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TV Broadcast #1106

Our Need of His Presence
Part One

December 15, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1106 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God for what He’s given us in the Lord Jesus! Made us heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and it’s certainly not because we’re anything special, or that we’ve done anything special, but simply because of His own love and His own character, His own choice, His own plan, His own mercy from the foundation of the world. Praise the Lord!

You know, long ago there was a people enslaved in Egypt, weren’t there? And they were a part of God’s plan. But God, at the perfect time, He instituted means of their deliverance, didn’t He?

And you know, I was reading that, I think it was yesterday, but anyway, reading the Bible chronologically, you come to certain things at certain times. And, they too were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, weren’t they? That was what God used the night before their deliverance to make a difference between His people and the people of Egypt. Every family took a lamb and they killed it in a prescribed manner. They put the blood over the doorpost of their dwellings, and there was an angel that came through that night to kill all the firstborn. But wherever he saw the blood, he passed over that household. Praise God!

I’ll tell you, we serve a God who does make a difference between His people and the people of the world, and I want to be one of His people.

( congregational amens ).

It’s a radical, radical choice to either be God’s or to be part of the world. And I think we’re going to see it more and more as time goes along, as we see the darkness enveloping our world. God has called us to live in that world awake and aware and as children of light. And so, the children of Israel, we know that many of them were really unbelievers at heart, but yet they had the privilege of seeing God bring them forth with a mighty hand. Nothing that the devil mounted against them could stand.

You know, God deliberately put them in a place where He knew that Pharaoh’s pride would drive him to go after the Israelites, and figure that since they were trapped by the Red Sea that they had the victory. I mean, they had an easy victory. They could just undo all the damage that had been done. They could get their slaves back.

And I’ll tell you, we live in a world today where God is sending a strong delusion upon people who do not want the truth. It’s not that He doesn’t reach out, but it’s that people resist that, and harden and choose their own way in the place of God’s way.

But anyway, Pharaoh had a plan, didn’t he? But God had another plan. And God actually turned that thing so completely around that everybody on the face of the planet heard about it. They knew that there was a God in Israel who was not like any other God that any nation served. And so, God just opened up a path through the sea, and as soon as the Israelites got through, the Egyptians figured, well, we can do this too. And they got in there and God used that for their destruction.

And all the children of Israel, all the Israelites, millions of them standing on the shore watching, seeing all the dead bodies. Not a single one survived of those that had gone in after them. And man they were jumping and shouting and rejoicing. But what was it that made the difference? God was with them, wasn’t He?

And you know, you see as soon as they get out of Egypt, what happens? There’s a cloud that appears in front of them. And these are people…they don’t know where to go. What do we do? Where do we go? But there was a cloud, and that cloud led them, absolutely, in the direction they were to go. And not only did it do it in the daytime, but at night it became light to them, didn’t it? There was never a time when they were alone, or in darkness and not knowing what to do or where to go. God always provided with His presence, and His angel was sent before them.

And when the Pharaoh’s army drew near them, what happened? You remember that cloud that was in front of them went around behind them…stood between them and the Egyptians. And it was light to the Israelites, it was darkness to the Egyptians. Praise God! I’ll tell you, we’ve got a mighty God, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

And so, they went on into the wilderness. They had all the experiences of seeing God’s mighty power at Sinai when He gave them the Law. They saw a whole mountain shake to the point where they were just…oh my God, we’re gonna die! And they saw the tremendous display of divine power. Now do you think on the grand scale, that was pretty minor for God?

( chuckling ).

Just scratch it with His fingernail a little bit. I mean, a God who can create galaxies and can create the universe just by speaking, that’s kind of a tiny little thing to shake a mountain, isn’t it? But, Praise God! He knows exactly how to make Himself known the right way at the right time.

And that’s something that gives me a lot of hope and confidence this morning. Not in myself, ‘cause I have nothing I can look to in here, but I’ve got everything in Him, who sent His Son to the cross, and He who—He who did that, will He not, “…also freely give us all things?” (KJV). Praise God! “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?” You ought to read the last part of Romans chapter 8. What a hope that we have in the Lord!

So anyway, they went on out in the desert, and you know, they went through this problem and that problem. The people murmured when they didn’t have water, and God showed them how to get water.

And anyway, after a lot of trials and troubles and…it’s interesting to me that in chapter 33 of Exodus, we find Moses asking what should be a strange…it sounds like a strange thing when you think about it in the context. In verse 12, “Moses said to the LORD, You have been telling me, Lead these people, but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.” (NIV).

I mean, here’s a guy who just stretched out his rod and saw God open the Red Sea, and all the wonders of Egypt, and now he’s still sensing, I’m out here and it’s a dangerous place. You’ve called me to do something that’s impossible. Oh God, what do I have to go on?

