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TV Broadcast #1053

Basic Traininge
Conclusion

December 9, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1053 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: We are a bundle of desires and those desires are contrary to God—contrary to His ways! And if God doesn’t do something to intervene, we will simply become slaves! We will live our lives as slaves to those desires! Well, that’s Egypt! God’s got to get us out of there! But oh, how easy it is when something comes along, to look back and suddenly Egypt sounds pretty good. Isn’t that what happened?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. They got out there and they got tired of the way that God was feeding them. Forget the miracle of His mercy in feeding them. Oh I…remember how good those onions tasted? Yeah, I know it was rough back there, but we had a garden. You know, when they left Egypt they had to leave their gardens, didn’t they? They had to leave their homes. They had to leave everything. They had to be willing to live in tents!

And you know, they didn’t even get to put the tent where they wanted. How many of you remember that? I mean, they…when God established the order in the nation of Israel, He had them build a tabernacle. Now He didn’t say, okay now y’all build me a tabernacle. Let’s see what you can come up with. There were very specific instructions. You do things My way. It’s just to be so long. You sew this to this. You decorate this with this…everything was exactly…see that you build it according to the pattern.

You know, do you believe God has those kinds of truths for us today? Do you think they have some relevance for us? We are a collection of individuals from every kind of background, just about, that you can think of. We’ve got folks that are educated and folks that know better. They don’t have a lot of natural education. And God puts us all together and he loves every one of us just the same! We’ve got folks from the north, and the south, and the west, and who knows where.

But you know, when we come to Christ, God takes all of that diversity and He builds us into something that is wonderful and real. And the glorious thing, even though we have to surrender all that independent self-will, we don’t wind up as just a bunch of digits! God knows how to break the independence without destroying the individuality!

That’s mirrored pretty well in the army! I mean, not all soldiers are the same, are they? You’ve got people that are technical. You’ve got people that are good with equipment, with communications. Some are spies. I guess they’re all kinds of things. Some are good cooks. But you need all of it. If you’re gonna have an army, you’d better have every function. But they all better be working together, too. Now as imperfect as the army is, you still see some of these principles that play out.

And God is going to put us together in such a way that all this other stuff from the world, and from religion, and from Babylon, from Egypt, God is going to keep us in a place to get that out of us. And when He is done, we are going to be something…we’re gonna be a people He can use.

You notice one of our problems many times is, we are so absorbed with us and our little problems, we almost haven’t got anything left over to help somebody else. Do you think that’s how God wants it to be? Do you think God wants to get us to the point where we can deal with what happens to us, and we can learn to rise above it, and humble ourselves, and trust God, and partake of His grace and His strength and His wisdom, whatever is needed in the situation? But we’re not so consumed with that that we can’t see the need in somebody else and fight for them. God help us not to live these narrow little separate lives.

You see…maybe you understand a little bit why things are happening the way they are in your life right now. We serve an awesome God! And what He has called us to…you know the song we just sang…I can’t even remember the exact words but, ‘I’m captivated by His calling.’ Are we captivated by His calling?

And I recalled in the men’s meeting this morning something my father used to refer to every now and them. And he had met a man one time and I guess the question came up, what do you do for a living? He said, well, I’m a carpenter by trade but my main business is serving Jesus. Well, wouldn’t that be a good way…a good kind of way to understand our own lives—to see our own lives in those terms? Yeah, I’m a student but my main business is serving Jesus. Yeah, I’m a ‘you-name-it,’ whatever it is.

You know, Paul was a tent maker. He didn’t even depend upon contributions to do what he did. He said, I’m gonna go out, whether you support me or not, I’m gonna go. I’m gonna obey God’s calling on my life and God’s given me the ability to make money with my hands. While I’m making tents I can talk to the other tent makers. I can talk to people I sell them to. I’m a tent maker but my main business is being an apostle of Jesus Christ.

Every one…that’s what God has called every one of us to right where we’re at. You know, the thought again was expressed this morning about every one of us has a spark, every one of us has a little bit, everyone has a light. And you know, the potential for a forest fire is in a spark if it just gets fanned.

God is…there is so much that God has invested in us in our lives. If we’re His, if we have really given and surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ, there is so much there that He desires to bring forth. And I believe He is in a great way. One of the things that…I don’t know how long this is gonna go on so just…be ready and be alert. That’s part of being a soldier, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

You never know when it’s going to be your turn to bug out, and pick up your gun and go, and you’re gonna find out where you’re going when you get there. You know, we need to be ready, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

We don’t need to think of ourselves as just a bunch of spectators. Soldiers are not spectators who watch generals fight battles. Every one of them has a job to do and…so anyway…but the other thing that I see in a measure I think, deals with this individualism.

As I say, what happens when you get a bunch of guys and you put them in that crucible and they really get it? And they humble themselves, and they knuckle under to all of the abuse and all of whatever it takes to get that civilian’s life style, life mentality out of them, and to make soldiers out of them. When they really submit themselves, what have you got on the other end? You’ve got a bunch of brothers who will die for one another.

If you’ve really got…if you’ve done the right job, you’ve taken people from civilian life, from families, from jobs, from a way of living and you have bereft them of every bit of that, and you’ve called them into something else, and you have made them one with a people.

Is that not a picture of what God does? When He called Abraham, He said leave your family! Leave your father’s house! Go into a land that I’m gonna show you, and he did! He went out by faith. You know, when Paul was called, God didn’t call some of his fellow Pharisees. Now I know there were some among them that God saved, thank God! But God didn’t…Paul didn’t say, well, I’ll come if you’ll save so and so. He said, yes, Lord. When God calls you, He calls you. And I’ll tell you, those who love family more than…mother and father, son and daughter more than me, what did Jesus say?

( congregational response ).

You’re not worthy of me. There is a separation when people are called to God that we need to reckon on. I thank God when he does save families. That’s wonderful. That’s awesome. But I’ll tell you, when we stand before God, we’re gonna be answering for ourselves. That’s it. We can’t answer for somebody else. We’re gonna answer for ourselves. May God give us the grace to say, yes, Lord and be able to stand there and say, Lord, I put my life into Your hands. Look at what you have done. All the glory and praise goes to you.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! You had a purpose…You knew my name before the foundation of the world. And You planned for me, and You called me, and You provided a Savior for me when I was unworthy and unable. I just gave my life in Your hands. I listened to Your voice and I humbled myself, and I gave up what this world offered. I embraced the heavenly vision, and look what You have done.

But oh, as I say, this is not just a deal where you get called and you walk with Jesus on the Jericho road. God is gonna fit you together. He’s gonna build an army of people who learn that they are not just connected to the general, they’re connected to every soldier that they’re among. God places them where He…in the body as He sees fit, gives each one the gifts that He sees fit.

Folks, you and I are gonna learn that we are not complete without each other. We need one another. We need to be connected to one another and understand that this is a family that God is forming. You know, whatever happens with earthly families that’s one thing, but this is a family that will be together forever. This is a family that God can take and use in spiritual battles.

I don’t know what all lies ahead of us, but I know that we are gonna be called to stand in an hour of darkness in this world. We are not gonna…people are not gonna make it if they just have this independent ‘me-and-Jesus’ kind of thing. We’re gonna have to learn to walk together and humble ourselves and be willing to let God put us together as He sees fit. He will, I’ll tell you, He will get the glory. Praise God!

So I don’t know, we’re in…we are certainly in basic training, if you ask me. And I feel the need of it. Anybody here know what I’m talking about? Anybody here feel the need of what the Lord is saying, I believe, this morning?

( congregational response ).

Well, Praise God! I’d like to hear from some others. I just…all I can do is express a thought. I don’t feel like the Lord gave me anything lengthy this morning. But, folks, God calls…when God calls His people, He calls them into the wilderness. And He doesn’t call us there to abuse us, to play games with us. But He does call us there to humble us, to teach us how utterly dependent we are upon Him.

I think there’s many people here who could testify that God put you in a place where there was no answer. And you’d run out of options, you’d run out of strength. You turned to God, and you just gave it all to Him. And He worked something out in a way that you didn’t even imagine. God proved Himself faithful. You were backed up against a Red Sea and God opened the sea before you.

I’ll tell you, we’ve got a God who has no limitations. You talk about circumstances…you think He has a problem with any of this stuff? Do you think He has a problem making things happen? Good Lord, He could sneeze and a galaxy happen! This is a God with limitless power! If He is allowing things to be a certain way, He has a reason! He’s doing something that’s eternal! Praise God! He’s humbling us! But yet, part of the lesson of the wilderness is not just humbling us, it’s seeing and experiencing the faithfulness of God…

( congregational amens ).

…To meet every need! Those people in the wilderness, they had everything they needed in spite of the fact that they were a bunch of rebels! God remained faithful to his people!

( congregational amens ).

He allowed Balaam to look at them and try to curse them, and He wouldn’t let Balaam do it because He said they’re blessed, they’re My people. Well, they were a sorry bunch but they were still…God was faithful. God fed them every morning faithfully, except on Saturday, because they had enough left over from Friday to let them have that one day.

God didn’t let the soles of their shoes wear out. I’m sure there weren’t too many fashionistas among them, but…it wouldn’t have done…to say, I’m tired of these shoes, I want the latest style. Well, they haven’t worn out yet. God had…their clothes didn’t wear out. They just had what they needed when they faced battles, when they ran out of water, God was able to…in one case strike the rock, in another case speak to the rock, and water just came out.

You know, we’re gonna…God wants us to experience, not just the breaking of self, but the richness of His love and His mercy. I mean, how did He characterize that entire episode? He said, “…Underneath are the everlasting arms.” (NIV). That’s an awesome place to be! To realize in your life, that when it feels like everything shaking and everything is going crazy, that down underneath you’ve got everlasting arms. He said, I bear you on eagle’s wings. You never thirsted, you never hungered where I didn’t take care of it.

I’ll tell you, that’s what God is longing for us to experience in deeper ways. There’s no way that we can experience that without going through the wilderness experience, to put it one way…or to put it another way, is the basic training. Oh, we’ve got the Captain of our salvation.

I’ll just read a couple of scriptures actually that just confirm some of this in different language. 1st Corinthians chapter 9…this one comes back to me. Paul was talking about his own ministry and the effort that he was putting forth to serve the Lord. But he says this is verse 24. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

How many people are able to say, I make my body my slave? The truth is a lot of people—most people are a slave to their body in one way or the other. God deliver us. There’s grace. That means divine help. That means what I can’t do, He’s able to give me strength to do it.

You know, Paul had to encourage Timothy. Paul was about to leave this earthly scene and he wanted Timothy to go forward, and he realized that one of the problems that we all face is fear. So he said, “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear…” (KJV). Or timidity. This, I’m not too sure here, I’m gonna back down.

But he didn’t leave him there. He said, He doesn’t give you, “…a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love…” and the NIV says “…and of self-discipline.” Isn’t that what Paul is talking about here? I have a need…if I’m gonna serve God effectively, I’ve got to have a measure of self-control. I can’t just run when my body…when some desire and says, do this, do that, and do the other. I can’t be the servant of that! I’ve got to make ‘this’ the servant, so that what I do is what God wants me to do!

Well, how do I do that? God has given us a Spirit! You want to love? You open your heart and let God have your heart, and you’ll have the power to love. You want the power that we need? That’s where it comes from. It comes from God. Do you want the Spirit that enables you to say, ‘no’ to your flesh and say, ‘yes’ to God? That comes from Him, too. God supplies everything that we stand in need of.

And just one other scripture here where Paul uses some of the same type of language in 2nd Timothy chapter 2, I believe it is. “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Well now, that’s how you be strong. There is grace in Christ Jesus, and because there is grace there is divine help and strength.

That’s how we can be strong There’s not one of us here—no one here can look at somebody else and say, well, they are naturally strong, so I am at a disadvantage. No, we are all naturally weak when it comes to these things. Every one of us needs divine help if we’re gonna be what God has called us to be.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” The Lord has never promised that we’re gonna have a life with no hardship. In fact, He has promised that we’re gonna have hardship. In the world you’re going to have trouble. If you’re gonna live in this world, you’re going to have trouble. We might as well just mark it down and not get bummed out about it, as though God’s not making me happy, what’s wrong?

We are going to have trouble. God uses the trouble to work positive, eternal, wonderful things in us depending on how we react. And the glorious things is, yes, you’re gonna have trouble. But don’t worry, I have overcome the world. That world cannot defeat and destroy you because I’ve already overcome it. The battle has already been won at the cross. Thank God!

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Then he says this, “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.” Here you’ve got a sense of, what are you living for? What am I living for? Is my main business serving Jesus? Or is that just kind of a little piece of my life that…my little fire escape insurance policy?

Oh, I’ll tell you, when people come to Christ that has got to be the center. That is the center of what we are about. Yeah, we’ve got all these other things that we deal with in life, but they become peripheral. Serving Christ is the center. So, “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.”

Now he goes and uses again athletics as an illustration. “Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.” You look at these Olympic athletes. You know, I guess the Olympics will be on in a few months here. You look at some of these people, and you realize how they got there. I mean, don’t look at them and say, well, I could do that.

 ( laughter ).

Sure you could. Just get off your couch and put your potato chips aside and…no big deal. No, it’s a big deal. How many times did they have to say, no, to all the things that their friends are doing because they say, no, I’ve got a goal here. If I’m gonna do that, this has got to go. I am single…my eye is single. Is that what God has called us to?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, to singleness of eye. I have one purpose! “For to me, to live is Christ…” Paul said, “…and to die is gain.” So yeah, Paul made tents. Yeah, he did a lot of things, but there’s one goal, one thing dominated his life. I am a servant of Christ. That’s it. That’s my job description. That’s my place in the grand scheme of things. I am God’s servant, period.

Well, that’s what God is seeking to work in every one of us. So whether you call it the wilderness or whether you call it basic training or whatever it is, let’s just recognize and humble ourselves and say, God help me to be a good soldier! Help me to be willing to be honest. Help me to be willing to humble myself and surrender all this ‘self’ that just wants to get in the way of letting You come and dwell in me.

Connect me to everybody else. May I see them as just as important as I am. Knit my heart together to the point where I’ll be willing to lay down my life for my brother, because that’s what happens in war. Time and time again you see, you hear accounts. Again, I’m having to…this is all second hand. But time and time again you’ll hear about some soldier that absolutely laid his life down for the sake of his company. I don’t see your head going up and down, but I know that happens at times. I know its imperfect, but I believe that’s what God is seeking to bring us to. I believe that’s what He is bringing us to. And I want to be a part of it, do you? Praise God!