Loving Myself

Matthew 22:37-39 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

An expert in the law of Moses asked Jesus which was the most important commandment. He said two are important: love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. The second is like (the same as) the first. Hmmm. We’re to love God with God’s love and to love our neighbor and ourselves with God’s love.The word Jesus uses for love is agapeo. That’s God’s kind of love, the one that I didn’t possess or understand until it was poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit whom God has given me (Romans 5:5). I’ve never thought about loving myself with God’s love.  But Jesus says these are the most important commandments. If we do them, we fulfill the Law and the prophets. We do the Ten Commandments with ease, as well as all that the prophets revealed about the will of God. We’re able because His love has filled our hearts. That is God’s will for us — to be filled with the Holy Spirit, filled with His love.

How easy it has been for me to love God with His love! And I do truly love the church (that is, all true believers in Jesus Christ) with His love! We are of the same spirit, brothers and sisters in Christ — no bickering, just fellowship in the Spirit! Yahoo! I even love those who do not know Jesus Christ by seeing them as He sees them — sinners in need of a Savior and Deliverer, to whom the Father offers mercy and grace by way of the blood of Jesus Christ. The Lord has given me beautiful feet with which to deliver that Good News. That’s easy for me to do because God’s love is in me. But loving me with God’s love? It never occurred to me.

As I lay in bed last night, praying and meditating on next Sunday’s message, Jesus brought to mind a friend’s comment that we need to love ourselves before we can love others. That goes along with what Jesus said in the scripture at the top of this blog. Then He asked me this: “Do you love yourself with My love?” I hemmed and hawed, I searched my heart, and I had to tell Him I really need Him to do some work in that area. I asked Him to increase my faith in Romans 5:5  so that just as I agapeo His church and just as I agapeo the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, I will agapeo myself with the very love of God that has filled my heart. It’s all by faith and grace, and that’s what I need, Lord Jesus, so I can joyfully answer, “Yes, I do love myself with Your love, Lord!”

I’m thinking that’s going to change me greatly. I’m also thinking there’s a lot of us in the same boat as me. We are very hard on ourselves. We are “our own worst critics.” We don’t forgive ourselves at all, though we’re quick to forgive others. I’m not talking about sin here, but about being as Christ is on the earth. I think we wrestle with ourselves when we find we are not as much like Jesus as we think we should be. We think we disappoint Him. We don’t willfully rebel against God any longer, but He’s still forming us into the character of His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

If this blog speaks to your heart and you want to love yourself with God’s love, I’ll join hands with you and pray for the Lord to make Romans 5:5 apply to you and me. I know He will answer our prayer, for He is faithful.

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The Raging Nations

[SW027] 11/27/2011 Message notes from KJV by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

“The Raging Nations” — Part 10 of Series on Handel’s Messiah

Psalm 2

The Holy Spirit speaks the first set of verses in this Psalm.

He asks, “Why do the nations fight against God?” (By the way, I was one of them until I heard the voice of Jesus!)

Psalm 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar

The nations:     Those who do not know God nor His Christ
Those who reject Him, choosing to worship other gods
The church who mocks and scoffs at Him by denying and disobeying
His Word as given in the Bible and through people who speak for Him —
see 2 Chronicles 36:11-16 and Jeremiah 36:20-24. In case you don’t think that’s different now that Jesus has come, look at Jesus’ rebuke of the church at Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6)
In an uproar:     In tumult, raging, angry, furious, wrathful, poisoned

And the peoples devising a vain thing?

The peoples:     Again, those who do not know God nor His Christ (and the church that scoffs at Him)
Those who reject Him, choosing to worship other gods
Devising:        Growling in anger, roaring, uttering, imagining
A vain thing:    Empty, nothing, useless, worthless, futile

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth take their stand
    And the rulers take counsel together

Kings of the earth: Earth-dwellers, those who have rejected Christ/oppose God
Rulers take counsel: Sit down together to plot, to establish their plan (also leaders of the church who do as the Jesus Seminar folks do — try to deny Christ’s words)

Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

Against:  They plan to conquer the LORD, and His Anointed (His Messiah).

Psalm 2:3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
    And cast away their cords from us!”

Whose fetters? Verse 2, the LORD and His Christ.
Tear, cast away:    Acts of violence, tearing, pulling away, throwing, flinging
Fetters and cords:    Bands, bonds, chains, shackles — cords, ropes.

