I’ve been in ministry for forty years and I’ve never heard this particular verse preached on much.
Matthew 10:16 — “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
I’m afraid of snakes.
There are only two types of snakes in Tennessee that can kill you, those are the live ones and the dead ones. The live ones will poison you and the dead ones will scare you to death.
Most snakes have the ability to be nearly invisible because they were designed to be camouflaged. I wonder how many copperheads or rattlesnakes we’ve stepped over because they were so well hidden and we didn’t see them. If we go into a new job, new community, meeting new people, we might have more effect if we didn’t go in preaching so loud or pointing our fingers so straight. Maybe we would have more effect if we just let our light shine instead of pointing it in people’s faces. Sometimes, a lost person might just want you to sit down and talk about working on a car or plowing a field. People are not going to want what you have until they see that you care.
Being as wise as a serpent.
The snake will not just strike, it will set you up. It will blend into the environment. Rather than announce their presence they will lay low and stay quiet. Proverbs 17:14. Snakes seldom seek out a fight. If they can, they are going to run. Don’t argue over the bible. You are a light. Don’t let mean people put you in the middle and twist and turn your witness.
Snakes will multiply and flourish more than any other animal in the world.
Exodus 1:12-13. The flame couldn’t burn us. Pharaoh couldn’t drown us. We will always overcome any storm and we will walk out of every trial. The more the devil hits us, the more we worship, and the more we worship the stronger we get. Snakes continue to exist in a world that fears and hates them. You kill one, and another will take its place. The enemy will not stop us. We may cry for a little while, but there is something inside of us that the enemy won’t keep down. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
Lay low and move slow.
When God calls us to move into new territory or seize a new opportunity, it’s wise for us to move slow and carefully into that new phase in our life. The common mistake is to act quickly before all the facts are gathered. This often leads to wrong decision-making.
Isaiah 40:31. The wisdom of a serpent lies in its timing. They can strike at any time, but their best position is when they are coiled. The timing must be right to win a soul, for a family to be changed, for a life to be healed.
Now, talking about being harmless as a dove.
Matthew 3:16. The dove is gentle, it’s easy to see, hold, and easy to sacrifice. It is a clean bird and represents the Holy Ghost. Doves were the original carrier pigeon. They would get messages through enemy countries. That’s the Holy Ghost. When the enemy is all around you, He can fly above it all and drop peace down in your soul.
The dove signifies peace, love, and togetherness.
People look for those characteristics in your life. When Noah let the dove out of the Ark and it didn’t return, I am persuaded that for the next 2,000 years, representing the Holy Ghost, that dove flew through time, looking for a shoulder to land on. It moves from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob. Then it flies right in the middle of prison and lands on Joseph. Then the dove moves on and rests on Moses who later brings the children out of Israel out of Egypt. Then Joshua. He moves to Saul and then the dove moves from the shoulder of a king to a shepherd boy named David. It goes to his son Solomon. He goes to Elijah and then to Elisha. It flies, sweeping through time until finally, it rests on the shoulder of the Lamb of God.
Then He circles above the upper room on the Day of Pentecost and this time He didn’t light on their shoulder. This time He went into their heart promising to never leave them nor forsake them.
He promises to be with us even to the end of the world.
I want to encourage you to listen to the whole message down below. I pray you are blessed!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
This message was about the Bible.
I knew a woman. She was going through a hard time in her life. Her husband had passed and certain circumstances had caused a separation between her and her kids. She wouldn’t be able to see them for two years. The only thing she had to hold on to was the Bible. She told me that the Bible carried her for two of the lowest years of her life.
The Bible is not just another storybook.
The Bible is just a book if you don’t learn to use it. But if you learn to use it, it will be the greatest weapon you have. The Bible is alive. It will talk to you, lead you, guide you. It will correct you. The same book that will shake your world, will also bring peace to your world.
You can trust the Bible.
It’s written by at least 40 different authors over a 1,500 year period. There is no way that could have happened without the Lord. 1,500 years, 40 different authors, and it never contradicts itself. It wasn’t just man writing and ordeal. It was man moved on by the Holy Ghost. Psalm 118:8.
The Bible is like a compass.
A compass always points to the north. If someone is lost in the woods and they have a compass but do not know how to use it, they will stay lost. But if they know how to use the compass they can find their way out. When we read the Scriptures in the Bible, God will give us directions through the Holy Ghost. He will guide us on the best path to take. Psalm 119:105.
The Bible will put your focus on Jesus.
I’m going to make this really easy for you. I’m going to ask you to read your Bible only two times the rest of your life. Read when you feel like it, and read it when you don’t feel like it. Read it when you feel like it when you’re happy on the mountain. Read it when you don’t feel like it, when you’re sad and in the valley. Read it when the words run together, read it when your mind is in turmoil. Read your Bible and it will bring peace to your troubled heart. Pray a little bit as you read, let it talk to you. The Bible has not only patted me on the head and wrapped its arms around me. It has also knocked me on the side of the head, telling me to straighten up. John 1:29.
Just reading the Bible will keep the passion burning in your heart.
It’s pitiful how we can watch two hours of a movie, but not even read two chapters of the Bible. Jeremiah 20:9. Jeremiah set up in his mind that he was not going to witness to anyone anymore. He said he was finished. But somehow, even lacking the full Bible and only using the old scrolls that they had, the Word of God got down deep in his heart. Somewhere he let the Word get in his heart and he said it was like a fire shut up in his bones. He got weary of trying to quit because the Word burned in him like a flame.
