[SW158] 10/24/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
Oh, God wants to enlarge us, so our hearts are made big enough to contain Him!
Enlarged (7337) — broadened, widened, made into a wide space!
Text: Isaiah 54:1-3
The Lord spoke this to Israel, while they were in captivity, unable to bear, desolate.
And He told them to shout for joy!!! Why? Because He was going to restore them.
He said, “Enlarge!” Make room for Me! Widen your view of Me! Enlarge your understanding of what I can do in the midst of your desolation and barrenness.
His promise? Your desolation will end!
Verse 11-12 You are now afflicted and storm-tossed, you are not comforted (returned to Me). But I will garnish you with precious jewels, as a bride is adorned for her Bridegroom!
Verse 13 You will have sons, and they will be taught by Me, and they will have great shalom, peace, wellness, health, spiritual prosperity!
Verse 14-15 I will establish you in My righteousness, and you will no longer be oppressed by fear and terror. No one will assail you — if they try, they will fall.
Verse 16 The Lord created Nebuchadnezzar as His servant to punish Israel for her waywardness. He created all human beings, and uses some for such purposes, to cause ruin that His people would cry out and return to Him.
Verse 17 But once you have returned, no weapon formed against you will prosper, and you will condemn all who accuse you! It is your heritage, your inheritance, when you become a servant of the Lord — one who obeys out of love.
This is reason to shout for joy! God says, prepare yourself, and I will enlarge your heart so I may dwell in you, just as My Son declared in John 14:23!
Enlargement! David, a man after God’s own heart, declared it:
Psalm 119:32 I shall run the way of Your commandments,
For You will enlarge my heart.
Psalm 119:45 And I will walk at liberty (literally, in a wide space),
For I seek Your precepts.
Psalms 118:5 From my distress I called upon the LORD;
The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
Psalms 18:19 He brought me forth also into a broad place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.
He delights in those whose hearts are His! He delights in those who run in the way of His commandments because He has enlarged their hearts so they can contain Him! He rescues them and sets them in broad places!
Do you see the common thread? It is a promise for those who return.
Seek (1875) — enter into relationship with — God!
It is a limited time offer — it is while He is found, while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts!
Let him turn to the Lord — He will have mercy on him, and FREELY pardon him!
You may say, “Well, that is the Old Testament. It doesn’t apply to the church.” But listen to what Paul spoke to the church at Corinth, for some of them were acting wickedly and unrighteously:
2Corinthians 6:17 “ Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
“AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
And I will welcome you.
18 “ And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
It is a quote from Isaiah 52:11. The condition for the promises of God is to separate yourself from wickedness and unrighteousness, in yourself and in the world.
Turn, and all of His promises in Isaiah 54 that I have spoken of will be yours!
Do what is required by God — turn — and the promise will be fulfilled in you, and you will be filled full of God!