Him (v.7). As Abraham stood before the Lord, even seeing His angel, he was found faithful, full of faith in the goodness and mercy of God!

The people’s sins were many:

Verse 16 —
They acted arrogantly,
became stubborn,
would not listen,
and refused to listen,
They forgot the deeds of the Lord,
tried to go back into slavery in Egypt,
and made a golden calf and worshiped it.

Verse 26 —
They became disobedient and rebelled against the Lord.
They cast His law behind their backs.
They killed the prophets who admonished them so they might return to Him.
They committed great blasphemies (acts of contempt) against the Lord.

The Lord let their enemies have at them, they cried out, He delivered them, they sinned again, He punished them by exiling them, He delivered them because He promised He would bring them back in 70 years from Babylon. He kept delivering all who returned to Him, for His own name’s sake and because of His great hesed, His faithfulness as a husband to His people!

The Lord delivered them from captivity in Babylon, but they were still slaves to the King of Persia, in their own land. This speaks to me of the believer who is still a slave to sin.

The solution?

The people must be consecrated (Chapter 12), and purified (Chapter 13). We still have two messages to go, before we see the whole picture the Lord showed me!

The word to today’s church, today’s Christian:

The whole Word of God must be spoken and accurately interpreted.

The people must have ears to hear it, to heed it and not just physically listen, and revere it.

When the Word of God is spoken and the people have ears to hear it, they will repent. Let he who has an ear hear what the Spirit says!

The church must give the people a means to repent openly, to confess their sins publicly, before the whole congregation.

Let us have Ten Days of Awe, when every believer recaptures the fear of the Lord, the awe of Him, when they once again see His faithfulness and their unfaithfulness.

Peace with God will result, through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ!

Then, the rejoicing will begin, for on the mountain of the Lord, it has been provided (Genesis 22:14, the Akedah) —

—We have Christ, who not only is the means of making peace with God and establishing a face-to-face relationship with God, but also
—We have Christ who also makes the way for our hearts to be filled with His Spirit so our hearts are consecrated (made holy) and made entirely His, no mixture of affections, so we walk in His ways and thus, in His power!

Oh, believe God and not me, a rebuilt church and revival will result!

MY SPECTACULAR GOD

My God is spectacular!!! When we make Him into our own, ordinary image, we make Him appear to be ordinary, beloved!

[SW117] 11/30/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“My Spectacular God”

Scriptures:

Psalm 24
Hebrews 13:8
John 14:12

My spectacular God,
YHWH, the I AM,
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

I do not need to defend my spectacular God
but He has asked me to speak to His church,
for many are uncomfortable with my spectacular God!

Spectacular:

Of or like a spectacle (dramatic revelation); impressive.
grand, great, magnificent

His spectacular works, from the beginning:

Creation — He speaks, and it must come to pass!

Abraham –He gives a child to 100-year-old Abraham and his 90-year-old always-barren wife. It is for the redemption of the world, because from Isaac’s line, Jesus Christ came!

Sodom and Gomorrah — He judges sin spectacularly, for He is holy and just.

Exodus — He judges all the gods of Egypt via signs and wonders, a nation goes forth from captivity, pillars of fire and cloud guiding and protecting them, waters are miraculously parted. Why?

To Pharaoh, He says:

Exodus 9:14 “For this time I will send all My plagues  on you and your servants and your people, so that  you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth.  15 “For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth.  16 “But, indeed,  for this reason I have allowed you to  remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.

The purpose of these spectacular signs and wonders? Revelation of His nature, His power (Hebrew koakh, Greek dunamis), and that He is the only true God and completely different than anything man creates as an object of worship.

More of my spectacular God:

–Jehoshaphat’s enemies destroy themselves before his army can go into battle because God sets an ambush and confuses them. Why? Worship and obedience by Judah.

–Hezekiah sees 185,000 Assyrians destroyed (Isaiah 37:36) without Judah lifting a finger.

–The giving of His Son
God comes down to deliver us from sin —
To forgive past sins,
and free us from slavery to sin!
— Healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the poor in spirit have the gospel — the truth — preached to them!

–The fullness of His Spirit
When my spectacular God comes in,
can it be anything but a spectacular experience?

–The entire change of heart

–His fruit (character and nature) in human beings

Jesus Christ and the Father question the church: Why are you uncomfortable with My power, My spectacular ways? Through them, the world is to know that I alone am God!

We downplay His power and His spectacular ways.
We do not even like to use the word “power!”
But God uses it,
Jesus Christ uses it, too, beloved.
So do Spirit-filled Christians!

Acts 6:8   And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great  wonders and  signs among the people.

Romans 15:19 in the power of   signs and wonders,  in the power of the Spirit; so that  from Jerusalem and round about as  far as Illyricum I have  fully preached the gospel of Christ.

1Corinthians 2:4 and my  message and my preaching were  not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of  the Spirit and of power,  5 so that your faith would not  rest on the wisdom of men, but on  the power of God.

O Church, you water down the Word of God:

–Don’t expect anything spectacular when you are saved

–Don’t expect anything spectacular when you are filled with the Holy Spirit

–Don’t expect to be set free from slavery to sin; you will always rebel against God, you will always be selfish.

–”Oh, I’m no saint!” Why not? God says your heart can be completely His, and commands that you be holy as He is holy! We think we sound humble, but such words offend God and insult and grieve and quench His Spirit, beloved.

Hebrews 10:26   For if we go on  sinning willfully after receiving  the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,  27 but a terrifying expectation of  judgment and  THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.

Hebrews 10:29  How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve  who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean  the blood of the covenant  by which he was sanctified, and has  insulted the Spirit of grace?

Why do we do these things?

The Lord shows me that the primary reason is that many of us are still natural —
we have not received the Holy Spirit.

1Corinthians 2:14   But  a  natural man  does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are  foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually  appraised.

If we had received His Holy Spirit,
we’d welcome His spectacular-ness.
We’d understand its purpose is that the world will know
there is none like Him in all the earth.

His spectacular ways are inextricably linked
to His holy character, His purity —
He commanded Israel to walk like Him,
to have His holy character.
And He commands of us.

If we had received His Holy Spirit,
we’d hate sin just like He does.
And He would give us power over it.

The second reason we are uncomfortable with God’s spectacular-ness
is that when He displays it,
we come face-to-face with His holy character,
and we see our sinfulness,
just as Isaiah did (Isaiah 6).

But many want to continue in their sin
and at the same time, be saved from hell.

O church, in doing so, you attempt to use God for your own purposes,
rather than allowing Him to bring you into His.

Since we love our sin,
we want to believe God loves that we continue rebelling against Him,
after we receive Jesus.
Agreeing with us for the sake of filled pews,
our teachers cry, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.

We thus redefine God,
making Him into our own image.
Since we are not spectacular or powerful or holy,
but ordinary,
the god we make Him into is ordinary.

We think we have made Him a God we can handle,
a God under our control.
We deceive ourselves!

He remains a spectacular God in many other parts of the world!
He reveals His power in Africa, Asia, South America —
even cold and hardened Europe,
even in Islam-controlled countries!

Will you throw to the moles and bats the god you’ve made Him into,
and fall on your face before Him?

Beloved!

Lift up your heads!  Let the King of glory come in! (Psalm 24:7-10)

His glory! In you!

My spectacular God will do spectacular things in you,
and He will do spectacular things through you,
so the world may know that He is God, the I AM!

NO LONGER SLAVES

Free, indeed! Free from that thing in us that makes us rebel against God, that wreaks havoc in our lives! Hallelujah! It is the free gift of God, through Christ Jesus our Lord!

[SW114] 11/3/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“No Longer Slaves”

The scripture: Romans 6

The context:

Rome, the cosmopolitan city

False teachers (Gnostics, etc.) saying, “Keep on sinning; grace will keep on increasing and God will keep on forgiving you.”

The truth:

Starts with Romans 5:20-21:

–The Law (the Ten Commandments) defines God’s moral standards.
It cannot be done in our natural goodness and strength and love.
When we tried and failed,
We saw that we were sinners.
Was that the end of the story?

–No! Thanks be to God, grace abounded! How?
He sent His Christ so we could become right on the inside
and have eternal life.
Sending His Christ
is the “grace (that) abounded even more.”

–Well, since grace is here, through Jesus Christ,
can we who believe into Him keep on sinning?
Won’t grace increase if we do?

–May it never be!
Haven’t we died to sin?

–Wait a minute.
Isn’t sin the things we do that are against God?
How can we die to an action, to a verb?

–To sin is to willfully disobey (rebel against) God.
If we sin, it is a symptom of a deeper issue —
the sin nature — the root cause of sin.
That’s the noun Paul refers to.
We are born with rebellious natures.

–But Paul says we can DIE to that sin nature.

If we die to it, we are set free, indeed (verse 7).

If we do not die to it, we are slaves to it (verse 6).

Slavery to sin defined:

In bondage to sin
subject to sin
mastered by sin
legal property of sin
forced to obey sin
controlled by sin
ruled by sin
under authority of sin

An aside:
Human enslavement by humans is evil, indeed.
But it is just a symptom of the deeper issue —
the sin nature.
Until that is dealt a death blow,
human enslavement by humans will continue.
The sin nature must die,
and the divine nature must come in to replace it.
The stony heart must be plucked out by the hand of God,
and be replaced by a nature that responds to Him.

How does that happen?

What I am about to say is different than the usual interpretation of Verses 3 and 4.
But I believe it is the truth.

“All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus” —
what is it to be baptized into Christ Jesus?
Is it water, or is it fire?
John the Baptist says Jesus baptizes
with the Holy Spirit and fire.

It is when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire,
that we are “baptized into His death.”
Our sin nature dies, and we are no longer slaves to it!

Jesus took our sin upon Himself and died once for all.
Spiritually, when we are baptized into the Holy Spirit,
the sin nature dies in us,
and the Holy Spirit gives us God’s nature.

Then He continues His work —
we work it out with Him, in fear and trembling,
for we know it is God who is at work in us.
But all willful disobedience,  all rebellion,
died when we were baptized by Jesus
with the Holy Spirit and fire!

No longer slaves to sin!!!!

No longer in bondage to the sin nature
subject to the sin nature
mastered by the sin nature
legal property of the sin nature
forced to obey the sin nature
controlled by the sin nature
ruled by the sin nature
under authority of the sin nature.
It is dead!

So will we believe that it can be done (verse 12)?

EITHER the sin nature reigns
and we are its slaves and not right on the inside,

OR we are alive from the dead (because the wages of sin is death),
and we are right on the inside,
and instruments of God!

Instruments of God — hepo (3696) —
busy about doing God’s works, His implement or tool,
especially, an offensive implement or tool, a weapon, armor.

We are weapons against the Enemy of our souls — Satan —
and doing damage to his kingdom
by bringing souls to Christ,
baptizing in water for repentance,
and the Holy Spirit to free them from slavery to sin!

Thanks be to God!
We were slaves of the sin nature in us,
we have become obedient FROM THE HEART —
our hearts have been changed! (verse 17)

We are freed from sin,
and slaves to righteousness (verse 18).
Slaves?
Didn’t I say we are “No Longer Slaves?”

Paul speaks in human terms, as a man (verse 19),
to help the church that is in Rome understand.
In being slaves to righteousness,
we are not slaves by the human definition!
We are doulous, bond-servants,
our debt paid,
serving out of love —
God’s actual love in our hearts!
When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire,
when we present ourselves to God and cry, “Clean me up,”
Jesus does become our Master, our Lord,
and the result is sanctification.

What is sanctification?

Hagiasmos (38) — purification, the state of purity, holiness!
No longer slaves to sin!

Beloved, when you were slaves to sin,
you were NOT controlled by the Holy Spirit.

When you first came to believe into Jesus Christ,
He began to show you that you had something in you
that drove you to disobey God.
I speak from my own experience.
The outcome of those things is death (verse 21).

But when you are freed from sin,
when you are baptized into Jesus’ baptism,
the Holy Spirit and fire,
that slavery to sin goes,
and you are set free, your heart made pure and clean!
The outcome of that is eternal life,
starting here and now.

The wages of sin is death.
If you continue to let that sin nature live in you,
even though God has given you Jesus Christ,
the Way to escape its chains,
you are still rebelling against God.
Your payment? Death.

But the FREE GIFT of God
is eternal life,
starting here and now!
His eternal life in you,
His Spirit empowering,
Christ your loving Master,
the Father, Son and Spirit
ruling and reigning!

THE WAY OF ESCAPE

Escape from what? Take heed and praise God that He has given us a way of escape!

