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TV Broadcast #1061

Consecrate Yourself
One Part Only

February 3, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1061 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Sue reminded me earlier today of a scripture in Joshua chapter 3 that might be profitable to look at briefly. And, you remember the circumstances how Moses had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and they had, because of the unbelief of that one generation, they had wandered in the wilderness until that generation had passed away. And now it was time for Joshua to lead the people in, and to enter into the inheritance, something God had promised. It wasn’t something they could engineer, which is certainly a lesson for us in everything that pertains to what we are about. We cannot engineer any of it. And if we try, we’re just going to get in God’s way.

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But we serve a God who is able to do what He has promised and that’s what it’s all about. Praise God! So anyway…Joshua is giving orders and they set out. And verse 2, “After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”(NIV). There’s a lesson in that, isn’t there?

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Because regardless of where we’re at, we have never been this way before. That’s the problem with religion. They want to establish a nice, little neat pattern, build themselves a religious manual and look up everything and follow it, and hand it down to the next generation, and you’ve got ‘hand-me-down’ religion. We have not a religion at all, but we have a Person who has promised to lead us.

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And every way we go, every day we go is something brand-new and we need to look at it that way.

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We need to realize that we are simply not practicing a religion. We are listening to and following a Person. So anyway, that’s the sense that you get here. “But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it.” This was the scripture here, “Joshua told the people, Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” I think it says, “Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you,” or something to that effect in the King James. But the thought is the same.

And you know, I thought of this in several senses. In one sense, this should be a description of our life, where we’re not living for our own plans, we’re not living for our own selves and what our life is about. We’re living for what the Lord’s plan is. And so every day we need to be set apart to that in our own thinking. And we need to get up and have a listening ear.

You know, I found myself praying that many times over the last while, and it’s a need in me as much as it is in anyone here that we simply learn to kind of tune our ears to heaven, because God always wants to speak to us. I’m not talking about some kind of ‘spooky’ special revelation or some kind of experience. But the fact is, there is a voice that we are able, as God’s people, to hear at key times that can simply give us instruction.

It’s not like, get up and go to the bathroom or something like that, but it’s simply wisdom and direction, and helping us to understand what’s going on in our life at this moment, because most of the times, our lives are very pedestrian. We’re simply getting up, and going to work, and doing very ordinary-seeming things. But we serve a God who has a way of taking the ordinary and doing the extraordinary with it.

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And He can turn an ordinary day into something that is spiritually meaningful if our ears are tuned. Because our problem is, we react naturally much of the time to our circumstances in the natural, and that’s kind of what God is wanting to deal with. I mean, you know, there’s people that want to go out and do great and mighty things, and God’s got to do some pretty mighty things in them before they’re gonna be worth anything to Him. The biggest need in me is ‘me’!

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And if God could just get…He could just take care of this fellow and get him out of the way, well then He’s pretty amazing. He can do about anything He wants to do. His problem is me! And so God uses the little things that we go through every day in our lives, if we’re listening and expecting Him to actually talk to us. He can give us wisdom that will help us to react differently, to become different kinds of people. And obviously we know the engine behind that is not our own strength, is it?

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That’s where we discover in ourselves needs every single day, but we also are meant to discover the source of our help every single day. It’s meant to drive us to Him, not to drive us to despair and to discouragement! But always to remember that everything God has…everything we need for this journey, God has provided. Did he not do that for the Israelites?

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I mean, what a lesson we have! And even though they were a bunch of rebels, most of them—many of them, yet God never ever failed to keep His promises to give them food every day, to give them what they needed, to cause their clothes not to wear out. I mean, think of the grace of the God that we serve who is not looking for perfection but He is looking for direction. He’s looking for a heart that says, yeah, I get it. Lord, I’m on board. I want to go with You. I need You to change me. I need You to work in my heart and my life.

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And so I want to have a listening ear. But in this particular instance, it was more than just an ordinary occasion, wasn’t it? They had come to a point in their journey where now it was time to do something special. And so, now they’re really extra focused. It’s not like, hey honey, what’s our plans for next week? Where are we going on vacation or 1,001 other things? They were focused on the task at hand. God was going to be giving them very specific instructions. He just had. And they were going to be absolutely needing to be in tune with God to experience the miracles that God had planned for them!

