[SW101] 07/21/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Just Passing Through”

As a watchman on the wall today, I sing the song of one who is a sojourner, a stranger here, one who is “just passing through,” and compare it with the heart-set of many in today’s church:

Psalms 146:1    Praise  the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 I will praise the LORD  while I live;
I will  sing praises to my God while I have my being.

I’m just passing through, I am a stranger here, a sojourner, unattached to the world but living in it. It’s because I am born from above — I had a second birth. I received Christ and was saved from the wrath of God.

So I give my testimony to the world. I testify of His goodness and mercy to me, because He lifted me out of the miry clay and set my feet on a strong Foundation, even Jesus Christ! I testify that He is the same yesterday and today and forever!

(Many in the church have no stories of how God regularly works in their lives, except to say something general like, “He guides me every day.” They do not yet have specifics because they do not yet have a 24/7 connection to Him, though He has touched them now and then, to draw them to Himself. They are not yet rightly related to God. Not yet, but He is ready and waiting for them to come to Him if they will let Him rule and reign in their hearts, instead of themselves ruling and reigning. Repent! Turn to Him! You will sing songs of praise!)
3  Do not trust in princes,
In  mortal  man, in whom there is  no salvation.
4His  spirit departs, he  returns to  the earth;
In that very day his  thoughts perish.

I’m just passing through, so I do not place my trust in that which cannot save me from God’s wrath. I do not trust in leaders, though I submit to their authority. But if they pass laws to keep me from speaking truth and worshiping the Lord, I will stand firm and bear whatever I must bear rather than deny Christ.

(Many in the church trust in men, in man’s wisdom, in man’s philosophies and psychiatry and psychology and sociology. But in those things, there is no salvation. Many in the church intently listen to and heed the advice of those who do not know God at all. I would go so far as to say they worship the advice of those, rather than seeking the wisdom of God. It is a form of idolatry. In doing so, they become what they worship, and it and they will perish.)

5 How  blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose  hope is in the LORD his God,
6 Who  made heaven and earth,
The  sea and all that is in them;
Who  keeps  faith forever;

I’m just passing through. And so, I am blessed! I no longer walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers as I did for 45 years. I do not seek their help, and I do not place my hope in them.

I’m a stranger, a sojourner, just passing through, so the Lord is my help, my Protector, my Supporter, the One who liberates and gives assistance . . . in Him is my hope. Not a “someday” hope, but a here-and-now hope that is immovable.

Who is this One in who I hope, who supports me? The One who created everything. He is the guardian and protector of my faith, and He is entirely and always trustworthy and faithful.

(Many in the church are deeply entwined in sin and even scoff at His Word, denying that it is truth. Thus, they do not hope in Him, and He cannot be their Help. They do not trust in Him, but in the things of the world with which they surround themselves and with which they are deeply entwined.)
Psalms 146:7 Who  executes justice for the oppressed;
Who  gives food to the hungry.
The LORD  sets the prisoners free.

8a   The LORD  opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD  raises up those who are bowed down;

I’m just passing through. And so I can count on the Lord’s justice toward me when Satan tries to oppress me. He rescues me and delivers me. My food is to do His will, but he also provides me with natural food and spiritual food — His Word.

And He has most certainly set this prisoner free from disease and from the power of sin. I was blind but now I see! I was bowed down under MS and under the weight of my sin. He lifted my burdens, I took upon me His yoke, and He is teaching me to walk humbly and meekly! And I have found rest for my soul,
for His yoke is pleasant and light!

(Many in the church are wrapped up and entangled with the things of this world. And so they remain oppressed, distressed and depressed, spiritually anorexic, depriving themselves of both the milk and the meat of the Word of God and its power to transform them. They are starving to death while they think they are fat, as in the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:17). But He is here today to warn them to disentangle themselves, and to invite them to humble themselves, agree with Him about their spiritual condition, and cry out to Him to save and purify them.)

Psalms 146:8b  The LORD  loves the righteous;
9 The LORD   protects the  strangers [sojourners, those just passing through];
He   supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He  thwarts  the way of the wicked.

I’m just passing through, I know and have and personally experience the love of the Lord, His very agape which He has poured out in my heart. I am connected and protected!

Who does He love?

He loves the righteous. He has made me righteous, I have become the righteousness of God by believing and receiving Christ’s salvation from God’s wrath (2 Corinthians 5:21). I am in right standing with God, and He protects me, a sojourner, one who is just passing through. I was “capital F” Father-less, and He adopted me (Romans 8:15) and supports me. He cares for all who have been brought low, who are humble.

But He thwarts, He subverts, He undermines the power and authority, He bends and makes crooked and difficult, the way, the journey of the wicked.

Those who refuse God the Father’s open invitation to receive His love gift of Jesus Christ may have success as the world knows it, but He is over them and above them, and ultimately, they will face hell unless they turn from their wickedness as I did.

(Many in the church hold grudges, or actively sin in other ways, particularly in the area of sexual immorality. They are obsessed with sex and all things sensual and wrap their lives around it. It is a temporal thing, it will pass away, but their eyes are on it and not the heavenly country. Therefore, they are unconnected and unprotected, they are not right with God, but still wicked, even though they attend church and sing the songs of God.)

10 The LORD will  reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise  the LORD!

The Lord God omnipotent, above all other powers, shall reign forever and ever. All the world’s leaders will pass away, but God is forever eternal. And so I praise Him!

The writer of Hebrews also reveals the hearts of those who are just passing through:

Hebrews 11:13    All these died in faith,  without receiving the promises, but  having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and  having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.  15 And indeed if they had been  thinking of that country from which they went out,  they would have had opportunity to return.  16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a  heavenly one. Therefore  God is not  ashamed to be  called their God; for  He has prepared a city for them.

As those who were just passing through, all of the Old Testament saints died without seeing the fulfillment of God’s promises. But they had a hint, a partial view, a distant view of them. Knowing God’s faithfulness, they welcomed, they greeted and paid respects to His promises.

As those who were just passing through, they confessed they were strangers and exiles on the earth. When we believe, we become the children of God, the Spirit witnesses with our spirits and we cry, “Abba! Father!”
We understand that we are just on the earth as strangers, as sojourners. We are just here for a season so God may use them to reveal Himself to the world. He is our Protector while we are here; He keeps us, puts a protective hedge around us, by His miracle-working power!

As those who are just passing through, we no longer mindful or focused on this country in which we are sojourning. We are seeking the country that now belongs to us, as the children of God. This world is no longer our home.

We do not desire this country. We desire the better country, God’s heavenly country, the city He is preparing for us. Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)

(Many in the church live just like the rest of the world. They are intently concentrated on and love what the world loves. They worship youth, beauty and fashion, sports and success, and love money. Their actions reveal that for them, this world is their home. Their focus reveals that they have not yet had the Holy Spirit witness with their spirits that they are children of God. They love the earth and the things of the earth. And so they do not worship the Lord, but the earth. They remain unprotected and unconnected to the Lord.)

Beloved, those who treasure this world, the Lord offers you an open invitation to seek Him while He may be found. This is a limited time offer. But the Door is open now.

Confess your love of this world. And then enter life as God has it. Then the Lord alone will be your Help and your Hope, and you will join the rest of us who are singing His praises as we just pass through this world on our way to Him, connected and protected as we go.



[SW092] 05/19/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013

My heart is opened wide to you, O church and O world! Open wide to me also, and hear Christ’s heart, for I am His ambassador!

Ambassador – an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country; a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.

The Lord has made me — and He wants all His children to be — His ambassadors.

What is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors, official representatives of the kingdom of God?

2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be  pleasing to Him.  10 For we must all appear before  the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for  his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11a Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord [5401, respect and reverence and awe toward the Lord], we persuade men . . .” [we convince them, we assure them of God’s truth, we act as a mediator for them].

We know that we will appear before Christ to account for what we have done, good or bad.

So we persuade men!

2Corinthians 5:11b  . . . but we are made manifest to God [5319, we appear before God]; and I hope that we are  made manifest also in your consciences.

We act as a mediator for men, we convince them of God’s truth, but we are made manifest we appear before God! And He is the One we answer to! And we hope that we appear in the consciences of those who hear our words, that our words ring in their ears and penetrate their hearts.

Go to verse 13:

2Corinthians 5:13 For if we  are  beside ourselves [1839, considered to be insane, to have lost our senses], it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.  14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . [4912 controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner]

Our detractors say we are insane, beside ourselves, and have lost our senses.

But if we were, it would be for God, because He is the One we aim to please.

But we are of sound mind, so you may be convinced of God’s truth.

The very love of Christ, the love of God, agape, the same love the Father has for the Son — THIS love controls us, grips us, holds us in custody, compels us, takes us prisoner!

That is the heart of Christ’s ambassadors!

What do Christ’s ambassadors say?

2Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ  controls us . . . having concluded this, that  one died for all, therefore all died;  15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer  live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Ambassadors of Christ say that One died — Jesus Christ.

Therefore, all died.

God would not have sent Christ had we not been condemned ones.

His death proves our hearts’ condition. We are “dead men walking” without Him,
death row prisoners.

But because He died for all, those who turn to Him and away from their sin
no longer live for themselves but for Him who died and rose again FOR THEM.

2Corinthians 5:16   Therefore from now on we recognize no one   according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ [according to the flesh [1097, we have knowledge, of Him, but not full knowledge], yet now we know Him in this way no longer.  17 Therefore if anyone is  in Christ,  he is  a new creature [2537, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old];  the old things passed away [3928, perished, is dead, has come forth out of us]; behold, new things have come.  

We knew Christ, we knew He lived and died and rose for us, say Christ’s ambassadors. We knew Him as the disciples knew Him when He walked the earth in the flesh.

But now we don’t know Him that way. We know Him as far more — we know Him as the One who made us new creatures,  say Christ’s ambassadors.

New creatures, new as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old!

The old things, our old nature, the flesh has passed away, has perished, is dead,  has come forth out of us, and has been replaced by a new nature!

Behold! See! This is what Christ’s ambassadors say!

New things have come, IF we are in Christ.

Have new things come in you?

Has the old nature in you perished, replaced by a new nature, even Christ’s?

If the old has not perished, you are not in Christ, and Christ is not in you!

Christ’s ambassadors continue —

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now  all these things are from God,  who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the  ministry of reconciliation,  19 namely, that  God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,  not counting their trespasses against them, and  He has  committed to us the word of reconciliation.

We cannot reconcile ourselves to God,

We cannot make our natures new.

This comes from God. This is what it is to be reconciled to Him, through Christ.

And as ambassadors, we have a ministry of reconciliation, announcing God’s reconciliation of you and the whole world to Him, through Christ, changing everyone who will come to Christ from being hostile toward God to being full of God’s actual love — when we are filled with His Spirit!

To whom are we ambassadors of Christ? To the world, certainly. But also to the church at Corinth, and today’s church, today’s Christians.

This letter from Paul is addressed to the Corinthians/ This message today is addressed to you, today’s Christians.

What do I say to the church, as Christ’s ambassador to her?

2Corinthians 5:20   Therefore, we are  ambassadors for Christ,  as though God were making an appeal through us [3870 I am exhorting you, I am beseeching you, I am urging you,I am begging you] ; we beg you on behalf of Christ [1189, I bind myself to a post and petition to you, beseeching you],  be  reconciled to God.  21 He made Him who  knew no sin to be  sin on our behalf, so that we might become the  righteousness of God in Him.

On whose behalf do I do this? Christ’s!

God makes His appeal to you through me, and I beseech you, I exhort you, I urge you with great passion!

What appeal is God making through me? Be reconciled to God,  O church of today!

Remember that God made Christ carry our sin, though He did not sin. And He bore the punishment we deserve.

He did it so we BECOME [not “might become” — there’s no “might” in the original Greek]!

Become what? Something new — a new creature with God’s righteous nature in us,
because we are in Christ, and Christ is in us, ruling and reigning!

2Corinthians 6:1   And  working together with Him,  we also urge [3870 in verse 20] you not to receive  the grace of God in vain [2756 and end up empty-handed when you stand before Christ] —  2 for He says,

    Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” —

God gave you great grace, O church of today. Do not receive it and throw it away, so you stand before Him empty-handed!

NOW is the acceptable time —  the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2) —

NOW is the day of salvation, even for you, O church!

2Corinthians 6:11    Our mouth  has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our  heart is opened wide.  12 You are not restrained [4729 crushed, compressed, placed in a narrow space]  [47by us, but  you are restrained in your own  affections [i.e., you crush, compress, and place yourselves in a narrow space by what your hearts love].  13 Now in a like  exchange — I speak as to  children — open wide to us also.

As an ambassador, my mouth has spoken freely to you, my heart is opened wide!

I do not crush you, I do not compress you, I do not place you in a narrow space.

But you crush and compress and put yourselves in a narrow space, because of what your hearts love.

Open wide your hearts to me, O church!

What your hearts love, O church:

2Corinthians 6:14    Do not be  bound together [2086, unequally yoked] with  unbelievers; for what  partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 Or what  harmony has Christ with  Belial [955, “lord of the forest,” Beliar, a name of Satan] , or  what has a  believer in common with an  unbeliever?  16 Or  what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are  the temple of  the living God . . .

As Christ’s ambassador to you, I tell you that you are yoked with unbelievers.

But what intercourse, what fellowship, what binding can a righteous one have
to a lawless one, to a sinning one?

You are to go out among them, but not be of them (1Corinthians 5:10).

What fellowship has the light in you with the darkness of sin?

What harmony (4857), what agreement, what accord can Christ have with Satan?
What agreement has the temple of God —  you, if you are in Christ and He is in you — with idols?

What are your idols? Everything you place above God and Christ, O church.

2Corinthians 5:16b . . . For we are  the temple of  the living God; just as God said,
17 “ Therefore,  COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
    And I will welcome you.
18 “ And I will be a father to you,
    And you shall be  sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Does God dwell in you? Then you are His — His temple, His abode, His sons and daughters.

God’s command is this, and this is what I exhort you to do, as an ambassador of Christ:

Come out from their midst and be separate, and don’t touch that which is evil,
that which is not holy, that which is vile and godless and against God!

Be among them, but not of them.

1John 2:15   Do not love  the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

If you will come out from among them, and become separate from them, so you no longer look and act like them, and go after what they go after, here is what will happen!

Isaiah 49:8   Thus says the LORD,
    “In a  favorable time I have answered You,
    And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
    And I will  keep You and  give You for a covenant of the people,
    To   restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
9 Saying to those who are  bound, ‘Go forth,’
    To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
    Along the roads they will feed,
    And their pasture will be on all  bare heights.
10 “They will  not hunger or thirst,
    Nor will the scorching  heat or sun strike them down;
    For  He who has compassion on them will  lead them
    And will guide them to  springs of water.

You’ll be guided by Him to the Fountain Who will purify your heart! He goes on:

11 “I will make all  My mountains a road,
    And My  highways will be raised up.
12 “Behold, these will come  from afar;
    And lo, these will come from the  north and from the west,
    And these from the land of Sinim [5515, a distant Oriental region].”
13  Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
    Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the  LORD has comforted His people
    [5612 He has breathed strongly, He has sighed, He has pitied, He has     consoled, He has caused you to turn to Him]
And will  have compassion
    [7355, He has been merciful, and has loved and restored you]
on His afflicted [6041, humbled, needy, oppressed, poor].

Many will come to Christ because you will have come to Christ.

O the heavens will shout for joy, and the earth, and the mountains!

Why? Because you have come out from their midst, and the Lord has comforted you, O church!

He will have compassion on you, O church, He will be merciful, He has loved you,
He will restore you.

He will comfort and have compassion on you, O church, WHEN you come out from among them, and are separate.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, O church, when you have come out and be separate when you have become afflicted,when you have humbled yourself,
when you see that you are needy and oppressed, a poor and wretched one.

All heaven and earth will rejoice, and I will rejoice, because by the power of the Holy Spirit, your hearts have opened wide to the words the Lord has given me today!


I stand at the threshold of the Lord’s house, to show you what is there, how to enter, and how He will make YOU his house!

[SW091] 05/05/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Lord’s House”

Last week, the Lord asked me to speak of
how to enter the Kingdom of God —
through repentance for personal sin.

I spoke of His great mercy,
because if we turn from our personal sin,
He forgives,
and is glad to cleanse our hearts when we ask Him.

I spoke as His ambassador,
and now I speak to you as one who would choose
to simply stand at the threshold of His house,
rather than than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalms 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

The Lord wants me to show you the kingdom today.

So you know how to enter the kingdom — repentance for personal sin.

Here is what the kingdom looks like!

