“I’m down and discouraged. How can I praise the Lord? Why should I give Him praise?”
Psalms 100. Even doctors have found out that thankfulness improves relationships and creates contentment. Thankfulness helps you remain healthy. Being thankful will cultivate humility. Thankfulness is contagious and produces a positive attitude inside of you. Thankfulness promotes generosity and increases your likability.
Being thankful displays God’s character inside of you.
Being thankful keeps our hearts toward God. When we are ungrateful, it keeps us from seeing God as He is. Our hearts would become bitter and our relationship with God and others would suffer. We would start to worship less, pray less, and read the Bible less when we are ungrateful. This is very dangerous in that we start to think that we have achieved everything on our own. Pretty soon we would forget about all the good things God has done for us.
Being thankful will allow us to see all the mercy and love God has shown towards us.
You may not have everything you want in your life, but God has given you so much. Take some time and reflect on all the blessings and goodness He has bestowed upon your life. Do you realize that there are things that you have that other people are praying for?
James 1:17. Colossians 3:15.
If you are going through a hard time, if you are struggling and the devil is telling you that you have nothing to be thankful for, I’m giving you the opportunity to reach into three worlds and find something to be thankful for.
The first world is the past. The second world is your present, right now. The third world is the world we haven’t touched or seen yet, the future.
Let’s look back into the past for a moment.
You ought to be thankful for the opportunity to get saved. I don’t know all that you’ve been through in your life, but God has kept you this far. Jesus loves you so much that He came looking for you! If you aren’t saved and the Lord is drawing you closer to Him, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. 1.877.226.4088. We want to pray with you and help you grow closer to the Lord.
But if you are saved, reach back a little further into the past and be thankful for the shedding of God’s blood for you. Isaiah 53:4-5. You have something to be thankful for! Jesus loved you when you were in a mess, while you were a sinner, and while you were in the depths of hopelessness! Romans 5:8.
Reach back into your past and thank God for keeping you! Thank Him for stories you don’t talk about where He has brought you through and miracles that others don’t know about. You could have given up, but God got to you first. Somehow when it looked like you couldn’t go any further God kept you and you’re still here! Hallelujah!
Now, let’s look at the present.
Take a second and thank God for what He is doing right now. You’re breathing right now. If you are reading this, you can see. You’ve got a sound mind, food on your table, and peace in your heart.
2 Corinthians 6:2. Thank God! Someone could get saved today! Someone could get a new beginning today.
Too often in life, our minds want to dwell on the negative, what we are missing, where we’ve gone wrong, and how far we are from our goals. It may not be a good season right now, but you are in a good place because you are in God’s hand. Stand up and refuse to let your circumstance control your thankfulness towards God! It really moves God when your world is shaking and you’re still thankful.
Depression can’t hang around when you are thankful. Victory returns when you are thankful. Peace takes over when you are thankful! Yes, you may be facing storms, but we aren’t in Heaven yet. Don’t be just a survivor. Be an overcomer. Walk in victory and peace and put the storm under your feet. Tell the devil you will be thankful to the Almighty and you will exalt the Lord!
Jesus has never given up on you. Take a moment and thank Him for loving you.
Let’s look into the future.
Thank God for what He is going to do. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the government or the grocery stores, but I do know that we are in the hands of the Good Shepherd and we will not go hungry. Things are hard right now, but you will not have a breakdown, you can rest and trust in the Lord. He will take care of your family and make a way for you. He did not bring you this far to let you go. He didn’t start a work in you to throw you away. He’s the Creator and Provider. Shake your fear off today and be thankful for what God is going to do for you! Philippians 4:13. Blessings are coming your way, Friend!
Another thing to be thankful for is that Jesus is coming back for us!
Acts 1:11. You won’t always be laughed at, cursed, and mocked. You won’t always have to fight devils. Jesus is literally going to return! Romans 8:28. 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
When our born-again loved ones who have passed on rise when Jesus comes back, they will not have the problems they had while here on this earth. They won’t have the pain or the heartache. They won’t have to face any storms. They won’t have a body that will get sick. They will have a glorified body.
