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TV Broadcast #1079

Living by Faith in His Promise

June 9, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1079 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Man, I stand by mercy only.

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But I’m so glad to be able to commit my whole being into the care of One like Him who gave Himself, gave His Son. The pain, the agony, the humiliation that He bore is what I should have—I should have been there. It was due to me and He took it. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I’m so glad to be able to just let go of all my efforts to try to become part of this incredible calling that He has given us. Oh man, just quit your trying and just give it all to Jesus. He is an able Savior. He has all…He’s able to save completely. God, “…Is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives.…” I’ve got that backwards, but anyway it’s Jesus. He is able to save completely those who come to God by Him because He ever lives to pray. Aren’t you glad for that last part?

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Do you ever get in a low place and you’ve just run out of gas spiritually, and the Devil is just hounding, and you just can’t even hardly pray for yourself sometimes. And there’s a groan, you’re just crying out. You know, even that groan is a prayer. God’s inspiring that. But you know somebody is praying for you. Sometimes it’s down here. It needs to be down here.

But there is Somebody over there…don’t you know the Devil would love to go up there and stop Him? He can’t get anywhere near that place. He can’t stand the presence of God. But there is Somebody right there who is conscious of your need at your weakest moment and He’s saying, Father, help them.

You think about the love that He showed to Peter. He knew Peter was self-confident and cocky, and thought he could handle everything. And He even warned him, you better be praying. Your flesh is weak. You’re gonna be facing a battle here, you’re facing a challenge and you’re not ready for it. But what did He say? I’ve prayed for you. Before it ever happened, Jesus prayed for Peter! He didn’t say, well what’s the matter? If you’re not gonna do it yourself, I ain’t gonna mess with you. He said, I prayed for you—I have prayed for you.

I want you to wrap your mind around that and remember there’s Somebody praying for you that cares about you in your darkest moment. He probably let you get in that dark moment because He wants to bring you down to a place where you will just let go of things. Anybody know what I’m talking about?

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God’s kind of put you in places where you suddenly realize, hey, this is ridiculous. God is just constantly trying to put His finger on this and I’ve got to just let it go—let it go. What happened when you did?

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Peace. Oh, how we struggle. Oh, how attached we are to things of this world, the things of this life. And God is so faithful to work in us. But anyway, “However, to the man who does not work but trusts God…” (NIV). And there’s the two opposites. He just gives up on the idea that I can do something that is going to help this process. I can work it out. I can try harder. I can do this. He gives up completely on that and goes over to the other side of the ledger and says, I’m trusting You, Lord. I recognize that I can’t, but I am trusting Your promise. That’s it.

“However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” Praise God! If we haven’t got somebody who can take us all the way and present us surely before God, then we have nothing in which to hope. I’ll tell you, the devil will attack you in a 1,001 different ways to undermine your confidence and suppose that something is gonna mess this up. If you have put your trust in Him, you have put your trust in Somebody who is a perfect, complete Savior.

Do you suppose He is ever gonna turn his back upon you because you’re weak? Oh, God. There’s people who will never humble themselves before him and they will continually resist and say, no and not believe. That’s one thing. But, oh God, every one of us is weak! If you think you’re strong, you just don’t know! God’s got some major work to do on you ‘til you’ve got to the place where you begin to recognize I’m weak and I need a Savior. I need Him this day! I do not have what it takes to serve Him, to live this Christian life! I simply don’t have it!

You are in a glorious place. You’re in a wonderful place. It doesn’t feel like it, but it’s wonderful to be able to let go and say, Lord, I need you. But you know the thing that just was really made real to me, afresh? It’s the simple fact that this principle by which men enter into salvation, letting go, letting Christ take over the job of washing away sins and imparting life. Those who’ve given that job…the principle is the same for the way we live our Christian life! How many of us try to get in the door and then, my God, we’re gonna do it now. It doesn’t work. Man, I discover that all the time. Praise God!

So anyway, he talks about the blessedness of all this. He goes into the issue of who is this talking about…what’s the place of the Law in all of this. He says, every provision, basically, I’ll summarize, every provision of the Law, everything that was embodied in the Law came later than what happened with Abraham. So Abraham is already become a righteous man because he believes the promise of God. Later on the Law comes in, so obviously it’s not through the law, is it? Is that plain?

