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TV Broadcast #1025

Many Shall Try

May 27, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1025 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: You think it’s easy just to kind of embrace the gospel. Oh isn’t this grand and great. There’s going to be a pitched battle between…that involves self trying to live and Satan will throw everything he can at you to stir that up. He will dump fear after fear, after fear into your heart about what this is going to mean. Oh my God. What about this? What about that? Will I be able to marry, ta-da-da-da-da-da?

You know all these things are gonna come into your mind. Satan is going to feed that. Your problem is not Satan, your problem is self that tends to agree with him and finds it so easy to listen to him. I tell you if you surrender, and I guarantee there’s lots of people here who could testify. You went through this in some form. There was a battle. You didn’t want to surrender. You didn’t want to give up. You didn’t want to let go. But what happened when you did? Peace. Was it terrible?

— Congregation: No.

— Brother Phil Enlow: Oh, it was peace. It’s exactly the opposite of what the devil will continually feed you. But that self is standing square in your path into the kingdom of God, and if you don’t rise up…That’s the effort. That’s the effort is to cry out to God for grace. You don’t have the strength to do that anyway, but when there’s somebody who sets their heart on the kingdom of God, God’s grace, His strength will reach down and help you pick up that sword, as it were, and fight your way through.

( congregational amens ).

You won’t be alone. God will help you.

( congregational amens ).

But some of you have tried and tried and tried and tried to come without ever surrendering. And you wonder why you never got through. It’s because there was something that still stood in your way, and you weren’t willing. You’re trying to figure a way around that issue. There is no other way. There is no other way. And that’s the issue that the Lord is dealing with right here.

Of course, you’ve got another…I guess the lesson of that superficiality is what Jesus said in Luke 14, I think it is, about counting the cost. This is not something for some superficial little decision. This is life challenging. This is life changing. This is a 180 change of direction in your life to follow Him and to leave the rest alone and put that in God’s hands, surrender the issues of life into His hands, trust. That’s what it comes down to. When He really reveals His love for you and your need and you let go, you realize it’s okay.

( congregational amens ).

It doesn’t mean life’s gonna be easy, but it does mean you’re gonna be able to walk with His grace reaching down, strengthening, helping. If you’re left at the door trying and trying and trying, what is it that you’re hanging on to? What is it that you’re afraid to let go? That’s where the striving comes in. It’s just coming to the place where you say, God, help me to let go.

( congregational amens ).

I’m struggling here. I can’t do it, but I want to serve You, and I want You more than I want my next breath! I need You, Lord; this matters. There’s no way to side-step this issue and get into the door. It’s a narrow door. I can’t bring all this stuff from my life. I need You. That’s what it’s about.

Of course, you’ve got others that start, don’t they? The seed is sown among thorns, and the care of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, all the issues of this life, they grow up too. You see, you never got rid of that, never really laid it down, never really surrendered, never saw what it was really about. This is an all or nothing, I need to be in Your kingdom, or I’m gonna remain here. And if I remain here, I’m gonna perish with this world. God’s judgment hangs over this world just as real as you got up this morning. Praise God!

This is not a dream; this is reality, folks. You ask the folks of Noah’s day who were warned over and over and over again, there’s a flood coming. It’s destruction, but there’s a way of escape. A handful listened. They were just fine. God was with them, but how many others didn’t listen until it was too late? Can you imagine them knocking on the door? Okay Noah, we believe you now! Too late; I didn’t close this door. God did.

But the reason He’s telling you this now is so you can do something about it. I believe there’re people here who need to take a step back and say, Lord, have I ever really surrendered my life to Jesus Christ? I’m not talking about new ones that are just coming in. God’s bringing you, but I’m talking about people who have sat here for years sometimes, and you think you’re okay. But I tell you, we need to get out and walk in the light and say, Lord, here I am. Shine Your light in the darkest place of my life, and give me an honest heart.

I think about the folks that went into the temple to pray. Both of them were going into the temple, weren’t they? Both of them were making an effort. The Pharisee went in there bragging about his righteousness, and even though he was going into the very temple that at that time was God’s temple…Jesus said it was. The order hadn’t changed yet. That was a place where men went to seek God. There he was; he was trying.

He was one of these that Jesus was describing here. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the prophets, they’re gonna go into the kingdom of Heaven, and people from the gentiles way out there that you despise so much, they’re gonna be there. That takes in us today. Jesus was talking about us in this passage. People from here are gonna sit down in kingdom, but you’re gonna be thrust out.

What was his problem? Many things I guess, but self-righteousness, he didn’t see himself as in the same condition and having the same need as that poor old publican, that tax collector, that guy we despise so much. They’re just a bunch of crooks. They are the off-scouring of the earth. They are the lowest of the low. Yeah, I know he needs to come in here and cry out for mercy. He really needs it, but I’m a Jew. I’m faithful. I keep the law.

