Entwined with the Lord — I pray the Lord Jesus will make the truth of this message something you’ll want to wrap yourself up in.
[SW080] 02/17/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Entwined with the Lord”
Lord, being entwined with you is EVERYTHING, and from the entwining, all ministry to others flows!
But what or who is most of the church entwined with?
First, entwined with the Lord. Then, His answer.
Psalm 40 —
Oh, yes! I wait patiently for You, Lord.
Not a “looking at my watch” kind of waiting.
I waited patiently — I intently entwined myself (6960) with the Lord, binding myself together with Him!
Waiting, I waited, the Hebrew-to-English direct translation says.
And you know what happened?
He stretched Himself out, He bent down to me,
He extended Himself, He offered Himself to me —
first, on a cross of wood,
and now, in a glorious union of our hearts, His and mine!
I am boasting with David! It is good to boast in the Lord!
He brought me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mire (dung) I had lived in all my life,
and set my feet on the ONLY foundation, HIM!!!
Talk about firm footsteps — I walk in His!!!!
And the song I sang to Him to begin this message?
One of many new songs He has put in my heart.
I awake singing to Him,
For He has bent down low
And picked me up out of my birth blood,
And cleaned me, inside and out!
And because of this,
because of what I boast He has done in me,
many will see and fear,
many will see His mighty power,
many will revere Him and give Him glory.
Many will trust in the Lord,
and no longer trust in man.
When I entwined myself with Him,
He opened my ears.
He pierced them with an awl (Exodus 21:6).
He made me His bondservant,
serving Him not out of duty,
but out of His very love poured out in my heart!
I am His servant for life,
for the sake of the lives of many
who will see and fear!
My ears You have opened, O Lord!
All my natural offerings were nothing to You.
When I said “Here I am,” You accepted that offering,
and brought down the fire of the Holy Ghost
as a sign of Your great pleasure!
I delight (2654) to do Your will, O God!
I make myself soft and pliable,
I incline, I bend,
I desire out of the prompting of my heart
which You have filled with Yourself
and Your love!
That’s what it means to have Your law written in my heart —
Your law is done not out of i-dotting and t-crossing,
but out of love, Your love, filling even me!!!
Doing Your will is NEVER work — it is rest!
Why? Because I am not working,
I have proclaimed Your glad tidings of righteousness
in the great congregation!
They are glad tidings indeed!
I have not hidden Your righteousness,
or Your faithfulness
or Your salvation from SIN,
or Your lovingkindess for offering it,
or Your truth.
But strangely, many do not rejoice to hear it,
just as Israel did not rejoice when You sent your prophets.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Delight (6026) yourself in the Lord!
There it is again!
Become soft and pliable in His hands.
Let the Potter have His way!
He will give you the desires of your heart,
because He will have made your desires
the same as His desires.
Commit (1556) your way to Him!
Lay rolling and wallowing in His way!
Get low — it is grand!
Wallow in His ways,
get them all over you!
Wallow in Him until,
in a moment of time,
you are filled up with Him,
filled with His righteousness and light!
The Lord issues a rebuke:
Isaiah 40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
I have to stop here, O church in America.
Your sin is not hidden from the Lord.
You are not wallowing in His ways, but man’s.
He’s not weary or tired.
He’s watching you.
He understands what is in your hearts.
When you grow weary and tired,
you reveal you are working from your own strength,
or you would not grow weary and tired.
Think of Paul! Out of his strengthlessness,
God’s strength was revealed.
All your earthly vigor
can do nothing.
and you will stumble (3782)
you’ll stagger, you’ll totter,
your downfall will come.
But the Lord also issues a promise:
Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Those who wait (6960)
those who entwine themselves,
who bind themselves to Him
will gain something new (2498 — a change of ability)
new strength (3581 – HIS power)!!!
Then, entwined with Him,
you will no longer be weary,
you will no longer tire and fall down.
Why does the church fall as they do, Lord?
And why is it that many in today’s church in America
do not rejoice to hear Your very good news
of deliverance from sin,
just as Israel did not rejoice
when You sent your prophets?
Here is what the Lord says:
It is because of what some of My people are entwined with.
Some are of a different spirit.
Theirs is the spirit of the world.
Thus, they are entwined with the spirit of the world.
What are the marks of the spirit of the world in a human, Lord?
Man’s ways and wisdom are exalted,
instead of My ways and My wisdom.
They see My ways as foolish and unproductive,
and would rather follow Peter Drucker’s Management By Objectives,
and 40 days of this,
and twelve steps to that.
I am an instantaneous heart-changer,
says the Lord!
But that means mankind must acknowledge
their hearts need instantaneous changing.
It is foolishness to them,
“Impossible!” they scoff.
I am the Rock,
most of the church in America builds on sand.
Therefore, I will send a storm
to reveal all foundations.
I asked the Lord, and posted on Facebook:
What would happen if ear-candy preachers and 10-step preachers and 40-day preachers and Management By Objectives preachers suddenly stepped up to the pulpit and preached like You, Lord Jesus?
Here is My preaching, He says:
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose [622 utterly destroy] it; but whoever loses [622 utterly destroys] his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 5:29 “ If your right eye makes you stumble [4624 entrapping you and enticing you to sin], tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
There will be a mass exodus from those who have been pampered and petted,
but some who have ears to hear will stay and get set free,
says the Lord —
Set free from slavery to sin, O church! Free, indeed!
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 “ The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
That’s what I’m praying for, every moment of every day.
Freedom in the house!
Then the works of God and not man will be done,
and the world will take notice
that we have been with Jesus!
In the name of Jesus,
I rebuke the spirit of the world
that has so infiltrated the church in America!
Open eyes, Lord! Open hearts, Lord!
For you will pour Your Spirit into such ones,
And nothing they ask for will be denied them,
for they will no longer ask in the spirit of the world,
but in YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!
Amen, Lord. Truth. So be it. Let it be so!