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TV Broadcast #1081

Living by His Life

June 23, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1081 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: You and I, we just absolutely, without question, live under the dominion of Adam far more than we realize. And we deny it. We justify it. We accept it. We struggle in the flesh against it. And we stay right where we’re at. Well, suppose you had tried to deal with the forgiveness of sins issue that way. That’s how some people do it! They’ll deny it. They’ll justify it. They’ll struggle against it, trying to be what they think God…trying to earn their way in. What happens when you do that? What happens when a sinner stays in that place? They’re gonna stay in that place, aren’t they? It’s not that there’s anything lacking in what Christ did, but they have no access to it because they’re not willing to come just as they are in faith and access, believe that that promise is theirs. That the right to claim that has been won by what Jesus did, and not by anything they could ever do. Oh, praise God!

But isn’t that the same thing that I need when something wants to rise up in me, and I’m in a hurry, and somebody’s traveling slow in my lane ahead of me? And that old Enlow and Truesdale impatience…well, it’s the Adamic impatience. I just happened to get a good shot of it down my family line. It just wants to rare up, and I’d like to give them a piece of my mind. The problem is I’m running out of pieces.

( laughter ).

But anyway, how do we handle that? That’s the thing. God, give us a spiritual sensitivity not just to accept the way are and live that way but to realize that God wants us to live not by our own strength, but by Christ in us, that we can literally go to Him and receive something real from Him just like we receive the forgiveness of sins! We can receive His life and go forth. So it isn’t just bringing self to the cross, it’s taking something away. There is an exchange.

( congregational amens ).

We use the scripture about how Christ became sin for us that, “…we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV). And we use that correctly as a positional thing, a legal transaction. He took the guilt of my sin. God absolutely brought His justice to bear upon our sins, except that they were born by Another. And so, justice has been served. And God is therefore free legally to forgive us completely and to extend mercy to us and grace and help.

But I tell you, it’s not any different when we come to Him with respect to the issues and the needs that we have every single day. God doesn’t expect us to live this Christian life on our own or just to flounder and say, oh well, it’s all taken care of. God wants us to grow.

And that’s kind of what he says here, “…Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted.…” Now you’ve got the sense there as we’ve used this scripture in the past…you’ve got a living thing here, don’t you? This is not simply a building that’s kind of stuck in the ground on a foundation. That’s another way to look at it, but this is a living organism.

This is a plant. This is something that has life in it. But it’s in a place where it can draw the nutrients that it needs in order to be the healthy plant that it was intended to be. And obviously, Christ is the only source of anything that you and I could ever hope to need.

Man, I need Him. I need Him this morning. I just sense it. And yet, I have to constantly go back and remind myself of what Paul said. When I’m weak, I’m strong. God has to bring us to places where we truly feel our need. And man, do I feel it this morning. That’s the main reason I was wrestling with God. Lord, surely there’s something else here this morning. Surely there’s something else that You want to do. Then nothing else happened…and I couldn’t get certain thoughts off my brain. So, what do you do?

But don’t we all face that same thing in one form or another? We all face impossibilities that we would simply…okay, that must not be for me. That’s not…I just can’t handle that. I can’t do that. The thing is, God isn’t expecting you in your natural strength to be anything. Oh, what a privilege it is to be able to take our brokenness with complete honesty and simply bring it to Him and know that we can be accepted. We are accepted in the beloved.

Do we really believe that we can come to Him just as we are, and find grace and love and strength and help? That was one of the things. I couldn’t get away from that song. “I come empty to be filled.” “I come broken to be mended.” So it isn’t just coming to Him in what we call salvation where it’s like ‘the event.’ This is coming to Him continually. We live the same way we started out, the same principle. It never changes. We can access real help and strength.

I read something…I had a scripture come to me, I guess, and somehow, I went right to it. That should have given me a clue. In John chapter 6, and it gives us just a little bit of an insight into Jesus Himself and the example that He sets for us. Now, this is the place where He talked about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, and there’re a lot of different truths woven into this. One of them has to do with the fact that fact that the people had to receive Jesus, though He was a flesh and blood man, as a real representative of God and one that had God’s Words that they were responsible to hear.

That is in there. That’s part of it…and also the fact that His flesh and His blood was given for the life of the world. There was a faith that had to be removed from their traditions and from their sacrifices, and placed in what Jesus did for once and for all. That was the sacrifice that ended every other sacrifice. And so they had to see Him as the Lamb that God sent into the world to take the sins of the world away so that God could forgive. That’s part of it.

But in the course of this, He says in verse 57, “Just as the living Father....” Interesting, it doesn’t say, the Father. You know the source of all life is God Himself. The life that He possesses, that He is, is the only real life there is. It’s a life that cannot be corrupted. It cannot die. Nothing can happen to it. It will absolutely obliterate everything else. It will prevail over everything else. There is a life that He has.