Oh God, I don’t know any greater barrier to coming to Christ than resisting the convicting power of God’s Spirit that would bring you to the place where you are a lost, hopeless, helpless, sinner apart from the grace of God, and you know in the depths of your soul there’s not a thing about you that deserves that God should show you mercy. Man, we fight that to the death, some of us. God would bring you to that place, because it’s from there that mercy begins to flow.

That Pharisee went away rejected that day. He would take that place. He would say I’m not like that. I know people are sinners. I might make a few mistakes, but I’m not like him. Oh, yes you are. If you were born into Adam’s family, you are a sinner. God’s Word, not what the devil says, not what you think; God’s Word says there’s no difference. Let that sink in, no difference.

Stop making a difference. Stop saying, I’m better than they are. No you’re not, not when it comes to this. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, all. Oh, but that’s not quite…I’m okay. No you’re not. If you ever enter this house, you’re gonna just present your life to Him and say, Lord, I can’t fix it. I can’t do it. I give it to You. I need a Savior. I have no power to become what You want me to be, but I believe the promise, and I surrender my life to that promise.

God will reach out and wrap His arms around of love and mercy around you if you willing to humble yourself and come that way. But oh God, are we all in the fix-it business. I’ve got to fix me before I can come. I’ve got to keep up appearances. I’ve got to keep up appearances. I’ve got to do this. I’ve got to do that. I’ve got to fix my problems. You need Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

You need Jesus and Jesus alone, and He is able to fix what’s wrong with you and what’s wrong with me, and He’s the only One that can. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

These are just some of those black figures that will stand between you and the kingdom of God, that unwillingness to be a sinner, that self will, that love of something in the world, that love of your desires that you’re so geared to living for those desires even though they never will satisfy, never have, never will. But you’re so addicted to trying to fulfill those earthly desires that you can’t let them go and trust God.

Those are some of those black figures that will stand there and fight you to the end. Those that get into this kingdom are so focused on getting in that they’re willing to…There’s no compromise. I need You without any condition. It is an unconditional surrender. We need the Lord, don’t we?

( congregational amens ).

His salvation is so great, but don’t miss it. Don’t fall short. Don’t delude yourself if you have never really come to that place and think that you’re okay because you’ve been here, you’ve sat under Brother Thomas, you’ve participated, you’re outwardly a part. God wants you to be inwardly changed in your heart of hearts. He’s able to do it. He’s able to do it.

Let’s just look quickly at some scriptures we all know, Matthew chapter 7 is certainly one that bears out this very same principle beginning in verse 13 where Jesus says, “Enter through the narrow gate.” (NIV). Once again, you’ve got a very…This is set forward by God Himself. This is the door. There ain’t no other way, and it’s narrow. We’re not gonna just sort of compromise and say, well, you can come in if you’ll...No, it’s this or it’s nothing. It’s a narrow door, narrow door, narrow gate.

“For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction…” We’ve made so many times. This is not just living your life in the world. This is religion. This is people trying to come into the kingdom of God. These are some of the very people that Jesus was talking about, they’re trying. And the worst of it is, in their own minds they are it. They’ve entered. They’re okay. They’re on the way. They’re on the road. They’re active in religion. You see it as you go on here. Many enter through it, but it leads to destruction, doesn’t it, it says above that.

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Now he talks about the source of some of this error. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” That’s folks that preach a gospel that says you can come to Christ, and you can go to Heaven, but you don’t have to really give up your life. That’s what it boils down to.

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruits you will recognize them.”

I wouldn’t want to be some of the preachers that I hear out there today. God, help them. They’re out there telling what’s supposed to be the gospel, and they’re absolutely sealing people in darkness. But then he says this. And this really gets to the heart of the issue, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven.…” So here you’ve got people that they’re trying, aren’t they?

The very fact that they’re willing to call Jesus Lord represents a kind of an effort. I’m trying. I want to be a part. Lord, I believe in You. I want to be a part of Your kingdom. Lord, You’re my Lord. You’re this, you’re that. But he just says the words. Is that what God wants? Is that just all He wants? A lot of people must think God’s pretty stupid. We can do all these outward things, and it’s okay and cover up what’s the real condition of the heart.

“Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only…” Only, boy mark that word, “only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” That’s what it comes down to. That’s a surrender of our wills to His will. Oh, I tell you, did not Jesus give up everything for us?

( congregational amens ).

How is that so many people think they can just have Jesus and keep on a firm grip on their own life, their own will, what they want to do, what they want to think? That’s the power of this deception that Jesus is warning about. Look how powerful it is, “Many…” There’re a lot of people in this category. “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?”

Wow, these are some zealous people. I won’t get into whether this was real or imagined or what the deal was, but in their mind, they were absolutely active in the kingdom. They gave their whole lives up supposedly for the kingdom. But what happened? What will happen? “Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you.”

He didn’t even say, I knew you once, but then you left me and I didn’t know you anymore. Never! Never knew you, “Away from me, you evildoers!” Evildoers is “lawless.” That’s the Greek word there. It is lawless. In other words, nobody has the rule. They are a law to themselves. They are self-willed. This religious activity, where did it come from? Did God come down and inspire them to do what they did? No. They did it, the planned it, they carried it out. They did for their own glory, usually, and religion is full of this. There’s gonna be some deadly surprises.

And I’m conscious as I say this that there’re people who are not sitting here who will hear this. There’s gonna be terrible, sad faces, weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth on the Day of Judgment. And God is telling this word for those who have the capacity to hear and to stop and to take a look at your own heart and say, Lord, have I really surrendered to You. That’s the issue. Calling Jesus Lord won’t get it. He’s got to be Lord. He’s got to be the ruling, practical ruling authority in your life where nothing is withheld from His Lordship. Does He not love you, does He not know best? We say that, but oh, how self wants to hang on to its way. Man, do we need a Savior?

( congregational amens ).

You know what I’m talking about if you’re honest and you feel the pull and the tug of self, what we’re up against here. I need a power that is so much greater than I am.

( congregational amens ).

I need Him to rescue me, and He’s willing at the cost of His own blood, His own life. He poured it out so that I could have hope, somebody like me. Some of you don’t think you’re like me in that respect or like others. You look down at somebody in the gutter, and you think, well, I’m sure glad I’m not like them. I can fix things. I can do, I can think, I can imagine.

No, you can’t. You’re just like them. The fact is, you might be worse. I don’t know any greater affront to the Gospel and to what Jesus Christ has done than for someone to say, I can fix me. I don’t need what you did. I’m not like them. I can take care of my own needs, just spitting on the grace of God and saying, I’ve got my own righteousness, Lord. I don’t need Yours. I don’t need Your saving effort. I can do it myself, thank you very much, and I’ll present myself to You and expect You to accept me.

Let’s call it what it is. That’s exactly what it is, and the Word of God would warn and cause people to take a sober, hard look. What He wants, He wants you to be rejoicing in His grace and His mercy on that day. He wants that to be a day of joy when you’re on the inside enjoying His presence and the fruit of Jesus bought for you on the cross. That’s what He wants. That’s why He’s saying all this. He longs for you to be on the inside and not on the outside going like this.

( congregational amens ).

This is the day. This is the time. If it’s not fixed now, it ain’t gonna get fixed. And I know some of you, no doubt, already thought of Matthew 25, and I’ll just refer to it, because it’s not a message about that particularly but the parable of the 10 virgins. Because this pictures a time at the coming of the Lord when there’s midnight, there’s a time of great darkness, and it’s so dark, and it says even…There’s people who are serving God. Outwardly, they were all together. They were spoken of as virgins, those who had given themselves to God, supposedly were His people.

And yet at this time, the conditions were such they were all asleep. They needed to be awakened in this hour of darkness. They were waiting. They were, actually all of them, professing to wait for the coming of the bridegroom expecting to the received, expecting to be a part of what He was about. I don’t think this is about percentages here, but this was real. There were two categories of people here. Some were ready and some weren’t.

But at this point in time, there was no more opportunity to be ready. You either had Christ in your heart, you either had God’s life representing the oil that’s able to sustain your profession of faith, what you really are about. It came from the inside. You had what you needed. There were others who were scrambling around realizing suddenly, hey, it’s time, it’s time, and I don’t have what I need. I need to get ready. It was too late then, wasn’t it? I know it’s a sober message. We need to pray. If you know the Lord and you get this, let’s pray.

( congregational amens ).

Let’s pray for people in our midst who need this. You don’t have to go around judging and this and that stuff. That’s not what it’s about. This is about reaching out and saying, God, open hearts, open eyes while there’s still time.

( congregational amens ).

God’s going through the assembly right now. If you’re not aware of it, you need to be. There’s a time of sifting and judging and discerning, I guess is a better word. The Lord’s gonna judge His people. This is time for judgment to begin at the house of God. There’s some who are being awakened and strengthened and there’s others who are in a different category. And some have gone there way. And God’s gonna sort it all out. I’m aware of that. He’s not gonna lose any that are truly His.

( congregational amens ).

Thank God for that. You put your trust in Him. You surrender. You’re safe. He will never let you out of His hand. I’m so thankful, so this is a positive message that there is hope.

( congregational amens ).

But it’s a plain message, and there is no compromise in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You either are His, or you’re not. And if you’re not His, if there’s anything in your heart and your self-will that is set above Him, then He’s not God, and He’s not gonna have any other Gods before Him. So all I can do is just tell you the message and leave it with you, because here again you had people. The door was shut. They said, sir, open the door for us, “But he replied, I tell you the truth, I don’t know you. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

There is nothing in this world that is more important than this. That’s why the word says in this translation, make every effort. Don’t stop short. Don’t let anything get in the way. Don’t let there be anything in your life that you love more than God. If you do, you’re gonna wind up on the outside. You might even go right along with the life of the church and think, I’m okay, but the Lord sees the hearts, and there’s a longing in His heart to draw some that maybe need to be awakened to this reality. Seek Him with all your heart. He will be found if you do seek Him from the bottom of your heart. Praise God!