Praise the Lord, the grave is not our final abode! You have something to look forward to! Whatever you are going through right now, break out in praise and thankfulness! The grave has no victory over you! Death has no sting!
Take a moment and give God some praise. Ask Him for an anointing of thankfulness to fall on you. We have so much to thank God for. You have friends and family who care about you. Your name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Your sins are forgiven and your transgressions have been blotted out.
Come to the Lord today and just thank him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
Psalms 139.1-8. I have wrestled with verse 8 for a long time.
Just because I make my bed doesn’t mean that I’ll get in it right away. So, in that last verse God is saying, “If you make your bed in Hell, I’m going to be there, trying to pull you out before you get in it.”
Hell is a real place.
Some don’t think about it. Some refuse to talk about it, but that doesn’t make it fiction. Hell is very real. 2 Samuel 22:6. Notice the ‘s’ at the end of “sorrows.” Some people think the heat will be the only sorrow there, but no. There will be no peace there, no mercy, no hope, and there will be no end to the sorrows. There will be no friends in Hell. Hell will be eternal torment for all those who go there.
Job 11:8. Hell is a place for the unrepented wicked. Psalms 9:17. Psalms 55:15.
I believe there will be different levels.
Heaven won’t be the same for everyone. It won’t be the same for the thief who repented on the cross as it will be for Apostal Paul. It won’t be the same for someone who just got saved as it will be for someone who’s laid up treasures upon treasures. Heaven will have different levels for the thirty-fold, the sixty-fold, and the hundred-fold.
That being said, I think that Hell has levels, too. I don’t believe that a kind, gentle, caring neighbor who doesn’t care for Jesus will be at the same level as Adolf Hitler. Psalms 86:13.
Proverbs 7:24-27. Proverbs 9:17-18. A person can sneak around and hide sin that they’ve been doing, but it won’t be hidden for long. We will spend eternity somewhere. A person cannot live a double life and get away with it. Isaiah 5:14. Isaiah 28:15. God sees just as good in the dark as He does in the light. People will not get away with trying to hide their sins.
Matthew 10:28. There is no person big enough or powerful enough to send you to Hell. No person has your soul in their hand. They cannot prophesy you into Hell. God is just and full of mercy and love. Your soul is in His hand and not someone else’s.
Luke 16:23. Revelation 20:13.
“…If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
You have to have sheets on your bed. Do you know what sheets are? Sheets are things you get dirty and wash once or twice a week. I’m not being mean, but some people have been in church for years upon years. A person like that shouldn’t be in the altar every week repenting of the same sin. How far could they be with God right now if they didn’t spend the last 100 times at the altar asking for forgiveness for the same thing?
King Saul’s life became a pattern: sin and repent, sin and repent. God has a lot of mercy, but I’m afraid in this last day that He’s going to draw some lines. There’s a story in the Bible where Paul was preaching, and a man fell out the window and died. Why did he fall? Because he was more outside the window than inside the building. Can I ask you a question? How far are you outside the window right now? Are you holding onto the world more than you are holding onto Jesus? If something happened and you fell, would you fall forward on your knees and pray through or would you fall back into your old habits and addictions?
I’m asking you, if you have anything you keep falling back into, to bring it to the altar one final time. Ask God to cleanse you and sanctify you. You should not want to go back to the way it was before you got saved. That life almost destroyed you. Run to God! His way will keep you and give you eternal life.
The next thing on the bed is a coversheet or a blanket. This is what keeps you warm.
Acts 17:30. Acts 3:19. Luke 13:5. When life gets tough, what do you turn to? When it’s a cold night, nobody’s watching, and you’re all by yourself, what do you turn to? I pray it’s God that you turn to!
The next thing after the blanket is a pretty spread that hides everything.
Some people have a pretty spread, praising the Lord and trying to make it seem like everything is right between them and God. But God sees under that spread and is watching them trying to run from Him.
Before God will cut Samson off, He’ll allow an anointing to fall over him so that he can carry the gates of a city up a hill. Sometimes we may wonder why God anoints people who aren’t living right. Could it be that God has drawn a line for that person and He’s about to let them go, but He’s trying to pull them away from that line by giving them a taste of the anointing?
Proverbs 8:13. Ecclesiastes 12:14. When you confess your sin before God, it is no longer a secret sin. 1 John 1:9.
There are two different pillows on the bed.
First, there’s the pillow you lay your head on. Where do you lay your head when you are tired? It wasn’t wrong for Samson to get tired, but it was wrong for him to lay his head in Delilah’s lap. Matthew 11:28. Jesus will give you rest and peace.
Then there are the other pillows. These are the pillows ladies use for decoration on the bed. You know you are getting in trouble when you are trying to make your sin look good. You know you’re heading down the wrong road when you try to justify your sin. If you make your bed in Hell, Jesus is standing there watching, asking for you to let Him help you.
Only you, the Lord, and the devil really know what’s under all those pretty pillows. Psalms 69:5. 1 Samuel 15:24,35. Saul was called by God to be king, but Saul played with his calling. He threw his walk with God away. Please don’t trade a moment of pleasure for your precious soul!
If we leave God, it won’t change Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But if we leave Him, it will change everything about us. He is our Provider, our Healer, our Protector, and our Way Maker. He can go on without us, be we can never go on without Him. James 4:8.
I’m going to get really personal for a moment. If you die right now, where will you spend eternity? Do you know that you know that you are ready to meet God? Is there anything between you and the Lord?
He’s watching you. He’s watching me. Jesus wants to help us and keep us right with Him. Let’s pray for the Lord to search our hearts and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
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
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
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
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
This was probably one of the most important sermons I have preached in 40 years.
Genesis 2:7. Exodus 20:13. Psalms 139:13. Isaiah 49:1. Exodus 21:22-23. Jeremiah 1:5. Proverbs 6:16-17. Psalms 20:10. Psalms 106:37-38. Psalms 127:3.
The 50th year is the year of jubilee. We have been under Roe v Wade for 49 years. This is our year of jubilee! Why? Our tax dollars aren’t going to pay for abortions any longer. Our tax money isn’t being used to kill babies!
In America, 4 out of 10 unplanned pregnancies are terminated by abortions. In the United States, there were over 3,000 abortions a day. Ezekiel 7:22-23. Deuteronomy 30:19. Millions and millions of babies have been aborted. One abortion every 34 seconds.
This is not a political message. It’s a Bible message.
A baby has its own DNA, blood type, and its own functional brain. It has its own dreams. Jesus died that we might live. Abortion kills so that someone might live differently. Some people are more upset about chopping down a tree than they are about killing that real person in the womb.
But for the first time in a long time, I believe the Almighty Creator has looked down on America and smiled.
In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. Almost half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortions as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision.
If my Shelia and I and our grandkids were going to take a trip on a bus, it doesn’t matter who the bus driver is, we need to pray for that driver. We need to cut back on what we tell others and start praying for the leaders of our country. We need to pray for America right now. They are making decisions that are going to affect your children and your grandchildren. I believe we have the Lord’s attention right now and we need to pray. We can see cancers healed and families restored! Just pray! Proverbs 14:34.
So many have been worried about gas prices going up, but I’ve been worried about war breaking out and bombs going off in schools. Those planes crashing into the towers on 9/11 was not an accident. Something happened that hurt God and God pulled back the curtain of protection a little bit. “America,” He said, “I’m going to let you see what can happen without my protection.” America was allowed a taste of what other nations had had to face since those nations rejected God. If God pulls His hand back, overnight our money could be worthless. Overnight our stores could be emptied out.
But right now, God’s finding a little mercy toward America.
What’s happening right now is going to hold judgment back a little longer. I can hear God telling one of the kings in the Bible, “Because you repented and turned to me, I’m not going to do this in your generation.” It took some repenting and tears to turn this abortion law around.
It’s not a matter of party.
If a person only ever votes republican, what happens when that person is so republican that they vote for someone who promotes homosexuality or abortion? It’s not a party thing or a financial thing. What matters is that we vote for someone who will bring God back into the picture. We need someone that will stand up for the Bible and let us worship God. We need someone that will honor God. America is torn right now. Divorce, suicide, and drug overdoses are skyrocketing. Sin is taking over. Hosea 6:1.
