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Rainbow Divider
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TV Broadcast #1065

Sink Your Roots
Conclusi8on

March 3, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1065 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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!

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

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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.

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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. There is none—nothing that will have any kind of result in the end.

But, “If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” Okay now, Paul describes his own ministry and how he is going out and giving himself, and the price he is paying in order to serve God and the ministry that God has given to him. He talks about, “…The mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles…” What? “…The glorious riches of this mystery, which is…” What?

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“…Christ…” Where?

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“…In you, the hope of glory.”

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That’s it! If you’re looking for some other pathway to the answers to life, you’re going down the wrong road! There is one answer, and it’s not God dumping laws and commandments upon us to which we must rise and keep in order to earn our way. This is Christ in us.

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I have no power, as we’ve said earlier…there’s nothing in me, naturally speaking, that is capable or even inclined to serve God! I need a different source of life. There’s got to be a different engine inside of me. And I’ll tell you, that engine is Christ, period! It is the very life of God which comes to dwell in us, and then our whole life becomes learning how to lean upon that life rather than the other one, and to put this one down and lift this one up, and grow in this. But if you don’t have this, you’re not even in the ball game.

( congregational amens ).

The first thing is to have Christ in you, then you’ve got a hope of glory!

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See, what God has set before us is that, as amazing as it might sound to say and as unbelievable…everybody here that has Christ in them and is set apart by Him through the Gospel, one day you and I will shine like the sun. Don’t look at me so blank.

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That’s what the Word of God says!

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Then the saints will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. There is a glory that flows from the very being of God, and when that permeates every part of our being, these bodies are done away or we’re changed when He comes, whatever it is, there’s gonna come a time when we will…somebody else that’s not a part, they won’t not even be able to look at us.

You think about what John saw in the book of Revelation. He turned around and he saw this vision of the Son of God, and it was just blinding, the glory that he saw. Folks, that’s what’s ahead of every one of us that have put our faith in Jesus Christ. It’s glory. It’s to be an entirely different kind of being and person that we have ever imagined.

We have no power to imagine what God is going to do. Right now we’re like little children. That’s what John says. Beloved, now you’re little children. It doesn’t yet appear what we will be. But what does he say we do know? We know right now that when He comes we will …

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… Be like Him! We’ll see Him as He is. Praise God. That’s the hope. Once we surrender and quit trying to be Christians and let Him come in, then we’ve got a real foundation in here that sets us on a path, and the other end of that path is gonna be glory. Praise God! It’s all because of what He has done! It’s just when we get off our high horse and let Him do it, that it starts to happen.

Okay, so quite naturally Paul says this, “We proclaim him….” What else is he gonna tell people about? I mean, there is no other message. We proclaim Him!

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That’s it. “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom…” Why? “…So that we may present everyone perfect…” or complete, “…in Christ.” Okay, so, “To this end I labor, struggling with all…” This is really interesting. You want to talk about ministry? Struggling with all what?

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“…His energy. Where does the energy come from? It doesn’t come from us.

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We don’t have what it takes. Paul was struggling. He was engaged in the process, but he understood that when he was moving in God, the energy came from God. “… Struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” And so now he’s describing how he has that same sense of urgency and struggle for those in Laodicea, which is another church, and also for this one to which he’s writing.

So he says in verse 2, chapter 2, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding …” I really want you to get this. This is what Paul’s saying. I want you to understand. You don’t need to be just a bunch of ‘dumb-something,’ people coming and just sort of going through the form of well … tell me what to do and I’ll do it. God wants understanding hearts. He wants people to know that He has a purpose for our individual lives, for our collective lives, for the kingdom of God on the grand scale. He’s got a purpose, and He wants us to understand it so that we can intelligently cooperate with Him.

More than just that, we can expectantly cooperate with Him. Because once you have an expectation, now you’ve got some faith engaged in it. Now you’re not just saying, “oh, I want to be that, I just wish I could.” Now we’re saying, oh, God’s called me to that. I’m expecting—I’m expecting what I need in order to walk in that purpose to fulfill that. As I’ve said so many times, I sure hope I’m listening to this.

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I need it just as much as you do. Praise the Lord!

Okay! All right, “…In order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ …” And that is a mystery to this world. They have no clue who Jesus is or what He’s about. But I tell you, when God opens our eyes to who this really is … He’s our Creator. He’s our Redeemer. He’s our Lord. He’s our eternal Elder Brother. He’s everything we can possibly need. Everything God has for us is in Him. See that’s where he’s going with all this.

“… Namely, Christ …” And here he says it. “… In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” And that was the point of attack that the enemy was mounting against this church. He was saying … the devil was coming in and trying to turn them aside. There’re some other secrets over here. You need this. You need that. You need to do this. You need to get some wisdom that will kind of take you through the needs that you feel in your life.

