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TV Broadcast #1121

Standing by Sitting
Conclusion

March 30, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1121 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! Are we gonna reckon on what God says, or are we just gonna try to feel something, feel our way through life? You know, I’m not trying to say anything negative about what you said. I believe God can give us a sense of His presence and His reality. But it isn’t a feeling, as in emotion, that we always have. We don’t go through life with euphoria. There are a lot of tears. There are a lot of times when we have…but yet, there’s something deeper than all of that. And that’s a rest that’s all the way down in our soul that we know we’re in God’s hands, and He is with us.

( congregational response ).

And it’s gonna turn out all right because His hand is around us. We’re in Christ’s hand, and Christ is in the Father’s hand, and there ain’t no devil in Hell that can unwrap that!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! “…He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” (NIV). His pleasure! His pleasure and will, not based upon us! This is something He just longed to do because of His heart of love. To what? “…To the praise of his glorious grace…” This is that divine enablement that comes and makes all this possible. “…Which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

Oh, man, is this out of our hands or not? This is something God did! This is the foundation for all of our doing and all of our standing. If we don’t get this, we’re gonna be struggling in our own strength to do something that…He’s already given us everything we need.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us…” Doesn’t sound like He’s stingy at all, does it to you? “…He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

He’s not missing a trick. You think He started out to do something and didn’t figure on something happening? Oh no! He’s got all the wisdom, all the understanding that anyone could ever need to make all this real, make it all happen.

“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment….” Now think about this, in the context of history! God is looking…yes, there’s coming a day that is gonna be the evil day of evil days, but there’s something happening after that. There’s a climax! There’s a point in history when everything God has ever purposed, stuff that He planned before He ever made the first star, when all of that’s gonna come together and happen. We don’t have to guess how the story turns out. This isn’t a story. This is the unfolding of a plan, of a God, and there isn’t a devil in hell that can stop what He has set in motion.

( congregational amens ).

Folks, I want to rest in that.

( congregational amens ).

I want to build my hope on that, and not on anything in me, because there is nothing in me that I can count on! But I can count on Him and His purpose and His promise. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

And what is that purpose? “…To be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment,” There’s a date on God’s calendar when He said, this is the day. You think Heaven’s looking forward to that? Man, I am. “…To bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

Do you begin to get the picture? You’ve got a sovereign God who’s working out something that is sure? What a foundation that we have to stand upon! All right, “…the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

Oh my, it won’t be for ours, will it? We’re gonna stand there, and all we’re gonna say is, oh God, what a great God You are, what mercy, what a purpose, what a love there is that’s beyond all that we could possibly imagine.

“And you also were included in Christ…” Now He brings it into the present. “…When you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”

I mean, you see the hand of God, the sovereign hand of God at every point. And you know, back in chapter 6, it talks about the power. Be strong in His power, His mighty power. We don’t have to guess what that’s about, do we? You just go right back to chapter 1, and read Paul’s prayer in verse 17, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

See, we know Him, but we sure need to know Him better. There’s a lot I don’t know. There’s a lot I don’t really have straight, like I should. I don’t see it as clearly as I should. I need to grow! There are things He longs to teach me, and I may not be there yet, to where I can understand some things He wants to share. But, as we grow, as we learn, we’re gonna get stronger and stronger, and have a clearer and clearer picture.

But what is it that’s He’s after? “…So that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart…” These are the eyes that need to be opened. We see too much with these eyes. I want to see with these eyes. That they, “…may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.”

A hope is an expectation of something that is certain, that hasn’t come yet, within time. Hope, as God uses the term, is not a wish. It’s not, I sure would like it to turn out that way. I’m not at all sure that it will, but I sure hope it does. No. This is an absolute certainty. This is the promise of a God who cannot lie, who says, this is gonna happen.

( congregational amens ).

Well, my hope is in that! My ears need to be closed to the voices that would tell me different, that would say, you’re no good. He doesn’t love you, this, that and the other, a 1,001 things that would swallow us up, and cause us to think this world is where it’s at, pleasing ourselves in this world. There are so many voices that will absolutely scream in your head, and if you don’t turn a deaf ear to them, they will lead you down the wrong path.

( congregational amens ).

But God has set a hope before us. Man, that’s what I want to look at! Abraham looked, “…for a city…whose builder and maker is God.” (KJV). He didn’t listen to the voices that would cause him to say, just give up on God, it’s been too long, you did something wrong, something’s wrong. Oh no. God promised! And I believe it! And I’m basing my entire life upon the hope that He has given to me through His promise. We have a God who is able to promise things. He’s able to call things are not…

( congregational response ).

