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TV Broadcast #1029

Whatever It Takes
Conclusion

June 24, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1029 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: God wants a people who are not just mindlessly maneuvered along like pieces on a chessboard. We are sons and daughters of the living God, and while it’s true we are clay in the Potter’s hand, we are meant to be intelligent, cooperative clay. You’re putting it like, be the clay…you can almost take that as a passive thing. Okay, I’m just gonna quit doing anything and God’s gonna do whatever. But it isn’t that. There’s a sense of engagement that God is looking for from His people. There’s a sense where I know what God’s purpose is so that I can intelligently receive from Him, I can walk with Him in faith because I know it’s going somewhere.

You know, the scripture was quoted about all things working together, “…for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his…” (NIV).

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“Purpose.” That’s it. There’s a purpose involved in the work of God in our lives. Paul was engaged in that with all of his heart and that’s what he longed to impart to the people. And so his prayer for the people was this: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart….” Boy, that’s where we’ve got a problem, isn’t it? Oh, it takes a while for the Lord to get down into our heart. You can talk to somebody’s mind. You can impart that stuff out of a book. But for God to write His words in our heart, that’s a different deal.

And there’s a cry, oh God, I pray that You would do something in their heart so that you won’t have people who just don’t know what it’s about, and they’re kind of going along for the ride. But these are people who say, Lord, I get it—I get it. I know what this is about and I’m in. I want to be all the way in, Lord.

“…The eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Then he goes on to describe the power that brought Christ from the dead and set him on a throne in heaven, far above everything that opposes you and me. We serve One who has all authority in heaven and earth!

( congregational amens ).

And He has proclaimed the Father’s purpose to gather a people out of this world and bring them faithfully to a glorious conclusion! Only God can do such a thing! Only He could pull it off. But, here’s the thought that was coming to me. Time and time again you’ll see Paul say, I’m praying this for you—I am praying this for you. Shouldn’t we be praying this for ourselves?

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I mean, are we just gonna sit back and say, well, there’s some real spiritual person over there, or persons, and they’re praying all this stuff and I don’t really have to get…oh no. God wants every one of us to get a hold and be challenged with the hunger to say, oh God, there’s so much I don’t understand, so much I don’t know, but you have the answers I need. Oh God, I want to see. I want to participate in what you’re doing in your church in the end of the age.

Now, my place may be to get in a closet and pray, but don’t you mark that down as unimportant. There may be nothing more important than people who are touching God, because you can touch God and God can do something on the other side of the planet at that very moment because you prayed.

( congregational amens ).

I’ll tell you, God has got a place for everyone of us. And like I said, there’s no telling what God might do if we really just turn loose and say, God, do whatever it takes. Anybody here had the same sense of almost futility sometimes? You look inside and you see, my God, look at that, there we are again. I see this need and I just can’t lick this. I don’t know what to do. But I’ll tell you what God wants us to do. He’s saying to come to him and say, Lord, I can’t fix this. I can’t change me. But I’m willing for You to change me. I’m willing, Lord. Please, do whatever it takes, Lord. I’ll tell you…praise God—praise God!

Other scriptures have been alluded to and…how many times have we used chapter 3? But Paul is just exulting in the mystery that God had revealed to him—the oneness, the wholeness, the sense of beyond…something that crosses all national, all earthly boundaries to call out a people, and to reveal, even to the powers in a heavenly place, His eternal purpose to do something that is so grand and so great that even they will finally get it. They won’t be able to participate but they will know.

I’ll tell you, the powers of the kingdom of darkness, this is what he fears! He fears a people that will actually walk in these things and cry out to God and say, oh God, take my life. Do whatever is needed. But it’s not just anoint me to be some great apostle and go do something on my own, this is ‘God, build us together.’ Make Your home in us so that we can be an expression of Christ in the earth. And what he wants to do for us ‘to do’ will happen in the process of coming into that place. Praise God!

This is where he begins in verse 10. “His intent…” God’s intention as a result of this mystery, “…was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose.” This isn’t something He’s making up as He goes along. This is something He purposed from all eternity. Folks, what He’s called us to is a certainty that is as certain as God is Himself. Praise God!

What a privilege it is that He calls us to such a thing. Is it any wonder, you know, he goes forward in chapter 4? He says, walk worthy of such a calling. You need to walk together. You need to…all of that. The practical outworking of that is because of the greatness of our calling, what else does it enjoin upon us except to walk with Him and to cooperate with Him? “…According to his eternal purpose which he accomplished…” Oh wow, isn’t that great? You English students, look at the tense of that verb. When did this happen?

