Deeply Rooted

After spending some years serving the Lord, there comes a moment when you might pause and ask, “Lord, what now?”

You’ve made significant changes in your life and you strive to live a sanctified life following your salvation. But how can you get closer to God? How can you reach the next level in your walk with Him? In this blog post, we will explore ways to deepen your relationship with God and embark on a path of growth. For most of this message we will use Psalms 42:1-5,7.

Knowing God Better

To draw closer to God, it is essential to get to know Him on a deeper level. He desires your love, friendship, and most importantly, your heart. While God is infinitely higher than us, He reveals His character, passions, and desires through His Word. Spend time studying on the Scriptures, for it is where God reveals Himself to you.

Growing in Love

As you develop a deeper knowledge of God, your love for Him will naturally deepen as well. Your desire to align with His will should outweigh your personal desires. Christianity is not solely about your pursuit of God, but rather about God’s relentless pursuit of you. He chased after you to the point of dying on the cross, desiring a relationship with you. Acknowledge His pursuit and respond by seeking Him wholeheartedly.

Seeking Holiness

Approach God with a genuine desire to be holy at any cost. Prioritize holiness over temporary happiness and ask Him to make you holy, regardless of your emotional state. A.W. Tozer said it like this: “Be assured that in the end, you will be as happy as you are holy and for the time being let your whole admission be to serve God, and be Christ-like.”

Quotes on Deepening You Walk with God

In your journey toward a deeper relationship with God, you might take some inspiration from the wisdom of others:

  • D.L. Moody: “The world has yet to see what will happen when a man truly gets on fire for God.”
  • Henry Ford: “Those that always walk with God reach their destination.”
  • Leonard Ravenhill: “Smart men walk on the moon, and daring men walk on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.”
  • Elisabeth Elliot: “If my life is broken when I give it to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will only satisfy one little lad.”

Healing and Restoration in God’s Presence

Just as the wounded deer seeks water to clot its bleeding, we need to thirst for God with a desire that surpasses everything else. In His presence, wounds are healed, dreams are restored, and we find peace. Run to Him, not just for a casual drink of water but as a matter of life or death (Psalm 42:1).

Deep Calling Unto Deep

God noticed David’s hunger for Him and commended him for his devotion. In Psalm 42:7, “Deep calleth unto deep,” God acknowledges the depth of David’s desire for Him. As you read through David’s life in the Bible, you will find at least five aspects of David’s relationship with God:

  • David made God feel needed.
  • David captured God’s attention by giving Him his all.
  • David worshiped God wholeheartedly.
  • David fought with integrity even when no one was watching.
  • David loved his enemies, displaying a heart aligned with God’s own.

Growing closer to God requires intentional effort and a hunger for His presence. Seek to know Him better through His Word, and grow in love and holiness. Let your pursuit of God be fueled by a genuine desire to be deeply rooted in your relationship with Him, and watch as in your Christian walk you take on more joy, peace, and fulfillment. Remember, as you deepen your roots in God, your life will bear fruit that helps not only yourself but also those around you.

Thank you so much for reading. I go into more detail about how some aspects of our spiritual walk can be represented by the different parts of a tree (fruit, leaves, branches, trunk, and roots). I would love it if you could check out the sermon below. As you listen, I pray this message encourages you to strengthen your walk with God and grow in wisdom and truth as you seek Him wholeheartedly!

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Being Filled with the Holy Ghost

If you know you have received the Holy Ghost, take a moment and praise the Lord for this wonderful gift!

John 7:37-39 – “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

Ephesians 5:18. Acts 2:16-18. Imagine people so full of the Spirit of God that the sick recovered when those people laid hands on them. Imagine people so full of God’s Spirit that they prophesied of things to come and edified the body of Christ. There’s always a need for more people like that! But to be more like this, our flesh my decrease that the Lord can increase.

It isn’t always the devil we fight against.

A lot of the battles we face stem from our flesh at war with the spirit. The spirit may want to seek and pray to God, but the flesh often wants to do its own thing that has nothing to do with God. But the more we get in the altar and seek God, denying our flesh, the more God can increase in our lives.

The Holy Ghost is more than speaking in tongues.

There is no way we can understand and know all there is to know about this limitless God in the few years we live on this Earth. God has so much in store for us! How amazing would it be for us to get so close to Him that we started walking like Him and loving like Him! Imagine if could get so close to God that He could send us to help heal the broken and trust us to share His Word with a soul needing to hear from Him!

Not only does the Holy Ghost give you the ability to be a greater light in someone’s life, but it also helps you! When you face mountains too high or loads too heavy, the Holy Ghost gives you strength to be able to deal with things in life that are difficult. Not only that, the real Holy Ghost will save you and teach you how to walk and talk. We can only receive this if we are willing to spend time with God and seek Him. Because the more we seek Him, the more we find Him.

The Holy Ghost will renew you.

A car can’t run on one tank of gas forever. Eventually, that gas runs out and the car needs to be taken back to the gas station to be refilled. When we witness to the lost and reach out to the broken, we are pouring out of ourselves to help those in need. We are giving of ourselves. When we do things for God, it will cost us something, but it will drive back the darkness! Just like the car, eventually we will start to run low and feel empty. Run to God, my friend! Because just like taking that car to the gas station, we can be renewed in strength to keep going when we go to God and allow Him to fill us with His Spirit!

The Holy Ghost will lead you and fight for you. It will teach you and warn you to things going on around you and your loved ones. The devil is working all around and we need the Holy Ghost to make it through this day and age.

The devil will try to torment your mind.

When we work for God and things don’t turn out the way we think they should, the devil with throw things our way to discourage us and beat us down. Sometimes we may begin to wonder why we are in such a mess if God really loves us. My friend, do not let those thoughts fester! Shut them down and do not let the devil torment your mind and get you angry at God. The Holy Ghost can help you to learn to be content when He moves and when He doesn’t. We can learn to be content by making ourselves decrease so that the Lord can increase!

God is calling YOU.

If the devil can take a life over and destroy other lives, you better believe God is greater and we can be so full of Him that we can cast out devils! If you’ve never known anyone that full of God, why not let it be you? Acts 5:15. Peter, the same disciple that denied Jesus, ended up getting so full of God that his shadow was bigger than disease.

Come as you are to God, His love will save you! But if we are going to cast out devils and heal diseases, then we will have to decrease so that God can increase in our lives.

So, I ask, how much of Jesus do you want? It will cost you some to get to the level God is taking you. You are going to have to fight some demons, powers, and principalities. God is calling you. These things that are consuming you, they have to loose you and let you go. The Master has need of you!

If you find that you’re not so hungry for the Lord or you don’t find yourself seeking Him like you used to, let me tell you, if He touched you once, He can touch you again. God is limitless and has so much in store for us! Don’t lose your hunger for God, dear friend! The Holy Ghost doesn’t stop with speaking in tongues. There’s more where that came from! He will be strength to you and comfort you. He will lead you and reveal mysteries to you. Together, let us seek God and stir our hunger back for Him!

Ephesians 3:19 – “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Pastor Anthony Wynn

I’ve Sat Where You Sit

Before we get into today’s message, please read Ezekiel 3:15-19.

This message is being spoken to every born-again child of God. During this life, God will bring some people to us and He will require us to witness to them somehow. But to be able to witness to these people, there is something very important we must do. Unless we sit where others sit, such as in this passage of Ezekiel, then we cannot fully understand or know that person’s situation and pain.

We have a generation wanting to build a ministry.

But this generation wants power without pain, testimonies without tests, victories without battles. They want to see healings, but don’t want to experience sickness. They want to have peace without pressure. This generation of ministries wants to win the lost, but they don’t want to love them or touch their hearts.

However, to reach this generation, we need more than a suit, a tie, and a microphone.

To touch this generation, we have to do as Ezekiel did and sit where they sit and experience their pain. We have to feel their hurts and understand each other’s storms and victories. We cannot be untouchable and be effective in ministry, change lives, and see broken hearts mend. If we are interested in doing anything for God, we have to be able to be touched and moved by situations.

So, here’s a question I’m sure we all have at some point in our Christian walk: “Why me?”

Why are we hurting so badly? Why is our family suffering? Why is our load so heavy, and why are we crying all the time? Let me answer these questions for you. You are going though these things because you are touchable. God is not going to allow things to break you, but He will make it possible for life to touch you.

After all, how can we help anyone if we’ve never cried or been broken before? How can we help someone if our lives have never been tested? To be an effective vessel in these end times, we have to be touched by pain, hate, the voice of God and the silence of God. We will have to be touched by reality.

I’ve been in many situations that allowed me to have sat where other people sit now. I know what it’s like to cry over loved ones bound by addiction. I know what it feels like to wake up and hear the voice of God telling me which way to go, but I also know what it’s like to wake up with a burden so heavy that I just wanted to stay in bed and cover my head up. I know the pain of losing someone I love to cancer. I know the fears and pressures of doctor’s reports. I know what it’s like to pray and get answers, and I also know what it’s like to pray and hear nothing. I know what it’s like to feel forgotten, used, and thrown away.  I have sat where others sit.

But I am still here.

Yes, I cried and felt fear and worry. But I got my fight back. I started fasting and praying. I made it through and still loved the Lord. Bitterness and hatred didn’t take over my life. God moved for me. And the very same God that moved in my times of trial will move for you in your situations!

God has trusted you to sit where others sit.

You have experienced healing because you have experienced sickness. You’ve known peace and pain, deliverance and discouragement, victory and disappointment, blessings and burdens, strength and stress, happiness and hate. God will not waste any of it. Because you have sat where others sit, and because you are still here, how much more of a witness can you be to those who think they won’t make it through their trials? God has chosen you for such a time as this!

I want to leave you with this poem I found.

I was hungry
And you formed a humanity club to discuss my hunger.
Thank you.
I was in prison
And you crept off quietly to your chapel to pray for my release.
Thank you.
I was naked
And in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick
And you knelt and you thanked God for your own health.
I was homeless
And you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God.
I was lonely
And you left me alone to pray for me.
You seem so holy
So close to God.
But I’m still hungry
And lonely
And cold.
So where have the prayers gone?
What have they done?
What does it profit a man to page through his book of prayers
When the rest of the world
Is crying for his help?

