Banquet of Praise

I want to talk to you a little bit about the book of Esther.

King Ahasuerus in the book of Esther is a representation of Christ. So, the story starts out with a feast and the king wants to show off his beautiful bride. Queen Vashti is a representation of the Jewish people. He sent for her, but she wouldn’t come. Why? Well, she probably thought she had too much planning to do. Too many organizations needed to be taken care of. She was too busy working in Ahasuerus’ kingdom to spend time with him. She was too busy trying to fulfill her obligation as a bride that she didn’t have time to be a bride. This is a representation of Jesus coming to His own and His own receiving Him not.

So, King Ahasuerus held a meeting about what he was going to do about his queen. He wanted to do something worse than beheading her or torturing her. They decided upon banishing her from the king’s presence and she would never hear his voice again. There is something worse than death and it’s knowing that the Lord will never speak to you again and you will never come into His presence again.

Thank God for old-fashioned Holy Ghost conviction!

When you go back to the kingdom now, there is a bride missing. So, the king put out a decree for all the young virgins of the land to be brought forth. But before they brought them into the presence of the king, the girls were to be dealt with for a while. The Holy Ghost will deal with you for a long time and prepare you for a visitation from Heaven.

So, they bring in all these young ladies. There are a lot of wealthy and well-known people. There was a little lady who was a representation of the Gentiles, and her name was Esther. She had some things against her. 1: She was an orphan. 2: She was a Jew.

Each of the ladies brought in was assigned a teacher. We are given the Holy Ghost. The teachers were to teach the ladies what the king liked or didn’t like, what he wanted to hear or what he didn’t want to hear. They had a certain oil that they would use and it would pull out any bad smells and purify the skin. They went through six months of purification to stand for one moment before the king.

When you go into the presence of royalty, you can never be higher than them.

If they kneel, you kneel. We ought to never feel like we are better than the Lord. If we would learn the power of worship, there would be services at church where there wouldn’t have to be any preaching. The preaching is to get people to that place where God meets every need. All we need for that is the presence of the Lord. We can usher God’s presence into the church through worship, too.

So, the king was looking for someone that would love him.

They brought the young ladies in and pretty soon Esther was next in line to see the king. She started walking towards him, her past telling her that she would never be picked. Your past can say, “You’ll never preach, or get anointed. You’ll never sing or prophesy.” I want you to know that your past is no match for the blood of Jesus. Esther fought that battle in her mind, and as she walked toward that king, something in her began to relax.

She wasn’t the kind of person he would have chosen, but he looked at her and loved her. She became his queen. She moved from rags to riches. She moved up from oppression into victory, from sickness to health, and from discouragement to peace.

There’s no doubt that she found out why there was an opening for a queen.

When she heard that the other woman didn’t have time for the king, I’m totally assured that Esther made it a priority to make time for him. There should be nothing in our life more important than being available for God.

The relationship and love between the king and queen grew.

While Esther is in the presence of the king, her uncle sits in ashes at the gate of the city. He made up his mind that he would reverence no one but his king. When a certain man named Haman would walk through the streets, people had to bow to him. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, would not bow to anyone but his king.

Haman is a representation of the devil.

When Mordecai wouldn’t bow, it eat him up inside. Do you want to know why the devil gets so mad at us sometimes? It’s because he can’t stop us. There’s something in you that won’t give up. This eat at Haman so much that he was willing to spend a large percentage of his fortune to destroy a whole nationality of people. He did this all because he hated one man, Mordecai. Remember that no matter how many there are against you, Jesus is for you and has all your haters outnumbered.

So, Haman went to the king and asked for his permission to destroy the people. That king did in his throne room what God did in the Garden of Eden. Haman was given some power.

As they were making preparations to assassinate all the Jews in the land, Mordecai got word of this and started to fast and pray. One day he realized that the Lord had already set everything up. One of the people Haman was trying to kill was in the castle married to the king. So, Mordecai asked Esther to go before the king about the matter.

I believe she hesitated, not knowing what to do.

Finally, she settled on the fact that the king hadn’t sent for her. This is one of the biggest hindrances of prayer in America today. “I just don’t feel led today. I don’t feel a great stir to pray.” If we only prayed when we felt like it, how little would any of us really pray? Sometimes you have to pray when you feel like crying, when you don’t feel like living, and when all you hear is the voice of the enemy. We’ve got to keep praying.

I ask you what Mordecai asked Esther, “Who knows if you came to the kingdom for such a time as this?” God brought you into this place in 2022 for such a time as this. If Esther didn’t go to the king, her and her father’s house would not escape the massacre of the Jews. If you don’t pray for your family, who will? Esther would not only have to fight for herself, but she would also have to fight for her people as well.