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That’s past! For you, I guess it’s over here. You better remember which way you’re looking. It’s past. It’s accomplished! Isn’t that what Jesus said? It is…it says, “It is finished,” in one translation. “It is accomplished,” in another. Everything God purposed from the foundation of the world was accomplished in what He did. Ever since we have simply seen the unfolding of that, the outworking of what he did. But he did it. It’s done. No devil can touch it.

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” That’s you! That’s in spite of what you are, in spite of what you’ve done, in spite of everything about you that seems to be an obstacle. You have, because of Jesus, the freedom to come to God with confidence!

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Not with, ‘oh my God, I hope You’ll listen,’ but with confidence—confidence! It isn’t confidence because you have earned it or somehow you’ve…’okay God, I’m good enough now.’ It’s because Jesus paid it all.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God. Praise God! “I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you…” Paul was in prison at this time. “…Which are your glory. For this reason…” Now here he’s going praying again. “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Thank God we’ve got some people in heaven, and the hope that we sang about this morning…that’s real! Oh thank God, the further I go the more I’m looking forward to that day when we get to cross over to the other side.

I don’t know how this thing with Brother Kumar’s wife is gonna come out. But I’ll tell you, either God is going to heal her and do something spectacular that way or He’s gonna take her to a wonderful place where she’ll never feel another pain or sorrow again. Praise the Lord! She’s a simple, simple humble woman. I’ve been in her home a couple of times. Just pray for them that God will work it out exactly the way He wants to do it. I know He will. Praise God!

But he’s praying, “I pray that out of his glorious riches…” Well, he calls them unsearchable, doesn’t he, right above that? “…Out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit…” Now where is that gonna happen? How about “…your inner being.” You know, that’s where we really kind of don’t want God to mess with quite so much. But that’s the need—that’s the need. We can do all kinds of things on the outside, but it’s when God gets a hold of this and gets the freedom to do whatever He wants, that things of eternal significance happen. God, I need this.

“…So that Christ may dwell in your hearts.” See, that’s the whole point. Isn’t that what it’s about? Him having a home! I mean, He’s got a lot of clean-up to do. You know you think about buying a house that needs a lot of work. We need a lot of work. We need a new house.

( laughing ).

But you know, God knows how to renovate and how to do exactly what it needs to clean out all the clutter and the debris and to make Himself a home. Oh, praise God! Let’s let the debris go and realize that’s what it is. So much that we set so much value upon is just nothing but clutter—garbage!

Isn’t that what Paul came to? He looked at everything that men that he had grown up among would have valued above everything. Talk about having no other Gods. Man they worshipped their religion, their heritage, 1001 things, their education and Paul just finally got a look at Christ, and got a look at that, and said…I’m done with that! Excuse me for sticking my tongue out at you, but that seemed like an appropriate expression for it.
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Anyway. “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…” Now here’s the other part…that you as an individual, you and Jesus on the Jericho road. No! Together, together, “…together with all the saints.” This is the vision that’s on the heart of our God. Praise the Lord! “…Together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love…” We sing about it! But do you think that satisfies God?

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That we just sing about how wonderful Your love is…He wants us to know it! He wants us to experience it. And you know, this is a good time to bring in that little bit from 1st John. Do you know how we complete the love that He gives to us?

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Yeah. It gets back to this ‘one another’ thing. It’s not just ‘oh, well I love you back, it’s so wonderful, thank you,’ and you have this little private thing going. No! This is a…this is God, pour out Your love in my heart so that it can go out. Lord, give me a divine love for my brothers and sisters. Not the love that I have to work up or pretend. But I mean, give me the real deal.

Isn’t that what Peter said…that our love is not pretended. It’s genuine. Well, I’ll tell you, where does that come from? You’d better get it from Him or it ain’t gonna be genuine. It’s that simple. You’re no different than I am. I need this and you need it. We’d better get what we have from God or it isn’t real.

How “…deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may…” And now here’s this. “…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Isn’t that what it really is about? So that God can just live in us and we can be His. And I’ll tell you, you have Him in you…one man can stop an army if God is in him. Whatever it is that God has given us to do, it doesn’t matter how small we are, how nothing we are, He’s pretty great.

( congregational amens ).

He’s pretty great. He can send 1 angel and wipe out 185,000 soldiers in a night. Lord have mercy, we’ve got the armies of heaven, we’ve got the Captain of our salvation.

( congregational amens ).

