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TV Broadcast #1032

One Thing I Do

July 15, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1032 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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…” (NIV). Any of you notice it takes pressing? Yeah. Man, this weekend has been a battle. The devil has just oppressed in so many different ways. And, you sit there and wonder, my God, am I off my rocker. You know, what’s going on here? Am I out in left field with all these things I think? 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.

( congregational amens ).

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. In fact, he doesn’t like it at all and I’m glad. I don’t like him much either. I’ll tell you God is on His throne. God is touching the things in our hearts that have been there for years. God is going through the assembly and I’ll tell you, there’s people who don’t know Him and who don’t want to know Him. And you’re gonna see some of that. But there’s others that…I mean how many of you react like I do? And I thank God for it. I give Him all the praise. Whenever there’s a challenge and a shaking, what does that make you want to do? It makes me want to draw closer.

( congregational amens ).

It wakes me up and says wait a minute, I’m gonna stand for something here. Lord help me! Get me awake here! Get me pointed in the right direction! Lord I want to be on your path!

( congregational amens ).

God uses things to draw us closer if we will be able to be drawn closer. Thank God! That’s where I want to be. But it is a battle and if you’re just muddling along, I’ll tell you, you’re gonna get knocked down. Your life’s gonna be a struggle. But I’ll tell you, we can look to God and we can press forward. We can do exactly what he says, “…Press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Now what he’s saying is that God has a purpose. He has something to which he has called me. Not only has He called me to a way of life but He’s called me to a goal. That’s what we were talking about, you know, with Grandpa on his death bed there singing that song, “I will rise.…” Praise God! “…On eagle’s wings.” There’s a glorious end and there’s a glorious future that God has for His children. Praise the Lord!

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.” But here’s the phrase and the statement that kind of came to my mind. “But one thing I do.…” You know if this one thing defines our life, it’s gonna be okay. Our life is gonna go somewhere. Our life is gonna be meaningful. Our life will accomplish something. We’ll come to the end and say, I have run the course. I’ve run my race. “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which…the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (KJV). Man, that’s a hope, isn’t it? Praise God!

“…One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on.…” (NIV). It sounds like three things, but it isn’t. The one thing that he’s doing is pressing on. But in order to press on, he’s got to let go. Did you ever notice that? Did you ever notice how hard it is to take your past with you into the future? Man, that’s a heavy burden. God doesn’t want you and me to have to carry our past into the future. God wants us to be able to let it go and forget it. I mean, we can learn the lessons…but to forget. Have you failed God miserably? Yeah. We all have in one way or another. But oh, has not God made a provision where we can not be just grudgingly forgiven but freely forgiven and cleansed from, how much?

— Congregation: All.

— Brother Phil Enlow: All unrighteousness! Praise God! I need that, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

I need to be able to let go the thing that I did five minutes ago that just…I can’t believe it—I just can’t believe it. Well, you know, if we act in ourselves, if we just walk in our own strength and think we can handle it, guess what? You can’t. Give it up. Who do you think you are? Why do you think it was such a surprise? You know God has to teach us. He has to do things to remind us sometimes that we are just what we are. We are sinners in need of a Savior. Yet again, Lord, here we are. Oh God. But oh, I thank You that there’s a place that I can come.

( congregational amens ).

There’s a fountain, it’s filled with blood. That blood is drawn from Immanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains! Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

Praise God! I’ve a place that I can go. I can go forward and my heart can be free! You know, where there’s forgiveness there is…even our conscience is cleansed. I don’t have to go forward, oh me, I’m guilty. I’d better walk on eggs here. Oh, I can just walk on and just thank God. Thank God. My sins are not just sort of, like I said, grudgingly put under…put on the shelf so that they can be pulled out and held against me later. They’re gone. I’ve been set free. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

You know there’s a lot of other things that we need to let go of the past, bitterness, hurts. Oh, are we bad to drag them with us. And if we’re just willing to let go, God will heal. No matter what happens with somebody else that may be involved. God can heal you and give you a freedom to walk forward with a light heart, with a joy in your heart.

( congregational amens ).

God can set us free from the past! How can we press forward? How can we strain toward what is ahead if we’re still dragging the past? Man, that burden just gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger if we let it. Oh man, don’t mess with my hurt feelings. I’m entitled to them. I earned them. You just don’t know what they did. Well, look what they did to Jesus, and he said, Father, forgive them. But I just can’t. Well, you’re right. But you can with Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

There’s not one thing He asks of us, as followers of Jesus, that He does not come and empower us to do. If your religion is a bunch of rules and how to live, you don’t have it. You need Jesus to come and to live in you and give you Himself. It’s not I, it’s Christ who lives in me. Praise God! What a difference!

It is just, man, it just shows you the depth of our need that we struggle so much with these things. We have to hear them over and over and over again. Doesn’t that tell you that we’re a mess, folks? Don’t you look in the mirror and think so much of yourself. We need a Savior.

( congregational amens ).

I need Jesus everyday! And everyday I bump into self, and he’s just in my way. I say…Phil, get out of my way, I’m going this way! Get out of my way! The problem is when we don’t do that so readily. We just sit there and fellowship with self, and think that’s just where it’s at, and we’re stuck. That’s…guess that’s all God expects. What can He expect?

Well He expects us to lay hold of eternal life. Isn’t that what he said to Timothy? It comes back to me now. “Fight the good fight of the faith.” What did he say? Lay hold—lay hold! There’s something for us to reach out and take a hold of. God’s just not gonna dump the whole package into your soul in one fell swoop. There is an apprehending of what we need as we walk. I need things today that maybe I didn’t need yesterday. But I need them right now. I need that ready supply. Just like the branch needs the life that’s in the vine today. It may have been great yesterday, but if I don’t get it today, I’m gonna start wilting. Is anybody wilted here? Wilt thou? You know.

( laughter ).

Well, the Lord has better for us than to wilt. He’s got a supply of life. But I’ll tell you, we’re gonna have to wake up and understand where it’s at and reach out. Reach out for what he’s given to us. I press on. But “…Straining toward what is ahead.” Man that tells me again that there is something to overcome to do that. There is a reaching out. There is an effort that’s expended. There’s my goal. I’ve got a lot of stuff that would stand in my way and I’m gonna have to be willing to fight through that. You can’t drift into this. God has called us to a war, but He has empowered us through Christ to fight that war. Thank God.

And you know, there’s two sides to this. I thank God for both of them, but we need to recognize both of them. You know, you can have such a view of the sovereignty of God, I think some of us heard something Friday night that reminded me of this principle. But there’s people that have such a view of the sovereignty of God that it’s almost like well…nothing for me to do.

( sighing ).

God’s going to save who He’s going to save. God’s gonna do this. God’s gonna do that and I just sit here and sort of let Him do it. But I thank God for His sovereignty, but He expects me to do something. Part of His plan involves me doing something.

( congregational amens ).

You know, John wrote, I think it’s in 1st John chapter 3. We don’t know what we will be, but we do know that when He appears, what?

( congregational response ).

We will be like Him. That’s an amazing thought. We will be like Him. You think about, if He comes right now…something’s got to happen here. There’s something to work toward. But when He appears, we’ll be like Him. I see something that God is gonna do in His people between now and the time He comes. What does it go on to say? I mean, is that something magic? No, he says “Everyone who has this hope…” Do you have that hope today? “Everyone who has this hope…” I’d better read it. “…Purifies himself.…”

I want you to see where it’s at anyway so you know I’m not making this up. 1st John chapter 3, right at the beginning. “Dear friends…” verse 2, “…now we are children…” Now the word children means little, little children. “…Of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

Then what does it say? “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” Now doesn’t that kind of work very well with what Paul said? I reach forth. There’s something that I want to attain. God has called me to something. There’s a destiny that awaits me. But because I have hope in that destiny I put forth an effort.

But yet, it’s not self-effort, is it? It’s effort that has to be energized by God. My effort is not to live up to it in the strength of self. My effort is to say, God I have this need. My response to that need is not to try harder. How many of you have found that to work real good? The pathway to victory is not by trying harder, it’s by surrendering more, and believing more. Because if we realize real quick, if you’re at all sensitive, you realize trying harder doesn’t work. It leads to failure.

But of, if I come to Him and say Lord, I see this need in me right now, but there ain’t a thing that I have power to do about it. But I sure do acknowledge it, Lord. I want to be dead honest about it. That’s what it is Lord. It’s not pretty. I’m not gonna try to make excuses for it, Lord It’s what it is. But oh God, I come to You. Jesus died for me. The cross is my deliverance. He didn’t just die alone, He took me to death with Him. I died there, and I rose with Him. Lord, I need something from that to help me now with this, because I don’t have the power. Lord, I just turn the job over to You. I’m gonna act—I’m gonna act in faith. I’m gonna respond to Your promise in faith and I’m gonna do, but my doing is not energized by me. It’s energized by You and what You provided for me through Jesus Christ.

That’s where it’s at. That’s where it comes from. And so there is a part that we play. There’s an effort. That’s evident in what Paul has said. There’s an effort that we put forth, but it’s an effort of faith. It’s an effort fueled by surrender. It’s an effort fueled by looking to Jesus and expecting from Him everything that you and I need. Praise God!

But you know the other side of it. See if I can find it. I didn’t take time to look these up, but I think it’s in 1st Thessalonians chapter 5, right at the end. Yes, verse 23, chapter 5. “May God himself, the God of peace…” That’s a good thing, isn’t it? You want some peace this morning? May He “…Sanctify you…” Or set you apart for Himself. “…Through and through.”

