OBEDIENCE TO THE VISION

Are we obedient or disobedient to the Vision? What/Who is the Vision? What is the source? What is the price for obedience to the Vision? What is the reward?

[SW106]  09/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Obedience to the Vision”

Acts 26:19  Paul was not disobedient to the vision.

Acts 26:9-23  The vision

Acts 26:20, Acts 20:20-21. 27  The obedience

2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 The price

2 Timothy 4:8  The reward

Today’s church

I’m sounding the trumpet! Today’s church is quite unrecognizable by Christ and by Paul.

We cast vision like the business world (I quote from church growth experts):

— “As leaders, you must be firmly convinced before you can sell it to others!”

(God laughs us to scorn, because no one is convinced until they encounter Jesus personally and intimately. Then they know He’s real and you don’t need to sell them anything. No more pleading when the Holy Spirit is leading!)

— During the Reformation, “words” that expressed their vision “galvanized and motivated the people in the proper direction for the church to go.”

(God laughs us to scorn, because it is He who galvanizes and motivates, not words. We must be filled in order to be galvanized and motivated to do “God works.”)

— “Vision gives the motivation and the momentum for the equipping ministry of the church.”

(God laughs us to scorn, because there is only one Vision, and that is the Father and the Son. We are to follow in the Son’s footsteps, doing what we see the Father doing and saying what we hear Him saying.)

AND . . . .

To equip, in Ephesians 4:12, is to perfect, to completely furnish.

Equipping means being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Paul alludes to it in the very next verse, so we might understand what he means by “equipping.”

When equipped by being filled, the saints WILL work “God works.”

Truth is in order:

When we are filled with the Spirit,
there is no need to try to figure out “why are we here?”
or “We exist in order to . . .”
We know why we are here.

When we are filled with the Spirit,
we don’t need a vision statement to tell us that we are to reach
“every home in this community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”             Evangelism is as natural to us as breathing.

When we are filled with the Spirit,
we don’t need “non-negotiable characteristics of an organization,
it’s heart and soul.”
Christ IS IN our hearts!
He has purified them
so we love God’s law and follow it  and have Christ’s mind.

We desire what God desires.
We delight to do the will of God,
and we ourselves ARE His will.

When we are filled with the Spirit,
we do not need to form
“strategy (which) is the plan for accomplishing the vision.”

Christ is our Vision, and when we are obedient to Him,
He uses us as His vessels for accomplishing all He wants to do.         We do not tell Him what we will do for Him,
but He tells us what to do, moment to moment,
just as He did with the Father
when He walked the earth.

When we are filled with the Spirit,
we do not need “specific, measurable and dated” goals.
We press on toward the goal
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

The church’s leaders have warped,
watered down and
willfully walked away from
the whole truth the gospel,
in order to please congregations.

Here’s the whole truth, dear ones:

Your sinful heart must be replaced by a heart that follows God.

You must be inwardly purified by the Refiner, Jesus Christ.
Christ must reign in your human heart.

The Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, must possess you.

THEN, you will be His yielded vesses through which He manifests Himself and brings many sons to glory.

O Church that has warped
and watered down
and willfully walked away,
it is not too late for you to turn
from your foolish ways and return to God!

God the Father is here today to receive His wayward ones!

Church leaders, do you want to please God?

Then stop trying to fill your pews by using business practices.

Instead, EXHORT MOST HEARTILY the ones in your pews to be be filled!

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A HOLY HEART

It’s the best-kept secret in the church today. What is a holy heart? How is a heart made holy? Why is it so important to seek one?

[SW105]  08/31/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“A Holy Heart”

–A heart wholly (completely) His, one He has not only entered into but reigns within, so we are containers for His Holy Spirit, tents in which the presence of the Lord dwells (see John 14:23).

–His love fills our hearts and overflows to the world around us. (Romans 5:5)

–His power and presence shine from us, though we ourselves are not aware of it. (He sometimes lets us know through those who see it, to encourage us.) (Philippians 2:15)

–Our hearts are pure [2513, clean, clear], and we see [stare at, discern clearly, attend to, experience, behold] God. (Matthew 5:8)

–We become His witnesses (Acts 1:8

HOW A HOLY HEART HAPPENS:

It is not achieved by us, but by God.

