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TV Broadcast #1000

Are You Married?
Part One

December 4, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1000 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Turn, if you will, to Isaiah 62 and let’s just see if the Lord will give us something here. I’ve certainly had the thoughts quickened to me and if He doesn’t help me give them out, it’s gonna die real quick. But, praise God!

Isaiah was a prophet who lived many hundreds of years before the coming of the Lord and he lived through some kings that were…some were sort of good and some weren’t so good. Israel as a nation was in a decline. There were moments of seeming restoration, but the general trend of the nation was away from God, filled with unbelief and religion, a tendency to get sucked into the world around them.

It’s kind of like today. Most of them were unbelievers, but there was a true remnant that God always preserved. You know He says that in the 1st chapter of Isaiah, doesn’t He? Except the Lord of hosts had left us a very small remnant we would have been like Sodom and Gomorrah. Think of what he’s saying there. God would have destroyed the whole thing had it not been for a remnant that He was preserving and working with and giving a sense of hope to.

And the prophecies like this one that look to a time of great glory and blessing were not given to the nation as a whole. They were given for the sake of the true Israel that was within the whole. And I think that’s easy to demonstrate when you go through the scriptures as a whole…that God never regarded the unbelievers as His people in any eternal sense. He took them to serve a purpose, but most of them wound up being destroyed—most of them wound up lost.

So he says here, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (NIV). So here you see a sense of God’s purpose where we get so lost and enmeshed and asleep because of our living here in the world, God has a purpose that is up here, that is absolutely uttermost on His heart, and every moment of every day, if you can think of God in terms of moments and days, this is what’s on His heart. This is what He’s working toward. This is the vision. This is the dream. This is the call.

Well, we just sang the song…I forget the exact words, but I’m just blown away by the call of God and the sense that I need to be a part of that, I need to surrender to the Potter’s hands so I can be a part of what He’s doing in the earth. But here His prophecy uses Zion and uses Jerusalem. Now Jerusalem, of course, was an earthly city. It wasn’t in very good shape. And Zion was a portion of Jerusalem.

It one-time was a heathen citadel—a castle—a castle that they never thought would ever be taken. They were boasting about how David would never conquer us, and he went right in and conquered them, because God was with him. So Zion became, in a sense, David’s capital. It was a city and so it became a symbol of something much larger, much greater. This is what I’m about…it’s Zion, it’s Jerusalem. But what is it that He’s really talking about? Is He talking about a city over in the Middle East?

( congregational response ).

No, I think we understand that that’s not what it’s about. If you’ll look at scriptures that are familiar to us in Hebrews chapter 12, I believe it is, we begin to get just a little bit of a picture of what He’s after here. Because the writer is contrasting the giving of Law and the covenant of laws that God gave to the nation of Israel, the natural nation, with what His real purpose was. Everywhere in the book of Hebrews, we see that that was temporary. There was something permanent, something wonderful coming. That’s what Isaiah was pointing towards.

Here the writer is saying, this is what’s here now. What Isaiah talked about, what the Old Testament prophets prophesied is here! This is the reality to which we have come. And it says, verse 18, “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched…” This was a physical mountain, the mount of Sinai. “…And that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, I am trembling with fear.”

Thank God that’s not what He’s called us to. That was meant to show us, we need a Savior. Apart from God and His mercy, you and I have no hope, we have no way of rescuing ourselves. And you know that’s what religion is all about. Religion is ‘do it yourself salvation.’ I don’t care if it has a Christian tag in front of it or any kind of religion you name. Religion, by its definition is ‘do it yourself salvation’ of some sort or other. But God hasn’t called us to that, or none of us would ever have any hope, would we?

But listen to what he says we have come to. “But you have come to Mount Zion…” See, God’s got something much deeper, much richer, much fuller, much more eternal than simply to come to a physical city. I mean, if we all had to go to Zion, let’s get on a plane and go. That’s not where it’s at. But he’s talking to believers and he says, you have come! It’s not something that’s just out there…you have come. This is a reality. This is something that’s real now. God’s Kingdom is real now. This is something that we need to get.

“…You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem…” How many of you know there’s an earthly Jerusalem and a heavenly Jerusalem. Yeah, two different ones. There is a Jerusalem that’s above, isn’t there? “…To the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.” What was it that the patriarchs sought in Hebrews chapter 11?

( congregational response ).

They looked for a city, but it was a city that had what?

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Yeah, well, yeah. There’s something else He drops in there. It’s a city which has foundations. See, this is city that’s not gonna pass away. This is something that has an eternal quality about it. God has laid a foundation for the city. It’s a city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. That’s what they were willing to sell all to seek. Abraham was willing to leave his homeland behind him, his people, his family, and go to a land by faith that God had showed him. He lived the life of a pilgrim. I’m not a citizen of this world. I’ve got a vision of something beyond. That is at the essence of what God has called us to, that there’s something beyond this.

You’ve come to Zion, “…To the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.”

( congregational praise ).

Praise God! See, there’s a birth that’s involved in this, isn’t there? This is something that’s of a supernatural character from front to finish. There’s a kingdom that exists in heaven, God rules there. There’s not a devil that has anything to do with that. But see that Kingdom has been extended into this realm. And God is supernaturally bringing a people into this kingdom. That’s what he’s talking about. Praise God! “…The church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.” Where’s your name written this morning? Thank God for Jesus!

( congregational response ).

Thank God that because of our faith in Him, not because of what and who we are, but because of Him entirely, our names have been put in a book in heaven. Heaven has a record of the names of every citizen of this kingdom. Man, this is something I want my life to be about.

“…Names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Praise God! God is wanting to give us a picture here of something that exists that’s a reality. Our eyes here cannot see it. That city, that realm…that belongs to another realm. Our eyes are blocked by the flesh that we live in right now. We cannot see. And yet, hasn’t the Lord at times pulled back the veil to let us know that it’s real?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. Not just by the word, but there are people who’ve been allowed to see that with their eyes and to know that it’s real, that what God has prepared for those who love Him is beyond description. But, oh God is seeking to bring that into a full expression here in the earth. That was the vision, that was the dream. And so this is an expression of God’s commitment to His purpose.

Now I thank God that He’s not just sort of throwing this on the table and saying you take it or leave it, and My purpose depends upon you. This is a purpose that’s gonna go forward regardless of you and me. God is gonna be faithful. He has begun something. It is eternal. It will happen. The only question that remains is who’s going to be a part of that?

But praise God, His purpose…”For Zion’s sake…” He says, “…I will not keep silent.” There’s a time when God speaks. Folks, we need to tell people the truth. I’ll tell you, the message of the Gospel if you really understand it, is not a message that will draw a crowd, because it’s a message that calls upon people to give up their life, to lay it down in order to have something else.

It takes a heavenly revelation to see what God has called a people to. You know, we could do all kinds of things to draw a crowd, but we have a responsibility to look people in the eye and say, if you don’t repent, if you don’t give up your life, you’re gonna perish. This is a Gospel that has no compromise in it. It’s not that He calls on us to live up to something. It’s that He calls us to surrender and let Him do the saving. Recognize how desperately we need Him to take our lives and transform them and make them into what He has purposed that they become.

And so the Lord is declaring His commitment. “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet.” How long is that gonna happen, Lord? How long? ‘Til you sort of see how we fail, and You just sort of give up on it? No! “…Till her righteousness shines out like the dawn….”

Now there’s something in that. You know, the moment we come to Christ there is a righteousness that we become heir to. It’s His righteousness. We become, in God’s eyes, as righteousness as Jesus. Our sins are blotted out. But that righteousness has to do more than simply be there as a legal thing. God’s purpose is that that come out, that we literally be changed so that we are like Him, that His life actually gets expressed in humanity. Isn’t that what He’s talking about?

What good is it if I just have a legal righteousness and nobody can see it. I’d look like everybody else and almost act like everybody else. God is not satisfied—God is not satisfied with most of what passes for Christianity in this world. And there’s so much more that He wants us to enter into. And God is saying, I’m not gonna keep quiet. I’m gonna keep on telling…I’m gonna keep on lifting up My purpose before your eyes. I want you to see, I want you to get it. I’m not gonna quit, He says until your righteousness…this is Jerusalem, this is Zion.

Now think about that. A whole lot of Zion is on the other side. There’s no problem with people seeing their righteousness. If you could go there right now, your eyes would have to be adjusted. Your eyes would have to be helped, because you would be blinded by the glory. God’s life fills His people who are on the other side. He can’t be talking about that. That’s perfect already. What He’s talking about is here, isn’t it? It’s God’s life expressed more and more in us. He’s not gonna quit until, “…her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.”

Thank God for the greatness of the salvation that we have in Christ! But God is looking for that to make major changes in you and me. Anybody here doesn’t need major changes in your life? Yeah. God’s not satisfied. He has provided everything. It’s not like we’ve got to jump from here to there, but man, we need to be on the road. We need to be awake. We need to be seeking God. We need to be looking to Him. We need to be on board with what He is about. God’s committed to the glory of what He’s gonna do.

You know when Christ comes, when this is over, Jesus said, “Then shall the righteous shine forth…in the kingdom of their Father.” (KJV). That’s in Matthew chapter 13. There is going to be a glory. Now I know…many people in this world will not understand, they’ll not see. But there’s a people who can see in this earth. But one day the mystery will be gone. Every eye is gonna see, and they’re gonna see the people of God as a finished product, not of our goodness, not of our self-effort, but of His grace that’s been allowed to work as we have become the clay in the hands of the heavenly Potter. Folks, do we believe this, or is this just something we just sort of…yeah, we check that off as one of our doctrines. God, this needs to be a reality in our hearts.

( congregational amens ).

This is God’s vision. This is what He is about. I see this day coming, I’m working toward that, He says. I am not gonna be quiet until this happens. You think about that. Man, I want to see that happen, and I thank God for everything that’s going on. And a lot of it, like I said last week, is hidden to our natural eyes. There’s a work that’s going on down in here in people’s lives that’s real. And it’s necessary for this to happen in order for that to happen. Because what we are is not just a bunch of actors, who are gonna act like what He’s describing here. This has to come from a work in the heart that just spills out because it’s there.

And it’s not because of what we are, it’s because of what He has done! It’s because of His life that’s in us. The life that is there needs to be here in greater measure. God has so much more. But he says, “The nations will see your righteousness….” (NIV). This is something that God wants people to see. This is not a self-righteousness—this is not a ‘holier than thou’ religious kind of thing. This is something that is on display where nations can see it…anybody that has eyes to see. God is gonna make sure that people see what He is about and what He has been doing. “All kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

( congregational amens ).

Anybody feel like that this morning?

( laughter ).

Man, but think about the God that can pull this off, who is so great that if we will just believe His promise, if we will give ourselves into His hand, He has the power to make us into what He’s describing here. Isn’t that what salvation is about? My God, this cheap salvation that’s being preached today…believe in Jesus, get your sins forgiven, and go to heaven one day. Oh God, there is so much more to real salvation than what that describes. God help us to get a glimpse of what…God help me, God help every one of us to really have our eyes opened to see what He is after in the earth.

Imagine that…being “…a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted….” Boy, this must have meant something to the Israelites. Those who had faith in God, those who believed in Him, those who clung to faith in the God of Israel in spite of the way the nation was going, and they saw God just take His hands off and allow heathen kings to come in and overrun them and just judgment after judgment after judgment that fell upon the nation. And they’re sitting there saying, oh God, where is Your promise? What’s going on here? We feel deserted. And the Lord is saying there’s gonna come a time when you will not be deserted.

Folks, we serve a God who is committed to His people and we may feel deserted, we may feel alone, we may feel depressed, we may feel a lot of things in our emotions, but I’ll tell you, we have a God who has promised He will never leave us, never forsake us. He who has begun a good work is gonna do what? “…Perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (KJV). Man, my confidence is not in me, it’s not in what I see, it’s not in what I feel, it’s in Him!

( congregational amens ).

And the God I serve is going to take us through places where we are gonna have to walk by naked faith. God’s gonna fix it to where all of your circumstances and your feelings are over here and His Word is over here, which one are you gonna go by? Well, I want to be one that goes by His Word...

( congregational amens ).

…where that causes me to rise up and say, now wait a minute! Here’s a voice that’s lying to me. It’s telling me all this negative stuff. God has said this! God, I believe You.

( congregational amens ).

