Wild abandon! ALL OF YOU! That’s what the Father and the Son want!

[SW084] 03/17/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Wild Abandon”

Abandon —     Verb:    giving up completely (an action, practice, or ways)
leaving without intending to return
giving in to the control of
surrendering to

Noun:    Completely lacking inhibition or restraint

I desire wild abandonment to Me,
giving no thought to yourself,
just as I gave no thought to Myself.

I am grieved by external adherence to do’s and don’ts
and a form of religion that denies and rejects
My miracle-working power to transform a human heart.

Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn [3129 in a prolonged way] what this means [2076 what it is]: ‘ I DESIRE  COMPASSION [Hebrew 2617 checed] ,  AND NOT SACRIFICE,’  for  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Who was Jesus speaking to?
The Jewish leaders and super-religious sects,
because they were not wildly abandoned to God.

They had a form of religion,
but were self-righteous,
thinking they could do good deeds,
dot their “i’s” and cross their “t’s”
and those things would please God,
and would get them to heaven.

Jesus wasn’t following their rules at all!
They denied, disavowed, rejected
the miracle-working power of God —
that He is a transformer of men’s hearts (2 Timothy 3:5ff).

They did not enter into life,
and kept others from entering (Matthew 23:13)!
They knew the Word of God,
but didn’t recognize the Word made flesh (John 1:14)!

They sinned the sin of unbelief —
for He promised He would give them new hearts (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

It is like that in much of the church in America today.

But God is speaking through me today,
for He seeks and desires intimacy with you, O church!

Here is what Jesus said to those who trusted in “sacrifices” of their own choosing
(and what He says to His church today):

Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn [3129 in a prolonged way] what this means [2076 what it is]: ‘ I DESIRE  COMPASSION [Hebrew 2617 checed] ,  AND NOT SACRIFICE,’  for  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

It is only when we know we are sinners that He can save us
and heal us of our sin.

Jesus quotes Hosea often —

Hosea 6:6 For  I delight in loyalty  rather than sacrifice,
    And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Delight (2654), He inclines to,
    He bends over at . . . what?

Loyalty (2617 checed),
marital devotion and love,

AND . . .

Knowledge of God (from 3045 yada) —
intimate knowledge,
experiential knowledge (knowing by experience)
the knower personally knowing the One known,
having met personally Him.
It is inward sanctification.
The NT equivalent?
Filled with the Holy Spirit.

Wild abandon is required!
Cast all caution to the wind!
This is your Maker, calling you into intimacy,
it is your Lord, Jesus Christ,
who prays for us to be sanctified,
to have the same unity of Spirit
as the Father and Him
and the Father’s love filling our hearts!
(John 17:19, 23, 26)

He desires CHECED, not sacrifice.
Not outward acts we think will make us pleasing to God.
He wants inward intimacy.

He wants your TOTAL, UNRESERVED devotion,

Christianity is a heart religion, not traditions and rote learning —
He wants your heart!
He wants to change it!

If you totally give Him your heart,
He will make it totally His,
and He will give you HIS heart —
you will be a partaker of the divine nature:

2Peter 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, so that by them you may become  partakers of the divine nature, having  escaped the  corruption that is in  the world by lust.

When God’s checed has filled our hearts, we say:

Psalm 40:6     Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;
    My ears You have  opened [pierced];
    Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required . . .
8  I delight to do Your will, O my God;
     Your Law is within my heart.”

Who can have such a heart?
Anyone who brings their heart to Him in this condition:

Psalm 51:16 For You  do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
    You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a  broken spirit;
    A broken  [7665 shattered]
     and a contrite [1794 crushed, crouching] heart,
        O God, You will not despise.

You must come to Him with a shattered heart,
You must come to Him with a crushed and crouching heart.
You must come to Him lowly and humble, like He came to you.

That is true sacrifice, in God’s eyes —
that is what it is to offer yourself as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing! (Romans 12:1).
It is not a sacrifice of your own choosing,
but what He commands.

He will bind up your heart (Isaiah 61:1)
but it must be shattered and crushed and crouching first!

Isaiah 61:1   The  Spirit of the Lord  GOD is upon me,
    Because the LORD has anointed me
    To  bring good news to the   afflicted;
    He has sent me to  bind up the brokenhearted,
    To  proclaim liberty to captives
    And  freedom to prisoners;
2 To  proclaim the favorable year of the LORD!

Shattered, crushed, crouching —
He will not despise such a heart.
It is what delights Him,
it is what makes Him bend down and incline toward you!

He loves the fragrance of TRUE sacrifice,
of brokenness before Him,
when we see who we are and repent,
and cry out like Isaiah in Isaiah 6:1 and forward!

Isaiah 6:5 Then I said,
    “ Woe is me, for I am ruined!
    Because I am a man of  unclean lips,
    And I live among a  people of unclean lips;
    For my eyes have seen the  King, the LORD of hosts.”

The present state of much of the church:

Hosea 6:4   What shall I do with you, O  Ephraim?
    What shall I do with you, O Judah?
    For your  loyalty is like a  morning cloud
    And like the dew which goes away early.

Hosea 6:5 Therefore I have  hewn them in pieces by the prophets;
    I have slain them by the  words of My mouth;
    And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.

But He wants marital love and devotion and intimacy
and unity between you and Him.

What we have done that prevents that unity and intimacy and devotion:

Hosea 6:7 But  like  Adam they have  transgressed the covenant;
There they have  dealt treacherously against Me.

What we must do:

Hosea 10:12  Sow with a view to righteousness,
    Reap in accordance with  kindness;
     Break up your fallow ground,
    For it is time to  seek the LORD
    Until He  comes to   rain righteousness on you.

He will bring the rain — the Holy Spirit:

Joel 2:23 So rejoice, O  sons of Zion,
    And  be glad in the LORD your God;
    For He has  given you  the early rain for your vindication.
    And He has poured down for you the rain,
    The  early and   latter rain  as before.

Joel 2:28   “  It will come about after this
    That I will  pour out My Spirit on all   mankind;
    And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    Your old men will dream dreams,
    Your young men will see visions.

He will bring rain IF you seek the Lord diligently and passionately!  AND . . .

Hosea 14:4   I will  heal their apostasy,
    I will  love them freely,
    For My anger has  turned away from them.
5 I will be like the  dew to Israel;
    He will blossom like the  lily,
    And he will  take root like the cedars of  Lebanon.
6 His shoots will  sprout,
    And his  beauty will be like the  olive tree
    And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
7 Those who  live in his shadow
    Will  again raise  grain,
    And they will blossom like the vine.
    His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.

In His hand, you will bear His fruit!

Come to Him broken, and He will heal you.
He will give you a new heart.

He will fill you with
His Spirit, His love,
His power, His checed.

He is calling you TODAY.

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