Speaker 2: Pastor Bodunrin
“Tenderize my heart (2x)
I want to feel as You feel
I want to see as You see
I want to love like You love
Would You tenderize my heart
Tenderise my heart
The emphasis of the Spirit is the state of our hearts that will make for entrance.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”
This is a soul that’s supposed to bless the Lord; yet he’s forgotten the benefits. This means that some things have slipped from our hands. There’s the place of sorrow and it’s pride which shuts down entrance – “pride goeth before destruction”. You’re the one who redeems my life from destruction. Our redemption may not be complete if we regard idols in our hearts – which is nothing but our ways.
In the secular world, they say: “a man is set in his ways” – that’s in a way to mix concrete to get a shape. The concrete becomes set and then strong. When it’s hardened, nothing can penetrate it and that’s why this structure cannot fall. The structure of the image of the enemy in us will fall. Idols and murmurings are what makes the heart strong; the heart is firm and set, looking confident in itself.
We don’t need any massive structure. Let’s be like Jerusalem built without walls; Let’s come to a place where the Lord is our defence; He’s our shield and exceeding great reward;Men try to justify themselves in their ways because of a promise they’ve seen;There’s another promise for us.
There’s another entrance the enemy is dangling before us; Don’t let that which the Spirit of grace has brought all these years be frustrated; The state of the heart can frustrate the Spirit of grace; The stony heart attitude – don’t let us have that; Let’s be easily entreated; You can be easily corrected, admonished without taking offence; now, because the word you’ve been hearing hasn’t taken root, you can take offence. Nothing can pass through this concrete wall to the other side because it’s been set – It’s been set; If you’re on the other side, a blessing has left you and you’ll miss that opportunity to be blessed.
“I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh”.
Why do you make the Lord cry? After all He’s given; Why do we pierce Him again? Why do we treat with contempt the blood that has redeemed us?There’s need for repentance, the master of the house has come to check the work going on; There’s need for the heart to be able to move in quick obedience.
“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness”.
There’s a destructive heart attitude of: “That’s their own they are saying”. That’s a heart hasting to destruction.
We need to be brought to remembrance so that our consciousness can vitally relate to these things and connect to the energies of the Spirit. If you’re not changing the oil of an engine, it will wear down the ring and the car will knock; you might enjoy using the car. For every oil you buy, you use it. There’s need to hear more, get oil and there’s need to use it to obey. There’s need for renewal.
“Who satisfies your mouth with good things”.
Your mouth is where you feed from; Life and death are in the power of the tongue which is in the mouth;You must be eating life as you exercise yourself in life and dissociate yourself from death.
As the engine is running, it mixes with pollutions in the environment. The world is that pollution – the tempting of Christ and murmurings. The definition of sin to believers is different, there are some things you must have dropped and your level of resistance will be increased by those pollutions set before you and won’t let you run the race well.
It’s a three fold progression that happens in our hearts; If our sins are with us, we remain in darkness.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name”
Our souls are supposed to be blessing the Lord but now, there are thorns and thistles; the heart can forget the benefits.
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies”
When all these 3 (above) are fulfilled, there’s a crowning with loving kindness and tender mercy. Two believers: the same rain is falling on both; One heart is stagnant and drawing back to destruction while the other is forging on; It’s the state of the heart.
“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death”.
Our journey is to overcome this dragon; He also wants to overcome us by this world; “This world” shouldn’t be vague; It’s inside our hearts; ‘This world’ is taking thoughts; That’s evil heart of unbelief; Someone who tempts the Lord is one who doesn’t trust the Lord and doesn’t take the provisions of God and complains: ‘What is this that You’re taking me through again?’They are suggestive thoughts that want you to depart from faith; There’s a thin line between trust and faith. The more we allow yourselves to listen to the ministration of good and evil, it’s becoming set.
‘What you expose yourself to, is what you’ll be’.How can I want to become like Him when I’m not hearing His voice? What you hear is what you’ll become; We need to give our hearts to these things it is said repeatedly in the book of Proverbs:”Incline your heart to my sayings” (Proverbs 4:20).
God isn’t wicked; He won’t tel you to do the impossible. For true change of heart and to come to the true essence of d blessing to those who look for Him to the end, let our hearts be caught up with that which is good. The new our hearts as eagles. This thing is so powerful and it can affect your body; If the heart, it will show in the body; If the heart is free of offence and works of the flesh, the body is full of life.
A house exposed to sun and rain will see that ageing besets and cracking would begin to show to concrete that had been set already; That’s why Paul says let us travel light; It’s called the Gospel of travelling light.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth”.
It’s a present continuous tense “despising the shame”; There’ll always cause offence; The concept of what Paul was talking about was seen in the old Roman empire history; The emperor sent a message to deliver all through; He was stripping himself of all the garments he wore that will make him heavy; Can we get to being naked, sincere before one another? With sincerity- observing the passover without malice and offence.
We strip ourselves of this earthly glory; People can glory in malice and wax strong in bitterness; Some men are so strong in their ways; May we come to the place where our hearts is truly tender and receive the dew of Hermon; It’s the feast of fat things and wine upon the lees. By the reason of that fat, the yoke of fear and anxiety, evil heart is destroyed. Without this, there’s no entrance. Lord, we’ve journeyed this far; Do that which You have to do; If You want, You can make our water bitter to stir up.
Thank You Lord Jesus.