2 Chronicles 15:4. I feel that some people in America are turning back to God. Hosea 14:1. Isaiah 55:7. It was wicked when they took our tax money and used it to kill babies. But the devil doesn’t have us yet and we are turning from our wicked ways. The abortion doctors are going to have to get their salary from someplace else because they’re not getting our tax dollars anymore.
Judges 3:7-9. We may not have it all right yet, but we are making our way back to God! Because we are trying to get it right, revival could very well break out. As far as our nation has gone, God has still held war back. God has still protected us despite how far our nation has gone from Him. We ought to thank God and praise Him for His kindness to us!
Despite how far the nation has gone, there are still some people in America that love God. Praise His holy name!
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
A lot of us are thankful for the father figures in our lives.
Some of us don’t have an earthly father, but we may have someone who is like a father to us. Even still, I don’t care how great your earthly father figure is, you need this Heavenly Father that I’m going to be talking about today. We can’t make it without Him.
1 John 3:1. The Bible has over 150 references to God being our Spiritual Father. Here we are going to talk about some ways we can allow God to be a father to us and enrich our lives and bring us to the fullness of his glory.
Stay in God’s presence.
I was with my 3-year-old daughter one day. We were in a wide, open field and she was running around playing. She got a little too far, but I didn’t get worried until a bunch of dogs came after her. She started running back to me and I was running to her and yelling because of the danger of the dogs. When I got to her I told her, “You are only in danger when you are out of my reach.”
Kara said, “If they come over here, you are going to fight those dogs like a rascal.”
I told her they would have to end me to get to her. It’s like that with God as our father. If some enemy has to end our God to get to us, it’s going to lose. But we have to accept and acknowledge that we have to stay in His presence and walk in His ways.
God’s Mercy. Luke 6:36.
I like to go back to the Prodigal Son. He came to his father and told him he wanted his inheritance as if his father was already dead. He wanted a life without his father. How much would that have crushed his father! The son gets his brief moment of pleasure in the world and squanders his money. Later he gets up, after living some time in a pig pen, he’s rehearsing what he’s going to say to his father when he returns home. “I’m not fit to be your son, just let me be a servant.”
His father was sitting there watching the road, and when the son came in sight, he ran to him. He didn’t send a servant to run after him, he ran himself. Luke 15:21-24. We are humans and we have messed up, and sometimes you think that because of that you have to live as a servant. But God is calling us to be His children. We don’t have to live a servant life. God has a purpose, a plan for our lives and we can step into that.
We can resort to God for wisdom in making decisions.
My dad and I talk a lot and I’ll ask him all sorts of questions. Sometimes I take for granted that God can literally give me wisdom. We are facing so many different things, things that can completely change our lives. Papaw and Dad have taught me to have a daily prayer asking God for wisdom because if I lean on my own understanding, it will fail. Proverbs 3:13.
If God is going to be our Father, we have to learn to submit to His will.
That sounds fun when we talk about the blessings, the benefits, and the protection He provides. But it’s not so fun when God’s will goes against our flesh. Submission is hard, but if we can learn to live in God’s perfect will then we will be safe, our lives will be loaded with blessings, and our lives will be in God’s perfect plan. Romans 8:7.
God corrects us.
One of the things I really don’t like is having to discipline my daughter. My wife, Jessie, once told me, “If you love her, you would correct her.”
The best mercy God can give us is correction. Again we are human and mess up. God loves us so much that He, in His mercy, chooses to correct us and develop us instead of throwing us away. He will prune the things out of our lives that hinder our fruitfulness for His kingdom. Hebrews 12:6.
God can provide for every one of my needs.
Philippians 4:19. Being 29, I don’t need the same help that I did when I was four, such as tying my shoes. So, as we develop spiritually, our needs change. God will give you the anointing to cast out depression and sickness coming against you. God will provide for you in any way you need Him to.
All the authority my Father has is also given to me.
