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TV Broadcast #1154

Truth, Lord
Part One

November 16, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1154 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: You know, it never ceases to amaze me how many times the Lord will be bringing something, some aspect of truth, to my attention, and He’ll start to deal with me about it and, of course, it’s not because He thinks you all need it, it’s because He knows I need it. And, almost invariably, all of a sudden I will get bombarded from several different sources with the same truth, the same thought. And it’s like the Lord’s just trying to reinforce that.

But just look at some scriptures that are familiar to us. This is one we probably haven’t used in, that I can remember at least, in a long time, Ezekiel 28. As you go back to the beginning and the source of all this, and Ezekiel here is anointed of God to prophesy concerning the King of Tyre. Tyre was, at that time, an island nation that was quite a source of commerce and it was militarily strong. It was, being an island, they had made it an impregnable fortress. It survived until Alexander came along and decided that he couldn’t beat it with ships so he literally built a causeway out there, and marched out there and finally destroyed it. But, up ‘til then it was a proud, proud city in that time.

But, the prophet here is looking well beyond the man, the literal king, the human being, and he’s looking at the one, the spirit who is inspiring him and giving him his power and ruling through him. A lot of people believe this is Satan himself. I don’t know that, one way or the other, but I do know that this was…the one to whom this is addressed was an angel, and was a fallen angel.

And so the prophecy refers to that and says, in verse, oh, the middle of verse 12. It says, “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God….” (NIV). See, it’s pretty obvious he’s not talking about the man here, isn’t it?

“… Every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.

“Your heart …” Now here’s the heart of it. “… Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”

Now obviously there are things in here that apply to the man, but you can see how the Lord is giving us a picture of where this inspiration really came from. He’s going back to the very beginning. And the root sin that caused Lucifer, in the beginning, to turn his…to rebel against God was pride. He began to look at himself and jealousy came into his heart as he looked at God, and said…you look in the Isaiah passage, “…I will be like the most High.” (KJV).

“…I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will….” You know, I, I, I, I. All of a sudden it all became about him. Why? Because he was lifted up in pride. He thought more of himself than he ought. And that’s the root of everything, folks, is that we, without realizing, we value ourselves above God himself, by nature.

That’s something to ponder, something to think about. But that’s the truth. Now few people would literally say, oh, yes, that’s the way I think. But that’s the way we ‘naturally’ think and act. And, I’ll tell you, you look at a sin of the flesh. Where does that come from? Well, first of all, it comes from a man, or a person, who has the audacity, the arrogance to suppose that they can live without God! That they can simply thrust aside the glorious purpose for which God has not only made them, but equipped them, they can put all that aside, take it and use it for selfish gratification and get by!

And so what they do is begin to pursue that course and, next thing you know, some aspect of the flesh becomes addictive and they become trapped and caught in that sin. But it all goes back to the arrogance of thinking that I am my own master! I am in charge! This is my life to do with as I please.

And that’s exactly what Satan accomplished when he tempted Eve and then Adam. You partake of this, you’ll gain knowledge and you can be like…you could be as gods. You don’t have to do it God’s way! You’ve got life, you’ve got capabilities here! Look at your endowments! Look at the beauty around you! Look at what you are! All you need is knowledge here and you can be like Him! They fell for the same deception that caught him in the beginning. And our first parents fell for it and we have been swallowed up by that ever since. That’s what God is saving us from, folks.

( congregational amens ).

We are wired proud! And the Gospel comes and challenges that head on! If you’re gonna be my child, you’re gonna have to humble yourself and recognize what you are and come to Me, not on the basis of anything you are, but on the basis of something I did. End of story! Period!

You look at the scripture that is so well known, so widely quoted in Ephesians chapter 2. And just kind of break it down a little bit. Verse 8. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith….” (NIV). Now, a lot of people as we’ve said so many times…they confuse grace and mercy. They confuse grace as, well, a condescending, I’ll let you in anyway, kind of an attitude that God has. It’s mercy! That’s what mercy is about, that God found a way!

But I’ll tell you what, grace is God literally reaching down and helping me to do something I could not do. I need to be under the influence of the Spirit of God if I’m going to do anything! If I’m going to even respond to the Gospel, God is going to have to influence me and help me, give me the power because it does not exist in me.