…As though they were. That’s kind of how He did with the creation. It didn’t exist. Was that a problem to Him? No! He said, let there be, and there was! That’s all it takes. That’s the God that we serve today. And I’ll tell you, He’s still in the business of creating, too. You’ll see that in a second. Praise the Lord!

But anyway, what Paul wanted them to understand, and think about this again, in the context of verse 10 of chapter 6, where he says, “…be strong in the Lord.” (NIV). What he wanted them to get was verse 19, “and his incomparably great power…” That’s power you cannot compare to anything else.

And what is that power for? Is it just so we can say, wow? No, it’s for us! Put your name in there! His incomparably…this power that you cannot compare to anything else, it is for you, and you, and you, and me. That’s what it’s for. It’s not just, ‘oh, I’m a great God, I want you to say, wow.’ This is power that I have unleashed, and it’s for you! That’s why Ephesians 6:10 makes sense. It rests upon this early part of the book.

All right, “That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.” Now here we are, down here on earth facing not just what’s happening in society, but the real power that’s behind it, that not only is herding the world into a kingdom that is going to be ruled over by the devil as we have never seen it, but is opposing us on an individual level, and doing everything in its power to undermine.

But on the other side, we have a God who has unleashed a power that is just like what it took to get Jesus out of that tomb, when all hell would have kept him there. And not just to say, okay, now you’re back on the surface, but to put Him on a throne. Praise God!

But not just a throne! Listen to what he says about that throne! It’s, “…far above all rule…” not just above, “…far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” Now, relate that to chapter 6. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, we wrestle against this other kingdom. But we’ve got a Savior who’s far above all of that!

( congregational amens ).

He has all the power that we could ever need. Folks, there’s nothing that’s gonna happen…there may be all kinds of bad things from our point of view that happen, but there’s nothing that’s gonna happen that He doesn’t have full control over.

( congregational amens ).

That He’s not using for ultimately to fulfill His purpose in a people, to bring them safely to that day that he has appointed on His calendar, when Jesus splits the sky, and this world’s system will be toast—burnt toast.

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything…” Why? “…For the church…” That’s how intimately we…and it says, “…which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” God’s not satisfied with bringing the head to a throne and putting Him there. He is going to bring every member of Christ, every part of Him. We are part of Him! He will not rest until every part of Christ is there. Oh my, do we need this down in the valley when…

( congregational response ).

Yeah. We need to live with this reality so that we don’t have to listen to…we know we don’t have to listen to the stupid lies that come into our head. We know we can point him right back and say, devil, I don’t care what I feel. I don’t care what things look like.

You know, I was thinking about the man who preached the sermon, the series, Watchman Nee, and how he ended his life. There are all kinds of things that were said about his imprisonment. I don’t know how many of them are 100 percent accurate. But the fact is, the last couple of decades roughly, or so, in his life, he lived as a prisoner.

You think maybe he had to do some standing, some trusting? All of his life he’d been out there preaching the Word and seeing church groups multiply all over China. Somebody that’s become known around the world and there he is stuck in prison. I’ll tell you what, our standing doesn’t always make circumstances change. God is looking to change us. Wow!

( laughter ).

Where’d the time go? Well.

( laughing ).

Maybe this is what needed to be emphasized. Let me get to one thing here. Because the amazing thing is, when you get to chapter 2, you discover where we started out in all of this. We were dead! Now, we can help Him out a lot, right?

( laughter ).

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This is kind of all up to Him. “…You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.”

Is that not what’s happening in the world? “Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” God’s power intervened in this impossible situation! “…You have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and…” Did what?

( congregational response ).

“…Seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” You kind of see where the ‘sit’ part comes? I’m tempted to say, saints, take your seats.

( laughter ).

God has given us a place. How many times are we feeling down here, under, unable, when God says, I’ve put you on a throne? You need to look at life, you need to look at your own life from a different point of view. God has put you right there with Him. When you stand against the devil, He is in you. It’s not just you trying to somehow cope with all of this. It’s Him in you working out the salvation that has been completely given to us! Praise God!

“…It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works….”

Created! This is not do-it-yourself religious reform. This is a brand new creation! This is a new life! That’s a life that has the power to live for Him, the power to stand. But how we need to get this in our brains! Boy, there’s so much more to this. I just…anyway, Praise God! That’s all right. We need to just give out what you can take in, and what the Lord can emphasize on a particular occasion. Oh my, is there some rich truth here?

