RESTORERS OF RUINS

[SW220] 02/12/2016 message notes by

Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016

“Restorers of Ruins”

Nehemiah’s name means, “Yahweh comforts.” Jesus Christ wants you to see that, when you are filled with the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, you will have a front row seat to watch Him work through you to restore ruins!

Texts: Nehemiah excerpts

Chapter 1 specific phrases:

v. 2 — I asked them concerning the Jews . . .

Has the Lord put it on your heart to be concerned about the state of your fellow human beings? Then He is calling you. It is a call to every Christian on the planet.

What is He calling you to?

v. 3 — The report: Great distress, broken down, burned . . .

You will hear a report that your fellow human beings are in great distress. They are in ruins — their walls and gates of protection are broken down by the enemy of our souls. Why? There are so many reasons, there were so many reasons for me, but the bottom line is sin. All have sinned and have fallen short of (lack) the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But He means to restore ruins, and put His glory in them!

v. 4 & 6 — I sat down and wept and mourned, fasting and praying, day and night;

All Israel and I and my father’s house have sinned . . .

The first step for restoration of ruins is for the restorers to weep, mourn, fast and pray day and night, and to confess the sin of those who are in ruins.

Even though Nehemiah was either born in captivity in Babylon, or just a child when captured, he confessed the sin of him and his fathers, though he had not sinned as they had. But he took upon himself their suffering, and carried his burden to the Lord, in prayer.  Sound like Anyone we know? It will be the description of you, when you become a restorer of ruins.

v. 8 — Remember the word, “If you return to Me . . .”

After weeping and mourning, fasting and praying, you may humbly remind the Lord of His promise that, if even you would repent and confess the sins of those who are in ruins, they would turn and He would gather them and bring them back to Himself.

v. 11 — Grant compassion with the king . . .

We serve a compassionate Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. If you go to Him on behalf of those who are in ruins, you will experience His great compassion for them; you will be inwardly moved, as He is.

Chapter 2 specific phrases:

v. 3 — City lies desolate, consumed by fire . , ,

Report to the Lord that you see the desolation, the burned-out ruins.

v. 4 — What would you request? I prayed to the God of heaven . . .

Pray to the God of heaven. He asked the blind man, “What do you want Me to do?” The man said, “Restore my sight!” And Jesus did. And He will show you favor, when you ask Him. Ask Him what?

v. 5-6 — Send me, that I may rebuild it, so it pleased the king to send me . . .

Ask Him to send you. If your cry is, “Here am I. Send me,” the Lord will do it. That cry is always the cry of those who are Spirit-filled, who readily see the ruins of other lives. They are outward-focused, compelled to bless others, to let Christ use them to restore!

v. 7-8 — Letters that they may allow me to pass through, letter to Asaph for timber for beams for gates, the wall of the city, and the house to which I will go.

Tell the Lord exactly what is needed to restore the ruins. You need help to get through Satan’s territory. You need strong foundation-building material — the very Word of God and the power of God — to rebuild gates, walls, and houses.

v. 9 — The king sent me with officers of the army and horsemen . . .

The King of kings will give you more than you ask for. He is the God of more than enough. He will send protecting angels with you, the very hosts over whom He is Lord.

v. 10 — Very displeasing to enemies . . .

Satan will be upset when he hears the news that restoration is on the way.

v. 11 — Night, told no one what my God was putting into my heart . . .

Without making it known, go about the ruins of each life, take note of the damage. Let the ruined ones speak. Be still. Let them pour out their hearts to you. God has put something in your heart, but it’s not time to tell them until you compassionately listen to them tell you about their ruins.

v. 17 — You see the bad situation . . . come, let us rebuild so we are no longer a reproach . . .

Society unfailingly disapproves of and shuns people whose lives are in ruins. But you will hear a word from the Holy Spirit, “You see the ruins. Come, let us rebuild!” And when the ruins are restored, there will be no more shunning. Instead, the world will want to know how the ruined one became restored. That’s the whole plan!

v. 18 —The hand of my God had been favorable. Let us arise and rebuild!

The hand of your God is favorable, Spirit-filled Christian. You will say, with the Holy Spirit, “Let us arise and rebuild!”

Chapter 3:

All build in unity . . .

It is not a superficial, outward unity, but an inward unity of heart that only God can work IN us (John 17:21, 26).

Chapter 4 —

v. 1 & 3 Enemy furious, very angry, mocking, casting doubt . . .