Revelation 4:1-11

The One sitting on the throne is God the Father.
He is a majestic and glorious and powerful!
If you have repented, you are one of the elders (the true church).
It is a very “other” place, with no darkness (1John 1:5).
It is a holy place for a holy God.
And all who there are His creation,
and all who are there worship Him alone.

They cry, “Holy, holy, holy!”
They cry, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God!”

Psalms 84:1   How lovely are Your  dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My  soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the  living God.
4 How  blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are  ever praising You.     Selah.

Revelation 5:6-14

And look! There is the Lamb standing as if slain —
even slain from before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)
(for God knew what mankind would do,
and that they would need a Savior).

Worthy is He!
for He was slain,
and purchased for God with His blood
men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation!

He still bears the marks, and will forever!

The Lamb has made them a kingdom of priests to our God, (1 Peter 2:9)
and they will reign upon the earth.

Myriads upon myriads and thousands of thousands,
more than can be numbered,
all cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
And the worship is continual!

What a kingdom is this Kingdom of God! Holy, majestic, filled with worship!
The time will come,
for all who have repented and come to Christ,
when they will see this firsthand.

But here and now,
there is a kingdom of God established, too.

It is one for which a person will sell all he has
to obtain it.

Matthew 13:44   “ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and  sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 3:2 “ Repent, for  the kingdom of heaven  is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17    From that time Jesus began to  preach and say, “ Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 5:3   “  Blessed are the  poor in spirit, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10   “Blessed are those who have been  persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20   “For I say to you that unless your  righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21   “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Jesus says,  “If you repent for your personal sin,
and believe in Me and ask me to forgive you,
you will be My disciples”

AND Jesus says,
“YOU will be My house,
while you are on the earth!”

John 14:15-24, 29

NOTE in John 14:29
He tells His disciples BEFORE it happens
so that when it happens, they will believe.

He tells you, follower of Jesus, before it happens. You will certain believe, when He makes it so in you!

He requires it of them, commanding them:

Luke 24:49 “And behold,  I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but  you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:4  Gathering them together, He commanded them  not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for   what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for  John baptized with water, but you will be baptized  with the Holy Spirit   not many days from now. 8 . . . you will receive power  when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be  My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and  Samaria, and even to  the remotest part of the earth.”

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit,
it will be for you
joy unspeakable and full of glory! (Go to 1 Peter 1:8)

But even more,
His Witness will dwell in you,
and the kingdom of God established in you, here and now!

And what will happen as you walk about
with the kingdom of God in you,
His Witness dwelling in you,
ruling and reigning in you?

Psalm 84:5-7

As you pass through the world,
with His Witness in you,
valleys of weeping
will become valleys of blessing!

You will go from strength to strength,
and from image to image,
just as Paul promises in 2 Corinthians 3:18!

2Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

As you carry around in you the death of Jesus
the Witness, the Holy Spirit who proves He died and rose and was glorified,
you will bring life to others (2 Corinthians 4:10ff)!

All of this —
this kingdom of God within you
and the coming kingdom which I showed you first —
all of this is based on your repentance from your sin,
and your surrender of yourself for God’s purposes,
waiting in the city until His kingdom
is established in you!

Psalm 84:10 For  a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
    I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is  a sun and  shield;
    The LORD gives grace and  glory;
     No good thing does He withhold  from those who walk  uprightly.

Walk uprightly, waiting in the city to be clothed with power from on high, obeying the command of the Lord! No good thing will He then withhold from you!

Psalm 24:3 Who may  ascend into the  hill of the LORD?
    And who may stand in His holy  place?
4 He who has  clean hands and a  pure heart,
    Who has not  lifted up his soul  to falsehood
    And has not  sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a  blessing from the LORD
    And   righteousness from the God of his salvation.

To ascend the hill, to stand in His holy place,
to see the kingdom that will be,
to have the kingdom established in your heart,
to become the Lord’s house here and now,
your heart must be pure (made pure),
and your hands must be clean (made clean).

Repent! Turn from your personal sin, O Church!

Obey the Lord’s command to wait, to pray, to seek the face of God until you are clothed with power from on high!

Then you will gladly do what the Father does,
and say what He says,
and your heart will continually say,
“Your will be done, Father,
on earth as it is in heaven!”


