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TV Broadcast #1031

One Thing I Do
Part One

July 8, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1031 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! It sure is good to see everyone. I’ll say what I’ve said before. If somebody has something, don’t sit here and wait on me. If you have something from the Lord, I want to hear it. So…going once.

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

Praise the Lord! Well, like I said recently, since Scripture tells us when we’re weak, we’re strong, I must be Samson this morning.

( laughter ).

I feel about as weak as a kitten or whatever. And this is also one of those occasions where I had something sort of percolating in my mind and it just evaporated. And that’s a good thing if it isn’t what the Lord wanted for this morning. But I just had a thought as I was coming over here this morning, and it’s in Philippians chapter 3, a familiar scripture. And I’ll just start and we’ll see where this goes and how long and how short. You know, we just need the Lord to lead us, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

Praise God! Praise God! You know, Paul is talking in the passage about…well, it’d help if I got there. There we go. And he tells us to “…Rejoice in the Lord!” (NIV). Praise God! We’ve got something to rejoice about, don’t we? Someone! And I appreciate the fact that there’s a spirit of joy here this morning, I believe. And it’s a joy that doesn’t come from looking inside, does it?

( congregational response ).

Not in my case, that’s for sure. The deeper I look, the more discouraged I get, if that’s where I’m looking. But we need to have our eyes in a different place, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

But, Paul was concerned here about those who were trying to introduce the law. They were just clinging to it, the Mosaic Law, as though that was a way to be right with God and that was the way to achieve what we’re supposed to achieve in terms of our relationship with God. And of course, he learned the hard way, and yet the wonderful way that that’s not where it’s at, is it?

And so he came to a place where…first of all, he was in a place where he thought he was right with God. He thought he had what he needed. He had the law. He kept it. He was a Pharisee of the Pharisees. He was gonna be the best Jew that ever lived, and he thought that was where it was at. And man, he looked down on everybody else.

But something changed. And what changed was that he met Jesus. Now I’ll tell you, when a sinner meets Jesus, things change. Your viewpoint of who you are and what you are about changes dramatically—radically. You can never, ever be the same if you ever have a real encounter with Jesus. You know, Isaiah had an encounter with Jesus, but that was before He was named Jesus…but when he saw His holiness, high and lifted up, and he saw this One sitting on a throne, and all of a sudden, this man who surely thought he was among the best of men just absolutely…his self-righteousness, self-image just collapsed. But oh, thank God, we’ve got a God who doesn’t leave us in that state.

( congregational response ).

And so, all of a sudden Paul has put all his confidence in his background and what he was as a man, as a religious man. And he comes down to verse 7 and he says, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” That’s where it’s at. It’s all about a Person—the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing Him, apprehending what is in Him—apprehending all that He has set before us became…well, I’m getting ahead of myself. But that became what his life was about. He considered it loss for the sake of Christ. “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Folks, if you ever see Him, if you ever are brought to Him, He will become the center.

( congregational amens ).

He’s not something that you add to the periphery here around your life to sort of give you an insurance policy against hell. He will become the center. And if He’s not, then there’s something that’s lacking. And I’ll tell you, we need Him, don’t we this morning? I praise God for what God has given us in His Son! The surpassing greatness!

But it wasn’t just that he saw this amazing Person, it was a revelation of what was in Him, and what the call of God was upon his life. “…The surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Praise God!

And so, the center of Paul’s life becomes what he says in verse 10. “I want to know Christ.…” Now you know, if that’s not the center of your life, then something else is. And that’s not a good thing. If you haven’t ever really seen the richness and the reality of what God has given us in Christ and the necessity of knowing Him, the greatness of knowing Him, then your heart is still here somewhere. And where your heart is there will your treasure also be. It might be in what you have, It might be in activities you enjoy. It might be a career. It might be somebody. It might be 1001 earthly things that take the place of Jesus Christ.

You know, you think about the rich young ruler. He really wanted to know how to obtain eternal life, and he was a zealous man, very much in the mold of Paul, someone who could say, Lord, I’ve kept all these things from my youth. What do I lack? Only one thing. He had another god, and that god prevented him from ever letting go.

I’ll tell you, if we ever see Jesus Christ, we will be able to let go, by grace—by grace…it’s got to have God’s strength. God’s got to work with our heart to be able to do that, but there will be an ability to let go, because we will see how worthless, how vain, how…you know, you think about that rich, young ruler. 2,000 years ago he died and his riches stayed here, and where is he? I’ll tell you, what a foolish, foolish, foolish thing it is to live for anything in this world. Oh God, open our eyes to see.

“I want to know Christ…” Paul says. Now this is not just knowing about Him, is it? This is a relationship where He comes to know the Person of Jesus Christ in a very intimate, as I say, personal way. It’s something where we know what He’s like, we know how He thinks, we begin to discern His heart in things.