Man, I’ll tell you, if Satan is in a certain place, let’s say…there’s a certain place of real darkness. All you have to do is have God show up. It’s over. Devils will run and scream in terror. They cannot stand His presence. Man, that’s why we need to seek His presence and desire it. He’s with us, but He wants us to enter into it!

That’s a lot of what was said this morning. It’s an exercise of our faith, because the life that animates God is incredible. It’s something beyond our imagining. And we were never designed to operate independently from Him. Do you know that? From the very beginning, the human race was designed to have the life of God living within, and not just to sort of obey Him as though we were separate beings. But there was a living connection that was meant to happen, so that it was His life living in us that animates everything we do.

It doesn’t make us clones. It makes us what God intended us to be. Each one is unique! But where does the energy come from? Where does the inspiration come from? It needs to come from Him.

Well, listen to what Jesus said, “Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father.…” I ain’t gonna try to unwrap the theology of that, but I’ll tell you this, when Jesus lived in this world, there was a dependence upon the Father that I don’t think many people understand. They think, oh, He was the Son of God, He could do anything. He didn’t come that way. He came as a man. He said I can do…

( congregational response ).

…Nothing. Without Him, I can do nothing. There was an understanding of why He was there, who He was, but an understanding of His own state, and His own need, His own humanness. And He understood that the only way He could fulfill the Father’s will was simply moment by moment to look to His Father, and drink in His life, and allow that life to be the source of the energy and the words, the wisdom, the deeds, everything that He did. He said, it’s the Father who lives in me who does the work, right?

( congregational response ).

You can find it in several places, that same sense that Jesus lived with such a complete oneness and dependence upon His Father. He absolutely relied on Him for everything, but is that not a picture of what He seeks for us? Oh, how we delude ourselves that we’re adequate, that we can do stuff. But what did Jesus say in the parable of the vine and the branches? Without Me, you can do…

( congregational response ).

…Nothing. So let’s flip that around and say, if you’re doing something and you think that it’s something, by the measure of Heaven, it’s nothing. There’s a whole lot of nothing being done in this world, stuff that will never last, never amount to anything. It will wind up on the ash heap of history. It will be burned up.

Everything about this world is going to be history…and it’s hard to imagine it can go on a heck of a lot longer. This world is winding down. We’re seeing the spirit that is being allowed to take over this world. But God, in the midst of that, is calling out a people. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I keep getting reports from other parts of the world that are just very, very encouraging about how God is reaching under the radar, outside denominations, outside of a whole lot of things. God is reaching people. There are people turning to God in remote areas of China, in Iran. There’s a strong movement of people who are coming to Christ in Iran in the midst of all of that. I’ll tell you what, God is gonna get His job done in the midst of all of this, but just as He did with His Son!

How did His Son do it? He lived because of the Father! “Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” Kind of paste that together. Connect the dots, like we say, with other things that He says. How do we live? Man, I need His life literally flowing into me.

( congregation inaudible ).

Well, how does that happen? Is that just sort of an automatic thing where I go to sleep? No, God wants you and me to participate in faith. I have the right, not just to bring my brokenness to Him, but to expect that He’s going to help me, that He’s going to work in me. Now a lot of people will come, and they will expect the big experience where they enter into ‘the deeper life.’

I suffered from the effects of a lot of that teaching, and I don’t think that was the intent of it. I think there were real men of God who did in fact experience a relationship with God that was what God intended. It was really normal Christianity. Everything else is subnormal. Everything else is missing out on what God has provided for us and how He intends for us to live.

Do you really believe you and I can be different than we are? But one of the problems, as I say, is when people suddenly try to lay hold of this and think okay, here’s the button, and I’m gonna push it, and everything’s gonna be wonderful. And then you run up on a saint of God like Corrie Ten Boom who describes her struggles with anger, with impatience, stuff still trying to rise up, and she’s still having to bring it to the throne, still having to lay hold of grace. That should give us a testimony. Folks, that should allow us to realize that we’re all in the same boat.

( congregational amens ).

The apostle Paul was in the same boat. He wasn’t somebody way up here who had just broken into the clear. This was somebody who struggled every single day with real issues, and they didn’t come from out there. They came from in here. And every time it did, it brought him to that place of humility and dependence.

And if we’ll deal with it that way, straight up…Lord, I am what You say, but I bring it to the cross, and I bring it in faith that there is a provision that was laid up for me there! I don’t have to just bring it to the cross! I can take something from the resurrection away. Your promise is that, it’s not I that lives, but it’s Christ that lives in me.

