[SW199] 08/28/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
Texts: Psalm 37:3-6, 23-31 and Psalm 40:2, 6
The fulfillment of your heart’s desires comes when you entwine yourself with the Lord.
There is a moment in time when you repent, confess your sin, and believe, and then the Holy Spirit begins to speak to your heart.
But there is also another moment in time when you yield your SELF completely to God!
I will speak what the Lord has shown me in the text, and then speak the rest of what He wants to say. You will need to watch the video of my message for the interpretation of the text. The link is in the right column of my blog.
Now I go on to what He wants to say, beyond the interpretation of His Word.
Jeff and I have been married nearly 38 years. It was a happy marriage, to the point that my brother gave this copyrighted photo, “Entwined,” to us as an anniversary card. But we were still selfish, in it to have our own needs and wants met.
Then, 14 years ago this November, we became entwined with the Lord.
Now we live for Him, walk together with Him, serve Him together, and love each other with God’s actual love. Like Jeff, I’m no longer selfish, centered on I, me, and my. And I am no longer a rebel toward God. I am entwined. Jeff is entwined. We are entwined together with the Lord. It is literally a marriage made in heaven!
In Psalm 37:4, what did I say “delight” means? It means being soft, pliable, and twisted together or entwined.
A steel girder does not bend.
A plank of wood does not bend.
A piece of marble does not bend.
By nature, they are inflexible, but we can bend or shape them into a bend, using fire to bend the steel, heat and water to bend the wood, and a hammer and chisel to make the marble yield to our vision, as a sculpture.
Humans do not bend. By nature we are inflexible. In the Bible, the Lord describes us as having stiff necks, hard hearts, and foreheads like stone or bronze. It is a description of the sin nature that we’re all born with.
How, then, can we be made soft and pliable so we can be entwined with the Lord?
By the same means as with steel, wood, or marble, except God does it!
If you ask Him (Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:13, Matthew 6:33), He will do it in you, using:
His heat (Matthew 3:11)
His living water (John 4:10)
The hammer of His Word (Jeremiah 23:29)
Just as He instantly saved you, He will also instantly fill you with His Holy Spirit, changing your nature so you are soft and pliable, so you become entwined with the Lord, and He takes from you your hardness, your stiffness, your sin nature. He must, for if you continue to sin, you will die.
When He instantly fills you with His Holy Spirit, your heart’s desires will be transformed.
Then, He will give you the desires of your heart.
Because your desires have been transformed, the only desire of your heart will be to do His will, for His law will be written on the tablet of your heart (Psalm 40:6, 2Corinthians 3:3).
He will fulfill your desire to do His will.
And His promises, in Psalm 37:5-6 and 23-31 will be fulfilled in you.
It is that simple, and perhaps that is the problem. Maybe you think you have to work really hard and study the Word continually in order to prepare yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
It is wonderful to study God’s Word, but I know many who can recite it and yet do not have an intimate relationship with the Lord — even seminary professors and pastors!
For Jeff and me, I can only say that we knew very little of the Word of God. But we were hungry for all of God, and we sought Him with all that was in us.
He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him, beloved. You receive by asking, seeking, and knocking. You cannot make yourself soft and pliable. You cannot make yourself entwined with Him. You cannot make yourself stop sinning.
Good works won’t work. Look at the Pharisees!
Much study is good for you, but you must ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth that you must be filled. Otherwise, you have knowledge of the Word of God in your brain, but still lack the intimate knowledge of God, and still be a prisoner of sin.
Ask God the Father now! He will make you soft and pliable, entwine you with Himself, His desires will be your desires, and you will no longer be a slave to sin.