[SW060] 09/16/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Smooth Things”

Today, the Lord let this watchman look into His heart and tell you what He showed me there.

He offers us hope, a promise to change our hearts
so we respond to His every whisper, His every breath!

All we need to do is repent.
That doesn’t mean just letting go of something we have a grip on.
Those are just outward symptoms of inward rebellion.

It means understanding our inward spiritual condition
that seed of rebellion deep within us,
and crying out to a merciful, holy God,
“Change us!”

I wrote this on my blog and on Facebook Thursday:

“It is as it was in the days of Elijah.
The double-edged sword that is the Word of God
is preached as if it’s made of rubber.
No deep penetration into hearts and Satan laughs.

“And more and more water, even ice water,
is being poured on the gospel of Jesus Christ (diluting it).

“Like Elijah, I don’t care how much water is poured on the altar of God!
When I call on Him, I know He comes down!

“May it be to such a degree that the people must declare,
‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!’”

A watered-down, diluted Word that will not transform.
A rubber Word that does not penetrate because it has no sharpness.

It’s the day of preaching smooth things, things that flatter the people.

Go to Isaiah 30:8-13:

8 Now go, write it on a tablet before them
And inscribe it on a scroll,
That it may serve in the time to come
As a witness forever.

Lord, I am writing Your words on this tablet right now! May they serve as a witness to Your church, evidence that You did speak to warn.

9 For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of the LORD;

Isaiah speaks this to the church of the day.
I speak this to the church of TODAY.

Many in the church refuse (abah 14) Your instruction, Your teaching, Lord. They are are not willing to listen when it is preached in its undiluted, double-edged state.

10 Who say to the seers,“You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets,“You must not  prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words [smooth things],
Prophesy illusions [deceptions].

11 “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Get out of our way. Turn aside from our path, prophet of God! What is this about being holy as He is holy, Apostle Peter?

Leviticus 11:45 ‘ For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus  you shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore   you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “ YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
We’ve never heard that, and we don’t want to hear it.
There’s no need to be holy, set apart, not like the world around us.
We want the world to like us.
We reject what you say,
Father and Jesus Christ and Peter.

12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
“ Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in oppression [injury, fraud, deceit]
and guile [literally, perversity],
and have relied on them,

13 Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant . . .

Speak to us pleasant things, prophesy deceptions.
Heal us broken ones superficially, making light of our sin.
Say “Peace, peace, when there is no peace between us and God.”
(see Jeremiah 6:14)

We want to continue on OUR path.
We don’t want to hear from the Holy One of Israel
Who reproves us for our sin, through His prophets.

We want to hear pleasant things.
Literally, smooth (2513 chelqah) things.
We want you to flatter us with your tongue.

[The retreat I attended . . . they’d been taught they were princesses
though many were sinning,
and they revolted against the speaker
when she said God wanted to change them.]

Verse 13 — I see something as I stand on the wall! Watch out, O church. Your wall is bulging!

Much of what is preached today is people-pleasing,
and not God-pleasing.
We call evil good and good evil.
A humanistic perversion of the gospel is preached.

Humanism:  An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.

Sound familiar?
I won’t name names.
Many preachers of this have great big churches
People love to be flattered by  them.
But God is not flattered, nor is He pleased!

Malachi 2:17  You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them,”or, “Where is the God of  justice?”

We can do evil and God will delight (desire and show pleasure) in us.
After all, God simply doesn’t exercise His justice toward us any more.

We’re weary of giving You sacrifices.
But God says He’s weary of them.
He’s tired of their sin.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

The scribes, the experts,
those who know the Word of God like the backs of their hands,
have lying pens.
They know what God’s Word says.
But they turn it around.
Listen to the Lord’s words to them,
spoken through Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 8:8  “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
And the law of the LORD is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
Has made it into a lie.
9 “The wise men are  put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?

Many top-level leaders in the church say we must stress the happy side of Jesus,what He can do for US, rather than our need to REPENT for our sins in order to meet God’s righteous requirements.

They say Jesus made the crowds happy.
They were delighted by the good things He did for them.
But what does the Word really say about the crowds’ reactions to Jesus,
and more importantly, what Jesus expected them to do
when He performed miracles?

Matthew 7:28 When Jesus had finished these words [the Sermon on the Mount], the crowds were amazed at His teaching;  29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. Amazed — 1605 ekplesso; from 1537 and 4141; to strike out, hence to strike with panic, to amaze: —amazed(5), astonished(8).

