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TV Broadcast #1064

Sink Your Roots
Part One

February 24, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1064 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I don’t know…I’ve been wrestling with my thoughts as to whether this is for this occasion or not. But I know there’s a real truth here, and I’m gonna trust that these brethren will let me know if this doesn’t go anywhere, and this winds up just being me because we’re, all of us, prone to that. There’s none of us that are exempt and perfect in all that we do. We need the Lord.

But turn, if you will, to Colossians. Paul wrote the letter to the church at a city called Colosse and it was a group of believers there that he had never met. They had been raised up under a servant of God named Epaphras. He gave them the Gospel and brought them to Christ, and communicated this to Paul. And so Paul immediately, being a man of God that he was, he had the burden of the Lord for these people, and he began to pray. And he began to have a burden about them.

And there were some things that Paul, evidently, had heard about this church that concerned him and so he wanted to write some words of instruction, some words of encouragement. You know, it’s obviously always Satan’s design to try to corrupt in any way that he can, to misdirect us, to cause us to kind of go in this way and go in that way, and miss the center…going right down the center and lifting up Christ and letting Him be the center of everything.

And so, they were in danger of being sidetracked and so Paul was concerned, as I say, about that. And so, he says this in verse 9 of chapter 1. (I’m gonna try to skim through some things to get to something.) “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” (NIV).Well, we need that, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

I mean, we’re clueless when it comes to the things of God. If God does not open our understanding, we do not have the power in ourselves to understand anything of a spiritual nature. The smartest man in the world cannot discover the things of God. We have to have God to show us.

( congregational amens ).

And it’s interesting that Paul undertook to pray. That lets us know how critical that is. This wasn’t just, hey, I wish you’d…I wish this, I hope that. This was Paul actually engaged in something in the Spirit that…why would he have done this if this wouldn’t have made a difference?

See, we need to be praying for each other. We need to…when we see needs, we need to say, God, I see that need. You have shown me that need and You showed it to me for a reason, so that I could go to the throne of grace, and I could ask You to intervene in that situation and actually, really help them. We literally become intermediaries in the purpose and the plan of God for one another.

( congregational amens ).

 And so this was the role that Paul was filling at the time. But now he also felt the need to communicate these things with them and so it says, “And we pray this.…” Why do we pray this? “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might….” Boy, I’m glad for that, aren’t you?

( congregational amens ).

“…Strengthened with all power according to his glorious might…” That’s a pretty good fountain to be drawing from. “…So that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Boy, Paul loves long sentences.

( laughter ).

Take a breath there. But boy, he packs a lot in there, doesn’t he? Praise God! Did you notice that one neat little thing in there about how we get qualified? Think about that. How do we get qualified for this wonderful, awesome inheritance that there is for us? How?

( congregational response ).

He qualifies us!

( congregational amens ).

My God, do we fall into the trap of continually trying to qualify ourselves? Every one of us does it. You know, I think of the song…the words from the song that I heard recently, where the lyric is, “I’ve done all the work, but you keep on working.”

( laughter ).

Yeah, I listened to that and I said, yeah, Duh! That’s kind of the way we are. That’s the way we’re wired. No matter what we hear, what we read in this, by God, we’re gonna go on and work for it. And, it seems like no matter what happens, we’re gonna try…we’re gonna try to base our hope and our confidence toward God in our performance.

It don’t work, does it? If we’re honest about our performance, it ain’t gonna get it. We need some other basis by which we can be one with God, and that is simply to always point back to Christ. Every time the devil points to you, you say, Devil, look at Him!

( congregational amens ).

There is my qualification! Period! End of story! I have no other grounds for standing before God and having any hope whatsoever.

( congregational amens ).

He has qualified me! That’s the end of it! If we could ever come to that point, we’re gonna have a foundation to stand upon to have some confidence toward God and begin to make the kind of progress that he’s talking about. And boy do I need it! Anybody else here in that boat? Yeah!

( congregational response ).

Isn’t that what God’s been emphasizing—one of the things He’s been emphasizing, that we’re His children but we’re kind of like little babies in many ways. We need to be doing some growing here, and not staying where we’re at. But you know, you look at the structure of this book, if you’re going to stand back and just kind of look at it, Paul is going to be getting to the ‘down-to-earth,’ ‘rubber meets the road’ instructions. What does it mean to be a child of God? What does it mean to be a member of the Body of Christ? How should you live, how should you relate one to another?

But before he gets to that, he has got to lay a foundation. If God just dumps a bunch of requirements on us, we’re in a whole world of hurt! We’re in trouble! Because the problem is, we are every one naturally animated by something that simply has no power to please God. “…They that are in the flesh…” (KJV). That is, operating by the energy of the nature we got from Adam…if we’re operating in that nature, there’s no way. We simply “…cannot please God.” That nature is absolutely God’s enemy and will be ‘til it is put to death.

( congregational amens ).

There’s got to be some other way. But Praise God! He has qualified us, “…to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (NIV). What an awesome thought! Folks, if you’re looking…if you have been struggling trying to be a Christian, give it up!

( congregational amens.).

You’re trying the impossible! God has made another way and we’re gonna…the only way to come into the kingdom of God is to reach a point where we throw up our hands and say, God, it’s impossible! I cannot do this! Lord, I turn the whole mess over to You, the job is now Yours. I take my hands off of it. That’s when salvation happens!

( congregational amens ).

That’s when it happens! That’s what He was waiting for all along! He wasn’t waiting for you to get good enough to accept you. You’d never do that. Oh, Praise God! What a glorious thing! Does that not put us all in the same boat?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! We have exactly the same foundation for confidence. That does not therefore elevate one, who happens to have a strong-willed personality and be a nice advantage in their background, they’ve been trained to behave nicely, and be civilized and all of that…they don’t have any kind of an inside track because of that. We need the same Savior. I don’t care if you’re from the gutter or from the palace. We’ve got to have the same Savior.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God indeed! “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness….” Now think about the world we live in. If you’re under the dominion of something, that rules over you! You might be here tonight thinking that you’re your own boss. It’s your life, you’re gonna do what you want with it and you’re free! Nobody rules over you. Oh yeah? You are blind and have no clue what’s going on. You live under a system that is ruled over by wicked spirits that are at war with God, and the only way you will ever get free is for God to open your eyes to the reality of where you’re at, and set you free from that dominion! You cannot rescue yourself! He has to come in and do it!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I thank God for the promise that Jesus gave us that, “…the gates of Hell shall not prevail…” (KJV).

( congregational amens ).

That means that there are some strongholds that Satan has in lives, but God is able to reach into that and break that! Against every resistance the enemy will put forth, and nonetheless that prisoner is coming out!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! This is what we’re up against folks! We have no power against the forces that rule over this world, this natural world. We need a Champion. We’ve got one in Jesus Christ!

( congregational amens ).

That’s what Paul wanted them to understand and to know. “He has rescued us…” (NIV). You need rescue if you’ve never been rescued. That’s what it takes. “…From the dominion of darkness and…” He didn’t just do that, and set you out and say, okay, go on your way. He says, “…brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.…”

You’re gonna be in one kingdom or another. We were not made to be little, independent gods running around doing our own thing. We will either live under the dominion of Satan or we will live under the loving, wonderful, glorious dominion of the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ!

( congregational amens ).

“…The kingdom of the Son he loves.…” See, what Paul is setting up here is, he wants to lift up Christ to be so high, and so great, and so all-encompassing as a resource, just to put a word to it, that we will not look anywhere else. We will understand that in Him we have everything that we need. That’s where he’s going with this. And so he wants to elevate Christ in their understanding so they know who He is. And that makes all the difference if you see Him for who He is, you don’t look for other answers. There aren’t any.

All right. “…In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Praise God! You want to get to God and get the barrier out of the way? This is the only way right here. He is the only One that can do that.

All right, now who is this? Okay. “He is the image of the invisible God…” God in His essence is an invisible Spirit, He inhabits eternity. You and I will never see Him, He is too great for that. We’ll see expressions of Him, but He is just so great, so awesome, so everywhere, so all-powerful, and all-knowing, He is simply beyond us. He dwells in unapproachable light. There is no way we’re gonna ever…we’re not gonna go there and see an old man sitting on a throne and say, oh, hi God, there You are. Oh, no! He’s way, way beyond that.

But, that invisible God has an image. He has a way that He has made Himself known to us. He has come down to us at a level where we can now understand and comprehend and know what He is like though He is so great. That image is Jesus Christ.

( congregational amens ).

He is exactly like His Father. Made of the same stuff, if you want to put it that crudely. He is absolutely the full and complete expression of the nature of His Father. You watch what He did, and how He acted, and how He interacted with people, you’ll find out what God is like.

( congregational amens ).

Man, some people got this hell-fire and brimstone, angry God up there. Jesus went around with a sense of compassion for sinners!

( congregational amens ).

He didn’t compromise with sin, but He had a heart that was reaching out, that understood — these are prisoners. I’m come to set them free and to let them know what the real deal is, and offer them hope! I didn’t come into the world to condemn it. I came to bring hope and salvation. You want to know what God is like, you look at Jesus Christ. You read the pages of the Gospels and you’ll know. Hey, God was in Christ. He was there walking in the Person of His Son. Praise the Lord!

“For by him…” Now we’re still talking about Christ here. It’s, “…by him all things were created…” I’m trying to remember some of the lyrics of that first song, we talked about the God who was before time began. Some of you remember the lyrics there. Before even time began, He was there. I can’t explain all that, I’m not even gonna try.

There’s theologians who have wrestled with some of those questions about how to explain God. They can have it. One thing I do know. There was a point in time, if you want to use the term, where there was the Father and there was the Son. And the Father had a grand plan to lift up His Son, to make Him the center of a glorious, eternal purpose! And it was through Him that everything came into being!

( congregational amens ).

So, you’re talking about somebody who is number one in the whole grand scheme of things under the Father. You’ve got Somebody that everything was done by Him. You look at anything that was created, He’s the Creator.

( congregational amens ).