Why do they do this? It is futile, a vain thing!
As I meditated all week on “why,” I thought of many things, all true:
–They do not like what God says, because he says they need something they don’t have, something only He can supply
–They do not fear Him (they are not afraid of Him, they do not worship and revere Him), but rather hate Him (John 15:18)
–They disclaim the Bible as myths and legends, in retaliation and rationalization for the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit in the world and in true believers
–They believe they are wiser than God
–They see the message of the cross as foolishness
–They see the Lord as a Jailer who wants to keep them from doing that which they love (their sin)
–They do not come into the light for fear their evil deeds will be exposed (John 3:20)

But here’s what the Lord made clear He wanted me to say today. They are convicted that their way is wrong and their path leads to destruction. It is because the Holy Spirit convicts regarding sin, righteousness, judgment (John 16:8-11).    
–Sin because they do not believe in Jesus Christ (Holy Spirit-filled believers stand before them, and this could not be unless Jesus is who He says He is. Yet they refuse to acknowledge what is before their eyes.)
–Righteousness because Jesus Christ went to the Father (again, the presence of the Holy Spirit is obvious in true believers/followers of Christ, and His presence means that Jesus ROSE AGAIN from the tomb and went to the Father; the Spirit would not have been poured out otherwise, per John 7:37-39.)
–Judgment because the ruler of this world has been judged [the Holy Spirit’s presence in believers is proof that Satan, the ruler of this world, is under God’s judgment AND so are all of those who are under Satan’s rule (that is, anyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ or the professing church who denies His Word and His truth and is offended by Him just as the Jewish religious leaders were when He walked the earth)]

Psalm 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
    The Lord scoffs at them.

The kings take their stand as if going to battle; the Lord sits. Notice “Lord” and not “LORD.” The Son sits. He does not need to stand up. He is more powerful than them — He is the Creator and they are the created (1:3). Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20). He only stands up when His followers are being persecuted like Stephen in Acts 7.

He scoffs at those who scoff at Him, the idea being a scornful laugh, a mocking of the vanity of the kings’ plans to defeat His Father and Him.

Psalm 2:5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
    And terrify them in His fury, saying,

There will come a time when the world will hear the voice of Father and Son, though they’ve tried to ignore it. But He will not speak in “Come to Me,” terms. Rather, it will be in His anger — they will see His face, nostrils flared, and He will be breathing rapidly because of His burning anger against them. If you don’t believe this is a picture of Jesus Christ, go to Revelation 1:12-20 to see how the Apostle John describes Him.

Our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29)!

They will be terrified because they who rejected the Father and His Son now stand in the presence of  His wrath. Their knees will then bow at the name of Jesus, but it will be too late (Philippians 2:10).

The Father speaks in the next set of verses, and announces HIS plan.

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

He already has installed and established and set HIS king on His throne (Luke 22:69, Ephesians 1:20).
They who have opposed Him are kings, but none were appointed by Him.
HIS king is installed in heaven AND will reign in Zion over all the earth (Revelation 20:4). HALLELUJAH!

The Son speaks in the next set of verses, quoting the commission His Father gave Him.

Psalm 2:7  “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
    He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
    Today I have begotten You.

Jesus Christ is the only-begotten who has eternally existed with the Father (John 1:1), and was born on the earth to a virgin, by the Holy Spirit. That is the meaning of “begotten” here. The Father did this so Jesus could be the needed perfect sacrifice to satisfy the Father’s righteous requirement. Only in this way — by the blood of Jesus Christ — could He offer us forgiveness.

Psalm 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
    And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

He will ask, and the Father will give the nations to Him. This passage does not speak of Israel — she was given the land. The nations has two meanings here, I think. First, it is all of the earth (to the very ends of it), not just the land God gave to Israel.

But the nations are people, too (Gentiles, those who are not Jewish, see Romans 15:9-12). Those who believe in Jesus Christ, Jew or Gentile, will be part of Christ’s inheritance.

He asked for them in John 17:20 in His prayer to the Father (all who believe through the word of the apostles, Jew or Gentile).

I am not Jewish. I am of the nations, and Christ has inherited even me. His Gospel has gone to the ends of the earth, even to me. And it continues!

Psalm 2:9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
    You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

The Son will destroy all opposition to Him from the whole earth and its people.

We already know kings and rulers plot and plan against Him. But He has a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15).

Rod means “branch.” The Branch (Jeremiah 33:15) who is Christ will take a branch of iron and shatter the opposition.

They wanted to break His fetters off of themselves, but He will break them instead, like pottery.

The Holy Spirit speaks again.

Psalm 2:10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
    Take warning, O judges of the earth.

The Holy Spirit speaks this warning to kings and leaders and those in the church who oppose Him and are offended by Him. Show wisdom — act wisely rather than foolishly, gain insight. Take heed! The Father opens a door to His grace, even to those who have been growling and plotting and planning to destroy Him. The key to forgiveness? The next two verses.

Psalm 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence
    And rejoice with trembling.

The KJV says “Serve the LORD with fear.” They do not now fear God the Father. But they are offered the opportunity to turn and honor and revere Him and no longer mock Him.

Psalm 2:12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
    For His wrath may soon be kindled.
    How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

The KJV says, “Kiss the Son,” so He may not become angry (Revelation 6:16, 19:15). When Jesus walked the earth, those who came to Him for mercy and healing bowed down and worshiped Him. The Greek word for that is proskuneo which means “kiss toward.” It is a word of reverence and of love for a Savior and Deliverer.

If  even the worst enemy of Him (like the Syrophoenecian woman in Mark 7:26) falls at His feet and kisses toward Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Father will forgive.

NOTE!!! It is not because of God’s LOVE that He will forgive but because of Christ’s BLOOD. GOD’S GRACE IS AMAZING–IT COMES BY WAY OF THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON!!!!

Jesus Christ is ready to tread the wine press of God’s fierce wrath (Revelation 19:15). But if any will turn and worship Him, they will not perish (that is, they will not go to be eternally destroyed with no way to flee, in the lake of fire, per Matthew 5, Mark 9:44-46, Revelation 20:15, etc.).

His wrath may soon be set ablaze so as to consume and utterly sweep away those who reject Him. Again, our God is a consuming fire!

How blessed are all who take refuge in Him, who turn to Him, who worship and adore Him and kiss toward Him! That is God’s grace and mercy!

SO WHERE DO YOU STAND?

Are you convicted by the Holy Spirit regarding sin and righteousness and judgment?
Will you run from this conviction or kiss the Son?
Do you believe you can go your own way and not suffer any consequences?
Will you not heed the Word of God or will you disobey?
Repent! Now is the time, now is the day of salvation  (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:7).
The door is open to you to receive God’s grace.
Kiss the Son, worship Him and adore Him, obey Him and follow Him. 
He will no longer be angry at you, but you will become a child of God.

AND WHERE TO YOU STAND, CHRISTIAN?

Do you mock God by disobeying Him while claiming the name of His Son? So did Judah/Israel   in 2 Chronicles 36, and they were slain by their enemy.
Repent! Ask Him to purify your heart so you do not sin against Him.
How do you respond to those who mock God?
Do you hate them and avoid them? 
Are you glad when they “get what they deserve?”
What is the attitude of God toward them? He is angry with them, but He offers His grace IF they will repent.
Does your attitude match His? I don’t think so!
Repent and ask Him to forgive you for not seeing those who hate God as God Himself sees them.
Yes, He scorns their plans and schemes. But He holds open a door for a limited time —
While it is still today . . . do not harden your hearts! (Hebrews 3:7, 4:7, Psalm 95:7)
Begin to pray for those who hate God.
If you love the Father and the Son, if the Holy Spirit is praying through you, if you have asked God to give you His compassion, He will answer your prayer.

Beautiful Feet

[SW026] 11/20/2011 Message notes from KJV by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

“Beautiful Feet”

We’re in a new scene from Handel’s Messiah today, and there are four scriptures that are sung in Scene 5, which Handel entitled “The Beginnings of Gospel Preaching.” (NOTE: All scripture is from the NAS Bible today.)

I don’t know about you, but my natural feet are not beautiful at all. They’re really kind of ugly. But they are shod with the gospel of peace! As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have on those shoes, and they bring good news. Therefore, they are made beautiful!

Let’s look at those four Scriptures in Part II, Scene 5 of Handel’s Messiah:

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

You see, when Christ ascended on high, when He went up into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead, He led many captives to freedom. He led heavenward those to whom He preached by the Spirit while His body was in the tomb (1 Peter 3:19), and He also does the same for you and me! We were captives of our sins and our sin nature, but when we believe in Jesus Christ, He leads us into freedom! We are given His nature and become one with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Sin no longer controls us, and we have an intimate relationship with the living God.

And Jesus gave gifts to men. These gifts could not be given until He ascended and poured out the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the gift, and He works all the other gifts in us! Paul refers to the recipients of gifts of proclamation that were given after the Lord poured out His Spirit: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers Ephesians 4:11). These are the ones with beautiful feet. O believer, know that this means you! God has given you beautiful feet, shod with the gospel of peace, just like me. You don’t need a degree to go out and speak about Christ. When you first meet Him, you can’t help but tell others about Him, and they can’t help but see the change in you. You are an evangelist for Christ from the moment you believe!

Psalms 68:11 The Lord gives the command;
The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
Even women can’t contain themselves when they hear the good news! They spread it, too. Do that in whatever way the Lord shows you, women. You are part of the army of proclaimers of the good news!

Psalms 19:4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world . . .

This gospel goes forth, even beyond our words. We cannot reach every tiny nook of the earth, but when the Word of God goes forth, it does what God designed it to do and it does not come back without accomplishing it. Perhaps a Muslim will see a vision of Jesus in the night, and come to hear the Good News. It happens all the time! We try to reach into every corner, but we must know that the gospel of Jesus Christ spreads beyond our geographical ability.

Isaiah 52:7-12

Now we get to the heart of the message the Lord gave me — Beautiful Feet!

Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

It is a word of PEACE! There’s Someone coming, and He bears good news. He leaps over mountains, as in Song of Songs 2:8. He leaps over every obstacle in your life. Watchmen (v. 8) see Him coming. Oppression, depression, captivity, ruin — all these things were experienced by the watchman and the people. He’s on the wall of the city, in a tower. He’s been looking for a long time for deliverance, for salvation. Now he looks sees Someone with beautiful feet. Why are His feet beautiful? Because He brings good news. A long time had passed since any good news was heard in the city. Has it been that way with you? Good news is here! I see Him coming into your life! I see Jesus Christ!

You who know Jesus also have beautiful feet. You proclaim the good news in words and deeds, and in the very fact that Christ dwells in your heart. You rent some space, but He owns the place! You are a bearer of good news to a world in which very little news is good.

What is this good news? It is news of peace, of shalom, of wholeness, of completeness, of welfare, of healing. It is healing of our relationship with God through the blood of Christ, through His sacrifice on your behalf. It is news of completeness. You are made complete and become a part of God’s family: Father, Son and Spirit. You are made whole! What great news to those who are in ruins, who are oppressed and depressed, who haven’t heard anything good in a long, long time!

Isaiah 52:8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see 1with their own eyes
When the LORD restores Zion.

It is a word of RESTORATION! The watchmen cry out for joy! They shout! This is a great shout, like the one that made the walls of Jericho fall. They see this One leaping over all obstacles, coming to deliver this good news! You will see with your own eyes when the Lord restores you! This prophecy from Isaiah is for Israel, but it is also for you! Restoration! A return! It is a return to Him, it is a turning away from your sin and your grief and a turning toward Christ. If you will do this, He will return you to the Father, and you will become His child. You will be forgiven. And you will have eternal life! You will be God’s possession. Only you yourself can sever that relationship by turning back to sin.

Isaiah 52:9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the LORD has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.

It is a word of REDEMPTION! My life was a waste place: first drug addiction, then extreme illness. I was in ruins.  I hated God and Christ. Yet even to me, He offers a word of redemption, of buying back without money and without cost to me. Why? Christ paid the cost for all of us. When we come to Him, we pay nothing. But we are bought with a price, His precious blood. Therefore, we are not our own. We rejoice in this, because He has freed us, He has given us peace, He has restored us! We want to give our lives to Him fully because of the great cost He paid.

Isaiah 52:10 The LORD has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.

It is a message of SALVATION! Remember Isaiah 53:1? Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? This is the message! It took me a couple of years in the Word of God to discover that the word “salvation” in the original Hebrew is “Yeshua.” That’s how a Jewish person would pronounce the name “Jesus.” Now, in this passage, the nations are all those who oppressed you, just as it was for Israel in this prophecy. In the sight of all their enemies (and of the Enemy of your soul, Satan and his demons), you are saved! You are delivered! You are no longer under God’s wrath, but you are His child! All of the ends of the earth will see it when they look at you. You are the result of Jesus’ sacrifice. Yeshua died for you so that you may become a child of God!

Isaiah 52:11 ¶ Depart, depart, go out from there,
Touch nothing unclean;
Go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves,
You who carry the vessels of the LORD.

It is a word of PURIFICATION! Now we have rejoiced over this message of peace, of restoration, of redemption, and of salvation. But that comes because we have turned from sin. We have departed quickly from it. When God repeats something like “Depart, depart,” it means soon or quickly. Without delay we have turned from sin. Without delay the remnant of Israel in Babylon turned back to their God and to their homes in Israel. Without delay! Babylon is a type of sin; it is a representation, having an equivalent meaning. We touch nothing unclean (the opposite of pure). We have heard the good news. We no longer want the things that made us prisoners. We want all that holds us back from God to be gone. And so as we leave sin, we don’t bring any of it along with us, or touch it along the way. The Holy Spirit has a role in our purification, but we have a responsibility, too. By turning away from sin, by not bringing any of it with us or picking up any more along the way to Him, we are purifying ourselves. And when we do that, the Holy Spirit will come in and purify our hearts fully.

Isaiah 52:12 But you will not go out in haste,
Nor will you go as fugitives;
For the LORD will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

It is a word of PROTECTION! For those who have turned from sin, who have purified themselves, the good news is that we don’t have to go out as if we are frightened of something, or as if we are criminals. The Lord goes before us and is our rear guard, just as the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire protected Israel in the desert. Our protection is permanent, as long as we continue in our journey with Christ and do not turn back to sin.

Romans 10:16 ¶ However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?”
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word 1of Christ.
Romans 10:18  But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;
“THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH,
AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.”

I’m going back to the “word of purification” again, because I am compelled by the Lord to do so. Why do some not heed the good news? Why don’t they believe? Is it because, as in Jesus’ day, they don’t want to lose their position and their power? I believe the Word of God teaches that it is because they are offended at what He says. Jesus tells the world that they need something they don’t have.

Even today, people are offended at me and other bearers of the good news when we speak as Jesus did. Why? Like the Jews, maybe they think they are right with God. Maybe they think they are good people and don’t need a Savior. But none of us is good in ourselves. Only through faith in Christ whom God sent can we be made good in God’s eyes. How can we say we are good if we reject His Son whom He sent and sacrificed on our behalf? So some trust in their own righteousness, like the Jewish leaders at the time of Christ. And some think they have all they need. The Jewish leaders thought that way. They had the Law, they had Moses. Who was this Jesus, coming to tell them that they had only a form of religion while denying its power to deliver them from their sins and even over the power of sin? They were offended. And so are people today, in many denominations. The Lord always has a remnant in all denominations who are on fire for Him, who love Him and who serve Him only. But there are many who go through the motions of church but do what they want Monday through Saturday. They have a form of Christianity but they do not know Christ, or they would be set free from their sin.

How does this good news come to you? By way of beautiful feet, by preachers and evangelists (Romans 10:14) and Christians who love you enough to tell you that you need Christ. These are those who have beautiful feet!

I tell you, people who were not seeking a Messiah, Someone to rescue them from their natural captivity under Roman rule, will find Jesus. People who see that He has good news of peace with God will see Him.  He’ll reveal Himself to those who didn’t ask for Him to come (v. 20). I didn’t ask for Him — I hated Him. But then I was brought low, and I sought Him by looking into the Word of God, by obeying Him and stopping my stubbornness against Him.  I sought Him and He revealed Himself to me. He will not be found and will not reveal Himself to those who remain the disobedient and obstinate (v. 21) when they have been presented with the good news.

What about you? If you see that you need something that you don’t have, then you are blessed! Come to Jesus Christ, you who attend church and go through the motions! Come to Him, you who do not know Him! He and I bring good news to you — news of peace and restoration, redemption and salvation, purification and protection by God Himself! Turn from your sin and receive what Christ has done!

The King of Glory

[SW025] 11/13/2011 Message notes from KJV by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

“The King of Glory”

HIS GLORY! WE WILL SEE IT! AND HIS GLORY WILL RISE UPON US!

Isaiah 40:5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Isaiah 60:2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.

BUT HOW CAN THAT BE? WE ALL LACK THE GLORY OF GOD.

Romans 3:23 . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
–We all have sinned and lack (5302 hustereo) the glory of God
–How can we receive the glory of God?
–When we believe in Jesus Christ, He makes us the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
–That is, when we believe in Christ Jesus, we are made right with God.
–Jesus Christ is the Source of the glory we may have here and now and eternally!
–Let me show it to you!

FIRST, WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF THIS GLORY?

This glory is freeing, not only for us but for God’s creation that was corrupted when Adam sinned. The Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul says:
Romans 8:21 . . . the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

This glory is always increasing, here and now:
2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

This glory is found in Christ’s face, by looking to Him:
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

This glory is eternal:
2 Timothy 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

To love and believe in Christ brings this glory:
1 Peter 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
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.”
–It comes from within because HE is within!

Because this glory rests on us, we will be reviled:
1 Peter 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
DO NOT DESPAIR! YOU ARE BLESSED! AND:
Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
Isaiah 51:8 “For the moth will eat them like a garment,
And the grub will eat them like wool.
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”

FIRST, WE LOOKED AT THE QUALITIES OF THIS GLORY: FREEING, ALWAYS INCREASING, FOUND IN CHRIST’S FACE, ETERNAL, AND TO LOVE AND BELIEVE IN CHRIST BRINGS THIS GLORY TO US. WE WILL BE REVILED, BUT WE ARE BLESSED WHEN WE ARE! THIS GLORY IS GLORIOUS INDEED! SO WHO HAS THIS GLORY IN THEM?

THE QUALITIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE THIS GLORY IN THEM.

Psalm 24
–Verse 3: The Lord tells us, through David, who is able to ascend to the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place (that’s where the glory is!)

–Verse 4: He who has clean hands (who does not do evil deeds) and a pure heart (this one shall see God, says Jesus in Matthew 5:8)
–What is a pure heart? Our motive is God’s love inside us, we have no desire for evil, we only desire the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ.
–It is a heart filled with God’s love (Romans 5:5)

–Verse 4: He who has not taken upon himself falsehood (evil, ruin, artful deception)

–Verse 4: He who has not made an oath or declared something deceitfully

–Verse 6: Those who seek the face of God obtain it (remember 2 Corinthians 4:6–the glory of God is in the face of Christ!)

What do those who have this glory receive?
–Verse 5: A blessing from the LORD, spiritual prosperity. God will speak goodness over that one’s life.
–Verse 5: And righteousness from the God of his salvation (remember 2 Corinthians 5:21–the righteousness of God in Christ!)

On our own, we cannot become what David describes in verses 1-4 and 6! We cannot obtain this glory. But Christ will answer you turn from your sin, if you ask Him to forgive you! He will then begin this transformation into His image.

HOW DO WE OBTAIN THIS GLORY, ONCE WE POSSESS THE QUALITIES OF VERSES 4 AND 6?

Verse 7: Lift up your head, O gate! Literally lift up your head! Stand up and see the salvation of your God (Exodus 14:13)!
Verse 7: And you, O door, will be lifted up, carried, accepted, forgiven, released! You, O door, will be opened!
Verse 7: And Someone will come in! Who? The King of glory (kabod, weightiness, splendor)! The One from whom this glory comes! The One who possesses it! The king possesses what his title indicates; for instance, King of England possesses and rules over England (same for Saudi Arabia)
Who is that King who possesses glory? God! Father, Son and Spirit!
Verse 8: He is strong and mighty! Mighty in battle!
Verse 9: Again, lift up your heads! Be lifted up! Do it now, do it quickly (spoken twice to infer quickness of action)
Verse 9: And who will come in? The King of glory! He will come IN! INTO YOU! The Father and the Son will live there (John 14:13)!
Verse 10: Who is this King of glory?
Verse 10:    The LORD of hosts, the Almighty God, the God of Israel, the Warrior King, the One enthroned on the judgment seat (1 Samuel 4:4), who will bless you and fill you with the glory of God! Who is enthroned on the judgment seat? Jesus Christ, per John 12:48, Acts 10:42, 2 Timothy 4:1.
Jesus Christ possesses this glory! He is the King of glory!
John 7:37-39 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”  (THE GLORY!) “But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit (THE GLORY!) was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

MANKIND WAS MEANT TO POSSESS THE GLORY OF GOD. WE LOST IT WHEN ADAM SINNED.
–WILL YOU SEEK HIS FACE, THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE HIS GLORY? (He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him — Hebrews 11:6!)
–WILL YOU REPENT OF YOUR SIN, ASKING HIM TO GIVE YOU CLEAN HANDS? SIN IS WHAT SEPARATES US FROM GOD (Isaiah 59:2).
–WILL YOU ASK JESUS CHRIST TO MAKE YOUR HEART PURE, THAT YOU MAY SEE GOD?
–IF YOU DO THESE THINGS, THEN LIFT UP YOUR HEAD!
–THE KING OF GLORY WILL COME IN!

The God of Money

(NOTE: All Scripture from NAS Bible)

The Lord spoke to me from this Scripture today. Please read it and then the word that the Lord gave me.

2 Kings 16:7-9 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the hand of the king of Aram [Rezin] and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.” Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and sent a present to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and captured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to Kir, and put Rezin to death.
2 Kings 16:10-13 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship. So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus. When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then the king approached the altar and went up to it, and burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.
2 Kings 16:14 The bronze altar, which was before the LORD, he brought from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the LORD, and he put it on the north side of his altar.
2 Kings 16:15-16 Then King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burnt offering and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land and their meal offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. But the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.” So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.
2 Kings 16:17-18 Then King Ahaz cut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also took down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone. The covered way for the sabbath which they had built in the house, and the outer entry of the king, he removed from the house of the LORD because of the king of Assyria.

Some of you may know that I have found a publisher for my book, From Death to Life. I’m grateful to have a means to get out the Good News of Jesus Christ by taking readers through my dark night of MS and into the healing light of Jesus Christ. He heals our relationship with the Father and He also heals us physically. I must declare the excellencies of Him who brought me out of darkness and into His marvelous light (see 1 Peter 2:9)! I will diligently do my part to market this book and bring it before as many as possible, for God’s glory.