When he sees the work begin, the enemy of our souls will be furious and very angry. He will mock and cast doubt. But you will listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and continue your work. You will run from the voice of the enemy. His voice is nothing like your Good Shepherd’s voice. Spirit-filled Christian, you know Satan is a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1John 4:4). Rebuke Satan, in the name of Jesus.

v. 6-8 — So we built the wall to half its height. The repair (healing) of the walls, further enemy threats . . .

You will reach the halfway point in completion of the restoration of the one who is in ruins. The report of the repair (I love that the Hebrew word means “healing”) reaches the enemy’s ears, and he threatens to attack and kill.

v. 9 & 14—  But we prayed to our God, remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight . . .

But you pray and fight! You are equipped with God’s own armor that He has tailored to fit you perfectly! You fight with the sword of Spirit which is the Word of God, and with prayer.

Chapter 6

v. 8 — The enemy spreads lies. But now, O God, strengthen my hands . . .

Satan will try to spread lies about you. But you will pray, and the Lord will strengthen you.

v. 10 — Enemy temptation to sin, I perceived God had not sent him

The enemy will tempt you to sin in order to escape enemy capture, but you will perceive that the one tempting you is really a mouthpiece for Satan (knowingly or unknowingly). So you will not sin.

v. 15 — The wall was completed in fifty-two days . . .

You, the restorer of ruins, will complete the rebuilding in a miraculously short period of time!

How wonderful! How exciting! Hear the promise from the Lord in Isaiah, for Christians who cease their inward focus and look outward, because they have asked the Lord to fill them with His Spirit and God’s actual love —

Isaiah 58:12  “Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins;

You will raise up the age-old foundations;

And you will be called the repairer of the breach,

The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.

Christian, put away your outward piety. The Lord is not impressed by it. Ask Him to clean you up on the inside, to fill you with His Spirit, and then your eyes will be opened to see the ruins around you. And you will have a front-row seat to watch Him use you to restore them!

I know about ruins, beloved. First I was in ruins from drugs, and God graciously restored me after I cried out in the middle of the night. Then, many years later, I was in ruins from MS — feet paralyzed, legs partially paralyzed, bladder paralyzing, knotted muscles no muscle relaxant could ease, severe tremors in my head, eyesight ever decreasing, and cognitive dysfunction — I could not think.

Are you in ruins? Pastor Doc was the restorer God used for my ruins. He asked about me, so the Lord gave him the report of my ruins. Then Jesus gave him a vision of me healed. Pastor Doc wept and prayed and fasted, He asked the King for all he needed to pass through enemy territory and rebuild me, and it was done in a miraculously short period of time!

Those in ruins, I have seen you. I have heard the bad report. I am always weeping, praying and fasting for you. And I will pray with you now.

π

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GO, AND I WILL SHOW YOU

[SW204] 10/16/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Go, And I Will Show You”

Text: Genesis 12:1-2

When I went to my assignment in San Diego, I had no plans of my own. I was totally inadequate for the job, but my adequacy comes from the Lord.

He said, “Go, and I will show you.” When I spoke to Dean and his parents prior to visiting them, I said, “I don’t know what God is going to do, but it will be wonderful!”

What did You show me, Lord?

9/28/15    —    YOU establish the connection (You in me is the key).
Servanthood comes naturally, because You have given me
Your nature.
YOU showed me that my joy and transparency were unexpected,
and that they break down walls and disarm those to whom I am
ministering. Dean said, “I am pleasantly surprised. I thought you
would be a Bible-thumper.” Score one for Jesus! I am assured
that I do not need to change my personality — you will use me
just as I am.

9/29/15    —     YOU reveal the truth, and salvation results!
— Why did Jesus come? To do good things.
— Yes, but Isaiah 53, He took the punishment you
deserved. Dean repents, asks forgiveness, receives Jesus.
YOU reveal the truth and expose Satan’s lies re: pressure to
perform.
— John 5, the power of Jesus’ words
— Not my work or Dean’s, but the power of God.
— Relief, relaxing now, compassion, laughter, and
truth

9/30/15    —    YOU stir Dean’s heart, just as You did me. He confesses openly.
We know we are on Satan’s Most Wanted List, and we are glad!

10/1/15    —     YOU show me Psalm 37:5-6, 34. I will see it!

10/2/15    —     YOU provide a sister in Christ for fellowship and encouragement,                 and show me that transparency is essential for encouragement!
YOU give me Psalm 64:4, 7, 10!
YOU instruct on spiritual warfare from John 10.
YOU shoot at Satan with Your arrows, shooting at him who
shoots at us.

10/3/15    —     YOUR word is powerful.
— Isaiah 61, then YOU cause me to spontaneously speak Matthew 11:28-30.
— Immediately, Dean spontaneously asks You to give him Your yoke, and explains to You what his is (MS). He “gives” his MS to You, out loud. Faith!

10/4/15    —     YOUR words unexpectedly come to free others.
YOU have Jeff and I minister together, even a continent apart.

10/5/15    —     YOU remind me to stay focused. No distractions. The Enemy is
trying to distract. YOU direct me to fast, to break the yoke.

10/6/15    —     YOU are the yoke-breaker. It will come. “Dean, what would God                 say now, if you asked Him if you are right with Him?” With no hesitation, Dean smiled broadly and said, “He would say, ‘You are right with me!’”

10/7/15    —      YOU fill Dean with the Holy Spirit, by the laying on of my hands
upon his head, and he speaks with other tongues.

10/8/15    —     YOU give us all a promise — Psalm 27:13-14, despite a bump in the
road with Dean’s natural condition.

10/9/15    —     Changes in scenery and players, even unknowing statements of                 unbelief,  do not affect Your work. Your compassion and love trump unbelief.

10/10/15    —     We change our strength for yours (Isaiah 40:31). YOU prompt me
to say, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” Dean begins to get up, then sits back down. “I’m afraid to stand up. Jesus, take my fear!” Faith!

10/11/15    —       YOU ask through me, “Why is My church glorious?” Dean says, “Because the Father and Jesus are inside of her!”
YOU will do the final stage of healing when Dean and You are alone together. You always do great things when you get women and men alone with You (Jacob’s name change, Abraham and the covenant-cutting, Paul and the three days fasting, and time in Arabia,
and many more)!

10/12/15    —     All YOU directed me to do has been done. I go in peace, and leave                 my peace with Bob and Inger’s home, and with Dean. I have had a                  front-row seat to watch You work! You continue that on the plane and in the taxi from the airport to our home! Hallelujah!

A CROOKED HOUSE

[SW194] 07/10/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“A Crooked House”

You can’t build a house with a crooked wall — it throws off every other measurement. The more you build around a crooked wall, the more crooked the whole house becomes!

Texts: Amos 7:1-9, 1Peter 4:17

Last week’s message was for those in this country who have rejected Jesus Christ. It was Daniel’s interpretation of the handwriting on the wall, for Belshazzar, King of Babylon, who did not believe in God.

This message is for those who profess faith in Jesus Christ.

I will speak all that the Lord gives me, and will not leave out a word (1Samuel 3:7).

When God the Father disciplines those who believe in His Son, it is so we can share in His holiness — so that we might cry out and asked to be filled with His Spirit, so we are no longer slaves to sin and so we are empowered to do the works He has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). He disciplines those He loves. (See Hebrews 12:6, 10.)

When churches have gone far from Jesus Christ, as with five of the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3, He calls them to repent.

Jesus calls the church to repent today, for indeed, she has gone far from Him, though there is a remnant that is faithful.

Judgment is coming first to the household of God, beloved (1Peter 4:17).

I repeat — You can’t build a house with a crooked wall — it throws off every other measurement. The more you build around a crooked wall, the more crooked the whole house becomes!

He holds up a plumb line of judgment, and finds most of His church to be crooked rather than straight. What is the plumb line? His Word.

Throughout the church, He hears and sees many things like this from those who profess that they are His:

1. God wants you to be rich. God wants you to be financially successful. Share this post and you’ll get a Mercedes Benz with no payments. Jesus Christ was rich.

—What does His Word say? Do not seek treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, but sore up for yourselves treasures in heaven. You cannot be a servant of God and a servant of your lust for money. (Matthew 6:19-20, 24).

2. God doesn’t care if you sin, after you make Jesus your Savior. He understands.

— What does His Word say? I use the New Testament, to remove the usual objection that we are now under grace.

— “If your eye causes you to sin, throw it out; it is better for you to enter life (eternal life) with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

— “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” (John 8:34)

— And His servant Paul says, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2)

— And Paul says, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)

— To Ananias, a member of the church, Peter says, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land . . . you have not lied to men, but to God.” And Ananias was stricken dead (Acts 5:3). Beloved, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

—“Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.” (1Timothy 5:20)

Beloved, many false teachers and prophets are the church who tickle the ears of its members, gently stroking their sinful natures that have not yet been crucified. Greed, pride, selfishness are coddled.

There are many crooked apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, both men and women, who have built one crooked wall after another to make the whole house crooked1

And in the church’s desire not to offend, and to make herself more palatable to the world, she has removed the requirement for confession of and repentance from sin from the salvation message.

But what does Jesus say about becoming palatable to the world?

John 15:18   “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

Do we not know that the time is short, and that the Lord is coming soon? How then should we found by Jesus Christ? Spotless and blameless (2Peter 3:14).

What? We are to be holy as He is holy, perfect as our Father is perfect? We cannot make ourselves that way, and in much of the church, we are taught that it is impossible to be sanctified through and through.

Then why does Paul pray that for the church at Thessalonica (1Thessalonians 5:23). That is how we are preserved without blame, found spotless and blameless.

I have prayed for a long time that the church would ask for the Lord to do in them all that He promises —

Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (This requires removal of sin from your very nature, because God and sin cannot dwell together.)

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.

This is a clarion call. I am sounding the trumpet, as a watchman on the wall. God has placed a plumb line beside you and found you to be crooked, O church, for you do not line up with His Word!

“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?’” (Ezekiel 33:11)

O church! Do you not know that this is a word to you, too? God does not change!

Repent, for judgment is coming soon. If not in my lifetime, certainly we will all stand before the judgment seat when our bodies die. Will he find you to be plumb, or will He find you to be crooked, O Christian?

If you ask Him right now, He will make the crooked straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be upon you (Isaiah 61:2)!

Wake up, sleeping one, and rise up from among the dead ones, and Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:14)!

Then He will welcome you, saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant! Come join in the joy of your Master!” Those are His promises for you who turn back to Him today!

THE ACCENT OF JESUS

[SW192] 06/26/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“The Accent of Jesus”

Your accent reveals where you come from.

My own heart is this: that I have the accent — the words, the compassion, and the fragrance — of Jesus. If I do not, He cannot reach out through me to the world that He died for.

The words of Jesus

When Jesus had been taken away by the Jewish leaders, and was before the high priest, Peter followed from a distance, and waited in the courtyard. And this was said to him:

Matthew 26:73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.”

Peter was from Galilee, and had that region’s accent. Jesus was from Galilee, and had that region’s accent. So in the natural, Peter’s talk gave him away as being Galilean, like Jesus. Then he was afraid to be found out, so he denied Jesus the third time, just as the Lord had prophesied to him.

But later, when Peter and John were arrested for boldly proclaiming Jesus as the Christ:

Acts 4:13   Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,  30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”  31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

What a difference! What boldness! What had happened?

Pentecost! They were filled with the Holy Spirit — first the 120, and then these in Acts 4:31!

Now they didn’t just sound like Jesus because they came from the same region of the country. They spoke His words. They had the same HEAVENLY accent as Him. They were as bold as He was, warning the Jews not to reject their Christ.

But it wasn’t just His words that they had.

The compassion of Jesus

Peter and John were in trouble with the Jewish leaders because they had healed a 40-year-old man who had been born lame. Beloved, we’re all born lame. We don’t walk right. But the heart and compassion of Jesus is to say, “Silver and gold I have not,” and “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Hallelujah! So the man was healed and leaped and walked and praised God.

Before Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were so busy competing against each other that they often missed the masses who needed Jesus!

Before Pentecost, when Mary poured out the pure nard on Jesus’ feet and the fragrance filled the room (John 12:3), all the disciples complained that it was a waste of money. And Jesus rebuked them, because she was preparing Him for His death. They lacked compassion for their own Savior.

What a difference after they were filled with the Holy Spirit! Now they had His heart and His compassion. And they simply walked about and His compassion flowed from them, for His glory. They discussed among themselves who was the greatest (Matthew 9:34), and were embarrassed when Jesus asked them what they had been talking about. He already knew, of course.

The fragrance of Jesus

Did you ever smell jasmine? It has a FRAGRANCE. It’s unmistakable. There’s no other fragrance like it.

The fragrance of Christ is like no other, and it is unmistakable in those who are filled with His Holy Spirit —

2Corinthians 2:14   But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;  16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

Well, Lord, I am surely not adequate, but You are! You do the manifesting, I’ll do the walking about! Make me smell good, Lord!

The disciples didn’t smell so good to God when, in Luke 9:54, they wanted to call down fire upon the Samaritan village that wouldn’t let Jesus pass through . . . Jesus rebuked them!

But after Pentecost, God manifested the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Christ through His disciples who had that sweet aroma IN them. Now they smelled good to God!  Hallelujah!

Do you see it? I most assuredly must experience a personal Pentecost to have Jesus Christ’s accent — His words, His compassion, and His fragrance.

He promised His disciples that they would be His witnesses when the Holy Ghost had come. They would have His accent, when they stayed in the city, praying and waiting to be clothed with power from on high.

He wants to do that even today, for today’s church.

Many of us know the Bible, and have even memorized verses. But do we live them?