Back to the story, Esther fasted for three days and even though she wasn’t called for, she was still going into the king’s presence. I believe the Lord brought to her mind the first time she came into the king’s presence. She found favor with him then, the Lord was going to allow her to find favor with him again. Take a moment and praise God for all the times you’ve found favor with Him!

Prayer has a cost.

The three days were over and she was going to the king without being asked into his presence. If he didn’t hold up his golden scepter to show his favor, then her actions would cost her life. Real, deep prayer has a cost. When you are interceding for a soul, you have to walk up to death’s door sometimes. You have to fight fear, powers, and principalities. But to make it through, you have to keep on walking.

When Esther gets to the king and he holds up the scepter, something flooded over her. All the fear and the worry had been on her mind. She’d been praying and fasting about the situation. When she looked at the king, she must have thought, “Who am I to come into the presence of such royalty with my petitions when my king deserves my praise?”

“Esther,” the king said, “Tell me what you want, even if it’s half of the kingdom. I’ll give it to you.”

All she had to do was to tell him about Haman wanting to destroy her people. We are so quick to go from praise to our needs. I’m not talking about our urgent needs; I’m talking about our daily prayer. We need to realize that we are in the presence of royalty. There’s no king like our King, no rock like our Rock. No one can heal like Jesus.

Esther looked at the king and said, “My king, all I really want is to have a banquet of praise. I’ve got great music and wonderful food lined up for you. I want two or three days to just enjoy you. Oh, and one more thing, can Haman come too?”

Esther asked the king if she could bring her problem with her.

She was going to praise the king, but the thing tormenting her mind would come too. Later, after all her praise, Haman was hanged when she told the king what he intended to do to her people.

I have a request for you. I’m not going to tell you not to pray about your needs. But if you pray about your needs for 5 minutes, praise God for 10. If you are going to tell Him about your needs for 10 minutes, worship Him for 30.

The request is just that we worship God more and ask for less from Him. If we just praise the Lord, He will silence our enemy and make a way for us in our situation. Praise the Lord!

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Job Fair

A job fair: an event in which employers, recruiters, and schools give information to potential employees.

It’s not the will of God for you to just be an average Christian. It’s the will of God for you to have victory in your life. His will is for you to cast out devils and for you to win souls. God’s will is for you to be an overcomer and conquer every battle the enemy throws at you. It’s the will of God for your life to be a light and to make a difference in this dark world.

Now, when a man or a woman leaves this world for Heaven, their anointing, their mantle, doesn’t go with them. It falls to the ground because there are no sick needing healing and no lost souls to be witnessed to in Heaven.

I want to talk to you about a few job openings.

There was a man named Enoch, and Enoch walked with God. Genesis 5:24.  I think his hunger for God started when he was a little boy. While everyone wanted to be like Mom or Dad, or Grandpa, Enoch wanted to be like Adam. When he heard that Adam walked with God, that’s what he wanted to do. I believe his daddy told him what modern religion tells us.

“Well, it’s not like that anymore. They don’t speak in tongues or shout or worship. God doesn’t talk to people anymore. That was just one time.”

But I think little Enoch said, “Daddy, you told me that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He walked with Adam, why wouldn’t He walk with me?”

“God just doesn’t do it anymore.”

Is it that God won’t do it, or just that no one is hungry for Him? Some people have sat down and gotten comfortable, but we need God to shake our comfortability and give us a new hunger for Him. There are deeper depths and higher heights that we haven’t reached yet. There’s more to God than what we have.

So, Enoch started searching for God. He had a good life, not really needing anything. I believe one day the I Am got off His throne and came down, hiding while Enoch was praying.

“God, where are you?” He said. “God, I’ve been looking for you!”

I believe God stepped out, “Enoch, what’s going on, boy? They say you’ve been doing this for months. You’ve been looking for me. Is your wife sick? Is your family in trouble? What do you want?”

“Well, God.” Enoch says. “I don’t really want anything, but you.”

Something moved in God that He hadn’t felt in 7 generations. For 7 generations, people prayed when they needed something and never really wanted to walk with God. It’s not enough to pray when the baby is sick or when money is hard to come by. Someone needs to pray when the sun is shining, and everything is good. Someone needs to cry out to Heaven, “God, I want a desire for you! I just want God!” The Lord is looking for somebody that just wants to sit at His feet.

Enoch is gone. The job is open. God is looking for someone who will pick up the application and walk with Him.

Genesis 6:8. Judgment is coming. You don’t have to love my Jesus, go to church, or read your Bible, BUT things are fixing to change. One day, there won’t be any altar calls, no preachers, and no one to cry for people to come to the ark.