In my early morning time with the Lord, the Spirit opened me to 2 Kings 16 to give me a kind but firm warning. I see that I must beware of worshiping the god of money.  If this book is successful, it will be the first time I’ve received compensation for declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s biblical to receive pay in some form (1 Corinthians 9:7-11), but I’ve never requested it. So if money comes into my hands, I must not find myself admiring that false god as Ahaz admired the altar at Damascus. I wrote From Death to Life to glorify God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I pray that captives are set free as they read what the Lord has done in me.

Ahaz’ admiration of the altar at Damascus led him to order a replica to be built in the Temple at Jerusalem so he could worship the false god of Damascus in the very house of God. He moved God’s altar to the side, yet he still sought the counsel of God at His altar. It can never be! I cannot bring the worship of money into my temple (my body) and set aside the worship of my God. I will no longer find counsel when I inquire of Him; my intimacy with Him will be gone. King Ahaz’ double-mindedness resulted in his removal of the laver, the type of Christ’s purification of our hearts. It also resulted in his removal of the covered way for the Sabbath. He removed the rest of God, the sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:9.

Let it never be, O Lord, that I would forsake you for worldly success. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your gentle warning.

The Resurrection and the Life

[SW023] 11/06/2011 Message notes from by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

Isaiah 53:8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

But that’s not the end of the story! God says, through King David:

Psalm 16:10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

–Jewish thought: spirit unable to be revived after 3 days in the grave, thus decay sets in.
–God speaks to us through David that someone would die and yet not see decay, thus He must arise after no more than three days.

John 2:18-22  The Jews questioned Jesus’ authority, asking for a sign. Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” What? It took us 46 years to build it! But He was referring to the temple of His body!

Acts 2:22-32  Peter testifies that Jesus is the One that David wrote about. –David certainly saw decay (verse 29), so he wasn’t writing about himself.
–But David wrote Psalm 16:10 prophetically.
–The Lord gave David a vision of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would not see decay!
–This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses (verse 32)!
–Acts 4:33 says they (the 12 apostles) gave testimony to His resurrection.
–This resurrection power that came forth when Christ was raised from the dead was SO powerful that in Matthew 27:53, Matthew reports that holy ones came out of their tombs at Christ’s resurrection. That power is still going forth in the world today!

Why is Christ’s resurrection so important?

#1 — Had He not been raised, He could not be the Messiah who would reconcile us to God the Father; He would not have fulfilled the prophecies of the OT.
–Paul writes that Jesus Christ was declared the Son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
–His resurrection proved He is the Son of God. It was the Father’s exclamation point at the end of Christ’s time on the earth!

#2 — His resurrection means our resurrection.

–We are like the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37 until Christ’s resurrection power comes in. His life breath comes in and resurrects us!

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life; He who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

–Jesus says He is the resurrection for all of us who believe in Him (He is the Source of our resurrection). Your spirit will never die but will live forever, even when your body dies your spirit, that which has no mass, which cannot be measured or weighed —  your soul and spirit –live eternally.
–Because of His resurrection, we who believe are resurrected! How? His eternal life literally comes into you! He breathes on you, and you live, not the existence you had before. You find the meaning of life: it is to know your Creator!
–Jesus says that He is the life. This life is by His resurrection power! It is resurrection life!
–He is the Source of eternal life, life as God has it, for here and now AND for heaven.
–This life stems from His resurrection.
–Through His blood, we receive forgiveness for our past sins.
–But through His resurrection, we receive His life in us.
–Jesus says, “Do you believe this?”

How can we tell that we’ve been resurrected?

–Paul says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
–What is it to be a new creature?
–No longer like “the old you,” a visible difference that everyone notices.
–You no longer like the things you used to like.
–Your life is Christ-centered rather than centered on yourself.

AND
–Paul takes another step. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:5-6)
–”United like Him in the likeness of His death?” What does that mean?
–Christ carried sin upon Him; we carry a sin nature within us.
–The sin Christ carried died when He died. Our sin nature must be put to death. THEN we will be resurrected into His very nature. We must ask God to do it.
–Christ’s resurrection opens the door for us to be freed from sin, no longer slaves to it!

Do you believe the message? (Isaiah 53:1)

–Are you so new that everyone notices the difference in you?
–Are you like Jesus?
–Is His character increasingly being formed in you?
–Do you have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and Spirit-control? These are not our idea of love, joy, peace, and so on. They are Christ’s love, Christ’s joy, Christ’s patience . . . they are God’s qualities! (Galatians 5:22-23)
–Are you doing what Christ did in the world, and even greater? (John 14:12)
–Are you still struggling with sin?