You know, he talks about in Ephesians chapter 4, Christ dwelling in our hearts. Who can remember the next phrase? “By faith.” Praise God! It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? But this is normal Christianity. This is not some…I mean this has gotten treated as deeper-life stuff over the generations. God help us.

It seems like the church world has been all about getting people to sign on the dotted line, pray the magic prayer and become Christians, and then go out and work for Jesus! Oh God, bring us back to the reality of what He has called us to be, to grow up into Him, who is the Head, even Christ, to become like Him! There’s nothing I can do but just present myself to Him and say, Lord, this is beyond anything I could ever engineer, but I give myself to You. But I recognize You’ve given me everything that I need in Jesus Christ.

( congregational response ).

It’s not something I have to deserve or earn or work for, but I just receive it by faith. How many of you know what I’m talking about? How many of you have ever been in a place where you just felt the impossibility of something—something in yourself? You couldn’t be what you wanted to be, but God somehow gave you the faith to say Lord, I need Your help. I need You to do something in here so that I can be different, not just act different, ‘be’ different!

( congregational response ).

And the Lord heard your prayer. And you found the ability to love somebody that you’d struggled with. Oh God, help us to learn that this is what He wants. This truth of the exchanged life is a real truth, but it’s not just for the special few. This is what God desires for every one of us…to come in and when your life wants to keep up its heels, to trade that in. That’s a different way to put it. Let’s bring it to Him and say Lord, this is a mess. It’s what it is. I’m trading this in. I want Your life instead.

( congregational amens ).

Do we really want that, or do we want to cling to self and justify self? Oh God, give us that heart that longs to be like Him and longs to reach out and believe Him. I’ll tell you, we can enter into things that we have never entered into.

I’m not trying, again, to preach super Christianity. This is normal Christianity. This is how we grow and change. It isn’t by imposing greater discipline and greater rules on ourselves and all that…if it’s just an expression of self and self-effort. It’s coming to the place where we recognize just the same way I got into this…I got in by stopping trying.

I came to a day when I realized there’s nothing I could do, but I could come to Him just as I am. No plea, but that He died for me. That’s all He was looking for. He’s satisfied with what He did. There’s nothing anybody can add to that. He’s completely satisfied with that. So I reached the point where I realized that’s my hope. There’s no other. But just the same way, that’s how He wants us every one to live, every single day. Praise God! Praise the Lord.

Well, in case you couldn’t tell, this was not a sermon. This is just trying to express thoughts that I believe the Lord is seeking to bring to me. I want to get over some of the feelings that I’ve lived with, and I just confess the need. But I believe God wants us to just simply be what we are, but recognize that these truths are normal Christianity. They are for us. They are for everybody here. We are made of the same stuff. There are no super Christians. There’s one Super Savior…

( congregational amens ).

…Who has everything we need. And all He’s looking from any one of us is simple honesty and faith and laying hold of what He has said and what He has promised. Every virtue, every strength that you and I need is there. Just as the vine draws all of its life, or the branch rather, from the vine, that’s what the Lord is looking for from every one of us. May God enable me. May God enable every one of us to just lay hold of this. I just pray that…well, I know He will.

( congregational response ).

I don’t believe He’s brought this to my mind just to have the same thing happen that happened with that youth group so many years ago, where I walked out and I felt like, what in the world was that about? Man, I was preaching way over my head and theirs, and that was totally irrelevant to them. They didn’t have a clue what I was talking about.

Oh well, there’s no do-overs in that sort of thing. So just live and learn. But, I see it differently now, I believe, in a measure. This is for us. This is relevant truth. This is basic Christianity. We’re gonna have to get everything pertaining to life and Godliness, how? Through the precious promises of God. See, it comes from everywhere. That’s 2nd Peter 1. Everything—all things He’s given to us that pertain to life and Godliness have been given to us through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And in that regard, we have many great and precious promises. Well, we have promise of forgiveness of sins, and we believe that, and we receive the forgiveness of sins. Why do we sort of not understand the other half of it? Okay, now that’s the way I’m supposed to live. I see this need in me. I bring it to You, but I also take something away. I find the grace and the strength to begin to change. Okay, it rises up five minutes later. Well, do the same thing!

( congregational response ).

We just continue to live, and we continue to see progress until His life replaces ours. We’re gonna exchange it piece by piece and take His bit by bit. Praise God! Praise the Lord. I’m just so thankful for what the Lord has given to us. It takes the burden off of self, trying somehow to be what we aren’t and could never be. It allows Him to just change us by the impartation of that divine life and that divine nature. And that’s the only thing that can set us free and make us what He wants us to be.

( congregational response ).

And it’s as sure as the power of His life and the certainty of His promise. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Praise the Lord!