How can we help others if we do not become a vessel for the Lord to work through us? How can we help them if we do not sit where they sit and understand their pain and pressure? When we go through trials and remain faithful to the Lord, we become a witness of God’s love, compassion, and His faithfulness to us. Other people can know and understand that He who kept us through trials can and will keep them through their situations as well.

Thank you for reading, and God bless you, Dear Friend!

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Next Appointment

What is going on?

When we got saved, why didn’t the Lord just take us home? What is our reason for still being here? If we’re in the will of God, why are our hearts so heavy? If God cares about us, why are we dealing with this pain, hurt, and pressure? These questions can give place to the devil to war against our minds if we let them.

If you would like your season to change, then keep reading because I have a good word for you today!

We have to realize how big God is.

You are no accident. You didn’t begin when your momma birthed you. Before your mom and dad even knew each other, you existed in the heart of God. God did not make a mistake by making you who you are. Jeremiah 1:5. You’re not a disappointment or a failure. Romans 8:29-31. Romans 11:2. Romans 3:23. I want you to understand that God has a plan for you! You are needed in these troubled times.

So, if God is in control, has a good plan for you, loves you, how do you get out of this cold season you may be in?

If you are going to get out of this season, you are going to have to find your next appointment. I believe for the average person, God has many appointments. I believe that every time you fulfill an appointment, God blesses you at another level. Not only that, but God will bless other people just because you are around them. Paul was on a ship with over 200 men and they got into a bad storm. But none of those men were going to die in the shipwreck because there was a man of God on board that had an appointment. Acts 27:24-25.

So what am I saying? Find your next appointment!

You won’t find your next appointment by keeping your mind busy with work or social media. You won’t find your next appointment by asking someone other than God what that appointment is. Once you seek Him, it may take a while, but He will begin to speak inside of your heart and tell you what you need to do.

Take Joseph for an example from the Bible.

God let Joseph sit in a prison for years so he could help save his brothers. Genesis 39:20-22. The Lord is with you, dear friend! Don’t lay down in this prison. Become the master of it, the keeper of it. Don’t come out of this thing beaten and broken. You can come out of this thing shouting and praising! You can come out laying hands on the sick and them recovering. You can come out winning souls! Anybody can come out of the storm and become a master, but Joseph became a master in the storm. He conquered his storm before he came out.

Why was Joseph in this storm? Why did his family betray him? Why was he cast in prison?

It’s all because Joseph had an appointment with the chief butler and the chief baker. Sometimes we are wanting our first appointment to be with Pharaoh. Everybody want to help Pharaoh, but what about that man on death row that’s lost hope. Sometimes we want our appointment to be with someone who has it all together, but God is planning on sending us to someone who’s given up and falling apart. Until you fulfill that appointment, you won’t get to your next one.

Instead of asking all these questions, wondering if we are going to make it. We need to be taking a step back and checking to see who the Lord is leading into our lives for this season. Joseph may have cried out to God asking when He would release him from prison, but God told Joseph that he was going to have to find his next appointment first.

We want our appointments to come when we are in church and anointed. But a lot of the times our appointments come when we are in the dungeon and we have to help someone else in the dungeon. If you are anointed of God, your gift will work when you are in the prison. When you are sick, you can lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. When you are anointed of God, you can lay hands on those suffering from depression when the devil is trying to break you with sorrows. Your gift is not in your emotions or your feelings, your gift stems from your relationship with God.

The Butler and the Baker were placed in Joseph’s storm. Sometimes we can get caught up in our own storm and forget that there are other people bound in the same kind of storm. If God brings someone into our lives who is about to leave this world, can He trust us to serve them when we are hurting?

When Joseph interpreted the dreams for the Butler and the Baker, he had met his appointment. But even after he had met that appointment, he had to wait two more years before the next one.

So let me ask you, what is your appointment in this season?

2 Kings 5:2. Why did God allow this particular girl to be in this particular place she didn’t want to be?

The devil will ask you, “If you are in the will of God, then why are you not happy?” But take into consideration, Jesus before He died on the cross. He was praying, “If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me.” You don’t have to love the season you are in, you just have to keep loving God. Psalms 34:19. There’s no doubt in my mind this little maid asked God why she was going through this. God looked at other maids and servants and found He couldn’t trust them, but He could trust this little maid. So, He gave her this appointment. 2 Kings 5:3. Now, this little maid has fulfilled her appointment.

I believe after Naaman got his miracle, he was thinking of setting that little maid free and rewarding her greatly.

If we will be faithful to God, we won’t crawl out of our situations, but we will walk out blessed! Find your appointment and God will deliver you! Search for your next appointment and when you fulfill it, you will conquer your storm, your season will change.

I would encourage you today, if you find yourself in a hard season. Get in your prayer closet, find yourself an altar and pray to the Lord, asking Him what your next appointment is. God bless you, Dear Friend!

Pastor Anthony Wynn