You know, I think there’s a lot of people who just…their religion is, well, “Just tell me what to do.” And what they’re wanting is a bunch of rules that’ll somehow slip them into heaven, while actually the center of their heart is wrapped up in something else. But this is not about rules. This is about knowing Him. This is about coming to know Him so that we will be like Him.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! And that just absolutely will turn your steps away from setting your heart on something in this world. Praise God! “I want to know Christ.…” But it isn’t just knowing something about His person, it’s “…the power of his resurrection.” Folks, I was gonna say, I don’t about you, but I do. We’re all the same. We need power in our lives.

( congregational amens ).

You know, that was kind of, one of the things that was causing my mind to turn in a different direction this morning. I just was very, very conscious of things in me that pull in the wrong direction. Anybody here know what I’m talking about? Yeah, like everybody. Yeah, there’s…if you go on and you serve the Lord and you live very long in this world, and you have any consciousness of God, you’re gonna discover things that really pull you the wrong way, and they have power! Sin is a strong force! Don’t kid yourself. It’s not just something where you say oh great…

( snapping fingers ).

…I won’t do that anymore. Man, we need some help. We need power from God if we’re going to be the kind of people God wants us to be. Paul sensed that—he knew that! You think about the things that he discovered in Romans chapter 7. God once and for all destroyed Paul’s confidence in trying to serve God through his own strength, simply by acknowledging and striving to measure up. He tried every which way he knew and all…his batting average was zero! He said, what I want to do, I don’t. The things I don’t want to do, I do. “Oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (KJV). Man, he realized he needed a power beyond what he had, what he possessed.

( congregational amens ).

You and I need it! My God, if we’re just standing there saying, oh, woe is me, I’m just this way, I’ll never change. Well, I’ll tell you, that’s not where it’s at. We need…God has given us everything! Boy, I need to tell myself this. I need a mirror right here. Phil, God has given you everything. Quit your poor-mouthing. Quit your belly-aching. Quit complaining. Quit just being sorry for yourself and let’s look to Christ. He has what you need!

( congregational amens ).

It’s in Him. God has not given us a halfway salvation. He’s given us One that will take us to the other side! Praise God! And there is power, there is grace. There is one thing that is more powerful than sin—only one! That’s the grace of God!

( congregational amens ).

That means His spirit at work in our hearts influencing, strengthening, empowering! We have no excuse, but to move forward and to say, oh God, I see this need in me, but I want what You have. Lord, I need to understand how the power that I know is in the resurrection affects me, today, now! This is not just doctrine, this is life! I need you to help me in my walk right here where I’m at, this issue today. God, help me. God, work in my heart. That became Paul’s life—his life! I want to know Him, but I want to know the power of His resurrection!

And here’s the one that everybody’s favorite. “…The fellowship of sharing in his sufferings…” (NIV). Man, isn’t that great! But you know something, and of course he goes on to say, “…Becoming like him in his death.” But you know, there’s no life without dying. There’s no way that we can experience His life and cling to our own. That has got to go! We have got to be willing…there’s a lot of letting go. Anybody here know what I’m talking about?

( congregational response ).

There’s stuff that you know and man, you just…

( groaning ).

…You’re struggling and you’re striving. You know, that song that Avis sang last night…that was my favorite in the movie “Facing the Giants”…the secret of life is in what?

( congregational response ).

‘Letting go.’ Oh we love the song, don’t we? What we don’t like is letting go.

( laughter ).

But you know, there is a peace in it. My God, the tyranny of sin and self and its power to destroy. We have such a little concept of that. But God has given us something…the only thing in this universe that’s more powerful than that, and that’s the life of God through Jesus Christ.

And Paul just saw that. I mean, his heart, from the beginning had been, Lord, I want to please You, I want to know You. And he thought it was in the Jew’s religion. He thought it was being a Pharisee. When God showed him it wasn’t, man, he just threw that aside and went for it. He said, Lord, I’ve got to know You. I’ve seen You, I know who You are. I understand that God has given us a different way to know Him, a different way to enter into the relationship that He wants to have with us, not just here, but for all eternity. Praise God! Praise the Lord.

This is a good place to stick this in. I was telling the choir the other night…recently anyway, we were practicing that song “I Will Rise.” You know, a lot of times in this day and time when we’re learning a new song, I’ll go on YouTube like everybody else does, and listen to the original and just kind of get it…kind of listen to how it was and how they conceived of it. And so somebody had posted a video of that song and there were some comments underneath. And somebody had just said, it was just like last night or the other night…my grandfather was on his deathbed, and our family was gathered around. And as he was coming near the end, we just gathered around and we sang that song. And as he was lying there on his deathbed, he found the strength to lift his hands with us. Can you imagine? Whew! Folks, that not just a song. That’s reality!

