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!

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#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?

JESUS’ LETTER TO THYATIRA

Where has your heart been lately, O church? He wants your heart. Have you gone after other lovers?

[SW130] 2/28/14 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Jesus’ Letter to Thyatira”

Text: Revelation 2:12-17a

Background:

While the Apostle John is exiled on the island of Patmos (to the east of Greece), Jesus Christ gives him a revelation — an unveiling — of Himself, and what is to come.

The unveiling of Himself:

When John sees Jesus Christ as He is now — Judge, Lord of lords, and King of kings — here’s what happens:

Revelation 1:17   When I saw Him, I  fell at His feet like a dead man. And He  placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid;  I am the first and the last, 18 and the  living One; and I   was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have  the keys of death and of Hades. 19 “Therefore  write  the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place  after these things.”

What is to come:

Before He unveils what is to come, the Lord Jesus speaks to seven churches through their messengers (pastors). He is the one that walks among (5281 in the middle of) the seven golden lamp stands like candelabra (the churches).

Why does He speak to them? To encourage them, to exhort them, to correct them, to convict them regarding sin and righteousness and judgment. He commands five of the seven churches to repent.

Background on Thyatira:

Lydia, from Acts 16:14ff, was a native of Thyatira, a place of shrines to Apollo, Artemis, Helius (sun god), and the Roman emperor who was worshiped there as Apollo incarnate. It was the center for many trade guilds. Drunken guild-feasts and orgies were part of the pagan worship in Thyatira.

Jesus’ words to the church at Thyatira:

Jesus Christ identifies Himself as the Son of God, the only true God incarnate. His self-description is that of Judge — eyes like a flame of fire, feet like burnished bronze. Bronze and fire frequently connote judgment in God’s Word. He stands as Judge before them, for something is very wrong, amidst all the right that is being done by this church.

He fully knows their love and faith and the service and perseverance (steadfastness in faith). Even now, they do more in service and are more steadfast than ever . . . but He has something against them.

They tolerate (that is, they permit) someone named Jezebel to be in their midst.
In a word, they compromise.

Jezebel calls herself a prophetess. She calls herself —  she was not called to prophesy by God and is not God’s prophetess, or she would not teach what she is teaching! She claims she hears from God, but what she says is from her own imagination, as in Judah at the time of Jeremiah’s preaching (Jeremiah 2:8, 23:16). She is a false teacher.

What is the difference between Pergamum and Thyatira? In Pergamum, some went OUTSIDE the church to eat food sacrificed to idols and commit acts of immorality.  In Thyatira, Jezebel teaches these things to His bond-servants WITHIN the church. And no one speaks against her!

This is the Lord’s great warning to today’s church! The worship of the world has entered the church at Thyatira, and it is being taught within her walls by a false teacher. It is the same today, and in many churches, no one speaks against the false teachers.

In 1Kings 21:25-26, King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, who worshiped Baal, the god of fertility (worshiped via cult prostitution, orgies and feasts), is described:

1Kings 21:25 Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD,  because Jezebel his wife incited him.  26  He acted very abominably in following idols,  according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the sons of Israel.

Just as surely, the Jezebel of the church at Thyatira incites the church to sell themselves to do evil in the Lord’s sight, following idols.

And she refuses to repent, just as with Jezebel in 1Kings, though the Lord gave her a space of time to do so. The Lord warned her through those who remained true to Him  at Thyatira, just as Jeremiah warned Judah.

She commits — and teaches others to commit — literal adultery. And by listening to and doing what she teaches, some in the church commit spiritual adultery against Jesus Christ, their Bridegroom, and share in demons:

1Corinthians 10:19 What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or  that an idol is anything?  20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they  sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.  21  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and  the table of demons.

And again, as with the church at Pergamum, THEY WILL BECOME WHAT THEY WORSHIP (Psalm 115) unless they turn back to Him and away from her false teaching.

Unless she and her followers repent upon reading this letter of correction and rebuke, the Lord will cast them onto a bed (2825) — it is where she and they have committed adultery. The Greek word for “bed” here means a couch used for those who are sick.

Unless they repent, they will undergo great tribulation. I believe this refers to the great tribulation at the end of things, which is described in Revelation Chapters 6 and forward. Unlike the church at Philadelphia, they will not escape the hour of testing that is coming (see Revelation 3:10).

And the Lord Jesus Christ will destroy, put to death, slay (615) Jezebel and her followers by pestilence (literally, death), just as with those who reject God in those later chapters of Revelation, during the Great Tribulation.

All of this, as with all judgments of God, are so all the churches will know that He is the one who searches hearts and minds, and they will be repaid in accordance with what they have done (Jeremiah 17:10, Romans 2:6).

