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Christ's Love for the Struggling Believer - Kevin Williams

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    If you would open your
    Bibles with me, please
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    to the Song of Solomon 5.
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    I take the view of this book
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    held by great men of old.
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    That the Song of Solomon
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    is about Jesus Christ and His bride.
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    But there is an interpretation held
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    in some circles today
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    that says that this book
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    is about nothing more
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    than the love between a man and a woman.
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    And I want to very quickly address that
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    because there may be some of you
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    perhaps listening that
    have only ever heard
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    that interpretation.
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    And so, let me remind you
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    that when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees
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    in John 5,
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    because in their search,
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    in their study of Scriptures,
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    they missed the One Whom
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    all Scripture was about.
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    And Jesus did not say there
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    that these are they which testify,
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    which speak of Me,
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    except the Song of Solomon.
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    But rather, all Scripture,
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    it communicates to us truth
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    about Jesus Christ.
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    You see, marriage itself, we're told
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    in Ephesians 5:25 is giving us a picture
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    of Jesus Christ and His bride,
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    His church.
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    And we see this allegory
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    of God and His bride all over Scripture.
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    So then, the subject matter of this book:
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    The Song of Solomon,
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    just like the rest of the Scripture
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    is a greater than Solomon -
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    Jesus Christ.
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    He must have the first
    place in everything.
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    And so, this book contains
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    such beautiful, picturesque allegories
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    and parables;
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    it is meant to communicate to us
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    something of the deep and intimate
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    love relationship between Jesus Christ
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    and His bride - His church.
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    And just to clarify, by "church,"
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    I do not mean a building
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    or an organization or an institution.
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    But by "His bride," "His church,"
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    I mean the redeemed people of God;
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    the true believers of every age.
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    You see, true Christianity
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    is a love relationship
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    between Jesus Christ and His bride,
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    the believer.
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    It is about being loved by and loving Him.
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    It is about knowing and being with Him.
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    Listen to me now,
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    because someone can have all the doctrines
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    lined up like mason work -
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    stone upon stone -
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    and may be able to argue theology
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    as good as any scribe.
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    But as the Apostle Paul said
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    if any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ,
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    if you don't have love for Him,
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    then you're still lost and under a curse.
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    Have you seen that Jesus Christ
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    is everything to you?
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    And so you love
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    and you desire
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    and you want Him
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    more than anything else in life.
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    Satisfied in Him alone.
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    You see, that is what a true Christian is.
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    Someone who loves Jesus.
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    Blessed is the man who
    perseveres under trial,
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    for once he has been approved,
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    he will receive a crown of life
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    which the Lord has promised to who?
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    To those who love Him.
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    That is the only way you're
    going to persevere.
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    A true Christian, when you boil it down,
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    is someone who loves Jesus.
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    Not a Jesus of their
    own making, of course.
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    But you love and want Jesus Christ
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    as He is revealed in the Scriptures.
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    You want Him more than
    anything else in life.
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    Let me ask you,
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    do you have a form of religion;
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    a form of Christianity
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    that really consists of no more
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    than a well set form of
    doctrines in your head?
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    Or has this Word of Christ
    truly penetrated your heart?
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    You see, this is life and death.
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    Listen, despite your failing;
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    despite, like the bride here in our text,
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    which we're going to look at in a moment,
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    you may at times grow cold
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    in your love for Him.
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    Can you honestly say like Peter,
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    "Lord, Thou knowest I love Thee!"
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    You see, Christianity is not giving
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    mental assent to a few
    doctrinal statements.
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    Ticking off a daily list of rules.
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    You know, read Bible.
    Done that once today.
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    Tick that one off.
    Prayed. Done that one.
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    Kept this rule. Kept that rule.
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    But rather, Christianity
    is faith working -
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    real faith always results in good works.
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    It is faith working through love.
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    We do those good things
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    out of love for Him.
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    And brethren, I am convinced;
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    I am fully persuaded of this,
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    that the primary way
    in which you will grow
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    as a Christian,
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    and you will become more like
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    the Person of Jesus Christ,
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    is that you learn and you come to know
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    more of His great love to you,
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    which is what I want to happen
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    in this message today.
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    You see, the Bible says,
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    we love Him because He first loved us.
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    The more we truly of His love for us,
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    the more we will love Him.
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    So, we must ask,
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    what does love for Him look like?
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    What is it evidenced by?
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    Well, Jesus said, if anyone loves Me,
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    he will keep My Word.
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    Whoever does not love Me,
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    does not keep my words.
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    So, how do we as
    Christians increase in this?
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    How do we as Christians
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    grow in obedience and
    become more like Him?
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    And keep His Word and
    keep His commands more?
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    What will motivate us to do this?
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    Well, if obedience to Him is
    linked to love to Him,
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    then we grow in obedience to Him
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    when we grow in love for Him.
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    So then, how do we come to love Him more?
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    Well, we love Him
    because He first loved us.
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    Brethren, hear me.
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    The more you know -
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    the more you personally know,
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    not just in a general sense
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    of His love for everyone,
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    but Him even more you personally know
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    and you take ownership of these truths
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    of His love for you.
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    This will cause you to love Him more;
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    to lean upon and trust Him more,
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    and act in obedience in love to Him
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    out of love for Him.
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    And so, I want you to see now
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    in these verses which we're going to read,
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    how Christ woos and He draws His bride
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    by His sovereign love -
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    a love that passes all understanding.
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    And even when in times like the bride
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    here in this text, grows
    cold towards Christ,
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    His love for her -
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    His love for you, believer,
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    is passionate and unfailing.
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    And let this motivate you
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    to keep yourself in the love of God;
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    to cling to Him.
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    And so, let's look and learn of this now
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    as we read Song of Solomon,
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    and I'm going to read from chapter 5,
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    from verses 2-6.
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    We'll probably touch on a
    couple more verses as well.
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    But I'll just read v. 2-6 now
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    and then we'll pray.
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    "I sleep, but my heart waketh.
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    It is the voice of my
    beloved that knocketh,
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    saying, 'open to me,
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    my sister, my love, my dove,
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    my undefiled.
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    For my head is filled with dew
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    and my locks with the drops of the night.'
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    I have put off my coat;
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    how shall I put it on?
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    I have washed my feet;
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    how shall I defile them?
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    My beloved put his hand
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    by the hole of the door
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    and my bowels were moved for him.
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    I rose up to open to my beloved;
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    and my hands dropped with myrrh,
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    and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh
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    upon the handles of the lock.
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    I opened to my beloved,
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    but my beloved had withdrawn himself
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    and was gone.
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    My soul failed.
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    When he spake, I sought him,
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    but I could not find him.
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    I called him, but he gave me no answer."
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    Let's pray.
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    Oh, Father, I pray now
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    as we look at these glorious truths
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    of Your unfailing love towards us,
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    may Your Spirit teach us now, Lord.
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    We don't want to just
    learn Bible trivia today.
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    But, Lord, help us to own this truth
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    that we can see saying, my beloved -
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    these words of Christ - is mine.
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    Help them belong to us now.
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    I pray, Lord,
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    You would shine Your love into our hearts.
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    Help us, Lord. Have mercy.
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    In Jesus' name,
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    Amen.
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    Ok, so, in the preceding
    chapters of this book,
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    the bride of Christ - the believer -
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    she has experienced many
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    wonderful times of knowing
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    Christ's love and His presence.
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    And every time when she has grown cold
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    towards Him, Jesus has never once
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    cooled His love for her.
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    And immediately before our text in v. 1,
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    the bride is once again,
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    she is experiencing a refreshing time
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    of Christ's love and sweet
    fellowship with Him.
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    However, v. 2 begins with what should
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    really be a new chapter here.
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    It's kind of an awkward chapter break.
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    (He's referring to a break between
    Song of Solomon 5:1 and 5:2.)
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    And so sometime has elapsed
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    between v. 1 and v. 2 here.
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    Because if you notice that,
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    after a previous season of feeling close
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    to the heart of Christ
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    and clinging to Him in love,
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    in v. 2 here, a season of night
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    has once come again upon the believer.
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    The bride here in v. 2 is once again
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    in a season of darkness.
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    Does that sound familiar?
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    And so, in v. 2 here,
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    as Christ comes to the believer's door,
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    the bride says, "I sleep,
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    but my heart waketh.
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    It is the voice of my
    beloved that knocketh,
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    saying, 'open to me.'"
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    So, notice here in this verse,
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    that Christ at this time,
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    He has somewhat withdrawn His presence,
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    because at this point,
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    He is outside of her house here
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    and knocking.
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    The bride here, she has locked Him out.
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    So, firstly, I want you to notice
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    the current state of the believer
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    here in this text.
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    I want you to notice her current attitude,
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    which has caused Christ
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    to withdraw Himself.
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    She says, "I sleep, but my heart waketh."
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    At this point in time,
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    she is half asleep, half awake.
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    She's half for Christ,
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    half for the cares of
    this world and for self.
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    She is compromised.
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    Brethren, maybe this sermon finds you
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    this morning in a place of compromise;
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    in a place of half-heartedness;
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    a place of struggle.
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    Maybe you've even been real busy
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    doing Christian things.
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    But in all your running around;
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    in all your busyness,
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    listen to me,
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    never forget.
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    Never lose sight of the One
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    Who you are to do all
    those things for and with.
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    In Revelation 2, we hear of Christ
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    speak to the church of Ephesus.
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    And He says to them,
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    I know your works and your labor
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    and your patience
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    and how you cannot bear them
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    which are evil.
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    And you've tested them which say
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    they are apostles
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    and you've found them to be liars.
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    And He goes on commending them there.
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    How they have endured and they've labored
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    with much patience
    for Christ's name's sake.
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    But then He says, "nevertheless..."
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    "I have this against you,
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    because you have left your first love."
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    You see, in doing all those things
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    and all the busyness,
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    the church there at Ephesus
    became mechanical.
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    Because love to Christ
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    was no longer at the center of it all.
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    Now, what I want you to see here
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    in this text is the love of Christ
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    and His attitude toward the believer
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    when or if we ever get like that.
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    Notice here: Christ
    is knocking at the door
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    of the believer's heart here.
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    And He is calling out to her
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    to open up fully to Him.
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    Maybe this sermon finds you in a place,
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    or if you're a Christian,
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    I certainly suspect there are times
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    when you feel like Christ
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    has withdrawn His presence from you,
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    where He's standing at
    the door of your heart,
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    because in your compromised
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    and half-hearted state in love to Him,
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    you've locked Him out.
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    You see believers, when Christ
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    withdraws His presence like this,
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    it is not because He is angry with you,
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    but because He wants what
    is best for you, believers.
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    He wants you to learn to cling to Him,
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    which is what happens to
    the bride in this book.
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    By the time you get to chapter 8,
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    she knows the love of Christ
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    to be unfailing
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    and she comes out of the wilderness
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    leaning upon her beloved.
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    You know, coming to maturity
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    as a Christian,
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    it is really clinging to Christ more.
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    It's the opposite of worldly maturity
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    in which people become more independent.
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    You see, in Christian maturity,
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    we grow in being dependant upon Him.
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    And so, what is happening here,
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    is that Christ, in great
    love for His spouse,
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    He is chastening the believer here
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    in a compromised, half-hearted state
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    as a father chastens those,
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    his son in whom He loves,
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    in whom He delights.
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    And brethren, we must learn to be careful
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    not to provoke Christ
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    to withdraw the sense of His presence.
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    We're told in the New Testament
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    to be careful not to quench the Spirit;
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    not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
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    As Paul said to Timothy,
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    take pains to walk in a clear conscience.
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    Take pains. This sometimes hurts.
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    You have to cut things off to do it.
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    Do not walk, believer, in unconfessed sin.
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    But quickly confess it and forsake it.
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    Do not live with a defiled conscience.
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    You see, in the Song of Songs
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    we're given this principle several times
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    where the bride of Christ, see,
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    she exalts these daughters of Jerusalem.
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    Now these are less mature or new converts.
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    And this is really the maturer believer
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    exhorting the younger.
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    And she exhorts them that ye stir not up,
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    nor awake my love until he please.
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    Now, the idea here is like,
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    supposing I'm sat at home on my sofa,
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    and I'm asleep and my
    wife is cuddled up to me,
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    my right hand is under her head
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    and my left hand doth embrace her.
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    And she's just enjoying
    that loving position,
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    and then the children come running in
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    and so my wife Zoe says,
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    shhh... don't wake your daddy up.
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    Because she likes this position.
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    She wants to stay there.
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    So, she doesn't want them
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    to stir up, giving me any reason
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    to remove myself from
    that position of love
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    before I would naturally wake up.
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    The teaching there for Christians
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    is be careful - be very careful
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    not to stir up Christ
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    to withdraw His presence from you.
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    Now, the next thing I want you to notice,
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    believer, in this text
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    is that in our coldness to Him,
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    I want you to notice how He acts
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    towards you.
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    Notice here, in v. 2, the bride,
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    she is being awakened from
    her sleep at this point.
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    She is being awakened from a state
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    of spiritual slumber.
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    And when you fall into that state,
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    the only reason you will awake
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    is because Christ knocks.
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    And she is being awakened here by Christ
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    banging out on the door
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    calling out to her.
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    You see, the knocking here,
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    it's in the sense of Revelation 3:20
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    where it's not like a
    gentle and polite knock,
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    but it's like a hammer.
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    Bang, bang, bang, bang!
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    This knock is from One Who
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    out of great love to you, believer,
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    is desperate for you to open up to Him,
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    so that He can come and be with you
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    and you with Him.
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    But also notice, Jesus doesn't just knock.
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    But in your half-hearted state
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    of neglect to Him,
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    He calls out to you
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    and He says, "Open to Me,
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    My sister, My love, My dove, My undefiled.
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    For My head is filled with dew;
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    My locks with the drops of the night."
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    And brethren, how often is this
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    that when we fall into a state
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    of spiritual slumber,
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    and it feels as though Christ
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    is distant from us -
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    it's not that we can't hear Christ
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    knocking at the door.
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    It's not that those promises
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    suddenly disappear from His Word.
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    It's not that you can't hear the voice
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    of your Beloved crying
    out to you to open up.
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    But in the Christian's determination
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    to hold on to some idol;
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    to hold on to some
    pathetic state of compromise,
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    which is between the believer and Christ,
  • 20:11 - 20:15
    the bride locks Him out.
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    And even when He knocks
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    and pleads for you,
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    you are still stubborn
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    and won't repent straightaway
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    and return to your first love.
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    And so you stay in bed
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    and you make excuses
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    which we'll see in a moment,
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    like the bride does here.
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    You know, so often,
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    I've heard believers
    who are in this state,
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    where they have some compromise
  • 20:40 - 20:41
    in love to Christ,
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    and they say things like,
  • 20:43 - 20:46
    I feel like Christ has withdrawn
    His presence from me.
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    I feel like He's distant from me,
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    and He's not revealing Himself to me.
  • 20:52 - 20:55
    But you know, He's
    hiding His face from me -
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    as if Christ is to blame.
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    Let me ask you, what
    would you think, believer?
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    If you went to the house
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    of one of your married
    ladies in your church.
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    And all over the house,
  • 21:10 - 21:12
    you could see notes
  • 21:12 - 21:15
    that the husband had given to his wife,
  • 21:15 - 21:17
    saying come away with me, my love.
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    I just love you so much.
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    I want to be alone with you.
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    And your friend, she got a text message
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    from her husband.
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    And you're sat next to her
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    and so you sort of lean over
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    and have a sneaky read
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    like ladies often do.
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    But it said the same thing.
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    Now what would you think if that wife
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    then turned around to you and said,
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    I think my husband is ignoring me?
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    I think he's gone cold on me.
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    Believers, listen to me,
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    Christ never grows cold
    in His love for you.
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    The next thing I want you
    to see here in this text
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    is look with me in v. 2.
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    That in the times the believer
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    has been cold towards Christ,
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    I want you to take notice here
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    of Christ's plea for you
  • 22:15 - 22:19
    to open your heart fully to Him.
  • 22:19 - 22:21
    Look at His plea here.
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    There's no fault on His part.
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    He begins by saying to you,
  • 22:24 - 22:29
    Open to Me.
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    Believer, that should be reason enough
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    for you to open the door,
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    because of Who He is
  • 22:35 - 22:37
    Who is knocking at your heart
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    and calling out to you.
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    This is the great I AM.
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    This is the God Who spoke
  • 22:43 - 22:46
    the universe into existence.
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    I mean, I'm sure there must be
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    some person whom you somewhat
  • 22:50 - 22:53
    admire and esteem.
  • 22:53 - 22:56
    And if he, or perhaps, she contacted you
  • 22:56 - 22:58
    and wanted to come over
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    and have some fellowship with you,
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    and you'd be really, really excited
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    about this person coming to visit.
  • 23:05 - 23:07
    And you're changing your schedule
  • 23:07 - 23:10
    to fit him in.
  • 23:10 - 23:13
    Maybe as we're in a church here,
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    maybe for you it would
    be a famous preacher
  • 23:16 - 23:17
    like a John Piper
  • 23:17 - 23:22
    or a Paul Washer.
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    Brethren, is it not more exciting
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    that God wants to
    have fellowship with you?
  • 23:29 - 23:31
    That He wants you to come away
  • 23:31 - 23:34
    and be alone with Him?
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    You know, it should make us wonder
  • 23:36 - 23:39
    that God would even knock at our door.
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    It should astound you,
    believer, in amazement,
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    that God would want
    anything to do with you.
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    You see, when you're just content
  • 23:50 - 23:53
    to go on casually in your slumber
  • 23:53 - 23:55
    and neglect communion with Him,
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    then at least two things
    have become manifest.
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    Number one, you've lost a sense
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    of Who God is.
  • 24:02 - 24:03
    To leave Him at the door
  • 24:03 - 24:06
    and carry on in our compromised state.
  • 24:06 - 24:08
    And number two, when this happens,
  • 24:08 - 24:11
    we have developed an over-inflated opinion
  • 24:11 - 24:14
    of who we are.
  • 24:14 - 24:15
    To leave Him outside
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    and be cold to His calling
  • 24:18 - 24:22
    to have fellowship with Him in everything.
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    And so let's look at the second part
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    of Christ's plea here
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    for you to open up to Him.
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    Look what He says to you here.
  • 24:29 - 24:35
    He says, "My sister."
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    You see, like Abraham and Sarah,
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    Christ is not only the believer's husband,
  • 24:40 - 24:46
    but He is also the
    believer's elder brother.
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    But whereas Abraham at times,
  • 24:48 - 24:50
    denied and forsook his bride,
  • 24:50 - 24:53
    because he wanted to protect his own life,
  • 24:53 - 24:55
    a greater than Abraham
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    willingly laid down
    His life for His bride.
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    And when the Bible speaks
    of Christ in this way,
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    as our Brother,
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    it is speaking of His humanity.
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    In all things, Christ was
  • 25:13 - 25:17
    made like unto His brethren.
  • 25:17 - 25:21
    You see, Jesus was and is fully God.
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    Without beginning and without end.
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    But at a point in time,
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    He became humanity.
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    You see, we do not have a God
  • 25:30 - 25:33
    Who is distant like Allah.
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    We do not have a God
  • 25:34 - 25:39
    that only knows in theory how we feel
  • 25:39 - 25:40
    because He knows all things
  • 25:40 - 25:44
    like a sort of academic paper.
  • 25:44 - 25:46
    Because, let me remind you brethren,
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    that when He took on humanity,
  • 25:50 - 25:52
    Jesus - He did not become this
  • 25:52 - 25:55
    super bullet-proof human being.
  • 25:55 - 25:57
    But He became fully man.
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    And so He felt firsthand what we feel.
  • 26:01 - 26:05
    He experienced what we go through.
  • 26:05 - 26:08
    He hungered; He thirsted like we do.
  • 26:08 - 26:12
    He sat thus exhausted by the well.
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    When Jesus went to the tomb
  • 26:14 - 26:17
    of His friend Lazarus and Lazarus died,
  • 26:17 - 26:19
    even though He knew He was
  • 26:19 - 26:21
    about to raise His friend Lazarus,
  • 26:21 - 26:24
    it says, "Jesus wept."
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    He wailed there.
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    Why?
  • 26:28 - 26:30
    I mean, if He was about to raise Him,
  • 26:30 - 26:32
    why did He weep?
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    The answer is because He loved Lazarus.
  • 26:37 - 26:39
    Jesus, being fully humanity,
  • 26:39 - 26:41
    He experienced what we feel
  • 26:41 - 26:46
    at the death of a loved one.
  • 26:46 - 26:47
    Last time, I preached that somewhere,
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    I got an email from
    somewhere claiming that
  • 26:50 - 26:53
    God does not have feelings.
  • 26:53 - 26:54
    My Bible says we do not have
  • 26:54 - 26:57
    a great high priest Who cannot be touched
  • 26:57 - 27:01
    with feelings.
  • 27:01 - 27:03
    As it says there in the book of Hebrews,
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    we do not have a high priest -
  • 27:05 - 27:07
    a representative -
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    who is unable to sympathize
  • 27:09 - 27:13
    with our infirmaties; with our weaknesses,
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    but One who was in all points tempted
  • 27:16 - 27:20
    like we are tempted, and yet without sin.
  • 27:20 - 27:22
    And so therefore, we have
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    a sympathetic God.
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    We are told there to go boldly
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    to His throne of grace to find help
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    in time of need.
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    You see, is it not true
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    that often when the
    believer is being tormented,
  • 27:37 - 27:39
    when the believer is struggling,
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    in that time of need,
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    they feel like they can't go
  • 27:44 - 27:47
    to His throne of grace in that state.
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    But you must own this truth
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    that this is the time He tells you
  • 27:50 - 27:56
    to go boldly to Him.
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    The One Who knocks at
    your door here, believer,
  • 27:59 - 28:01
    He's not angry with you
    because you've fallen,
  • 28:01 - 28:03
    but He has pity on you.
  • 28:03 - 28:10
    He wants to help you.
  • 28:10 - 28:12
    Let me say it again,
  • 28:12 - 28:14
    when Satan comes to you with temptation
  • 28:14 - 28:15
    and all manner of assault
  • 28:15 - 28:17
    and accusations against the Christian,
  • 28:17 - 28:20
    don't become deceived.
  • 28:20 - 28:21
    When you're struggling, believer,
  • 28:21 - 28:24
    don't think that you can't go to Him
  • 28:24 - 28:27
    in that state to His throne of grace.
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    Because the time of need
  • 28:29 - 28:34
    is the time He tells you
    to come boldly to Him
  • 28:34 - 28:36
    to find help.
  • 28:36 - 28:38
    And then look what He calls you next
  • 28:38 - 28:41
    in His plea for you to open up to Him.
  • 28:41 - 28:47
    He then calls you, "My love."
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    Listen to me, believer.
  • 28:49 - 28:51
    You must get out of this trap
  • 28:51 - 28:54
    of basing His love for you
  • 28:54 - 28:56
    on your performance.
  • 28:56 - 28:59
    It's so easy to fall into.
  • 28:59 - 29:00
    You know, when you think
  • 29:00 - 29:02
    you're doing really good.
  • 29:02 - 29:04
    You get up for prayer early.
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    You read your Bible.
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    You share your faith with someone.
  • 29:07 - 29:10
    You know, you're
    just giving, sacrificial.
  • 29:10 - 29:12
    Or, you know whenever you speak
  • 29:12 - 29:15
    the right words just
    pour out of your mouth.
  • 29:15 - 29:18
    And you have no problem
  • 29:18 - 29:23
    believing Christ's love for
    you on days like that.
  • 29:23 - 29:26
    That's just pride.
  • 29:26 - 29:28
    But then on another day,
  • 29:28 - 29:30
    you're kind of like the
    bride here in our text.
  • 29:30 - 29:33
    You're in a state of spiritual slumber.
  • 29:33 - 29:34
    And you think,
  • 29:34 - 29:41
    surely Christ must love me less now.
  • 29:41 - 29:45
    What is the greatest command in Scripture?
  • 29:45 - 29:46
    Jesus said: To love God
  • 29:46 - 29:53
    with all your heart, soul,
    mind, and strength.
  • 29:53 - 29:56
    Did Jesus do that perfectly?
  • 29:56 - 29:57
    Of course, He did.
  • 29:57 - 30:00
    He always did what is
    pleasing to the Father.
  • 30:00 - 30:02
    Well, Jesus said as the
    Father has loved Me,
  • 30:02 - 30:05
    even so I have loved you.
  • 30:05 - 30:07
    With that exact same love
  • 30:07 - 30:09
    and that intensity of that love
  • 30:09 - 30:12
    God the Father has for God the Son,
  • 30:12 - 30:13
    and the Son has for the Father,
  • 30:13 - 30:17
    that is how much Jesus loves you.
  • 30:17 - 30:19
    I mean, did the love of Jesus
  • 30:19 - 30:21
    for the heavenly Father -
  • 30:21 - 30:24
    does it only go thus far and no further?
  • 30:24 - 30:27
    Is there any limit to the infinite love
  • 30:27 - 30:32
    between the Father and the Son?
  • 30:32 - 30:35
    This world was made for God to share
  • 30:35 - 30:37
    this love with you.
  • 30:37 - 30:42
    To show how much the Father loves the Son.
  • 30:42 - 30:46
    And He does that by loving
    us in the same way.
  • 30:46 - 30:48
    You see, believer, there may be times
  • 30:48 - 30:52
    when you're cooled in your love for Him.
  • 30:52 - 30:55
    But what was His love towards
    you like in those times?
  • 30:55 - 30:57
    Listen to me now, believer,
  • 30:57 - 31:00
    Jesus - He always passionately loves you
  • 31:00 - 31:06
    with all of His heart,
    soul, mind, and strength.
  • 31:06 - 31:08
    With all of His thoughts,
  • 31:08 - 31:15
    with all of His emotions.
  • 31:15 - 31:18
    So how can we not fully open up to Him?
  • 31:18 - 31:19
    And so then,
  • 31:19 - 31:22
    Christ's appeal for you to open up
  • 31:22 - 31:24
    fully to Him - it continues.
  • 31:24 - 31:26
    Look what He calls
    you next here, believer.
  • 31:26 - 31:29
    He calls you, "My dove."
  • 31:29 - 31:31
    A dove is a clean,
  • 31:31 - 31:33
    a gentle and beautiful bird.
  • 31:33 - 31:37
    A symbol of innocence and peace.
  • 31:37 - 31:40
    Notice the tender way, believer,
  • 31:40 - 31:43
    in which Christ sees you;
  • 31:43 - 31:45
    how He looks upon you
  • 31:45 - 31:47
    with the deepest of affections.
  • 31:47 - 31:49
    And a dove, of course, in Scripture
  • 31:49 - 31:52
    is a symbol of the Holy Spirit
  • 31:52 - 31:57
    who resides in the believer's heart.
  • 31:57 - 31:59
    You know, and He's beginning to awake
  • 31:59 - 32:02
    the bride here from her state of slumber.
  • 32:02 - 32:04
    Let not conscience make you linger
  • 32:04 - 32:06
    nor of fitness fondly dream,
  • 32:06 - 32:08
    all the fitness He requireth
  • 32:08 - 32:10
    is to feel your need for Him.
  • 32:10 - 32:11
    And this He gives you -
  • 32:11 - 32:14
    this is the Spirit working in you,
  • 32:14 - 32:17
    when we feel our need for Him.
  • 32:17 - 32:19
    And then, look, He calls you,
  • 32:19 - 32:21
    "My undefiled,"
  • 32:21 - 32:23
    Or as the New American Standard
  • 32:23 - 32:29
    translates it, "My perfect one."
  • 32:29 - 32:33
    Notice, He's not knocking at the door
  • 32:33 - 32:35
    in wrath for you.
  • 32:35 - 32:38
    He calls you now His undefiled.
  • 32:38 - 32:41
    Because from the moment someone
  • 32:41 - 32:43
    truly repents and puts
    their faith in Christ,
  • 32:43 - 32:49
    God is never angry at the believer again.
  • 32:49 - 32:51
    Because as we've just sung there
  • 32:51 - 32:52
    on that cross, the wrath of God
  • 32:52 - 32:56
    was completely satisfied.
  • 32:56 - 32:57
    He was punished in our place.
  • 32:57 - 32:59
    Jesus cried out upon that cross,
  • 32:59 - 33:03
    "It is finished!"
  • 33:03 - 33:04
    Do you see that?
  • 33:04 - 33:05
    It is finished.
  • 33:05 - 33:10
    Or are you still trying to finish it?
  • 33:10 - 33:13
    Because seeing that is eternal life.
  • 33:13 - 33:16
    Seeing what He has done there -
  • 33:16 - 33:19
    that He has completely and perfectly
  • 33:19 - 33:21
    satisfied the wrath of God
  • 33:21 - 33:25
    on behalf of all those who will trust Him.
  • 33:25 - 33:28
    He paid the penalty for
    the sins of His bride -
  • 33:28 - 33:33
    past, present, and future.
  • 33:33 - 33:35
    You know, when I first went to a church,
  • 33:35 - 33:37
    I was told there that when you believe,
  • 33:37 - 33:39
    Christ paid for the sins up to the point
  • 33:39 - 33:43
    that you become a Christian,
  • 33:43 - 33:47
    and then you were sort of left then.
  • 33:47 - 33:48
    That didn't bring me much joy.
  • 33:48 - 33:53
    Of course, it's false.
  • 33:53 - 33:54
    But He's taken away our sins
  • 33:54 - 33:57
    as far as the east is from the west,
  • 33:57 - 33:58
    the Bible says.
  • 33:58 - 34:03
    So far has He removed our
    transgressions from us.
  • 34:03 - 34:05
    I mean, think about this.
  • 34:05 - 34:07
    How far is the east from the west?
  • 34:07 - 34:11
    You just keep going.
  • 34:11 - 34:13
    He says, "For I will be merciful
  • 34:13 - 34:14
    to their unrighteousness."
  • 34:14 - 34:17
    This is what He's doing here at the door.
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    "...and their sins and their iniquities
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    will I remember no more."
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    You see, He brings us under conviction
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    to chasten us as a father chastens the son
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    in whom he delights, in whom he loves.
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    But once you rest in His finished work,
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    He never comes to you in wrath again.
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    I mean, God did not go to such an expense
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    to pay for your sins,
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    so He could just frown
    at you all day long.
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    But everything Christ does is perfect.
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    You see, when He saves someone,
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    He perfectly saves them.
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    When God adopts someone as His child,
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    He perfectly adopts them.
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    When God forgives someone,
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    He perfectly forgives them.
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    It's not like man often does,
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    where they say I forgive someone
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    and they bury the axe,
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    but they leave the hatchet showing
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    so they can dig it up at a later date.
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    "I have blotted out as a thick cloud
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    your transgressions,
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    as a thick cloud your sins.
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    Return unto Me, for I have redeemed you."
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    Look, believer, despite your feelings
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    of neglect of Him,
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    He's not knocking to you in anger here.
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    He calls you, "My undefiled."
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    These hands that knock here
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    have holes in,
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    pierced for your sin, believer.
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    Is that not enough to you?
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    This should really motivate you
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    to just yield yourself to Him.
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    There's a dear brother in England we met,
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    Leslie Smith.
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    One thing he told me: yield.
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    Because Satan comes with all accusations
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    and thoughts, different things,
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    and people start toying with it,
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    but the moment you yield to Christ,
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    it's over.
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    And it's so true.
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    Take captive every thought.
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    And then in the third part
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    of His plea to the believer
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    to open up the door,
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    Christ says, "For My
    head is filled with dew,
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    and My locks with the drops of the night."
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    He's left in the cold outside here.
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    And a night and dew in Scripture
  • 37:05 - 37:08
    is sometimes symbolic
    of trial and affliction.
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    In Daniel 4, when Nebuchadnezzar
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    was at his lowest state -
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    he was said to be wet
    with the dew of heaven.
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    And brethren, Christ feels the hurt.
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    You know, since I've been in the U.S.,
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    I've been able to contact my wife on Skype
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    almost every day.
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    That was, except last Monday,
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    because we were so busy,
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    we were doing various outreaches,
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    and with all the time differences
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    I was unable to speak to her that day.
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    Each time I turned on my laptop
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    hoping to see her,
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    it was a time when either she wasn't there
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    or she was in bed.
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    On the morning before we left
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    the house to go to the outreach,
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    I put on my computer,
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    and I was so excited to speak with her,
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    but she happened to be out.
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    Then, when we came back
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    from the outreach,
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    I was getting all excited again,
  • 38:08 - 38:12
    longing to speak to my wife.
  • 38:12 - 38:14
    I'm getting flutters in my heart
  • 38:14 - 38:18
    as I switch the computer on.
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    But she'd gone to bed.
  • 38:21 - 38:23
    It was kind of late there.
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    But it just really brought home to me
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    just how much more
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    God longs to hear from us
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    and speak with His bride.
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    And how He feels it
  • 38:34 - 38:39
    when we don't come to be alone with Him.
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    While we're here, if you'll just look
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    at Song of Solomon 2:14.
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    At the end of v. 13,
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    Christ says, "Arise, My love,
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    My fair one and come away."
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    And then He says there in v. 14,
  • 38:55 - 38:56
    "Oh, My dove,
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    that art in the clefts of the rock,
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    in the secret places in the stairs."
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    These are the little cracks
  • 39:03 - 39:05
    in the rock, if you like,
  • 39:05 - 39:09
    where doves would hide for protection.
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    The analogy here is, as we sang there,
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    Jesus Christ being our hiding place.
  • 39:14 - 39:15
    Coming to hide in Him.
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    But notice here what He calls you.
  • 39:17 - 39:20
    "Let me see thy countenance."
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    Let me see your face.
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    He wants to see your face.
  • 39:25 - 39:28
    "Let me hear thy voice,
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    for sweet is thy voice
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    and thy countenance (your face)
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    is beautiful."
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    Because Christ doesn't
    just put away your sin,
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    but He gives you the perfect,
  • 39:40 - 39:44
    the beauty, the righteousness
    of Jesus Christ.
  • 39:44 - 39:47
    If ever I feel cold and dry in prayer,
  • 39:47 - 39:50
    I come back to these verses.
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    That Christ, He says,
  • 39:52 - 39:54
    let Me hear your voice.
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    Let Me see your face.
  • 39:57 - 40:00
    You know, Keith Green sang:
  • 40:00 - 40:01
    "Oh, Lord, You're beautiful.
  • 40:01 - 40:04
    Your face is all I seek.
  • 40:04 - 40:07
    And when Your eyes are on this child,
  • 40:07 - 40:10
    Your grace abounds to me."
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    Well, brethren, this is a song.
  • 40:11 - 40:12
    The Song of Solomon.
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    And God is singing the
    same thing to us there.
  • 40:18 - 40:19
    Believe it.
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    He sees you as beautiful.
  • 40:20 - 40:26
    Your face is all He seeks.
  • 40:26 - 40:31
    We go back to chapter 5.
  • 40:31 - 40:33
    But believer, when we neglect
  • 40:33 - 40:35
    secret communion with God -
  • 40:35 - 40:38
    Jesus said not if, but when
  • 40:38 - 40:40
    you pray in secret.
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    Or when we leave our first love
  • 40:43 - 40:45
    to be busy in some cold,
  • 40:45 - 40:46
    compromised way,
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    Christ feels this.
  • 40:49 - 40:53
    The Bible speaks of His
    Spirit being grieved.
  • 40:53 - 40:56
    Grief is an emotional hurt.
  • 40:56 - 41:00
    You see, God is not
    some feelingless robot.
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    The Bible says He is
    longsuffering towards us.
  • 41:05 - 41:08
    Now, that implies that He feels
  • 41:08 - 41:12
    the suffering towards our cold behavior.
  • 41:12 - 41:13
    This is the same God, brethren,
  • 41:13 - 41:18
    Who wept over Jerusalem.
  • 41:18 - 41:21
    Now, look in v. 3 here at the bride's
  • 41:21 - 41:25
    half-hearted response.
  • 41:25 - 41:27
    After she hears her beloved outside
  • 41:27 - 41:30
    knocking and pleading with her
  • 41:30 - 41:31
    in great love for her
  • 41:31 - 41:33
    to open up the door,
  • 41:33 - 41:35
    she just makes excuses.
  • 41:35 - 41:39
    She says, v. 3, "I have put off my coat.
  • 41:39 - 41:42
    How shall I put it on?"
  • 41:42 - 41:45
    This refers to the full middle-Eastern
  • 41:45 - 41:47
    robe or garment.
  • 41:47 - 41:49
    Basically, she's gone to bed.
  • 41:49 - 41:51
    "I have washed my feet.
  • 41:51 - 41:55
    How shall I defile (or dirty) them again?"
  • 41:55 - 41:57
    You know, if I get up to answer the door,
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    I'm going to have to wash my feet again.
  • 42:00 - 42:03
    I'm cozy in bed now.
  • 42:03 - 42:05
    But brethren, how many times
  • 42:05 - 42:09
    have we been cold to Christ -
  • 42:09 - 42:11
    locked Him out, so to speak,
  • 42:11 - 42:14
    because you want to do your own thing
  • 42:14 - 42:17
    or hold on to some idol?
  • 42:17 - 42:19
    But even when you hear Him knock
  • 42:19 - 42:21
    and call out to you,
  • 42:21 - 42:23
    when you're reminded of Who He is,
  • 42:23 - 42:26
    and you're reminded
    of His great love to you,
  • 42:26 - 42:29
    and you're reminded of
    what He's done for you,
  • 42:29 - 42:31
    and how He is grieved;
  • 42:31 - 42:32
    how often do you, like the bride,
  • 42:32 - 42:36
    still make excuses
  • 42:36 - 42:39
    and start reasoning
  • 42:39 - 42:41
    to continue in a half-hearted state
  • 42:41 - 42:47
    of compromise?
  • 42:47 - 42:48
    You know, one thing I heard
  • 42:48 - 42:51
    that really helped me
  • 42:51 - 43:00
    is we know right and wrong in His Word,
  • 43:00 - 43:02
    but what tends to happen is
  • 43:02 - 43:04
    the believer at times will be deceived
  • 43:04 - 43:06
    and start reasoning,
  • 43:06 - 43:08
    when it's a simple yes or no.
  • 43:08 - 43:12
    Will you obey Christ or won't you obey?
  • 43:12 - 43:14
    And once you boil it down to that,
  • 43:14 - 43:18
    and you stop reasoning,
  • 43:18 - 43:20
    and just yield to Christ,
  • 43:20 - 43:25
    it's over there.
  • 43:25 - 43:29
    How often have you
    heard a sermon like this
  • 43:29 - 43:31
    speaking of God's love for you
  • 43:31 - 43:33
    in spite of your failings?
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    And you're convicted, and you're thinking,
  • 43:36 - 43:38
    yeah, I'm going to commune with Him now,
  • 43:38 - 43:40
    put Him first in all of my affections.
  • 43:40 - 43:42
    I'm going to rise up early
  • 43:42 - 43:45
    and meet Him for secret
    communion and prayer,
  • 43:45 - 43:48
    but then it gets to Monday or Tuesday,
  • 43:48 - 43:51
    and you're making excuses
  • 43:51 - 43:54
    in order to keep Christ out
  • 43:54 - 43:59
    and carry on in your compromised way.
  • 43:59 - 44:01
    "I have put off my coat.
  • 44:01 - 44:03
    How shall I put it on?
  • 44:03 - 44:04
    I have washed my feet.
  • 44:04 - 44:08
    How shall I defile (or dirty) them?"
  • 44:08 - 44:10
    Notice also here,
  • 44:10 - 44:13
    that in the bride's thinking here,
  • 44:13 - 44:16
    in making excuses to carry on in her state
  • 44:16 - 44:19
    of compromise - in her reasoning,
  • 44:19 - 44:21
    she has come to the conclusion
  • 44:21 - 44:23
    that to fully open up to Christ -
  • 44:23 - 44:25
    to submit to Him fully -
  • 44:25 - 44:27
    would somehow be a great trouble
  • 44:27 - 44:30
    or burden to her.
  • 44:30 - 44:31
    She's been deceived at this point
  • 44:31 - 44:33
    into thinking she's better off
  • 44:33 - 44:35
    with whatever carnal security
  • 44:35 - 44:37
    she's getting from whatever is between
  • 44:37 - 44:42
    her and Christ.
  • 44:42 - 44:43
    Listen to me.
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    Anytime we do not put Christ
  • 44:46 - 44:48
    at the chiefest of our affections,
  • 44:48 - 44:52
    it is because we have been deceived.
  • 44:52 - 44:57
    How often does one think of sin
  • 44:57 - 45:01
    or toying with sin as if it's a virtue?
  • 45:01 - 45:06
    No one would ever do it otherwise.
  • 45:06 - 45:07
    No one sins unless they feel
  • 45:07 - 45:12
    it's going to benefit them in some way.
  • 45:12 - 45:17
    And v. 4, and the bride continues to say,
  • 45:17 - 45:19
    "My beloved put His hand
  • 45:19 - 45:20
    by the hole of the door,
  • 45:20 - 45:24
    and my bowels were moved for Him."
  • 45:24 - 45:28
    Jesus Christ - He is the everlasting door.
  • 45:28 - 45:29
    And the Bible says,
  • 45:29 - 45:32
    while were yet sinners,
  • 45:32 - 45:35
    He made His way into our hearts.
  • 45:35 - 45:38
    You see, this hole in the
    door here in this text,
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    you would have basically a large door
  • 45:43 - 45:44
    with a wooden bar across it
  • 45:44 - 45:46
    and various pins and locks.
  • 45:46 - 45:50
    And there's a hole you
    can put your hand into
  • 45:50 - 45:52
    to remove some of those pins
  • 45:52 - 45:55
    and some of those locks.
  • 45:55 - 45:57
    Although, there's more to it than that.
  • 45:57 - 46:01
    You have to open it on the inside also.
  • 46:01 - 46:02
    As we can see there,
  • 46:02 - 46:04
    the bride still needs to open up.
  • 46:04 - 46:06
    But notice here, that when the bride
  • 46:06 - 46:08
    is locking Christ out here,
  • 46:08 - 46:10
    and even when He knocks
  • 46:10 - 46:13
    and calls her in love to
    her to open up to Him,
  • 46:13 - 46:18
    and she makes excuses,
  • 46:18 - 46:23
    He doesn't just leave her,
  • 46:23 - 46:26
    but He finds this little gap
  • 46:26 - 46:29
    and undoes some of those pins.
  • 46:29 - 46:31
    Basically, He makes it easier here
  • 46:31 - 46:35
    for the bride to open up fully to Him.
  • 46:35 - 46:38
    Christ begins here to effectually move
  • 46:38 - 46:40
    on the bride's heart.
  • 46:40 - 46:42
    And so she's going to rise now
  • 46:42 - 46:45
    to open up the door.
  • 46:45 - 46:48
    And Jesus often does this.
  • 46:48 - 46:50
    When Peter denied Christ,
  • 46:50 - 46:54
    the only thing that made
    Peter turn again to Him,
  • 46:54 - 46:56
    was Christ praying for Peter
  • 46:56 - 47:01
    that his faith fail not.
  • 47:01 - 47:04
    As I read Octavius Winslow said,
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    it takes as big a miracle
  • 47:08 - 47:12
    for a believer when we fall in any way
  • 47:12 - 47:14
    to come back to Christ - to turn -
  • 47:14 - 47:19
    than for the new birth in the first place.
  • 47:19 - 47:21
    When Peter was at his lowest ebb
  • 47:21 - 47:22
    in running from God,
  • 47:22 - 47:23
    Jesus went after Peter
  • 47:23 - 47:27
    and won him by His love.
  • 47:27 - 47:29
    And believer, when you fail,
  • 47:29 - 47:32
    the only reason you return to Him
  • 47:32 - 47:35
    is because He effectually draws you
  • 47:35 - 47:37
    by His love.
  • 47:37 - 47:39
    If He left you to yourself,
  • 47:39 - 47:44
    then you would be long gone.
  • 47:44 - 47:46
    His love is a love that
    will not let you go.
  • 47:46 - 47:49
    It says in chapter 8:
    "stronger than death."
  • 47:49 - 47:51
    Death is pretty strong.
  • 47:51 - 47:54
    It's quite final.
  • 47:54 - 47:57
    So rest your weary soul in Him.
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    In v. 5, after Christ effectually moves
  • 48:00 - 48:02
    the heart of the bride here,
  • 48:02 - 48:05
    she says, "I rose to open to my beloved,
  • 48:05 - 48:08
    and my hands dropped with myrrh,
  • 48:08 - 48:10
    and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh
  • 48:10 - 48:14
    upon the handles of the lock."
  • 48:14 - 48:16
    I want you to notice here first of all
  • 48:16 - 48:21
    that repentance always results in action.
  • 48:21 - 48:25
    Repentance involves all
    of your inner being,
  • 48:25 - 48:28
    being moved with compassion,
  • 48:28 - 48:29
    with longing for Christ,
  • 48:29 - 48:31
    and so it will be evidenced
  • 48:31 - 48:35
    by a turning from the present state one is
  • 48:35 - 48:40
    and to the living God.
  • 48:40 - 48:42
    There is no such thing
    as a true repentance
  • 48:42 - 48:45
    that does not involve action.
  • 48:45 - 48:46
    And notice in v. 5,
  • 48:46 - 48:48
    when the bride rises up to open
  • 48:48 - 48:50
    to her beloved, she says,
  • 48:50 - 48:52
    "My hands dropped with myrrh,
  • 48:52 - 48:54
    and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh,
  • 48:54 - 48:58
    upon the handles of the lock."
  • 48:58 - 49:00
    Although as we see in the next verse
  • 49:00 - 49:02
    that by this time when
    she finally responds,
  • 49:02 - 49:05
    Christ has further withdrawn His presence
  • 49:05 - 49:06
    from her, but notice here -
  • 49:06 - 49:08
    don't miss this.
  • 49:08 - 49:10
    Before He did, He put His hand
  • 49:10 - 49:13
    through the hole in the door to her heart
  • 49:13 - 49:15
    in the previous verse.
  • 49:15 - 49:19
    He left her here with
    the fragrance of Himself,
  • 49:19 - 49:25
    so that she would long for Him.
  • 49:25 - 49:27
    And how true this is, believer,
  • 49:27 - 49:29
    that even when it times Christ withdraws
  • 49:29 - 49:33
    His presence from you,
  • 49:33 - 49:34
    because of your disobedience
  • 49:34 - 49:36
    and stubborn will to carry on
  • 49:36 - 49:37
    in a compromised state,
  • 49:37 - 49:39
    He graciosly leaves you, believer,
  • 49:39 - 49:44
    with a longing - with
    a yearning for Himself.
  • 49:44 - 49:48
    And in v. 6, the bride
    finally rises and says,
  • 49:48 - 49:51
    "I opened to my beloved,
  • 49:51 - 49:53
    but my beloved had withdrawn Himself
  • 49:53 - 49:54
    and was gone.
  • 49:54 - 49:58
    My soul failed when He spake.
  • 49:58 - 50:00
    I sought Him, but I could not find Him.
  • 50:00 - 50:05
    I called Him, but He gave me no answer."
  • 50:05 - 50:08
    For the bride's own good here,
  • 50:08 - 50:13
    Christ has withdrawn the
    sense of His presence.
  • 50:13 - 50:15
    Of course, He's still with her,
  • 50:15 - 50:16
    watching over her.
  • 50:16 - 50:19
    But He's done this to teach her a lesson
  • 50:19 - 50:21
    that she cannot be half-hearted
  • 50:21 - 50:24
    towards Him.
  • 50:24 - 50:27
    And after finding her
    in this prolonged state
  • 50:27 - 50:29
    of compromise,
  • 50:29 - 50:30
    when despite His pleas of love
  • 50:30 - 50:31
    for the bride,
  • 50:31 - 50:34
    she was continually cold to Him,
  • 50:34 - 50:37
    and so He left her with the fragrance
  • 50:37 - 50:41
    of Himself so that she would yearn for Him
  • 50:41 - 50:43
    and cause her to seek Him.
  • 50:43 - 50:45
    And so, when she finally rises
  • 50:45 - 50:48
    from her state of spiritual slumber
  • 50:48 - 50:49
    and opens the door,
  • 50:49 - 50:52
    she finds that her beloved
    has withdrawn Himself,
  • 50:52 - 50:56
    because listen to me.
  • 50:56 - 50:58
    Christ does not want us to continue
  • 50:58 - 51:02
    in this half-hearted state of devotion,
  • 51:02 - 51:06
    nor does He want our
    three-quarter devotion.
  • 51:06 - 51:08
    But He wants us to desperately seek Him
  • 51:08 - 51:11
    with all our heart.
  • 51:11 - 51:14
    And so that when you find Him,
  • 51:14 - 51:16
    He doesn't want us to have the attitude
  • 51:16 - 51:19
    of slip back into the previous attitude
  • 51:19 - 51:23
    that we can just take Him or leave Him;
  • 51:23 - 51:25
    pick Him up and drop Him
  • 51:25 - 51:26
    whenever we like.
  • 51:26 - 51:28
    But as you go through this book,
  • 51:28 - 51:30
    the Song of Solomon,
  • 51:30 - 51:32
    you see this Christian life
  • 51:32 - 51:34
    where the bride comes to maturity,
  • 51:34 - 51:36
    and He teaches the bride
  • 51:36 - 51:38
    by chastening her in this way,
  • 51:38 - 51:40
    to cling to Him;
  • 51:40 - 51:43
    to lean upon Him.
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    Again, growing in Christian maturity
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    is growing in dependence upon Him;
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    clinging more to Christ.
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    And notice here, she sought Him
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    by calling Him in prayer,
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    but He gave no answer.
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    Let me ask you a question, believer.
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    Have you ever woken up
    early in the morning,
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    and you feel like you must get up to pray?
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    And you know it's God tugging
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    on your heart to spend time with Him.
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    Or maybe it's late at night.
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    But you just roll over.
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    You stay in bed.
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    Because you're reasoning within yourself.
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    Well, I need to get more sleep
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    because if I get extra sleep,
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    then I'll have more strength
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    to live this coming day
    in my own strength.
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    That's what it is, isn't it?
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    The Lord woke me up at 4 a.m. this morning
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    and preaching this, I thought,
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    I better get up.
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    But what happens?
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    After putting Him off like
    the bride in our text?
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    You eventually wake up
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    and you still pick your Bible up
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    and pray as duty.
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    You try to make a deal with God
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    saying well, if I do my bit,
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    then You do Yours today.
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    But then you find that God
    has withdrawn Himself.
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    And so for the rest of the day,
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    you can't find Him.
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    As John Bunyan said,
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    "he who runs from God in the morning
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    will scarcely find Him
    the rest of the day."
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    Or, have you ever felt
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    like Christ is bringing conviction
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    over you for something,
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    but despite His many pleas to you,
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    you make excuse after excuse
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    to hold on to it?
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    And when you finally come to your senses,
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    and you let go of what is between
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    you and Christ,
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    you find He has withdrawn Himself.
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    And you can't find Him.
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    You see, the lost, carnal church member
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    experiences something like this
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    when after living like a spiritual,
  • 54:03 - 54:04
    lukewarm sluggard,
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    they reject Christ's mercy and conviction
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    time after time.
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    And when they finally open the door,
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    they find He's gone.
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    And so, the lost, carnal church member,
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    they think well, if that's the case,
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    I may as well go back to bed again.
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    I may as well carry on
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    in my lukewarm slumber.
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    But look here, what happens
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    to the true believer
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    when Christ does this.
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    The true believer, like the bride here,
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    Christ brings us to our senses,
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    so that he or she will desperately
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    seek Him and try to find Him,
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    and will not stop until we do.
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    Because the beloved
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    has the words of eternal life -
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    to whom else is she going to go?
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    And then in v. 7,
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    the bride in her search for Christ,
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    she runs about the streets.
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    She's wounded by these false teachers.
  • 54:58 - 55:00
    "The watchmen that went about the city,
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    the smote me.
  • 55:01 - 55:02
    They wounded me.
  • 55:02 - 55:03
    The keepers of the walls
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    took away my veil from me."
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    You have wolves in sheep's clothing here
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    who when they find
    the true bride of Christ
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    in desperation and despair,
  • 55:17 - 55:20
    they only smite her and wound her more.
  • 55:20 - 55:22
    They rudely rip off her veil
  • 55:22 - 55:24
    or a cloak or a shoal -
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    it's not quite clear what it is.
  • 55:26 - 55:31
    But basically, they're
    showing no respect for her.
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    And listen to me,
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    you need to make sure
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    you're in a Biblical fellowship
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    with true believers.
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    This is so important.
  • 55:43 - 55:50
    If you need to, move.
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    Sometimes, I speak to people
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    all the time who are looking
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    for a true church; a true fellowship
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    who can find nothing where they are.
  • 56:00 - 56:01
    But what I've noticed is
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    when someone's a true believer,
  • 56:02 - 56:09
    they'll crawl over
    broken glass to find it.
  • 56:09 - 56:10
    But in some cases,
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    people can't find a true fellowship
  • 56:12 - 56:15
    because they don't love the brethren.
  • 56:15 - 56:19
    No church is perfect enough for them.
  • 56:19 - 56:21
    We know that we have passed
  • 56:21 - 56:22
    from death to life
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    because we love the brethren.
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    This is one of the chiefest evidences
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    that you are a Christian.
  • 56:29 - 56:31
    I was told that, I think,
  • 56:31 - 56:33
    it was Frances Havergal who said
  • 56:33 - 56:37
    if you miss one meeting
  • 56:37 - 56:41
    which you otherwise have no real excuse
  • 56:41 - 56:42
    not to attend,
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    then there's a red flag there.
  • 56:51 - 56:53
    You must find, like the bride did,
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    earlier on in this book,
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    where Christ feeds His flock.
  • 56:58 - 57:06
    It's no good having an Internet pastor.
  • 57:06 - 57:07
    And then in v. 8,
  • 57:07 - 57:10
    she says, "I charge you,
    O daughters of Jerusalem,
  • 57:10 - 57:12
    if ye find my beloved,
  • 57:12 - 57:17
    that you tell Him that I am sick of love."
  • 57:17 - 57:20
    The idea here is that she is lovesick.
  • 57:20 - 57:25
    Just like if a husband
    is called to go to war,
  • 57:25 - 57:27
    and his bride is left at home
  • 57:27 - 57:29
    yearning for him.
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    Notice here, the bride,
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    she desperately wants Him now by her side.
  • 57:34 - 57:40
    And brethren, let me finish
    with this this morning.
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    Maybe this finds you
  • 57:42 - 57:45
    in a state of compromise
  • 57:45 - 57:48
    like the bride in v. 2 and v. 3.
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    Locking Christ out.
  • 57:49 - 57:52
    Making excuses not to
    fully open up to Him.
  • 57:52 - 57:56
    And He even tugs on your heart.
  • 57:56 - 57:59
    But now, even though
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    He has withdrawn His presence,
  • 58:03 - 58:06
    but you're desperate for Him.
  • 58:06 - 58:11
    This is Christ working on you.
  • 58:11 - 58:17
    If that's you, be encouraged.
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    I don't want to end on this note.
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    The bride doesn't stop here.
  • 58:23 - 58:25
    I can show you many places
  • 58:25 - 58:27
    where she finds Christ
  • 58:27 - 58:29
    and she clings to Him.
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    In v. 9, the daughters of Jerusalem
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    say to the bride,
  • 58:33 - 58:35
    "What is thy beloved more
    than another beloved,
  • 58:35 - 58:38
    O, thou fairest among women?
  • 58:38 - 58:40
    What is thy beloved more
    than another beloved
  • 58:40 - 58:43
    that thou dost charge us?"
  • 58:43 - 58:46
    Now, it could be that the bride
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    has left such a bad example,
  • 58:49 - 58:50
    that they're saying here,
  • 58:50 - 58:52
    why should we seek Him
  • 58:52 - 58:59
    if He's so special?
  • 58:59 - 59:05
    And we are all an example - good or bad.
  • 59:05 - 59:07
    But I don't think that is the case
  • 59:07 - 59:08
    here with this text,
  • 59:08 - 59:13
    because these are the
    daughters of Jerusalem.
  • 59:13 - 59:16
    They call her, "O, thou
    fairest among women."
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    They have great respect
    for the bride here.
  • 59:19 - 59:21
    I think this is a sense of when you hear
  • 59:21 - 59:22
    a testimony of someone like
  • 59:22 - 59:26
    Darlene Rose, Corrie Ten Boom,
  • 59:26 - 59:29
    and they've seen Christ in heights
  • 59:29 - 59:30
    of His love.
  • 59:30 - 59:32
    They've experienced more than you have.
  • 59:32 - 59:36
    So you want them to recount their stories.
  • 59:36 - 59:38
    And you say what is thy beloved
  • 59:38 - 59:40
    more than another beloved,
  • 59:40 - 59:42
    O fairest among women?
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    O, maturer Christian than me.
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    Stir me up to seek Him with you,
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    as she does in 8.1.
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    And then the bride continues,
  • 59:54 - 59:55
    "my beloved is white and ruddy,
  • 59:55 - 59:59
    the chiefest among ten thousand."
  • 59:59 - 60:02
    White here white as a lily,
  • 60:02 - 60:03
    as pure as a lily, I think,
  • 60:03 - 60:05
    is what this is teaching.
  • 60:05 - 60:07
    And ruddy, a ruddy rose.
  • 60:07 - 60:10
    Basically, my beloved is pure love.
  • 60:10 - 60:14
    And then in such picturesque language here
  • 60:14 - 60:16
    she describes Christ.
  • 60:16 - 60:18
    She describes every part of her beloved -
  • 60:18 - 60:19
    how glorious He is
  • 60:19 - 60:21
    and she rounds it off in v. 16
  • 60:21 - 60:24
    by saying, "His mouth is most sweet.
  • 60:24 - 60:27
    Yea, He is altogether lovely."
  • 60:27 - 60:29
    He is wholly desirable.
  • 60:29 - 60:34
    Everything about Christ is desirable.
  • 60:34 - 60:36
    There is not one flaw in Him.
  • 60:36 - 60:37
    "This is my Beloved,
  • 60:37 - 60:41
    and this is my Friend,
  • 60:41 - 60:43
    O daughters of Jerusalem."
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    I want you to notice there
  • 60:45 - 60:47
    that by v. 16, she knows Christ
  • 60:47 - 60:51
    once again to be close to her.
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    She has the assurance
  • 60:54 - 60:56
    that He is her friend.
  • 60:56 - 61:01
    What caused this?
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    The answer is by focusing
  • 61:02 - 61:04
    on what Christ is like;
  • 61:04 - 61:05
    on His character.
  • 61:05 - 61:07
    She took her eyes off self
  • 61:07 - 61:10
    and once she saw the character of Christ,
  • 61:10 - 61:20
    she knew His love once again for her.
  • 61:20 - 61:27
    Again, 6.1, I'm only going to go two more.
  • 61:27 - 61:28
    They ask her once again,
  • 61:28 - 61:30
    "Whither has thy beloved gone,
  • 61:30 - 61:31
    O fairest among women?
  • 61:31 - 61:34
    Whither has thy beloved turned aside
  • 61:34 - 61:36
    that we may seek Him with thee?"
  • 61:36 - 61:37
    This is a prayer meeting -
  • 61:37 - 61:40
    seeking Christ together.
  • 61:40 - 61:42
    But notice her answer.
  • 61:42 - 61:44
    "My beloved has gone down
  • 61:44 - 61:45
    into His gardens,
  • 61:45 - 61:47
    to the beds of spices
  • 61:47 - 61:48
    to feed in the gardens
  • 61:48 - 61:54
    and to gather lilies."
  • 61:54 - 61:56
    The reason He went from your door
  • 61:56 - 62:03
    is to pick flowers for you.
  • 62:03 - 62:06
    The lily also in chapter 2,
  • 62:06 - 62:09
    you know Christ is compared to a lily.
  • 62:09 - 62:12
    And then the believer
    is compared to a lily.
  • 62:12 - 62:14
    A lily among thorns,
  • 62:14 - 62:16
    so is my love among the daughters.
  • 62:16 - 62:20
    The thorns are the false converts.
  • 62:20 - 62:23
    Picture this. This is how
    Christ sees this world.
  • 62:23 - 62:26
    This barren wildnerness of thorny ground.
  • 62:26 - 62:28
    Good for nothing but burning.
  • 62:28 - 62:30
    And then, there's this one precious lily
  • 62:30 - 62:32
    in the middle of it all.
  • 62:32 - 62:35
    That is how Christ looks upon you.
  • 62:35 - 62:37
    Because He's taken away your sin
  • 62:37 - 62:39
    and He's given you His perfect
  • 62:39 - 62:44
    beautiful righteousness.
  • 62:44 - 62:47
    At the death of a Christian,
  • 62:47 - 62:49
    what happens?
  • 62:49 - 62:53
    Christ is gathering lilies.
  • 62:53 - 63:01
    He's picking flowers for Himself.
  • 63:01 - 63:04
    So let me leave you with this.
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    Am I speaking to lilies?
  • 63:10 - 63:14
    Or am I speaking to thorns?
  • 63:14 - 63:17
    Have you come to this place
  • 63:17 - 63:18
    where you've seen Christ's love?
  • 63:18 - 63:20
    Or do you still see Him
  • 63:20 - 63:23
    as a hard taskmaster?
  • 63:23 - 63:27
    Again, it is finished upon that cross.
  • 63:27 - 63:33
    Just surrender to His love.
  • 63:33 - 63:36
    You pass from death to life.
  • 63:36 - 63:38
    If you will just surrender
  • 63:38 - 63:40
    to what He's done -
  • 63:40 - 63:42
    His finished work.
  • 63:42 - 63:50
    If you come to Him,
    He will not cast you out.
  • 63:50 - 63:52
    But come to Him on His terms.
  • 63:52 - 63:55
    Yield to Him.
  • 63:55 - 64:01
    Surrender to His love.
  • 64:01 - 64:02
    Stop trying to save yourself
  • 64:02 - 64:05
    and say, "Lord, save me."
  • 64:05 - 64:15
    So let's close in prayer.
  • 64:15 - 64:18
    Father, I just thank You
  • 64:18 - 64:20
    that You chose to love us
  • 64:20 - 64:26
    before You laid the
    foundations of the world;
  • 64:26 - 64:30
    that Your love to us is
    without beginning, without end;
  • 64:30 - 64:32
    that even before we were in the womb,
  • 64:32 - 64:35
    You knew us, Father.
  • 64:35 - 64:36
    I thank You that Yours is a love
  • 64:36 - 64:38
    that will not let us go -
  • 64:38 - 64:40
    a love that is stronger than death;
  • 64:40 - 64:42
    that many waters, many floods,
  • 64:42 - 64:48
    cannot quench the flame of Jehovah.
  • 64:48 - 64:52
    I pray You would use
    these words now, Lord,
  • 64:52 - 64:55
    to help us to put You first;
  • 64:55 - 64:58
    to seek You first.
  • 64:58 - 65:02
    May Your Spirit teach us these words,
  • 65:02 - 65:06
    so they become our intimate friends.
  • 65:06 - 65:10
    May we own these words, Father,
  • 65:10 - 65:15
    and know that Your desire is towards us
  • 65:15 - 65:18
    and that we are Yours
  • 65:18 - 65:20
    because You sought us and bought us
  • 65:20 - 65:26
    at a price.
  • 65:26 - 65:28
    I pray, Lord, for anyone
  • 65:28 - 65:29
    who does not know You;
  • 65:29 - 65:33
    for anyone who is struggling
    with assurance even,
  • 65:33 - 65:37
    that they would own these truths this day.
  • 65:37 - 65:39
    That they would come to the Father
  • 65:39 - 65:41
    through Jesus the Son
  • 65:41 - 65:43
    and give Him the glory.
  • 65:43 - 65:46
    Great things He has done.
  • 65:46 - 65:48
    In Jesus' name,
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    Amen.
Title:
Christ's Love for the Struggling Believer - Kevin Williams
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