Where is the stoppage? Where’s the hindrance to His power and His working? It’s certainly not in Him! It’s in us and our willingness. God, work in us. Do whatever it takes, Lord. But now, here’s the glorious promise that goes with this. Now as I said, Paul prayed this, but shouldn’t we be praying this…for one another, but also for ourselves? God, I need you. God, help me to tap into the things that You’ve…to the unsearchable riches of Christ so that You can really live in me. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work…” Where?

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In the congregation? In general? No. “…Within us.” See, it all comes back to the same thing. That’s the need. When God gets this and gets the freedom…in a sense we give Him that freedom. I know He can do what He needs to do. But he’s looking for cooperative hearts. He’s looking for some that he can so work in our hearts and our minds that we choose to say, oh God, I long for You—I long for You. I need You to come. I need you to do whatever it takes, and I know…oh God, I’m afraid. Help me with my fear.

Some of you have the courage to shake your heads, other say, ‘not me, I won’t shake my head’. Yeah, you too. Every one of us. That’s the natural human reaction. We don’t want to die. But you know, didn’t the Lord send…didn’t the Father send His Son to, “…Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”? (KJV). Hebrews 2. That isn’t just afraid at the end, that’s afraid daily, because we’re called to just lay down our lives and let him live in us.

Of course, the devil is very faithful, when you talk about something like this, to tell you all the bad stuff and bring up all the fears and all the negative stuff and make it sound like it’s a one unrelenting bad experience. But I’ll tell you, that isn’t what God has for us, is it? Jesus was able to suffer the cross. But He did it with a joy, didn’t He? A joy that was set before Him. So that even while he was in the midst of the pain and the suffering, He knew what it was accomplishing.

When Paul was in prison, suffering, writing letters, he knew that his suffering was accomplishing something in…there was a price being paid, but because that price was being paid, he was able to minister something of real spiritual substance to those to whom he wrote.

I’ll tell you, God is gonna work in our lives if we’ll really let Him. And I believe His heart is to prepare us to do whatever He has for us. I don’t know what that is, but I want to know. I want to have an understanding heart. I want to be able to look out and see what’s going on in the world—what I need to know. I don’t need to press in and understand all the mysteries. You get what I’m saying. But, I need—we need to have a sense of purpose.

We need to have a sense that God has called us to something that He wants us to have an understanding heart in, so that we can be instruments to do whatever it is, whether it’s to reach out in our communities, whether it’s to grow in knowledge and just have such a light here that people that He wants to bring to that light will come and they’ll recognize it. They won’t just see a church, they’ll see Christ in His Body, because He’s the one we need to be lifting up! We’re nothing! I don’t care who we are, what we do, what talents there may be here. It’s Christ in us or it’s nothing.

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That’s what we need. We need to be crying out, oh God, let there be more of Christ here. It doesn’t matter how, in one sense, how small we get, its how big Christ is, and once He comes in He can do whatever He wants. He can bust out these walls if He wants to. If that’s the objective, but that’s not my…my objective is just to do His will. It’s not to worry about that, one way or the other. It’s not to worry about whether we stay here or whether we go to the other side of the world. God will direct us and God will empower us to do something worthwhile for eternity. Anything short of that is worthless.

But God give us that honest heart that cries out and says, oh God, open up Your Word. Give us understanding so that we preach the unvarnished truth. Separate us from our own ideas! Separate us from traditions of men! Blot them out, Lord! Give us a fresh look at this Word so that we see what your Word really says, and then give us the courage to stand in it, to walk in it.

And I’ll tell you, we’re gonna see Christ come. The stuff we read about in this Book is not just interesting history. That Christ is the same today—yesterday, today and forever. So Praise God. I just lay down the challenge that the Lord laid upon my heart. If you’ve never prayed that…now, some of you remember Brother Thomas testifying many times. There was a distinct point in his life when he remembers praying, saying, Lord, mold me and make me to be whatever you want. I mean, it was distinct enough that he could remember back, I prayed that prayer and look what God has done. I had no idea what the course was going to be, but He heard my prayer and He listened.

God will hear your prayer too, if it’s from your heart. And He’ll take you down a road and He’ll hold your hand every bit of the way, and it’ll be painful at times, but He’ll never let go of your hand.

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And there’ll be a joy and there’ll be a peace to go with it. But there’ll be eternal fruit. Do you want you life to mean something and account for something? That’s what God has called us to. He’s called us to His kingdom, not just to live our lives in this world and go to heaven one day. So Praise God! Praise the Lord!