Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Oneness WITH God is all that matters!
Jesus is all you really need. If you are seeking something else, you aren’t keeping your eyes on the Lord. What are you seeking after? If you have oneness with God, stuff falls in line.
People don’t want to wait. ‘What good does waiting do?’ cries the impatient and frustrated heart. Too often people find themselves in an impatient, complaining rut. Doubt creeps in as well.
Issues come when you’re waiting. The problem is in a misunderstanding of what ‘wait on the Lord’ really means. People have to wait, such as in a doctor’s office or a train station, but that is a different kind of ‘waiting.’
You don’t get strong by sitting and doing nothing.
Maybe your kind of waiting is the wrong kind of waiting. Does your waiting agree with what Isaiah was actually saying? If you wait the way he said, you will renew your strength, you’ll fly, you will run and not be weary, you’ll walk and not faint.
This kind of waiting is the binding of together through twisting. This word means ‘to twist’ like in a chord or rope.
We’ve all been like an individual of yarn, useless, but when you are bound together with Him, you’ll experience that strength. Jesus is the vine. You are the branches. You can do nothing without Him.
You think you’re cool, you are nothing without Him. Yet, on the branch is the fruit, nests of birds. However, no branch can exist without the vine.
If you’re expecting while waiting, that’s a little different from sitting and doing nothing. Waiting on the Lord is not relaxing and doing nothing. One of the customs of Middle Easterners is the use of a rope or cord in a wedding ceremony. This symbolizes the unity of the man, the woman, and their God. This is the threefold chord which is not quickly broken.
Ecc 4:8-12 “There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Yes, the two become one, the two also need to become three, twined and twisted together like a rope.
When a rope maker in ancient times looked for something to twine, he looked for strands of similar quality. A rope maker took those three (or many), and soaked them, immersed them in water that allowed them to be molded. In our relationship with the Lord, He will immerse you in His presence. Once the strands are ready, the rope maker will put the strands in a vise, then he will twist or braid the strands into rope. The pressure is applied to the pliable fibre as it is bent and pressed in a new way. These strands go through adversity. The final stage is being laid in the intense sunlight, removing the pliability or elasticity. All that is left is the strands become tight together.
Egyptians figured out that their pyramids would go together faster with bigger bricks, but they needed stronger ropes. Solomon said, ‘If you intertwine yourself with the things and ways of God when the pressure comes, you’ll be strong instead of weak.’
In the Kingdom, you’ll be subjected to heavy loads.
When you feel like you’re overwhelmed or overloaded, you might an intertwined with God problem. There may be a strand that has become unraveled. You can handle more when you rely completely and are absolutely intertwined with God.
If something is designed to make you stronger, if you don’t give up, when you’re done, you’ll be like gold. If you don’t quit, it’ll purify you and make you so much stronger.
Some strands may become unraveled and loose. People don’t just backslide all at once. It’s one strand at a time. You don’t wake up one day and decide to cheat on your spouse. A whole bunch of things must fall apart before you actually sin. It’s the little foxes that destroy the vine. Don’t let your walk with God become weak.
You must allow yourself to be convicted and set up barriers in your life and be intertwined with God and His will and His way. Be intertwined with God.
Way before sin enters your life, strands get cut or loose.
The trees in the Redwood Forest have very shallow roots, yet they stand so strong and tall. Their root systems are intertwined with each other. So it is in the Spirit. Get your root system intertwined with God and the body of Christ.
Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
Waiters and waitresses don’t sit in the back and do nothing. They’re called ‘wait-ers’ yet we want to do nothing with God.
God calls busy people. He wants people to who are already passionate. He wants people who will hold onto His promises and walk in the them.
It’s not ‘they that wish shall be healed’, it’s ‘they that lay hands on the sick’. The devil won’t just up and leave. He must be commanded.
Your conviction for prayer has to be just as strong as your conviction for soul winning. Your conviction for Bible study needs to be just as strong as your convictions for holiness. If you let the devil have one inch, he will take it all. It is the devil’s nature to go after more and more and more. If you set up a standard against him, he can’t get by it.
Some convictions are being right with your spouse before you go to sleep. Another is being right with God before you go to sleep.
Even in the midst of failure, be intertwined with the Lord and you will mount up with wings!
Even if the job is over, continue to walk with God and you will see miracles.
Listen to the warning signs. Intertwine yourself with God so you can hear the chords that might get snapped. Pay attention to the things that come unravelled. Intertwine yourself as much as possible. God is not interested in a weak church. He wants to make your strong. The way to do that is through being intertwined with Him. There is no strand that is stronger than any other. You’re only as strong as your weakest strand.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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