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TV Broadcast #1040

People Just Like Us

September 9, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1040 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: And the character of God is never to be—never can we rightly question it. Never can we say, oh God, You’re not being fair. You must be…not what I thought. Oh, God is full of compassion and mercy.

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If there weren’t a reason, do you think He would even think about doing what He’s…allowing the things in our lives? Oh I’ll tell you, the more I go, the more I realize how desperately I need Him to work. The strength of the old man that just wants to rise up and have his way…anybody here conscious of that? You realize…you look in the mirror, you realize just how strong the thing is that God needs to overcome in you?

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You think the Lord is gonna pussyfoot around that, and smooth…stroke your fur the right way and say, nice little Christian, I’ll just take you home anyway? No! He’s got a lot of work to do! And He’s faithful enough to do it, isn’t He?

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Praise God! “Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your Yes be yes, and your No, no, or you will be condemned.” (NIV). Now that’s just thrown in there, but I’ll tell you what, that’s…don’t you know there’s people that if they say something, you know it’s gold? You know it’s good. Why? Because they’ve built a reputation of telling the truth.

And there’re other people when they say something…yeah, right. Give me a break. Who can trust them? And you just have this history that you know about. I’ll tell you, God is looking for people who can just speak the truth. And everybody knows when you say something, it’s right. It’s the truth. That’s character, folks. That’s part of what God is building in us.

But now this is the passage that gets us to where the scripture we just exercised. “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” See, either way, we’re reaching out to God, aren’t we? There’s a communion. There’s a walking with Him.

So many people have mentioned being blessed by your testimony the other night. Just a simple thing…I watched what’s going on, and I wasn’t feeling like I was part of it. And then I realized hey, I’m not doing my part and reaching out to the Lord, and realizing that He’s real, that you can actually begin to hear His voice, and sense Him, and realize that He’s real, and begin to walk with Him.

That’s kind of what this is talking about. Every area of life, regardless of if we’re in trouble, we can go to Him and talk to Him, and say, Lord, I’m trouble. I’m hurting here. I need Your help. Read the Psalms. You see what kind of a God that we have. But are you rejoicing? You don’t go have a party, you just praise God. Thank You, Lord for the blessing that I sense right now of Your Presence.

“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.…” These are things God wants to make real in our lives. Do you think that this is disconnected from having a relationship? We have a real weakness as human beings. We want to reduce our Christianity, our religion, to a formula. Just give me the manual. If this in the situation, I turn to page 748, whatever it is. Okay, there’s what I do, and just…and everything just happens exactly…that’s what we want. We want a formula. God wants a relationship.

( congregational amens ).

And as we spend time with Him, as we get to know Him, we’re going to have these things formed in us. There will be a faith that we do not have right now. I can confess. I’ve got a lot of unbelief in me. Do you suppose that maybe the fact that we don’t see more things that are supernatural, maybe just might be connected to unbelief?

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Do you think there’s an outside chance of that? Yeah. God wants us to be in such a relationship to Him, that when He wants to do something, He can do it. It’s not that we have a formula and we push a button, but I tell you what, we can move in faith in Him, and we can have a confidence that He is with us, and He is in us, and it’s not really us anyway. It’s Christ in us! He is our hope of glory!

( congregational amens ).

You know, God is a supernatural God, and I believe He longs for us to experience every aspect of it. We’ve got people in religion that go to one extreme or the other. You’ve got some that are all about power, and spirit, and experience, and it’s so easy to just become so enamored of that, so attached to that, that you begin to leave Truth behind. And you get other spirits in there, and you go off in Never-Never Land in that way, you can.

But you’ve got people on the other side that are so about ‘truth,’ and they mean doctrinal purity, according to them, of course. And we’re all guilty of this to some degree, but where’s the life? The Word of God is with power. When Paul preached, there was life changing power. Do we need that? I sense…I have a hunger for that.

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I don’t want to get up here and just chatter, and talk, and give out words. I don’t care if they’re even true words. God needs to be here in life changing power. I believe we’re seeing it more and more.

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But there’s so much more that God wants to do, and it’s all going to come because everybody reaches up to God in fellowship, and in prayer, and in communion, and surrender, and all the things that go into living a Christian life, that He dwells here. God is looking for a house. He’s building Himself a house! We are that house!

Oh, we can just rejoice in the process and cooperate with it, and we’re gonna see Him come. These are not things that have never happened. They happen. We can read about them in the pages of scripture. God has done great things when that is appropriate. It’s not that we live for the miracle, but when miracles are needed, God can do it.

You know, I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been in places overseas where people are just simple enough to believe God about things like that. And they see the dead raised. You think, oh no, that could never be. Oh, yeah? You think God who could speak galaxies into existence can’t raise a dead body when He wants to? We serve a great God, and we just are full of unbelief. God is wanting to remove that—remove the scales from our eyes, get us to where we’re not just so much about doctrinal purity, and doing things our way, and all that stuff. We need to be free to just have God come and dwell in our midst and be who He is.

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That’s what this is about. But here’s a simple thing…praying for one another. It says, “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” Notice what’s going on here! He first declared a process, a harvest. There’s a planting. There’s a reaping. There’s a day of coming. This is something that is ongoing…now he’s diving into the middle of it, and he’s giving us a picture of what goes on in that middle. In other words, this is your part in seeing that day come. This is what I’m looking for from you.

Obviously, you and I cannot engineer the big picture, but we can certainly be obedient in our particular place in that picture, and praying one for another, and expecting God to work in one another, living for one another. Those kinds of values come straight out of the heart of God. Praise God!

“The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” Think about the process and the involvement of one another in seeing these things happen in a practical way. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” God wants to make some of these scriptures real in our lives and in our experience, help us to understand exactly how they work out and how they play out. I believe He’s doing that, but I believe He’s gonna do it a whole lot more as we go forward. Praise God!

“Confess you sins…” And your faults, it says in the King James. “…To each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” We say, yes, Lord, but of course that’s not me. See, this is where James sees an opportunity the enemy takes to try to undermine this process. I’m not one of those. I’m not one of the special ones that can just pray and move mountains. I mean, I know there’s people out there like that, but that could never be me. I just don’t qualify.

Oh, brother and sister. God wants to get our eyes off of our weaknesses and what we are, and onto His strength and onto His promises. And I’m talking to me as much as to anybody in this place, because His work does not depend upon your strength, and what you and I are. It depends upon His promise and what He has purposed to do in us. And I’ll tell you, my righteousness doesn’t come from me.

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Praise God! Yeah, I’ve got faults. I’ve got all kinds of things He’s working on. I mean, I have them. It’s not that I want to stay there. I hate them. I…

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…Want to be delivered. I want to be free, but even that’s a process so much of the time. But that’s not what commends me to God. Just because I messed up today, doesn’t mean I can’t go. I don’t have any right to go. Yes, I have a right to go!

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We have a right to cry out to God and to come and offer the sacrifice that…the one sacrifice for all time, the precious blood of Jesus.

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It represents the life of One who took that very sin that I’m so burdened down about, He took it on Himself. He said, I’m guilty. You blew you’re top and got mad at somebody, but I take that guilt upon Me. Punish me, Father. Let that sin be put away forever. Oh God, if we could ever wrap our minds around the reality of what He’s done for us. We can come and humble ourselves and repent of the things…yes! But we can come with assurance that He has done what we could never do, and gotten rid of that sin.

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“What can was away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” But oh, it can do it. And folks, we have exactly the same righteousness as Jesus Christ if we have put our trust in Him. We have become a part of Him. We partake of everything that He is and has…His inheritance, His righteousness, His life is ours.

Yeah, He has a work to do to bring us into conformity to that. We’re functionally all that He wants us to be. But I’ll tell you, the moment we are truly joined to Him, we are part of Him. His righteousness is ours in God’s eyes. Praise God! Get that…all of us need to get that in our heads, and in our hearts, and into the choices that we make.

But here’s the thing that kind of drew me to this passage. All of this was kind of leading into this, because, yeah, I see the big picture. Yeah, I see what I ought to do, but...that’s not me. I could never be part of that. Listen to what he says, “Elijah was a man just like us.” Bah! I can’t believe that. That’s nuts! That’s Elijah you’re talking about—a mighty man of God, called down fire from heaven. You’re saying I’m just like him? You’re nuts. I didn’t say it. God did.

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God said it. Just like us! Get that through your head. The people we read about in scripture are not different from us. They have the same make-up, the same weaknesses, but somehow God brought them to a place where that wasn’t the issue. It was, oh God, I believe Your promise. I’m gonna live in harmony with that. I’m gonna believe that. I’m gonna exercise—-I’m gonna do what You tell me to do, and I’m gonna trust the results to You. And God lifted them out of this low level—low place that we live so much of our lives, into a level where they were effective.

And of course, we see the effectiveness, and say, oh, I could never be like that. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. God wants us to rise up in our faith and realize that we can pray and see God answer. We can reach up to God and expect Him to come and to do according to His covenant. The very fact that everybody’s kind of thoughtful and kind of sitting there and taking it in, doesn’t that kind of witness to where we’re at, and how much we need a simple truth like this?

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Because we’re struggling…if you’re struggling to actually believe this, man, somebody’s been talking to you and it ain’t been the Lord, because we are just like the people in scripture. “He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

Now you go back into the story, and you’ll realize that God is the One who was behind all of this, and He told him what to do. But the fact is he did it! And God heard that prayer, and that man absolutely…he told the king, he said, there will not be rain in this land except by my word. Now, was he being some kind of braggart? Was this somebody different? No! This is somebody that God had put that commission in his hands, and he was just dumb enough to believe it—just simple enough to believe what God had said.

And he said, Ahab…he looked him in the eye, and he acted in faith, didn’t he? He says, there will be no rain except by my word, and then he went and hid. They couldn’t find him. He actually went over into another country for a while. For three and a half years they sat there, and then he came back and had that great contest.

But you know what? You get a glimpse of his humanity right after that, don’t you? This mighty man of God got threatened by a woman, Queen Jezebel. She said, such-and-such is gonna happen…if you’re not dead by tomorrow, thus and so is going to happen.

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And he took off running. And he ran all the way back to Mt Sinai. They called it Horeb in that place, in the account. He was trying to figure out, and when he got there, his mentality was, oh God, take my life. It’s over. I don’t want to live. I’m the only one left. Everybody’s turned away from You. It’s worthless. The whole gig about Israel and all Your promises, it’s all done. It’s over. It’s a failure.

The Lord didn’t pay a bit of attention to what he said. He said, get up, and do this. Get up, and do that. And by the way, I’ve got 7,000 men who’ve not bowed the knee to Baal. I’ve reserved them. You know, we have a God who can actually make happen what He’s promised!

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Praise God! Elijah got up and of course, he went and did what the Lord said. But do you see his humanity in that? Do you think he’s so much different than we are? Do you see the humanity in David, a man after God’s own heart? The basis of that message in the MCM, “How Long Oh Lord?” Here’s a man just complaining, just…oh God. You see the anguish of his soul, and he’s honest. He’s just talks to God. He tells him the way he feels. This is a man just like you and me coping with incredible circumstances, and just baring his heart to the Lord.

And the Lord’s just taking it in, and bathing him with His love, and helping him, nurturing him along, ministering the faith that he needs to keep going…putting one foot in front of another. The Lord’s not a bit offended…a man after God’s own heart, just like you, just like me.

In fact, the strong and the mighty, God has a problem with them. He had to let a devil bother Paul. Paul didn’t like it much. He said, Lord, get rid of this thing—this thorn in the flesh. Oh God, how can I serve You with this? And the Lord gave him understanding. He said, Paul, if I don’t let this devil bother you and you have to exercise yourself against it, you’re gonna get proud, and I won’t be able to use you.

He said, oh wait a minute, Lord. I want You to use me. So thank God I’m weak. Thank You, Lord! He got a whole different perspective on life. Who did the Lord say that He’s gonna use? He’s chosen the weak. He’s chosen the foolish, chosen things that are not. You know, if you feel that way, take heart. You’re among the chosen ones. God’s gonna take your weakness and minister His strength to you and work in your life. And He’s gonna do something that will amaze this world. It will amaze the devil. It will make him mad. Good!

But you go through the scriptures, and you see over and over again…you see Moses brought to a place where he argued with the Lord and said, Lord, I can’t do any of this. You’ve got the wrong fellow. And the Lord took his weakness and his meekness—the most humble man on the face of the earth, not the guy we see in the Hollywood movies, somebody who couldn’t even…he wasn’t the kind of guy who would even get up in front of people and say anything. Praise God! But God used him as the mightiest prophet.

You go to Gideon. You know, the angel comes and addresses him as a mighty man of valor, and of course, I can just see Gideon looking around to see who was there. But you know, God calls those things which are not, as though they were. The angel was not telling him that because he was that in himself, but only because in the purpose of God, he would, in fact, be a mighty man of valor. He would win a great victory because he just simply believed God, did what God said. And God came to work. That same God is here today.

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That same God has set before us promises that are real. I don’t know what He will allow us to experience in the meantime. I know it’s more than what we have right now. But folks, God wants everyone here to take heart today, and to look to God with all of your heart, realize you are exactly like the people He did all these things for originally. You’re not a bit different, nor am I.

We have every right to lay hold of the promises, if we’ll get our eyes off of ourselves, stop our pity parties, and say, God, help us to just simply get up in the morning and put one foot in front of another, and praise You, and expect You to fulfill Your promises, here, now in our generation.

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And the God who has given us His Word will do exactly that, and to Him be the honor and the glory. Praise God!

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