Now that’s not some external thing. That means getting down into the issues of the heart. That means God’s gonna have to have access to all of us. We can’t say, all right Lord, clean this up so I can look good, but don’t touch that. Every area of our life is gonna have to accessible to Him, ‘cause it’s gonna be a ‘through and through.’ You can’t be set apart to God here and not here. If there’s an area, if there’s a stronghold there, there’s a stronghold, and He doesn’t have that.

But may He “…Sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Oh that sounds exhausting, until you read the next verse. “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

( congregational amens ).

So you see how the two are married? You see where Paul’s effort, the understanding that fueled his effort was not, oh God I’ve got to live up to something that’s darn near impossible. But man, if I just really try hard…oh no. This was laying hold of salvation. This is not an effort to obey laws. This is an effort to lay hold of what I need.

Do you need something this morning? Are you facing a wall? Are you facing a blockade in your pathway? Welcome to the club! There isn’t anybody here who has any clue what’s going on, who isn’t in the same place in something. Do you think God has provided for us? Yes. Then what is our place? It’s to lay hold. It’s to say, oh God, I’m here. I’m stuck. There’s something I can’t beat, but I know that in Christ, You have the answer and I need You. Does not God put us in that place of need so that we will seek Him?

( congregational response ).

How many of you would just seek the Lord if nothing ever happened that was bad, I mean? Everything was just great, you just sailed along, and your heart was full of joy every day, and it was just wonderful. Oh my, we would be sorry people. But God is wise enough, and loving enough to allow us to bump into the things that we have needs in. He loves us too much to leave us as we are.

And so he’s…one thing! Is that ‘one thing’ defining your life today? Man that needs to define our lives. I mean, I know that we’ve got to go to work. I know we’ve got to do all this other stuff, but that’s peripheral. That’s on the outside here. That’s just kind of part of life. But the ‘one thing’ is this…that I need Him. I need to walk in forward to lay hold of the purpose for which He has called me to Himself. It’s not life about…my life is not about ‘here.’ “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Has He called you?

“All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” Does he…can you say amen? You think you’re rocking along and you’ve got a handle on it, and all of a sudden, wham! You run into some other issue you didn’t even know was in there. Well, don’t let it discourage you. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He didn’t throw that roadblock up to discourage you, but to give you something to exercise your faith, to look beyond and say well, I need salvation today. Praise God! I need a fresh infusion of His life today. Thank God for His presence even now.

“Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” Let’s not slide backward here. “Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.” That’s just a simple way of saying they don’t want to die. Because that’s what the cross is about. It’s about dying to self and sin and this world!

But it doesn’t end there. There’s a grave, yes, but there’s a resurrection, and there’s a brand new life, and that life is God’s own life. Folks, you come into possession of that, and you grow up in that, and you will be a son or a daughter of the living God forever. No more sorrow. No more pain. All of these things will have passed away. Praise God!

But oh how blind the people of this world are. It says, “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in there shame.” And what’s the essence of it? “Their mind is on earthly things.” Where is your heart, where is your mind today? Is it on earthly things? Or is it where Paul was talking about? “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Suppose he did come today. Would you say, wait, Lord, I’m not done with something? Oh God, I was gonna do something this afternoon! Oh Lord, can you hold off a bit? Is there anything that would cause you to say, oh Lord, ‘I’m sort of hoping’…yes, Lord we want you to come, ‘but not today’? You know it’s like the fellow that wants to go to heaven but doesn’t want to die to get there. Oh Praise God! We need to be willing to go the way He calls us. It’s gonna be okay. It’s a road to glory. Praise the Lord!

God has laid his hand upon us, unworthy sinners that we are. “…We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Oh man, that sounds good to me.

( chuckling ).

No more aches and pains. I’ll be able to sleep. All the things that we put up with here, they are gonna be gone. But what is the one thing that defines your life? For Paul this ‘one thing’ I do. I’m forgetting what’s behind. But there is something before. I’m not just sitting here forgetting. I’m not in neutral. I’ve got my pedal to the metal, and I’m going forward. I don’t care what lies ahead. I know that in every step, God is going to give me the strength and the grace that I need to lay hold of the provision that He’s given me, because there are unsearchable riches that are in Christ. Praise God!

So what is your life about today? I just pray that God will just burn this into my heart, ‘cause I certainly need it. As I say, it was not in the context of trying to come up with a sermon that this came to me this morning. It was in the context of bumping into a need and saying, here we go again, Lord. I know that’s not right. Lord, help me. He said, this ‘one thing’ I do. Anybody here in that place? God is faithful.

( congregational amens ).

You give your heart to Him. You trust in Him and His strength, and His provision, and His salvation. He’s gonna do it, folks. It’s gonna be real one of these days. Our eyes will be opened and we will just be blown away with the reality of the glory to which He has called us. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).