[SW353] 11/17/2018 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2018
“Seek Him For This Purpose”
Text: Hebrews 4:1, 9-11, Isaiah 55:6-7, etc.
NOTE: The Lord has directed me to speak three messages on seeking the Lord — the position from which you must seek Jesus Christ, the purpose of seeking Him, and the outcome of seeking Him. If He put it on my heart, then surely, there is a need for you to hear and heed.
Last time, I showed you that to seek Jesus Christ, you must sit at His feet, listening to His word. That is the entrance point, the required position for seeking Him. Mary sat at His feet and listened to His word, and that was the one work He requires. Martha was busy with natural work, as is much of today’s church.
Now you must understand the purpose for seeking Jesus Christ. It is so that you enter His rest, where you rest from your works, so He works in and through you. And He says you must seek Him now, not later!
Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it (literally, lack it).
While a promise still remains . . . that is why it is necessary for you to seek to enter His rest NOW!
You must seek Him now, in order to enter His sabbath rest, for this is a “limited time offer.” The Lord speaks this to His people, through Isaiah, for their hearts go astray and they disobey Him —
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. Let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God,
for He will abundantly (exceedingly) pardon.
Judgment is coming, beloved! Seek Him now, in order to enter His sabbath rest!
Hebrews 4:9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience (as Israel in the wilderness).
Israel told God what to do — we want water, we want meat. This manna is lousy! Israel did not believe or trust Him. We’ll die out here in the desert! There are giants in the land — we cannot enter! We will go back to Egypt.
This rest is not the Sabbath of resting from natural labor on the first day of each week. That was a shadow of the true rest for God’s people, a rest so complete that a new word was coined to describe this Sabbath rest — pronounced sabbatisMOS.
When you seek Him in order to enter His sabbath rest, you rest from your works. You stop working! Then the Lord will work in and through you. He will not work in and through you until you stop working!
Why will he not work until you stop working? If you are the one doing the work, it does not honor God, because you are glorified instead of Jesus Christ.
But when you stop working and He works in and through you, they will see Jesus! And this truth comes to pass in you —
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
These are not natural good works, but God works, for He works them in and through you! Do you see that if you do not prepare by resting from your works, you are unprepared to do His works?
When you seek Him in order to enter His sabbath rest, you obey His commands to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high, and to wait for the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). Just as you cannot save yourself, you cannot make yourself holy. Stop trying to do it! When you are filled with His Holy Spirit, you are holy.
Beloved, do you want to honor the Lord? You honor Him when you obey His commands. But you dishonor Him when you disobey His commands. Everything that you do in your own strength dishonors Him.
What is it like, to enter His sabbath rest? You exchange your strength for His —
Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength (exchanging theirs for His); they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
What is it like, to enter His sabbath rest? The God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace, and you will abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit, just as Paul prays for the believers in Rome who have not yet entered His rest —
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is it like, to enter His sabbath rest? It is to see Him face-to-face, because your heart is pure. Jesus says —
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
What is it like to enter His sabbath rest? You no longer go astray in your heart, so the Lord is no longer angry with you. You know His ways, because you intimately know Him —
Hebrews 3:10 “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS”
What is it like to enter His sabbath rest? You know His voice, always follow Him, and run from false teaching —
John 10:4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
What is it like to enter His sabbath rest? Listen to the Lord speak through Isaiah —
Isaiah 55:12 “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (in jubilation). 13 Instead of the thorn bush, the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up. And it will be a memorial to the LORD, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off (will not destroyed, will not perish).”
When you enter His sabbath rest, you will go out with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)! You will be led forth with His peace, which He will give you —
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
When you enter His sabbath rest, you will have peace in every circumstance, as Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica —
2Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance . . .
When you enter His sabbath rest, the God of peace will be with you, as Paul writes to the church at Philippi —
Philippians 4:9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you (literally, in, amid you)!
When you enter His sabbath rest, the mountains and the hills will shout for joy and the trees clap their hands for joy (when the winds rustle a tree’s leaves, it sounds like applause)! You will no longer produce thorns and nettles, but cypress and myrtle.
When you enter His sabbath rest, all that He does in and through you will be a memorial (a witness) to the LORD, an everlasting witness that will not be destroyed. You will become His witnesses here, as Jesus promises —
Acts 1:8 . . . “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). I exhort you to diligently get into the position of seeking Him! Sit at His feet and listen to His word! He will see to it that you enter His sabbath rest!
Will you believe Him? Will you seek Him for this purpose?
Lord, I pray that by faith in You, all believers ask you to fill them with all joy and peace, so that they will superabound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, and be Your witnesses here, just as You command them to be. Amen! So be it!