John 1:12-13. If we can give enough of ourselves to God, if we can let go of some of these servanthood mindsets we have, we can have the ability to heal the sick. We can have the ability to cast out demons and destroy spiritual bondage in people’s lives. We could perform spiritual miracles just like our Father before us as He walked the streets of Jerusalem.
It’s all well and good to want to change the world. But there has to be a change in us first. First, we have to submit to God and give ourselves up. Lay down your past, lay down your pain.
Give yourself to God and tell Him, “God, I want to be your child. What can I give up today to accept you more as a father in my life?”
— Micah Wynn
God gave Jonah an assignment.
Jonah 1:1-3. In this passage, the word of the Lord comes to Jonah. It was not a feeling or an emotion, but the word of the Lord.
When the word of the Lord came to Jonah, God knew where Jonah was, what shape his spirit was in, and He knew what Jonah was going to do with the word He gave. God was not surprised when Jonah refused and ran. God knew how Jonah was going to react, but still, God called him.
If a cold-hearted man running from God can hear a clear assignment from Him, why can’t those who are hungry for God? Jonah 3:1-3.
We need a fresh assignment from Heaven. When God gives you an assignment, Heaven will back it. It’s like a policeman pulling up to deal with some trouble. It’s not just him, he has the whole police department backing him. When you hear an assignment from God, it’s not just you. It’s the Creator of the Universe that goes with you!
Worship is one of your assignments. It’s not an option.
2 Samuel 6:21-22. David had an appointment from the Lord and part of that was worship. You don’t have a choice. If you are going where God is taking you, you have to worship Him. Worship is a win-win situation. When you worship, you are giving to God, and as you do, He begins to break chains and speak life into you. Miracles happen when we worship God!
God is working it all out.
Genesis 35:1. God told Jacob to go to Bethel. There was a new beginning waiting for Jacob. There is an assignment that God will give you that will change your life. Genesis 46:2-3. Exodus 3:9-14. When God gives you an assignment, miracles, power, and peace will go with you. The blood will go before you, making a way for you. Jesus will open doors that wouldn’t normally open. When you follow the assignment, God is already working on the other end, preparing you to pour in oil and wine into someone’s wounds and lay hands on the sick! When you’ve completed your assignment, God will release you and open your next assignment.
There are some doors already open to you. You need to tell your timidness that it will not stop your assignment. If the devil tries to bring up your past, you don’t have to worry about it because it’s under the blood. I don’t know about you, but I want my assignment from God. I want my living to make a difference. God has some assignments in His folder and He’s wanting to hand them out!
God’s looking for someone that’s not so caught up in themselves that they can’t hear an assignment for someone.
He’s looking for someone that will sacrifice and deny themself for others. You may not be called to the Middle East somewhere. It might be your prayer closet. God will send you into a certain person’s life to take authority and tell the devil to let someone go. The first time Moses told Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go, Pharaoh didn’t. But Moses was on an assignment. You may know a Pharoah in your assignment’s life. Pray and fast and take authority in Jesus’ name. Tell that Pharaoh to let them go, not only to be out of bondage but also to experience revival and know the Lord their Savior!
The completion of your assignment will be honored.
1 Kings 17:13-16. Even when Elijah had left the woman, the Lord was still honoring the completion of the assignment. 2 Kings 4:7. This woman was in debt and they were going to take her sons. The oil represents your anointing. Your anointing will be your way out. The anointing you’ve poured out will deliver your children and help set your lost loved ones free!
2 Kings 20:4-6. Acts 9:10-12. I want to be sent on an assignment that will change someone’s life. There are people in your family, in your community, that one knock on their door at the right time with an assignment from the Lord can totally turn their life around. What if you are a certain person’s last assignment? What if you are their last opportunity to experience the love of God?
How are assignments sent?
God can give you an assignment in a dream. God’s clear voice can ring in your heart. That clear voice overrides all other thoughts. Sometimes God just opens a door and you walk through. Pretty soon you will realize that it’s not chance, it’s an assignment from God.
What does God have for you to do? God is looking for someone who will obey Him and let Him move through their life to touch a lost soul. There are people who need to be healed and people who need the love of God shown to them. What is your assignment?