And you know, it’s a dangerous world that we live in. This isn’t just a story of ancient history. We live in a world, as I say, that’s getting darker and darker, and we know how it’s gonna end. We know the people of the world are going to sink into such a darkness that they will not expect the coming of the Lord. It will come to them as a total shock, and as a sudden destruction.

But there’s going to be a people that will be ready, and for them it will be a day of shouting and rejoicing, and of deliverance—a final, complete deliverance from all that this world stands for. So, what is wonderful to us and something to look forward to, is a terrifying thing for the world.

But you know, as I say, we live in a dangerous time. And you can see it in the…just in our culture, in things that are around us and what people are saying, what they’re thinking. You know, the Bible talks about a time when, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear…” And what was the cause of that fear? It’s, “…for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” They’re sensing danger. They’re sensing that it’s…things are really getting out of control. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. How can I face this future that I see?

I’ll tell you, we need to have a sense of who we are, and what God has provided for us. And this is what was troubling Moses at this particular time. Lord, you’ve told me, this is my destiny. I’m supposed to do this, but you haven’t told me who’s going with me. I’m feeling kind of out here alone. I’m on my own. I don’t know what…what am I supposed to do? Just kind of do it, and you’re gonna be standing aside watching. What’s going on?

“You have said, I know you by name and you have found favor with me. If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (NIV). Wow! That sounds like a prayer we ought to be praying.

( congregational amens ).

Because we are full of our own ways, folks! We’ve got ways of thinking. We’ve got ways of doing things, and viewpoints, ways of looking at life that are…that just come as natural as breathing. They come from our environment, and they don’t all come from the Lord, do they? We need the Lord. We need the Lord to teach us.

And, I find myself more and more that there’s prayers that just rise up, and I know they don’t come because I’m anything, they come because the Lord is stirring them up. You know, the scripture tells us we don’t know what to pray for but the Spirit helps us. And how many know what I’m talking about when sometimes you find yourself praying something, and it didn’t really originate in you? It just kind of comes. It flows. The Lord’s in it.

And I believe He’s stirring these kinds of desires in His people. Lord I need to know Your ways. God, I see which way the world is going but I’m one of yours. Oh God, I don’t want to just keep doing things my way. I know I’m here and I’m on a journey.

It’s like the people of Israel. They were going somewhere from somewhere. Well, so are we. God has delivered us from Egyptian bondage, the bondage to the systems of this world. He has brought us out with a mighty hand! He brought us out with the sacrifice of His Son at the cross! That’s the only thing that stood between us and utter disaster, was His death and His resurrection. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Oh, I hope that’s your hope this morning. If you’re still trying to muddle through life on your own, you need a Savior.

( congregational response ).

You don’t know what’s going on in this world. You don’t know what it’s really about. It’s not just about muddling through this world. There’s eternal, unseen issues going on. There’s a warfare between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light, and guess who wins? Praise God! But in the meantime, God has called His people to walk a walk of faith, walking through dangerous territory! What is it that’s gonna get us through?

Well, first of all, he senses, I need You to teach me. How many of you think you know it all? Now all of you 16, 17, 18-year-olds, you can exempt yourselves. We know you do!

( laughter ).

And we know it because we were that age one time, too. And we knew everything! But trust me, as you get older, you wise up a little. You realize, hey, I don’t know anything. In fact, I think the older you get the more you realize, oh God, I don’t know anything as I ought to know it. Lord, I am complete…I’m a complete doofus here. I just…unless you tell me what to do, I don’t know. But do you know that’s a good thing?

( congregational response ).

That’s a good thing because we’ve got somebody who’s promised never to leave us or forsake us. And He’s our wisdom. He’s everything that we need. And we just struggle, and we try in our own strength and wisdom to do things, and we have one that God has given to us. And just like the Israelites didn’t know what to do…were in a position where they were unable to provide for themselves, God made every provision! Oh, they were better off than when they were in Egypt. They just didn’t know it. How many people have clothes that never wear out?

( congregation inaudible ).

They didn’t have that in Egypt! How about food? Every morning, without them having to go out and plant and plow and do all those kinds of things, God gave them nourishing food every single morning. Now they complained about it, being people. They got tired of the ‘same-old same-old’ but God was faithful to them. They didn’t even get sick! My God, what a deal! What a Lord they had with them!

But anyway, Moses was still…he was just concerned at this point. There were doubts creeping into his mind. He felt the pressures of what he’d been called to. Anybody know what I’m talking about? You have this sense, Lord, I know you want something from me. I know we’re going somewhere but I feel…I’m just plagued with doubts and questions. What do I do?

