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TV Broadcast #1001

Are You Married?

December 11, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1001 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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. God deliver us. God deliver me. We’re all in need of a lot of help here. We can’t pin any bouquets on ourselves and think we’re something.

But you see there were two sons produced here. They were produced in different ways, weren’t they? Abraham had two sons, but the one son was born the ordinary way. “…His son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.” (NIV). Just like salvation is impossible with us, so it was impossible for Sarah to have a child. But God came on the scene and said, Sarah is gonna have a child. Well, guess which one. Did the impossibility of that in the natural overrule God’s promise? No, it didn’t. God’s promise prevailed. He had a son that was supernatural.

Folks, the only people that are a part of Zion and Jerusalem are those who are born like that. That’s what he talking about in this passage. And so Paul goes on and says, “These things may be taken figuratively.” So he uses this as a kind of an illustration of a spiritual principle. “…For the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves.” If you’re gonna keep on trying to approach God by keeping the law, you’re a slave.

What did Jesus say to the Pharisees, or of the Pharisees? “Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (KJV). All the advance of their religion simply brought people into horrible bondage and total inability to come to God. It produces slaves. One covenant…okay that’s the covenant.

“This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to…” What? “…The present city of Jerusalem.” (NIV). You know I pray that God will reach out to everyone regardless of whether they’re Jew or Gentile. He’s got a remnant of people. But I’ll tell you, my hope is not in anything that happens to earthly Jerusalem. You know, I pray for the people in the natural. That’s not…that has nothing to do with that. But I mean, from the standpoint of God’s program in the earth, it has nothing to do with that. That represents religion. It represents bondage. It represents death and futility.

But there is a Jerusalem, there is another Jerusalem that God is concerned about. Here’s “…The present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above…” This is the one Abraham was looking for. This is the one that exists there outside…beyond Satan’s power to corrupt. It’s there. It’s real. It’s glorious. It’s filled with the very life of God. “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”

You see there’s a spiritual birth that’s real. It’s people that are born of the life that is in that city. There’s different ways to say the same thing. It’s God’s life that is literally reproduced in a human being. That’s why you must be born again. See? That’s what He’s talking about when He’s talking about “your sons.” There are people who are brought to a living relationship with God because they have been born of the Spirit of God. They have been made new creatures in Christ Jesus. So he says, so will your sons.

That’s who he’s talking about, your sons, the ones who have heard the Word of God and believed the promise of God. As a result of that, the Word of God, the Life of God has entered into them. They have been born. There’s a line that has forever—there’s a division that’s forever taken place between those who have been born from that city…as citizens of that city and anybody else in this world. This is who this promise is talking about. This is the vision of God for His people.

But listen to what he goes on to say. “Your sons” …that’s who he’s talking about… “Your sons will marry you.” Why doesn’t it say your sons will marry God? Your sons will marry the Lord? No. There’s something else. There’s something far more real that God is interested in.

How many of you remember the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer? Because this comes into play right here. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (KJV). You see the heart of Jesus in what He was seeking to bring? The kingdom is perfect there. It’s just glorious. But what God is doing is seeking to bring that into an earthly expression. That kingdom produces spiritual sons and daughters.

Obviously this is not…when he says sons, your sons will marry you, this is not talking about gender here. This is talking about the children who are born of the promise of God of salvation in Jesus Christ. There is a reality. There is a life that’s born. What’s the end result? What is God looking for? Is He simply looking to produce a lot of children who are running here and there? No. There’s a marriage that takes place and it’s not just marriage to Him somewhere. It’s a marriage that takes place in a practical sense. Your sons will marry you.

Folks, Brother Thomas used to talk about harlot religion. Think about the difference of marriage and relationships that don’t...aren’t based on that. When you think about the course of religion in America particularly, you know, if you’ve got a relationship between a man and a woman, let’s say, and there’s no marriage there, you’ve basically got two selfish people. Each trying to get what they want and their relationship lasts as long as they reasonably have some reasonable accommodation where each is getting what they want. But there’s always that plan B that lurks in the background. Well, if this doesn’t work out, if I stop getting what I want out of this, I’ll just go find somebody else.

In fact, you know a lot of folks in that kind of a situation there is such a lack of commitment that their eyes are always out there saying, well, I’m here for the time being but something better comes along…. Oh, I’ll tell you what, the purpose of God will never be fulfilled with that kind of a spirit. God is looking for people who are so committed to His purpose that they become committed to one another and it’s like a marriage. It is a marriage.

I’ll tell you what, when you marry, it’s for better or worse. Sometimes its worse, isn’t it? But you know, God uses the worst—even the worst God uses to help us to become what He wants us to be. How many times do we have to humble ourselves and just die and let self die? Isn’t that what God has called us to be saved from? My God, there’s a lot of rebellious…there’s no other way to say it. This world is full of rebellious, religious people who just simply want to…well, if this doesn’t work out…there’s always something…but the thing that’s driving is self.

( congregational amens ).

It’s not saying God, I surrender to you. You lead me. You show me. You put me where you want me. God, I’m committed to you and I am married to the people that you put me with. It’s for better or for worse and God, we’re just trusting You to make out of us what you have in mind. Folks, is that what he’s saying here? Am I just making this up?

( congregational response ).

You can see this in so many places in the Scriptures. There is a relationship. “As young a man marries a maiden.” (NIV). Why would a man marry a maiden? You know, the way it’s supposed to be. He sees something in her that is to him it’s unique. Think about the things that Jesus gave as illustrations of the kingdom. He says it’s like a man who finds one pearl of great price. What does he do? He sells everything and goes and buys that pearl. I mean everything else goes by the board. I’ve got to have this.

( congregational response ).

Yeah, he buys it. What about the land with the treasure, the field? He doesn’t just buy the field until a better one comes along. He sees something in that field. There’s a treasure there that his eyes become open to, and for the sake of the treasure he buys the field, doesn’t he?

Isn’t this truth that God has established in our midst in the past? Isn’t this something we need to kind of be refreshed in? So we can be more co-operative in a more realizing sense. We realize in a greater way what God has set before us.

“As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you.” I’ll tell you what, I believe that there is a revelation of God that comes to people who are born of God’s Spirit, that enables them to look beyond flesh, enables them to see the people of God and to have an affinity with them that’s not just on a trial basis. This is a bridge that’s burned behind me, I am one with you. I am part of this city. This is my life. This is my destiny. All the rest of this is gone. It’s behind me. Nothing short of this qualifies as following Jesus Christ. This is the Gospel. This is what is involved in the vision that God is setting forth here.

We’ve got so many religious rebels in this world. God wake us up and help us to see what’s involved in serving God. Praise God! “As a bride…” It isn’t just this though. “…As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” So you’ve got sons marrying the mother, but you’ve got God looking upon us as a bride in whom he takes delight.

( congregational praise ).

Folks, do you want to be part of that?

( congregational response ).

You want to be somebody that God takes delight in? I want to be a part of this people he’s describing here, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

That’s what He’s called us to. Wow, what an awesome thing! “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” You’ve got a marriage. You’ve got a permanent love relationship here all around between us and God, and between us and each other, and between us and Him, of course. Wow! “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.” God give us grace. God give us grace, anybody who is up here, but all of us, to have this in our thinking, to let this be our world view as it were.

You know, that’s a popular expression now. What’s your world view? How do you see the world? People see it in different ways. You know, you’ve got a lot of folks that see it in an evolutionary sense and they just see a bunch of animals here this morning, accidents of history. Well, I want to say you were created in the image of God and you were created to know Him. And because of what Jesus Christ did, you can know Him.

( congregational response ).

You can be a part of something that’s eternal. That’s what he’s describing here. I want this—I want to see the world through Biblical glasses, through the glasses of God’s revelation to our hearts, because it’s an awesome thing if you ever see it. The rest of it will be spoiled. And oh God, give us this kind of a heart.

Because you have a vision of God, then you have what it means to be connected to Him and connected to His purpose is marriage, now you’ve got our responsibility. We already know God is faithful. God will never keep silent. But now He’s talking about us. How do we react to this? How do we participate in this?

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.” God give us that grace to give an uncompromising word. It doesn’t mean that we have to be ungracious. But I’ll tell you, we need to tell people, look people in the eye and tell them the truth, and lift up the purpose and the plan of God. That’s the only hope you’ve got.

But listen to what it says here, “You who call on the Lord.” Does that describe you? “You who call on the Lord…” Listen to what it says. “…Give him no rest.” Now obviously God doesn’t get tired, but you understand what He’s trying to say here. There is a persistence that God is looking for.

This is not a comfortable ‘samey’ kind of religion that we just sit here, and we come, and we go, and we do our thing and we live our lives. This is something where we have a reason for being here. We have a purpose that our lives are about. God, we see the vision that You’ve laid before us. God, we’re not there yet. Oh God, don’t give up. God, do what’s needed. Do it in me, Lord. It’s not, Lord straighten out them and everything will be great. This is, Lord, remove the hindrances that are in me. Work in my life. I want to be committed to Your vision and Your purpose for Your people in the earth.

“Give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” See, this is what Jesus was praying. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This is what it’s about.

I’ll tell you, we have promises. I’m not gonna read the rest of this, but, you see the threefold thing here. God’s purpose, God’s fixed purpose. The proper relationship: we’re born of the Spirit of that kingdom. It makes us married to Him and to one another. And then within that context there’s a hunger and a desire on the part of His people to say, Oh God, I am signed on to your purpose. Oh God, bring it to pass—bring it to pass here, now. Don’t let us just get sucked in to Babylon. God help us to be what You want us to be in the earth.

I’ll just refer briefly, the time is just about gone and that’s all right. Let me just refer to a couple of Scriptures and they may be enlarged upon later. I don’t know. Ephesians chapter 4 came to me several times lately and I don’t want to read the whole passage, but this is where he’s talking about the divine order, and how we have been made one in Christ and he’s given ministries. But he’s given ministries basically to get the body functioning, because here he pictures us, the people of God, not as a marriage, but as a body connected, vitally connected. Now what is a body? A body shares one life, doesn’t it?

( congregational response ).

Carl’s body, every bit of it, if it’s working right, shares Carl’s life. That’s what animates it. It’s the same life in his hand that’s in his foot. That’s the way it is in Christ. We’re a group. We’re not just a group, we are an organism of people who share His life and we are connected one to another.

Do you remember what God’s purpose is in Romans Chapter 8? It’s that we be conformed to the image of His son. But now look what he’s talking about here. He says…let me pick this up because I don’t want to read the whole thing. Well, he talks about all that he’s doing “…So that the body of Christ may be built up…” verse 13, “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”

Man that’s a pretty good picture of religion right there. God wants us to get to the point where we can distinguish between truth and error. We can hear His voice and we can walk together in it. But here’s what is going to happen. It says, “Instead…” instead of all that, “…speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

He’s not talking about just an individualistic thing there, is he? He’s talking about the functioning of the body. He’s talking about the purpose of God being fulfilled, not just as a lot of individuals becoming like Jesus, but a body of people growing up into the Head. Do you get the difference? There is a ‘corporate-ness’ to the purpose of God. It will never be fulfilled apart from God bringing a people together who are willing to walk together, to cry out to Him, to humble themselves, to share the common life that He gives us, to look to Him as the Head. As we do that, we’re gonna grow up into Him. There’s going to be an expression of Christ that could never happen if we’re just a bunch of individuals.

This is what God is setting before us as a vision. Have we ever seen that? How many of you remember Pentecost? Yeah. God came down by the Spirit and inhabited His people. What was Peter’s message? Repent, be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. What was it that set those people apart from everybody else? God lived in them. They were born of Him. They were a company of people and what happened to them? They walked together in unity. They shared a common life. God was…God indwelt them in power.

And there were people that God was reaching out to, and He brought them to the life that was in those people. Folks, that’s the vision that God has for us. God help us to seek it. Not to say, oh well, that’s good, that’s nice, that was a good sermon. I don’t think it was particularly, but anyway, from the standpoint of a sermon. But I’ll tell you, this is the vision that God has. Is this real or not? Are we just…is this just something that we’re…is this just trotting out one of our little doctrines?

( congregational response ).

Or is this the burden of God for His people that we keep this alive? Because there’s a time element. Folks, we’re in the wilderness in many ways, and there are certain effects that the wilderness tends to have on us. It tends to make us sort of discouraged, and sort of…here we are, nothing is…we came out here because we were headed for the Promised Land, and here we are. God give us a vision that sees beyond flesh, that sees beyond all the other things that we tend to see, that doesn’t get so enmeshed in this world that we forget why we are here.

Folks, we need to walk together in love, to be humbled, to be willing to be married. I’ll tell you, if we’re really born of His Spirit that’s a reality that God is gonna forge in your life, in your heart and in mine. And I’ll tell you, God is committed to this until we reach that place, He’s looking for a people that are committed to that. Are you? That’s what we’re about, folks. That’s what our vision as a church needs to be.

Now, in terms of the specifics, what God wants us to do and how all that will play out, I’ve got somebody who knows the answer to that, because I don’t know that. But I’ll tell you, if we’ll concentrate on what He wants us to be, don’t worry, the things that we’re supposed to do, we can do and we can do effectively. But God’s got a lot of work right now. We’re seeing a sifting a little bit. But you know we need to get back on this foundation, and understand, and rally to the truth of His vision, not mine, not Brother Thomas’s. We don’t need that. We’re not Thomasites here. We need to follow Jesus Christ. He is the Head of the church.

( congregational amens ).

This is His Word. This is God’s purpose. I want to be faithful to this. I want to walk in it, don’t you? I’ll tell you, the God who has made these promises, He will fulfill them. He is fulfilling them. A lot of stuff going on right now that’s good but it’s all…a lot of it’s in here in people’s hearts. But I’ll tell you, we’re going to see the fruit of it more and more as we go along. Praise God! Are you married this morning? Praise the Lord!