How easy it is to look some other place. We get impatient … at least I do. The devil whispers, hey, there’s a spiritual short-cut. You need to do this. You need to do that. We need this program. We need this experience. We need 1,001 things other than simply walking with Jesus Christ and drawing daily from Him what we need to grow.

( congregational amens ).

Everything we need! Paul says this over and over again, everything is in Him. You go looking somewhere else, you’re gonna be listening to the devil’s lie in some form.

“I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him ….” Now, that’s a mouth full.

Just hold your place there and look over in Galatians … one of my favorite little scriptures there. It really sets forth this point to another church that was wrestling with some other pathway to spiritual liberty, and victory, or something. These Galatian believers were called to the hope of the Gospel, and Paul was so angry, if you will, at the false teachers that were coming in. He says, he wished they’d go to hell. That’s pretty plain language. That’s what he says. You look in chapter 1. This was not a small issue. They were trying to be brought under the law as though that somehow is gonna add something to their spiritual life, and God was requiring that. Jesus wasn’t enough.

So it says, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you …” Chapter 3, yes. “… Who has bewitched you?” That’s an interesting word—interesting choice of language there, isn’t it? There’s a real source of intelligence that is going to so twist your thinking that you will be under its power. That’s what we’re dealing with in this world. There is a source of intelligence that comes from hell itself, that would absolutely pervert … all of our thought life, if we would allow it.

“Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you.” I’ve got one question for you, guys. “Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?” Yeah. That’s pretty plain. How did you get in this kingdom to begin with? How did you enter into salvation? Did you work for it? Did you do something? No! You believed God’s promise! There was a promise of God to you, and you believed it!

All right, “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” I think I’d ask every one of us that. You get what he’s saying there?

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Go back to Colossians. “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord …” How’d you do that?

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By faith, you believed what you heard. There was a promise. God gave you the truth of the Gospel. You believed it. You entered in! So by that same principle, continue to live in Him. In other words, every aspect of our salvation operates by the same principle by which we got it in the first place. It’s not like you get in, now you go to work. Okay, I’ve got to become a better Christian. I’ve got to work hard. No, I’ve got to believe God’s promise.

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Every issue that I discover in my life, and my life is full of them, as is yours, God’s purpose for me can only be fulfilled if I will come to that, not through trying harder, but by looking into His Word and finding out what the promises of His purpose are, His Word to me about that, and believing Him. The same way you get in, is the same way you walk. It’s not a different thing, not a different principle.

So that’s why he says, “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord …” by the way … not by the way, that’s kind of central. He’s not just somebody you sort of, okay, I need a little help here, so you come on in, and I’ll call you Lord, but I’m not gonna do what you say. There’s none of that business. This is really bowing to Him as Lord.

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“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him …” What? “… Rooted and built up in him ….” Now, that word ‘rooted’ is kind of an interesting one. It calls our mind to a plant or a tree of some kind. Now where does a tree get its nourishment from?

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The soil in which it’s planted. And there are roots … there’s part of that tree that literally reaches down in there and draws up, not just moisture, but also nutrients that it needs to become fruitful and healthy and all of that. Now what God is saying through the apostle here, is that God has planted us in Christ! We have been planted in the richest possible spiritual soil!

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Everything we could ever need in this journey is there in that soil!

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And so, as we grow that is where we need to go for our answers. You see, that’s where he’s going. You know the very first time I ever heard Brother Thomas preach in person, he preached on this passage. His message … I haven’t even gotten to the verse that he emphasized. Many of you have heard him emphasize it an awful lot, about how we’re complete in Him.

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But that’s the whole purpose—that’s the central thought that Paul is getting at. The devil was trying to sidetrack them into other kinds of answers, other kinds of spiritual short-cuts, religious ideas, philosophical ideas. They were coming from some other source. This is your answer. This is what you need. You’re stuck in your spiritual life. You need this, you need that, you need something…no, we need Jesus.

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Praise God! That’s why he says, “… Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Boy, if we see this we will be overflowing with thankfulness.

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“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Now you see how this all kind of dovetails in together? There’s other sources, and how easy it is for us to get in a place in our spiritual life where we begin to sort of … oh, I feel this need. I’ve got this thing going on in me. I can’t get past this. You know 1,001 places we get, and we start looking, and our roots start going somewhere else. There’s some other answer. We go to the psychologist, or we go to the self -help section in the book store, or we say what I need is a better diet, or 1,001 things that may have their place in some other aspect of life, but they have nothing to do with our relationship to God.

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Paul even gets to the … actually dietary regulations were some of the things these people were being sucked into. Now you may want to keep a certain diet for your health, but that ain’t gonna get you close to God.

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“The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (KJV).

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And Paul says in one place, you’re no better if you eat; you’re no better if you don’t eat. It has nothing to do with anything. We need spiritual nourishment from Jesus Christ that will strengthen our hearts so that we are able to walk in the truths that He begins to set forth in chapter 3, and beyond. I need Him.

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You know, one of the things Brother Thomas emphasized strongly that night, and it was a help to me, because of some of the influences I had been subjected to. You know, you’ve got a lot of folks in Christendom that almost make such a distinction between Christ and the Holy Ghost that it’s almost like … well, Jesus is … that’s good, you’ve got Jesus. He forgave your sins, and now you’re sort of in the door. What you really need is the Holy Ghost! That’s where the power is at! That’s a bunch of junk.

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You can’t separate! When Christ comes in, He comes in by the Spirit!

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We have everything we need in Him! We don’t need to go chasing experiences!

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We’re complete in Him. In Him we have the fullness. “… All the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (NIV). He begins to … he goes into what He accomplished at the cross. He took our sins upon Himself. He did away with the Law as a foundation for us trying to be right with God. That’s gone. It’s not commandments anymore! It’s putting our hope and our trust in Him, and receiving Him, and walking in Him, and His nature being reproduced in us.

And He’s the One who has defeated the enemies that beat us up every day … the ones that were sitting there beating on me trying to keep me from getting up here tonight. You think you’re the only one? I tell you what, we are in a battle. We’re in a war.

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We need Somebody, we need a Champion who has absolutely already defeated …

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… This enemy that fights against us, so we understand that we’re stepping into something that’s already been done. Praise God! I’ve had this thought come to me so many times recently. How many times do we pray, oh God, set me free from this, or set me free from that. Oh God! And He’s sitting there saying, I did that 2,000 years ago!

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When are you gonna get your spiritual checkbook out, and write a check and believe it, and start receiving what I’ve already put in the bank for you? We have the riches of God in Christ Jesus that’s already been laid up for everyone that’s put their trust in Him. It’s all there!

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Now some of us are looking for that spiritual short-cut. That’s the appeal of some of these experience-based teachings. Lord, have mercy. We just need to believe God and take it as He gives us, as He leads us in our lives. People are looking for spiritual short-cuts instead of walking with God, doing the day-by-day stuff. They want a sexy short-cut, and God just wants people who will persistently look to Him.

A lot of the stuff that we need the most in our lives doesn’t come from leaping over the problem. It comes from fighting through it. It comes from a lot of patience. It comes from a lot of tears sometimes. It comes from a lot of pain. It comes from a lot of persistence in the face of on-going trials. There is no short-cut through those kinds of experiences in the Christian life. God wants us to learn how to draw the nutrients out of Christ and Christ alone.

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Some of you young people, you get off in school and they’ll start giving you all kinds of answers. But where are they coming from? Are they leading you to Christ, or are they coming up with some other substitute, some other source of wisdom? This world is full of answers. Some of them are secular, and a lot of them are religious. Lord, have mercy. We don’t need programs. We don’t need a whole lot of things. We need just more of Jesus in a practical sense in our everyday lives.

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And if we could get that principle embedded in our hearts that there is no other answer God has for any of us, except Jesus, then we’ll start making some progress in our lives, and we’ll quit looking for this, and looking for an escape route out of our situation. We just need the Lord, and He will walk through every situation with us and give us exactly what we need.

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Praise God! We’re gonna be growing. All of the storms of life that you want to find some other answer for, God didn’t send that to uproot you or to cause you to go looking somewhere else. He sent that so you’d sink your roots deeper.

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He wants to show you how weak you are, and how needy you are, and how needy I am. Oh, how we trust in ourselves. But God is gonna do exactly what it takes to break that so that we know where our help comes from. We will reach those roots down, and we’re gonna find that there’s no end to the resources that God has given us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Man, that’s what we need to be preaching. That’s the only thing that will give anybody hope.

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If you stand upon any other foundation than what Paul has been laying here, and you try to jump into chapter 3, you’re gonna be fighting an impossible battle. But I’ll tell you, when we draw from the very life of Christ, we’re gonna have strength to begin to put down this old man and to take up the new, and to begin to express the love of God in our fellowship, and the love for one another, rather than all this self-love that we live with. All those wonderful virtues will start to come forth, and they’ll flower, and people will see it. And God’s gonna get the glory. Praise God!

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This is the thing—this is the central thought, I guess, that I’ve had tonight. Don’t go looking anywhere else for your answers! Everything God has for you is in Jesus Christ. Sink your roots into Him!

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And don’t look for the great leaping stuff. Just take what comes. Take the issues that come to your life. You get up in the morning, you face something in your life … that’s not incidental. That is what God has put on your plate and on mine! And what He wants for me to do, is to reach into Him and get the resource to begin to deal with that in a Godly manner.

And God’s gonna form His character in me, and He’s gonna form His character in you, and in us. And we will absolutely grow up in Him, and fruit will happen. It’ll happen because that’s the nature of the life that God has given to us. Praise God! Don’t we have an awesome God?

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Praise the Lord!

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