We need some Noah’s that will say, “satan, you are not going to take my children, as long as I can weep and pray before God.”

When you first start living for God, things are a little easier. When you first start building the ark, the trees are only about a hundred yards away. The next year they are about two hundred. But maybe five years later, they are a mile away. If you aren’t careful, you won’t get out of the church, but you will stop building your ark because it gets too hard. What happened to our burden for our loved ones? We need to go back to the situations we’ve given up on and pray again. If we will just pray and keep on praying, God WILL answer. Pray again! He will make a way!

There’s a job opening right now for a Noah that will stand up and say, “I don’t care if the world laughs at me. I’m going to build an ark. My family will not be lost. There won’t be perversion and filth in my home. I will fight for my family.” Hebrews 11:7.

God is looking for a friend.

James 2:23. People fast and pray for a greater anointing or gifts, but how many seek God just to be His friend?

If you are going to be a friend of God, you can’t get mad when He says, “Not now.” You have to learn to love Him and trust Him when He crosses his arms and tells you to wait. A servant will stay faithful as long as God does what he wants. However, it takes a real friend to be true to God when nothing is happening.

If we are made in the likeness and the image of God, then where did our desire for friends come from? It came out of the heart of God. God is unshakeable, but He has emotions and feelings. You can look in the Bible and find places where He will laugh or places where He wept. God has desires. He wants to be wanted.

I would encourage you to pray that God draws you. There are times when we ignore God’s draw and then later, we wonder why He doesn’t do it as often. If He draws you and you yield, He’ll start drawing you more.

God is the type of friend that when He walks in the room, something will change. If we will just be His friend, when He shows up, every enemy of darkness will flee. There’s an application. God is searching for a friend.

There’s a job opening for a Joseph.

What happened to your dreams? Some people used to dream about having so much faith that they would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. Some dreamed about being so anointed and helping people. Some dreamed that they would get so close to God and He would use them.

The haters, Joseph’s brothers, tried to stop his dream. Potiphar’s wife tried to stop his dream. Years in prison tried to stop his dream. But Joseph made up in his mind that his dream came from God and he was going to keep on dreaming. God is our present help in times of trouble. No matter the situation or what it looks like, God will make a way.

Joseph was part of the lineage of Jesus. The devil wasn’t necessarily after Joseph just to kill Joseph. The devil was after the seed that was going to come after Joseph. If you are being attacked, the devil is doing so because of the seed ahead of you.

There are many other job applications available.

Moses’ job is available. If we’ll become like Moses, we’ll see miracle after miracle. There’s an opening for a Joshua.

There are some applications for a young lad who will lead a man or woman back to God. Samson used to be so anointed, but something took his eyes off of God. The enemy plucked out his eyes and took his strength by cutting his hair. The little lad in the story led Samson to the pillars to fulfill the last big job God had for him. I’m sure you know someone who used to sing, preach, or pray, but satan has taken their eyes and they can’t see any way back to God.

This is one of the applications that I personally want to pick up. I want to be a little lad in someone’s life, leading someone back to the Lord. I want to win a soul.

Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, they can all lay back down and rest. They’ve fought their fight and ran their race. This is our opportunity to win the lost and help people back to God.

I want to encourage you to listen to this sermon below and pray. Pray that you get a greater hunger for God. Pick up one of these applications and chase after the Almighty!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Year of Jubilee

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

January 22, 1973, Roe v Wade was issued. For 49 long years, our nation killed the unborn. The Creator of Life grieved at us. In 49 years, the recorded number of children killed is over 63 million. There were many more never recorded.

But now, we are free! This thing has been reversed. God has heard our prayer.

Leviticus 25:1-22.  Leviticus 23:27. Biblically, at the end of 49 years, there was to be a jubilee. I believe that God is wanting to give us a jubilee, right now. And not just right now, but for the rest of our lives.

Jesus is our jubilee.

In the Bible times, when the years of jubilee came, people were set free. Every prisoner, servant, and slave. When you get saved, Jesus is your jubilee. You are no longer a slave to sin under the bondage to all the powers of Hell. Jesus breaks every chain off you and restores you. All things become new.

In the year of Jubilee, debts were forgiven. All properties returned to their original owners. All labor was to cease. This was all so people could be on level ground. The poor couldn’t get so poor that they had nothing, and the rich couldn’t get so rich that they had everything. It doesn’t matter if you are on welfare or if you are a billionaire, the ground is level at Calvary.

The year of jubilee foreshadowed the finished work of the Lord Jesus, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He relieves sinners from their spiritual death and slavery to sin. Through His death and resurrection, He relieves us of all things that the enemy has over us.

One of the benefits of the year of jubilee was that both the land and the people were able to rest.

Jesus is our jubilee, which means we can rest in the Lord. The devil is a liar. Don’t let fear try to control you. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. You are not a prisoner of your mistakes or who you used to be. Old things have passed away. Jesus wiped the slate clean and it’s just as if it never happened. This jubilee is your fresh start!

Jesus has a new name for you. You are a child of God. You are blood bought. You are chosen by God. You are not a failure. You are ordained by God. No weapon formed against you will prosper. You are blessed! The Lord will raise up a standard for you when the enemy comes in like a flood. God will make a way for you. You don’t live under a chain of your past. The debt of sin we owed was paid in full at the cross. We are forgiven our debt forever. We are free by the precious blood of Jesus!

It’s not just for the Jews.

Genesis 22:17. God told Abraham that he would have two seeds: seed as the stars of heaven and seed as the sand on the seashore. That seed touching the earth (the sand on the seashore) was the Jewish seed. But there would be those that wouldn’t be born of the flesh seed but would be born of the Spirit that comes from Heaven.

Abraham’s seed would be innumerable. The devil can’t stamp Christianity out. He can’t stop the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. He can’t stop us from preaching Jesus.

Galatians 3:16. The devil may try to tell you that since you are not a Jew then only half the Bible is for you. But we are all of one seed. Every promise in the Bible is for you. Genesis 26:3.

The devil can’t stop us. There is something inside of us that can’t quit. There’s something inside of you that bigger than you. It’s Jesus fighting your battle and Hell can’t stop him. You can walk through a lion’s den and praise God in a fiery furnace. There’s a seed inside of you that Pharaoh can’t drown. It’s not you. It’s that seed of righteousness, that Lamb of God, inside of you. Galatians 3:29.

Romans 11:17. Up until the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, there was a difference between Jews and Gentiles. Hebrews 13:12. If Jesus would have died inside the city at the temple, it would still be a Jewish religion. John 1:11-12. They took Jesus outside of the city. Now, ‘whosoever will’ can come to the foot of the cross.

We are under a blessing, not under a curse. Whatever you’ve lost within these 49 years, I feel restoration. I feel like chains will break and things that have been bothering you will cease to torment you. Jesus wants to be your all in all. He wants you to find rest in Him.

As God releases you, you have to release others.

Leviticus 25:9. This is your year of release, your year of restoration. You have to release people from the hurt that they have caused you. How can you be released, if you won’t release someone else?

Release those that have done you wrong. If it works out, it’s the Lord’s, but if it doesn’t, they are not your god. You can’t backslide just because someone walks away from you. You can’t give up on God because someone decides that they don’t like you. No matter what anyone else does, you have to make up your mind to serve God. Jesus will either be first in your life, or nothing. He can’t fight for you until you let Him be God of all.

Throw away your contract. “God if you do this, then I’ll do this.” Tear that contract up. Instead say, “God, I’ll live for you even if I cry the rest of my life. I’ll live for you if nothing works out and everyone turns on me. God, I will live for you!”

Release those who haven’t paid you back for things. Release those who have lied on you. Don’t run around with them. Don’t let them take your joy and peace. Don’t be rude or unkind but release them. If you don’t release others, God can’t release what He has for you.

This is our year of release! This is our year of jubilee! Release those that have done you wrong and walk in your jubilee!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

3 Arks

If you’ve known me long, you know that in my studies in the Bible, I’m always looking for Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.

I’ve been working on numbers for a little bit and I’m digging into things about the number 3. It amazes me how many times 3 is in the Bible.

Matthew 13:8. Luke 9:33. 1 Corinthians 13:13. Jonah spent 3 days in the whale’s belly. After 3 days, Jesus rose again. Death, burial, and resurrection. Faith, hope, and charity. Seed, plant, harvest. Jesus was, is, and is to come.

A person can come to 3 different arks in their life.

Noah’s Ark. It represents salvation. It’s where you start in your walk with God. Just as Noah and his family had to go into the ark to be safe from the Flood, so must we come to Jesus for our salvation.

Noah’s ark had one door. There’s one door into Heaven and that’s Jesus. Anyone who enters has to come through the blood. If they enter any other way, they are the same as a thief.

Noah’s ark became the bridge from the old world to the new world. Jesus is the bridge from this life to eternity. 1 Peter 3:20. You have to enter into the first ark, repent of your sins, and be born again.

Moses’ Ark. It represents sanctification. I found another meaning of sanctification that just warmed my heart. The generic meaning of sanctification is the state of proper functioning. To sanctify someone or something means to set that person or thing apart for the purpose they were intended for by the designer.

I found a pen. And that pen wasn’t doing anything bad, and it wasn’t in a mess. But it hadn’t been sanctified for years because it was hidden and not doing what it was intended to do. God intended for you to worship Him and love one another. A pen is sanctified when it is used to write. A person is sanctified when they walk according to God’s design and purpose.

Moses went into the ark a slave and came out a son. He went into the ark with a death sentence on his head and came out the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Sanctification is not to make you look silly. It’s to make you accomplish the plan that Almighty God ordained for your life. It will move you from a life of slavery to sin to a life of victory.

Exodus 2:2. When you first get saved, God will hide you from people who want to pull you back to your past and things you were addicted to. There comes a time, when you have to get up and live in a real world. Dishes have to be washed and people have to work. There is a place called sanctification where you can walk in this world but not be a part of it. Sanctification will take the desire to sin out of you and give you new desires. Exodus 2:3.

I don’t believe sanctification is a one-time thing. I believe that as you grow, your sanctification has to grow. As you mature in your walk with the Lord, pray that you are kept. The reason why Moses’ mother put him in the ark was to protect him. Jesus wants to sanctify us, not to hurt or control us, but to protect us from destruction.

Nobody’s sanctification is the same. Some people who have just gotten saved don’t want to watch horrible, filthy movies anymore. Others who already have that under control may just desire to not watch so much of “I Love Lucy.” Everyone’s sanctification is on different levels.

Moses was floating down the same river that was killing thousands of baby boys. The ark protected him. You will walk through things that destroy others because you are hidden in the ark of sanctification. Moses was in the river, but the river never got in him. We live in a world of sin, but sanctification keeps the world out of us.

Moses’ ark will change your identity. There are people in churches today that don’t do what they used to, but they want to. Sanctification will change you from the inside and cause you to not want to do those things anymore. Moses was no longer a Hebrew slave; he was the grandson of a king. Sanctification will change your identity. People will look at you and see a change in your life.

It is the sweetest, purest desire to want to be sanctified. “I don’t want to do anything that will hinder my walk with God.”

You have to get in Noah’s Ark and in Moses’ Ark, but you have to get the Ark of the Covenant inside of you.

There are thirty-fold, sixty-fold, and a hundred-fold. This last ark is the hundred-fold. Hebrews 9:4. The Ark of the Covenant contained the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod, and a pot of manna.

The Ten Commandments. We are to have the word of God in our hearts. Before something goes terribly wrong with my vehicle, a warning light will come on the dash. The word of God is that warning light in a person’s life, telling them to take caution in a particular situation. God’s word will rise up and talk to you, keeping you out of trouble. It will lead you and guide you. But for the word of God to guide you, you have to have it inside your heart. You have to read the Bible and keep on reading. If you will get the Word of God inside of you, He will hide it. The devil may not back up at every worship song you sing, but he has to back up at the Word of God. You won’t walk in victory if you don’t read your Bible.

Numbers 17:1-10. When Moses picked up Aaron’s rod after a night of it being in the tabernacle, it didn’t look like the eleven other rods. Aaron’s rod has buds, blooms, and almonds. It had three seasons in one night. God took this rod and removed the equation of time from the situation. He gave one branch three seasons (that took nine months to complete) at the same time in one night.

When the doctor shakes his head and only gives a person 6 more months, they can pray, saying, “God, if you gave Hezikiah 15 more years, you can do it for me.”

Moses couldn’t have gotten a rod from an almond tree that was going through three seasons at the same time and replace Aaron’s rod. God will do things that the devil can’t replicate. There is a real anointing from God that will stand up inside of you and it can heal the sick and cast out devils. That anointing can’t be duplicated. We need that real, undeniable anointing flowing through us! You have something inside of you that is greater than any storm.

Exodus 16:15. Manna is when you are praying for something, and God gives it to you, but you don’t recognize it. You don’t always have to recognize what God is doing. Sometimes He moves in strange ways to turn situations around. You don’t have to have some 40-year-old prophet to give you a word, God can use a child to speak to you. When you are in trouble, you don’t care how God moves, you just want Him to move.

You can walk in confidence. God will move and make a way in whatever situation you find yourself in. In these last days, there will be an unshakable faith and trust in the heart of true saints. God is our healer and provider. Philippians 4:19. Bring your needs to the Lord. He loves you and cares about you.

Remember the 3 arks. You must be saved, sanctified, and filled with God’s word and the sweet Holy Ghost!

–Pastor Anthony Wynn