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
I found four words that have been on my mind continuously over the past little bit. ‘Take care of him.’
Luke 10:25-37. I looked up the word ‘care’ and it means to look out for, to guard, to protect.
Luke 10:33-35. The certain man represents a lost soul stripped by sin and left half dead by the world. The Samaritan bound up his wounds, even before he brought him to the inn.
Jesus represents that Good Samaritan.
Despite whatever sin they are in, Jesus will go to where a lost soul is and clean them up, having mercy when no one else will. He will bring them to a church family. Then, He gives the church the command, “Take care of him.”
Too many people want a welfare church.
Their mindset is along the lines of “What can I get from this body of believers?” Some people strip one church and move on to the next, never a giver and always a taker. But as Christians, our mindset should be “What can I do for these people?”
Jesus (the Samaritan) took that lost soul (the certain man) to a church and told them to take care of him. And whatever the church invests in that soul, Jesus will repay.
If we want to have a Book of Acts Revival, then we have to love one another. If one member of the body has a need it’s up to us to help fulfill that need. My hand may not know a lot about my shoulder, but my shoulder is what allows blood to flow to my hand. Without the blood, my hand won’t last long. I don’t want to be the member in the body of Christ that refuses to let the Lord flow through me to another member. I want the love and mercy of God to flow through me and touch a member of the body that needs help. Hebrews 12:12-13. 1 Corinthians 12:25.
Be kind to people because you never know what they are facing or what they’ve had to go through.
We may come into a place with our heads held high and all anyone sees is a smile on our face. But everyone has some load, some burden, some kind of heaviness that they have to carry. 1 John 4:7.
2 Kings 6:28-31. There are a lot of people walking around that look like they have it all together, but underneath that pretty smile are a lot of tears, pain, and scars. Sometimes it’s not enough to lay hands on them and pray for a blessing. Sometimes we need to call out to God and ask Him what we can do to make a difference in their life. God wants to use you to pick somebody up when life is pushing them down.
If this is going to work, it has to start in the home. I don’t care how kind you are in church, if you are unkind to your family at home, then you are a hypocrite. What can we do to lighten our family’s load? What can we do to lift up the hands of our loved ones?
We won’t have a deep move of God until we find the deep love of God.
When we find that, then no weapon formed against us will prosper. When we lay our life down for each other, nothing will be able to hinder us or stop us! 1 John 3:16.
There ought to be something different about the church. We ought to really be a family. We need to care for one another. The world won’t know we are followers of Jesus because we shout or sing. They will know we follow Jesus by seeing the love we have for one another. John 13:34-35.
We may send money to missions and go halfway around the world to care for someone, but what about that one sitting behind us in the church that needs help because they are about to go under?
Matthew 25:34-40. 1 John 3:17-18. Proverbs 19:17. Do we care for people? Jesus does. To be like Jesus is more than just to stop living a sinful life.
To be like Jesus is to lay your life down and love others more than yourself.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
Luke 10:29-37. For the longest time, I tried to figure out exactly who is my neighbor.
It finally registered with me when I saw a man in the store, and he was picking up glass off the floor. A globe he was buying had fallen out of his cart and people were just standing and watching him. I went and got a bag and helped him pick up a few pieces and he looked at me and said, “Thank you, neighbor.” That’s when this message finally came together. Your neighbor is anyone God brings into your life who has a need.
How can we do this?
The priest passed by the wounded man and the Levite passed by. How can we go to church and clap our hands, saying, “Oh, how I love Jesus!” and then leave being cold and calloused? How can we go to church, worshipping a God who was wounded for us, and live our lives day by day only caring about ‘me and my four, no less no more?’
Every pair of eyes you look into is going somewhere for eternity. Heaven is a real place, but so is Hell. We have to get a vision for the lost. People don’t care about how much we know until they know how much we care.
Sin will take everything you have. It doesn’t matter if a person is wearing a suit with a wallet full of money, they can still be half-dead. Sin is only fun for a season. And sooner or later that season catches up with a person. God will reach and keep on reaching until one day He draws a line and if that person crosses it, God will never deal with them again. His spirit shall not always strive with man.