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

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

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

Noun:    Completely lacking inhibition or restraint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus quotes Hosea often —

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

Loyalty (2617 checed),
marital devotion and love,

AND . . .

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

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

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

He wants your TOTAL, UNRESERVED devotion,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The present state of much of the church:

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

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

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

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

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

What we must do:

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

He will bring the rain — the Holy Spirit:

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

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

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

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

In His hand, you will bear His fruit!

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

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

He is calling you TODAY.


I’m just a traveler here, a sojourner. If you’re His, you know what I’m talking about. The city of God is where we’re from; we’re strangers wandering with purpose. We’re witnesses of God’s strength and power and committed to Christ’s service.

It’s like the Spirit-inspired writer of Hebrews says of Abraham in Chapter 11:

Verse 8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in  the land of promise, as in a foreign land,  dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,  fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has  foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Abraham’s earthly land of promise was Israel; God promised the land to him in Genesis 17, in an everlasting covenant to him and his descendants. We become Abraham’s descendants by faith, by receiving His Son as Lord (Galatians 3:7) and receive a land of promise that is above–heaven! We who believe in the name of Jesus, we who receive and are intimately associated with Him, are adopted by our heavenly Father, born not of blood or the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). Like Abraham, we believe God and follow Him when He says, “Go!” Like Abraham, we walk the natural land as a visitor, as one who inhabits it as a stranger. Abraham lived in tents and moved about, and we live in earthly tents–our natural bodies (2 Corinthians 5:1, 2 Peter 1:14).

We don’t know our earthly destinations any more than Abraham did (11:8). We don’t know where God will send us during our sojourn here. But we know our purpose is to go in and possess the land of our sojournings (Genesis 28:4) that Adam lost to Satan when he was tempted and sinned. At the same time, like Abraham, we look for, are ready to receive, wait for and expect a city which has foundation stones that are immovable and eternal, the city of God, designed and built by Him. Jesus Christ our Lord has prepared a place for us in His Father’s house (John 14:2).

Verse 13-16  All these [Abraham’s offspring, per verses 11 and 12] died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and  having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

We do not yet see the city of God except through a glass darkly; we know only in part (1 Corinthians 13:12). But we believe and welcome it and confess that we are strangers and exiles here, waiting expectantly to know fully just as we have been fully known by God, having been adopted as His children by faith in Jesus Christ. Because we declare that we welcome the promise of the city of God and because we confess that we are strangers here in this world, we make it clear and declare that we eagerly desire another country. We formerly belonged to the natural earth, but now we are born from above and our country is above, with God in His domain, gathered around His throne. Though God gives us free will to return to our former country where we existed without the life of Christ in us, we have no desire to return to it. We stretch forth toward a better country, laying hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of us–heaven! Because we have no desire to return to our former existence and believe the truth that God has prepared a city for us, God is not ashamed of us. He is glad to be called our God. Hallelujah!

So until we are called to the better country, let us go in and possess the land of our sojournings, my brothers and sisters! God’s purpose is that we declare we are from another country, that our heavenly citizenship be written on our faces and in our hearts, that we glow with the life of Christ that is in us, that we be His witnesses here by being filled with the Holy Spirit, that gushing torrents of living water come from our bellies into the dry and thirsty land in which we sojourn, that many eyes blinded by Satan may be opened, that many join us in the city of God! The Lord’s word to us is this: Occupy!

And if you haven’t  become intimately associated with Jesus Christ, if you have not believed in His name, it isn’t too late! Turn away from your sin and confess that you are a sinner, ask for His forgiveness and be saved, so you may live in expectation of the better country as you sojourn here! Then ask for the Holy Spirit, and He will be given to you so you, too, may occupy!

May this song bless you and encourage you:

By Susan Wynn ©2008
1. We are sojourners . . . born from above,
Led by Your Spirit . . . filled with Your love.
We seek open doors . . . that we’re to walk through,
And hearts that are ready . . . . to come to know You.

CHORUS:   Our hearts on fire . . . Yours, our desire,
Your joy in our hearts . . . Your love to impart.
Clothed with Your power . . . prepared for this hour.

2. The new, deep within . . . the old, crucified,
We’re vessels made ready . . . for Your hand to guide.
We’re strangers who live here . . . but not of this world,
Proclaiming Your kingdom . . . and Your gracious Word.