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That’s absolutely plain. He’s a righteous man, the law comes later. It serves a temporary purpose, but it has nothing to do with attaining righteousness. Okay? All right, “So then, he is the father of all who believe.” Now he is talking about the people who are under the law and those who aren’t.

Okay, let me see. Let me come down to verse 13. I want to get past some of this. “It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world.”

Now, have you ever connected the dots here with what he says in chapter 8 about us being heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ? Let’s go back to the time of Abraham and God is absolutely starting something. He has this eternal purpose and part of this eternal purpose is calling a man out and basically declaring, you’re My heir. I have a kingdom that is way beyond all of this and you’re the heir. You and your descendants are heirs. You get that? So here that’s what he’s talking about. He’s not saying you’re gonna inherit this world. I don’t want this world, do you?

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That’s not a good inheritance. Rather, he’s saying, you, out of all the men in this world, you’re the heir. But, not just you, it’s those that are your descendants. Now who are they? You know, you’ve got a lot of folks that just put a lot of stock in being physically descended from Abraham. It doesn’t mean a thing. Not by itself.

Some of them, thank God, are also born of Abraham’s faith. They believe just like Abraham did! But there’s plenty of others. “It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath.” Why does law bring wrath?

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You know, why does just imposing law on us, why does that automatically result in wrath?

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Because we can’t keep it! Our nature is lawless! All it does is expose that fact! So if God just dumps commandments on us, that automatically, just as night follows day, wrath follows law. That’s why God deals with us on the basis of what He did through the cross. Another way, thank God!

( congregational amens ).

“And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace.…” See, now you’ve got God’s energy, God’s very being, God’s help coming to the rescue of people who are totally helpless in ourselves. We’re believing and as a result of believing the promise of God, something is entering into us that we didn’t have before. You get that? I need it, don’t you?

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“…The promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring…” Now he’s gonna get to it. “…Not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.”

So you see what God was doing. He was starting a family. He calls Abraham. He said, you’re My heir. But that inheritance was passed down to everyone who has also come to God based upon that same principle of faith. I believe we’ve got some heirs of God, this morning, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. I pray that if you’re not, you will hear His call and realize what the real deal is, where this world is headed…and hear the call of His heart to turn your back upon that, and repent of your sins, put your faith in Christ. Believe His promise! And His promise is all about stuff that you and I can’t do, isn’t it? Can you get rid of your sins? Can you make yourself holy and righteous?

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Can you make yourself glorious? Some of you can barely put on your makeup.
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Some of us just muddle along without it.

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No! We have no power to do any of these things! But God has promised! That’s the essence of it! We have a promise of a God who cannot fail! That’s the foundation! The question is, are we willing to commit our entire being to that promise, and to believe it?

“As it is written: I have made you…” I have made you, “…a father of many nations.” How did he get to be that? God did it. “He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”

Now connect the dots again. What did he say in chapter 8? Whom he called, he justified…I’d better go back and read it. “Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Isn’t that a God who calls things that are not as though they were? That’s what he’s talking about. I’ve already done all this. I’m calling you to a sure thing in Christ. Praise God! Does your path look a little bleak right now? Have you been harassed? Have you been struggling? Anybody here who’s not been?

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Yeah. It doesn’t look like any of this is gonna happen, a lot of the time. It doesn’t feel like it. We’re not called to go by those things. We are called to continually come back to the promise. Praise God! Because, we have a God who is able to call things that are not…you can’t see them, you can’t feel them, you can’t touch them…as though they were. Praise God!

That affects every aspect of our lives in Christ. That affects what you and I do and how we think and how we act and react this morning. We have a God who is able to take that impossibility in your life and mine, right now, and He has a promise that that will change. The process, the call that he has engineered in our lives, it will happen. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

And that’s why he says, “Against all hope.…” Does everything feel like it’s against that hope in you this morning? Are you so buried in where you’re at, and how you’re feeling, and how things look that you can’t lay hold of this and suddenly it just doesn’t seem like…maybe it doesn’t mean me? Maybe…the negative thoughts begin to come in. Oh, God. I don’t want to listen to that junk, do you?