Remember, they will live if they will repent (turn from their sin, and truly mourn and cry, “Against You only, O God, I have sinned!”).

There are some in Thyatira that do not cling to Jezebel’s teaching. To them, He asks nothing but that they continue to cling to Him, until He comes.

They have not known the deep things of Satan. Ahh! We see the source of Jezebel’s false teaching. Just as only the Spirit of God knows the deep things of God (1Corinthians 2:10), only the spirit of Satan knows the deep things of Satan. Jezebel and those who follow her are following Satan.

Gnosticism boasted that it was precisely by entering into the stronghold of Satan that believers could learn the limits of his power and emerge victorious. On the basis that a believer’s spirituality is unaffected by what is done with the body, Jezebel could argue that the Thyatiran Christians ought to take part in the pagan guild-feasts (even if they were connected with the deep secrets of Satan) and thus prove how powerless is evil to alter the nature of grace. (Source: New International Commentary on the New Testament.)

He who has an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit says to the churches of that day, and to today’s church!

I repeat:

This is the Lord’s great warning to today’s church! The worship of the world has entered the church at Thyatira, and it is being taught within her walls by a false teacher. It is the same today, and in many churches, no one speaks against the false teachers.

Are there Jezebels among us?

Are there false teachers who tell you it’s OK to sin because you’re saved and so you can sin and sin and sin the same sin and keep saying, “Sorry, Lord. Please forgive me . . .” ?

Are we compromising, allowing them to teach what is clearly in opposition to Jesus Christ’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and through the letters from the Apostles throughout the New Testament?

What teaching are you listening to and thereby “eating”?

I have heard the words of a pastor who said it was God’s will for him to commit adultery with the church’s children’s director. They ran off together, confident they are still safe in the palm of the Father’s hand.

I have heard the words of a man who has fornicated (sex outside marriage) for over 30 years, and he says the Holy Spirit says it’s alright and that the Holy Spirit will show him when he should escape his situation.

Do you know the voice of the Good Shepherd and run from the voice of strangers? Or are you in bed with them? Christ asks this of you.

Where has your heart been lately, O church? He wants your heart. Have you gone after other lovers?

Where has your body been lately? Is your body a temple of the Holy Spirit? Or has another spirit entered your body through sexual immorality?

Where have your eyes been lately? Do you see what He sees, or would you not want Him to see what you look at?

Repent, turn from your sin because you know that it is against the Lord only that you have sinned. Ask Him to purify your heart so you have no desire for anything but Him and more of Him!

And for you who do not listen to the instruction of false teachers, the Lord places no other burden on you. Stand. You will see the salvation of the Lord!

JESUS’ LETTER TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS

[SW127] 2/7/14 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“Jesus’ Letter to Ephesus”

The church at Ephesus was doing many good things. But there was a huge problem, and Jesus addresses it in a love letter to them. He is speaking to today’s church as well.

While the Apostle John is exiled on the island of Patmos (to the east of Greece), Jesus Christ gives him a revelation — an unveiling — of Himself, and what is to come.

The unveiling of Himself:

When John sees Jesus Christ as He is now — Judge, Lord of lords, and King of kings — here’s what happens:

Revelation 1:17   When I saw Him, I  fell at His feet like a dead man. And He  placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid;  I am the first and the last, 18 and the  living One; and I   was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have  the keys of death and of Hades. 19 “Therefore  write  the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place  after these things.”

What is to come:

Before He unveils what is to come, the Lord Jesus speaks to seven churches through their messengers (pastors). He is the one that walks among (5281 in the middle of) the seven golden lamp stands like candelabra (the churches).

Why does He speak to them? To encourage them, to exhort them, to correct them, to convict them regarding sin and righteousness and judgment. He calls five of the seven churches to repent. The first church is Ephesus.

The good news for Ephesus:

HE walks in the midst of the church at Ephesus. That is God’s grace to them (and in the present, His grace to us). He is there to say, “This is the way, walk in it” (see Isaiah 30:21). Because He is there, nothing is hidden from His eyes.
He sees everything so He can commend them for what they are doing well, and correct them for what they have neglected.

What they are doing well:

The are working, acting. They labor even to the point of exhaustion, and they remain constant and steadfast in the midst of trials (verse 2).

They are unable to tolerate evil men. They test apostles to see if they are false (verse 2).

In verse 3, He repeats that they remain constant and steadfast. This is to encourage them to continue to be so.  They have not grown weary in their labor.

What they have neglected:

They have left (836, departed from, sent away, left, forsaken, laid aside, omitted) their first love. This “left” is used of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7:11-13! What is the opposite of leaving? Loving.

They have left their first (4413 chief, leading man) love (26 agape, the actual love of God). As I spoke last week from John 15:16, we are to go at the Lord’s leading; He thus is our “leading man.” We do it when our hearts are filled with His agape.

Yahveh speaks of how Judah left Him, in Jeremiah 2:1-8. Let’s go there. (Please watch the video to hear this section. Look for the link on the right of my blog page.)

Do you see it?

Like Judah, the church at Ephesus has left the love of her betrothals (3618 bride-to-be). The bride-to-be left the One to whom she was engaged to be married, the leading Man, Jesus Christ. She has forsaken Him! She was devoted (2617 hesed) to Him in the beginning, doing deeds of devotion. The NT equivalent of hesed is agape.

She did deeds that indicated she loved Him, in the beginning. But how could she? She left Him. She was treacherous, Yahveh says many times through Isaiah and Jeremiah (i.e., Isaiah 24:16, Jeremiah 3 — four times in five verses). She acted deceitfully.

Because the church at Ephesus does not have God’s actual love in her, all the deeds she does are like sounding gongs and clanging cymbals (1 Corinthians 13). They are doing right things, but have forsaken their leading Man. They have lost what is essential in Jesus’ eyes, and what He commands of His followers throughout the New Testament.

Is there a cure for the church at Ephesus? If they will repent, the Lord Jesus Christ will baptize them in the Holy Spirit, so their hearts will be filled with His love, to pour it back to Him in an endless exchange, to have it flow from their bellies like torrential, rushing, flood-stage rivers!

Then they will never, ever leave their first love again. They will unite with Him in holy intimacy, loving Him with His actual agape!

It is why Jesus Christ came. God’s people cannot, in themselves, love Him as He loves them. So they cannot, in themselves, obey Him. He must pour His actual love into their hearts until it overflows (Romans 5:5). He has made the Way for us, through Jesus Christ, to be obedient ones who love Him with His love and are full of that love!

Paul prayed for the Ephesians to have God’s actual love in Ephesians 3:14-19, to be filled full of it. He would not have exhorted them if they had all been filled with God’s love. Some — I believe even some of their teachers and leaders — had not.

Why do I believe that? They had left Jesus at the altar, so to speak. They were working and acting without it, on their own lead instead of at the leading of their Chief, their leading Man! They did not ask, “Where is the Lord?” (see Jeremiah 2:6, 8), to ask Him to lead them.

They had fallen!

They had fallen from God’s grace, but there was time for them to repent.

“Remember,” He said! Call to mind what Paul warned, and what I Myself warned in Matthew 24:12 — the love of many would grow cold, because of lawlessness (sin).

He exhorts and commands them to do the works they did at first — to love their leading Man, to go out at His lead, to answer the command to be filled with His love, to stop disobeying. To go from being a fickle bride-to-be to total commitment and holy intimacy with Him!

Their works were good, but because they were not done because their hearts were not filled with the actual love of God and they did not follow the lead of Jesus Christ, they were not His works.

His works are done, beloved, when we minister to Him by loving Him with His love, and obeying Him. His works are done when we do what He calls us to do, not whatever looks like a good work to us. 

Doctrine is important, and it was good that they tested the apostles to see if they were false, and were unable to endure evil men. But they were not loving Jesus with His love, and that is His only command to us.

Everything else will flow out of loving Him with His love that has filled our hearts. If the work is not from that love because we do not yet have His actual love in our hearts, all that we do is meaningless (again, 1 Corinthians 13).

Repent (turn from what you are doing) and love Me with My love, Jesus says. If you don’t, I will remove you as part of My church — unless you repent.

Removal? Yes! They would no longer be a part of Him; they would no longer have Him walking in the midst of them; they would no longer be in His presence. Loving God with His love and all else flowing from that is THAT ESSENTIAL. It is a matter of life and death for the church.

But they were doing good things! Why should they repent? They lacked God’s love in the doing of them. They did not follow the Lord’s lead, but rather, their own. So they were disobedient. That is sin.

He closes with encouragement — He always does!

He hates the works and actions of the Nicolaitans, a sect that believed immorality was not a sin against God — they were free to sin because they said they believed in Jesus Christ. Thus, they participated in feasts and orgies, and encouraged others do to the same.
The church at Ephesus refused to believe their teaching. That was good.

If they repent from leaving the love of their betrothal, their leading Man, if they have an ear to hear (that is, heed) what the Spirit says to the churches, they will overcome (3528 conquer, prevail, get the victory).

And to those who overcome, the Lord will grant to eat from the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God. They will be with Him. If they do not heed His words, they will not.

The church at Ephesus did indeed disappear. They lost their lampstand.

There are people in today’s churches to whom Jesus would speak the same words. In every church, there is someone who is an Ephesus, someone who is a Smyrna, someone who is a Pergamum, and someone who is a Thyatira, and someone who is a Sardis, and someone who is a Philadelphia, and someone who is a Laodicea.

Are you an Ephesus? Have you forsaken the love of your betrothal? Have you left your leading Man to follow your own path? Good as your deeds may seem to you, they are disobedience. We go at His lead, not ours. You must turn back to Him, and ask the Father to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

Leaders of denominations, have you turned your denomination into an Ephesus?
Have you led others to forsake the love of their betrothal? Have you all left your leading Man to follow your own path? Good as your deeds may seem to you, they are disobedience. We go at His lead, not ours. You must turn back to Him, and ask the Father to give you all the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

Do not delay. Time is short. We must work God’s works in these last days!

BOW DOWN TO YOUR LORD

[SW096] 06/09/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Bow Down to Your Lord”

If you will bow down to Him because He is your Lord, Jesus Christ will take away the darkness in you and make you ALL glorious within!

Psalm 45:10-11, 13, 16

Psalms 45:10   Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
11 Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your  Lord,  bow down to Him.

Psalms 45:13   The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is  interwoven with gold.

Psalms 45:16   In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.

All glorious within — ALL. Not somewhat, not partial, not a little. ALL! He has either filled you with His glory, or you lack it.

In this passage, He does not imply we are to dishonor our fathers and mothers in order to be filled with His glory.

But He refers to our making the things of this world our treasures. Whatever we place above God, whatever is the center of our lives rather than Him being the center, is an idol.

He says forget (1711) these things, cast them aside, ever forget them, do not remember or pay attention to them. If you obey and do it, then what you used to treasure will be held in its proper perspective, no longer the center of your life.

Isaiah 44:9   Those who fashion  a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be  put to shame.  10 Who has fashioned a god or cast  an idol to  no profit?  11 Behold, all his companions will be  put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

Put to shame, put to shame, put to shame. It is what happens when we make God into our own image, when we worship idols that look like humans. The humanistic gospel preached in many churches, centered on what God can do for you to make your life happier and more prosperous, is the work of mere men. Those who preach it cannot be all glorious within (filled with the Holy Spirit), or they would never teach such things.

Some whose sin was recently found out, at a large megachurch in Virginia, were teaching things from their own imaginations, for we cannot hear from God when we are sinning against Him as they were. Sin separates us from God. It is God who caused their sin to be found out. It is His mercy, so they may turn to Him and BELIEVE that He can purify a human heart.

Isaiah 44:18   They do not  know, nor do they understand, for He has  smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.  19 No one  recalls, nor is there  knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then  I make the rest of it into an  abomination,  I fall down before a block of wood!”  20 He   feeds on ashes; a  deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver  himself, nor say, “ Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

We have smeared-over eyes, we fall down before a block of wood with this humanistic gospel that is preached, we do not see the lie in our right hand. God made YOU. You cannot make Him into your image. You have no power to deliver or save yourself. Only He can deliver you and save you.

How we do it in sermons . . . making Jesus confused, sad, helping in natural ways. We fashion Him into our own image, God help us. We sound a call to social action rather than dunamis — the miracle working power of God displayed for His glory!

2 Chronicles 25:14-16 If we make gods in our own image, God will deliver us into the hands of our human enemies (v. 20), as He did with Amaziah king of Judah. He will deliver us to be sifted as wheat by Satan. But Jesus Christ is praying for us.

You may say, “I don’t worship graven images. I do not worship Greek gods. I go to church every Sunday.”

But what do you do the rest of the week? Who do you serve? Is the Lord the center of your life, or is it something else? Then that “something else” is your idol.

Jeremiah 16:11 “Then you are to say to them, ‘It is  because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and have followed  other gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law.  12 ‘You too have done evil, even  more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the  stubbornness of his own  evil heart, without listening to Me.

The idol of self. Walking in the stubbornness of your own evil heart, without listening to the one true God, God the Father. We go everyone to his own way, chasing after our lusts and desires — we must have them, and right now.

You turn things around (Isaiah 29:16)! Deny (utterly reject) your self and take up your cross (Matthew 16:24)!

If you do not, He will put you to shame, to shame, to shame.

Isaiah 2:20 In that day men will  cast away to the moles and the  bats
Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
Which they made for themselves to worship,

Isaiah 2:22   Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For   why should he be esteemed?

To the moles and the bats with all your idols, even the idol of you, set up in your heart!

Repent, and He will indeed save you and deliver you from yourself.

Bow down before your King.

And He will make you glorious!

He will make you royalty, He will intricately interweave His work in you.

And you will discover His treasure — even children you bear, who will wear what you wear!