[SW159] 10/31/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
The Lord is urgently calling you to come away! Listen and learn what blocks us from coming away and the Lord’s glorious solution!
Text: Song of Solomon 2:10-13
First, a definition of AGAPE:
— God’s actual love, the same love He has for His Son
— Church so overwhelmed and filled with it in Acts 2 that they chose this unused Greek word for love, to show how different it is from human love!!!!
BUT, FOR MANY:
— Foxes destroy our blossoms, v. 15 (no fruit)
— fruit of the flesh, envy, jealousy, in-fighting, hurt feelings,
power plays, sin:
Galatians 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
—- Foxes separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2)
Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the LORD,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
O, Lord! You will pardon Your people and change their hearts IF they seek (enter into relationship with) You! But it is a limited time offer — while You may be found.
The Lord speaks this through Isaiah to Israel, who are God’s people. He speaks it to you today. He says, “Come away!” I will destroy the foxes if you will agree that you have them and I will fill your heart with My love.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love [agape] of God is shed abroad [to overflowing] in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
WHAT HE COMMANDS TODAY:
— Psalm 45:10 Forget all but Him
— Romans 5:5 Be filled with His true love, His agape, baptized in the
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
We say that our flesh will always war against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. We will always struggle. But the Apostle Paul says:
Galatians 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If something is crucified, is it still alive? No, it is dead! Hallelujah! You don’t have to carry it on your back. It’s gone, completely gone, and can no longer control you.
He says, “Let me destroy your foxes, fix your eyes on Me and Me alone, and I will fill Your heart with My love and My fruit:
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control [really, Spirit-control]; against such things there is no law.
THE GLORIOUS RESULT:
— He makes us all glorious within (Psalm 45:13ff)!!!
— He makes us the church glorious (Ephesians 5:27)!!!!
— He makes us His beautiful ones
— He makes us able to answer His call to come away with Him!