It’s a dark world out there.
You need a light that will drive back the darkness when you can’t see which way to go. The darkness will tell you that there is no way out, that it’s over, that it’s never going to turn around. But there is no darkness that can overcome the Word of God.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
We don’t have to worry about tomorrow. God makes us lie down in green pastures. We can rest and sleep soundly without worrying about food for tomorrow. We can rest because God has a meal waiting for us in the morning. With this, He’s telling us that if He took care of us today, that he will take care of us tomorrow.
The Bible is a bath for your soul.
Psalm 119:9. Ephesians 5:26. If you read this Bible and study it, it will keep you clean. You cannot honestly read the Bible and treat people wrong. It won’t let you.
Learn the real.
You need to read your bible so much that you become so familiar with the truth that you will be able to recognize anything that is junk. If you get around someone different and you feel that little check from the Holy Ghost, I urge you not to override that check. It doesn’t matter how pretty or good it looks. If you feel that check and override it, it will get you into trouble.
I did some research about the Bible and told some of the facts I found. If you would like to hear more on this, I would like to encourage you to listen to the sermon below. Also, if you don’t have a Bible, but would like one to read for yourself, give us a call. 1.877.266.4088. We would love to send you one.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
Everybody doesn’t have to be a preacher, but everybody should be a minister.
A minister gives someone a cup of cold water on a hot day. A minister mows somebody’s yard, carries someone’s groceries. A minister calls when somebody is broken, visits when someone is in need, and prays when someone is fighting the enemy. A minister reaches out to people.
Deut. 1:38 / 3:28 / 3:7-8. We need to tell people to be strong and of good courage. God has given you an appointment and Hell can’t cancel it. Tell people that they are going to accomplish what God has called you to do. We need to tell each other that the Lord will go before us. He will not fail us.
satan has an army.
The devil has different levels of demons in his army. I believe that one of these demons that he sends out a lot is discouragement. I’d say that discouragement is probably satan’s number one attack on humanity.
No one recognized them.
On 9-11-2001, the terrorists dressed in such a way that no one recognized them as an enemy. You may be a little discouraged and a little down, but you aren’t fighting it because you don’t recognize it as an enemy. But we have to fight or it will take over. We have to fight with prayer, quoting the Word of God, and encouraging ourselves. We can’t let it take over our lives. satan will come dressed like a regular civilian and try to pity you, but he’s not there just to hurt you a little bit. he’s there to steal, to kill, and to destroy. he doesn’t fear empty vessels. So, if the enemy is attacking you, just smile. he’s after you because you are carrying the anointing of God in your life. John 10:10.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
Isaiah 61:1. The Spirit of the Lord isn’t upon you for you to just feel chill bumps or just speak in tongues. The Spirit of the Lord is on you to destroy the works of the devil. A spirit of discouragement will break people’s hearts, draw them away from church, and break families apart. We are to encourage one another! Look to lift up someone’s hands. Look for someone to encourage. Isaiah 41:6. 2 Chronicles 35:1-2.
You cannot have the Holy Ghost and be demon-possessed.
Jesus will not live in a duplex. If you are full of Jesus, the discouragement spirit can’t come in you, but it can war against you. But God will not allow you to be tempted above that which you can bear. satan may be the meanest bulldog you know, but he’s on a chain, and our Master is holding that chain.
We have a bunch of people in America that want to resist the devil with a beer in one hand and a bunch of trash in the other.
If you want to resist the devil you have to completely surrender to God. You can’t resist the devil when you belong to the devil. You can’t just survey the line, you have to mark it. Put a fence on that line and tell the devil you won’t be back. Don’t even walk close to it.
Ephesians 1:21. The name of Jesus is above all. When the feeling of heaviness sets on you, when the devil is attacking you and you don’t know what to do, just call out the name of Jesus.
John 14:30. Matthew 12:43-45. The devil has no power over you, except that which you allow him. When the spirit is cast out of a man, it goes and walks through dry places. The only rest that a demonic spirit has is in a person. I don’t care what you have been set free from, the devil has to get permission from God first, but he has the legal right to come back and check that person he was cast out of. It’s not enough to be clean, swept, or garnished because the demon will come back with seven spirits worse than him. When you get clean, you need to seek the Lord and get full of the Spirit of God.
When God shows you someone dealing with discouragement, here’s what you need to do.
You don’t need to approach them first. Don’t reach out to them, yet. The first thing you do is make sure that you are prayed through and under the blood. Discouragement is a spirit and you have to fight it. 1 Samuel 23:15-17. When Jonathan came to David, he saw that David wasn’t able to fight at the moment. So, Jonathan got in between David and that spirit of discouragement and fought it for him. If you get in between someone and the spirit of discouragement and you’re not big enough to handle it, when you leave them, that thing will follow you home. You can’t help someone if you’re discouraged. You can’t help someone when you are about to quit. You’ve got to get your fight back.
You are a soldier for the Lord. Get your fight back. Encourage others.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
The Lord can speak to a person through so many different things.
I was watching my grandchildren, Henry and Kara play the other day and the Lord began to speak to me about the toy they had in their hand, a little Thomas the Train. First, there are two different ones. There’s the train you have to push along the track, and then there’s an updated version that is battery-powered. There will be a bit of back and forth in this blog between the two, I’ll try not to make it too confusing.
The train is the individual person.
For the push train, it matters whose hand it’s in. In a happy child’s hand, it’s a wonderful toy to play with. One that can be pushed around and tow different train cars behind it. In an angry child’s hand, it can be a weapon. The child can throw it and break something or hit another child with it. A person is either in one hand or the other. They are either for God or against God. In God’s hand, you give strength to the weary, you’ll reach for the lost, and you will encourage the bruised and broken. In the enemy’s hands, a good person can become a terror.
- 1 John 3:10
- John 8:44
- 1 John 3:8
- Ephesians 4:16
- Psalm 147:3
- Acts 1:24-26
- Acts 1:20
- Revelation 14:6
- revelation 7:9
- 2 Kings 22:2
- Luke 2:46-49
Just like the train track, all it takes is one member of the body not fitting together and there will be a wreck. If the devil can pull the track apart somewhere, somewhere down the road there is going to be a wreck. We must be fitly joined together, or the separation between us will make a mess. If the tracks are separated, casualties can happen, destruction can happen. For these toy trains, they make repair kits for their tracks so that you can repair them. If you feel broken, Jesus can repair you.
Any part of the train can be fixed. But if it refuses to be fixed, it will be cast aside and replaced. The work of God will move on. When Judas walked away from God and betrayed Him, the work of the Lord didn’t stop. I’ve read that in parts of your body if a vein is clogged and won’t let the blood flow, that something in your body will go around the clogged place and make a new vein. We can’t get so cold on God that when someone needs help that we won’t let the Lord flow through us to get to them. What a shame if He has to go around us and replace us!
I know this is a hard subject to talk about.
The color of the toy engine. It grieves my heart to see how much prejudice is in the land. Friend, if you have any prejudice in you toward the different colors of skin, it will be the number one hindrance of God flowing through you. There are good people in every race, and there are bad people in every race. In every race, there are righteous people and lost people. But each and every person has red blood flowing through them. It doesn’t matter the color of skin, it only matters if they are born again. They need Jesus just as much as you and I do.
There are a lot of people that are going to go to Heaven, but they won’t finish well.
To finish well, you have to stay on your journey, to make up your mind that you will live for God. There are a lot of things to turn you away from your journey. But you have to make up your mind to finish well.
There are a lot of exits.
The devil will give you so many opportunities to exit off the road. He will make it so easy to exit off into outer darkness. Now, I demonstrated with a toy train. I had a track and had the train roll off the table when it hit the exit. Then I attached cars to the engine. When it went off this time, it dragged the cars with it into the floor. What if you have a son or a daughter or somebody watching you? You run this race for a while and you get tired. “I can’t do this right now.” You exit off and everyone following you goes with you. Here’s what’s scary: You can awaken, and the Lord in His mercy can pick you up. You make it back on track, but what if your baby never makes it back? Just keep walking. You can walk out of this.
There are exits even on the inside where you exit off and no one notices. They won’t go get drunk and lie and cheat, but they will stop going to church. What’s going on in the world today has given so many people an exit off to the inside.
There comes a time when you need to know him for yourself.
The battery-powered train has the Holy Ghost and will move by itself. The other train has no power and will not move unless somebody pushes it. Thank God for all the people that push us and that pray for us, but there comes a time when we must know Him for ourselves.
In the video down below, you can watch me demonstrate my message with a table of toy trains as well as hear me talk about some of the types of train cars and how we can be like them, and about the rejection of the magnets on the older model of Thomas the Train and how that is represented in our Christian lives. I pray you will be encouraged by this message.
If you would like prayer, please feel free to call us at Oasis Ministries. 1.877.226.4088. We would love to hear from you.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
So much is happening in the world right now. I wanted to take some time to talk about some of the things that we are going to face in the end times.
Revelation 1:1. Revelation is not the revelation of the mark of the beast or the revelation of the false prophet. Revelation IS the revelation of Jesus Christ. Every time the enemy sticks his head up, God will stand up for us. God’s kept us through the dark ages and through depression and wars. He is faithful and will make a way.
Things are changing.
Hebrews 12:26-27. There is a shaking going on right now. Everything that will be shaken, will be shaken. If your hope is in yourself or in some organization, you are in trouble. You need to put all your hope in Jesus Christ.
Leviticus 26:36. There is such a fear in the world right now. Fear like I have never seen in my lifetime. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. There are going to be some people shaken in their minds. Don’t let your mind be shaken. Get in your prayer closet, lay whatever it is down on your altar, and pray. Believe that God can keep you just like He did Daniel or the three Hebrew boys.
I took a trip to Virginia.
I counted twelve beautiful churches that had shut down. Everything that can be shaken is going to be shaken. If you haven’t been shaken yet, don’t worry, you will be. God never said there wouldn’t be a storm, but He did say He would never leave us. He didn’t say that the devil would just roll over and die, but He did say that if He was for us, who could be against us. He said He would provide for you and make a way. He will prepare a table for you in the midst of your enemies. He didn’t tell you there would be no devil. He just said, “I am God, and beside me, there is no other.” There’s not a nervous breakdown happening in Heaven. God’s not upset. He’s not scared. He is not tired. He’s not weary. God’s got everything under control. He has a plan.
Hebrews 10:25. There is so much sickness, death, and trouble going on. People’s faith is being shaken. But there is one thing that will never be shaken: the healing power of God. If God chooses to let somebody go home, I may cry a lot, but it will not shake my confidence in God. I made up my mind a long time ago that my relationship with God would not be built on what I see or what I hear or what I feel, but it would be built alone on that living Word of God.
Let me tell you what’s not going to pass away.
James 5:14-15. Jesus still saves. He still heals. He still delivers. Let Hell rage. Let the enemy war. God is still God. Don’t let your faith be shaken. This Lord Jesus will not be shaken. One day they won’t call on false gods anymore. Revelation 7:12. Hebrews 13:8. 1 Timothy 1:17. Psalm 5:13. When there are no more nations, there will be the Kingdom of God. Daniel 7:27. Luke 1:33. Daniel 7:18.
When all other books have been proven without value and worthless. The Bible will not be shaken.
People have tried to prove it wrong over and over again, but it won’t be shaken. People have tried to take it out of countries, but it gets smuggled back in. It will not be silent. Don’t put your confidence in man, in government, or in yourself. The Bible will remain. It will not be shaken. So, hold onto your Bible. 1 Peter 1:25. Psalm 119:89. Psalm 119:60.
One day, the names of great men, Hollywood stars, and great sports figures will be a memory. Then the memory will fade and their names will never be mentioned again. But there is one name that is above any other. One name and that name is Jesus. There is only one name that can get you into Heaven and that is the name of Jesus. You can’t buy your way in or study your way in. You have to be born again. You have to become part of the family. Philippians 2:9-11.
We are being shaken, but for some, it’s not such a bad thing. Being shaken drives us back to prayer. It drives us back to fasting. We are in the hand of God. He’s shaking me to get all of Anthony out of me. The same goes for you. He’s shaking us to get everything out of us that’s not like him.
We will be shaken. If we want to remain, we just have to hold onto Jesus, our Solid Rock.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
I have never washed a dirty vessel.
I love to help my wife, Shelia. But I refuse to wash a dirty plate. However, I will put it under the faucet and rinse it well to get all the nastiness off of it, and then wash it. I won’t even hand-wash my truck when it’s really dirty. I know that the grit will scratch it all to pieces, so I spray it all off first and then I wash it.
“Sometimes, you gotta pray before you pray.” — a quote from my dad, John Wynn, about three years ago.
When I was younger, I loved to go barefoot. I’d go all kinds of places without shoes, on gravel, on pavement. My feet were so calloused that I could run down Highway 60 when the pavement was hot and it didn’t hurt.
If we aren’t careful, life will callus our hearts.
When your heart gets hard, it’s hard to get close to God. When your heart is calloused, it’s hard to be soft and tender before the Lord.
Isaiah 59:1-3. Psalm 66:18. Sometimes we have to pray before we pray. Sometimes before we go to God’s throne, we need to do a deep heart search. The throne room of God is a place where angels fear to trod. It’s the most sacred and the holiest place. Isaiah 6:2-3.
How is your relationship with Jesus? Have you been reading your Bible? Have you been worshipping the Lord? Have you been fasting? Have you been faithful to God? Is your heart clean?
Psalm 139:23-24. Psalm 26:2. The presence of God is so clean, we need to be spiritually sensitive to the fact that God is holy, mighty, and worthy to be reverenced. We can’t come into the presence of the Lord without our thoughts and lives holy before Him.
Right now is a good time to humble ourselves before the Lord wishing to be close to Him in these troubled times. Psalm 51:9-10.
As husbands or wives, if we aren’t kind to one another, then it can hinder our prayers. If friends let things get between them, it can hinder their prayers. If we let the enemy pull at us, it can hinder our prayers.
Yes, there are sick people and lost people. There are hurting people and broken people. But before we go into God’s throne room, we need to be right with Him.
So before you pray, pray for God to search you. Pray that He will create in you a clean heart and that He would renew a right spirit within you.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
This message was less of a sermon and more of one of my Bible studies.
One word that has really grabbed my attention for a long time is the word “voice.” It first got my attention when the voice of Abel’s blood cried out. Not the voice of his mouth, but of his blood.
I was in some type of storm in my life and the enemy asked me, “Is your Jesus going to help you this time?”
The Holy Ghost spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t you know if blood will cry out from the ground against somebody, then the blood shed for you will cry out FOR you?” Every time that the enemy sticks his head up, the Blood of Jesus cries out for you.
Acts 2:1-4. The real Holy Ghost always comes from Heaven. A man one time came up to me and opened up his jacket to show me the inside lined with watches, “Fifteen dollars will get you a Folex,” he said. Of course, I asked him what a Folex was. He replied, “It’s a fake Rolex.” It’s sad to say, but I’m afraid that a lot of people have a Folex Ghost. This shouldn’t be. We should have the real, genuine, Holy Ghost. Not something to just make us shout in church, but something that will keep us in the midnight hour. Something to bring peace when Hell is raging. Acts 11:15-16.
I want to talk to you about some voices going on in Heaven.
Isaiah 6:1-4. In the first verse, Isaiah talks about the Lord’s train filling the Temple. Now, way back when, when a king won a victory, they would sew one foot of material to that king’s train. The King of Kings that Isaiah saw had won so many victories that his train went all over the Temple. In verse 3, there were seraphims crying “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”
I don’t believe Heaven is quiet.
I believe that if they are still crying “Holy, holy, holy!” to this day. I believe there is excitement. They’re in the presence of the Lord of Lords. In verse 4, there is such a worship going on that the posts are moving. There’s a lot of worship going on in Heaven. Revelation 4:8-9.
Revelation 15:3. Revelation 7:10-12. Know, that if you are ever struggling in prayer, Revelation 7:12 is a beautiful prayer.
There are multiple places I could take you to where there is worship going on in Heaven. They worship for eternity. When we worship, there’s something different about it. It’s different from the worship of the angels because they don’t know what it’s like to be redeemed. The angels don’t know what it is to be forgiven, reborn, or to have their sins washed away.
Revelations 19:6-8. Revelation 1:14-15. Do you know what is going on in Heaven right now? Your prayers, your requests literally come up before the throne of Almighty God. When you walk into a place with a burglar alarm, you have to punch in the code. When we pray, we need to get into the throne room of God. Do you want to know the code to get into that room?
It’s not enough to just pray. You have to get into God’s presence for your prayers to be answered. And to get into His presence you have to be willing to do some worship. You have to be willing to bless Him, to praise Him.
Revelation 8:3. I am persuaded that this golden altar is the same one that Jesus went to when He had just risen and told Mary not to touch Him, “I’m not your Shepherd right now. I am your High Priest. I have my blood here that I have to sprinkle on the altar. When I do that, there will never have to be another lamb slain. Because I am the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
There are legal and illegal prayers.
Illegal prayers are those where you threaten to backslide if God doesn’t turn it around, or praying demanding God. Legal prayers are those that say, “I’m going to love you if it doesn’t turn around. I’m going to love you if it doesn’t go the way I want. My foot’s on the Rock and my mind’s made up.” You have to pray rightfully before the Lord. When you pray like this, somewhere between that altar and Heaven, there is an angel who takes your prayers from your altar to the one in Heaven.
Exodus 2:23-24. When you don’t have anything else to pray, just cry.
Sometimes you don’t even have to pray. Sometimes when you have favor from God all you have to do is groan. He will make a way for you. He will intercede for you. Your cries have awoken the Master.
Revelation 6:9-11. This same altar that Jesus sprinkled His blood on is the same altar where the precious souls cried out for vengeance. I believe that the soul of the Apostal Paul is under that altar because he was beheaded for the Gospel of Jesus. Ten of the disciples died a martyr’s death. It’s not recorded, but history says that Isaiah was thrown to hogs. I believe that under that altar is an Isaiah. Verse 11 tells me that in this day, there are going to be more martyrs.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. I think when the Lord returns, the Bible says it. The dead in Christ shall rise first. I read in the Word the other day that the sea would even give up its dead. The bodies that rise won’t come out with cancer. The bodies won’t rise sick. They will come out with glorified bodies. And death will be swallowed up in victory. Then we that remain will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. You won’t take any sickness with you. One day, this mortal is going to put on immortality, and we are going to be together in Heaven forever.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
Even in the worst thing you are going through, God ordains every step.
What I’m facing is not always for me, sometimes it’s for you. What the enemy is throwing at you to knock you down, it’s going to bounce back and be a blessing in somebody’s life. In the Bible, Paul gets bit by a serpent. What good is that going to do? Well, God turned it out for good, the glory of the Lord was shone and revival broke out among the people Paul was with.
God can take what you are going through and touch a multitude of people with it.
Even in the Bible, Joseph went through a lot of hard things. But he told his brethren that what they meant for evil, God turned it around for good to save many people. Whatever you are facing, God is going to save many people through it.
- Romans 8:28
- 2 Corinthians 4:15-16
- Genesis 50:18-21
- Psalm 105:17
- Numbers 22:5-6
- Numbers 24:10
- Romans 8:31
- Deuteronomy 23:5
- Daniel 6:25-27
- Isaiah 50:6
God does not create evil.
Our God is fully holy and righteous. He is full of mercy, grace, and love. Evil is a product of the enemy. But God will take what the enemy means for evil and He will slip His hand into it. When God does that, what you are facing becomes a tool to mold and make you. If the Lord didn’t allow what you’ve been through to take you out, He’s telling you He has a plan for you.
The enemy cannot curse what God has blessed.
I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know your storm. But I’m pretty sure you’re coming through. The Lord God Almighty is present in your storm. Just stand, He will make a way. Just hold on, He’ll bring you out. You are not under a curse, you are under a blessing.
When they bring a barrel of oil out of the ground, they don’t just make gasoline out of it. They make over 555 products from it. They don’t waste one drop. God is the same way with us. He’s not just going to use our shouting or our singing, but He is going to use every storm we’ve been through and every trial we’ve faced. All the pain we’ve faced and all the sleepless nights we’ve had, God won’t waste them. What satan thought he would break you with, God is going to use it as a tool to reach someone else.
“Samson, when you’re tired, you better be careful where you lay your head.”
There is an enemy who will try to take your anointing. When the floods of life are overwhelming you, get to Jesus. When you can’t sleep, when you can’t rest, get yourself to the Rock.
Daniel was thrown into a den.
He stayed faithful to God though he would be thrown into the lion’s den. God brought him out of it, but what good came of that other than saving Daniel’s life? Well, after King Darius saw Daniel alive and well, he made sure that his kingdom knew that Daniel had a God and that God was the living God.
Whatever you are going through, whatever storm you are facing, remember this:
Romans 8:28 — “And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
It’s not just you and Jesus. There is an enemy out there.
The enemy goes through seasons and attacks in different ways. Back in the 40s and 50s, it was liquor trying to destroy our nation. Then, drugs got really bad. Right now, there’s just a spirit of fear raging. As humans, we have been appointed for a time, and if we have done our best to live for the Lord, there is no enemy that can prevail against us. We are in the hand of God.
A man did an 18-month study going through the Bible and counting the promises of God. He came up with 8,810 promises. 7,487 were made by God himself.
Can we trust God?