Apart from the very love of God poured out in our hearts to overflowing by the Holy Spirit when He fills us — what does 1 Corinthians 13:1 say? — we are sounding gongs and clanging symbols.

So in His compassion for you, He is speaking to you today.

Do you have His words, spoken as He spoke them?

Do you have His compassion?

Do you have His fragrance?

Do you walk like He walked in this world (1John 2:6)? You must have a personal Pentecost to break the chains of sin in your heart, before you can ever have His accent, beloved! Do not be deceived (1Corinthians 6:9)!

Do you have His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)?

Now is your opportunity to ask Him to change those “no” answers to “yes” answers.

If you ask your heavenly Father, He will fill you with His Holy Spirit today, and you will have the accent of Jesus.

You will sound like Him, you will be moved with His compassion that is now IN you, and you will have His fragrance about you.

His accent will be IN you, affecting all that you do.

How gracious is our God, that He would not only save us from being under His wrath, but make it possible for us to be like His Son in this world, setting us free from the power of sin and giving us His accent!

Then, just as you have freely received, you will obey His command to freely give (Matthew 10:8)!

A NEW NAME

[SW188] 05/29/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“A New Name”

Text: Isaiah 62:1-5, Romans 5:6-10

God’s great desire is to give you a new name — a new reputation, a new nature, a new character — His!

You must understand Romans 5:6-10, agree with God about your rebellion against Him (sin), and receive what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross. Then God gives you MANY new names. Here are just a few —

OLD NAME                 NEW NAME

Under God’s wrath          Saved from God’s wrath

Sinner                             Forgiven

Dead                              Raised to life

Blind                              One who sees

In the dark                     In Christ’s light

Far away                        Brought near

In a fog                          In the clear

Existing                         Living life as God has it

Addict                           Free

Porn-lover                    Christ-lover

Beaten                         Protected by God’s power

Possessed                   Delivered

Wounded child            Child of God

Broken                         Whole

Hopeless                     Hope-filled

Sick, with no cure        Healed

And THEN, when you ask your heavenly Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost (Luke 11:13) —

OLD NAME                          NEW NAME

Slave to sin                          Set free from sin

Double-minded                   Christ-minded

Divided heart                       Pure heart

Depressed                           Full of Christ’s joy

Witness of Adam’s nature    Witness of Christ’s nature

Beloved, when He gives you a new name, He changes you!!!!!! Do you believe it?

Beloved, today’s church doesn’t mention sin, just blessings. They don’t want you to feel bad about yourself. But you must see yourself through God’s eyes, see the name you now have, and understand your need for a new name! By not mentioning sin and not requiring repentance in order to be “saved,” today’s church DEPRIVES YOU of the true blessing of transformation of your character, reputation, nature and future!

Look at the transformations God has done —

Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of multitudes) — Genesis 17:5.

Sarai (princess) became Sarah (mother of nations) — Genesis 17:15.

Jacob (supplanter, schemer) became Israel (he who strives with God) — Genesis 32:28.

Simon (hearer) became Peter (a piece of rock) — Matthew 16:18.

The woman with the issue of blood, who had to cry, “Unclean” when she was in public,
became “Daughter” — Mark 5:34.

He changes your character, your reputation, your nature, your future. Will you believe Him?

People will say of you:

“How you have changed! What has happened?” (No one will miss the old “you.”)

“You are free as a bird! How did that happen?”

“You are healed! That’s impossible!”

“Your face glows! How can that be?”

“I’ve never seen a love like yours! You even love those who hate you!”

“I can feel the joy that’s in you when I’m near you!”

“You have a peace I can’t even comprehend!”

“How can you be patient in such a frustrating situation?”

“I have never seen such kindness and caring from you!”
“You have such great faith in Jesus Christ?”

“How can you be so full of hope when everything looks hopeless?”

“You are so gentle and humble — you never used to be that way!”

And you will be able to tell them what God has done in you, through Jesus Christ, and by the power of His Holy Spirit.

And here is another powerful truth —

When men try to label you with one of their names, your character, your reputation, and your nature will not conform to their name!

In captivity in Babylon, three Hebrew young men were renamed by a Babylonian commander—

GOD’S NAME                            MAN’S NAME

Hananiah (YHWH is gracious)     Shadrach (circuit of the sun/sun worship in view)

Mischael (who is what God is)    Meshach (who is what Aka, a Babylon god, is)

Azariah (YHWH has helped)       Abed-nego (servant of Nego, a Babylonian god)

But when they were commanded to worship King Nebucadnezzar’s image, they refused and remained loyal to God, even when their lives were at stake.

No man will be able to change your nature, your reputation, and your character when God has given you a new name!

I tell you, beloved, He wants to give you a new name today. But you must agree with Him that you need one, just as Israel needed to agree with Him in Isaiah 62:2.

They were “not yet” (see verse 1), just as some who are watching are “not yet.” You’re still rebellious against God.

You’re still going your own way.

You confess that you are a Christian, but you live like the devil.

And church, you do the same! And you are exiled from the presence of God; He is not with you right now.

But I will not keep quiet until your righteousness goes forth like the dawn, and your salvation like a burning torch!

I will give the Lord no rest until He makes you a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7)!

Believe God, confess your sin, turn from it, ask God to forgive you through the precious blood of Jesus Christ! He will make you a child of God!

THEN ask God the Father for His Holy Spirit, and He will fill you and make you a witness to His Son, Jesus Christ!

COUNT ON THE LORD

[SW186] 05/15/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Count On the Lord”

Text: 1Chronicles 17:25-27, 1Chronicles 21

In every trial, count on the Lord, on His promises, on His faithfulness. But watch out! Satan will tempt you to do otherwise.

King David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

In 1Chronicles 17:25-27, David recounted the promise the Lord had just made to him. He would build a house for David, one that would continue forever!

David continued to win many battles. In 1Chronicles 20, his army defeated the sons of Ammon, then the Philistines, and then the descendants of the giants of Gath.

But then Satan stood up against Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1). He got a foothold by putting a thought into David’s mind, that he should count his men, that he should do a census.

All Satan needs is a toe in the door. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy. He tries to steal our faith, just as he tried to steal that of Jesus Christ in Matthew 4, in the desert temptation!

A census! Good idea! Wise! Lots of battles, some losses, let’s find out who’s left so we can see if we’re strong enough to continue.

But God didn’t call this census. Satan tempted David, giving him this “wise” idea.

Joab objected (v. 3). If it wasn’t the Lord’s command, they shouldn’t number Israel.

But King David’s word prevailed. It seemed so right to him, so he enforced it. Joab counted all but Levi and Benjamin. There were 1.6 million men.

But God was displeased — in the original Hebrew, “it was evil in the sight of God.” Why?

First, He didn’t call it. He calls for a census for His purposes, for the accomplishment of His plan. So, it was wrong for David to count just because it seemed wise to David.

Now look at 1 Chronicles 27:23. It was another counting, done in David’s old age (23:1). This counting was according to God’s purposes — to establish a written record for the divisions of Levites for service to the Temple that Solomon would build, for Israel’s army, and for other overseers.

1Chronicles 27:23 But David did not count those twenty years of age and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven.

That’s the other reason it was evil in the sight of God for David to call for a census in Chapter 21. God promised that Israel would be as numerous as the stars in the universe. By counting his men, David unwittingly questioned God’s promise.

That’s the same as saying, “Lord, I know you are faithful, but I’m just going to be sure.” That’s unbelief.

For David’s doubting, the consequences were dire. When he realized that he had sinned greatly by doubting God’s promise (v. 8), he immediately repented, from the heart. That’s why God said he was a man after God’s own heart. He didn’t intentionally disobey, but when he saw what he had done, he immediately sought the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, not only for him, but for Israel.

But there was a price: (1) three  years of famine, (2) three months to be swept away by the enemy, or  (3) three days of pestilence. David didn’t want to fall into the hands of his enemies. Three years of famine would have killed many more in Israel than three days of pestilence. So he chose three days of pestilence.

That sounds harsh, but David knew God’s mercy. And God is faithful to His own character.

As the destroying angel set out to destroy Jerusalem, David cried out again for mercy, and  the Lord stopped him before he destroyed every man in Israel, so that the death toll was 70,000 rather than nearly two million (see v. 5).

So what is the Lord saying to you and me and the church at large?

Be careful what you count on. Ask the Lord to purify your heart by baptizing you in the Holy Ghost, and you will rely on Him and Him alone. You’ll also be able to detect Satan’s attempts to gain a foothold!

Church, Satan has tempted you to look at your circumstances, instead of God’s faithfulness to His promises.

And it seems so logical and wise to you, to count your congregation numbers, and if they’re down, it seems good to use man’s methods, even business methods, to increase them. Satan, Ole Slewfoot, has gained a great foothold in the church.

What the Lord say? Stop regarding man (Isaiah 2:22)! Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 146:3).

But you’re under a lot of pressure to do it. Besides, a bigger church will make you famous!

Wrong motive! Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Ask the Lord to give you a new heart, one with no pride in it and a single motive — glorifying God the Father and God the Son through God the Holy Spirit!

Repent! Turn from man’s methods for church growth, and seek to be filled with the Holy Ghost, so that the world around you cries out, “The Lord, He is God!”

Get real with the Lord. You need something from Him, O church. Seek to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, each one of  you, and ask Him to show attesting signs to accompany the words that you speak, words delivered in His power. People will repent.

And what lesson is there for a believer who loves and obeys God and does not willfully disobey Him, but is in the battle of a lifetime, a night season.

You are like David. The Lord has given you a heart after His own heart. But you have fought many battles, and you just want to check to see if you have enough natural strength to weather another one.

Beware! Satan is tempting you to seek strength from a natural source, rather than from the Lord. It seems wise. Everyone else is doing it. But do not doubt God!

If you are in right standing with God, if you love God, does He not say that He will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28)?

Does He not say that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:6)

Does He not say that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can think or imagine, according to His power that works in you? (Ephesians 3:20)

Does He not say that the battle belongs to Him? (2Chronicles 20:15)

Does He not say that you will be kept by His power, His fort and troops around you to protect you? (1Peter 1:5)

I tell you, it is not enough to be able to recite these scriptures word-for-word. You must believe them in your heart. But praise God! He is a Faith-Giver! Seek Him! He will give you faith to believe Him.

Seek to be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit — He is the source of that keeping power!

NOTE: The Lord delivered me from the situation I mentioned in last week’s message, all praise to His name! Five polyps were found and removed. Two were precancerous, but there was NO CANCER. Thank You, my Healer and Deliverer, my Strength and my Shield!

After the procedure, the doctor said I was at very high risk for colon cancer. Satan was about to try to get a foothold.

But all praise to God, Psalm 103 immediately came into my spirit, and I said, Lord, I believe it! I asked my praying friends and relatives to pray in agreement with Jeff and me.

Nevertheless, when I spoke with one friend, she detected worry in my voice. Ah! Satan’s foothold! We rebuked it together. Thank You, Lord!

Then Satan said I was all washed up. “You gonna die,” he cried. But God kept me by His power. I said, “Hallelujah! That means I’m going to live, and God still has work for me to do!”

Whatever Satan says, the opposite is true, because he’s a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him (John 8:44)!

Even if the diagnosis had cancer, I already had written statements in my will and medical records that I would rely on God alone to heal me. Praise God!

Even if God did not heal me, it surely would be better to be with Him, but I will be here as long as He wants me here (Philippians 1:23-24).

It is the work of the Lord, nothing I could do on my own, just as with my friend and mentor, Donald Demaray, who had joy in the midst of a great trial and sorrow. It was  Father God. It was Jesus Christ. It was the Holy Spirit. It was all God.

God will do the same for you. Ask the Lord to make you as sure of Him as the Apostle Paul, who wrote —

2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason (his appointment as a preacher and apostle and teacher of the gospel of Christ), I also suffer these things (cruel and unjust imprisonment, for he had not disobeyed the law) . . .  but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

I know whom I have believed! You do likewise!

Amen!

#1 REBUILDING — INTERCESSION

[SW135] 04/05/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“#1 Rebuilding — Intercession”

The Lord Jesus Christ is calling for intercessors within His church to beseech the Father to rebuild today’s broken down church (see the latest Barna report). He is faithful and will hear us!
Jesus has shown me something in the Book of Nehemiah. It’s about today’s church, and what she must be taught and how she must be exhorted. In Nehemiah, the Lord reveals the necessary steps to rebuilding:

Chapter 1 — Interceding

Chapter 2 — Requesting Christ’s provision

Chapters 3 and 4 — Possessing God’s strength and wisdom

Chapter 5 — Convicting regarding sin

Chapter 6 — Discerning

Chapters 8 and 9 — Repenting

Chapter 10 — Consecrating

Chapter 13 — Cleansing

Here was the spiritual condition of Israel that led to the Babylonian exile of Judah (southern Israel) about a hundred years after Samaria (northern Israel) was exiled through Assyria:

Ezekiel 22:26-31 “Her  priests have done violence to My law and have  profaned My holy things; they have made no  distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the  unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.  27 “Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and  destroying lives in order to get  dishonest gain.  28 “Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing  false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken.  29 “The people of the land have practiced  oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have  oppressed the sojourner without justice.  30 “I  searched for a man among them who would  build up the wall and  stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found  no one.  31 “Thus I have poured out My  indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath;  their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.

