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TV Broadcast #1147

Where Freedom Is

September 28, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1147 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you, the only thing that’ll make you and me free is when He literally comes in to live.

( congregational amens ).

Then freedom starts. Praise God! But as I say, when I first was thinking about this, I was thinking in terms of me, and realizing just how many things in my life are needy, how many areas where, if I’m gonna be honest, I’m not free. The Lord has purchased a freedom. I mean, we can sing, “I’m free, I’m free to be a servant of the Lord,” and it’s true and it’s good to confess the truth, but every one of us here has areas of our lives that we need more freedom than we have.

There are areas where I run in my own strength. I get careless in so many ways. We can be in prison through fear. That’s a common one. It’s getting quiet. Oh my, what a terrible lie that is. God hasn’t, “…given us the spirit of fear.” (KJV). But He’s given us the spirit, “…of power, of love and of self-discipline,” I guess it is in the NIV. Sound mind.

But how many people are in prisons because they’re afraid? They’ve grown up, they’ve learned how to think, and the devil has just ministered to them a spirit of worry, anxiety, fear. I just don’t know what’s gonna happen. I can’t do this. I’m afraid of this danger or that danger, or what if God doesn’t like me today, or a thousand and one things that are irrational when you hold them up to the light of God’s Word. But they’re real. Oh my. We need the Lord, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

We need to come to a greater place of freedom in Him. I’m trying to think of which way to go. Let me…I heard a testimony recently that would probably fit in pretty well right here. And it was somebody who was really, really thoroughly caught in a lifestyle that was sinful. And he became aware that it was sinful, and what he did, his approach was to pray, oh God, I know this is wrong. Please take this desire away from me. Oh God, please take this desire away from me.

And He didn’t. And years later he came to understand something that I think is important for every one of us. How many of you have ever prayed that way about something. Yeah. Take it away. Do you know what that’s like? I’ve got something bad in me. Oh God, suck it out! If God sucked out everything that was bad out of us…

(making explosion sound ).

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

God isn’t interested in creating a vacuum! But that’s the logic behind that. Oh God, if You don’t want me to do this, take the desire away. It doesn’t work that way. And you know what the answer eventually was? It was when Christ really came in and possessed him, and that new life began to flow. The other one just kind of went away. And he found that the new life gave him power where the other wasn’t important any more.

We don’t need to get rid of stuff. We need Jesus to flow into the areas of our lives that are in need. Oh God, I want to stop doing this. I want to stop thinking this way. Oh God, suck it out, Lord. Get Your vacuum cleaner! Get rid of this thing, instead of looking to Him, lifting our eyes.

You know, what does it say here? “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away,” the ability to see, the ability to understand. And we begin to see that the answer is the Lord. I need Him in those areas where I stand in need. Can anybody identify with this?

( congregational response ).

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but we have people write to us, and it’s evident from their letters or emails in my case, that they’ve got devils that are literally in their life tormenting them, and they’re aware that that’s what it is. And they want help, and it’s understandable! But I tell you what, there’s no help in just getting a devil out. If that’s all you want to do is get a devil out so you can go on and live your life, forget it.

What happens when a devil goes out of a man? “He walketh through dry places….” (KJV). These are the words of Jesus. Seeks rest and can’t find it. So he says, “I will return into my house from whence I came out.” Do you know the devils think of people as their house, the place they live? They have formed themselves a home there. They’ve got your mind all arranged according to suit them. They use your lusts to satisfy theirs. It’s a nice arrangement for them, wicked things. But the devil says I’m gonna go back to my house from where I came out. But what happens when he went back?

( congregational response ).

He found it, “…empty, swept, and garnished.” Cleaned up! I’ve stopped doing all that bad stuff. I’m clean. I’m free. The devil’s gone! But it’s empty. What happens? He takes seven more devils, worse than he is, and they enter in, and his condition is worse in the end than it was in the beginning.

And somehow you try to talk to people about their need, and the need is to get Christ in. They’re so zoned in on the problem, instead of looking to Jesus, and saying, oh God, I need You. Come and fill me. Come and give me new life. Cleanse me from everything. Fill my life, Lord! The answer is not to get devils out, it’s to get Jesus in! “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (NIV). If He is in the heart, to that degree there will be freedom.

( congregational amens ).

God help me, first of all, but God help you as well. You know, one thing encourages me in this, because the devil can certainly turn this around and say, what’s the matter with you, all these needs? Verse 18, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory….” Or we contemplate, is another way to look at it. We’re looking. That’s what our eyes are focused upon. Right now God has taken the veil away so we can see the real deal. But in that light, we are not looking at the problem. We are looking at the solution. We are looking at the Person who is the solution, and it’s His glory!

What’s happening? When that is happening, we’re seeing the real deal! We’re looking at Him! We, “…are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory…” Where does that come from? “…Which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Well, that sounds to me like it’s a matter of process. Doesn’t it to you? If there is a situation where I need increasing glory, then I don’t have that now. I need something that I don’t have. So that reminds us that though we have needs we can be encouraged and know that God is reaching out, not to say, what’s the matter with you? Why aren’t you further down the road? But rather to say, I love you. I see the hurt. I see the wounds. I see the struggles. I see the fears. I see the habits. I see the way the devil has played with your mind and formed thoughts and habits. I see all of that. I love you!

Your need is not better principles! Your need is for Jesus to come in and displace that! If you want to get something out of a container, you’ve got something that isn’t good in there, what’s the best way to do it? Again, do you suck it out? No! You displace it with something else. That’s my need. I know none of us here has the perfect thought patterns of our lives, do you?

( congregational response ).

All the time we’re full of faith, and rest, and peace, and everything is just glorious. We’re just floating through life, perfect trust in God. Everything is right. We’re never afraid, never resentful, never angry, never…no! Do you think maybe there are just some needs in our lives where God needs to flow in?

( congregational response ).

I need Jesus. And you know, Jesus said, “I am the way….” But He said, I am the truth, and I am the life. All those things are intertwined. We’re not gonna have Him just like some magic something that’s just gonna fix everything. You know, Jesus said, those who worship Him, true worshipers, must worship Him, in what? Spirit…

( congregational response ).

…And truth! Now if you get those two things out of balance, you’ve got a problem. You’ve got some people who have gone way over into the ditch on the truth side, and their whole ministry is all about getting people to line up with their doctrines. And get the doctrines right, and everything will be great and grand. Dot every ‘i’ or cross every ‘t,’ whichever way it goes.

( laughter ).

Oh, we’ve got to get the truth right. Oh, don’t depart from that. We’ve got the truth. We’ve got all we need. No, you don’t. You need the Spirit. Dead truths won’t help anybody. Dead truth has the same effect as law. It tells you all about what you ought to be and should do. It doesn’t give you a bit of power to do it. But oh, how we need both.

But when Jesus comes to us about areas of need in our lives, He’s gonna be telling us some truth. And sometimes it’s not something we want to hear. Has your pride ever risen up? You hear something from the Lord, and you know it’s true. I don’t want to accept that. You fuss and fight and say, no, it isn’t that way, it’s this way. You know, we just sort of try to wiggle around it.

I tell you, I need the light of God’s truth. And peace and freedom will never come except, “…we walk in the light, as He is in the light.” There’s no darkness in Him. The darkness is in us, and we have a Savior who is able to minister what Paul is talking about. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

If there’s an area of your life and mine that’s not free, do you suppose maybe, just maybe, we need the Lord to flow into that area? There’s a song we’ve sung a few times in the past, “My Heart is Like a House.” And, it talks about the secret room. I’ve got this secret room. I don’t even go in there. It’s full of stuff, I don’t even want to think about. It’s just…but when did freedom come? Hand the Lord the key.

( congregational amens ).

He opens the door. You walk in there, and you look at all the ugly. And He says, I died for that. I have the power to clean this mess up and set you free. And the fear of that room is gone. Have you got areas of your life you’re afraid to even face? The Lord wants to take you by the hand and set you free, and go into that place and let it be filled with His life, and peace and freedom follows.

The devil will do everything in his power to fill our minds with his lies so that we stay in that place of bondage where we’re at! We need the Spirit of Truth to come and open our hearts and minds, and just break down the resistance of our wills, not because God is a bully, but because He longs to set His children free.

Do you think it makes Him happy to see us in bondage? Does that fill Him with joy and satisfaction? No. The longing of His heart is to flow into every nook and cranny of our life, and just fill it with His life. Why? Because He knows that’s where joy and freedom come. That’s what eternity’s gonna be like.

Do you think you’re gonna take those secret rooms and take them off to Heaven with you? We need the Lord to fill every bit of our lives and our minds with His truth, to wash us and cleanse us.

And these things don’t come all at once. I mean…I don’t even know how to explain it. But I tell you, there’s a point where He comes in, where there’s a real new birth. There’s a real cleansing from sin, from the guilt of sin where He literally gives us the gift of eternal life. But then the work starts of really changing us, conforming us to the image of His Son, and there is going to be a walk through this life.

There’s gonna be a confronting of difficulties. There’s going to be situations where we’re gonna have to stand in faith, and know how to thank God, know how to trust Him, where He’s gonna be confronting the areas, the specific areas of need in our lives, and bringing us to a place where we are willing to let go and just let Him in. Because when He comes in, there’s freedom.

You know, I came to the church about 44 some years ago, and it was right on the heels of the remarkable visitation in the late 60’s. I remember hearing one of the first tapes, I guess I heard when I came and I first staring visiting the church, and it was a message that Brother Thomas preached I guess in 1968. So that’s 45 years ago. And it was “Up the Mount with God.” Some of you remember that? There’re some of you that have heard it. Some were here. Ruth, I know you were here.

And the best I can recall after all these years is that there was…God gave a vision in the service, and it showed a mountain, and the higher you went on the mountain, the brighter it got. And way down in the valley, it was murky and dark, and you get the picture.

And the message was about living in the spirit realm and not just in this low carnal state, because that’s where devils operate. That’s where we’re within the reach of devils. But the higher we get, the more we move away from that, the more we reach out for God, the more we let Him rule our lives, and we live in His presence, and we live with a consciousness of Him, and a desire for Him and His presence in our lives, the higher we get in a place of light and freedom, and devils can’t get up there.

It’s a pretty interesting picture, isn’t it? And a lot of our trouble is living carelessly, living in a kind of a carnal state, just putting one foot in front of another, sleep walking. Anybody here do that ever? We sleep walk through life. We’re not really praying in the Spirit. I mean, how do you, how does this presence of God really become real to us and become effective in our lives? That’s what we’re talking about. It’s not that He’s not there. But many times we are not enjoying His presence. We’re not enjoying the fruit of what Jesus died to give us.

( congregational amens ).

For example, David said, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise.” (KJV). That’s a wonderful attitude to cultivate. But it’s a habit, isn’t it. It’s something that really goes against what we are by nature.

And it’s not that we have to work to earn God’s presence, but there are steps of obedience that work together with Him! We reach out to Him. It’s an exercise of faith to say, thank You, Lord. I praise You, Lord. I know things don’t look particularly great right now. But thank You, Lord, because I know that I’m in Your hands. I know You love me. I know You’re concerned, and so I’m gonna keep a positive heart and spirit.

I’ll tell you, most of our trouble is that the Devil will get us focused on something. Weakness, need, whether it’s internal, external…the devil is gonna get us focused on something, and he’s gonna put a record on and make it stick. Round and round and round the same record plays. You’ll never be anything. Nothing will ever change. This situation is hopeless. But whatever it is, the devil has a way of trying to wear a track in our brain.

And we fall into that, and it becomes a rut, and rut becomes a prison. It becomes a grave if we’re not careful. And God needs to shine the light of truth. We need to let Him shine the light of truth there. And when He reaches out, we need to reach back. That’s faith. That’s not working for anything. Jesus did all the work.

( congregational amens ).

But that’s believing in what He did and the fact that it applies to me. His Truth will set me free if I will believe ‘it’ instead of Satan’s lies. That’s letting the Spirit of God come into that part of my mind and my thinking. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is…”

( congregational response ).

“…There is freedom.” There are areas in every single life, every single mind here, where the Lord wants to set us free. And the simple things of life, praising God, reaching up to Him, thinking about Him, turning our minds, getting control of our thinking to where we’re saying, Devil, I don’t have to think that way anymore! You’re telling me a lie! God’s Word says this! I stand upon it!

What do you think that does? Do you think God says, well, good for you? No! He rushes to that! There is truth…His Spirit literally flows to that situation! You have a different source of life that comes into play and sets free. His life is the only thing that has the power to do that.

What about where Jude said to pray, pray in the Holy Ghost, building yourselves up in the faith? We think prayer is just sort of a duty where I’m supposed to read a laundry list to God, or a Christmas list. No, it’s meant to be a point of contact between us and God, where there is a literal sharing of life.

Boy, it would be nice if our eyes could be open, we could see what was going on sometimes. We would see life flowing. We would see something that is real. And I’ll tell you, if you know Him and you’ve been in these places, you know it’s real. You know this is not just something…this is not just positive thinking. This God is real. Salvation is real.

( congregational amens ).

Where His Spirit is, there is freedom. If there is something in your life that’s not free, or mine—and mine, then maybe the Lord’s not there like He needs to be. Maybe we need to open up and let Him flow to that dry, dusty, bound place, and let Him have it. Because when He gets there, He has the power to set free—to set captives free.

And I believe with all my heart, God longs to give a greater freedom to His people. There’s no lack on His part. Is there anything that He has not done, anything that He’s left undone to make this happen? No. Jesus paid it all. Before He expired on the cross, He said it’s finished, it’s accomplished.

Oh, I don’t know, I just can’t imagine the devil had a clue what that was about, but he found out pretty quick, didn’t he? He tried to keep Him in the grave, and three days later, well, that didn’t work.

( laughing ).

He came out, and the rest is history. Oh, what a glorious Gospel we have. It’s not doctrine. It’s Jesus. If you’ve got Jesus in your life, and in every part of your life, to that extent there is freedom. If you don’t know Him today, if you’ve never opened up your heart and really trusted Him to save you from your sins, you could do that in a moment of time, the Lord helping you.

And He will come in, and He will take the guilt, and He will take the bondage out of your life. And when He fills it, those bondages, those prisons that have held you captive, they’re gonna go…not because you’re strong, not because of your will-power, but because of His power. You think that the bondage of sin and the Spirit of God can co-exist?

( congregational response ).

No, we just need more of Him, and He’s available to every single person today. So let’s just believe Him and trust Him and reach out to Him with all of our hearts as we walk day to day. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Praise God!