God didn’t necessarily call you to witness, but to be a witness.
God told us to let our light shine before men so they can see our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven.
If a child is out in the yard playing and a rattlesnake is there, you don’t run over and spank them for not staying on the porch. First, you rescue them. You’ll have time later to deal with their disobedience. There’s too much correction going on in the church and not enough rescuing.
A hospital is not for those that are well, it’s for the sick. The ministry isn’t only for those that are doing good. It’s for those that are bruised and broken, who’s lost all hope and confidence. Ministry is more than a microphone or an offering or a song. Ministry is more than a service. Ministry gives somebody hope. It loves the unlovable, reaches the unreachable, and changes the unchangeable. Ministry makes a difference in a troubled world.
I remember coming across a horrible wreck and I stepped out of my car to go pray with the man who was injured. I knelt beside him while the ambulance was on its way, and I could tell by his smell that he and I had been drinking out of different fountains. But all that didn’t matter. What mattered was he was my neighbor, and I was going to help him. The man was still alive by the time the ambulance got there. Later I was washing my shoes off because I had gotten his blood on them and the Lord spoke to me. “Son, you may get a man’s blood off your shoes, but if you ever destroy someone, how can you get their blood off your hands?”
We ought not to be mean to someone that Jesus died for.
To get to Heaven, you don’t just have to stop drinking or lying. It doesn’t matter how good of a life you live, if you don’t love people, you won’t make it. The Samaritan came and bound up the man’s wounds. How long has it been since you’ve done that for someone? People all around you are going to Hell, and you have a chance to make a difference in their lives. We may not be mean or hateful, but sometimes we are so caught up in ourselves.
It costs $0.50 to reach someone a CD or a tract, then tell them Jesus loves them, and that’s all well and good. But for us to walk into someone’s life, it’s going to cost us. The oil and wine the Samaritan poured on the wounded man could have cost up to a week’s salary.
The oil represents the presence of God in your life. The oil is that healing anointing. I believe the wine represents your love and the blood of Jesus. We take the blood of Jesus into any circumstance. As for your love, you may show all of it to someone, and they just use you and mock you. The same hand that reaches to pick a rose, may get scarred from the thorns. But if you’ll just keep on reaching and loving, you can reach that one person. There was a whole crowd mocking and laughing at Jesus on the cross, but there was one thief that cried for mercy.
2 Corinthians 12:15. It doesn’t cost much to witness, but It costs a lot to be a witness. Every person, man, woman, or child, is a soul. The Master has need of you. Someone is lost. Someone needs you to care.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
Jesus saves us from the power of sin, keeps us from the presence of sin, and reserves us from the penalty of sin.
If we don’t watch out, we get used to going to church. We get used to living a standard, living separate from sin, and living a good moral life. If we aren’t careful, we forget what it’s really all about.
We had a garden once.
In the front of our church, as you came into the parking lot, was a garden. For about ten years after it was completed, it was beautiful. I prayed many times in that garden. Soon, people who helped work on it had gotten busy with other affairs in life. I got busy too. Life changed and different things started taking up time. I noticed weeds starting to grow, but no one was pulling them. Something happened to the creek in the garden and people helped us get rid of it and move the falls down next to the pond there. Then the pond started stopping up, so we did away with the falls and just let it be a pond. We had water spraying up from inside the pond and that was good for a year or two, but once again the garden became neglected. What had once been a beautiful garden was now a problem site.
Before a revival, we were going to clean up the grounds some. We got in that garden to clear up some stuff when I heard someone yell “Snake!” It was a big copper head. When I heard that, I just left for a little bit. Only me and Jesus know how much I don’t like snakes.
I started to think about my church family and all the little children that run around. I looked some things up about copperheads and how they like wet places with thick bushes around and I thought, ‘This pond has to go.’
So, when I got back to the garden with my son, Micah, and my nephew, Jentezen, I let them know we were going to fill in the pond. I got to looking around at the stones we had put around the pond and a lot of them were missing. We found that year after year rocks had been thrown in and the pond was full of them.