( congregational amens ).

When you can come to the end and you have the peace of God and the hope and the assurance that death is simply a passageway to eternity. Oh, praise God! “…To live is Christ…” Paul said, “…and to die is gain.”

( congregational amens ).

Wow! What a hope we’ve been given. No wonder Paul was just…this was the center of his heart and center of his life. I want to know Him—I want to experience…he’s talking about the power of His resurrection! But in order to do that, I’ve got to have the fellowship of His sufferings. You know, part of that was the ministry that God had given him. He had given Paul a call to carry the Word of God to a good chunk of the world at that time. But in order to do that, there were things he had to go through, in order to preach the Gospel. And he had to be willing to lay down his life even though he was stoned and left for dead one time, thrown in jail, even though he was beaten a number of times with the prescribed, what is it…the 39 lashes or whatever it was. That was no light thing. The stuff that he lists and enumerates in…there’s one chapter some place in 2nd Corinthians, I think, where he talks about all the things that he’s been through.

But you know, that’s not what Paul was about. Paul wasn’t saying, oh me, look at me, I’m somebody, I’ve been through…and oh, woe is me, I’ve been through all of this. He said, this is what God has called me to. Christ suffered for us. He paid the ultimate price so that you and I could have life. He said, in order for me to be a servant of Christ—to the Body of Christ, I’m gonna have to fill up the measure. It’s like there was this container. And that container was the sufferings that was necessary to accomplish the purpose of God in the earth. Jesus put in so much…it was enough, thank God. But yet, Paul said, there’s more that has to happen before this purpose is fulfilled. And God has called me to fill up the sufferings of Christ—fill up that measure. You look at Colossians, the end of chapter 1, you’ll see that very point made.

But Paul understood that in order to be what God wanted him to be, there were things he was gonna have to go through. And you know, many times the things that we go through, that we think have no meaning, no purpose, God has designed it, not only to do something in you, but to do something in somebody else.

Folks, if we ever get our eyes opened to what God is doing and how He’s doing it, it’ll change the way we look at life—it’ll change the way we look at the things that we experience. We’re gonna see the mighty hand of God, who is absolutely delivering us and setting us free, but yet the very things that we suffer will become a source of blessing to somebody else. We can be a channel of life, even as Christ was, even as Paul was! God has called every one of us to that calling, to lay down our lives one for another.

So Paul had an entirely different perspective on life. It wasn’t just, oh, what’s going on with me and why am I going through this, and so and so down there, they’re just having a blast. Life is wonderful, there’s no trouble. Oh I’ll tell you, God is the architect and builder of something that is eternal. And Paul didn’t want to miss a thing on the road that God had called him. Praise God! You see that throughout his writings. He had this sense, I’m on a journey—I’m going somewhere. And this is the path that takes me there. It’s knowing Him. It’s experiencing His power. It’s submitting to His death and embracing the sufferings that He brings my way. Praise God!

And “…So, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” I don’t believe that what Paul is talking about is man, if I do all this, maybe He’ll let me be raised from the dead one day. That’s not what this is about. This is about here and now. In other words, if I’m going to experience resurrection life, this is the way you get there. It’s knowing Him, it’s allowing self to die. When God puts His finger on something, it’s saying, all right Lord, I surrender…I let go, I give it to you, Lord. Help me with this thing that has had a hold on my life. God, I need You. Man, I need this mirror. Don’t forget that’s here all the time. I’m just like you. I don’t why in the world I’m up here, except that God has a reason. But it’s not because I’m any better than you. I’ll tell you, we need the same Savior.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! But oh, Paul longed to be able to walk here and now in resurrection life, and to have…and he said in 2nd Corinthians 4, he said, death works in me, but life in you. God has called every one of us to that. This is not just for special people, or ministers, or preachers, or something. This is for every member of the Body of Christ. Death has got to work in us, but life, then, can work in everybody else. Praise the Lord!

And he goes on and he says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Well, there’s a lot in that and I just want to touch on a couple of things. I haven’t even gotten to the verse that came to me this morning, but that’s all right. But you know, if you’re in Christ, you didn’t volunteer. You didn’t wake up one day and say, hey, I think I need God. God arrested you!

( congregational amens ).

He intervened in your life in a way that suddenly you knew something that other people didn’t know because God revealed it! Folks, if we’re trying to be a Christian without God revealing Himself to you, you’re doing something that’s impossible—you’re trying to do something that’s impossible. We need a revelation of Jesus Christ. That’s what grabbed Paul’s attention! God reached out and sovereignly laid His hand upon him, and that’s not just for people like Paul! That’s for you and it’s for me.