Haggai 2:12 ‘If a man carries  holy meat in the  fold of his garment, and touches bread with  this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?’” And the priests answered, “No.”

Being touched externally by holiness (see examples below) does not make you holy/pure in heart:

–sensing God’s holy presence, a holy hush
–receiving an encouraging touch from God, a stirring in your heart
–being healed by Jesus of disease, or delivered from a demon

Haggai 2:13 Then Haggai said, “ If one who is unclean from a  corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will become unclean.”

–And if you are only outwardly holy (following the rules with unchanged hearts), touching the unholy will defile you. The result?

–You try to externally avoid the sinful (do not taste, do not touch) but you are yet a slave to sin and you fail in your attempts to avoid it.

–Even the attempt to avoid sin in our own power is itself sinful, because you are trying to earn your way to heaven by avoiding sin. Your own works will not get us to heaven — only God’s work can do that!

–You become like the Pharisees, avoiding people you see as “impure” so their impurity won’t rub off on you. Thus you sin, again attempting to get to heaven by your own means, and blocking others from entering.

But here is the Lord’s promise to His wayward people who TURN back to Him, thus proving Himself holy:

Ezekiel 36:24  “For I will  take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.  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.  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.

–Obeying rules does not make you holy, but when God gives you a new heart and a new spirit, you become holy and you obey Him. Do you see the difference?

Obeying rules is outward and external; you are trying to work our own salvation. But when He has given you a new heart, your obedience happens “naturally” because the Lord’s Spirit now rules and reigns.

THE WATCHMAN’S WARNING

Jesus says this: What proceeds from your mouth reveals your heart — whether it is holy or not holy, His or not His (Matthew 15:10-20), whether you are following rules externally or whether He has given us a new heart, whether we give God lip service (Matthew 15:8) or have a new heart that enables us to live what we speak.

Jesus says that many in His church follow Him outwardly, but their hearts are far from Him. He sets the plumb line today (Amos 7:8).

Christian, if you will agree with Him about your heart, He will change your heart and fill you with His Spirit.

Oh, beloved! I pray the prayers Paul prayed did for the churches at Thessalonica and Ephesus:

1 Thessalonians 5:23   Now  may the God of peace  Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your  spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,  without blame at  the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24  Faithful is He who  calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Paul prays this for those who are presently living and who know Christ . . . it is possible to be filled with His Holy Spirit and live with a holy heart, here and now! He will do it, when you ask Him.

Listen to Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus:

Ephesians 3:14   For this reason I  bow my knees before the Father,  15 from whom  every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  16 that He would grant you, according to  the riches of His glory, to be  strengthened with power through His Spirit in  the inner man,  17 so that  Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being  rooted and  grounded in love,  18 may be able to comprehend with  all the  saints what is  the breadth and length and height and depth,  19 and to know  the love of Christ which  surpasses knowledge, that you may be  filled up to all the  fullness of God.

Then:

–You will have a holy heart that is wholly (completely) His, He will not only enter into you but reign in you, making you a container for His Holy Spirit, a tent in which the presence of the Lord dwells (see John 14:23).

–His love will fill your heart and overflow to the world around you. (Romans 5:5)

–His power and presence will shine from you, though you yourself will not be aware of it. (But He sometimes will let you know through those who see it, to encourage you.) (Philippians 2:15)

–Your hearts will be made pure [2513, clean, clear], and you will see [stare at, discern clearly, attend to, experience, behold] God. (Matthew 5:8)

–When you stand before Him one day, He will know you. You will not be a foolish virgin (Matthew 25:12).

Beloved, do not be like the man with one talent who hid it:

Matthew 25:26   “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money  in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

Matthew 25:29   “ For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [a new heart from God], even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 “Throw out the worthless slave into  the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

You do not have a hard Master,
but one who came down
(so you do not have to bring Christ down to hear His words)
and died and rose again
(so you don’t have to bring Him up from the dead to hear His words),

But His words are in your mouth, if you have eaten them today,
and in your heart (see Romans 10:6-8).
So  . . . believe His words and obey them!

You have received Christ as Savior . . . now receive Him as Lord by yielding to Him completely.

You will be filled with the Holy Spirit, you will have a holy heart, you will multiply what He has given you, and when you stand before Him, you will hear Him say,

Matthew 25:21 “. . . ‘Well done, good and  faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will  put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your  master.’”

Beloved, our salvation from our past sins is sure. But equally sure is the Lord’s command for a holy heart so we are no longer slaves to sin, and we must obey Him!

DECEPTION

[SW104] 08/24/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Deception”

I wanted to speak another word today, but the Lord insisted that this is the exact time that His word on deception must go forth. I cannot help but obey,
for His timing is always perfect. It is a difficult word for you to hear, O church, but I must speak it.

Isaiah 28:14 Therefore,  hear the word of the LORD, O  scoffers,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15 Because you have said, “We have made a  covenant with death,
And with  Sheol we have made a  pact.
The overwhelming  scourge will not reach us when it passes by,
For we have made  falsehood our refuge and we have  concealed ourselves with deception.”

The Lord speaks to leaders of the church who have made a deal with the world, who think that when the Lord comes to judge, they will not be judged, because they are hidden under a robe of deception.

The Lord’s response to those who wrap themselves in deception like a robe, who snuggle up into it because deceptive words are comforting to them, is in Verse 17:

17 “I will make  justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then  hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.

He will come, O leaders of the church, and measure you against His justice and see if you are in balance with His righteousness or whether you are slanted. He will bring hail to sweep away your lies, and will wash away those secret places where you sin, so your sin is revealed.

From Jeremiah 23, the Lord commands me to comment:

Woe to you shepherds, you leaders and pastors, who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture, declares the Lord. You will say that you have a large church, perhaps 20,000, and they all draw near to hear your words. But your words scatter the flock AWAY from Him and drive them AWAY from Him, because you do not reprove the flock for sin and call them to repentance.

Because you do not attend to the flock of His pasture, He will attend to you, for the Lord sees your deeds as evil! When you do not warn about sin and righteousness and judgment, you do evil in the sight of the Lord.

My response to this warning of the Lord is as Jeremiah’s was:

My heart is broken, my bones tremble, I swoon like a drunken man! I see the deadness of the church that sins, I see her distance from God, and those who lead her are on an evil course, and their might is not right. It is not God’s.

The land is full of adulterers, those who love the world and sin as the world sins and yet say they love God. You have two lovers, church, for even in the Lord’s house, He has found your wickedness.

And He will bring calamity upon all of the adulterers, and all those prophets who prophesy by Baal, who preach man-pleasing messages that appeal to the flesh — God wants us to be rich, wants us to be successful by the world’s standards — these are contrary to Jesus Christ’s words. He commands us not to seek this world’s treasures but the treasures of heaven! You are being led astray, O church, by these false prophets.

And it is throughout the church — not just in northern Israel (Samaria) but in Jerusalem, and so, not only in some geographical locations, but everywhere! What horrible thing does the Lord see them doing?

They strengthen the hands of evildoers. Sinners feel comfortable in their sin, and pastors and leaders, by not calling them to repentance, make them feel strong, like they are protected, like they are fine with God, covered with the blood of the Lamb.

But Hebrews 10:26 and 29 clearly tells us that to go on sinning willfully after the knowledge of the truth is to trample under foot the Son of God and to regard as unclean His blood, and have insulted the Spirit of grace! Punishment awaits those who do so!

The Lord says to churchgoers, Do not listen to the words of these false shepherds, for they are driving you away from Me, scattering you from Me! They are speaking visions of their own imaginations (literally, “hearts”), saying to sinners, those who walk in the stubbornness of their own hearts, “You will have peace,” and “Calamity will not come upon you.”

If they had stood in the council of the Lord, and seen and heard His word, if they were filled with His Spirit so they could see what the Father does and do likewise, and hear what the Father says and say it, they would never comfort evildoers!

He did not send these, but they ran. He did not speak to them, but they made it seem like they were speaking the very words of God!

But if they had stood in His council, here is what they would say: Turn back from your evil way and the evil of your deeds!

O church:

Lamentations 2:14 Your  prophets have seen for you
False and foolish visions;
And they have not  exposed your iniquity
So as to restore you from captivity,
But they have  seen for you false and misleading  oracles.

And you will say, “That is Old Testament. Things are different since Jesus came.”

That is the deception. Listen:

2Timothy 4:3 For  the time will come when they will not endure  sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  4 and  will turn away their ears from the truth and  will turn aside to myths.

That day is here and now — mankind’s sin nature in us has not changed. We want to wrap ourselves in robes of deception, in comforting words that are false and scatter us away from the Lord and drive us away from Him! He has the cure — Jesus will deliver you from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36). He has come to do SO MUCH MORE than forgive your past sins!

So what am I to do, as one charged to speak the truth, to say what the Lord has said, to do what He does?

2Timothy 4:1    I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to  judge the living and the dead, and by His  appearing and His kingdom:  2 preach  the word; be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke, exhort, with  great  patience and instruction.

2Timothy 4:5 But you,  be sober in all things,  endure hardship, do the work of an  evangelist, fulfill your  ministry.

And so I speak, I cry out, I weep, I pray, I reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction — today and every day!

The Lord corrects those whom He loves. He is correcting you today, leaders and pastors and church. If you are not hearing His words today, you are not His (Hebrews 12:8)!

His grace is here for you today! Repent, turn from your wicked ways, ask Him to forgive you and purify your heart so you cannot help but speak the words He gives you!

The wages of sin is death. There is no way around it. But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (see Romans 6:23). Come to Him, let Him cleanse you, let Him refine you like gold, let Him purify your heart!

GOOD WORKS FROM THE FATHER

[SW102] 08/18/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Good Works From the Father”

Oh, to do good works —
not just good works that unbelievers can do,
not just human works done in human power,
but good works from the Father!!!

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good [2570 beautiful, better, excellent]

works [works — 2041 actions, behaviors, deeds, what He does]

from [ek 1537, denoting origin]

the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”

What is the purpose of doing good works from the Father? God’s purpose is ALWAYS salvation!

John 10:37 “ If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe  the works, so that you may  know and understand that  the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” [in = en 1722, a fixed position, within, proceedes out from]

So as Christ’s followers who love and obey Him,
when we do the beautiful, better and excellent things
that originate from the Father,
others will know and understand that the Father
is in a fixed position within us,
and we are in the Father, in a fixed position, fully His.

And SALVATION results — true salvation!
People see that God is real,
confess their sin,
and turn from it!
Jailers are saved! Whole households are saved!

When we obey and therefore love Jesus Christ, the Father and He abide in us and dwell permanently in us, just as Jesus promised in John 14 —

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 [the Holy Spirit] , that He may be with you [3326 amid, in your proximity, within] forever;”

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.”

In other words, if we obey, we love Jesus Christ.
If we love Christ, He will ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit,
who will be literally within us,
and that means the Father and Jesus are also within us,
by way of the Holy Spirit.
And we do good works from the Father.
And true salvation results —
confession of sin, turning from it!

What exactly are the good works from the Father that we do? Here are some clues:

John 5:19   Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever  the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

So, to do good works from the Father means doing what we see Him doing!

BUT . . .

We cannot do good works from the Father
unless we have holy intimacy with the Father
and are intimately connected to Him,
partakers of His divine nature through Jesus Christ.

If we are separated from Him by our sins that we commit (Isaiah 59),
we cannot see what the Father does, nor can we do likewise.
Salvation of others cannot come!

First trumpet call from the watchman on the wall for the church:

Christian, are you sinning? Then you cannot do good works from the Father.

Church, are you downplaying sin, or not mentioning it at all?
Are you out to please people to draw them to your pews,
rather than convict them
concerning sin and righteousness and judgment,
done by Holy Spirit
through true teaching of God’s Word?

Church, are you telling people that Jesus Christ came to make their lives happy,
and not to bear their past sins and free them from slavery to sin?

Then you are disobeying Jesus Christ,
and you do not have holy intimacy with the Father —
you do not have the Holy Spirit within you,
or you would not teach what you teach.

Church, the Lord shows me that because you are sinning,
you do not have holy intimacy with the Father,
so you do works any human being can do,
and do not do good works from the Father.

There is, therefore, no true salvation in what you do! If you are doing human acts done in human power, people cannot not see that God is real and confess sin and turn from it.

But do do good works from the Father is not just to do what He does, but to say what we hear Him say — what He teaches us:

John 14:10 “Do you not believe that  I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?  The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”

John 8:28 So Jesus said, “When you  lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that   I am He, and  I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me”.

Again, O Christian, I sound the trumpet!
You cannot hear the Father’s voice if you are sinning.

And Church, when you downplay sin or do not mention it at all,
when you please people to draw them to your pews,
rather than convict concerning sin, righteousness and judgment,
done by Holy Spirit through true teaching of God’s Word,
you sin, you are separated from God,
and therefore you cannot hear the Father’s voice.

So, salvation cannot happen!

O Church, when you tell people that Jesus Christ came to make their lives happy,
and not to bear their past sins and free them from slavery to sin,
you are sinning,
and you cannot hear the Father’s voice.

The Lord says that what the church-at-large is presently teaching
is evidence that she does not hear the voice of the Father,
for the Holy Spirit would never teach her to say what she is saying,
because it is contrary to what the Father says.

IF you, O Christian and you, O Church,
who are called the people of God,
will humble yourselves (confessing that you are sinning)
and pray (for forgiveness)
and turn from your wicked ways

THEN the Lord says He will hear from heaven,
and forgive your sin,
and heal you. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Then what will you be able to do?
Things that unbelievers and sinning Christians are unable to do —
good works from the Father!

You will be able, O Christian and O church, to:

–Heal the sick without even going to them (John 4:46), causing whole households to be saved.

–Heal ones who have been paralyzed even for 38 years (John 5).

–Feed 5,000 without any help from a food bank (John 6).

–Offend many with the Father’s words which He teaches you (John 6:51), causing many disciples to leave (John 6:66)!!!!

–Cry out truth and cause division (John 7:37-39, 43)!!!!

–Bluntly tell the self-righteous that they will die in their sin (John 8:24).

–Promise freedom from the slavery of sin to those who continued in His word so they would know the truth (John 8:31-36).

–Give eyes made from clay to one born blind (John 9), resulting in salvation.

Luke 7:22 And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the  BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the  POOR [in spirit] HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.”

These things you will do, O Church and O Christian,
if you confess your sins and repent, completely turning away from them.

Another trumpet sounds:

The Lord says that if we do not do good works that are from the Father,
but do good works that any human being can do in his own power,
these things are like wood, hay, and straw.
Salvation does not result from such works.

When Christ judges such works,
they will be burned up,
even though, as we do them,
we might be willing or allowed to mention His name
(see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

But the grace of the Father is here for you today,
if you will hear the words He has spoken to me by the Holy Spirit.
Confess your sins against your God,
and He will forgive you and draw you near to Him.
And then you will do good works from the Father!

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.

THE WHOLE MESSAGE OF THIS LIFE

[SW100] 07/14/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Whole Message of This Life”

“ . . . The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8)

I proclaim to you the WHOLE message (not a partial message) of this capital-L Life, of why this Life, Jesus Christ, was sent by God the Father!

[My notes are brief — just an outline. Please go to http://vimeo.com/myfathersplace to watch and listen.]

Acts 5:20 — The angel instructs the Spirit-filled disciples to go and speak.

Where? The temple.

To whom, then? To God’s people.

And so I speak to the church, as a watchman on the wall.

What do I speak? The WHOLE message (not a partial message) of this capital-L Life, of what this Life, Jesus Christ, was sent by God the Father!

His message, per Mark 1:15 and throughout the gospels — “Repent and believe the gospel!”

What His Spirit-filled disciples preached, per Acts 2:38, 2:40, and throughout the Book of Acts, “Repent and believe the gospel!”