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 “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.…” Now we know from the record Abraham didn’t do it perfectly. He had his bobbles. He had his times when he kind of tried to engineer his own solution. He kind of went this way and he showed his weakness. He showed his humanity. But there was one bottom line with Abraham that needs to be our bottom line. He believed God.

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When it came down to it, he just surrendered and said, all right Lord, you said it, that’s good enough for me. I’ve put my faith in what you said. That’s it. Folks, if that’s where your faith is this morning, it’s gonna be okay. It is gonna be okay. God’s gonna bring you through.

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations.” God is calling us to against all hope, believe that you and I will, one day, stand before Him in glory. Don’t look at me that way.

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I know it doesn’t feel like it. I know it doesn’t look like it. But we are called…it didn’t look like it to Abraham either. He reached a point in his life when he couldn’t father children, and Sarah certainly couldn’t have any. She’d gone way past the point where it was even humanly possible to bear a child. Does that stop God?

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No. Obviously, we can look back and we see the end of the story. We don’t any sweat about it at all. No stress. We know the story…how the story turns out. But Abraham lived for years and years not knowing, other than the fact that, well, God, You said it, I believe it. You’re the God of heaven and earth. I know what You’re like, in a measure, and I simply believe. I’m trusting You, Lord. You can do what I can’t.

That principle applies to me, this morning. God is able to do what I cannot do in me. He’s the only one that can engineer the solutions that you and I need in our lives right now. And we are called to the same faith that Abraham was called to. To stand in faith and to just believe God in the face of everything, and say, Lord, I give it over to You.

You know, sometimes we go through different stages in learning how to walk in faith. One of the stages, of course, is trying to do it yourself, continually trying to beat your head against the wall and do the impossible, change yourself. And God has a way of just bringing you down and just continually showing you, no you can’t. Yes, I can. No, you can’t. Yes, I can. And we go around and around and around until we finally say, all right, Lord, I give up. You’re right. I can’t. But then there’s another side, another ditch that you can fall into. That ditch is okay, God, You said you’re gonna do it.

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So we go to sleep and say, all right, God, just do it. We throw down all our…we quit trying. We quit doing anything. We just say, all right, Lord. I’m just gonna lay here in my easy chair, wake me up when it’s over. I’m gonna wake up in glory and you will have done it all. I had no part to play. Do you think it’s that way?

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Of course it’s not. Some of you will remember the…years and years ago now, it’s receding into history almost…when the Lord was delivering Judy. And they reached a point where it seemed like they were just kind of beating their heads against the wall trying to help her. They’d cast out the devils and they’d come back in, cast out the devils and they’d come back in. And finally, the Lord showed them what was going on. He said that Judy wasn’t put forth any effort. And so they began to encourage her.

You know there really is a divine partnership in this Christian life. Just because we are unable, doesn’t mean we don’t do , it just means that we hitch our wagon to the real source of power and not to the one that we think we have. We act, but we act with an expectation and in accordance with the promise of God. And we expect Him to supply the help and the energy.

And I’ve been through this, this week, so this is real fresh. The Lord wanted me to experience something so that I could tell you about it. So in case you ever hear about anybody that experiences some of this, you’ll know what to tell them. Come on, you’re supposed to laugh a little louder than that.

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Oh, my. These are such easy things to fall into. But there’s such a simplicity in just believing God, trusting Him with the issues that face us now. That’s what Abraham had to do. That’s what faith in the promise translated into. Lord, I trust You, right where I’m at. I don’t see anything. I don’t see anything happening. You’re allowing me to just kind of go on. It seems every day is kind of like the same, and yet it doesn’t seem like anything is happening, but I’m still trusting You, Lord.

Do you trust God with the issues that are part of your life right now? Can you accept the fact that He is working in you and allowing things that are happening in your life? Can you trust Him with them, or you’re gonna be like Abraham and say, well, the Lord is not gonna fulfill this promise. It looks like I’ve got to do it. So, you know how he engineered bringing forth a son by Hagar, and all that brought was trouble.

But I’ll tell you what, God is so faithful. God didn’t throw him out, did He? God’s not gonna throw you and me out. I’m so glad because I have walked…I have fallen in these ditches so many times, it’s ridiculous. And He hasn’t thrown me out. He continues to come back so lovingly, so patiently, and He reaches His hand down and says, all right, let’s try this again. Let’s get on the Rock. Let’s get back on the path, here. I’ve given you a promise. I’m making you like My Son. I want you to trust Me with the things that I let happen in your life. I want you, not only just trust Me, but thank Me. Recognize that it’s My love that’s allowing these things.

Do you feel especially weak? Is there something that is weakening you, right now? Can you just say, thank You Lord?

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Because, My strength is made perfect in your weakness. If I let you just feel your oats, you’d think you didn’t need me. But I love you. But right now what I’m calling you to do is to continue to trust My promise. Continue to look to Me. Continue to put it all in My hands just like Abraham did, just like you entered the Kingdom.

This is the same way we walk. Lord, Your promise is that You will help me today with this issue, and that I can get up in the morning tomorrow and I can be further down the path if I’ll just trust in You. And even, if it doesn’t feel like I’m further down the path, Lord, I’m just gonna stand in faith. I’m gonna receive that Your hand works in me today and let You change me. I’m gonna recognize that I need changing.

Lord, break down the resistance of my will in all of this. Break down that pride that stands in the way. Help me just to come to that place where I just stretch forth my hands and say, Lord, I need a Savior and You’re the only one around. I’m putting my hope and my trust in You, this day. And I know that You’re gonna bring me through because You are able and I am not. Is this relevant to anybody here?

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Yeah. And you know, of course, the issue is that none of this happens in a vacuum, does it? We’ve got an enemy of our souls who is scared to death that we’ll get some of this. He is going to do everything in his power—he ‘is’ doing everything in his power to oppress minds and hearts, and to fill us with fear, fill us with unbelief.

What is our defense? What is our defense? “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”(KJV). That’s in 1st Peter 5, isn’t it? That would be a good scripture to get to. Because he says, “Be self-controlled and alert.” Verse 8. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.…” (NIV). Well, what’s the foundation of faith? It’s the Word of God!

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If the devil is oppressing your mind with something, he is going to be lying to you and to me about something. What he is telling you will be contrary to what God’s Word says and I’m gonna stand on what God says!

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If he says something and you sort of entertain that, what you saying is, well, maybe God’s Word isn’t really true, after all. Maybe I can trust the devil more than I can trust God. Seriously? “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because…” Why? “…Because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Now, connect this to all of what we’ve read. “And the God of all grace…” Not the God of some grace, not the God of a little bit of help here and there, but the God of all grace, everything we need! He freely gives us all things. Romans chapter 8. “…The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

That’s a pretty good promise. Man, I’m about to be encouraged by that. Thank God! Oh, you see our part and you see His part? Our part is to hold steady in the boat, and believe and obey, and act like we believe Him.

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And stand firm and resist and fight this good fight of faith. We’ve got our part to play, but it’s not to earn it. It’s simply to walk in harmony with it and to be believers in the promise of God. And I’ll tell you, we who stand in that and have been called to it, we will inherit all of this because of Him. It’s not because we deserve it, it’s because of His promise and His grace toward us. Thank God!

And that’s why he concludes with verse 11. “To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Thank God. Well, I need some encouragement this week. I’ve certainly been in this ditch and in that ditch, and hopefully coming to the point where it’s not like…first you try, then you say okay, God, you’re just gonna have to do it. I’m not even gonna try. Of course, the devil comes in, and you just lay there and take it. That doesn’t work. No. We’ve got to get up on our hind legs and act like children of faith and believe His promise.

And I’ll tell you, there’s gonna be energy come in, there’s gonna be strength come in that’s not from us. It’s His promise. It’s part of those ‘all things’ that He freely gives. He is not gonna stop short of fulfilling His purpose for everyone that puts their trust in Him. And I want to be one of those and He’s gonna get the glory. Praise God!

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