Matthew 9:8 But when the crowds saw this [the paralyzed man pick up his mat and walk], they were awestruck (see definition), and  glorified God, who had given such authority to men. 5399 phobeo; from 5401; to put to flight, to terrify, frighten: —afraid(41), am afraid(2), fear(27), feared(5), fearful(2), fearing(6), fears(2), filled with awe(1), frightened(6), have fear(1), respect(1).

What was the expected result, per Jesus’ denouncement of Chorazin and Bethsaida in Matthew 11:20?

Matthew 11:20   Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His   miracles were done, because they did not repent.  21 “ Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you,  Bethsaida [God’s people]! For if the  miracles had occurred in  Tyre and  Sidon [pagain cities] which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”

Sackcloth and ashes! Mourning over their spiritual condition! Repentance!
But many who called themselves God’s people did not repent.
Woe to them, Jesus said!


The Lord longs to be gracious to you, O church that is seeking ear-tickling words!

Isaiah 30:18  Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you [He is waiting 2442]  And therefore He waits [He is waiting 2442] on high to have compassion on you.  For the LORD is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.

What’s the Lord waiting for?
He’s waiting for you to repent, to see your heart and ask Him to change it.

Have you begun to long for Him because of His words to you today?
Are you now seeking after Him?
Then you are blessed.

If you continue to seek the ear-ticklers,
the humanists of today’s church,
He’ll see to it that the wall you’re leaning on develops a bulge
and collapses.
He SO wants you to repent, He’ll do whatever it takes!

What happens to those who begin to long for Him
and seek Him who longs to be gracious if we will simply repent?

Is. 30:19    O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will  answer you.  20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.  21 Your ears will hear a word behind you,“This is the  way, walk in it,” whenever you  turn to the right or to the left.  22 And you will defile your graven  images overlaid with silver, and your molten  images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to  them, “ Be gone!”

Now, cry out! Repent!
You will weep no longer.
He will be gracious to you.
He hasn’t really hidden Himself, but You couldn’t hear Him
because of your sin.

When you repent,
your eyes will BEHOLD your Teacher!
He will make your heart pure
by filling you with the Holy Spirit!
The pure in heart WILL see God!

You will no longer be on that path
the one you told God’s prophets to leave,
the one that leads to destruction,
the one that many are on.

You’ll reject and scatter humanism
as an impure thing.

You’ll be on His path, the narrow one,
and you will personally hear His voice, in your heart OR audibly.

If you veer in the slightest to the left or the right,
He will say, “This is the way; walk in it!”

How long will you hesitate between two opinions?
If the Lord is God, follow Him (see 1 Kings 18:21)!

It is no longer possible for you to hesitate,
to sit on the fence.
You’ve heard the truth.
Come to God’s side,
for He longs to be gracious to you.

See 1 Kings 18:24ff for the following:

O God who answers by fire,
You are God — not us!
Save us from our humanism!

Answer me, O Lord!
Your altar which cleanses
has had much water poured on it,
but answer me with fire,
so that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God!

Turn the hearts of Your people back to you
by answering with fire, the fire of the Holy Spirit!
Fire of the Lord, fall and consume the burnt offering
and lick up ALL the water!
Let this word go forth in all its sharpness,
and undiluted,
so your people may be truly healed
of their sin.



It is as it was in the days of Elijah.
The double-edged sword that is the Word of God is preached as if it’s made of rubber. No deep penetration into hearts and Satan laughs.
And more and more water, even ice water, is being poured on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like Elijah, I don’t care how much water is poured on the altar of God, when I call on Him He comes down! May it be to such a degree that the people must declare, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”



[SW059] 09/09/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“The King’s Personal Service”

I have a word from the Lord today that was a deeper revelation of truth to me.
Within that word, He commands me to sound the alarm,
as He shows me what is on the horizon.

We who know and love and obey Jesus Christ and our Father in heaven,
that is, the saints,
have an inheritance of which no eye has seen
nor any ear has heard
nor has it entered the heart of man to know (1 Corinthians 2:9)!

Daniel 1:5 The king appointed for them a daily ration from the  king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be  educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service.

The Lord gave that Scripture to Jeff and me
as we began the path toward pastoring.
It was a word from Him, saying,
“You will be sent out to serve as pastors in three years.”
Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.
And we thanked the King of kings!

Now the Bible we were using was the NIV,
which just says “the king’s service.”
But in the NASB and in the original Hebrew,
it’s “the king’s PERSONAL service.”
The NIV missed it!
That phrase was a Holy Spirit speed bump just last week!
Time to dig!

Personal service! The Hebrew word is panim (6440).
It means “the face.”
Personal service is face-to-face.
Personal service means standing before the King
(for us, the King of kings)
and ministering to Him.