But when Jesus Christ arrests us, He has a reason, He has a purpose. It’s not just, all right, you’re my prisoner now. Man, it’s I’m taking you out of a pathway that is leading to absolute death—destruction. You’re headed down a path to total ruin, but I love you and I have a different purpose for your life. Man, if God ever touches your heart and draws you, you cry out and you say, oh God, help me!

( congregational amens ).

Don’t you shut your ears to that! Don’t you resist arrest! Let Him arrest you. Let Him take a hold of your life. But Paul had this sense…man, this wasn’t my idea. I have suddenly stepped into something that is eternal. I have stepped into something—I’ve been called into something that was in God’s heart before the world was! And now the stream of time has come down, and here it’s time for me to live in the world, and God has a reason, He has a purpose for my life.

Do you have a purpose in your life? Are you just here? Are you marking time? Are you just getting up and going to work, and doing this and doing that, and just muddling through life? Or are you here for a reason? God has got a purpose for every life here. Every life is meaningful. Praise God! He wants us to get up in the morning and say, good morning, Lord, instead of, good Lord, it’s morning.

( laughter ).

But we need to have a reason to get up in the morning and say, oh praise God, we’ve got another day. Lord, if you call me home today, that’s okay!

( congregational amens ).

In fact that’s getting more and more okay, the older we get. I’m just saying, oh Lord, how long do I have stay in this place? God, it’s getting terrible out there. I’ll tell you, we’ve got a world to live in that’s really something, don’t we? Some of us were reading a column that was written on an on-line article this week. It was just talking about the disintegration of our culture and how values in the minds of the elite, and I mean the college professors, I mean the judges, I mean…many of them. And I mean the media and Hollywood…they’re just completely upside down.

Just describing one political figure that I think most of us consider very wholesome, standing for good values…and just the acid vitriol, just the absolute…’I wish she would get cancer and die a horrible death’ and ‘somebody needs to shoot her’…that kind of stuff. Man, it’s not just political disagreement. You’ve got light and darkness…that was the point he was making.

( congregational response ).

This is absolutely a battle of spiritual forces that have turned good into evil and evil into good! You know, there was one art critic, who’d been an art critic for a major newspaper, and the thing…one of the things that would make him the most sick, the most angry would be the paintings of Norman Rockwell. Now how many of you know who Norman Rockwell was?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, most of you. He had a way of capturing the essence of American life and American culture, and obviously he painted the best of it. It’s not like every little detail was exactly like that. But those were the values, those were the things that people stood for and thought were wonderful! Well, they make him sick! But the things that make him…that he thinks are wonderful are some of these art projects that were done with your tax dollars and mine, by the way, where they had Jesus on a crucifix with ants crawling over Him, and all kinds of sexual perversion glorified. I mean, it’s absolutely sick! Man, there is a hatred, there is a spirit of antichrist is taking over this society! Folks, we’ve got to wake up and realize we need the Lord.

( congregational amens ).

We need Him. This is…all what Paul is talking about is not happening in a vacuum. We are in a certain type, a certain place in our age where we need God like we’ve never needed Him before.

( congregational amens ).

Just don’t plan your life and think you’re gonna…you know, everything is gonna go the way you think it will. We need God. We don’t know what’s coming. But I know Someone who’s gonna be with us. You know, I guess I’m selfish enough, I’m just happy I’m the age I am, that I don’t have to be here that much longer. Praise God! It doesn’t matter. Whatever the Lord wants is fine because He’s in charge. There is a plan and it is eternal!

( congregational amens ).

And it involves every one that He’s called! If He has made Himself known to you, you’re part of it!

( congregational amens ).

God thought about you before the foundation of the world! He knew about you! He knew your name! He planned for you! Praise God! So, “…I press on to take hold…”. Any of you notice it takes pressing? Yeah. But I’ll tell you, God is looking for people who are willing to stand up and fight.

( congregational amens ).

Willing to recognize what’s going on, and willing to stand for what He says, willing to stand for the Word, willing to take our stand with Jesus Christ when it means a bullet in the head. We’re gonna have to press. There’s a battle to be fought, folks. There’s a battle and we’re gonna have to be willing to fight and it isn’t always gonna be fun. Not everybody is gonna come with us. We’re gonna have to leave that to God. That’s part of letting go and saying, oh God, I’m in your hands. You’re gonna work it out. You’re gonna work in every one that you have called.

But I’ll tell you what…you know, Paul was continually exhorting those to whom he wrote and particularly Timothy. You think about what he said…fight the good fight of the faith. Man, there’s no way you and I are gonna coast. How many know that God’s doing a deep heart work in lives right now?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. That’s what’s going on—that’s what’s going on. You know all of us would like to see the fire flying, you know, wonderful glorious things happening, the dead being raised and all that. But I’ll tell you, the dead are being raised.

( congregational praise ).

And the Devil doesn’t like it much.