–Oh, may the eyes of your heart be opened and flooded with light, that you might know:
#1 The hope of your calling
#2 The riches of the glory of your inheritance in Christ
#3 The surpassing greatness of God’s power which He exhibited when He raised Christ from the dead (see Ephesians 1:18-20)

–It is too difficult, you may say! I cannot do it!
–Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! (Hebrews 12:2) who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame!
–Strive against sin to the point of shedding blood spiritually (v. 4)!
–His life will come in, His Spirit will fill you, and you be resurrected into His very nature!

With His Stripes We’re Healed!

[SW023] 10/30/11 Message Notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn @2011

Per Psalm 103:3, God provides two kinds of healing:
–He pardons all our iniquities (spiritual). Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the SIN of the world! (Jn 1:29)
–He heals all our diseases (physical)
–All the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus! (2 Corinthians 1:20)

But this privilege didn’t come cheaply — there was a great cost paid by God! The stripes of His Son, the torn flesh that revealed bones, per Psalm 22!
–FOR US, Jesus Christ emptied Himself of His glory
–FOR US, He came to the earth taking the form of a bond-servant, still fully God but now also fully man.
–FOR US, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8)

ISAIAH 53 DESCRIBES THE COST

Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and forsaken of men.
–He was found despicable, contemptible, considered vile.
–He was forsaken by men, refused even by His own disciples as they ran away on the night He was taken captive.
–He was a man of sorrows (pains) and acquainted with grief (sickness).
–Yet He wasn’t sick a day in His life, until that night. But THEN He was in great pain,
and they made Him very sick when they plucked out His beard (50:6), beat Him, scourged Him,
and hung Him on a cross.
–Twice in this verse, God says to Isaiah that He was despised, emphasizing that we did not account Him worthy of any form of honor.

Isaiah 53:4
–Surely! Certainly! Truly! We despised, but He loved.
–Our  griefs (sicknesses) He Himself bore (carried away and lifted from us)
–And our sorrows (pains) He carried, lifting our heavy load!
–Matthew, in Matthew 8:16-17 gives the account of Jesus freeing the demon possessed and healing ALL who were ill, and quotes Isaiah 53:4, writing “To fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet.”
-Yet! We have looked at His miracles, we have seen that He is the Yoke-Breaker, and yet when we look at His body, beaten beyond recognition, we considered Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. He must have done something against God, to meet such an end!
–How unlike God we are! We do not understand God’s ways and words. Isaiah prophesied 700 years before Christ. And when He was on the earth on that cross, and even today, we do not see that it was God’s plan all along, the only way to reconcile us to Himself. Amazing love!

Isaiah 53:5
–He was pierced through, in His hands, His feet, His side! Why? It was what we deserved.
–We transgressed against God. We willfully disobeyed Him and rebelled against Him.
–God is perfectly just. Justice must always be done.
–The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
–He was crushed, beaten to pieces, destroyed.
–Why? For our iniquities, for our inner twistedness that happened when we rebelled against Him.
–The chastening, the discipline, the correction we deserved? It fell on Him.
–He bore the wrath we deserved. Propitiation!
–And by His scourging, that which exposed all His bones so He could count them (Psalm 22:17), that which made Him nearly unrecognizable as human (Isaiah 52:14), that which drained nearly all of His blood from His body!
–By that! By that! By that! What a price!
–By that we are HEALED!
–YHWH Rapha! We are mended in our relationship to the Father! We are mended in every way! We are purified! We are cured of the disease of sin!

Isaiah 53:6
–All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.
–But in spite of the fact that we are wayward, He says, Come! I will heal you!
–Look at what I have done for you! See my Son!
–Turn away from your sin! Turn to me! I will gather you to My bosom!
–Would we do that for someone who despised us? HE DID IT FOR ME.
–For one would hardly die for for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die (Romans 5:6)!
–But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:7)

Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed (Isaiah 53:1)?
–The arm of the Lord, His power, His healing power, His power to restore and purify and heal and make new . . .
–That power is revealed to those who believe the message.

DO YOU BELIEVE THE MESSAGE?

It seems unbelievable! It seems impossible!

–Why would God pay such a price — the stripes of His Son — for me?
–Why would God be willing to forgive me for all I have done against Him?
–Why would God be willing to change my rebellion into love for Him?
–Why could God be willing to heal all of the ways I am broken?
–Why would God want me to have an intimate and loving, continual and glorious relationship with me?

Because He is love. He did all this, even for me. Even for you. He wants to give you His eternal life, here and now. But you must come to Him! You must turn from your life of sin and ask Him to heal you!

And this is eternal life, to know (intimately) the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom He sent (Jesus prays in John 17:3).