That means, dear believer who loves Christ and obeys Him,
dear saint,
that you, too, stand before Him

I remembered the Apostle Paul
who said he was “before the Father, before God.”

Ephesians 3:14   For this reason I  bow my knees before the Father,

Galatians 1:20 (Now in what I am writing to you,  I assure you  before God that I am not lying.)

1 Thessalonians. 3:9 For  what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

The Greek word for “before” is pros. It is from the side of, in local proximity to. Let that sink into your heart, saint of God, one who loves and obeys Jesus Christ! In local proximity to the King of kings! Beside Him! That’s where you are!

And I remembered what Paul said in Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:5-6 even when we were  dead  in our transgressions, made us alive together  with Christ ( by grace you have been saved),  6 and  raised us up with Him, and  seated us with Him in  the heavenly places in  Christ Jesus,  

And I said, “O Lord, we truly are ministering to You face-to-face,
and standing before You,
and we are seated with You in the heavenly places, before God!”

It’s true of all who love and obey Jesus Christ.
You stand before Him, face-to-face!
Your hearts have been made pure by Him,
our Refiner,
for only the pure in heart see God (Matthew 5:8)
and only those who have been purified
can give offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
(See Malachi 3:3.)

1 Peter 2:5, 9   5  you also, as living stones,  are being built up as a  spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  9   But you are A CHOSEN RACE,  a royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Personal service to the King of kings!
It is the mercy of God that brought us into a holy priesthood
where we offer ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1).
As co-heirs with Christ, we have His royal blood,
and so we are a royal priesthood!

Personal service to the King! Face-to-face!
It is full of wonder, but also sobering.
the entire purpose of our lives
is to minister to Him,
wherever we are,
all the time,
and He works the rest in us,
AND through us.

Ministering to Him defined:

It’s personal. Personal service.
Holy intimacy.
It’s not from a distance,
but up close and personal.
It is a place where we hear His voice clearly
because we are in such close proximity to Him.

His breath is upon us,
His glory is all around us. His glory is IN us!!!!
His presence is like a heavy but pleasant weight upon us,
And there is a holy hush.

It’s coming up higher
to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to myriads of angels, ten thousand times ten thousand
and to the spirits of the righteous
who have been made perfect before the Father.
It is standing before the throne of God,
upon a sea of glass
flashes of lightning, peals of thunder!
(see Hebrews 12:22ff and Revelation 4)

It’s a place of self-sacrifice,
where we’ve let go of what we are,
and let Him take over.
He becomes our Owner,
He becomes our Master,
He reigns!
It’s falling down before the throne
and casting our crowns before Jesus Christ.

Face-to-face, personal service to the King of kings
makes us fall down and worship,
just like when Solomon’s temple was dedicated (2 Chronicles 5:11-14),
just like when John saw Him in that vision (Revelation 1:17).

If you’re wondering what ministering to Him is all about,
it’s all about worshiping Him
giving away ourselves for His sake
and then watching Him minister through us,
His Holy Spirit filling us
So out of our bellies
Come rushing rivers of living water!

Who is in the King’s personal service, ministering to Him face-to-face? And who is not?

Go to Ezekiel 44:10-16.

The Levites who went astray from God
after the idols of the people
will be able to return to God
but they will not minister to Him as they previously did.

They will be ministers in His sanctuary
tending the gates of His house
tending to the people
preparing their sacrifices
and offering them to God.
No face-to-face,
no longer in the King’s personal service.

The Lord says in verse 13,

13 “And they shall  not come near to Me to serve as a priest to Me, nor come near to any of My holy things, to the things that are most holy; but they will  bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed.”

Who is in the King’s personal service, ministering to Him face-to-face?

The Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok,
who kept charge of His sanctuary while the people
and some of the Levitical priests
worshiped idols.

Ezekiel 44:15-16   “But the  Levitical priests, the sons of  Zadok, who  kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel  went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the  fat and the blood,” declares the Lord GOD.  16 “They shall  enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My  table to minister to Me and keep My charge.  

Before Him they would stand.
The Hebrew word is again panim.
Personal service, face-to-face.

Zadok, is actually from (6663) tsadaq.
These priests were descendants from Zadok,
high priest at the time of King David,
one who was faithful and wise in his counsel to David.

made right, in a moral sense (God’s morality)
just (that is, exercising God’s justice toward others)
and righteous.

They kept, watched, preserved and attended (8104)
God’s house
while the people rose up to sin.

The priests who stayed true to Him
and did not follow after false teaching
were the ones that He invited to come near,
to minister to Him
to sharath (8334)
to be His personal servants
His attendants.

And the priests who stayed true to Him
amidst all of the idolatry of the day
would stand before Him
in His very presence
offering Him the best of the best (i.e., the fat and the blood).

They had come to a place
where they had resisted to the point of
shedding blood, spiritually speaking (Hebrews 12:4).

They died so He could live in them!

They cared not about man’s opinion.
They didn’t try to please the people
but they were out to please God alone.
Those were the ones who draw near (7126) to Him,
who approach Him,
who are joined to Him (Ezekiel 43:19).

“(they) shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me . . . declares the Lord.”

He declares it. He says it. It is an utterance from Him.

And those who stayed true to Him
amidst all of the idolatry of the day
were the ones who entered in
who literally came in and went out
who stayed there, standing before Him
who attained that place of intimacy with God.

They came to His table
all spread out before them.
They dined with Him and Him with them (Revelation 3:20)
in a banquet of aged wine and choice food (Isaiah 25:6),
because they had tasted
and seen that the Lord was good (Psalm 34:8)!

They ministered to Him
and kept His charge.
They were watchmen
guarding the sanctuary,
allied with the God of gods, the King of kings,
the Lord of Lords.
They were in personal service to Him.

But the Levites who went far from the Lord?

Well, they went astray
because the people went astray.
They cared more about popularity with the people
than heart loyalty to the Lord.
The Lord would not let them near Him (Ezekiel 44:14).
They were watchmen for the physical house of God,
and tended to the people.
They were simply caretakers,
not serving the Lord face-to-face,
no longer tending to Him.


The great idolatry in the church today is humanism. That means, in terms of the gospel Jesus Christ died so you can lead a happy life and feel good about yourself and be successful. That’s humanism. It is contrary to the gospel but tickles the ears of its followers. Jesus Christ came to take our SIN on Himself and carry it away. He came to give us NEW HEARTS that are devoted to God. But that would mean something is wrong with us, and that would make us feel bad about ourselves. We can’t have that! So they preach their ear-tickling, self-centered and selfish message.

How about you? Here’s the test:
Are you serving the Lord face-to-face?
Has He brought you into an intimate,
face-to-face relationship with Him?
Are you in the King’s personal service?

For the saints,
the ones who love and obey the Father and the Son,
Take courage.
Your work of ministering to the Lord face-to-face
will be rewarded,
though most of the church
and certainly the world
will mock you.

But if you are a pastor or a Christian in the pews,
and you’ve caved under the pressure to conform to the world
and to those who take God’s Word lightly.

If you’ve followed the ways of the world
and you’ve participated in all of their idolatries
and have been a lover of your own pleasure
rather than a lover of God with God’s own love . . .

Repent! Break off from your idolatry, turn from it!
Stop trusting in man, whose has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he? (Isaiah 2:22, NIV)

Return to the Lord.
He will have mercy on you,
and to our God, for He will freely pardon (Isaiah 55:7).

The very good news of Jesus Christ
is what He now offers that He did not offer in Ezekiel’s day
but Ezekiel prophesied of it:

Ezekiel 36:25-28 “Then I will  sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your  filthiness and from all your  idols.  26 “Moreover, I will give you a  new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the  heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  27 “I will  put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  28 “You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be  My people, and I will be your God.”

The very good news of Jesus Christ
is that He is the Giver of the New Heart.
Ask Him, and He’ll do it.
He’s the Purifier!
And unlike the Levites who went astray,
You will be invited back into
the King’s personal service.


Isaiah 30:15 For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance [turning from your sin and to Me] and rest [descending from your high horse and setting your eyes and heart on Me]  you will be saved, in quietness [being still, settling down with Me] and trust [placing your confidence in Me instead of you] is your strength.” But you were not willing .  . .”

The Lord has a rest beyond human reckoning for His people today! That rest is in Jesus Christ. In Christ, past sins are forgiven and in Christ, our hearts are changed from rebellious to obedient. Oh, while it is still called “Today,” come into His sabbatismos, and rest from your wrestling with sin. Let Him clean you up from the inside out! You’ll heave a sigh of relief when you walk through the portal, the Door which is Christ and enter life and are changed from “dead man walking” to “filled with Christ’s very life.”

But we are not willing. I know, I wasn’t willing for nearly 45 years. Why?

Humans are rebellious against God by nature — even those who call themselves His! And so, we’re in Satan’s grip. We are false sons and daughters because we refuse to listen to the instruction of the Lord (see Isaiah 30:9 and forward). I used to say to the seers and prophets “You must not see visions, you must not prophesy to me what is right. Speak to me pleasant words [smooth things that flatter me, warm fuzzies that make me feel good all under]. Prophesy illusions. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path [scram! get lost!]. Let me hear no more about the HOLY ONE of Israel. I want to do what I want to do. Rules, schmools. I want to be free! There’s this really wide path I’m on, and many others are on it with me. We’re eating and drinking and drugging and being merry! Oh, come on, Jesus. Don’t warn me that this frolicking is fatal, that this path I dig leads to destruction. Give me a break! I just want to have fun. You’re far too serious and stern. Satan has me in his grip? Nah, he’s just a fairy tale. [Satan rubs his hands with glee at that one].

Well, just like God brought rebellious Israel low so they’d have to look up, so it was with me. And when I looked up, I saw how I had struggled against God and broken every one of His good commands that were given for my own good, and I turned from the way I’d been living. I saw that Jesus Christ was an oasis in my desert. I saw that if I’d simply let Him own me lock, stock and barrel, if I’d let Him loosen my hands from my death grip on the steering wheel of my life, I would be FREE, INDEED! Really free, free to the max, free from the grip of Satan, struggle, strife and sin.

Two blind men followed Jesus, crying out, “Have mercy on us!” He asked them,”Do you believe I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they cried. So He replied, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” REPENT! BELIEVE! AND YOU WILL ENTER HIS REST!


Lord Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit, it has been eleven years of bliss beyond imagining, joy unspeakable and full of glory. There are many things I don’t yet understand, and still much of You to get to know. You are boundless, eternal. You go on forever.

But even though there’s much I don’t yet understand, I am standing before You just as I have been since I first saw you, Jesus. I have not turned aside. How can I?  I am transfixed by Your beauty and majesty, my King! You have allowed me to see You. The first time, I fell down and wept an ocean. But You lifted me up, cleansed my heart and the lips out of which the overflow of my heart spoke, and set me on my feet. Here I stand, by Your grace and power.

You gave me beautiful feet to carry your good news. And I am walking and speaking. My eyes are not on where I am going, but on You. I cannot look away. You are too beautiful! All my questions about what’s next become meaningless when I look at Your face. I have no more questions.

You said, “Come and be with Me, call to Me and I will tell you deep and unsearchable things that you do not know.” And You gave me words to speak — You put them in my mouth. I will always speak and write them.

I will always stand before You in awe and wonder and deep, holy love.

I weep now, not “Poor Sue, she doesn’t know what You want her to do next,” but “O Lord, You are my Love, altogether lovely and the One who leaps across the mountains of difficulty and the mountains past which I cannot see!” And you say, “Come along with Me, My bride, My beautiful one!” I don’t know if that means the fig tree has ripened its figs and it is time for You to snatch up Your church. I don’t need to know. I just stand before You.


[SW058] 09/01/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Hold Fast”

Here is the Lord’s heart to you for today:

Hold fast!  Do not let go of Me OR My commandments. Obey Me.

And the Lord said to me, “Plumb these Scriptures!”

First, from the Old Testament (OT):

Deuteronomy 11:22 “For if you are  careful to . . . love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and  hold fast to Him, 23 then the LORD will  drive out all these nations from before you, and you will  dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.

Joshua 22:5  [The Lord said this through Joshua to the Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh who crossed the Jordan before the rest of Israel, in battle array, to help them possess the land] 5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to  love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him  with all your heart and with all your soul.”

The Hebrew word for “hold fast” is dabaq (1692),
which means to cling to,
cleave to, adhere strongly to, like glue,
become attached to,
to be joined together with!

If Israel kept the commandment to love the Lord,
to walk in all His ways,
and hold fast to Him, joined together with Him, and serve Him
they would have victory over enemies far greater than them.

As long as they held fast to Him,
they had victory over their enemies.

But then they adopted the ways of the world around them,
and began to worship those “gods” instead of the one true God.
They did not hold fast.
They went astray with their hearts.
Their hearts were hardened.

They were no longer victors.
Many perished,
a few went into exile (first Assyria, then Babylon)
and fewer still returned to the land from Babylon,
after the 70 years of captivity that Jeremiah prophesied from the Lord.

Not long after, those few who returned to the land
began to observe the ways of the people around them,
even right after Jerusalem had been rebuilt!
(Look at the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah)

God the Father was silent for 400 years.
Then He sent His Son, Jesus Christ,
to bear the sins of mankind on a cross so their past sins were forgiven,
and to rise again to give “whosoever will believe in Him”
changed hearts that are joined together with His heart
and life eternal with Him.

Hold fast.
It’s used of marriage in the OT,
and indeed, we are to be married to God, in a most holy sense,
devoted to Him, clinging to Him,
knowing Him with a holy kind of intimacy.
His desire for holy intimacy with mankind has not changed.
(see Jesus’ prayer to His Father in John 17:22-23!)

YHWH calls Himself the Husband of Israel in the OT.
Christ is our Bridegroom and we are His bride in the NT (New Testament).

God has not changed! I praise Him that out of His love come His promises,
that bring us victory against Satan,
and victory over our own inherent sinfulness and hardness of hearts,
new hearts to replace our wandering hearts,
so we may possess the land He now promises,
heaven itself, and a foretaste of heaven in our souls here on earth!

He causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)!

And He’ll never command you to do anything without giving you the way to do it!

Second, from the New Testament (NT):

Hebrews 3:12-15 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart  that falls away from  the living God.  13 But  encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the  deceitfulness of sin.  14 For we have become partakers of Christ,  if we hold fast the beginning of our  assurance firm until the end,  15 while it is said, “ TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,  DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS  WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”

Hold fast until the end.

The Greek word here is katecho (2722), to bind ourselves to, to possess, to retain.
It’s the same idea as “being joined together with” in the Old Testament.

An evil unbelieving heart? Among the brethren? One that falls away?
The human heart remains the same as it was in Israel’s day.
Many Christians have adopted the ways of the world
and worship the world system’s “gods” instead of the one true God.

When I come again, Jesus says, “Will I find faith on the earth?” (see Luke 18:8)

What can you do to prevent your heart from going the way of the world?
What can you do to become one in whom Jesus finds faith, when He returns?
What I’m proclaiming in this message today.
I am a watchman on the wall
and this is what He has showed me for this time.

The Lord wants me to stimulate you (Hebrews 10:23)
which means to provoke you so you don’t provoke God,
to deliberately annoy you!

I am to encourage you, to exhort you so your hearts won’t be hardened
by the deceitfulness of your own sin nature.

I am to encourage you
to be a partaker of Christ,
a partaker of Christ’s own nature.

IF you become a partaker of Christ’s nature
your sin nature, your wandering and rebellion
will be put to death
and you will live for God alone.

THEN you will be able to hold fast,
you will bind yourself to,
possess and  retain,
the beginning of your assurance
[the idea is that our faith is the support that sets under us — our Rock!]
until the end . . .

Holding fast is a characteristic of a partaker of Christ’s nature.

2 Peter 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.

He said to the Christians to whom he wrote, “Some of you have not yet become partakers of the divine nature,
but by God’s precious and magnificent promises
you are able to become partakers, and in doing so,
you will escape this world’s corruption
which is driven by coveting, desire,
self-centeredness, self-interest, selfishness.

Hold fast! Become a partaker of Christ’s nature!

Hebrews 3:6 but Christ was faithful as  a Son over His house —  whose house we are,  if we hold fast our  confidence and the boast of our  hope firm until the end.

We are Christ’s very house, the place where He dwells,
and we are actually also OF His house,
members of His Family,
and we will remain so until the end.
IF we hold fast.

Hold fast!
[katecho bind yourself to,
possess, retain, cling to,
be joined together with (just like in the OT).

To what? To our confidence
[3954, our outspokenness, frankness, bluntness, assurance]
firm, steadfast, unalterable
until the end.

And to the boast of our hope (1679),
our anticipation with pleasure and our expectation
our faith that we are Christ’s.

IF we hold fast, THEN it is evident that we are His house.
The Lord has asked me to be very bold,
very outspoken, very frank, very blunt
and to boast in my hope in Him.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the  confession of our  hope without wavering, for  He who promised is faithful;  24 and let us consider how  to stimulate one another to love and  good deeds,  25 not forsaking our own  assembling together, as is the habit of some, but  encouraging one another; and all the more as you see  the day drawing near.

I’ve already spoken that the day is drawing near,
in my last message, “Because of the Time.”

Again, the Lord wants me to stimulate you
which means to provoke you!

To what?
to love (that is, to have God’s actual love fill your heart),
and good deeds — that is, “God” deeds,
for even the secular world does good deeds,
but for those filled with God’s love,
God works through them, doing what only He can do!
Saving, healing, setting free, filling!

I am to encourage you, to exhort you
to beseech you fervently, to urge you strongly
to have your heart filled with God’s love, with His Spirit,
so you are able to do what Jesus did on this earth and greater (John 14:12)!


In Revelation 2:13, Jesus told the church at Smyrna that they hold fast to His name,
that is, He says they abide by all that His name implies.
They could not hold fast except by being filled with His love
filled with His Holy Spirit.

In Revelation 2:24-26, Jesus said there were some in the church at Thyatira
that had not fallen into the trap of false teachers,
and to those, He said, “Hold fast until I come.”

In Revelation 3:11, Jesus told the church at Philadelphia that He was coming quickly,
and commanded them to hold fast to what they had,
so that no one would take their crown.


Do you keep the commandment to love the Lord
to walk in all His ways,
to hold fast to Him,
to cleave to Him,
to be joined together with Him
as a wife is to her Husband,
as a bride is to her Bridegroom?
Are you married to Him?

Or do you have an evil, unbelieving heart
that has adopted the ways of the world
and worships what it worships
rather than the one true God?

Can  you truly say that you have become a partaker of the divine nature,
that the nature of Jesus Christ has replaced your sinful nature?

Or is your sinful nature still alive and well,
coveting and desiring what this world desires,
self-interested, self-centered, and selfish?

Are you His house?
The place where He dwells,
A member of His family?
Have you been filled with His Holy Spirit?

I asked these questions of my own heart, and now I ask them of your heart,
because while it is still TODAY,
God wants you to know your spiritual condition,
so you may cry out to Him
to fill you with His Spirit so you will hold fast.

God wants you to make you able to hold fast.
But you’ll never do it in your own strength.
Your rebellious nature must die
and be replaced by Christ’s nature,
so you to gain His strength.

Great is His faithfulness! And this is said by Jeremiah, who saw false prophets lead his people To no longer hold fast in the Lord, but to worship other gods:

Lamentations 2:14  The visions of your prophets
                were false and worthless;
                they did not expose your sin
                to ward off your captivity.
                The oracles they gave you
                were false and misleading.         

GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS! Hebrews 10:23,  “. . . for  He who promised is faithful;”





[SW057] 08/26/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Because of the Time”

Because of the time . . . what time is it?
It’s a “for such a time as this” that you were born again! (see Esther 4:14)
It is a pivotal time for Christians.

I believe we’re in the end of the end times,
and that means it’s getting darker.
But the deepening darkness simply makes the light in a Christian shine brighter!

There’s not much time left to share Jesus Christ with others.
So we really need to know Who we’re talking about, deeply and intimately.

I asked the Lord for His heart on this message, and it was this:

“My people do not know My Word and therefore fall prey to false shepherds
    and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Speak to them!”

I remembered Paul’s words to the Ephesians in Acts 20:

29 “I know that after my departure  savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing  the flock;  30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away  the disciples after them.”

So the Lord’s words to me rang true in my heart.

Today’s times:

Dangerous–great pressure to conform to the world culture/system
Ear tickling/false teachers (2 Timothy 4:3, below)
Lovers of self (2 Timothy 3:1ff)
Falling away (Matthew 24:10)
Thus, the end of the end times.

The condition of much of the church in today’s times grieves Jesus.
In John 8:31-36, He commanded us to continue in His word so we will know the truth
and to be filled with the Holy Spirit so we will be able to discern good and bad.

The Spirit-inspired Paul says this:

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

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. And their multitude is parched with thirst.

The Father’s heart wails like flutes because of it (Jeremiah 48:36).

He loves us enough to warn us today.

We can learn what happens to those who have been taught the word of righteousness
but have fallen back and become lackadaisical.

Because of the time, this should not be so!

Hebrews 5:11   Concerning  him [Melchizedek compared with Christ] we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  12 For though  by this time [literally, because of the time] you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you  the   elementary principles of the  oracles of God, and you have come to need  milk and not solid food.  13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an  infant.  14 But solid food is for  the mature, who because of practice have their senses  trained to  discern good and evil.

Let’s take it apart.

Verse 11:  Concerning  him [Melchizedek compared with Christ] we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Literally, “concerning him much to us is this word!”
There are deep truths in this teaching on Melchizedek
that will help this group of Christians to discern truth and error.

But it’s hard to get this truth of God across to them. Why?

Because they have become dull (3576, a deep, inborn sluggishness, bound up in their very life).

Dull of what? Of hearing (189, the act of hearing teaching).

Once again:

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

They won’t be able to digest more than milk.
They’ll look for teachers that stroke them and tell them myths, fables, stories.
Like children who like a bedtime story before going to sleep.

Wake up, says the Lord!

Verses 12-13 For though  by this time [literally, because of the time] you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you  the   elementary principles of the  oracles of God, and you have come to need  milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an  infant.

The New International Commentary of the New Testament puts it this way: “ . . . not only do you need to learn mysteries of deep import . . . but the very ABCs of divine revelation.”

They started out on milk.
But they had to have been given solid food soon after,
or the writer would not say “you have come to need” milk.
Now they are AGAIN in need of milk, the ABCs of Christianity.

Because they have returned to only drinking milk and not eating solid food,
 they have once again become “not accustomed” (522, ignorant)

Regarding what? Regarding the word  of righteousness (3056 and 1343, the message, the revelation regarding the character of God and the act of right-standing with Him).

They can no longer digest teaching that will lead them to maturity,
to being filled with the Holy Spirit,
with His wisdom and His power.
They have become, once again, infants (3516, immature, simple-minded ones).

The folks to whom this letter is written have fallen into a trap, listening to teaching on worship of angels. And they are listening to those who say they must keep Jewish ceremonial law and traditions in order to be saved.

So it is in the church.
Ear-tickling teachers
who teach in accordance with their congregation’s own desires,
they will not endure sound teaching.

They have become, once again, infants (3516, immature, simple-minded ones).
Why has this happened?

Let’s think about this from a natural perspective.
Solid food should be slowly introduced to babies at 4-6 months.
A child cannot develop properly without solid food in his diet.

So it is for Christians.
We begin with the basics, which are pretty easy to learn.
But before you know it, it’s time to talk about deeper things
that will help those babes in Christ develop
so they don’t get caught up in false teaching,
and so they are brought out of spiritual infancy
into the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit —
that “word of righteousness” in Verse 14 leads to being filled with the Spirit.

As A.W. Tozer observed, a baby is cute, all cuddly as we give him his bottle.
He must be burped, cleaned up after, the spittle wiped from his face.
But if he is still that way when he is even one year old,
we know there’s some kind of problem.
So it is for the Christian.
But in many churches today, particularly in America, only milk is served.
At one time, there was solid food served up in the house of God,
but there’s been a return to “just the ABCs.”

Yes, there are new Christians among them, and they need some milk.
But a “milk only” diet surely will stunt and even arrest spiritual growth.

Verse 14 But solid food is for  the mature, who because of practice have their senses  trained to  discern good and evil.

Because of practice – the idea here is spiritual gymnastics to increase our capacity for spiritual comprehension, so we can discern good (2570, God’s moral good in view) from bad (2556, that which is worthless, depraved, injurious, evil in character).

The mature (3046), those who have come of full age,
who are in need of nothing more in order to be complete.

The mature became mature by practicing (1838, experiencing) eating solid food,
receiving nourishment for growth
and doing spiritual gymnastics so they may comprehend
the truth that will set them free . . .
and are filled with the Spirit!
And still they go on, from image to image,
from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)!

When believers eat solid spiritual food, they learn to distinguish (1253, discern judge, to separate thoroughly, to discriminate, to withdraw from, to oppose) false teaching.

Again, here’s what the Lord said when I asked Him, “What is Your heart?”

“My people do not know My Word and therefore fall prey to false shepherds and wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

“They are being fed milk endlessly . . . they themselves do not seek to learn My Word.”

I know, Lord. I was one of them.
But you sent a true shepherd to our church,
and he taught everyone there the word of righteousness!

He placed before us a smorgasbord of truth,
even fresh bread from the Word!
The tastes and fragrance were too enticing to resist, for some of us.
We bellied up to it, and didn’t go away hungry or thirsty!
But Others blanched because they had been on milk for so long
they didn’t want anything else.

Jesus said:

John 8:31  . . . “ 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.”

Free from what? Jesus answers, from slavery to sin. Free, indeed! Free to the max, really, certainly free!

That’s God’s heart for you today. He commands you to seek solid food. He weeps at the milk-filled sermons coming from many pulpits, especially here in the U.S., with our vast array of seeker-friendly churches.


Are you on milk, or solid food?

Do you listen to messages that are simply the ABCs of Christianity, or have you moved on, learning the Word, reading it daily (and not just a couple of verses)?

Because of the time, the Lord exhorts you today to start taking in some solid food, so you don’t get caught up in false teaching and lose your way to Him!

If your preacher still has you on the bottle, beware! Seek a preacher who serves up a smorgasbord!

And go to the Word of God yourself, and ask the Holy Spirit, your divine Teacher, to show you the truth!

Once you’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:3), you won’t be satisfied until you have all of Him!

And then you will be free, indeed! Free from slavery to sin.

Because of the time, the Lord exhorts you today to commit yourself to learning the Word of God and not settling for milk from the pulpit.

Because of the time! Time is short! You must be ready, and must help others become ready.

Because of the time, you must be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have, in these ever-darkening days.

Because of the time, you must be able to teach others the truth of Jesus Christ.