( congregational response ).

You go through those points of armor, and you think back of all the things, the helmet of salvation. You know, I see a lot of things in that. But one thing that jumped out at me as I was thinking about it in the last little bit, a day or so particularly, is the knowledge that I need a Savior. I don’t need a coach.

This is truly salvation, and so my response to everything is to yield to Him, to believe in His provision for me, and not to struggle in myself! It’s salvation! It’s a way of thinking. It’s a different way of looking at every situation! We do not react that way. But as we learn, God will absolutely change our hearts and our minds, and the righteousness, the breastplate that God has put there is not mine! I was given that by Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

It’s His righteousness that has been given to me!

( congregational amens ).

And the Truth that girds me in the middle, that’s all that we’ve been talking about. It goes right back to a right understanding of a sovereign God who planned all of this from before the foundation of the world, and has declared what’s gonna happen at the end. That’s Truth that can help me to stand.

And what about the feet shod with the preparation that comes from the gospel of peace? We sang it this morning. “He is our peace.” He is our peace, chapter 2. You go through this. He Himself is our peace when we understand what He’s done for us to make us one with Him, and one with each other.

Folks, we got a place to plant our feet and say, yes, devil, I don’t have to listen to you. My standing is not based upon me, it’s based upon Jesus! I have peace with God because He gave me peace with God! I didn’t earn this! I have a right to take my stand against you.

And you go on, and I can’t even remember some of the rest of them. That’s all right…the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Do you know what we need? It’s the same thing you see in Revelation 12, where they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, with the word of their testimony. It’s when all this truth that we hear and we give mental assent to, becomes our confession. It becomes truth that is so real to us, it becomes a conviction.

And like David, we can say the battle is not ours but the Lord’s! I’m gonna go and take this giant’s head off! You know, he’s no problem, because it’s His battle! There was a conviction. There was a confession that flowed out of a conviction. That conviction rested upon Truth.

Folks, we don’t need fairy tales. We need the Word of God. We need a revelation of what God has done in this salvation, and His eternal purpose that we see. I guess for you it’s going this direction, isn’t it? But oh, what a glorious thing when God can enable us to take His Truth in our mouths and say, devil, this is what God says. And it’s not just something I heard in Sunday School. This is true. This is my conviction, too. I’m gonna confess this in the face of your lies!

This is where we can strike back at the devil. He’s gonna fire everything he can at us! Folks, we have something we can strike back at. And it is a conviction founded upon the Word of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ. We can say, this is what…this is the truth, devil, in response to your lies. And here I stand. And devils will back down. They may keep on fighting, but they know they cannot beat that.

I mean it’s not like we’re trying to make circumstances change. Like I said, Watchman Nee…he got up for something like 18 years, and every morning there he was still in the same place. Paul was in the same place many times. He was in prison for years! He was in prison when he wrote this. God gave him the opportunity to share all this glorious truth with us. It wasn’t about making earthly circumstances change.

It was about building character and faith that could stand regardless of whether God’s purpose was to change something, to deliver somebody from a fiery furnace, or to enable, like many of the martyrs, to stand there and say, I serve Jesus. You can put me to death. You can stone me, but I worship Him, and I’m gonna give a ringing testimony because He is worth my life. He is worth everything to serve.

And I’ll tell you, we have a God who’s gonna have a people who will know Him. The battles you and I fight today are building us. They’re getting us ready, and we have a God who has promised to be with us, a Lord who’s promised to be with us to the end of the age.

Oh I’ll tell you, I believe Heaven is in joyful anticipation. They’re looking down here, and they’re saying, oh my God, how long? But at the same time, there’s a joyful anticipation of that day that’s coming. Are you anticipating that?

( congregational response ).

Oh I tell you, I am with all my heart. I praise God for His faithfulness. If you’re under the circumstances this morning, start confessing what He says. Start standing upon that. Start saying, Lord, You have given me every grace that I need to stand, whether my feelings change, whether the circumstances change.

It’s like what happened with Danny the other day. There wasn’t anything external that changed, but there was something that changed in here. It was just a simple realization. Hey, Lord, I don’t have to try to get You to come. You’re here. Thank You. It’s such a simple thing.

Those are the things that get us, aren’t they? It’s the simple things. But we have a faithful God, and He has given us a hope that can never fail, and to Him be the glory. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).