Of course we can! God is faithful. In Genesis, God challenges Abraham and tells him to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham knew Sara was past age to have a child, but God promised she would, and she had Isaac. Abraham looks at Isaac and thinks ‘Well, Sara and I probably aren’t going to have any more kids. This must be the child of God’s promise. That means that if I go up here and kill him, I’m not coming back without him because promises don’t die until they are fulfilled.’ And guess what, he came back with Isaac.
The devil can’t kill God’s promise to you.
Joseph had ten older brothers, but Joseph had a dream. Joseph had a promise and his brothers couldn’t kill the promise. His brothers could sell Joseph, but they could not kill him. Potiphar’s wife could lie on him all she wanted, but she couldn’t kill him. Because he had a promise. The hand of God was on his life.
- 2 Peter 1:4
- Hebrews 10:23
- 1 Kings 8:56
- 1 John 2:25
- Joshua 21:45
- 1 Thessalonians 5:24
- Genesis 19:29
- Hebrews 11:11
- Genesis 22:2
- Psalm 105:42
- Hebrews 11:17-19
- Romans 4:20-22
- Romans 9:9
- Genesis 37:20
- Genesis 15:12-14
- Acts 14:19-20
- 2 Corinthians 11:25
- Luke 4:29-30
- John 10:39
- John 5:18
It is not just us and our problems. We have a promise from our faithful God. We are not going to go hide and let this fear take over. We are going to keep fighting. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning. Let the battle rage. Let the storm come. We have made up our minds that we are going to keep living. We have a promise. When God is finished with us, we get to go home. But until then, we have to just keep on walking and doing the will of God.
There was a dream inside of Joseph, but it wasn’t just his dream.
There’s a dream inside of each of us. Dreams God has given you of preaching, casting out devils, and healing. There’s such an anointing of God on you. Hell may fight you, but you have a dream that’s from God and Hell can’t stop that. Don’t let the enemy kill your dream.
Don’t doubt in the darkness what God told you in the light.
God has whispered promises to each of us, there have been some prophecies spoken over us. God is not a man that He would tell you something and not do it. God told Abraham that for 400 years that his seed would serve another nation. But 400 hundred years is up now. They are supposed to be being led out of that nation, and it looks like the ones that could fight for them are being drowned in the river by the Pharaoh’s demand. Everything precious around them is dying.
Sometimes, God promises us something, and then the opposite happens.
But hold on! There’s a promise coming into view. The devil wouldn’t be fighting so hard if something wasn’t going on in the spirit. When you are getting attacked on every side, it’s often a sign that a promise is about to be birthed. Don’t let up. Don’t quit. There’s a promise coming and the devil can’t kill that promise. Hold on to that promise. It may not look possible, but God is faithful. He doesn’t have to wait until it looks convenient to move.
Moses went into the same river that was used to drown other babies, but the river carried him to a princess. Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house. The devil tried to kill the promise, but God ended up making him pay for the promise’s schooling, buy his clothes, and cook his meals. The devil can’t kill a promise.
Hold on to your promise by walking by faith.
David had a promise that he was going to be king. He had an assurance. There was an anointing on his life. That bear, that lion, and that giant couldn’t kill him. Because he had a promise in his life. Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin and men from that tribe could sling a stone and hit a hare at 600 feet without missing. But Saul threw a javelin at David when they were in the same room and missed. Even one of the most talented fighters couldn’t kill the promise when he tried.
We aren’t going anywhere until God’s promises to us have been fulfilled.
—Pastor Anthony Wynn
In the church of Ephesus, they were working hard.
They had patience through the storms when they prayed and it turned around, and when they prayed but it didn’t turn around. They had been through a lot and had remained. They had a desire for truth and a willingness to stand up for truth. They hated evil. But God had somewhat against them. What horrible sin made the Lord disappointed in them? After all the good things that they are doing, what would make God say that He wasn’t pleased with them?
“Because thou hast left thy first love.”
I’ve heard numerous, wonderful sermons preached on this. Sermons on losing your love to go to church, losing your love to worship. I heard it preached that you’ve lost your desire to fast, to read your Bible, to pray. I heard it preached that you’ve lost your passion to win souls, to evangelize, to do mission work, to give to the work of God. None of them were wrong. They were all such on-time, encouraging words. But I always felt there was more to it. And I’ve come up with this after many, many years of rolling this over in my spirit and digging through the Word.
- John 3:16-17
- Jeremiah 31:3
- Revelation 2:1-5
- 1 John 4:19
- Titus 3:3-8
- Romans 5:6-8
- Ephesians 2:4-9
- Isaiah 53:6
- Ephesians 3:17-19
- Psalm 5:12
- Nehemiah 2:5
- Proverbs 3:3
- Proverbs 11:27
What is your first love?
1 John 4:19 — “We love him, because he first loved us.” Our first love wasn’t about getting the Holy Ghost, being faithful to church, or being passionate about winning souls. Our first love was when we were in a mess and our world was falling apart, and somebody got word to us that Jesus loves us. Before we could ever love Him back, He loved us first.
The Church of Ephesus was fighting devils and carrying loads, but they forgot how much God loved them. They were trying to do it all themselves. “It’s not about you,” God says, “I wanted a friend. I Bled for you. I died for you. It wasn’t you who died for me. It wasn’t your first love, it was my first love. Because you’ve made it your first love, you’re getting into works and you’re trying to do it yourself. Now, you’ve lost my rest.” When it goes from our strength is His love to our strength is our love, we have fallen.
I want to talk about the difference between love and favor.
We don’t have to do anything for God to love us. There isn’t anything we can do to make Him love us more. His love for us will never change. There were millions of people in the world at Noah’s time. Millions of people that God loved, but only one that found grace (favor) in the eyes of God. And that was the one who survived the Flood.
Who would want to die for someone who doesn’t want to change, for someone who didn’t care? Who would want to die for someone working for the enemy? But Jesus did, and that’s the first love right there. While we were in a mess and no one cared for us, Christ died for us.
God’s love is free. God loves you where you are, not just where He’s taking you. God’s love is immeasurable. I believe that if we understand the love of God and it starts flowing through us, no enemy can stand against us.
Now, let’s talk about favor.
Never a day did I not love my sons, John and Micah. But if they did something wrong when they were younger, I might have had mercy and not use the switch I had. They have my love. But at that moment they did not have my favor. They have my love, but they had been disobedient.
If you want to get it right, you don’t just have the love of God, but you have the opportunity to have the favor of the Lord. when you get the favor of God, millions will die in that Flood, but you’ll be safe and sound in the Ark.
“Why should I live right when everyone else isn’t?”
It’s not about everybody else. It’s about you and God. How close do you want to get to God? How much do you want to please God? Let the others sneak around and do what they are going to do. Serve God as much as you can. Love Him all that you can. Walk as close with Him as you can.
What are some ways that we can find the favor of God?
Just because we choose to be righteous, God will bless us with favor. Favor with God will give you favor with man. I’ve walked through seasons where I had so much favor with God, that He would deal with people who didn’t even like me to bless me. And favor is not always fair. Just like David, if you get out there and fight bears and lions, He’ll take you by all your brothers and even Jonathan and make you king. When you have the favor of God, He will put a blessing on you so you can reach and be a help to others.
We do not do what we do to try to earn God’s love.
We do it because we fell in love with Him. When He saved us, He changed something in us and gave us our heart’s desire. That doesn’t mean that He’s going to give that yacht that we’ve been wanting or something like that. He’s going to give me a desire to want to love Him, to serve Him. Our heart’s desire is going to be what He places inside of us. We aren’t doing this because we are afraid that He won’t love us if we don’t. But when the enemy comes in like a flood, I want to know that I have God’s favor. When my world is shaking, I need to know that I have the favor of God.
The three Hebrew boys that were thrown in the fire, if they had the favor of God they would come out. But what about the others thrown in who didn’t have the favor of God? The children of Israel had the favor of God and walked out on the other side of the Red Sea, but the Egyptian army did not have God’s favor and drowned.
When everyone was wicked, Noah got it right. When everyone was wicked, Noah was faithful to church, faithful to God, faithful to prayer, and faithful to family. He was faithful to help others. This is how you win favor.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
The king sent for the queen but she refused to come.
I fear that queen Vashti in the book of Esther is like an average church member in America. She was in the king’s house and doing good, but she really didn’t have any time for the king. “I’ll hold my position,” she says, “I’ll pastor the church. I’ll teach Sunday school. I’ll sing a song. But I really don’t have time for a prayer life and dedication.”
So, they decided to do the worst thing that they could to her. Did they kill her? No, they banished her from the king’s presence. I believe that the worst thing that a person could ever go through is knowing that God will never touch them again.
In the next part of the story, the king sends for all the fair, young virgins in the provinces of the kingdom to come unto him and he would choose from that group a queen. But they couldn’t just walk into the presence of the king after a 14-day journey. They had to have several months of purification. If we are ever going to touch this generation, we need everything out of us that’s not like Jesus.
- Esther 2:17
- John 15:16
- Esther 3:1
- Daniel 3:10
- Revelation 4:9
- 1 Peter 5:8
- Esther 8:6
- Esther 9:5
- Matthew 11:12
- 2 Corinthians 10:4
He picked you and me.
The richest and the noblest came before him and he refused them. Then a little girl named Esther who didn’t have parents, whose nationality wasn’t really loved in this nation, walked down the hall and stood before the king. He pulled her up a little closer and told everyone that he had found his bride. There are millions more fit, millions more worthy, and millions more deserving, but the King has chosen you and me.
Now, she’s living in the king’s house, and Haman was introduced.
Life was wonderful until an enemy showed up to destroy. Haman was a type of the devil. I had always wondered what made Haman so angry. What makes the devil so angry at me and you? It has to be more than him just being evil. I found it. What made Haman, who is a representation of the devil, so angry was this: Modecai did not bow.
The devil is trying to imitate God. The devil is wanting you to bow down and surrender. Anytime that Hell tempts you and you fall to it, you have bowed. But somebody has to keep fighting, standing, and holding on.
Make up your mind that the only one you will bow to and surrender to is Jesus Christ.
But now that you’ve made up your mind that Jesus is the one that you are going to bow to, your enemy is mad. Only good and perfect gifts come from above. Anything bad that happens to us does not come from God. But sometimes God raises up the hedge of protection a little bit. I believe it’s to show the flames that they don’t have power over everybody and to let the lions know that they don’t have authority over everybody. You are God’s child and the enemy can’t do anything that God doesn’t allow.
Does God trust you so much that He can bring your name up to your enemy? Does God have such a confidence in you that He can bring your name up to the devil? God needs somebody He can trust that’s not going to give up or throw in the towel. “Have you considered my servant Job?”
But before the enemy can touch you, God has to allow it.
I’m not going to tell you that everything is well and good. Hell is going to drag everything it’s got out of the closet. Everything is going to be in your face. satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy, but he is not going to win. The church is going to stand up with the glory and power of God. America will know that there’s a God in Heaven with a people in the land.
So, the ministry (Mordecai) tells Esther that everything is not okay and that there’s an enemy.
God who knows everything, has brought you to this place in your walk with Him for such a time as this. He did not save Jerimiah, Rachel, Esther, Ruth, or Daniel for this day. He saved you for 2021. He saved you for this generation. He saved you for such a time as this.
He saved Esther for her time and she drew near to the king and gained favor in his sight. He asked her what she wanted. She didn’t want to dump it all at once on him. She realized how amazing and awesome the king was when she got in his presence and she decided to have a couple days worship service. She gave the king a banquet, but she did have one request.
“Can Haman (my problem) come to church with me?”
When she had spent her time worshipping and praising the king, he finally asked her what her request was. She told him about her problem. If Haman would have known that Esther was a Jew then he would have tried to destroy Mordecai a different way. God hides some things from the devil. What the devil means to destroy you with God has a blessing in store.
God is about to set the devil up.
The king gets mad and goes out into the garden. When he comes back Haman is up on the bed that Esther was on, begging. But the king sees it as him trying to force the queen. Over on the other end of town Haman’s family is building a gallows to hang Mordecai on, but what they didn’t know is what they meant for evil, God was going to turn it around and work it out as good for His people.
In the Garden, satan was given an authority. However, he only gets that authority if we give it to him. God has given us greater authority.
Esther worshipped the king, but that wasn’t enough. The Jews fought those who came against them. We can worship, but we have to put on our armor and fight, too.
If we stand up and fight, we are going to see victory.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
Every heartbeat is a soul. Every life is a treasure. Every soul is precious. Every soul counts.
Everything that goes under the blood will never be brought up again. The minute something goes under the blood, you get justified and it’s as if it never happened. When you bring it to an altar and repent, it is over. You get to start a whole new season in your life.
You and I have an appointment with death. But after death, there is a judgment. Our soul is going to spend eternity somewhere. There is a part of us that doesn’t die when they lay the body in the ground. It’s either Heaven or Hell.
When it’s hot outside, you ask for a glass of water. Could you imagine being in a place of such torment that you don’t ask for that cup of water, but only a drop to cool your tongue? I’m afraid that Hell isn’t real enough to us. But there is a place called Hell, and it is just as real as the trees that give you shade and the God that gives you grace. Someone needs to remind this generation that there is a place that they can’t buy their way out of. If they make it there, it’s too late to make a deal. If they ever wind up there, there’s no exit, no door out.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
- Hebrews 9:27
- Luke 16:23-24
- REvelation 20:15
- Luke 23:38-43
- 1 Timothy 1:15-16
- Luke 15:20-24
- James 5:20
- Luke 19:10
- John 14:6
- Romans 3:23
- revelation 21:8
- Luke 13:5
- Isaiah 55:7
- Romans 10:9, 13
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
If someone winds up in Hell, it’s a settled matter and it never changes.
I think Jesus was always kind, and He was always reaching. Even when He was on the cross, He was reaching for people. One of the men hanging on a cross next to Him mocks Him. It is a trick of the devil to get people who don’t like you all up in your face so you get distracted. The man on the other side of Jesus needed help. It’s a trick of the devil to get you fussing at the other so you don’t have time for the one who’s trying to get help.
Maybe you are addicted to drugs or about to be thrown in jail for stealing, but your momma still has your plate on the table. Your father hasn’t forgotten you., But you have to want to come home and want to be restored. You have to want to change and you have to want help.
Win a soul, and change a life. Win a soul, and change a family lineage.
I want to be such a soul winner that at my funeral, they will be having a party in hell saying, “He’s finally gone!”
When you look into someone’s eyes you need to realize that God loves this person. God cares about this person. You don’t always know a person’s story. You may not know what they’ve been through. How they’ve been hurt and broken. But there is a God that knows, and if they are still breathing, then that’s a pretty good sign that He’s not given up on them. If God allowed you to look into their eyes, it’s a pretty good sign that He hasn’t cut them off yet. Jesus cares about people. When you look into those eyes, please realize that if there was no one else on this earth, that God would still have died for them. He doesn’t see where they are, He sees where the blood can take them. He doesn’t see what they are doing but sees how He can change them.
God put this person in your life at this time.
This person has an appointment with death, but between then and now, God has put them in your life. Has their name been written in that Book of Life? If not, can you have a small part in changing their destiny? If they are born only once, they die twice. But if they are born twice, they die only once.
The first death is when the heart monitor shows a flat line on the screen. For Christians, that is the only death we will have to face. But after that line has gone flat, there is a judgment. When God gives the word. There is an eternal, not one month or one year, but an eternal death starts. That first death can last for about a fraction of a second, but that second death is forever ongoing.
To show someone the Savior, they have to realize they are lost.
We need to gently let people know that both sides have a payday. One of the reasons that Covid shook the world so much is because people have no hope after this. When they thought they were losing this, they thought they were losing it all. But Christians are going where the roses never fade and the night never creeps up. We are going home, and this ole world and what’s in it is not our hope.
If you want a long, healthy life, make yourself available in the Kingdom of God. Why should the farmer keep a tomato plant that doesn’t produce anything? Make yourself a blessing in the Kingdom of God. Make up your mind that your neighbor is not going to Hell without knowing that you love them. Make Hell go through your prayers to get them.
Win a soul, and change a life.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn