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TV Broadcast #1142

Letting Go
Part Two

August 24, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1142 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you, I have this sense, more and more. I feel like I see it more and more clearly, and I’ve said this before, but we think of God as light, don’t we? “God is light…” Scripture says that. “…In him there is no darkness at all.” (NIV). But what is that? It is the very life, the very character, the very nature of God Himself, that just shines with a power, with a glory. It’s His nature!

And you talk about the moral fabric of the universe, you’re not talking about a set of rules set up by a bully! You’re talking about the very nature of things! God’s nature is to love! He doesn’t have to make a rule, ‘thou shalt love.’ It’s His nature to do it! This is how He works!

It’s only where His Spirit…what His Spirit fills, and where His Spirit reigns, that any purpose of His can be fulfilled! There’s nothing but strife outside of His Spirit! There’s nothing but darkness! There’s nothing but confusion and death! But where He reigns, His life reigns! His love reigns! His character reigns!

It’s in that context, where He lives, that our highest happiness can be fulfilled. “In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (KJV). Do you think there are any pleasures down here? They’re nothing compared to what we have in Him, what He’s planned for us. All of the capacity that He has built into us for enjoyment and love and pleasure will be completely fulfilled. Why? Because it’s His life!

When He’s talking about us being brought to glory, He’s talking about us becoming filled with His life! All that went before is gone! There is not one atom of our human nature that is infected by sin that is left! It is His nature entirely! And I’ll tell you, we’re gonna, “…shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” as Jesus said. (NIV). And we’re gonna do it because He has given us Eternal life! That life is in His Son. Oh, praise God! What an awesome thing it is! What an awesome thing that He has done for us!

But think about the men who brought this message. They had, many of them, to endure watching Him suffer and die, and not get it—not understand why He did it. He had told them over and over again, I’m gonna suffer, I’m gonna die, but I’m gonna rise again. And they forgot all about it, and when it happened they were in dismay.

But then, there came that day when all of a sudden they began to see Him, not as He was, but as He became, full of the life of God, brimming with God’s life and God’s power, sin and death could not touch Him! They saw His hands. They knew it was Him. The marks were still there to show who it was. But they met the risen Christ.

They saw that there was a power beyond sin, beyond death. He rose as the Conqueror of death. And hundreds of them, over a period of 40 days or so, saw Him at one time or another. They touched Him. They ate with Him. They knew! They knew who He was! They knew what He’d come to do, and they saw a man, who had walked among them, conquer death, and rise in victory over everything the enemy would have tried to do to destroy Him. It had no more power. He was the Conqueror. Oh my. Did they have confidence in Him? Did they have reason to have confidence in Him?

And then a few of them saw His feet leave the ground, and watched Him rise into a cloud. And as they looked there, their attention was up there, all of a sudden there was an angel standing next to them. He said, what are you looking up there for? He said, this same Jesus, whom you’ve seen go into heaven, is gonna come in the same manner in which you’ve seen Him.

And He had told them, when He went, He said, wait in Jerusalem, “…until ye be endued with power from on high.” (KJV). That was the signal that Jesus Christ occupied a throne in Heaven, that He had power! He said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore….” That was the Great Commission! It was because of the power that was in Jesus that they had the power to actually give out the message of hope and life!

And so, they waited in Jerusalem and the evidence came. The Day of Pentecost. God’s Spirit descended upon them in power, and all of a sudden these people who had fled and hidden in upper rooms and various places, waiting for the knock on the door that meant they were gonna be dead too…all of a sudden they were filled with boldness, and they could look the leaders in the eye and say, this same Jesus, whom you crucified has been made Lord and Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Oh my! They had a confidence that was born because God’s Spirit was on them, and because they had met the risen Christ. Think of what this means! Think of the door of hope that’s been opened through Jesus! There is a…we have a reason here to hope, in spite of where you’re at this morning, no matter what’s going on in your life, we have Someone to whom we can look, who has the power to make this happen, to what he’s talking about today!

There is a world to come and He’s going to have children! This is not…when He says sons, He’s not talking about gender here…sons and daughters, however you want to put it. God is going to have a people who have been rescued out of the mess of this world, out of the mess of their lives, because they’ve put their trust in His power to save.

What is your hope this morning? That’s mine. I can’t look at anything and say, well, God, I deserve this because I’m a good boy. Oh no! Oh no! I may have learned to behave some of the time. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the heart. Unless I’ve got a new heart, unless I’m changed down in here, I’m still the same guy. I need—I need a salvation that can only come from Heaven. Praise God!

But think about what He did for us. “…Bringing many sons to glory…” (NIV). Now, this isn’t just saying, here’s the road, go follow it now. I’m gonna be on the sideline cheering you on.

( clapping hands ).

This is Somebody who is able to ‘bring’ us! We become the objects of His action! Salvation happens, not because I try real hard in my own strength, it comes because I stop trying, and I just trust in His power, ‘cause I don’t have any. Neither do you.

“…Bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect…” or complete, “…through suffering.” Oh, what it cost Him to do this. What a price that He paid—what a price He paid.

“Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.” What an amazing thing! Now here you’ve got member of one family, One of them has the job of making everybody else holy. Now, holy is set apart from God, free from sin, free from everything that’s wrong with human nature.

Here is One that has the power to do something for His brothers to make them holy and make them acceptable to God. But yet, the relationship is not Somebody who is way up here talking way down here. This is Somebody who stands beside us. This is a Brother! Can you imagine such a thing? What a thought! The same family!

“So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” The more you get a handle on this, the more incredible this is! Jesus, I know what’s wrong with me. I know who you are. You call me brother? Are you out of your mind? Don’t you know who I am, what’s wrong with me? But He calls me brother.

But you know, God has the power and He has the vision to call, “…those things which be not as though they were.” (KJV). And He can do that because He has the power to make it happen. That’s why my job is just to trust Him. It’s just to put my life in His hands and say, Lord, You have the power to save me. I give up. I’m trusting in You. It’s not my life anymore.

And he says…of course, the writer here is gonna go back into the Old Testament and actually pull up scriptures to back up what he said. “…I will declare your name to my brothers…” (NIV). So he’s applying this scripture to Jesus, who says, I, Jesus, will declare Your name, Father, to my brothers. “…In the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” I’ll tell you what, do you know what happens when we truly yield to God’s Spirit and His presence, and we’re gathered together and we’re praising God? You think Jesus is just off somewhere? He’s here!

( congregational amens ).

He is here, by the Spirit, joining with us praising our Heavenly Father! He is a Brother to us. Praise God! And listen to this one. “And again, I will put my trust in him.” Think about who it is that’s saying that. This is the Son of God. This is Somebody who was there in the beginning, who spoke it all—spoke all the universe into existence.

But now He has come down to a place of dependence. He who was our Creator has become a part of His own creation. And now, He is looking to His Father. And what is His attitude? What is His Spirit towards His Father? Is it, ‘hey, I know what to do. Do you know who I am?’ It was trust. It was, Father…as I said before, not My will, Yours be done. I’m not here depending on any strength that I possess. I’m depending on you, Lord. I’m trusting. I am trusting You.

What an example! And this is not just a sort of an example where He didn’t really need it, but He did it anyway just to show us. This is something where He really needed to occupy that place of trust. But what a willingness! What an amazing thing it is that He was willing to take the place of somebody who was weak and helpless and totally dependent upon God, and do it. And God proved that He was faithful! Does that give you any kind of hope and confidence this morning?

( congregational response ).

Is there any other way that we can go except to put our trust in Him, just as our Brother who’s gone before us has done? Praise God! That’s what was lost in the beginning. Why do you think that Eve and then Adam went the way they did? They were suckered by the Serpent into stopping trusting—not trusting God. The thought was planted in their minds that He’s got His own plan, He’s got His own agenda. He’s just wanting to keep you in a place of servitude so you’ll never rise to be what you can be! Oh, what a lie! Just the opposite.

( congregational response ).

God’s created order is the one in which we will be all that we can be! He designed us for it! He designed us to be animated by His very nature and love and character. Boy, if this world were filled with God’s character, do you think this would be just a slightly different world? Do you think everybody would be out for themselves? No! We’d be out for one another. There would be such a harmony and such a love, there would be no conflict. There’d be no…none of this captivity to sin that we see everywhere, that we experience far too much. Oh, God.

But here is the Son of God, taking this place, “I will put my trust in him. And again he says, here am I, and the children God has given me.” Now, you see another dimension coming into play. You see God acting. Why is it that God has to act to make this happen? Why does He have to take the initiative? Because there is not a man or woman upon the face of the Earth who would seek God if God did not seek them.

( congregational amens ).

Not one. As Paul said, “…no one…seeks God.” And you see it pictured in the Garden in the beginning. What happened when God came down? When the Lord came down to walk with them in the Garden, after they had sinned, what did they do?

( congregational response ).

They hid. They tried to cover their nakedness that they’d suddenly become conscious of with fig leaves. Oh, it had done something to them. This disobedience had done something. It had broken that relationship.

But God came searching! And He said, Adam, “…where are you?” And His voice still does the same thing today. As I said, why did He not simply wipe us out? You know, He came close to that in Noah’s day. It said, God looked upon the world and His heart was filled with pain because everybody’s thoughts were continually evil. Nobody…I mean, there was just a horrible condition. He said, I’m sorry I made man. I mean, He got pretty close.

But He found a man, didn’t He? One man, Noah, who stayed true. And he gave out his message of warning and God preserved him and his family, and He began again. But you know, we’re headed down the same road, aren’t we? The world. The same road. Jesus said, “…as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.” Everybody’s gonna be eating and drinking and doing their thing, and they’re not gonna know until all of a sudden, it’s over.

But God has a people. How does He have a people? “The children God has given me.” It’s God who comes knocking on your heart’s door and looking for you when you weren’t looking for Him! It doesn’t matter if you were grown up in the church or not. That has nothing to do with it. You’ve got to have a time when God confronts your heart!

( congregational response ).

He comes knocking. He says, you need Me. You don’t…you’re not ready for that day. And I’m coming and I’m calling you, and I’m calling your name. I’m reaching out to you in love and I’m showing you a Savior, and a way, and a hope. If God didn’t do that, there wouldn’t be any children!

That tells us what kind of a God we have. Yes, He’s a God to be afraid of if you’re going the wrong way. But He’s a God of incredible love and mercy. That He would do such a thing for people like you and people like me! So Jesus says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Are you one of those?

Now, here’s an interesting…this is the scripture here. This is the part of this passage that kind of drew my mind to it. Everything else is context, but it is context that gives it meaning. Context does give things meaning. But, “Since the children have flesh and blood…” That’s you and me. This is the state we’re living in. Since that’s the case, “…he too shared in their humanity…” Why? “…So that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

There’s a lot in that. I couldn’t even—I don’t think I can hardly begin to unpack that. You read that on the surface and you think, yeah, we’re afraid to die. We think of physical death where after it happens, you have a funeral. But there is something about this nature that you and I were born with. Not only is it turned inwards towards self, it just…it’s one itch after another that just demands to be scratched. It’s not only that, it’s that we are terrified to let go! By nature, we will not let go!

And of course, it’s manifested in, I don’t want to die. But folks, we don’t want to die along the way. We don’t want to give up our life. We don’t want to let go. We’re like the little child that’s got a death grip on a branch and afraid to let…that’s their only security. And down below is Daddy saying, let go, I’ve got you. And they can’t. They just…that’s the state we are in.

And it’s not just that our nature is that way, we live in the midst of a kingdom of darkness that is real. This world is populated by a kingdom of wicked spirits who hate God and hate you. And they’re gonna do everything in their power to gain a hold in your life and mine, and use and abuse us to get their ‘jollies.’ That’s what it comes down to. Humanity is nothing more than devil’s food outside of God, outside of Christ.

But here we are, held in slavery. This is the state of the human race. Held in slavery. Why? Because we won’t let go. We live as though this is all there is. And I know I’m striving, I know I’m struggling, I know I’ve got these needs and these desires, and oh, if I could just scratch it this way, if I could scratch the itch that way…it never works! It’s always just a little bit more, and a little bit more, and you can’t let go, and it’s just a three-ring circus or it’s a not so ‘merry’-go-round…or it’s a treadmill. And here pulling the strings are these demons that just want to keep people in bondage. Oh, my! There is no other answer but to let go.

And think about the context of what he’s saying. What reason—what reason do you and I have for supposing that there is something beyond this life, with all of its warts, all of its faults, all of its failings…what reason do we have to suppose that there is anything beyond it that would enable us to let it go?

What about Jesus? What about Jesus? He let His life go, didn’t He? The will of God was fulfilled as Jesus let go and humbled Himself to the very death of the cross. And guess what? That wasn’t the end. Not only was it not the end, it was the very way to the purpose of God that He had! He didn’t stay in the state He was! He let go of this life! But there was another life!

And that is the hope of the Gospel. It’s that it gives us a way to escape this trap, this slavery, this prison house called sin, where we know we’re not getting anywhere, but we can’t do anything else! We’re held captive. And there’s devils constantly beating us, and trying to dangle this carrot out in front of us, and beat us from behind, and then condemn us when we fail and when we do bad. Oh, my God! What a…what a prison. And yet, the natural man sees no other way.

And then the Gospel comes along and says, give up your life. I’ll forgive your sins. I’ll give you another life. That’s the hope of the Gospel. It boils down to two simple things. For those who surrender, turn from their own way, put their faith in Jesus Christ, it’s forgiveness of sins! It’s cleansing of guilt and sin before God! All that can be gone in a moment of time!

Then a brand new Life comes to live on the inside. Boy, is there anybody here that hasn’t ever come to that place? Why not? Why not? It’s no special ceremony, there’s no special thing. It’s just the response of a heart when Jesus comes knocking, and says, yes, Lord, I surrender.