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John 12:32. Luke 24:27.
One time in Numbers, since the people had sinned against God, serpents had been let loose among them. Moses was commanded to raise up the very thing that was killing the people so that when they looked at it, they would live.
When Jesus came to die for us, He did not come as a celestial being, a rock, a cloud, or a pillar of fire. He came in the very form of the thing (our flesh) that was destroying us. There was one time I asked the Lord why He did this, and here’s what He said to me.
“Son, a rock can’t bleed, and a cloud can’t bleed. You were in a mess, and you needed blood. Because without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.”
John 1:5. I’ve been looking for a place in the Bible where the attention was on the light, but it was surrounded by darkness.
This story starts at around 9 AM when the Roman soldiers are driving nails into Jesus’ hands and feet. When they lift Him up on the cross, the people began to mock Him. Later, the sky grew dark. One of my thoughts on this is that the enemy saw the Light all bruised and beat up and thought that if he could get darkness around the Light, then he could put the Light out.
The enemy has to get permission from God to attack you. If God allows an attack, then He knows ahead of time that the attack will not break you.
So, the Light was shining there, hanging on that cross in the toughest time of His life, and the devil got permission to have around 3 hours of darkness surround Him. Jesus spent hours on the cross and at least half of that time He was in darkness. God will sometimes hide half of our pain in our tough times. Sometimes, no one else will see your hurt, but God will. It will just be you and Him and He will help you through your pain. Your light is not going to go out. You may be going through some darkness where you don’t see or feel God but know this; God will not leave you, nor forsake you, and there is a light that the darkness can’t put out. Darkness was over the face of the Earth for 3 hours and still, the Light kept on shining! He kept on being the healer, the King of Kings, and the deliverer. The darkness could not keep the light from shining! Isaiah 60:1.
The devil is looking for you to recant, give up, and surrender. The darkness was allowed when Jesus was dying on the cross so that we might see there is a light that the darkness cannot put out. There is a light inside of you that will not go out despite what Hell might throw at you.
Genesis 1:3. There was light and the sun hadn’t even been created yet. Jesus was the Light of the World in the beginning, and He will be the Light of the World in the end. Revelation 21:23.
It seems that the devil grows from being a little serpent in Genesis to being a great, big dragon in Revelation. He would like to make us think that this whole thing is going to end with him as a big dragon, but this will not end with the devil taking over. This will end with the Light of the World claiming victory over all.
Jesus’ death broke through the darkness, lighting the way for us to eternal life. 2 Corinthians 4:6. Mark 15:33. Amos 8:9.
A certain woman asked Jesus to help her daughter.
Matthew 15:21-24. Jesus had not died outside the city yet, so His ministry at this time was just to Israel, not the Gentiles. If He had died at the Temple, it would have just been a Jewish religion. But Jesus was crucified outside the gates, and then it became about whosever will. Matthew 15:25-27.
Why did this woman ask for a crumb of bread? John 6:48,51.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I believe she had stood in one of the crowds at some point and heard Jesus preach. I am persuaded that she had heard Him say that He was the Bread of Life. Something had gotten a hold of this woman and she knew that if she could just get to Jesus, then she could get help for her daughter. This humble woman looked at the Light of the World and knew that He was (and is) the Bread of Life. She didn’t need to see an angel or have Him lay hands on her daughter to heal her. She understood that the bread was for the Jews, but she also knew that if God would just give her a crumb of the Bread of Life, it would be enough to change her baby’s life.
If we can grab a crumb falling from the Master’s table, then cancers can be healed, and bad situations can turn around. Just a crumb from the Master’s table will change your life!
This woman didn’t care that Jesus had called her a dog. A lot of people would have walked away, but Jesus was this woman’s last hope. She had a problem at that moment, and she didn’t have time to wait on Jesus to die so He could fix it. She needed a crumb from the Bread of Life right then. Matthew 15:28.
Luke 16:19-25. I have 2 questions.
Question 1: Why did the man ask for Lazarus? He knew people of renown and all the people that mattered. Why was he asking for the beggar?
Question 2: This rich man had probably tasted every wine, rum, whisky, and probably every exotic fruit drink in the world. So, why would he ask for on simple drop of water?
These are my thoughts. I think this rich man, at some point, heard John 4:14. Perhaps he had also heard Jeremiah 17:13. He might have heard Jesus in John 7:37-38.
So, here is this rich man in Hell, not wishing for anything more than one drop of water and for Lazarus to give it to him. I believe that while they were alive, Lazarus, the beggar, preached to the rich man often, telling him that he was going to a place where the roses never fade and he would never be hungry again whether or not the rich man helped him.
I believe this rich man asked for that drop of water believing that it would give him life and get him out of his place of torment. But there are no altar calls in Hell. There will be a lot of praying, but no answers. God is not in Hell, and therefore there is no love, no peace, and no hope in Hell. There is no way out of Hell once a person goes there. God doesn’t throw people into Hell, but He begs them not to go. He gives them opportunities to change their ways if they aren’t living right.
If you aren’t saved and you are reading this, right now is an opportunity for you to meet this Savior named Jesus. You can pray to Him, Friend. He will listen. For more information, you can head over to our SALVATION PAGE.
If you are saved, right now is a good opportunity to pray for the lost people in your life. Would you get in your prayer closet, or down on your knees in prayer, wherever you may be, and pray to God? Use your faith and ask God to help you win a soul in this day and age.
Be a light by letting God’s light shine through you!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
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.
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
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!!!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn