Summary: Seeing our Lord as a bridegroom who is seeking the attention/affection of His bride helps us better understand the principles to get to know Him better - grow into spiritual maturity.
Secret of the Stairs Part 2 “An Overall View” 8/7/13
A Seeing our Lord as a bridegroom who is seeking the attention/affection of His bride helps us better understand the principles to get to know Him better - grow into spiritual maturity.
1 We’ll know/better understand His voice, leading, His timing.
a We’ll step-by-step get closer to the honeymoon suite.
b We’ll also discover how the “Daughters of Jerusalem” help/provoke us to be all the bridegroom desires of us.
aa “D of J” are other Christians.
bb When we respond/react to other Christians properly with right attitude - we can quicken out Christian development.
cc He never allows others to “affect” us beyond what we can handle.
Song of Songs 2:7 (NASB) 7 "I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
2 Last week, we prayed about “drawing me” and “running to Him.”
a He’s no longer just a “supreme power” who we try to get to do as we desire: “divine friend” who wants to be in fellowship.
b God built us to long/have an intimate communion with Him.
aa Nothing else will do!
bb Nothing else satisfies!
B There are three levels of spiritual growth to which the bride has developed.
1 Song of Songs 2:16a (NASB) 16 "My beloved is mine, and I am his;
a The first person the bride thinks of us herself!
b Her first testimony is self-importance: all about her.
c She’s serving for her benefit/what He can give.
Song of Songs 1:3 (NASB) 3 "Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.
d Song of Songs 2:5 (NASB) 5 "Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am lovesick.
He seeks fellowship, she seeks for her desires to be met.
2 Song of Songs 6:3a (NASB) 3 "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine,
a She’s making progress! Priorities have changed – She puts Him first!
b Her selfishness is weakened, but an element of self-centeredness still rules her priorities.
3 Song of Songs 7:10 (NASB) 10 "I am my beloved's, And his desire is for me.
a She is no longer in control - it’s all about Him.
b He has become the center of her life.
aa Instead of possessing the Lord, she is possess by Him.
bb She’s submitted her life to Him, communion, fellowship.
C Often, at the beginning of our Christian walk, we’re satisfied with the blessing we can receive.
1 As we mature, introduced to the Holy Spirit, He leads us to more than our initial experience.
a We find a satisfaction/joy of giving ourselves to Him.
b And building up others, too!
2 When we first got saved we loved Him for what we could “get” or “receive” personally.
a Then we say Him as a “person” - brought people to Him.
b We know we’re getting close when our love for our groom is no longer what we can get but to what we can give!
D There are 3 different Greek words for love.