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TV Broadcast #1045

It’s the Lord’s Battle

October 14, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1045 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: This isn’t make-believe. We have a contract. We have a covenant with a God who cannot lie. We need to start standing on it and believing what He said, and praising Him, because it is His battle! We are His people!

( congregational amens ).

This wasn’t our idea. He sought us! We were lost and helpless and headed for Hell. He came after us. He knew what He was getting into when He saved you. Praise God! If you’re here and you haven’t ever really come to this, I’d cry out…I pray that God would just open your eyes to see where you’re headed without Him! You’re lost! You’re headed for the fire. I’ll tell you what—you need to have your eyes open to see the desperation of your condition and your need. But you need to know there’s a Savior who is up to the job, who is committed. If you put your hope in Him, He will “…save completely…” those who put their trust in Him. “…those who come to God through him…” (NIV). Praise God!

I mean, what a simple word, “…the battle is the Lord’s…” Don’t we need, every time we sense a battle, whether it is in here or whether it’s out there, to remember, it’s your battle Lord? It’s yours. You’re the one who has allowed me to come to this point in my journey where I am being opposed in a way that is filling me with fear, filling me with doubt, filling me with anxiety and struggle. But you didn’t do it so that I would fall under the load of those things. You did it so that I could bring that battle to you and understand what is really happening here. So that I could stand upon your Word and give the thing to you and in your name and in your strength I can do things that I cannot do in myself.

( congregational amens ).

David had no power in himself to do what he did, did he? Neither do we. And he was a man of like passions. Everybody in the scripture—we’re all the same. We have the same need but we have the same God. Praise God!

Well, you know the accounts that we tend to look at every time we need this emphasis and certainly the case of Jehoshaphat was one. And they were minding their own business, weren’t they, when all of a sudden, a whole bunch of people, just an incredible army, suddenly showed up on their borders. I mean, they’re just minding their own business, living life doing their own thing, all of a sudden WHAM, they have this overwhelming thing! They’ve got to do something. They’ve got to deal with it.

And the problem is, when you sort of looked at it naturally, here’s this incredible army. Let’s count our guys and see what…and there was no way! How many of you get in over your head? How many of you don’t get in over your head?

( laughter ).

Yeah, we all do. But God is the one who gets us in over our heads because we’re never over His. Nothing is ever beyond His power to do exactly what needs to be done. And what an account here of how they came and they prayed. They acknowledged who God was. They said in…where is this in verse 5, 6, somewhere along in there? “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven?”

You ever pray like this? Lord, didn’t you say this? Lord didn’t you say that? Lord didn’t you say that? Oh God, I want to see this in action. Do you think God is mad with us when we pray like that? Isn’t that what He wants? Isn’t He longing to bring the words off of these pages and make them real in our lives? God give us a hunger, but God give us a faith too, to believe that this is a God who is just like the God of our fathers, the God of somebody somewhere on the other side of the world that God does wonderful things for. He is our God! God deliver us. God bring us to that place. I believe He is, don’t you?

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I sense it. But he’s acknowledging this. “You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.” Isn’t it a good thing to stop and back off and remember, set this problem that we’re facing in context? “Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.”

Now he looks back. He says, “O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, If calamity comes upon us....” This goes back to the prayer of Solomon, when they dedicated the temple. He said, Lord if calamity comes upon us and we call upon your name, save us—help us. So he’s looking back to that—looking back to that thing. Says, now all these men have come against us.

“See how they are repaying us…” coming down, “...by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.” You ever feel that way? Thing is, if we’re honest, we face things every day in here that are just as dire. If your name is Dyer, it’s even doubly so. No.

( laughter ).

Not really.

( laughing ).

I’m sorry. I couldn’t help that. But we face very real needs and they are overwhelming. If you really get down to it and you start getting honest, you see a need in here and you say…and you come to finally realize, I can’t beat this thing. I have no power against this thing. I need a God who is able to save. I need a God who has power I don’t have. And this is the place they came to with respect to an outward battle: “…we have no power.…”

You know, that’s the most wonderful thing you and I could realize because if we think we’ve got the power, in ourselves, we will rely on it every time. And the Lord’s…has the Lord ever let you just spin your wheels a while?

( congregational amens ).

Trying real hard, until you realize hey, wait a minute, this isn’t working. All I’m doing is digging myself a little hole here…

( sighing ).

…Wearing myself out. Says, okay Lord, you win. I can’t do this. I turn it over to you. And the Lord is faithful, isn’t He?

( congregational amens ).

Isn’t He so merciful? He knew all about that to start with. He just wants us to learn. Oh, I thank God that He’s so merciful to us! He’s not mad with us over all these things. He loves us. But He does want to teach us. But he comes down to this powerlessness, says, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

Oh, don’t you know God was pleased with a prayer like that? And God will hear you, and you, and you, and me when we come to Him in that kind of a spirit. Lord we’re coming because of your promises. We’re coming because of who you are, what you have told us. And Lord, I’m facing something I can’t…I can’t deal with, I can’t handle it. But Lord…and I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you.

I’ll tell you, there’s a God who will hear and answer the cry of a heart like that. Now, this was a rather spectacular answer. Now, God’s answer may not always be like this. It may be again, something nobody ever knows about but you. There may be just a simple word that He’ll drop into your heart and your mind. And peace will come and you latch on to that and suddenly you’ve got…you’ve got a sword in your hand. You can take and you can fight that Devil…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. How many know what I’m talking about? God’s come to your rescue and all of a sudden you’ve got a…you’ve got strength that you didn’t have.

So they’re looking to God now and the Spirit of God comes upon somebody and he says in verse 15, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid…” Oh, I’m so glad the Lord prefaces so many of the things he says like that. Don’t be afraid. You remember the movie “Facing the Giants”? And they’re about to start the state championship game and actually the University of Georgia coach comes in and tells him how many hundreds of times the Lord says in the Word, don’t be afraid. He said, if He told us that many times in the Word of God don’t be afraid, he must really mean it. Well, I believe He does. I don’t believe God wants His children to live in fear of failure and self and the impossibilities that we deal with every single day. Do you?

— Congregation: No.

— Brother Phil Enlow: Does that come from God? No! God has not given us the spirit of fear. But how many of us wrestle with it every single day? See, these are battles of faith that God is wanting us to fight through. And how many times have we come up against needs in situations and we fight, and we fight, and we fight, and ultimately we pull back? It’s kind of quiet. But I’m afraid we do that much more than we’d like to admit. But I believe God is wanting us to fight through, and not just to fight up to a point and then fall back. God help us.

Do you think God really…you think that’s His picture, is that what He wants for us? Or do you think He has real victory? Can we…yes there’ll be more battles, but do you think we can get past this and past that and see Him actually win a victory? They did here, in this particular account, and they did with David. God came on the scene.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Here’s the same thought. They came against Me. They think they’re coming against you, but they’re really coming against Me, and you’re putting your trust in Me. They don’t have a clue what’s about to hit them. Not only that…excuse me. Not only that, you’re not even gonna have to fight.

Now that’s one strange battle. Now folks, imagine you’re standing…our choir let’s suppose, let’s imagine you’re standing out there and there’s a real battle coming and there’s a mob coming with all kinds of weapons and they’re about to overrun the church and God says, set the praisers before the sword. Our battle is…the choir is going to go out ahead of everybody and they’re gonna walk toward that mob singing praises to God. Well, this was that times thousands and thousands and thousands. This was probably a million man army they were facing. And they’re gonna send folks out just to praise God. Boy, I’ll tell you what—that took some courage didn’t it? But oh, how God honored that.

And isn’t that part of what’s being said this morning? Praisers go before the sword. Isn’t that where the victory starts—by acknowledging God and who He is and what He’s about? I mean, isn’t praise really a form of faith? Now you can go through and mouth the words, but I mean, if it’s really coming from your heart, it is based upon His Word. There is an expression of faith in the face of something that would otherwise tear you down and fill you with fear and defeat. But instead of accepting that, we exercise ourselves and we praise God and we acknowledge God and we give the battle to Him and He says, yes, thank you. I can handle this.

“Tomorrow march down.…” You’re gonna be…tells them where they’re gonna be, gives them exactly the strategy. Who needs spies when you’ve got the Lord? “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm.…” Boy, we need a lot of that don’t we? Isn’t that our problem many times, we’re not standing firm? We say, all right, I’m taking a stand. I’m taking a stand. I’m taking a stand.

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

Okay, well, I guess that wasn’t the Lord. You know, isn’t that kind of the way we do? God help us to hear His voice in the middle of the battle and take a stand. And what do the scriptures say in Ephesians 5, 6 rather? “…having done all…” (KJV).

— Congregation: Stand.

— Brother Phil Enlow: “…stand.” Doesn’t say, having done all, quit and through up your hands and say, that didn’t work. Stand. Sometimes there’s a time to just stand, and stand, and stand, like Abraham beating off the birds when God didn’t seem to show up on time. He just stood. He stood his ground. He never gave up. He just waited on God. He trusted Him with the battle, with the situation there.

“You will not…” do all these things, “…stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” (NIV). Praise God!

And you know another example that comes to me often and causes me to back down and say, oh, Lord, sorry. I need this. And that was in Acts chapter 4. Because they had the same kind of situation, Peter and John had been imprisoned and they were threatened—beaten and threatened. Don’t you dare to speak in the name of Jesus any more. And so, they went back to the…they went back anyway to the people, to the believers.

Verse 23, “On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people…” this is Acts 4, “…reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.” They didn’t get a committee, they didn’t mount a petition drive, they didn’t go to the courts and say, we demand our rights. They went straight to the throne of God.

And they said, Lord you have done all the things that you have done. Look at what you have promised, look at who you are. You said, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.”

Now did they understand the true nature of the battle? It wasn’t against Peter and John. It was against Christ. It was against the One who had been seated on the highest place of authority in the universe, under the Father Himself. Praise God! Do you and I understand that? Do we get that? You can stare blankly all day, but do we get that? That the One we serve has all authority in heaven and earth.

( congregational amens ).

He is our Lord. He has not thrown us in the deep end of the pool just to see us drown. He puts us in situations to grow us up, to build our faith and our confidence, to deliver us from things that hold us fast that we don’t even know about until we’ve faced them in battle. God is doing so many wonderful things for us and He’s giving us battles because He wants to give us victories and there’s no other way. And I just praise Him. I bless His name this morning.

( congregational amens ).

I know what He’s doing is exactly right. But there are victories the Lord longs to give us. But He’s looking for a people that will rise up in faith and know, understand the battle, understand what we need to do—to look to Him, to stand upon this Word and just give the battle to Him and say, Lord, show me what to do. Show me my part. If it’s to praise you, if it’s to stand fast and watch, whatever is to do, Lord, I understand…if it’s like David, to take up a sword, or take up a sling, I guess, run toward the giant. He wasn’t even…he wasn’t timid about it was he? He had a lot of confidence. He ran toward Goliath. After all those clear words of faith…that’s what God is wanting to build in us.

You know, what would it do for the testimony of Christ, not for us, but for Christ in this place, if we could see real, major victories in people’s lives? I mean real deliverances that look impossible. Do we have needs in this church that people tend to think of, well, that ain’t gonna happen? That’s too tough, that’s too difficult. I mean we’re supposed to pray about it but I really don’t expect anything to happen. God help us to remember who our God is and what the nature of the battle is.

And yet I don’t want this to be a pep talk. I want my own response to be Lord, I don’t want to get myself all worked up. I want to just understand who you are so I can rest. I can lean into your breast and draw strength from you that I don’t have. I can draw confidence from you. You are my strength. I don’t have any, Lord.

I mean, how many songs were exactly along this line this morning? You are my strength—you are my strength. Do we believe that? You are. There’s a present tense to that. It is not just some vague thing that exists in theory. This is meant to help you and me right where we are at. And you might not be fighting something major like Spencer and his family, but you’re fighting something. I’ll guarantee it.

There’s not a one of you here, if you’re honest, that you can’t look into your life and see needs. Are you where God wants you to be? Are you where God…are you enjoying all of the covenant promises and blessings of God? I’m not either. I’ve got a lot of room to grow. I’ve got a lot of territory to take, but I believe I serve a God who is able to save completely!

( congregational amens ).

And the more I face, the more we face these things with a confidence that reposes itself in Him and we learn to fight with His strength, I say, we’re gonna see some victories in this place. But what would it do to the testimony of Christ if we saw major deliverances where people outside could look and say, man, I knew what they were like. I see them now. I want what they have? I want what Christ can do. I’ve got impossibilities in my life too, but I see what God did. We need to be able to press through and see those kinds of things. I believe we can. I don’t believe God has changed a bit. The same God that was with them on this occasion is here today!

( congregational amens ).

And of course we know they didn’t…their prayer was not, oh God, protect us. Their prayer was, give us boldness. Now, see what they’re saying by that is, you know, they’ve threatened us and I’m feeling rather intimidated Lord, and I know that I haven’t got what it takes to go up against that. I need something that I don’t have but Lord, because of who you are, because of what this is really about, it’s not about me, because of what it’s really about, Lord, give me the boldness so that I can continue to do your will. I know I need strength from you that I don’t have.

Every one of us has…do we not have the right to go to God like that? Do we not have the right to expect from Him the strength to do what we cannot do in ourselves? Isn’t that the very definition of salvation? If you could do it yourself, you wouldn’t need Him. Neither would I. But I need Him—I need Him.

And so they said, “…enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

I don’t know how the Lord’s gonna make His presence know in our midst and I’m not trying to…I don’t have anything in mind, but I know we need God in a greater way. I appreciate His presence this morning.

( congregational amens ).

It was real. God is wanting to encourage us that He longs to dwell in this place. And as we continue to fight through the battles that He sets in front of us, remembering that they’re His battles, we’re gonna experience Him in a greater and greater way. And who is going to get the glory?

( congregational response ).

He is. Who deserves it? He does! Praise God! Praise the Lord!