God gave Him the power. Whatever resources He needed, He had it. He spoke the words. You want to know who spoke the words and said, “Let there be light...”? They came out of the mouth of the Son of God. He didn’t have the name Jesus then, but boy, that was coming. God had every bit of that all completely worked out. He did know your name and He knew it back then!

( congregational amens ).

It isn’t just He knows your name! He knew your name!

( congregational amens ).

He planned, from the very foundation of the world, for you and for me! He made provision for sinners who are unworthy and had no other hope except in Him. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…” Now he’s just trying to cover all the bases. So you wouldn’t come up and say, whoa, what about this? Everything! “…Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him…” But now he adds something else. “…And for him.”

See, the Father, from the beginning, loved His Son, wanted Him to have a kingdom over which He could rule. But the rule is not what we think of as this kind of self-serving, dominion leadership you see in this fallen world of ours. This is a rule and authority where love is the grand principle. Love is absolutely the rule. It’s the very nature of God expressed in an eternal kingdom. There cannot be anything any more wonderful, any more awesome!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I want to worship and fall down before Him.

( congregational amens ).

And own Him as Lord, because He is worthy of being served! It’s not just that He’s so great, we have no choice, He is worthy of being served! Willingly! And that’s what He’s looking for. Anyway, “…All things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Now you physicists here, you want to know what keeps this universe from flying apart? Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

Do you kind of get the idea here that Paul is lifting up Jesus so we suddenly see, oh man, this is somebody incredible? This is somebody who is awesome! This is not just some nice prophet who walked around and did nice things…and He’s just kind of one voice among many. This is ‘the’ voice, this is ‘the Lord.’ This is the one who is absolutely above all other names. He is the one who is supreme!

Okay. So, “…In him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” That’s what Paul is getting at. He covers every base and says, this is number One. God has made Him absolutely supreme over everything. And if you get this foundation, now you can begin to move into, okay, so what difference does that make for me? That’s where Paul is going. Okay?

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…” That sounds like everything there is, really, is in Him. You want to know where it’s at? You want to know where answers are at? You want to know where all the issues of life, where the answers are found? They’re in Him! God’s fixed it that way. Everything I’ve got, I’ve put in my Son. Man, do we have any other message? This is not about who we are. This is about who He is. If we lift Him up…

( congregational amens ).

…Then we give people hope. Because everything that I need, and boy do I need a lot…everything that I need, there’s a source. God has given us His Son! Praise God! “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things…” This is where the enmity had come in. And in fact, that’s what he’s gonna say, so I’ll go on here.

“...Whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you…” Now this is true for every one of us here. Once you, and you, and you, “…were alienated from God…” You were separated from God. I don’t care what family you were born in, how good a kid you were, how fine an adult you are. Everybody starts out on the same page, in the same state. Separated, alienated, God’s enemy! It says, “…were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now…” And of course, a lot of folks will say well, I’m not so bad. By what standard? You get one glimpse of the glory of heaven and you will understand.

( congregational amens ).

You’ll get it. You quit looking at everybody else and saying, well, I’m better than they are. It’s like what Patrick said one time, who wants to be the best sinner in Hell?

( laughter ).

Well, that’s exactly right. You know, Patrick’s one of a kind and…

( laughter ).

…When God speaks to him you understand, God does indeed have a sense of humor!

( laughter ).

Of course, that’s pretty obvious, He made you!

( laughter ).

And me, of course! Praise God! I’m so glad we can enjoy the Lord!

( congregational amens ).

Praise the Lord! “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now…” See, there’s a ‘but’ there. Something’s changed. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.…” Oh, that sounds pretty good.

( congregational amens ).

Whoa! To come to a place where nobody can walk up and say, God, you shouldn’t accept him because of this, or that, or the other…that’s awesome!

( congregational amens ).

Because I’ve got a lot of needs. He’s working on them, but I mean God has simply removed accusation from the equation. Didn’t He say that in Romans chapter 8? He’s justified, who’s gonna condemn? The devil can send his best lawyer, he can come himself, it’s not gonna make a bit of difference. Always, God has an answer! The absolute justice of God was upheld when Jesus took our sins upon Himself. The full penalty of your sin, and yours, and mine, was absolutely meted out on Jesus Christ. God’s not excusing a single sin. There was somebody who paid a dear price…

( congregational amens ).

…For our sins. But it was fully paid in Him! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Once it’s put away, there’s no more accusation, no more ground for accusation! Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

All right. “If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” Now you have to look at the context of scripture. What he is not talking about here is somebody who is truly born of the Spirit of God and then walks away from it and says, okay, I’m gonna go back to sin. That’s not what he’s talking about. He’s talking about somebody who comes to a knowledge of this truth of what God has set before us, and then begins to be moved away from it. He never enters in. It’s the same theme that you get in the book of Hebrews. It’s not people who enter and lose it, it’s people who stop short.

( congregational amens ).

They come up to the door but they never cross in. They never really enter into that rest of letting God have the job of saving us and surrendering our lives to Him. They always stop short of that. There is a solid hope, but folks, there’s a lot of people who will turn away and say, no, I’m going some other way. There’s some other principle by which I’m gonna live my life.