Isn’t that what Abraham did? Wasn’t everything at many times in his life, everything was against the promise of God ever possibly being fulfilled, but He saw a God who could perform miracles. He saw a God who gave His wife the chance to have a baby when she was, what? 90? And the child of promise, the son of promise was born, wasn’t he?

So, “No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah….” (NIV). It says, it means My delight is in her. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that God delights in me, ‘cause I know too much about me. And it’s hard for me just to understand. But my God, that’s the kind of a God we serve. He’s not delighting in us because we’re such great people that live up to something, He delights in us because we have humbled ourselves and put ourselves in His hands. We are children of His promise, and He sees what He is going to do.

And I’ll tell you, there’s a God who sets His love…love is a redeeming power. It’s not simply this shallow thing we call love where we react to people we like and we feel drawn to from some natural thing, and then, okay, you’re worthy of my love, so I love you. Oh no, this is a love that reaches out to those who are unlovely. So if you feel that way this morning, you look at the promise of God. You understand He’s not like us. He has the power to see you in your darkest hour, in your greatest need and love you, and reach out after you, and meet the deepest needs of your heart if you’ll just trust Him. That’s the kind of a God that we have. Praise God!

You will be called Hephzibah, My delight is in her. Or they no longer will name your land desolate, but…down here it says, and your land will be Beulah which means married. I’ll tell you when God has a relationship with His people, it’s not on a trial basis. He’s married to us. And this is not marriage like what’s become in the world. That’s just almost become a joke. This is real—this is the real deal. This is an absolute eternal commitment of God to His people and to His vision. This is from God’s point of view. God is wanting His people, His remnant people looking forward to see the vision and the certainty of what He has set before them. Praise God!

But listen…well it says, “…For the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.” It explains the definitions of those words. Now here it follows with a very strange sounding statement. It says, “As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you.” That sounds kind of strange, doesn’t it? You’ve got a mother that bears sons and then the sons turn around and marry her. You know, that wouldn’t even work in the world, would it? And yet, here’s God using this extraordinary word of comparison. It’s got to mean something, doesn’t it? It’s got to be in here for a reason. Now what in the world would something like this be in here for. Why would the Lord express His truth and His vision this way?

Well, first of all, it calls them “your sons.” And He compares it to marriage, and he says, so will your sons. Who’s involved here? These are sons of what? Sons of this city, this kingdom, this Zion, this kingdom of God. There is a relationship there that is different than just somebody who is a religious adherent.

Let’s go to a scripture in Galatians chapter 4 that I think expresses, touches on this. Now the Galatians were being hit with some false doctrine. Some people that were trying to say, yeah, Christ is great, but you’ve got to come under the Law, too. You’ve got to observe that if you’re gonna be saved. And Paul was really coming against that saying you’ve got two different covenants here, and if you’re gonna go by that then you’ve lost Christ—you’ve lost out with Christ. You’re either gonna be saved by what you do or you’re gonna be saved by what Christ did. There’s no way to mix the two.

So he says, “Tell me…” in verse 21, “…you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.” Now he’s talking about the fact that Abraham in his desire to fulfill God’s promise, what did he do?

( congregational response ).

Kind of did what we do. Aren’t we a little prone to this? God’s promise is out there. Well, He must be waiting on me to do something. And so Abraham took matters in his own hands and he decided he was gonna have a son by Hagar, and Hagar was who? Hagar was a slave who served Sarah. And so he went in to her and I guess it was a custom that he could legally produce an heir by this means and it would be credited to Sarah, something along that line. So anyway, according to that custom, he decided he was gonna have a child and he did.

His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way. This was simply a product of human effort. This was all natural, there was nothing supernatural about it. It just was something he was able to do. God doesn’t need religious effort. He needs to work by the Spirit to touch and open hearts. There is nothing you and I can do in the way of method, in the way of anything. If it’s just us trying to come up with a way to help God out, draw a crowd, all those kind of things…they are worthless in the eternal realm. We need the Spirit of God to so fill and energize us and give us His words until that will do the job.

And I am determined by the grace of God to stand upon that and I believe there’s a company of people here who agree with me that we need to stand upon God and be willing to have five people who love God, who understand what He’s talking about in the passage there in Isaiah and elsewhere…that we are willing to follow Jesus Christ, and not be like the world and not be like religion.