Prior to the exile, the Lord’s prophets had warned and called for repentance, but no one listened. It continued during the exile, and once again, men stood in the gap to intercede for Israel:

— The Lord’s call to intercession through the prophet Joel, in Joel 2:12-17

— Daniel’s great prayer of intercession in Daniel 9, after he read Jeremiah 25:11 and realized that the 70 years of Babylonian exile had been completed.

— Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, who stood in the gap before the Lord for the people, to restore and rebuild.

Nehemiah 1

Cyrus of Persia made the proclamation to his entire kingdom (and the Medo-Persian empire conquered the Babylon empire which encompassed the known world). In 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Cyrus proclaimed that the Lord God had appointed him to build Him a house in Jerusalem, and released all Jews in exile to go up to Jerusalem. This was just according to the prophecy the Lord gave Isaiah in Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1, 150 years before Cyrus came to power!

Persia was now under the rule of Artaxerxes. Of the approximate million who were in Judah at the time of the exile, only 42,360 Jews would return to their land and rebuild. The rest died in battle when Babylon laid siege, or tried to escape to Egypt and were killed there. A few were allowed to remain in the land to tend it and a few escaped. Some stayed in Babylon, preferring it to Israel.

Intercession was the first step to rebuilding, and that’s what Nehemiah 1 is all about.

Nehemiah heard the terrible report about the remnant in the land. He wept and mourned, fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

That’s intercession — seeking God’s heart for the church or for individuals, weeping and mourning, praying and fasting day and night (v. 6), beseeching God to act on behalf of His people, and having faith that He will answer.

Let’s look at Nehemiah’s prayer in Chapter 1, so we may understand how to pray for today’s church —

— He beseeches the Lord God of heaven, who is faithful to keep covenant with those who love and obey Him.

— Hear! See! I am Your servant. I am praying on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants. We have not served you well, for we have sinned against you. Even I and my family have sinned against you.

— We have acted very corruptly against You. We have completely disobeyed You. And just according to Your command to Moses, You have scattered us.

— But remember, Lord God, that if we repent, if we return to You and obey You, even though we’ve been scattered to the remotest parts of the earth, you will gather us and return us to Israel, where You have chosen to cause Your name to dwell.

— You redeemed them before, Lord, by your great power and strong hand.

— I beseech You! Hear the prayer of Your servants who love and revere You.
Bless me by granting me compassion (7356, raham mercy, from the word for womb) from King Artaxerxes.

— For I am cupbearer to the king. I have a close relationship to him, as a friend. I hear what goes on in his throne room. He trusts me not only with his secrets, but with his life, for I taste his wine before he drinks it, so if it is poisoned, I die rather than him.

For today’s church:

Please listen to the message, for I interweave the Lord’s words for today’s church with verse-by-verse explanation of Nehemiah 1. The video will available later today at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SetFreeMinistriesFMC

http://vimeo.com/myfathersplace

Intercession did not end when Jesus came! Our Lord interceded in John 17, and He literally IS our intercession in heaven, for His work is finished! The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8:26-27). The Apostle Paul was a great intercessor, in Ephesians 1 and 3 and throughout all of his letters to the churches.

Oh, beloved, intercession is not only petitioning God, but it is spiritual warfare!

2Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war  according to the flesh,  4 for the  weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but  divinely powerful  for the destruction of fortresses.  5 We are destroying speculations and every  lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the  obedience of Christ . . .

Colossians 1:9   For this reason also,  since the day we heard of it,  we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the   knowledge of His will in all spiritual  wisdom and understanding,  10 so that you will  walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,   to please Him in all respects,  bearing fruit in every good work and  increasing in the  knowledge of God;  11  strengthened with all power, according to  His glorious might,  for the attaining of all steadfastness and  patience;  joyously 12 giving thanks to  the Father, who has qualified us  to share in  the inheritance of the  saints in  Light.

And it must be done for today’s church. She is exiled from the presence of God. She has sinned greatly and been scattered. Many have fallen away, many follow false teachers who tickle their ears. Many do not believe or declare that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Many of our churches are dying or dead.
Ezekiel 22:26-31 “Her  priests have done violence to My law and have  profaned My holy things; they have made no  distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the  unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.  27 “Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and  destroying lives in order to get  dishonest gain.  28 “Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing  false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken.  29 “The people of the land have practiced  oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have  oppressed the sojourner without justice.  30 “I  searched for a man among them who would  build up the wall and  stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found  no one.  31 “Thus I have poured out My  indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath;  their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.

So I pray the same prayer as Nehemiah. By the grace of God, all whose hearts are entirely His are able to pray and beseech Him to act on behalf of our broken churches. Who will pray with me? Who will return with me to rebuild the church?