They AND now I proclaim that:

–*Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father, per John 1 (“Jesus Christ was simply a good man, a philosopher”).

–*He was crucified by us and for us so His blood would cleanse us from our past sins (“we can continue to willfully disobey God without penalty because Jesus was crucified and His blood covers all past, present and future sins,” contradicting Hebrews 10:26).

–*He rose from the dead on the third day; death could not hold Him, per Acts 2:24. He is alive forever more (“Jesus Christ was not resurrected”).

–*God the Father exalted Him, per Acts 2:33, (“foolishness, because Jesus Christ was not resurrected”).

–*Therefore, the obedient are filled with the Holy Spirit, who cleanses/purifies their hearts, per Acts 15:9 (“not for today” OR “no need to obey”).

–*Christ will come again as Judge (“God wouldn’t do that!”)

John 12:47 “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for  I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 “ He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him;  the word I spoke is what will judge him at  the last day.”

Acts 10:42 “And He  ordered us to  preach to the people, and solemnly to  testify that this is the One who has been  appointed by God as  Judge of the living and the dead.

–*Hell is real, per Christ Himself in all four gospels, per Matthew 5:30, Mark 9:44 and many other words of Jesus (“God wouldn’t do that!”)

–*Therefore, repent and be saved from God’s wrath (“no need to repent because God is all love”).

John 3:36 “He who  believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who  does not  obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

–*Confess your sins and believe on Jesus Christ, per Romans 10:9-10 (“no need to confess your sin because God is all love, so He loves sinners; therefore, you can continue sinning”).

–*Be born from above (John 3) (“we do not expect or demand change of nature in a Christian’s heart when he is saved”)

AND THEN

–*Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high, per Luke 24:49 (“that is not ‘for today’” OR “the Spirit has filled you but you just don’t know it yet”).

–*When  you are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will witness that Christ is real, through you, even to the ends of the earth, per Acts 1:8 (“that is not ‘for today’” OR “the Spirit has filled you but you just don’t know it yet”).

Do most of the churches in America proclaim the whole message of this Life?

See the asterisks at the beginning of each truth and the parentheses at the end– all these are not taught in many churches!!!

The Apostles and all true believers proclaim Christ and Him crucified, so that all who hear may know that the lethal, terminal heart disease called sin that is in all mankind would have a Cure, sent by God the Father. Had there been no need for a Cure, there would be no need for a cross.

So why is it that some do NOT teach the whole message of this Life? They are people pleasers, or they want large congregations, or a million other earthly reasons. They do not want to make you feel bad about yourself. But I will tell you this. Because they are not teaching the whole message of this Life, they do not have this Life within them. They do not have the Holy Spirit. They are foolish, their hearts darkened, they have no connection with God, dear ones. Turn from them as they walk the broad path to destruction, and turn toward that narrow path that leads to eternal life!

And why do people listen to and accept these incomplete teachings of God’s truth? Because the false message is ear-tickling. Dear ones, it is not your best life here and now but Christ’s life in you, abundantly, until it overflows, and that cannot happen until you see that you are a sinner and turn from sin and to Christ who will heal you of your sin and reconcile you to God the Father.

God’s grace is here for you. Agree with the whole message of this Life, and receive the life of Christ!

A TREE FIRMLY PLANTED

[SW099] 07/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“A Tree Firmly Planted”

A tree firmly planted because of the One who plants, an oak of righteousness, one who takes up the very life of God and gives it forth!

[My notes are brief — just an outline. Please go to http://vimeo.com/69840920 to watch and listen.]

Psalm 1:1-3 — Blessed is the man!

Transplanted (8362) — dug up and moved!

Isaiah 61:3 — Who does the transplanting?

The Lord!

Who does He transplant?

The humble.

Jeremiah 17:8 — The effect

Ezekiel 47:12 — The effect

But this is not for the wicked (disobedient, sinners, scoffers)

Psalm 1:4-6
Jeremiah 17:5-6

So how can the wicked be transplanted?

1. Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14)

2. Offer yourself — Romans 12:1-2!