And, “The LORD replied, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Isn’t that what we need? Isn’t that what we need, is God’s presence in our midst? What Moses said in response to that is interesting. He said, “Then Moses said to him, if your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

How many of you ever prayed like that? Said, Lord, if you’re not gonna bless and strengthen me, just take me on out of here. I can’t do anything. I’m helpless here. Lord, this is in your hands. Oh God, if you’re not gonna be with us, just let’s close the doors and go home…’cause we have nothing without Him. We sing the song, “Without Him I could do nothing.” Well that’s true all the way around.

“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

What an interesting question. Indeed! What is there about this rag-tag bunch of people here that distinguishes us from anybody else? Are we any better than anybody else? No! In fact, we have the encouraging words that God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise, and the weak things, things that are despised. So, welcome!

( laughter ).

It’s not who we are. It’s not what we are. But it’s the One we know that lives within us. We have nothing but Jesus! And if we don’t have Him, we don’t have anything.

( congregational amens ).

We need to be seeking Him more than any other thing, that His presence will become a greater reality in our lives and in our church. There is nothing that—there’s nothing else. There is nothing else! I don’t care what else happens. There’s nothing else!

You look at the church of Laodicea. They had all the stuff. They dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t.’ Everything was down, and they were practicing their religion…thought everything was great. The only problem was, Jesus was outside knocking to get in.

God, I don’t want to ever get to that place. If there is one thing we need, it’s not to come here and say, oh, you’ve expounded our doctrines well. That was so well put. God, we need…if we just stand up here and hem and haw, we need Jesus to come and with His presence and His life.

How many of you were here, oh good Lord, back in the late 60’s? There’s a few that are still…yeah, there’s still a good number that can raise their hands who remember. Remember what it was like when you’d come into services? It was electric. There was a presence of God. Now that was an unusual time. God had a time and a purpose, just as He did when He brought them out of Egypt. It was a time for a real demonstration of His presence. But I’ll tell you, the reality of that, however it manifested itself, we still need it! We still need Him! We need His presence.

And you look at down through these centuries, how often this truth comes, and you see God just be a wall of fire, as it expresses in the Prophets, around His people. There were enemies that would have loved to have crushed Israel many times, and God’s presence wouldn’t allow them. And then they’d wander, and He’d step back a little bit. Next thing you know, the enemies would be able to rush in. Then they’d cry out to Him, and He’d come to their rescue, and send somebody to their rescue.

But how many times did the Psalms expound this simple truth? “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (KJV). Think about what that means. That means God living with a human being. You think the devil fears our doctrines? Is he afraid of our singing? I’ll tell you what he’s afraid of, he’s afraid of the Christ…

( congregational amens ).

…His literal presence. There is…if you could see in the Spirit, you would see light. You would see power. You would see devils running in terror, not from us. They’re not afraid of you, not afraid of me, they’re afraid of Him.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, my! If there’s one…I can’t get away from this. We talked about it Wednesday night and Friday night a little bit. The one thing we need is simply Jesus. And God came, I believe He stirred up a lot of prayer back in those days. I believe He had something special that He wanted to do in the way of revealing Himself. And it was concerning the end of the age.

God gave us a real vision, a real insight into Satan’s kingdom, but also into how events were gonna unfold in the end of the age. We didn’t get the time right but I think the revelation was right. ‘Cause we saw it. I mean, time and time again in various ways, the Lord pulled the veil back and showed the world getting darker and darker and darker. But what else did He show?

( congregational response ).

He showed little groups of people that were seeking Him, and what was there around them?

( congregational response ).

Light! Some of you remember some of those visions, and some of those things that the Lord showed. Do you think that’s just fairy tale? No, that’s absolutely real. That’s as real as anything you can see. It’s more real than anything you can see.

I’ll tell you, the presence of God is what we need. If we come in here and we just go through a form, we have nothing. And I believe the Lord’s working. I’m not suggesting that’s going on. But I’m saying this is where we need to be pointed. This is what we need to focus on. In our individual lives we need to learn to live in His presence much more than we do. We need to be conscious of Him.

How skilled we are at making a difference between church stuff, God stuff, and my stuff. See you later, Lord. I’m gonna go do my stuff. Oh, God! Help us to walk, even in the mundane things that we deal with every single day, and never leave His presence. He wants to be real when you’re doing the simplest things. When you’re doing the laundry, when you’re doing your homework, He wants to be there.

He wants to have a communion with…I mean, this is God we’re talking about…actually wants to have a relationship with you and with me! You talk about love in its out-working. Oh, that’s incredible! And we’re so quick to just dismiss Him and go off and do our things. Oh, what would it be like if we looked to Him, and if we sought Him, and we cried out to Him and we said, oh God, we can’t live without Your…without You being real to us! Teach us Your ways, Lord. Oh God, help us to cultivate that sense of Your presence with us.