RAISING THE DEAD

[SW087] 04/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Raising the Dead”

We have a Christ who does the impossible!
He raises the impossibly dead!
And, He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I was dead, and He raised me to life.

It would be easy for Jesus to gather
those who already have His life in them.

But do we believe He can raise a dead church to life?
THAT will bring the Father and Him glory!

John 11:1-46 —

Verses 1-2 —
The One whom He loves, His church,
is sick, to the natural eye,
and even to those of His who He’s given discernment
so we intercede for her.

Verse 3 —
It looks hopeless,
but Christ says His church’s sickness will not end in death.

But her sickness,
and her resulting “natural death”
are for the glory of God,
so Jesus Christ may be glorified by it.

Verses 5-6 —
He waits to the point where raising her up
is no longer possible,
by man’s reckoning.

Verses 11-15 —
He will come
so that He may awaken His church from her deadness.
Why?
So we may believe!
Verse 17 —
Four days dead —
the Spirit has left the Body of Christ, His church.
There is no hope.

Verse 21 —
Those who have seen the church’s deadness
and have given up all hope say,
“Lord, she died. Why didn’t You come sooner?”

Verse 22 —
But they correct say the “right” words:
God will give You whatever You ask of Him.

Verse 23 —
Jesus says,
“The church will rise again.”

Verse 24 —
But she’s dead, Jesus.
You must be referring to the last day,
when the great resurrection happens.

Verse 25-26 —
Jesus corrects her. “I am the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
Those who live and believe in Me will never die.”

He asks those who have given up on the church,
“Do you believe this?”

Verse 27 —
They say, “You are the Christ. This we believe.”
Implicitly they say, “But we don’t believe that.”

Verse 32 —
Another from the church,
a great worshiper of Him
who has given up on the church says,
“If you had been here she would be alive.
Now she is dead.
Why didn’t you come sooner?”

Verse 33 — Jesus is:

embrimaomai, from 1722 and brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, to sigh with chagrin (distress), to sternly enjoin: — rigorously charge, groan, murmur against.

He is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs,
Why? The display of lack of faith !

Verse 35 —
Jesus weeps (1145).
He sheds tears because of their lack of faith.

Verse 36 —
Of course, the onlookers misinterpret Him.
He loves the church and now she is dead.
Look! He is weeping with sadness!
Why didn’t He come sooner?
He could have saved her!

Verse 37 —
Again, Jesus is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs and snorts at the lack of faith she displays!

Verses 38-39 —
At the tomb, “Remove the stone!”
Again, unbelief.
The church will stink.
She’s been dead too long.
Don’t open her grave!

Ezekiel 37:12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and  cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.  13 “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.”

Verse 40 —
Jesus asks, “Have you forgotten that I said,
‘If you believe,
you will see the glory of God?’”

Verse 41-42 —
Jesus speaks aloud to the Father,
so we may believe.
The Father always hears Him.

Verse 43 —
Church, come forth!

Verse 44-46 —
The church comes forth,
still wrapped in grave clothes.
“Take them off!”

Oh, for that day!
Many will believe in Him!!!!!

Lazarus lives.
The church will yet live.

But there was more to do in Lazarus
after he was raised,
and in the church,
after she is raised.

She is physically raised up.
She is clothed with His righteousness.
But now she must wait in the city.
He will clothe her with power from on high:

Ezekiel 37:14 “I will  put My  Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”

I believe Lazarus was in that upper room in Acts 2.
The Lord will complete His work in the church, too!

Ezekiel 37:23 “They will  no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but  I will deliver them from all their  dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.

He wants to put His Spirit WITHIN YOU today!

But you must turn, O church.
All those who do, He will raise up.

Then the church will once again stand on her feet, an exceedingly great army!Will we who see and discern believe that He is able? Do we remember that He raised us from our deadness?

Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the  breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an  exceedingly great army.

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HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

What the early Christians said in greeting one another: One would say, “He is risen!” The other would say, “He is risen, indeed!” Why “indeed?”   We KNOW — absolutely!

[SW086] 03/31/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“He Is Risen, Indeed!”

My notes are brief . . . please view the video at http://vimeo.com/myfathersplace

What the early Christians said in greeting one another:
One would say, “He is risen!”
The other would say, “He is risen, indeed!”

Why “indeed?”
We KNOW — absolutely!
He is in us!
We are filled with His Spirit!
He is risen IN US!

Christ IN us, the HOPE of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Not just a “maybe someday” hope,
but an expectation,
a knowledge that His glory has filled us,
and that we will see His glory,
just like He prayed in John 17:24!

It is not just belief,
or just a mental assent,
but an experience–
daily, 24/7 communion with Father, Son and Spirit!

John 20:29 Jesus to Thomas: “Blessed are they who do not see and yet believed.”

Why are we blessed if we have not seen Him?
Because He is in us!
He is a 24/7 experience!
We have a continuous conversation,
one that will continue through all eternity!
He is risen, INDEED!
CAN YOU SAY THIS, O CHRISTIAN?

1 Peter 1:8  We did not see Him
BUT
We LOVE Him
We do not now see Him
but believe,
and rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory!
DO YOU?

2 Peter 1:4 His precious and magnificent promises! Partakers of the divine nature!

We live this truth!
He is RISEN indeed!
We have escaped the corruption
that is in this world by lust.
We no longer lust for anything.
DO YOU?
John 14:21 He has revealed Himself to us!

Why?
Because we have obeyed Him out of love for Him
AND THEN
He loves us and He discloses,
He appears,
He manifests,
He shows Himself to us.
HAS HE APPEARED TO YOU?

John 14:23    He and His Father take up permanent residence in us.
HAVE THEY, IN YOU?

On that Resurrection Sunday:  Luke 24:36-49
–Spoken to His disciples who had followed him for three years.

40 days later:  Acts 1:8

10 days after that: Acts 2
–Resurrection power IN them. Not just witnesses OF, but the Witness is WITHIN!

2 Timothy 1:12    Paul: “I KNOW (present tense, intimate knowledge)
whom I have believed,
He IS (present tense) able . . .

Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus and my prayer for the church:

Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians 3:14-19

RESTORATION!

O, hallelujah! The Lord has living water for the church today
that she may be reconstituted!
He has breath for her today — His very Word!

[SW085] 03/24/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Restoration”

I look out from the watchman’s wall,
and the Lord shows me a great need for restoration in His Church.
He asks me to speak of it all the time.

Restoration — something is wrong . . .
lacking . . . in disrepair . . . broken down . . . dried up.

There is great unbelief in most of the church!
The proof? We make God into our own image.

Restoration! Tell us, Jesus, what brings it:

Matthew 17:11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did  to him whatever they wished. So also  the Son of Man is going to suffer  at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

Restore (600) to reconstitute, restore (again).

Reconstitute —
to build up again from parts
to reconstruct
to change the form of
to restore something dried to its original state
by adding water to it.

O, hallelujah! The Lord has living water for the church today
that she may be reconstituted!
He has breath for her today — His very Word!

Again, what brings restoration/reconstitution?

John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah upon him.
So I answer a question with a question:
What message did Elijah bring?

Repentance.
As with the first Elijah, John the Baptist asked,
“How long will you hesitate between two opinions?
But if the Lord is God, follow Him.” (see 1 Kings 18:21)

Repentance brings restoration.
John the Baptist preached
according to the Lord’s instructions
in the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 40:6 A voice says, “Call out.”
    Then  he answered, “What shall I call out?”
     All flesh is grass, and all its  loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The  grass withers, the flower fades,
     When the  breath of the LORD blows upon it;
    Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
    But  the word of our God stands forever.

O church, the word of our God stands forever.

Do not assume that God does not know or care
when you sin,
or that somehow, He has changed His mind,
and no longer hates sin.

Such assumptions WILL wither like grass and fade like flowers!
They won’t survive the LORD’s breath — His word!

Isaiah 40:27    Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
    “My way is  hidden from the LORD,
    And the  justice due me  escapes the notice of  my God”?
28  Do you not know? Have you not heard?
    The  Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
    Does not become weary or tired.
    His understanding is  inscrutable.
    
Luke 3:7   So he [John the Baptist] began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “ You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and  do not begin to say  to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.  9 “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so  every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

That is a call to repentance!

For all who responded to the repentance John the Baptist preached,
their hearts were prepared for the Restorer,
who John clearly identified — Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 40:9 (NIV) You who bring good tidings to Zion,
        go up on a high mountain.
    You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
        lift up your voice with a shout,
    lift it up, do not be afraid;
        say to the towns of Judah,“Here is your God!”

John 1:29   The next day he  saw Jesus coming to him and  said, “Behold,  the Lamb of God who  takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and  said, “Behold,  the Lamb of God!”  [Here is the One who will Restore and Reconstitute you!]

The Lord speaks through Malachi of John the Baptist:

Malachi 3:1   “ Behold, I am going to send  My  messenger, and he will   clear the way before Me [in hearts]. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;  and the   messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.  

Malachi 3:2 “But who can  endure the day of His [The Lord’s] coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a  refiner’s fire and like  fullers’ soap.

Many were offended by this call to repentance:

Matthew 17:12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did  to him whatever they wished. So also  the Son of Man is going to suffer  at their hands.”

“They” — many Jews, including leaders and Pharisees and Sadducees —
did not recognize (1921), did not  fully perceive,
were not attentive to,
what John preached.
Why? With all their learning,
with all their “head” knowledge,
they had no intimate knowledge of God.