Well, do you suppose that there just might be a lesson in that simple story for us tonight? Do you think that God has just allowed this occasion to just happen and it has no real meaning in His grand purpose? No! I believe that there is a time when God has called us to focus. Now if you’re just here for a vacation, and while you’re here on your vacation you’re gonna slip into the services and take it all in, you’re gonna miss something that God has for you.

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Our hearts need to be expecting God to do something.

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We are on a journey and a journey does not stay in the same place and simply camp. And how many times do we find ourselves coming back into these services, and in some respects we’re right where we were before? God is wanting to take us on. Now I don’t believe we really ever are right where we were before. But nonetheless, you understand what I’m saying. God wants us to move! God has things that He’s going to change in you and me!

But we need to, number one, have a desire and an understanding of that, so that we come in here with a certain mind-set. Lord, we are here, not to have a vacation and a good time and all those things. We can have that, but Lord, we are here expecting that You are going to give us wisdom, and instruction, and help that will move us further than we have known—further than we have gone before, because there is a journey we’re on. We are part of, as Paul said, we’re running a race. And the writer to the Hebrews said the same thing. There’s a race that has been what?

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Set before…marked out, in the NIV! It’s the same thing. But God has literally set a course and our job is to follow that course. And the thing is, it’s a very individual thing and yet it’s a corporate thing. But I’m so thankful that God has not called us to simply practice a religion. But thank God that what He is doing for us.

I had this thought, several thoughts in this. One of these is, the Lord will do amazing things. You know, there’s a lot of religion today that’s focused on amazing things and trying to conjure up great and mighty things. We were in a service in the Philippines where we actually were in somebody else’s meeting one afternoon, and oh my, they just wanted to get everybody…they wanted to replicate Pentecost is what they wanted to do. Now if we could just get down here and pray hard enough, then we could just absolutely repeat Pentecost. We can’t repeat anything! A lot of times we are looking for the great and the grand experience, the feeling, the short cut that’s gonna get us suddenly over into the promised land and everything’s gonna be wonderful after that! Folks, there is no such place!

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There are experiences in God. There are things that God would do in us. But I read in my Bible, when I read the testimony of the apostle Paul, he never got to a place where he was just flying up here, far above all earthly troubles and just sailing over it all. No! He was in deep waters! He was in difficult circumstances! He was in places where he had to cry out to God! Jesus was!

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He learned obedience, as we’ve heard so many times, “…by the things which he suffered…” (KJV). He cried out, “…strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him….” The circumstances of life are such that we’re going to have to contend with these. What God wants to do is to bring us into a place of greater trust, of greater faith, greater confidence that we can indeed draw the help that we need when we need it.

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These are the things that God wants to do and if you’re coming in here looking for some great experience that’s gonna catapult you into some grand high place in the kingdom, you’re very likely gonna go home disappointed. But if we come in here with the expectation, Lord, I’m going to be different when I leave here than when I came in. And I’m not looking for you to impress me with some great feeling or experience. I’m simply looking for the very simple day by day manna that I need…

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…Because I am a particular, unique individual. I am in a certain place in my journey. There are things that I need to do, areas where I need to grow. Those are the areas You’re going to be dealing with talking to me about and I want to have an ear that is open to hear, that knows that I have a need, that isn’t trying to make excuses for where I’m at, but just saying, Lord, I need You and I am expecting You to help me right where I’m at.

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Now if we will do that and keep doing that 365 out of the year and 366 at leap year…

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…We will look back, at some point and we will say, man, we’ve come a…God’s brought us a ‘fer piece’. I started to say, we’ve come. But the truth is, it’s what God does.

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That’s what we need. And I believe with all my heart if we will have an expectant heart, God will put His finger on things in our lives, some of them are gonna require humbling. They all are. We’re gonna have to humble ourselves, take the place of what we truly are. Say yes, God, I am what You say I am. I’m not somebody that’s somebody special or particular. I need You, Lord. I am a sinner in need of salvation in an area of my life right now. I could certainly…I mean I need to be right down there listening to this. I’m absolutely one with you in this. But I’ll tell you, God is faithful!

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If we will simply look to Him and get off our high horse and say, God I am a candidate for real salvation! And that’s the other thing that’s about this. What is it that was going to happen? Who was gonna be the engineer, I guess, behind that, is the question in this verse? Who’s gonna be doing all this?

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That’s the point! God’s going to do things! So what we need to do is be a candidate for what God wants to do for you, and for you, and for you, and for me. And the amazing thing is that though we are however many individuals we are here, yet God is able to weave our lives together in such a way that we can be one in heart and mind and purpose. Our lives are different and unique and yet absolutely, completely connected in Him. Only God can engineer such a thing! Praise God! And thank God for the hope that was sung about tonight because that’s the end of the journey, folks!

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I cannot engineer that. I’m not smart enough to figure out this Book. I have to go to God every single day and say, Lord, You tell me what to say and how to say it. You want to know the secret of preaching? That’s it. And the more we get our little puny brains out of the way and say, God, I don’t know what to do. Lord, I’m just looking to You. I’m stretching forth my hand. We have a God who can empower anybody here for whatever He has called you to do.

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Don’t we have an awesome God?

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But folks, there is a mindset of separating ourselves unto His purpose. It means laying our purposes aside. You think of what happened with the apostle Paul, when he was Saul, the Jew. And that man had a purpose in his life, didn’t he? He had things that mattered to him, that were important, and God absolutely arrested that man and turned him around 180 degrees the other direction and gave him a different purpose. Well, what do you think he did with that? Did he try to hold on to any of that?

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He didn’t, did he? He chunked it all into the trash. He says, I found something worth living for. That’s the Lord Jesus Christ. Man, if you haven’t found that, that’s your need during this meeting. If you’re still living for your life in this world, you don’t have a clue where it’s at, and I pray that God will open your eyes to see. This is not religion we’re interested in here. This is a Person. This is the Person of Jesus Christ.

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Everything God has for us is in Jesus Christ! Knowing Him is the key to everything. He is the one who has been given the authority and the ability from God Almighty to bring every one of us safely through to Glory on the other side where we can live with Him forever! Praise God!

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This isn’t something God thought up after we messed up. This is something God planned from all eternity. This is something He ‘did’ from all eternity. You talk about a sure thing. Man, we’ve got something to rejoice in tonight!

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But here we are at this particular point in our journey. So what is your expectation? Do you expect God to do something for you? Do you expect Him to talk to you? Then we need to say, God, give me a humble, listening ear, and a heart that says, yes, and is willing to obey when You tell me what to do. And we’ll leave the driving to Him. Praise God!

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— Brother Tony Talbert: I was just sitting there meditating, just waiting on the Lord to speak. And, I really believe the Lord, beloved, is telling us we need to consecrate our self tonight. He wants to do something in our midst here in this meeting. And I believe…a couple things…I hate to read the same scripture over again, but it says here in Joshua 3. He says, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it…” (NIV).

This is what he says. “…You are to move out from your positions….” We don’t need to be doing the same thing. The Lord wants us to change our ways. He wants us to get in a place where we begin to seek Him with our whole heart and not just wake up in the morning and go through our little routine, read a few scriptures, and think we’re all ready and everything’s done. He wants a people that’s gonna diligently seek Him with a whole heart.

And I believe that’s what He’s saying to us tonight. He says…and the reason why He’s saying for us to consecrate our self…He says, “…You are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go….” We won’t even know which way the Lord’s leading, beloved, we won’t even…I think it was mentioned by Phil that we won’t even be able to sense His presence unless we’ve got our focus and our mind on Him.

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And there’s a need for us…I believe the Lord’s speaking to all of us, that we need not to come here again tomorrow night like we are tonight. That God has a Word for His people. And the thing is, is this…I was thinking about…this is one of Patrick’s favorite scriptures over in Elijah, I believe it was Elijah, it may have been Elisha, but I think it was Elijah.

You know, he fled from Jezebel and he went over and got in a cave and a big old earthquake came by, but the Lord was not in that. The storm came by, the Lord was not in that. But then there was a small, still voice. And if he hadn’t been sensitive enough and have his eyes focused on the Lord to where he could be sensitive to the Lord speaking to him, he would have never heard that small, still voice.

And the Lord…it’s like…I’m gonna repeat what Phil said. I don’t think God is gonna come is some kind of mighty, fire flying out from the end of somebody’s fingertips. I believe He’s gonna come in the Word of God—the anointed Word of God.

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And that’s what’s gonna break the yoke. And I don’t know, that’s the thought that come to me, is that we need to move out of our positions, get out of the rut that we’re in.

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Get out of the ruts. Go out. Listen, we need fellowship, I agree with that, but we need to spend time with God and Him alone. And we need to seek Him with our whole heart. I thought of this scripture here came to me. It says, “Blessed are those that hunger….” It didn’t say, you just…you’re hungry. It says that you have a hunger and a thirst for the things of God. If we have that hunger and that thirst, we’re gonna be filled. Do you know that?

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It ain’t God…there never was a lack—there never was a lack of the Word of God. The problem was the hearing of the Word of God.

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And God wants us to get in our closets. He wants us to seek Him face to face. And you know that another scripture says, if we would get in our closets, and we would seek him face to face, He’ll reward us openly.

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And I believe, as we come together, I believe the Lord’s pleading with us tonight, that we need to get serious. That He wants to do a move—He wants to make a move.

Here I’ll go back again to that scripture. You notice He didn’t say, sanctify yourself tomorrow and the Lord will do great work tomorrow. He says consecrate yourself today, and then the Lord will do something tomorrow. We have a need, beloved, to hear the Word of God and not let it fall on deaf ears, but to let it work in our hearts.

Let me read that again. It says, “…You will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” The only way we’re gonna know the way to go is if we’ve got a ear that’s keenly, not just casually, but that’s keenly turned toward Him. And I guarantee you when He speaks, we’ll hear Him.

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— Brother Paul Campbell: Not that this needs anymore confirmation, but I too, and Carl and Deanna and me and Mom was talking the other night and we were talking about this meeting, that we believed God was going to do something special. And, I’ve been talking to Debbie…I said, because I believe there’s something right here that God wants to do.

And, I was reading the other night in Amos, chapter 8, where he talks about there coming a time where there’s a famine, and not a famine of food, nor of thirst, but a famine for the hearing of the Word of God. And I’m gonna tell you, there’s ears, there’s these antennas that have been here tonight and everyone has probably had this right here, there’s something has come in. But we’re talking about the hearing from the heart.

And it says, if you can hear His Word today, harden not your heart. And I believe that’s what God is saying to us tonight. Today—today, right now, I don’t want to come back tomorrow, as Tony said, just like I come in here tonight. I want to consecrate my heart tonight and I want to say, God, You start tearing down those walls that’s in my heart, that ground that’s hard, that is not receiving Your Word and your Truth that needs to be there, that it brings forth and bears forth fruit in our lives.

Folks, God has been speaking to us face to face. It’s been coming forth year after year after year, and I believe that the time is getting short. God is speaking to us and He’s saying, today, if you’ll hear my voice, harden not your heart. Do you have a hard heart? Do you have your own plans, your own ambitions, and it’s being placed in front of what God’s plan and purpose for your life is? That means you’re not hearing what God is saying here tonight. Can we all agree that we’re gonna stop tonight and say, God, what are you saying to me? What is there in my heart and in my life that I don’t even see, that is interfering with my heart hearing what You have said here tonight? God, make it real to me.

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Open my blind eyes, open my hard heart. God come in and tear up that soil of my heart that this truth becomes planted on fertile ground. That it brings forth fruit. That we won’t come back in here tomorrow night with the same heart, with the same ideas and the same plans. But to say, God, I need you!

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Lord, I need You like I’ve never realized I need You before. How awesome You are and how much You want to come in and be real in my life, but there is so much there that needs to be weeded out. Oh, help me to hear tonight what You’re saying.

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