And so, right off the bat, if you’ve got somebody being confronted with the hope of the Gospel, man, they’re gonna find a way to be religious. They’re gonna find some way to hold onto self, and self-will, and their pride! My God, they’re not gonna be like…they’re not gonna accept that they’re like everybody else. You see the barrier the religious people had, and why Jesus found a welcome with people who were sinners, and they knew they were sinners, and they needed help, and they needed deliverance! And He reached out in mercy to them and they loved His message and they received it.

And Jesus looked at those religious people and said, the drunkards and the prostitutes and whoever else he particularly named, they’re gonna go into the Kingdom of Heaven before you. They’re gonna stand there and you yourselves are gonna be thrust out.

See, they never got to the root of the problem. And the root of the problem is that pride that makes me think I’m something apart from God. You see the glory of what happened in the beginning. He describes that angelic being, how God made him beautiful. God invested him with everything he needed to be all that he could ever be! Gave him a glorious position and it wasn’t enough. And he said, no, I’m something because I’m beautiful, and because I have all this capability I can be something independent of Him. I don’t need Him anymore.

You and I were made for something incredible. Everybody here has heard the expression, ‘be all you can be.’ There’s only one way. And that’s to stop trying to be something apart from God and to humble ourselves and put ourselves in His hands and trust in Him. Praise God for the glory of what He’s given to us! But here it is. Sinners don’t want to come this way! They don’t want to come by grace.

I talked about the influence. You know, we know from the Gospels, for example. I mean, if you have any discernment at all you don’t need any special revelation of this…to know that there are demon spirits. They’re real. And when they get a thorough hold on somebody, particularly certain kinds of spirits, it kind of becomes obvious. People act totally insane. Well, look at the legion. The man we call…that had the legion of demons in him. All they could do was let him live among the tombs. Nobody could tame him. They’d bind him with chains, he’d break the chains. He had supernatural strength. Where did he get all that? He got that because those spirits were there lending their personality and their strength to what he had.

Well, I need the same thing from God. Not, obviously, with the same result. But I need supernatural influence. That’s grace. I need grace if I’m going to literally respond to the Gospel. He’s going to have to work with my heart, with my mind. He’s going to have to even give me the power, and I’m jumping ahead of myself because it says, by grace through faith! Now, it would be easy for us, given our nature, to say, oh, praise God!

( clapping hands ).

That’s what I’ve got to do. I’m gonna believe! And because I believed, I’m better than everybody else. Look at me, I believed and you didn’t. Boy, I’m something. I mean, I’m obviously exaggerating the result, but you get it. In other words, we begin to suppose that our faith is some credit to us! That it came from us! That we somehow mustered this up and because of that we have the right to look down on somebody else. We set ourselves apart from others because ‘we believed.’

Oh yeah? Let’s read the rest of it. “…By grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves….” If God’s plan of salvation involved anything that somehow originated in Adam, in his nature within us, we would absolutely have something that we could stand there and boast about, and suppose that, well, we are there because of something commendable, good in us. There is nothing.

Oh, they don’t want that kind of a Gospel. A Gospel of just utter surrender to the truth of God, that I am, in myself, apart from His grace, I am a worthless, helpless sinner who deserves to go to hell. But that’s the truth! That’s the truth! But oh, what a glorious thing it is to humble yourself and surrender to that truth, and to know that He reaches down in mercy to that very one who takes that place! Reaches down in love and mercy and extends to them the help that they need to take hold of His glorious promise of what He did through Christ at the cross for them. Oh, what a glorious thing. And lifts them up and causes them to become sons and daughters of the living God.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, wow! How do you…I mean, how do you even express that? But how many sinners go like this? Jesus said it was hard to enter the Kingdom. Hard. What is it that makes it hard? It’s that people will not come down to that place of taking the place of an utter sinner! They don’t want it! They will bring their righteousness, their effort, their ‘something’! They’re gonna bring their life into it and suppose that that enhances them before God.

I’ll tell you, God is not a respecter of persons. That alone levels the playing field. It levels it! I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what people group you come from. I don’t care what part of the world you come from! I don’t care what level of society you’re in! When it comes to this, we are absolutely the same! In fact, the folks that have it well in this world, have a lot more to overcome than somebody who knows they’re down and out, and they need somebody. They have nowhere to go but up and they just…it’s obvious. That’s why the sins of the flesh get our attention more. But I’ll tell you what, it’s not the sins of the flesh that are the worst in God’s eyes. It’s pride!

( congregational amens ).

Pride will keep men from the Gospel. It’ll keep men from humbling themselves before a Holy God, and entering in to the glory of what He has provided. Oh, praise God for what He’s given us in Christ. I just pray that God will help us to understand.

There are so many things you could say in this regard but, oh folks, if there’s somebody here, if there’s anybody who hears this, I just pray that God will open your eyes to see. I don’t remember who said this to begin with. I’ve heard Ravi Zacharias quote it a number of times, but, the simple fact that God knows how to humble without humiliating. His purpose in humbling is not to grind us down. It’s not to make us feel like dirt! It’s not to make us feel worthless! But it’s that He might perform a miracle in our hearts and give us the only value that we could ever have!

Pride drives the human race to try to find significance, power, whatever it is! I’m somebody! And I’m gonna make my way in the world! And look out world, here I come! Don’t you dare mess with me! Don’t you offend me! Oh, we’ve got this little citadel that we build, and that’s the ego, that’s the pride of every human being. I don’t care if you’re one of the down-and-outs, you’ve still got it. Everybody is proud! Folks, if you get mad because somebody says something and crosses you, where does that come from?

( congregational response ).

Spirit of Christ, right?

( laughter ).

No! I mean, you look at a drunkard and say, aw, that poor fellow. Then you go out and you get mad at somebody, and you got offended. That’s not pride? Oh my! We need the Lord to shine some light in our hearts. And help us to come to a place…my God, we are prisoners more than we realize. Oh, Lord! And I’ll tell you, religion is just full of it! God help us. You think about the apostle Paul, or Paul the apostle, I’m gonna say it right. You think about him and the issues that came up in his own ministry. Why did the Lord have to allow him to experience that thorn in the flesh?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! He knew, he understood the weakness of human nature. He understood that here’s a man who has seen crazy, amazing things. He was carried off into Heaven and saw wonderful things he couldn’t even come back and talk about. Oh, how many people could do that and not come back and…’I’m special, I’m this, I’m that.’ Oh, wow! How many pulpits this morning are full of people who are full of pride? Oh, they glory in their song, they glory in their sermon…God help us!

( congregational amens ).

We give ourselves a pass constantly. And we need help. I need it. And the Lord’s just shining a light. And He’s not doing it to hurt me or hurt us. I believe He’s shining a light because He longs for us to enjoy the freedom that comes from just letting Him have His way.

Talk about being all we can be. Oh, wow! You take a human being who just is delivered, in any measure, from that kind of a spirit of self, it’s about me. And then God just flows in and all of a sudden you’ve got this…I don’t know, it’s just amazing what His life is all about, and how much He longs to share with us. But is there any room for that? Or have we got this little castle…by God, we’re gonna defend it? What happens when His light shines on certain areas of your life and mine? How do we react to that?

You know, I was thinking of a couple of examples that are obvious that pop to mind. When Jesus went to, in fact it was the area near Tyre, and we call her the Syrophenician or Syrophenician woman. She wasn’t a Jew. And at that time Jesus had been sent to Israel to fulfill the promises, and the Gospel certainly was going to go to the ends of the earth, but at that time He’d been sent to Israel. And she came and wanted healing for her daughter.

And, I’m sure the Lord, the Father, was leading Him and helping Him to bring something out…not to put her down, but to bring something awesome out as a lesson for all the rest of us. And so, He said, “…I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (KJV). And, at one point He says, it’s not fit, it’s not proper, not the right thing to do, “…to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” Okay. How many people would pass that test?

( laughter ).

Wait a minute! You called me a dog! What kind of a prophet are you, who do you think you are? That’s human nature…99.44 per cent of the people on the planet would have reacted that way. They would have been highly offended. If you are offended at anything, it’s not because of that thing. It’s because of you. It has touched your pride.

Don’t you get all righteous, and talk about how evil ‘that thing’ is, when you have that evil in you! That’s what God is concerned about with every single one of us! If you and I react some other way than with just humility and trust, the problem is here. ‘Cause God’s gonna let things like that happen. That’s the world we live in. But oh, He longs for us to be free.

But here’s this lady. What was she gonna say to this? “…Truth, Lord.” Truth, Lord. Is that what we say when the truth comes, and it shines its light on the area where we don’t want to hear it? That’s an area that we just don’t want to let go. We don’t want to give up. We don’t want to admit that there’s anything possibly wrong. My way is just as good as anybody else’s. I’m no different. Oh, my word! I want to be in a place where I can just say, that’s true, Lord.