Instead of repenting at John the Baptist’s words,
they rejected and mocked and were offended.
King Herod finally silenced John the Baptist by beheading him.

In the same way, Jesus Christ suffered at their hands.

The message of repentance comes to the church today
through modern-day prophets
who preach the truth,
just as Wilkerson said.

But for the same reason —
head knowledge
and not intimate knowledge —
many do not recognize their words,
and reject and mock and are offended.
Jesus suffers at their hands. (Hebrews 10:26-29)

To the natural eye, it looks quite hopeless!

The devil will say, as did Sanballat,
when Israel returned to the land after the Babylonian exile:

Nehemiah 4:2  “. . . What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the   dusty rubble even the burned ones?”

But we who intercede for the church say,
“The LORD is the God of all flesh
and nothing is too difficult for Him!” (see Jeremiah 32:27)

We say, “The devil is a liar and the father of lies . . .
there is no truth in him, and it is his very nature to lie.” (see John 8:44)

We prophesy the breath, according to the Lord’s Word  (Ezekiel 37:9-10)
so that the dried up is reconstituted into a mighty army!
We believe His promise in Ezekiel 36:25-27,
that He will do it for His name’s sake.

The Lord will build up His church again
from her brokenness
just like He restored the walls of Jerusalem.
The Lord will have a spotless and blameless bride.
The Holy Spirit says so, through Paul:

Ephesians 5:27 [speaking of Christ’s love for the church]
“. . . that He might  present to Himself the church  in all her glory
[literally, “the church glorious” — that is, filled with His kabod],

. . . having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;
but that she would be  holy and blameless.”

He will reconstruct her,
changing her form!
He will reconstitute the dry bones
with water from His limitless spring,
with living water,
and with the breath of His Spirit.

BUT you have something you must do, O Church, you who have disobeyed the Lord and are under a curse — REPENT! RETURN!

Paul tells the church in Rome that the promises of the Father, in Christ,
are not too difficult for them, nor for you, O Church of this day.

Romans 10:6 But  the righteousness  based on faith speaks as follows: “ DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),  7 or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE  ABYSS?’ (that is, to  bring Christ up from the dead).”  8 But what does it say? “ THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

We do not need to bring Christ down from heaven,
in order for us to obey,
for He has already come down!

The Restorer has come, O Church!

AND — We do not need to bring Him up from the dead,
for He is risen
and ascended,
and glorified,
and He has poured out the Holy Spirit!

Alright then. It boils down to this:

Isaiah 53:1    Who has believed our message?
    And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

If you believe Christ’s words,
then you ask Him to be your Master and Owner.
You lay down your life and take up His.
You ask the Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

Then He is in your heart, and you obey,
because God’s actual love has filled your heart,
and His Spirit controls you.

O Church,
call to Him and He will answer you and teach you great and unsearchable things that you do not know! (see Jeremiah 33:3)

His promise, if  you will turn —

Jeremiah 33:6 ‘Behold, I will bring to it  health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an  abundance of peace and truth.”

WILD ABANDON

Wild abandon! ALL OF YOU! That’s what the Father and the Son want!

[SW084] 03/17/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Wild Abandon”

Abandon —     Verb:    giving up completely (an action, practice, or ways)
leaving without intending to return
giving in to the control of
surrendering to

Noun:    Completely lacking inhibition or restraint

I desire wild abandonment to Me,
giving no thought to yourself,
just as I gave no thought to Myself.

I am grieved by external adherence to do’s and don’ts
and a form of religion that denies and rejects
My miracle-working power to transform a human heart.

Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn [3129 in a prolonged way] what this means [2076 what it is]: ‘ I DESIRE  COMPASSION [Hebrew 2617 checed] ,  AND NOT SACRIFICE,’  for  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Who was Jesus speaking to?
The Jewish leaders and super-religious sects,
because they were not wildly abandoned to God.

They had a form of religion,
but were self-righteous,
thinking they could do good deeds,
dot their “i’s” and cross their “t’s”
and those things would please God,
and would get them to heaven.

Jesus wasn’t following their rules at all!
They denied, disavowed, rejected
the miracle-working power of God —
that He is a transformer of men’s hearts (2 Timothy 3:5ff).

They did not enter into life,
and kept others from entering (Matthew 23:13)!
They knew the Word of God,
but didn’t recognize the Word made flesh (John 1:14)!

They sinned the sin of unbelief —
for He promised He would give them new hearts (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

It is like that in much of the church in America today.

But God is speaking through me today,
for He seeks and desires intimacy with you, O church!

Here is what Jesus said to those who trusted in “sacrifices” of their own choosing
(and what He says to His church today):

Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn [3129 in a prolonged way] what this means [2076 what it is]: ‘ I DESIRE  COMPASSION [Hebrew 2617 checed] ,  AND NOT SACRIFICE,’  for  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

It is only when we know we are sinners that He can save us
and heal us of our sin.

Jesus quotes Hosea often —

Hosea 6:6 For  I delight in loyalty  rather than sacrifice,
    And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Delight (2654), He inclines to,
    He bends over at . . . what?

Loyalty (2617 checed),
marital devotion and love,
faithfulness.

AND . . .

Knowledge of God (from 3045 yada) —
intimate knowledge,
experiential knowledge (knowing by experience)
the knower personally knowing the One known,
having met personally Him.
It is inward sanctification.
The NT equivalent?
Filled with the Holy Spirit.

Wild abandon is required!
Cast all caution to the wind!
This is your Maker, calling you into intimacy,
it is your Lord, Jesus Christ,
who prays for us to be sanctified,
to have the same unity of Spirit
as the Father and Him
and the Father’s love filling our hearts!
(John 17:19, 23, 26)

He desires CHECED, not sacrifice.
Not outward acts we think will make us pleasing to God.
He wants inward intimacy.

He wants your TOTAL, UNRESERVED devotion,
CONTINUALLY!

Christianity is a heart religion, not traditions and rote learning —
He wants your heart!
He wants to change it!

If you totally give Him your heart,
He will make it totally His,
and He will give you HIS heart —
you will be a partaker of the divine nature:

2Peter 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become  partakers of the divine nature, having  escaped the  corruption that is in  the world by lust.

When God’s checed has filled our hearts, we say:

Psalm 40:6     Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;
    My ears You have  opened [pierced];
    Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required . . .
8  I delight to do Your will, O my God;
     Your Law is within my heart.”

Who can have such a heart?
Anyone who brings their heart to Him in this condition:

Psalm 51:16 For You  do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
    You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a  broken spirit;
    A broken  [7665 shattered]
     and a contrite [1794 crushed, crouching] heart,
        O God, You will not despise.

You must come to Him with a shattered heart,
You must come to Him with a crushed and crouching heart.
You must come to Him lowly and humble, like He came to you.

That is true sacrifice, in God’s eyes —
that is what it is to offer yourself as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing! (Romans 12:1).
It is not a sacrifice of your own choosing,
but what He commands.

He will bind up your heart (Isaiah 61:1)
but it must be shattered and crushed and crouching first!

Isaiah 61:1   The  Spirit of the Lord  GOD is upon me,
    Because the LORD has anointed me
    To  bring good news to the   afflicted;
    He has sent me to  bind up the brokenhearted,
    To  proclaim liberty to captives
    And  freedom to prisoners;
2 To  proclaim the favorable year of the LORD!

Shattered, crushed, crouching —
He will not despise such a heart.
It is what delights Him,
it is what makes Him bend down and incline toward you!

He loves the fragrance of TRUE sacrifice,
of brokenness before Him,
when we see who we are and repent,
and cry out like Isaiah in Isaiah 6:1 and forward!

Isaiah 6:5 Then I said,
    “ Woe is me, for I am ruined!
    Because I am a man of  unclean lips,
    And I live among a  people of unclean lips;
    For my eyes have seen the  King, the LORD of hosts.”

The present state of much of the church:

Hosea 6:4   What shall I do with you, O  Ephraim?
    What shall I do with you, O Judah?
    For your  loyalty is like a  morning cloud
    And like the dew which goes away early.

Hosea 6:5 Therefore I have  hewn them in pieces by the prophets;
    I have slain them by the  words of My mouth;
    And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.

But He wants marital love and devotion and intimacy
and unity between you and Him.

What we have done that prevents that unity and intimacy and devotion:

Hosea 6:7 But  like  Adam they have  transgressed the covenant;
There they have  dealt treacherously against Me.

What we must do:

Hosea 10:12  Sow with a view to righteousness,
    Reap in accordance with  kindness;
     Break up your fallow ground,
    For it is time to  seek the LORD
    Until He  comes to   rain righteousness on you.

He will bring the rain — the Holy Spirit:

Joel 2:23 So rejoice, O  sons of Zion,
    And  be glad in the LORD your God;
    For He has  given you  the early rain for your vindication.
    And He has poured down for you the rain,
    The  early and   latter rain  as before.

Joel 2:28   “  It will come about after this
    That I will  pour out My Spirit on all   mankind;
    And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    Your old men will dream dreams,
    Your young men will see visions.

He will bring rain IF you seek the Lord diligently and passionately!  AND . . .

Hosea 14:4   I will  heal their apostasy,
    I will  love them freely,
    For My anger has  turned away from them.
5 I will be like the  dew to Israel;
    He will blossom like the  lily,
    And he will  take root like the cedars of  Lebanon.
6 His shoots will  sprout,
    And his  beauty will be like the  olive tree
    And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
7 Those who  live in his shadow
    Will  again raise  grain,
    And they will blossom like the vine.
    His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.

In His hand, you will bear His fruit!

Come to Him broken, and He will heal you.
He will give you a new heart.

He will fill you with
His Spirit, His love,
His power, His checed.

He is calling you TODAY.

A WORD TO THE WHEAT

Satan’s tares cannot defeat those who are the offspring of Jesus Christ and love God with God’s actual love. Satan is defeated by God’s love — every time! Hallelujah!

[SW083] 03/10/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“A Word for the Wheat”

Read Matthew 7:24-30 and 36-42.

— Christ sowed wheat — good seed (His offspring).

— The devil came while we weren’t looking and sowed tares — bad seed (his offspring).

–They look like Christ’s offspring, until almost harvest time (tares/darnel are weeds that look like wheat when they are young).

— The devil’s offspring are among, together with, right in the midst of (3319) Christ’s offspring.

— What? Aren’t tares just in the world outside the church?

— They are in the church,
right in the midst of Christ’s offspring,
so close that to pull up the tare
might also pull up the wheat next to it.
Too close to be just “the world.”

— When it’s almost harvest time, the fruit of the tare and the fruit of the wheat are seen, and they NO LONGER look alike. (Galatians 5:19-23)

— Those working in the harvest fields ask the Lord if He wants them to pull the tares up.

— No. The two are so close together, so tightly planted, so physically near, you may pull up the wheat by mistake. (Closeness the issue here, not a weak-rooted wheat plant.)

— Allow both to grow until the harvest. I’ll send My angels, and they’ll gather up the tares and throw them in the fire. (See also Matthew 13:41, 13:48 which pertain to His judgment of the wicked)

Why is this “A Word to the Wheat”?

So we may understand the outworking of:

Romans 8:28   And we know that  God causes  all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are  called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:31    What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?

The Lord will use the presence of the tares,
which the devil meant for evil.
He will use them for the good of those who love God.

Satan’s tares cannot defeat those who are the offspring of Jesus Christ and love God with God’s actual love. Satan is defeated by God’s love — every time! Hallelujah!

Tares in the church
will not defeat the true church,
the ones who are Christ’s offspring.
God is for us. Who can be against us?

In the end,
the chaff (and the tares)
will be burned up.

Matthew 3:11 “As for me,  I baptize you  with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals;  He will baptize you  with the Holy Spirit and fire.  12 “His  winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will  gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the  chaff with  unquenchable fire.”

He’ll baptize His wheat with the Holy Spirit and fire
and she’ll be ablaze for Him,
filled with God’s wisdom and power and love —
ESSENTIAL in her dealings with the tares!

He’ll thoroughly clear HIS threshing floor.
He’ll winnow in His church.
He’ll separate wheat from chaff (again, closeness of proximity),
and the chaff goes into unquenchable fire,
like the tares.

It’s like the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46).
Both are part of the same flock.
Yes, He speaks of the nations,
but I believe He means all the peoples,
including the tares in the church.

The tares and chaff and goats all face eternal fire:

To the sheep — “Now, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

To the goats — “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

It’s like the true Vine and the branches (John 15:1ff).
Some bear fruit,
some do not.
Some are open to receive His life-giving sap,
and some are not.

The ones that don’t bear His fruit
are cut off the vine,
and thrown into the fire.

Just as the fruit reveals the tares among the wheat at harvest time,
the lack of fruit on some branches
reveal those who don’t abide (tares) in the church.
The end of the tares, the chaff, the branches is burning.

It’s like the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1ff)
They’re ALL waiting for the Bridegroom.
But the foolish have no oil.
They do not have the Holy Spirit,
only oil someone else has given them (external only!).
THEY ARE NOT HIS.
He never, ever knew them.
Just as in Matthew 7:23,
they are lawless ones.

Lord, what good can come of tares
and chaff
and foolish virgins and
unfruitful branches in the church?

Paul says to the church at Corinth:

1Corinthians 11:18 For, in the first place, when you come together  as a church, I hear that   divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it.  19 For there  must also be factions [false teaching] among you,  so that those who are approved may become  evident among you.

And John says:

1John 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out,  so that  it would be shown that they all are not of us.

The Lord says, “The devil’s work is no surprise to Me.
“I will take the his work, and turn it to good.”

You ask Me, “What good can come from tares in the church?”

These sons and daughters of the devil
will test you, My true church.

And as you are tested,
you will need to increase and strengthen your faith,
your complete reliance on Me.

The ones who are approved (as Paul says)
the ones who are truly Mine,
will be made evident
by way of the troubles and strife
brought on by the sons and daughters of the devil.

O wheat of Mine,
You will learn the way in which My character needs to be more fully formed in you,
as you deal with the devil’s offspring among you.
You will come to My Father to mold and shape You,
to prune you to make you more fruitful,
to make you more and more Christlike in character (2 Cor 3:18).

You must keep the tares in check,
you must not let them occupy leadership positions.
You must have discernment from Me!

You must discipline the tares when they sin,
just as you must discipline infants in Christ when THEY sin.
You must have wisdom from Me!

You must have wisdom and discernment
by being filled with My Spirit, dear offspring of Mine!

You must be filled with God’s actual love,
for only His love will quench and negate
the devil’s activity in the church,
through his tares.

If you simply complain
and feel hurt and withdraw altogether from My Body, the Church,
it becomes obvious
that you have not yet died and fallen to the ground,
for you are still concerned for yourself.

Have the same mind which is in Me (Philippians 2:5). Empty yourselves of your glory — take no account for yourselves! (These words will always anger the tares among you.)

O, complaining wheat, My offspring,
die so I may live in you.
Be crucified with Me
so nothing done by the tares,
the fruitless branches,
the foolish virgins,
the goats,
will disturb you!

John 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you,  unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Die and you will bear much fruit!
Be as the wheat among you
who have been crucified with Me.
Follow them as they follow Me.

And the Lord has a word for the tares who teach and preach (from Jeremiah 23:28-29):

Prophesy falsely,
relate YOUR dream.
It is straw to Me, it is the fruit of tares,
and it profits My people nothing.
At the harvest, My angels will gather you,
and you will be eternally punished.

The true church, My offspring,
will run from you.
They always run from the voice of strangers:

John 10:5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know  the voice of strangers.”

BUT

Let him who has MY word speak MY truth.
It is grain, the fruit of wheat,
what wheat speaks to wheat.

It is the word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:14).
which nourishes My wheat,
and encourages further growth!

O Church,
I will test you by way of the devil’s tares.

I will turn the devil’s work to good.
I will work all things for the good of you who love Me.

O church,
I will bring you to a place
where you all are crucified with Me,
where you give up your rights to yourself —
just as I did —
for My Father’s glory!

Then you will simply do the Father’s will,
regardless of what the tares say and do to you —
just as I did —
for My Father’s glory!

DISCERNMENT

In these times, the Church must be able to discern — to separate divine truth from error.

[SW082] 03/03/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Discernment”

In these times of false prophets and false christs,
the Church must be able to discern (1253 & 144) —
must be able to separate divine truth from error,
must possess depth of spiritual insight!

Sadly, in these days,
much of the church is as the Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the  serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.  4 For if  one comes and preaches  another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a  different spirit which you have not received, or a  different gospel which you have not accepted, you  bear this  beautifully.

Quote from John MacArthur (Discernment: Spiritual Survival for a Church in Crisis”):
“So many churches have relinquished
biblical ethics and doctrine,
a deep reverence and worship of God,
repentance over sin,
humility toward God and fellow believers, and
a profound understanding of God’s character and work.”

Discernment — that’s what Matthew 7:13-27 is all about!

Hear the words of the Lord, at the end of the Sermon on the Mount!

Matthew 7:13  “ Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The gate is wide, spread out flat (4116),
the way is broad, spacious (2149)
that leads to destruction, ruin, eternal perishing (684) —
the worm never dying, the fire never going out —
and MANY enter through it.

How can that be?
In 2010, it was estimated there are 2.19 billion Christians in the world.
That’s almost 1/3 of the entire world population!

But that leaves billions that are not Christian,
and are going down that broad path,
AND many who are in the pews
who call themselves Christians,
but do not believe the Bible is truth,
nor any basic Christian doctrine,
and certainly do not believe they must repent!

They have no discernment! They cannot tell divine truth from error!

The way of eternal life with God and Christ
is through a small gate, a gate that is narrow (4728),
and the way that leads to life as God has it (2222)
presses in on you (2345) —
it is a way of persecution and tribulation,
and FEW find this way that leads to life!

Matthew 13:20 “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the  word, immediately he   falls away.”

The Church, by and large, has fallen away!

Persecution came, and she abandoned Jesus
and the truth of the Word of God.

And so, she has no discernment —
she is disconnected from the Head which is Christ! (Colossians 2:18-19)

Matthew 7:15   “Beware of the  false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are  ravenous [722, plundering, suddenly seizing] wolves.”

These are the same ones Paul warned the Ephesians about in Acts 20:28. From among you, he warned.

Matthew 7:16 “You will   know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 “So  every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad  [4550 rotten, worthless, unwholesome] tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “ Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will  know them  by their fruits.”

You will know (1921) them by their fruits —
you will have discernment, you will fully perceive and know exactly.
But if you have gone through the wide gate and are on the broad way,
you will not fully perceive, you will not discern.

What is the fruit of the good tree? Look at Matthew 7:21 – doing the will of the Father.

What is the fruit of the bad tree? Look at Matthew 7:23 — lawlessness!

Matthew 7:21   “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “ Many will say to Me on  that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;  DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”

Lawlessness (458), wickedness, against God’s will, unrighteousness.
The Apostle John says lawlessness is sin (1 John 3:4).
Their fruit is sin.
They speak lies that tickle your ears.
They twist the Word of God.
It is the deception of their own minds. (Jeremiah 14:14).

I see a basket of rotten figs, very bad, in much of the Church, Lord!
But much of the church,
at least in America,
can’t see them!
She has no discernment!

But I also see a basket of good figs, very good.
These are the ones that do Your will, O Father mine! (Jeremiah 24:2-3)
These will be the remnant of Your church
who will come into Your Promised Land!

The Lord cries to the false teachers
and those who follow them,
those who have no discernment:

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
    [1847, from 3045 yada, intimate experiential knowledge,
    the knower knowing the One known. In the NT, it is sanctification.]
    Because you have  rejected knowledge [again, from yada]
    I also will  reject you from being My priest.
    Since you have  forgotten the  law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.

Hosea 4:14 … So the people without understanding are  ruined [3832 thrust down].

Jeremiah 23:22 “But if they had  stood in My council,
    Then they would have  announced My words to My people,
    And would have turned them back from their evil way
    And from the evil of their deeds.”  [There’s the rub!]

Matthew 7:24  “Therefore  everyone who hears these words of Mine and  acts on them,  may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the  floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not  act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the  floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.”

A storm is coming to the Church —
one that will reveal foundations!

Therefore, hear the words of the Lord,
but don’t just be hearers — do them! (James 1:22-25)
Then you will be wise,
having built your house on the Rock which is Christ.

But if you do not do the words Jesus says,
You will be foolish (3474), dull and stupid,
and great will be your fall.

Do not build on falsehood,
on ear ticklings,
on twistedness!

How can the church obtain discernment?

The Word of God!

John 8:31   So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “ If you continue in My word, then you are truly  disciples of Mine; 32 and  you will know the truth, and  the truth will make you free.”

The truth you will find is that Christ can free you, indeed, from sin, by filling you with His Holy Spirit!

Then the Holy Spirit will teach ALL THINGS:

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. [that is, not all were OF us]

1 John 2:20   But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.  21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

The unction of the Holy Spirit,
His anointing!

The Word of God
leads you to be filled with the Holy Spirit,
who gives discernment — He makes you “know all things”!

The way is narrow —
many will depart from you,
and you will be persecuted.
But you will walk as Jesus did in this world,
and you will have life as God has it,
and not a future of eternal perishing.

The Lord showed me this Friday morning:

He knew King Saul’s heart,
long before he openly rebelled against the Lord.
The anointing was UPON Saul,
but not IN HIM.

The unction of the Holy Spirit
must be IN US.
Jesus rose and ascended and was glorified for that purpose.
If the anointing is simply UPON US, we will indeed fall,
we will indeed lack discernment.

Turn! Cry out to your God, O Church!
God’s will is that you be filled, the anointing IN YOU,
teaching you ALL THINGS,
united by having His nature IN YOU,
operating by His actual love, INSIDE YOU!

Do His will!
Do not just hear!
Do!  (James 1:21-22)!
Be filled with the Spirit!

WATCHMEN NEVER KEEP SILENT

O, Lord, I cannot keep silent, for I love Your church! You have filled my heart with Your love, and so I love her as You do!

[SW081] 02/24/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Watchmen Never Keep Silent”

Isaiah 62:1   For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
    Until her  righteousness goes forth like brightness,
    And her  salvation like a torch that is burning.

Not only for Israel, God’s people, but also for the Church
whom He chose to be the bride of Christ!

The Lord appointed me as a watchman for the Church,
so I cry out to her, I sound the trumpet for her —
and I know her repentance will affect Israel.
May they become jealous of her!

For her sake I will not keep silent.
I will speak and speak
until    her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
dawn, radiance, shining —
until she is right full of Your glory, Lord Jesus!

For her sake I will not keep silent. I will speak and speak until
her salvation goes out like a burning torch
her deeds of deliverance —
powered by the Deliverer, Jesus Christ —
burning and consuming not for death,
but for cleansing and purifying.
A consuming of everything in us that is not of God.

Isaiah 62:6   On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed  watchmen;
    All day and all night they will never keep silent.
    You who  remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;

O Lord, I will not rest.
I will continually remind You (2142)
I will continually remember You,
confess You and celebrate You,
be mindful of You,
boast in You,
invoke You,
appealing to You
and calling on You in prayer.

For as a watchman, I not only sound the trumpet,
warning the Church,
but I intercede for her, I am part of her,
I am a bridge between You and her, O Lord.

She is primarily prayerless,
separated from You by her sin,
and so I pray on her behalf.

Isaiah 62:7 And  give Him no rest until He establishes
    And makes  Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

O Lord, I will give you no rest, no quiet.
I will continually loudly and passionately petition You,
even as I warn Your Church.

I will give You no quiet until You establish her,
make her stand up, perfect her,
and make her ready —
and make her and Jerusalem a praise in the earth, O Lord!
Isaiah 62:10   Go through,  go through the gates,
    Clear the way  for the people;
     Build up, build up the  highway,
    Remove the stones, lift up a  standard over the peoples.

O Lord, I go through the Church’s gates
I clear the way,
I build up the highway —
the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8)!
I remove the stones that block their view of You,
I lift up a banner of holiness to Your people!

Now I build up the highway,
with stones of truth,
bulldozing the false teaching that plagues you, O Church.

The Lord says to me:

Ezekiel 33:7   “Now as for you, son of man, I have   appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a  message from My mouth and give them  warning from Me.  8 “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will  surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.  9 “But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he  does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have  delivered your life.”

If I do not warn you, O Church,
to turn from your wickedness,
you will die in your iniquity,
and  the Lord will require your blood from me!
Your blood will be on my head,
if I do not faithfully declare the whole purpose of God!

You will say, “That is Old Testament.”

Hear the words of the Spirit-inspired Paul:

Acts 20:18 And when they had come to him, he said to them . . .“You yourselves know,  from the first day that I set foot in  Asia, how I was with you the whole time,  19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me  through  the plots of the Jews;  20 how I  did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and  from house to house,  

Acts 20:26 “Therefore, I  testify to you this day that  I am  innocent of the blood of all men.  27 “For I  did not shrink from declaring to you the whole  purpose of God.

Like Paul, I do not shrink (5288) from telling you the truth.
I do not cower or draw back.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
I declare to you that which is for your good!
I solemnly testify of repentance toward God,
and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

So I am innocent of the blood of all men,
for I am shouting from the rooftops
what He has whispered in my ears.

There is great cowardice in much of the Church in America today —
our leaders and congregations seek to please men and tickle ears!
There is no repentance, nor is it taught.
And without repentance,
there is no salvation.

All this is evidence of unbelief —
the greatest sin the Church commits.

We are afraid that messages about sin and repentance
will drive people away FROM US!!!

But such messages
will draw people TO CHRIST!!!
Our thinking is completely opposite to God’s!

And so, I declare:

Ezekiel 33:10   “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are  rotting away in them;  how then can we  survive?”’  11 “Say to them, ‘ As I live!’ declares the Lord  GOD, ‘I take  no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked  turn from his way and live.  Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

You say it is hopeless — you cannot stop sinning.
He says, “Turn from your way and live!
“Why then will you die?”

It is not hopeless,
but you must agree with Him that you still willfully disobey Him
and ask Him to cleanse your heart!

Why must your heart be purified?

Ezekiel 33:12 “And you, son of man, say to  your fellow citizens, ‘The  righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will  not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live  by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’

Ezekiel 33:13 “When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he  commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.

O Church,
many of you are trusting in the words you said at an altar
but you have not laid yourself out on the altar
that the Lord may alter you!

You have not offered yourself
as a living sacrifice
holy and pleasing. (Romans 12:1)

You conform to the world,
and you are not transformed
by the renewing of your mind! (Romans 12:2)

The Lord says you will die
if you trust in what happened at that altar
and yet continue to willfully disobey God.

Ezekiel 33:17   “Yet  your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right.  18 “When the righteous turns from his righteousness and  commits iniquity, then he shall die in  it.  19 “But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.  20 “Yet you say, ‘ The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

Do you say the Lord is wrong?
Do you say you should live,
regardless of what you do in disobedience to Him?

O Church, you will be judged by the Lord
each of you according to your ways!

Turn, O Church, while there is still time!
If you do, none of your sins will be remembered against you (v. 16).
If you don’t, none of your righteousness will be remembered (v. 13).

O Church, you cannot have both holiness
and unholiness
come from you:

James 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.  11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both  fresh and bitter water? 12  Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce  fresh.

But if you will turn, O Church, here is God’s promise to you — Isaiah 35:5-10!

If you will heed the sound of the trumpet today,
from this watchman on the wall:

Isaiah 62:2 The  nations will see your righteousness,
    And all kings your glory;
    And you will be called by a new  name
    Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
3 You will also be a  crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
    And a royal  diadem in the hand of your God.
4 It will no longer be said to you, “  Forsaken,” [old name]
    Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “ Desolate”; [old name]
    But you will be called, “ My delight is in her,” [new name!]
    And your land, “  Married”; [new name!]
    For the  LORD delights in you,
    And to Him your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
    So your sons [next generation] will marry you;
    And as the  bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    So your  God will rejoice over you.

Amen! Amen! Amen, O Lord! Truth. So be it. Let it be so.