[SW113] 10/27/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Way of Escape”

The scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:1-16

The context:

Corinth, the cosmopolitan city

Sin among the believers

Self-discipline (Spirit-control) so they are not disqualified in running the race (1 Corinthians 9:27)

The warnings:

— The Corinthians can see the Lord’s miracles, as the fathers did (verse 1)
(see Exodus 7:14 and forward, and Exodus 14:22)

— They can be baptized into Him, as the fathers were (verse 2)
(see Exodus 14:22)

— They can eat His spiritual food, as the fathers did (verse 3),
that is, the manna from heaven (see Exodus 16:4)

— They can drink His spiritual drink, as the fathers did (verse 4),
that is, the water from the Rock which is Christ (see Exodus 17:6)

AND YET not please God,
even to the point of their death (verse 5),
IF:

— They crave (lust after) evil things as some of the fathers did (verse 6),
that is, what they had in Egypt — meat, fish, veggies, appetizing food —
and spurn what the Lord provides.

— They make idols in their hearts (“I am god in my life”) or worship idols,
as the some of the fathers did (verse 7)
and as a result, eat, drink and play, as they did
(becoming their own idols, living selfishly)
and the rebellious were separated and killed.
(see Exodus 32:6, 26-28)

— They bow down to Baal, a god of fertility and sensuality (verse 8),
as some of the fathers did
for that is spiritual adultery against God
and a plague killed them (see Numbers 25).

— They try the Lord (verse 9) as some of the fathers did,
loathing “this miserable food” —
food that the Lord provided (manna and water from the rock) —
and fiery serpents destroyed them (see Numbers 21:5-6).

— They complain that God is unfair in His dealings with rebellion (verse 10),     (when the earth opened up, swallowing Korah and his followers),
as some of the fathers did,
and a plague struck them (see Numbers 16:41, 49)

These are good “bad examples” for the church at Corinth,
and they are also for you and me (verses 6 and 11).
These things do not please God.

1Corinthians 10:6   Now these things happened as  examples for us . . .

1Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an  example, and  they were written for our instruction, upon whom  the ends of the ages have come.
Paul loves the church at Corinth,
thought they don’t like him very much (2 Corinthians 6:11-13).

Because he loves them, he warns them:

1Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who  thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

Some of the fathers thought they stood,
thought they were the Lord’s.
But many fell (1 Corinthians 10:5).

O Christian, O Church!

Even though we see His miracles
even though we are His,
and eat His food and drink,
we must take heed that we do not fall.

To take heed is to beware,
be careful, consider,
be on guard.

Temptation will come!
But God is faithful —
He has given us the way of escape.

1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you [gotten hold of you] but such as is common to man; and  God is faithful, who will not allow you to be  tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it [bear up under it].

God is faithful!
He won’t let you be tempted beyond what you can stand.
and gives you a way to escape it.

Trials and temptations are not in themselves sinful.
God will provide a way out, in life’s unavoidable temptations,
so you can stand firm under it.

What is this “way of escape?”

The Holy Spirit!

When you are filled with the Spirit,
you no longer rebel against God.
He breaks the power of sin,
so we are no longer slaves to it.

By the refining fire of the Holy Spirit,
our selfish desires are destroyed,
and our desires become the Lord’s desires.

BUT . . .  some of the Corinthians were filled with the Spirit.
And so was Paul, yet he exercised Spirit control so he himself
would not be disqualified from the race for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Did they also need to watch for temptation?
Did they also need a way of escape?

Temptations will always come.
Our hearts are God’s,
they are pure, no more mixture.
But we will be tempted.

So we do what Jesus did when He walked the earth:

We take authority over temptation (Luke 10:19),
for temptation comes from Satan, and Christ has defeated him.
We use the Word of God,
just as Christ did in the wilderness when Satan tempted him.
The Word of God drives Satan away.

And sometimes we must simply leave a situation where temptation has come.

God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able.
but with the temptation — each individual temptation —
He gives the way out.

The Holy Spirit takes the sin nature, willful disobedience against God,
and afterwards, warns us of “surprise” temptations that come along —
the “knee jerk” responses I talked about last week.
Praise God that the blood of Christ covers us,
when we miss it, and respond to provocations.

Are you willfully disobeying God today?

Ask God to cleanse you by filling you with the Holy Spirit!

Many say it is impossible to escape willful disobedience against God. But that goes against Galatians 5:24. As Oswald Chambers says in My Utmost for His Highest:

“If you are in debate as to whether God can deliver from sin, either let Him do it, or tell Him He cannot. Do not quote this and that person. Try Matthew 11:28 — “Come unto Me.” Come, if you are weary and heavy laden; ask, if you know you are evil (Luke 11:13).”