I bought them. I wasn’t going to destroy them, but I would get them out.
God dropped that into my heart. He paid for us. He bought us and He will get us out of a mess.
We started grabbing the rocks out and about every third one we would grab it would slip back out of our hands into the pond. Go back in your Bible and read Judges sometime. 5 times God pulled His children away from their enemy only for them to forget God and go back to idol worship. God raised up prophets and kings to help His children, but they still slipped back into their messes. David, Samuel, Jeremiah, and Daniel couldn’t pull God’s children out of their mess.
I have one of the weakest stomachs.
I don’t only not like snakes, but I have a very weak stomach. You don’t have to throw up in front of me. All you have to do is describe how you threw up and I will throw up. So, while we are getting the rocks out of the pond, I get a look at the stuff at the bottom, and it was some of the nastiest mush I’ve ever seen in my life.
I paid a lot of money for those rocks. So, I went to grab some old shoes and finally got my nerve up to get down in that muck and save those rocks. That’s when Micah yells, “There’s that snake!” We tried to get it, but it got away. I’m in that mush picking up rock after rock and putting it in the bucket of my tractor to put them somewhere else.
God spoke to me and said, “I had a garden once.”
“In my garden, it was perfect.” He said. “There was peace, serenity, and paradise. A snake came to your garden and messed it up and the same thing happened to mine. Do you remember when you were pulling those stones out? For every one you got out, there were still a hundred laying in there.”
God began to deal with me. From Genesis to Malachi, God pulled and only got a few like Moses, Joshua, and the three Hebrew boys here and there. There would still be a billion lost. I’m just a country preacher who got down in a mess to save some rocks. God was in the heavenly throne room where angels cried ‘holy’ all around, where He was high and lifted up. He loved His little garden so much and realized no one could pull His people out of their mess except Himself. He had to step down and become who we are and go where we’ve been so He could pull us out. He became sin who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God. We have been blood-bought!
You can’t do it yourself.
Even when I was down in the mess, it would take all I had to get some rocks out. Those rocks couldn’t get out of the mess using their own strength. The only hope they had was my hand, and all I asked of them was for them to stay in my hand.
God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house. On the wheel, the potter was working on a piece of pottery that had a problem. Let’s be honest. Sometimes we can have a problem. But what should we do? Stay in God’s hand. We can’t fix it ourselves, but we know a man who can! The vessel in the potter’s hand was marred, and he made it into another vessel.
I don’t know what marred your life, but maybe you’re thinking it’s over. But look at who’s hand you’re in. You may never be in the same place you were before, but God has a plan for your life. It may look like life has cut you off and you’ll never laugh again, but God is about to make you into another vessel, simply because you stayed in His hand.
Power over the snake
In this garden, God has not removed the snake. But He has given you power over it. That power is in the name of Jesus. You need to remind the devil that his days are numbered. As for that copperhead in my garden, its head is bruised and it is gone.
I cannot describe the smell that was on my hands.
When I was down in that muck the smell on my hands was terrible, but I got down in that muck to save, to restore, to rescue those rocks. It was more than just nails in Jesus’ hands. There was a lot more than just whip lashes on His back. The King of Kings took upon Him flesh and knew what it was like to be tired. He who made the oceans sat down by a well and asked for water because He was thirsty. He who is life stood by Lazarus’ tomb and wept.
How easy would it have been to get a bucket of dirt, cover those rocks, get out my credit card, and get some more? I could have said, “I’m through with this mess.” How easy would it have been for God to have the earth burned up and start over?
But He saw something in you and me that He loved. The next time the devil tells you that you won’t make it, get in his face and say, “Everything is going to be alright, because God bought me back and I’ve stayed in His hand.”
What those rocks need now after being in that mess, is a powerful rain from Heaven to wash them. After God has pulled us out of a mess, that’s what we need, the Holy Ghost to rain down on us. If it rains hard enough, it will wash away all that slime and muck.
I hope this message encouraged you and helped you realize again the love God has for you. God has everything under control. Just stay in God’s hand and let Him wash the mess away!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn