Living in the Now

I want to talk to you about someone you probably have a hard time liking: yourself.

A lot of people find it easier to have mercy on other people than to forgive themselves. A lot of the time, they struggle with dealing with who they are. But one thing a person must realize before they are able to go where God wants to take them is that they are not an accident.

You are just as precious as everyone else. You are just as important as everyone else. You are just as loved by God as everyone else in the world.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The past is gone, the future is not here yet, and that’s why right now is called the present. Because it’s a gift. God lives in your now. 2 Corinthians 6:2. 1 Peter 2:10. Genesis 1:27.

Psalms 139:13-14. Jeremiah 29:11. Psalms 100:3. Ephesians 2:10.

A person must realize that they have to live in the NOW. God cannot help a person in their now when all they want to do is live in the past and worry about their future. They are too busy worrying about what they did or didn’t do or worrying about what will happen, and they aren’t existing in their now. A Christian cannot undo their past, but it’s under the blood. A Christian may not know what the future holds, but it’s in God’s hands. The Christian must let go of the past and the worries of the future and enjoy God now.

Be you.

Right now, God wants your life to be a witness to someone. You may not be some famous, old-time preacher or singer, but you are the best you that God could make. A Christian should not want to walk or talk like someone else. They should want to be who God has called them to be. We will never succeed if we are trying to be like someone else. But if a person will be themselves, they can go all the way with God and make a difference in people’s lives.

This is your NOW. What are you going to do with it?

John 6:9. You may look at yourself and wonder what you have to give. People may look at you and think that you don’t have enough to help somebody, but if God put it in your life, it’s enough to make a difference. If God has given a person fish and loaves, they should not try to give others a hamburger or a steak. A person should witness to others with what they have and not try to act like someone else. God has given you enough to make a difference in the lives of those He will put you in contact with. John 6:12. Not only has God given you enough to help those you are reaching for but there will also be leftovers that will touch other people. What you have is enough because you also have God.

Give God your best NOW.

1 Samuel 17:37-39. People will try to put things in your head, telling you that you have to do things a certain way and telling you that what you have (such as testimony, background, or sermon) is not enough. They may tell you that you need to dress it up. Saul wasn’t David, and David wasn’t Saul. God did not call David to be like Saul and put on his armor. He called David to be the best David he could be.

1 Samuel 17:50. When you are in need of more, God will make it available. But He will not add more until you’ve used what you have already. David didn’t need a sword until he knocked Goliath down with the sling. A person cannot use what they wish they had or even what they want. They have to use what God has trusted them with.

God has given you a shout of worship.

Joshua came upon the walls of Jericho and what he had was enough: a march and a shout. The pressures of life and the world long to steal your shout. Go ahead and shout the name of Jesus to let the enemy know you haven’t lost your shout! Hallelujah! Joshua 6:20. I believe there is a place in worship where cancers will fall off and addictions will break.

When the people shouted, the walls fell flat. If you will shout, you won’t have to crawl out of your storm. If you shout, God will flatten out some things and get your obstacles out of your face. Shout and you will walk out of your trials.

You are not a failure, and your best life is not behind you. You’re not a loser and you are not going under. You are the apple of God’s eye. His banner over you is love. God wants you to live in the NOW. He wants you to get up and be happy now. He wants you to walk in victory now. He wants to restore you and help you now.

This is your NOW. What are you going to do with it?

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Thankful

There have been many sermons preached on Thanksgiving, and with so many messages, it can be hard to find a different way to approach the topic.

I had been rereading the story of the Pilgrims and reviewing their history, and I had this question: Why were they thankful?

They had no Walmart, cars, air conditioning, no Lowe’s to buy tools at, no electricity, shopping malls, paved roads, cellphones, hospitals, nice homes, refrigerators, and no microwaves. Why were they thankful?

The storms they faced were frightful. There was hardly any food. A lot of settlers became sick, and many didn’t recover. Over half of the company died. When Spring rolled around, the wheat seeds they had brought from Europe wouldn’t grow in the stony soil. When their supplies wore out, their sponsors across the sea refused to replenish them. The first time the Pilgrims sent a shipment of goods to England, it was seized by pirates.

What did they have to be thankful for?

Let me tell you a secret to happiness: gratitude.

If you find a happy person, you have found someone who is thankful. Most people tend to think that being unhappy leads to complaining, when really, it’s complaining that leads to a lack of happiness. With everything that has gone on and is still going on in the world today, sometimes we could bring ourselves to wonder what we have to be thankful for.

Psalms 100:3. Psalms 95:6. John 1:3. God made us. He woke us up this morning and spared our lives. We owe Him some thanks for that.

1 Thessalonians 5:18. When we find ourselves overwhelmed with worries and burdened about tomorrow, we should thank God and should praise Him for who He is and for His promise to never leave nor forsake us.

Hebrews 13:15. Hosea 14:2. Now, Hosea was in the old covenant, and back then a person had to bring offerings dripping blood to the Lord. But Hosea was telling people here that there was coming a day when they wouldn’t have to bring a pigeon or ram. In that day, all that would be needed was the calves of their lips, which is to say, the sacrifice of their praise unto Him.

Leviticus 7:11-12. God is the King of Kings and a person should never come into His presence without an offering. In the old covenant, it had to be a blood sacrifice. But we are in the New Covenant, and under the New Covenant our praise, our thanksgiving, is a sacrifice.

At the time that Jesus overturned the tables at the temple, people were buying animals to sacrifice. Jesus didn’t want people using their money to buy a sacrifice that they never got attached to. Jesus wanted the people to realize that the lamb they were sacrificing had a heartbeat and wanted to have a life. Jesus wanted the people to know that it wasn’t their money that bought the sacrifice, it was the blood of that little lamb.

2,000 years ago, the Lamb of God walked up a hill called Calvary and was wounded for our transgressions, and He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we were healed. Hebrews 9:7,12,24. He is our High Priest and the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. There will never again be a need for a natural sacrifice. He deserves our sacrifice.

Colossians 3:15,17. Colossians 4:2. Philippians 4:6. I’ve been really trying to work on this in my prayer life. At times when I come to the Lord with a lost soul to pray for, I like to praise Him when I pray for them and say, “Thank you, Lord, that they are still alive and there’s still hope that they can be saved.”

What do we have to be thankful for?

We should be thankful our sins have been washed away, thankful that we are forgiven. If our heart stops today, we can know that we are on our way to a land where the roses never fade, and no twilight shadows deepen. We will be on our way to a land with no night or darkness. 1 Corinthians 5:17. Romans 8:1. Raise your hands and praise the Lord because your past has been blotted out. You are a new creature in Christ and your past is erased!

Those Pilgrims buried half of their own and suffered for months, but still, they instituted a day of thanks after all of that. How much better are our conditions than theirs? As a whole, let’s kick the devil in the head and give up the complaining attitude. Being unthankful is one step away from being unholy. Complaining is like a garment, and we need to take it off and throw it aside.

We should be thankful that Jesus never changes.

James 1:17. Jesus is the First, the Last, the Beginning, and the End. He changes not, and He’s everywhere. He’s God in Athens, Tennessee, and God in China at the same time. He was, is, and is to come. Revelation 1:8. Isaiah 44:6.

We ought to be thankful that Jesus loves us.

Romans 5:8. Jesus didn’t wait until we got saved or got the Holy Ghost to love us. He loves people even if they have a needle in their arm or a bottle in their hand. We should be thankful that Jesus loves us even in our worst times. Isaiah 53:6.

Let us not wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. Let’s start today, right now, at this very moment, and give the Lord some gratitude for all He’s done, all He is doing, and all He will do for us. Praise the Lord!!!

Psalms 100:4.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Spiritual Amnesia

2 Peter 1:5-9

This passage of Scripture is not talking about lost people. It’s referring to carnal church people. At one time, there was a passion in these people and a desire to love the Lord, but they let that passion, that burden, slip away and they forgot that they had been purged from their sins.

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘amnesia.’ When a person has amnesia, for a time they will forget things such as their name, where they came from, who they used to be, or what happened to them. Most of the time it is temporary.

If there is natural amnesia, then is there spiritual amnesia?

Can a person be truly born again and have an experience with the Lord, then forget that experience? Apparently, that’s what Peter is saying in the passage of Scripture I listed above.

Forgetting God’s goodness will push you away from church, prayer, and your commitment to the Lord. It creates a spiritual emptiness that the enemy will try to fill with other things.

Our generation is working tirelessly to water down the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The powers of Hell are working overtime to push us toward humanism and make sure we allow anything and everything. Messages are posted everywhere and are being slipped into TV shows, even kid’s cartoons.

We have to remember; God is still God, and the Bible is still right.

Here are a few things we have to be diligent to remember.

Don’t forget you are growing even if it doesn’t seem like it.

If we aren’t careful, we may forget how much we have progressed spiritually in the Lord. Remember that even though it may not look like you are growing, you are. You are growing just by staying in church. You are growing just by keeping the enemy under your feet. Ephesians 4:15. You can’t compare the rate of your growth with someone else’s. Perhaps some people have conquered other things faster than others, but God is working on all of us. If you stay discouraged all the time because you feel like you’re not growing in the Lord, it will take all your peace and victory.

Don’t forget God’s ways.

Proverbs 3:1-2. If we just honor God’s word, He will give us long life and peace. Jeremiah 2:32. Deuteronomy 8:18-19. If we forget God, our life will fall apart in a minute.

I believe that sometimes people forget how rotten they were before God saved them.

They forget where God has brought them from and now that they are in church and doing good, they look down on anyone else that isn’t where they are. If it wasn’t for the grace of God, some of us would be in prison or even a cemetery. I know that if it hadn’t been for the mercy of God, I would have died a long time ago. 2 Peter 2:20-22.

Sometimes, we forget that it’s not just us and the devil.

Sometimes, when the devil is working really hard to destroy us, we can forget that it’s not just us and the devil. There is a great, big God involved in this picture. There is the Eternal Creator that loves us and is walking with us and fighting for us.

You are a child of God. Don’t forget He has great plans for you and your life. Stay in His presence and remember most of all that He loves you more than you could ever imagine!

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— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Authority of the Believer

Acts 3:5-7.

You can drive, but do you have the authority to do so? Even if you have the authority to drive a Volkswagen or a Ford, you may not have the authority to drive a tractor-trailer. You may have the ability and the know-how if you’ve driven one before, but if you don’t have a license to drive one, then you don’t have the authority.

Authority is the right to control, command, or determine. It also refers to the power to enforce laws, exact obedience, and to determine or judge.

Authority is more than a motion or doing a deed. Check out Acts 19.11-16.

It’s not enough to have our names in the Book of Life. We have to walk in such a way that even Hell recognizes us. We need to live a life so committed to God that when the enemy sees us coming, he’ll know that we are children of God.

Genesis 1:28. When did this authority come to you? If a man has a son, the authority to take care of that son comes to the man when the son is first given to him. When the Holy Ghost is given to you, that’s when authority is given to you. When the Spirit of the Lord comes to you, there is an authority, a power, that comes with it.

Authority doesn’t come easy.

We have to take it. We have to stand up and let the enemy know that we have power over him. We are coming to him in the name of the Lord. When we get the real Holy Ghost, it’s more than just speaking in tongues. If we have the real Holy Ghost, when we stand up, angels will stand up with us. The power of God will stand up with us.

You are not a push-over, a use-to-be, or a has-been. You are ordained for this time, chosen for this season. This is your time to stand up, tell your past that you aren’t who you used to be, and open up a new chapter of your life. This is your day to stand up and fight!

Luke 10:19. Power means the ability or strength with which one is endued. If you are a born-again child of God, you have power. Mark 16.17-18. I keep finding the words ‘shall they.’ If we’ve never cast out a devil, we’ve not used the power God’s given us. If we’ve not laid hands on the sick and they recover, we’ve not used the power that God has given us. When the enemy comes against you with temptation, depression, and oppression, serve notice on the devil that you have authority. Take authority over him and tell him to stay away from your mind and your family, your finances, your anointing, and the call God has on your life. When God moved into your heart, authority did too.

James 4:7. A lot of the time, we are told by some people to submit and then told what we can’t do.

But this shouldn’t be just about what we can’t do, but what we can do. The reason why some people have to be told to submit all the time is because they don’t want to live right. We should have the desire to go all the way with the Lord. We are children of God, and when we are willing to be crucified with Christ then we have the right to see visions, walk in the anointing, and have the heart of Jesus. We have a right to win the lost and set the captive free, and to rebuke every power and principality in our communities.

Take a look at James 4:7 again. You cannot resist if you do not submit. Why will he flee when you submit? Because when you fully surrender and the fullness of God comes into your life, the devil can’t handle it.

John 15:7. Isaiah 61:1. The Holy Ghost was not just for the book of Acts. What good would it do me for Paul to have the anointing to lay hands on the sick, but only give me the liberty to preach what Paul had done? The Holy Ghost is not just for the book of Acts, it is for today too! You can have the power of God. You can walk in the anointing of God.

Ephesians 1:22.

The enemy will beat on you as long as you lean towards your flesh. But when you trust in the Lord and take authority over the enemy with the power that God has placed inside you, the enemy knows he cannot win. You have a greater power than worry and fear. Oppression has to break in the name of Jesus. Chains will break!

The almighty, powerful Jesus is walking with us on our journey to Heaven. We shouldn’t just barely make it through the gates. We should make it casting out devils and winning the lost. Yes, there are enemies to fight and Red Seas to walk through, but we can push those souls before us and pull those behind us, helping them make it home.

Things will try to hinder us from taking authority.

Matthew 14:29-30. We have to be careful in hard times and not focus too much on the problem. The winds of life will move our surroundings and magnify our problems like the winds made waves in the story of Peter walking on the water. If we aren’t careful, the problem will be all we talk about. If Peter would have kept his eyes on Jesus, he wouldn’t have sunk, no matter how tall the waves were.

When you get your eyes off Jesus, you lose your authority. You lose contact with God’s power. But Friend, God loves us so much! If we take our eyes off Him, He will be holding out His hand to pull us back.

We need to pick our authority back up! We can’t let our storms intimidate us. Let’s get our eyes on Jesus and take our authority back over satan in Jesus’ name!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Continually Praise

Psalms 100

Psalms 150:1. When we go to a restaurant, we go there to eat. When we go to a clothing store, we’re there because we want to buy some clothes. If we go to church, we want to worship the King.

Psalms 150:6. If you are reading this right now, that means you are alive and breathing. “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” There are people who didn’t wake up today. We did. We may be facing big storms and rough trials, but we woke up. That’s a reason to praise the Lord.

If people can climb over rows and chairs to get on a football field to cheer for their favorite team, then why can’t we do the same praising Jesus? He won our victory on the cross. He gave us the opportunity to live forever in a place called Heaven where there will be no darkness or crying. He defeated death, Hell, and the grave, and we are on the winning side. We ought to shout and praise Him!

Why do we go to church?

Are we there just to be sung to or preached to? Or are we there to meet with the One that church is all about? We are there to honor the One who bled for us, the One who loved us when we were unlovable and reached for us when no one else would.

Isaiah 6:1. Way back when kings would win a victory, they would sew a piece of a garment to the end of their train. God had won so many victories by the time Isaiah rolled around, His train already filled the temple. For every storm, test, and trial He’s brought you through there has been a piece of a garment sewed to His train. We are not here because we are strong, or we just got lucky. We are here because of the King of Kings, and we should praise Him for every victory!

Revelation 4:6. If you don’t think you have anything to praise God for, then here’s something. Praise Him because He was, He is, and He is to come. He was the Lord, He is the Lord, and He will continue on being the Lord. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still saves, heals, and delivers. If we praise Him, He will come, and when He comes then healing, victory, and deliverance come with Him.

The enemy knows he can’t stop a worshipper.

Genesis 22:5. Abraham was able to bring a boy who was destined to die off of the mountain he was supposed to be sacrificed on. Why? One of the reasons is that he was a true worshipper of God. Decide today to worship God continually and the enemy will watch you worship your way out of your storms. You can come out with a fresh anointing and joy, and peace in your mind.

2 Chronicles 20:22. Jehoshaphat was surrounded by the enemy, but he was prophesied to that he should go and fight because the battle was not his, but God’s. If you will just praise him like the children did in verse 22, then you don’t have to worry because God will fight for you. Keep on worshipping!

Psalms 34:1-3. Will I praise the Lord half-heartedly? Will I praise the Lord lazily? David said, “No, I will bless the Lord at all times!” We should praise God in the valley and praise Him on the mountain. We should praise God again and again with no limit to how much we praise Him.

Sometimes we think it’s enough to just think in our minds, “I love you, Lord.” But the Bible tells us to praise Him with our mouths. God’s praise should be continuously in our mouths. I want to give you a little challenge. When you come in contact with someone today, tell them God is good. Witness to them that God is faithful. Speak to them and praise God for His kindness.

In these end times, I believe there will be such a spirit of worship and praise sweeping through the house of God that cancer cells won’t be able to live, backsliders won’t be able to stay back in their seats, and lost souls will be saved. Such glory will fall that minds and bodies will be healed.

God is looking for someone who’s available, who is looking for His glory. He is looking for someone willing to open their mouth and praise Him.

Psalms 63:3-4.

Take about five minutes and worship the Lord, friend. He’s worthy of it. And when you worship Him with your whole heart, His presence will fill the place where you are, and with His presence comes healing, deliverance, and mercy. Praise God!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Keep On Living

Luke 21:26 — “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

Times are dark. Morals are declining. The Christians are under major attack. Marriages are no longer sacred to this nation. Untreatable diseases are attacking people’s health. The economy is getting worse and worse, making it look like we could lose everything in the blink of an eye.

There’s no mistaking the amount of fear in America right now. There is a lot. BUT remember 2 Timothy 1:7. Sometimes in these situations, we don’t know what to do. So, I went through the Bible and looked up some things that God told people to do in times of trouble.

Jeremiah 29:1,4-6. According to this passage of Scripture, God is telling His people to keep going on despite the pressure they are under.

Most of the time, when something is under pressure that’s when it is most productive or shines the brightest. This is our opportunity to shine. Until Jesus returns, there will be day and night and summer, fall, winter, and spring. There will be happy times and low times. Until Jesus returns, things will keep on going. We need to do the same. We need to keep on living and shine the light of Jesus.

The righteous will not be forsaken. God loves His children. There will be food on your table, and you will be taken care of. God is still God. Keep worshipping Him and praising Him. He will make a way for you. He loves you!

Jeremiah 29:7. The devil has been doing so much to divide us.

He knows that if he can divide us, he can conquer us. Let’s join together as brothers and sisters in Christ and combat this tactic of the enemy.

Jeremiah 29:11-13. God was letting His people know that right in the middle of their captivity, He was thinking about them. Take a hold of your thoughts right now. There will be peace and joy in your life and in your family. Every time the enemy raises up his ugly head, God will raise up a standard against him. God will fight for us on the left and right. He’ll be the buckler behind us and the shield in front of us.

There will be peace in your mind.  Protection for your family. There will be health in your body. God does not forsake the righteous! Psalms 40:5

Deuteronomy 29:5. “…your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.”

The old and young alike had clothes and shoes for those forty years. I can’t answer all the questions here, but it seems to me that when the children grew, their clothes and shoes grew with them and still looked new. God’s people kept walking with the Lord wherever He took them and didn’t have to go to other places to get clothes and shoes, for He provided for them. If God can do that for about 3.5 million people, can’t He do it for you as well?

Keep on living for God. He has a good plan for you, and He will make a way for you. I have seen time after time where God has moved financially for others and even myself.

Nehemiah 9:20-21. Nehemiah was preaching to people in captivity, but he reached back for something from the past to tell them about.

We can look back at testimonies from the past and know that if God moved for us back then, He can still move for us now. God doesn’t waste anything. When you come out of your trial, you can use that testimony to help someone else in a situation similar. If God moved for Moses and Nehemiah, He will make a way for us. Philippians 4:19.

John 10:10. God didn’t come that you might have life and just survive or barely get by. He came that you might have life and have it MORE ABUNDANTLY.

You can’t do it by yourself, you have to believe in Jesus. This is where too many of us are beating ourselves up. We try to do it all ourselves and we can’t. Every once in a while, stop everything and ask your Savior for a drink of water.

Daniel 6:22. Proverbs 3:9-10. Psalms 16:11. Ephesians 3:20. John 1:4. Isaiah 59.19. Zechariah 4:6. Psalms 28:7. Ephesians 6:10.

I hope this has encouraged you! Be strong in the Lord. We win in the end, friend. Keep looking to Jesus.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Where is Your Prayer Life?

Isaiah 6:1-3.

There are about 5 major levels to communication: ritual, superficial, factual, sharing of opinions, and then sharing of feelings.

Where is your prayer life?

One of the lowest levels is ritual communication. This is the level you communicate with everyone including strangers. An example would be a nod of your head to the person pulling into the gas station next to you. Another example would be saying ‘hi’ as you’re passing someone walking by without expecting an answer.

It’s sad, but a lot of people have a ritual prayer life. They don’t expect an answer and they give their prayer no depth.

The next level is superficial communication. This is more of an acquaintance level. You don’t know the person or their situation well, but you do expect some give and take in the conversation. In not knowing them very well, you stay on surface-level topics such as the weather or what they’ve done that day.

This is where some people are with God. They will pray and expect just a little touch or word from God.

Third level: factual communication. These are more meaningful conversations with people you know more about. People communicating on this level with you are most likely called friends or good acquaintances. These are people you might go out to eat with. The types of conversations are more personal and deal with solving problems, with interests, and with general information.

In prayer, this is the level where your prayer life starts growing in the Lord.

Level four is sharing your opinions. This takes level three to a deeper level when you start to add your personal opinions about matters. This level is reserved for people with whom we have a solid trusting relationship. These people have been tried and found true, and we trust them with the opinions we have.

This is another step to growing in your prayer life.

Level five is sharing your feelings. So many people never find this place in prayer. This includes not only our feelings but our feelings about our opinions. This level requires both speaker and listener to move past empathy to compassion.

When you begin to feel compassion and people’s problems, you can touch Heaven.

This level of communication requires major trust because sharing your feelings involves risk. The amount of trust for these conversations is reserved for our closest friends and relationships.

There should be 2-way communication in prayer.

Your prayer life shouldn’t be you doing all the talking. Heaven should whisper back to you. God will turn things around. Sometimes we pray but walk away before God has a chance to answer us. We have to learn to listen, be still, and know that He is God.

Who is Jesus to you?

If Jesus is only a Judge to you, you will never approach Him unless you have need of Him. If He is only a Judge to you, you will never wake up in the middle of the night and tell Him you love Him. If you only see Him as a Healer, then you will only pray when sickness arises. If you only see Him as a Savior, you will only pray when lost souls are present. If you only see Him as a Provider, you will only seek Him when there is a need.

Don’t let what you pray to become a habit.

Matthew 6:7. Don’t pray for the same people, the same things, in the same order, every time. I have a list of lost souls I pray for, and I don’t want it to become a habitual prayer where I ask that they be saved over and over. Every once in a while, I’ll pray instead to give thanks to God that they are still alive and there’s another opportunity to reach them. God doesn’t want us to come to Him because of our list. He wants us to come because we love Him, trust Him, and believe in Him.

Prayer is a conversation you have with a very real God.

We are not just talking to some gray spirit, floating around in space. God is not off on some faraway planet. He is as close to you as you will allow Him to be. He’s big enough to be everywhere in the world at one time and yet small enough to live in your heart.

If you want your prayer life to grow, learn to seek God’s face. Has your life been pleasing to Him? Have you done your best for Him? With the eyes of your soul, you can learn to seek God’s face and know whether or not He is smiling on you.

Until you see the invisible, you limit yourself from praying down the impossible. How can you see God? You can find Him in the middle of addicts being delivered. You can see Him in the restoration of marriages. You can find Him in the middle of the storm, bringing peace when everything is falling apart. I have been in contact with many people whose worlds were shaking, and they should be dead today, but God moved in their situation and brought them out of their storm. I have seen the invisible do the impossible!

About 90% of my prayers start out like Luke 11:2.

It’s not a habit, it’s a heart thing. This immediately brings me to recognize that I am just me and God outshines all. You can compare doctors or sports players and find two alike. But when you say Jesus, He stands alone and stands above all. There’s not a second best or a third best. This is who you communicate with when you pray. He alone is God and there is none beside Him and none that can compare.

Sometimes our prayers are urgent. But when we come into His presence we should bring Him a gift. We should bring Him praise and worship and thanks.

God understands.

Hebrews 4:15. We are not trying to touch angels who don’t know what it’s like to cry. We aren’t trying to communicate with an angel who doesn’t know what it’s like to bury Lazarus. God knows what hurt its and what rejection is. He knows pain and betrayal. He knows what it’s like to be used. We can tell Him our troubles and He will understand.

I love to pray His name. Philippians 2:9.

I’ve seen certain situations where the Lord moved and the only thing that was said in the prayer was the name “Jesus.” You can’t talk the Lord up too much. As big as I could say He is, He’s bigger. As mighty as I could make Him seem to you, He’s still mightier than that. He’s higher than the highest and greater than the greatest. You can use titles like “Ancient of Days” but that’s just a description of Him. He is our all in all. Jesus is His name, and that name is high above any other name.

Sometimes when you try to pray, your thoughts get scattered in the warfare against evil spirits when they come against you. When this happens, stop praying for a moment. Psalms 22:3. Break into worship. You may not speak in tongues or shout, but you are telling God you love Him. When you begin to worship God, the abiding Christ inside you starts to manifest His power and no evil demon can hang around.

This is how we fight our battles, through worship and prayer!

Prayer is a safe place. Jesus won’t laugh at you. He won’t put your stuff on Facebook. You can share your fears and failures, your hurts, and your anger. Psalms 78.38-39.

Are you ready for another level of prayer with the Lord? Are you ready to see Him? Are you ready to behold His glory? I would encourage you to pick up your Bible and begin seeking God’s face. He’s calling you to a higher level of prayer, friend.

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Don’t Quit in the Storm

Don’t ever quit in a storm.

Psalms 30:5. This is the difference between Christians and the world. No matter what we face, we will always get back up. God will always show up for us. You won’t always hurt like this; the Healer is on the way. You won’t always be torn like this; restoration is on the way.

Luke 8:22. The disciples didn’t get into a storm when they were lying or stealing. They got into the storm by following Jesus. When you get into a storm following Jesus, He has to make a way where there seems to be no way. How can the ship sink with Jesus onboard?

Whatever you’re facing, Jesus knew this storm would come. When He called you, He knew you would face this battle. Jesus knows your life from beginning to end and nothing will catch Him by surprise. He will finish what He started in your life.

Luke 8:23-24. If you live for Jesus long enough, there will be times it feels like He has gone to sleep. Sometimes you may cry all night long and the Heavens are brass and silent. Sometimes the only voice you hear is the one telling you that you are going to lose and that you are a failure. But God doesn’t talk to His children like that. God tells you that you are a winner, a conqueror. You are victorious through the blood of the Lamb!

Don’t run.

Psalms 55:5-8. David was tired of being attacked and wanted to fly away. Sometimes you may feel this way. You love your family, and your job, and you love God, but you just want to run, thinking that if you got away you could be at rest from the storm.

If you are there right now, HANG ON! The storm is almost over! The devil won’t die, but this storm will be over soon. You may look back and all you see is the pain and the hurt, but God will bring you to a new season and when you look around you are going to see victory and hope. Anyone can worship God while on the other side of the Red Sea. He’s going to deliver His people, so why don’t we worship Him before He gives us the miracle?

This test will become a testimony and it might just be an encouragement to someone else in their trial.

Genesis 3:21. The devil is the one that whispers that God doesn’t care and that you are broken beyond repair. But this Jesus that knows the worst about you, loves you more than anybody else loves you. God is making a way for you right now. If He only helped you when you deserved it, He would be no different from the world. But He loves us while we were yet sinners, and He died for us.

2 Corinthians 11:24-27. Paul went through all of this and still kept on living for the Lord. There was something inside of him that just wouldn’t quit. He had every chance to give up, but he wouldn’t.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9. I may not know what you are going through, but Jesus does. 1 Corinthians 10:13. Jesus is your way out. Jesus is your victory. You will overcome by the blood of the Lamb.

Daniel 3:25. You will walk out of this. Make up your mind that you will not give in to depression or oppression. Don’t let this storm drive you to anything but God. You didn’t start to quit. You didn’t get saved to go to Hell.

Daniel 6:10. The enemy says you can’t make it but let him watch God carry you to victory. It’s not over until God says it’s over, and He’s telling you to stand. When you’ve done all you can to stand, He’s about to show up, and the enemy will flee. When God shows up, bills get paid, doctor’s reports change, and situations turn around. God will make a way for His children!

Jeremiah 29:11. If you are in a trial, know that your story will not end like this. Psalms 34:19. Jeremiah 20:9. There is a fire in you that the devil cannot put out. It’s not about you and the devil, but about “He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.”

God has a way of turning a crisis into a blessing.

God brings some of the biggest miracles out of the biggest messes. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop reading your Bible. Don’t stop going to church.

I would like to take this time to encourage you to renew your vows to be faithful to the Lord. In sickness, health, on the mountain, or in the valley, let God know that you will serve Him and love Him.

This road we are walking on is not a bed of roses, but keep on walking on. One day the flowers will bloom, and the sun will shine. Keep on walking on. You will leave this part of your life behind. God will bring you to victory!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

The Father’s Heart

This past Sunday was Family Day for MDT Church.

Isaiah 9:6. Genesis 1:1. God had been an architect and designed the world. He had been a scientist and created the sun and moon. He was a doctor and made the heartbeat of the deer and the antelope. He had been an engineer, making the world turn at the right speed and right angle. He had been King with His throne. He had been Master and the angels served and worshipped Him. He had been a judge, casting the fallen angels out of Heaven. He had been an artist, painting the blue sky and green grass.

Before man was created, this God that I have just described did not know what it felt like to be a father.

Genesis 2:7. I cannot tell you the love and compassion and love I had for my sons when they were first laid in my arms. Adam was God’s son. One day the enemy showed up. He knew God loved righteousness and hated sin, and since God was so big and strong, he couldn’t hurt God.

The enemy watched God and saw how He acted around the birds and the trees and all His creation. God liked all the creation, but when He got around His son, Adam, His heart grew softer. The devil said, “I’ve found what God loves the most.” Did you know that your weakness is what you love the most? The enemy can’t fight you with something that means nothing to you.

So, the enemy plotted to take what God hates (sin and unrighteousness) and get it inside what God loves (His children). That way if God was going to save what He loves, then He would have to save what He hates. And if God destroyed what He hates, then He would have to destroy what He loves.

So, the enemy got Eve and Adam to eat the fruit God said ‘no’ to. God stepped back and the judge inside of Him said, “They sinned. Let them die.” The creator inside said, “Your creation has failed. Let them die.” The engineer said, “They are no good for your eternal plan. Let them die.” But as God stood there, the creator and the judge and all the rest sat down. The Father stood up.

You and I would be in Hell now if the Father part of God hadn’t stood up.

God said that the day Adam ate of the tree, he would die. He couldn’t go back on His word. But He made a way out for Adam in the sacrifice of a little lamb and later, He would make a sacrifice of Himself, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He would take our sins and give us His righteousness, giving us a way out of eternal death, and giving us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. Adam was protected by his father.

The Father never forgets His children.

Joseph was sold by his brothers. His brothers gave their father Joseph’s bloody coat and his father mourned for him. He refused to be comforted. There are people who have been hurt by church folk and wounded by their church families, and they left. People may have forgotten them, but God will never forget them no matter how long they’ve been gone. God still loves them and wishes that they would come back to Him. When God was on the cross, we were on His mind. He has never and will never give up on us.

David was a man after God’s own heart. David had a son named Absalom, and he broke David’s heart multiple times.

David had a daughter named Tamar who was taken advantage of by her half-brother, Amnon. When Absalom heard of this, hate rose up in his heart against his own brother. Soon, he killed Amnon for what he did to Tamar. David not only had a daughter whose life had been wounded by her brother, but he now had a son who had killed his own brother.

David had to banish Absalom from the land. 2 Samuel 13:38-39.

David realized that he wasn’t going to get Amnon back, and longed to see his other son. Soon, David brings his son back to the kingdom, but not back into David’s presence. Absalom would be sort of like someone who got back in church, but never got right with God. There’s a big difference between coming back to church and coming back to God.

Absalom started burning fields. Fields in the Bible represent souls. Absalom was destroying souls and yet his father loved him. You’d think that after all the love David had given him that Absalom would soften and support his dad. But his number one objective, instead of loving his father, was to take his father’s throne.

Absalom started stealing the hearts of the people of Israel. 2 Samuel 15:4-6.

Still, through all of this, David kept on loving his son. Now, that Absalom had the hearts of the people, all he had to do was raise up and kill his father to get what he wanted. 2 Samuel 15:14. Psalms 3 is a psalm David wrote when fleeing from Absalom.

Soon, David starts winning the battle against Absalom’s army. One day as his men are going out to fight, he told them that when they came to Absalom to deal gently with him for David’s sake. When David’s men looked at Absalom, they saw the man that burned David’s fields, tried to take his throne, and tried to kill David.

The king and the judge in David sat down, and the father stood up. All David saw was his son.

God was looking for a man after His own heart.

David wasn’t a perfect man. He had sinned and, in some ways, he was more wicked than Saul. But when David’s kids messed up, sinned, and hurt him, he still loved them. That’s the heart of a father.

2,000 years ago, Jesus didn’t die for Anthony Wynn the Preacher. He died for Anthony Wynn the Mess. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!

You haven’t gone too far. You haven’t messed up too many times. If the devil tells you God doesn’t love you, then you need to know that is a lie. Despite knowing the worst about you, God loves you the most. That is the Father’s heart.

2 Samuel 18:33. David didn’t care that his son had messed up, he would have died for him. This is a beautiful picture of Calvary. “I don’t care if you spit on me or discredit me, I’d die for you! You’re my child and I love you!”

God is not mad at you. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t thrown you away. He cares about you. You are His child, and He loves you!

Don’t beat yourself up for what you have done. If you’ve asked for God’s forgiveness, then what you have done is under the blood. It’s like it never happened. You can’t keep living in yesterday. By the grace of God, you can get up and move forward.

The Father always has and always will love you!

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

Dealing with Weariness

Whether you are a wicked or a righteous person, you will get weary at times. You get weary because you are human.

Judges 4:19-21. This man was thirsty and weary, and he laid his head in a place where it cost him his life. You live long enough, and you will get thirsty and weary. It’s okay to get weary, but don’t get weary in well-doing. Don’t get weary in praying, worshipping, or loving Jesus.

We love to talk about the God part of Jesus, but what about the man part?

Jesus cried. The shortest verse in the Bible simply states that “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) Matthew 4:2. Jesus got hungry. Matthew 8:24. Jesus even got tired. There were times Jesus got weary. Just because you fast and pray, that doesn’t mean you are exempt from getting tired. Do not beat yourself up because you are fighting weariness. Tell the devil, “You may fight me, but you won’t beat me. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. If God be for me, who can be against me?” Encourage yourself with the Scriptures of God’s promises to you! I’ve seen the enemy come in like a flood, but I have never seen God’s people forsaken!

John 4:3-7. There are a bunch of different ways you could look at this, but here’s one of the ways I see it.

When you are weary with your journey, and you are thirsty for some water, it doesn’t always have to be a preacher with a microphone who can give you a drink. The little woman scanning your groceries in the checkout line in Walmart may have a word from the Lord for you. It doesn’t have to be a prophet or preacher. God could use a child in the toy aisle at the store to speak to your heart.

Just because someone has a past, that doesn’t mean that God can’t use them.

This woman at the well had had five husbands and she wasn’t even married to the one she was living with at the time. Most of the men she came in contact with wanted to mistreat her. People preach that Jesus was the 7th man. Jesus didn’t want anything from her. He just wanted a drink of water. He wasn’t going to hurt her. He wanted to change her life.

You may have met 5 or 6 doctors, or religions, but if you will ever meet this 7th man named Jesus, He will change your life! He won’t rob you or throw you away. If we commit to Jesus, He will never leave us.

Do you want to know how you can tell this woman’s heart got touched? She came to the well to get a drink because she was thirsty. But she left her water pot there and things were no longer about her. She wanted someone else to have what she had just received. When you get up from the altar only wanting to talk about yourself, you didn’t get a big change. But when you go to the altar and really get saved, you’ll leave your water pot because it’s no longer about your need. You start to be concerned for others’ needs, especially the lost.

One of the best things you can do for your health is to drink water.

A baby does not need water until it starts eating solid foods. When you first get saved, all the water you need is built into the milk of the Word of God. But when you get a little older and you start to dig into the meat of the Word, you have to learn to drink living water. We better not read the part about loving our enemies until we get a drink of living water because the flesh cannot love its enemy. We have to have the Living Water that will change our lives.

A person can try all the religions, all the drugs, all the drinks, but if they ever taste the Living Water, then they will never want anything else again. A person will keep coming back to the well of Living Water because that will be the only thing that satisfies them.

Here’s a test for you.

If you pinch the skin on the back of your hand, and it stays up, then you are dehydrated. This means there is not enough water in your body for your skin to bounce back.

One of the ways you can tell if you are dehydrated in the spirit is if someone pokes you and it doesn’t bounce back. When you are really full of the Lord, people can be smart and snap at you and it’ll just bounce right back and not matter much to you. But if that Living Water isn’t there, someone can upset you and their words won’t bounce back. This doesn’t mean you’ve backslid or that you are a wicked person. It just means you’ve gotten dehydrated, and you need to go back to the Well and get a drink.

Sometimes people struggle with drinking just plain water.

Nowadays, there are a lot of flavorings you can put in it. It wouldn’t be so bad if we could add flavorings that wouldn’t damage the original effect of the water. The flavoring may taste good, but a lot of them can cause cancer or diabetes. The flavoring may help “Amazing Grace” sound pretty, or help wash religion down, but ask yourself this: is the flavor helping you or destroying you?

I don’t want anything that will try to diminish Jesus or take away from Him. I don’t care how good it looks, if it will cause diseases in my spirit, I don’t want it. Just give me Jesus, the Living Water!

When you realize that you need a drink, you have to be careful which well you sit by.

Exodus 15:23. Ruth 1:20. When you are weary, do not call upon bitter people. When you are discouraged, do not hang around someone who is mad at God. Whatever you take in becomes part of you. Genesis 26:15. Humans are made of dirt. When you are weary, do not hang around wells that are filled with dirt, or rather the flesh. 2 Peter 2:17.

Let’s pray that we never become a well full of dirt. So that way when someone crosses the dry desert for help, we can be a well that Living Water can flow out of. Let our lives be a well that Jesus can flow through to reach others.

How can you get a drink of Living Water?

You can almost always get a drink through prayer. You can get a drink through worship. Acts 16:23-26.

Listen to your spirit and when it’s telling you that you need a drink of the Living Water, do not go against that. When you are weary, run to the Well!

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

If God Was Hungry

God is the Creator of the universe who carefully fashioned mankind in His own image.

If we are not careful, we can make God so big that He seems untouchable. We make Him so big that we take emotions, feelings, and desires away from Him. And we almost make Him like He’s something there that will never move. But God is so much more than that.

Psalms 50:9-16, 22-23. I want to focus on one particular phrase in verse 12. “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee:”

You can preach that in different ways. “You’re stingy, and you wouldn’t care.” or “You’re nasty, and I wouldn’t eat your cooking.” or “You don’t care for anyone, and you wouldn’t help if I asked.”

Has it ever crossed your mind that God gets hungry?

There was one particular morning I woke up and felt the presence of the Lord in my house. I started to jump up and go pray, but I realized that He didn’t come to hear my need. He came by because He was hungry. If God was hungry, would He come to your house? Would He pull on your heart?

What do you and I, as humans, have that God would desire? What would God come to someone’s house for?

1 Corinthians 16:2. Psalms 50:10. Would God come to someone’s house to pick up their tithes because He has a need? It’s more than that. It’s not that God comes to their house because He needs the money, but we are His children. The only way He can bless us is if we release what He’s given us. He’s held back car wrecks and heart attacks. He’s given us wisdom in making decisions and the strength to be able to work. It’s not just our money, it’s His too, and all He asks for is 10%. It’s not to rob us, but to open the window of Heaven to us and pour out blessings upon us. Malachi 3:8-12. Even after all God has done for them; some people will still cross their arms when it comes to giving back to Him. And then they wonder why God won’t move for them. If we are faithful to God, God will be faithful to us.

Exodus 19:5. Micah 6:8. 1 Samuel 15:22. God is hungry for someone who will not question Him but will obey Him. Have you ever heard a child ask “why” almost every time they are told to do something? God is looking for someone who will just go do what He asks with no questions. Do you want to know why the Lord went by and ate a meal with Abraham? One of the reasons is that even when God asked him to sacrifice his son, he didn’t ask “why.” When God tells us to do something, we don’t need to ask “why.” We just need to go do it. We don’t have to have the answer. We are his children, and He is our Father. We must submit and surrender to God. Why should God continue to ask someone to do something when they won’t obey?

If God comes to your house, will you worship Him?

The Lord is not just hungry to heal or save someone. He’s the Lord, and He’ll do that every time He shows up. But every once in a while, He’ll show up and say something like this, “Today, this service is not about the preacher or the needs of the sheep. I’m hungry. People have pushed me out of another courthouse and another law, and they’ve hurt me. They’ve cursed me and mocked me. I just want to be around someone that will tell me that I’m altogether lovely. I want someone to let me know that they haven’t forgotten me. I just want someone to worship me.”

When I woke up that morning and I was about to go pray, God checked me. I heard him whisper in my spirit, “I’m hungry. Would you spend a little time with me and not ask for anything?” We don’t need to spend all our prayer time asking. We need to stop sometimes and just worship and praise the Lord. Sometimes we just need to come to Him and say, “Lord, I haven’t come to ask for anything. I just wanted to tell you that I love you.”

Psalms 4:4. Psalms 63:6. Pain, pressure, and the enemy might have stolen your communication with God, but there can be restoration. Pray and get back that stillness in the midnight hour. You don’t have to wake up crying, or worried about things you can’t fix. You can wake up in God’s presence and praise Him and magnify Him. Your relationship with God can be renewed. Angels will stand in awe and demons will back up.

When the President comes, he doesn’t ride in one lone car by himself. He has a whole lot of people around him to protect him. God doesn’t come to your house by himself. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round them that fear him, and delivereth them.” He’s the Healer, so when He comes to your house, healing comes with Him. When He comes, blessings come with Him. When the Prince of Peace walks into your house, that means depression and discouragement have to leave, and peace will come into your house.

God is hungry to be loved.

We, as humans, desire to be loved, but where did that desire come from? The answer is that desire came from God. Mark 12:30. Deuteronomy 10:12. Romans 8:28.

God wants a friend. Would God come to your house if He was hungry for a friend?

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Predestination

Predestination: the doctrine that all events have been willed by God, usually in reference to the eventual fate of the individual soul.

In my opinion, they leave something out here in this definition. They leave out the part where man has free will. If everything is totally determined, then we are no different from an angel. The angels have no choice but to glorify God and magnify Him. But God wanted a creation with free will.

Isaiah 35:8. In this passage of Scripture, I see two roads. One leads to Heaven, the other leads to Hell. Matthew 7:13-14. John 14:6.

Interstate-75 is a major north-south interstate highway stretching from the Great Lakes to Florida. The designer of the road had a plan, a destination for the road. The predestination is not in the car on the road. The predestination is in the road itself. It’s in the WAY. Jesus is the way.

If you abide on the road, I-75 was designed to take you from Florida to the Canadian border in Michigan. Many who start on the road don’t travel the entire road.

Predestination should never be used in the sense of divine determination that any and all actions are determined by God. You have free will.

I knew a man one time, he asked God, “Lord, what do you want me to wear today?”

The Lord spoke to him and said, “Son, I’m your father, not your mother.”

I know the Lord will lead us and guide us, but we have free will. We are the only thing that God made that can step out of the design for our lives and still exist. If the fish refuses to swim, it will die. If the antelope refuses to eat grass and only runs, it will starve. We were designed to worship God, please Him, and be a friend to Him.

There was an emptiness in God that angels crying ‘holy’ didn’t fill. God wanted a creation that would love Him because it fell in love with Him. He wanted someone to worship Him because He is the apple of their eye.

People can curse God, mock God, and not believe in Him, and He will still let them live. But if they would praise Him and love Him, He will fight for them. He would deal with them when others had thrown them away. If we worship the Lord, He will walk into every circumstance and be our Prince of Peace!

The predestination is not just for you to go to church, but for you to be conformed to God’s image.

Everything is about you being conformed to the image of Christ. John 15:16.

Jeremiah 1:5. Galatians 1:15-16. Jeremiah gave in instantly to the ministry. Paul, however, was not a man of God, yet, God had separated him when he was born.

I’m going to drop a bombshell on you.

Matthew 22:14. “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

There are those that are a ‘whosoever will’ and they may come to the Lord. But there are also those that are chosen. Thousands of people followed Jesus, but He CHOSE twelve.

Being chosen by God is an opportunity, not a guarantee. If you are really chosen by God, you can’t ever really be happy unless you do what He chose you to do. If a person can get mad, stop praying, never go back to church, and never think about Jesus again until their deathbed, they are just a ‘whosoever will.’

When a person opens up a business, they have to have people in management, then they have the 2,000 or so ‘whosoever wills.’ Jesus has people in management, and they aren’t just pastors. They are ervants, chosen of God, and there’s something in them that won’t quit. If they do quit, they don’t want to live.

If you are really chosen by God, you could partake in the pleasures of this sinful world, but nothing would ever satisfy you. If you are a ‘whosoever will,’ you can hold on to God or not. You can give up or not. But if the hand of God has put a stamp on your life, you could join God’s haters for a while, but you wouldn’t be able to stay there.

Jonah could run for a while, but a storm turned him around. Moses didn’t get it right for 40 years, then he ran from God for 40 more years, but he had a visitation that turned him around.

The hand of God was on Moses’ life, Jonah’s life, and Paul’s life, bringing them back to their call, bringing them back to what God had chosen them for.

There is no need to run.

If the hand of God is on your life, it’s bigger and stronger than you, and you can’t outrun God’s hand. There’s a call that will follow you everywhere you go.

Luke 19:10. It’s more than just a friend or neighbor who was lost. The image of God was lost. The likeness of God was lost. The mind of God was lost. Genesis 1:26. The world doesn’t long to see another preacher or singer. The world wants to see the love of God flowing like a river out of people. Romans 8:29.

This world doesn’t need a new doctrine or religion. This world needs a body of believers that will stand up and strive to love, forgive, and pray like Jesus.

If you are chosen by God, you need to make your calling and election sure. How?

Do everything to reach everyone you can. Get everything out of you that’s unlike Jesus. Get everything out of you that hinders the manifestation of God in your life. Get everything out of you that blocks God from flowing through you like a river.

When you get saved, Jesus will give you your heart’s desire. Not those carnal desires like a new car or more money. Jesus will give you the desire to love Him. He will give you the desire to want to be like Him. He won’t give you the carnal desires of your flesh because your flesh could pull you away from Him.

Romans 8:29 is not giving you the liberty to sin. It is a liberty to crucify yourself, that Christ might be revealed in you. You aren’t quitting your sinful ways to fit into some religion or to be accepted by certain people, you stop your sinning because you’re abiding in Christ and you want to be accepted by HIM.

Your destiny is more than just to prophesy or preach a sermon. Your destiny is to be conformed to the image of Jesus.

The predestination is not in you or me, it’s in Jesus.

Not everyone who starts on I-75 will finish traveling the entire road. Just like not everyone that starts with Jesus will finish with Him.

I would encourage you to click the sermon below and listen to how you can abide in Christ and stay in the predestinated way.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn