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TV Broadcast #1051

The Hope of His Promise

November 25, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1051 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: That’s one of the most awesome things I know about, is the fact that Jesus actually is…in the economy of God, He is our brother! Now He’s our Lord. He’s our Savior. He’s all of those things, but He is our brother! And God began all this with one Son. But He’s going to end all this with many sons who have been called out of all of this darkness, have been made like the first One, so that together we will serve Him in glory and power and liberty forever!

You want to see some scriptures that confirm some of this? Some of you probably already thought about Hebrews chapter 2. Just take a quick look at this because it covers the same subject. Let’s just quickly read here in verse 5. “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: What is man that you are mindful of him…?” (NIV).

That’s a good question. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and said, why in the world would God be interested in somebody like me? Well, if we’re honest, every one of us could say that. But He is! Thank God!

“…The son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet. In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet…” See, that was the original purpose. “Yet at present…” right now, where we’re at today, at present, “…we do not see everything subject to him. But…” There’s one thing we do see. He said, we don’t see that. “But we see Jesus.…”

Do you see Jesus this morning? Is He real, or is this just some religious figure you’ve heard about. Is Jesus, the Son of God, real to you in a personal way this morning? I’ll tell you, if His Spirit is in here, He is. Praise God!

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect…” or complete, “…through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

There’s one to wrap your mind around. Look down at the end of this passage. Let’s see if I can find the scripture. Well, it says in verse 17, “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” And, of course, he goes on with the fact that He’s able to help us because of that.

But think about the amazing truth, that in order that we might become His brothers, to become like Him, He became like us. He was made like us in every way. He came all the way down to our level, embracing the humanity with which we suffer, and He suffered the penalty of the sins that you and I had committed. And He did it so that we would have a certain hope…after He was made like us, to be made like Him.

I’ll tell you, He’s always gonna have the preeminence. We will always honor Him as the firstborn, as the One who has made it possible for us to be there. Won’t it be something to walk up to Jesus in that new world, and meet Him as a brother? I’ll tell you, it gives you a whole different perspective on life, doesn’t it, to realize what He’s called us to? Praise God!

I don’t know...I feel this more than I can say it, more that I can express it. All I can do is just, like I say, give it out. But what an awesome thing! That He has absolutely predestined! That’s God—that’s God saying, I have determined to do something! And I determined to do it long before it’s ever happened. This is something that will happen because God…I’ll tell you, I serve a God who cannot lie! My hope is in a God who cannot lie, and in the power of a Savior who cannot fail!

Do you have that hope in you this morning? Folks, we need to just stand up, and just praise God, and just give Him glory in our lives. And let this truth—let this truth carry us through our days! Because I’m just like you! I’ll tell you, the devil gets me down in a 1,000 ways! He knows which buttons to push!

But folks, we need to live in the reality of what God has given to us! What God is giving to us in this picture, this chapter 8…He’s giving us the big picture! He’s saying, look at what I have done for you! Look at what I have called you to, and look at the certainty of the process by which I am making that happen!

But I’ll tell you, the big picture is what gives the moment meaning. You want to know how to handle the moments in your life? Don’t ever forget the pattern, the big picture of what God has purposed to do, and He’s set in His heart to do. Praise God! Well, praise the Lord. And, of course, you have the picture here of the certainty of what God has done. “…Those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Every one of those things is something God does. Every one of them is spoken of in the past tense as if it had already happened! It must be frustrating to be the Devil.

( laughter ).

Because he knows all this! This is what he’s up against! He has already lost the war because he dared to set himself against the God of heaven! Folks, I’m with Him, aren’t you? That’s what this is about! Are you gonna cast your lot with Him? Well, Jesus Christ is the only way to get to Him. But come as a lost, broken, helpless sinner, putting your hope in Him and turning from your sins, and trusting Him to give you the gift of eternal life. That’s it! There is no other way…otherwise you’re gonna perish with this world. But oh what a hope He’s given to us.

And of course, he goes on with this wonderful passage that we bring out so much. But I don’t know, like I say, I see one aspect of this in a different way. “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Now I’m gonna refer back just for a moment, to one thing that it says in Romans 8:28. He says, in…how many?

( congregational response ).

“In all things God works…” But you know what Paul goes on to do is to describe some of those ‘all things.’ You know, ‘all things’ is kind of vague. But he actually comes down and enumerates some of the kinds of things that would tend to trip us up and tend to rob us of our hope…or that the Devil might think, well, this is a weapon I can employ against the people of God and I can overcome them through this.

What’s the first one? He says, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?” You know, you go down the chapter and you will see a number of external things that happen. Trouble, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, danger…all those kinds of things come from the outside.

But I think that you and I are probably a lot alike. The thing that gives me the most trouble is this one. Because you think about…where does condemnation come from…well it comes from the Devil. I’ve got to ask the question in a way that you’ll know what I’m getting at. But if the Devil is condemning you, on what ground does he do it? Well, you did something, didn’t you? You came short. At some point you did something and you know you did it, and the Holy Spirit was grieved, and you feel a sense that…boy, I blew it—I messed up. If there is one that trips me up, that’s it.

But you know, I see the mercy and the grace of God even in that. You know, when He says, ‘in all things,’ he’s even talking about spiritual failure. And that’s not an excuse to fail. I’ll tell you, if we have His Spirit in us, we’re gonna be pulling away from that. We’re gonna be looking to him. But I’ll tell you, that’s…sometimes I believe the deepest work that God needs to do in us [is] in this area.

You know, I mentioned a while ago the reaction that we often have. Oh God, again! But you know what a lot of that is really rooted in? It’s pride—self-effort. How many times do we as Christians jump right back into Romans 7, without intending to do it? And we don’t understand what God wants us to…how God wants us to live. And I see the mercy of God…if God is going to make me like Him, and there’s stuff in me that’s not like Him, and there’s aplenty, then how’s He gonna do that? Is He just gonna…

( snapping fingers ).

…Snap His fingers and suddenly it’s just gonna vanish? Is He gonna just dump a whole bunch of honey in my soul, and suddenly others are just gonna…be overcome somehow? No, I’ll tell you, when we overcome, God has to bring out what is in us. If there are situations where you tend to blow up and get angry…just pick a simple one. I see the mercy of God in allowing a situation that provokes that in you. And out it comes, and there it is, and it’s ugly.

And the Devil is so good at jumping on us and making us think…oh God, I promise I’ll never do that again. You know, 1,001 different approaches other than simply saying, Lord, I’m sorry. Lord, this is in me and I wasn’t aware of just the degree to which this is still there. But Lord, I bring it to You. I surrender it. Oh God, cleanse me right now by Your grace. Give me grace not to do this again.

Do you believe that God has made a provision that we can enjoy Him and be free and walk with Him…that He can allow things that will bring out all of the ugliness that’s inside of us, and instead of it being a path to defeat, it can actually be a path to victory?

( congregational response ).

Do you get what He’s saying here? God is…has God put you in the fire lately in places where it’s brought out ugly things in you? How many of you get discouraged by that?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. I’m guessing this is relevant then. I’ll tell you, I believe with all my heart God has a better way. You know, the scripture that John gives us in the 1st chapter of 1st John, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV).

It talks earlier in that passage about the blood of Jesus Christ ‘continually cleanses’ is the intent of the original language. There is a place where God can bring out the ugliness and then immediately turn around and cleanse it. And it can be stepping stone forward instead of a way to fall back into a place of condemnation. I’ll tell you, God is going to bring out the glory, but He’s got to clean out a lot of dirt, doesn’t He?

( congregational response ).

And…I’m just confessing to you that I need this as much as anybody in this place. We need this. I mean, who are we kidding when we think, oh God, how could I have done that? Well, you’re a sinner, that’s why! You’ve relied on your own strength. You just did it your way. You weren’t looking to God, and God let you fall in the mud again, not because He hates you, but because He loves you and wants you to learn to come to Him as Father, as His child.

I’ll tell you, the Devil’s gonna jump on you, but we have a God who justifies His sons. All of that ugliness that comes out of us, He already, 2,000 years ago, He put every sin upon His Son. Do you believe that?

( congregational response ).

Do you believe that for you? Do you believe that for you, now? Why do we wallow in that condemnation? Why do we live in that place of defeat, instead of saying, thank you, Father? Lord, I confess that thing that’s in me…there’s no hiding it, no justifying it. It’s there. That’s why I need a Savior. But this very moment, I look to you and I believe in what You have provided for me in Christ. Otherwise, what’s the point of singing some of the songs that we sang this morning? Is Jesus Christ ‘made to me, all I need,’ or isn’t He?

( congregational response ).

Praise God! Praise the Lord! Well, that’s one of the things that really…I see that in a greater way than I feel like I’ve seen it. And I just pray that God will make that real to us so we can actually…it’s not that we try to fail, by any means. I don’t want to convey anything of the sort.

But…the more your heart reaches out after the things of God, the more God is going to put you in situations that bring out what is in you. And I’ll tell you, it makes all the difference if we can understand what’s going on! If we can understand that it is in that thing that God is at work to fulfill the purpose for which He called you and me! Now I hope all those blank looks mean you’re thinking about it.

( congregational response ).

That you’re cogitating all this and you’re thinking about it. I’ll tell you, is this true? Or, are we just making stuff up?

( congregational response ).

This is not the proverbial Sear and Roebuck catalog…most of you don’t know what that is anymore. Many of us grew up with it. It was a great big thick…that’s what Brother Thomas used to say…used to say, I’m not getting this out of Sears and Roebuck catalog.

I’ll tell you, this is truth that I believe God longs for His children to know. We’re gonna need this, folks. We are careening toward the end of the age. And the picture I get in scripture is not of…I think I said this last week. It’s not of two different approaches…I believe both are misleading.

One of them is that immature carnal believers, whatever you want to call them, suddenly disappear into thin air and that’s what they call the rapture. God has promised we’re gonna be like Him when He comes. Something has got to change. God has got to institute means. Has God promised that or has He not? I believe He has.

Then you’ve got the other…the triumphalism has Christians taking over this world. Well, we’re not gonna take over this world. I don’t want it. You can have it, if you do.

( congregational response ).

But I’ll tell you, His church is going to triumph. If you want to read the rest of this, you look and you will see God’s tool book as to how He’s going to fulfill His purpose, ‘cause He says, “…In all things.…” (NIV). Then he tells you what the ‘all things’ are. Verse 35, is it? “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

How many of you get that that’s God’s toolbox to finish His job? What happens when a real child of God goes through some of these things? Now I realize we may muddle through and we may have all kinds of reactions, but ultimately it is designed by God to drive us to Him! God has a way…and many of you could testify to this, of taking you and me into deep waters where we know that it’s more than we can handle. It’s over our heads. There ain’t a way we’re gonna get through this, unless God comes on the scene and helps us.

Well, I’ll tell you, it’s in those things that God drives us to Himself because that’s where we ought to be in the first place. But we don’t do it without His help. God kills parts of us that need to die, so that the part that will live forever becomes stronger in us. As Paul said, the troubles of this present time…he talks about…well, praise God.

( congregational response ).

Well, that’s earlier in this one. I’m thinking about 2nd Corinthians, chapter 4. Let me read it. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us.…”

Do you see God’s toolbox? Do you wonder why we don’t sail through life living like we’re in a flower garden somewhere, just sniffing the roses and living…sipping a lemonade, or whatever? I’ll tell you, God has a way of working in His children, and He says it’s working for us—achieving for us, what? “…An eternal glory.…”

You’ve got the same thought that you find everywhere else. This is where God is taking us. Everything that I’m going through now is pointing toward that! It, “…Far outweighs them all.” So, of course, as a result of that, he tells us what we need to be doing. We need to, “…Fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” Now how many of you have done that perfectly this week?

( laughter ).

No hands. Well, I can’t raise mine either. This is what God wants us to get in our minds, to have such a vision of what He’s doing, of the certainty of what He’s doing, that He gives us strength and direction in the moment so that we do not get drowned in all the things that happen to us.

Oh, why did this happen? What did I do to deserve that? It has nothing to do with any of that. God’s trying to kill something in you, so He can make something else alive. God loves you! You’re His child. That’s why He’s allowing it all. Praise God!

And so, Paul comes back and he says, “No, in all these things.…” In all these things! What do you mean, Paul? I thought it was in spite of them. You left out a word, Paul. I don’t get this. Those things are bad! No, he says, “…In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

And then he enumerates anything you could possibly think of that could contravene God’s purpose. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And I’ll just tell you, part of what has brought this alive in a different way is this. As I say, I believe that by some means, God is going to have a church that is without spot, wrinkle or blemish, and that we will be like Him when He comes. If this is His toolbox in every age, and it is, think about the world in which Christians will live when Jesus comes. What kind of a world is it gonna be? Who’s gonna be ruling over this world system?

( congregational response ).

Satan. Do you think he’s gonna be a friend to all us Christians? He is gonna do everything in His power to destroy and banish…to destroy Christians and banish the name of Christ from this world. And I see God taking the very effort of Satan to destroy, to purge and purify, and make His church ready. I’ll tell you, God’s grace is going to be seen as it has never been seen before. God doesn’t tell us these things to cause us to be afraid, but to say, thank God, our redemption is drawing nigh!

( congregational response ).

God is absolutely…the God who promised to make all this happen knows exactly what He needs to do in every individual life to bring us certainly to that day. And I’ll tell you, He knows how to allow Satan to work. And everything Satan does is going to absolutely be turned around and be used as a tool to have a people that will be ready on that day. That’s how it’s gonna happen.

I’ll tell you, I believe in the…I’m just excited by what I see God doing. And I pray that God will help me to…I’m just like you. I need…I have moments just like you, where I need to stop and think…I need to remember the promises of my God. I need to remember why things are happening that I would rather not happen. I need to remember why, when I fail to look to Him and say, oh God, teach me in this.

But Lord, help me to quickly avail myself of what You gave me at the cross…not to think I’ve got to do something now. I’ve got to make up for it. You know, all the self-driven ways that we try to figure, I’ve got to get back into God’s grace. You didn’t get there in the first place by that way. We’re gonna have to come like we are. We’re gonna have to come just as dirty and ugly as things are, and just say, Lord, here I am. I stand by Your mercy and Your grace, but I stand upon Your Word and Your promise. And I’m gonna put my faith in You this moment, this day. Praise God! Praise the Lord.

Well I hope some of this has gotten across. But I’ll tell you, I need it—I need to see the big picture. I need to understand my life in relation to what God has promised, so that I can lift my eyes from the moment and see, that’s where I’m headed. This happened because God promised that in all things He was at work. And so this thing that I’m experiencing right now, God is at work fulfilling the promise that’s gonna take me there! And so I’m gonna lift my eyes. I’m gonna praise Him.

I’m gonna rejoice in the hope of that promise, because it is in hope that I am saved. That’s also there in Romans chapter 8, if you’ll look at it. What an awesome picture that God wants us to wrap our minds around and lay hold of, and just learn to live in the light of it. Praise God! Do you think we’ve got a reason to be encouraged this morning?

( congregational response ).

Well don’t look in the mirror. You won’t find any there.

( laughter ).

But you look in here, you’re gonna find everything that you need. And I’ll tell you, if you’re one here that God has never borne that witness in your life that you’re His, that’s the thing you need to be crying out for with all your heart until He does that work, because then you will be an heir to this same promise.

And praise God, we’re gonna stand there one day, shoulder to shoulder with our Lord, radiant in glory, and we’ll look back…well, I don’t know how much looking back we’re gonna do, other than just enough to say, praise God, look what You brought me out of. You brought me out of a miry pit, and out of the clay, out of all the dirt and filth of this world, and I was utterly unworthy and You made me Your son, You made me Your child. And You loved me and You gave me everything it took to get here, and I just worship you forever. Praise the Lord!

( congregational amens ).